it's a bit of a Debby Downer town, Bangor, and classes are a little all over the place with timetables changing all the time, which makes it difficult to get into a rhythm. But we did a lot of field work with class which is great for forestry.
They offer all kinds of workshops
It depends on the course, while some are v engaging others absolutely aren't - waaay too much course work, and it'd be nice if all assignments were rated, rather than producing poor ungraded work.
I'm only here for one year and very busy with my course
It's alright - a little sterile, and there was no communal space on the floor, only at the bottom of the building, so you didn't really meet people from your hall very much
Somehow it feels like they aren't very active, and too much goes via facebook. Not that much music, not that many green things
Alright - very difficult to receive quality support for statistics, which is so important in science at higher levels!
The university has exceeded my expectations. I never expected to feel so at home in a place I had never been to before. The societies and clubs on offer furthered my experience. The university goes out of their way to ensure that all students get the most out of their time, and prepares us for life after university.
There always seem to be workshops and events which are dedicated to employability. I have attended a few lectures also, talking about improving my CV and taking advantage of all the amazing things on offer to improve my employability. The only thing that could improve is the involvement of work placements , making it clear what is on offer, and a clear support network for someone like me who wanted to take on a new career path but didn't know who to turn to
I was really pleased to see that the modules on my course overlapped, and so I could bring knowledge from one class into another. I found that really useful and felt like the course staff had put a lot of work into making learning easier for us, and becoming knowledgeable about courses they weren't involved in. I also appreciated the use of seminars as it allowed us to talk more freely about the course and implemented our knowledge further.
The students' union have been fantastic. Giving people of all cultures, sexual orientation, age, race etc, a chance to have a voice and speak out about what they believe in. It really makes everyone feel like they belong.
There are lots of good facilities at the university to allow all students to have the same opportunities. I think the university does however need a canteen of some sorts, and some shops on site as there are only small shops and cafes.
The university is in an ideal location. There is a short walk to the university from the city centre and there are supermarkets surrounding the university, so gives students a decent amount of choice. I got a job in the city centre also, and found it very hassle free to get from my flat to my workplace and to my lectures.
There is a fantastic array of sports and societies, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to get involved and take part in new activities whilst making friends for life.
The support network is really good. We are encouraged to meet with our personal tutors at least once a term, but they are always willing to meet more often if you need to talk. The lecturers also make a lot of time for students too, letting us know that if we want more in depth feedback from them they would be happy to take time out to do so. They never make students feel irrelevant and they make it clear that there are 'no stupid questions'.
I'm in my 2nd year at university, and am involved with an academic society and 2 sports clubs. I am also doing a course in basic french that is being provided free of cost. I am greatly enjoying my time in uni, and will admit that while I am finding some bits a challenge, I am still enjoying my course.
This year they have started some new approaches in increasing our employability by adding it to our modules. But there is also a set team to help with those skills and some great placement opportunities.
I like that the powerpoint presentations are available to download, alongside panoptos. The majority of lecturers are very enthusiastic about their subjects, and are always happy to have a conversation. I don't like that as everyone has a different way of learning/teaching, and as a result not every lecture is the most interesting. but that is something that can't be helped.
We have a brilliant SU. They have a permanent base, part of which includes help with running societies. The sports chair and assist is doing excellent work in promoting different sports clubs through weekly competition videos. But also we have monthly meetings with the different committee heads so that any issues are raised quickly and dealt with efficiently.
They are brilliant.
There is a Morrisons only 5 mins away, an asda approx 9 mins and an aldi and lidl about 12 mins away. Most lectures occur 9 mins approximately from the accommodation. There is also a small shop on site, along with 2 launderettes.
We have a large range of club and societies, all of which are free to join. We have volunteer groups, academic societies, general interest groups and sports including different martial arts, archery, rowing, horse riding, and swimming to name just a few.
There is always someone to help. We have a residential team, made up of the Campus life and Mentoring team. For the first 2 weeks of 1st year, we were also issued with peer guides, to help us find our classes, introduce us to our academic schools, and also increase or camaraderie with others on our course. There is also a number of teams working with mental health and disabilities. We are provided with rubrics for all our coursework, that the lecturers also follow, to help us to know what is expected of us. We get feedback directly through turnitin, but also have feedback sessions so we can learn from others mistakes as well.
Halls was appalling, most of the degree course itself has been interesting and with support from lecturers, extra curricular is exceptional in terms of variety and investment by SU
Yes but there's so much course content, there's no time for work experience
Most courses are very interesting topics and relate to current research Some lecturers are monotonous and have terrible lecturing skill
Quite varied, good facilities
Very good. Everything we need.
Yes right in the centre of it all
Not used it
very good Course content is good, useful and well taught. Lecturers are friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable about their subject areas. My previous personal tutors were not very approachable, and did not seem to take an interest other than my attendance. My current tutor is very approachable and has helped with a lot of things throughout my current year.
Careers fairs Offering internships through the university The Bangor Employability Award Posting regularly about jobs, placements etc.
Lecturers are friendly, very knowledgeable and very approachable Not all lectures/seminars/workshops are posted on Blackboard or filmed on panopto
Very good, a wide range of societies and sports and the ability to create new societies/clubs.
Despite the constant stress, the large workload and the rainy Welsh days, going to Bangor University is still one of the best experiences I've had so far and I don't regret a second of it! For me, it's not so much the academic side, it's more the people you meet along the way.
Bangor University frequently holds careers fairs for students where they (the students) can go and speak to potential post-graduate and graduate employers. In addition to this, Bangor University Careers Department often allows drop-in sessions where students can come and discuss any quires or issues they are facing about employment and even discuss potential career prospects with the Careers Councilors. Furthermore, Bangor University provides students with the opportunity to complete the 'Bangor Employability Award'. This award can be completed at anytime during a students degree and is designed to showcase various skills to future employers.
The courses are taught like most university courses, in a lecture hall with a lecturer, a powerpoint presentation and 200 or so students. Some lecturers are really good at what they do and are clearly passionate about the students learning (however some are the complete opposite!) This passion for student learning shines through in their lectures and I leave the lecture feeling good and like I've actually learnt something interesting that I can read more into! On the other hand, due to the large class sizes, most courses don't have that "one-to-one" feeling.
Bangor Student Union (or UNDEB) prides itself in being the bridge between the university and it's students. During the many trying times the university has faced (e.g. the scandal with the university president or the recent strikes) the Student Union was always there to mitigate any negative effects these may have on the students. The Union keeps in frequent contact with the students, ensuring that every action they make is in the best interest of the students. UNDEB has access to excellent facilities that allow them to better help the students of Bangor University. They have also pledged to reduce the universities plastic consumption by removing unnecessary plastic straws and cutlery from all university buildings!
The university facilities are mostly very good. All university buildings I have been in have been well provided with computers, books and anything else they may need. There are countless buildings dedicated to Student Counselling, Careers advice and disability assistance. Although I must say that my experience with the counselling service was not all that great... They simply offer "Workshops" where a group of people work on a certain issue (e.g. anxiety). From what I have seen, they do not offer adequate one-to-one counselling for students (perhaps shown by a few attempted student suicides last year) There are also at least 3 libraries FULL of books (both online and physical) and computers for students to make use of. The university does say that at least one library is open 24 hours... but I am yet to see one that is. I can only speak for the Natural Science department but the facilities provided to each department are up to date and allow students to apply some of the recent scientific techniques to studies. Each lab is well-kitted with anything the lecturer or students may need and they are constantly being remodeled in order to achieve the optimum lay-out.
Bangor is quite a small city so nothing is really further than a 15 minute walk away! So everything, from the university to local amenities and accommodation, is really close together!
Bangor University has LOADS of different sports and societies you can join. From a political debating society to a rugby club, there's bound to be something for everyone! But, if not, then you can make your own with just 5 members! Being a coastal city bordering Snowdonia, the societies and sports often make use of the sea and the mountains! You can learn to Scuba Dive, kayak, sail, hike, rock climb and many more!
Academic: Each student is given a tutor at the start of their degree and they stick with that tutor for 3 or 4 years (depending on their degree length). Due to this, I can only give feedback on MY tutor, everyone's experience will be different. But, my tutor has been amazing. He replies quickly (even on weekends) to students and is always there to help and support students. He also introduces his students to difficult but important concepts in biology right at the start in order to ensure they're well prepared for their 2nd and 3rd year. Feedback from academic work (i.e. reports, essays and tests) is varied in quality between lecturers. The university dictates a 4 week period in which feedback must be given back to students in that time. Some lecturers give excellent quality feedback in only 1 week! Others, give little to no feedback at all (just a grade) in 4 weeks. Like so many things at university, it all depends on the lecturer and the course... Personal: As stated before, I feel like the personal support offered by the university is lacking at best. The counselling service fails to actually help and listen to students, instead it just redirects them to "workshops"... Someone with anxiety (for example) may feel comfortable on a one-to-one basis with a counselor and uncomfortable attending a workshop with 10 or more other students!
Pretty good, mainly for the social aspect. I’m part of 2 clubs so extremely busy. Contact hours could be more but it gives me time to do my own thing. Overall the best 3 years of my life
Mostly essay biased I have hardly any contact hours so sometimes it feels pointless to go in
Good, food is expensive
Yes, 2 mins from town, 4mins to supermarket and <10 mins to Asda
Feedback is okay Haven’t used the counselling services as they are hard to acsess
Post graduate research (PhD) experience has been for the most part a delight. I have excellent adult relationships with my two supervisors. Only blot was the viva.
I found employment on my own. It was a direct outgrowth of the research I was doing.
I have great supervisors.
They do an awful lot.
16 miles is a bit of a stretch, but not uncommon.
I am not really a participant.
It's been perfect. The location of the uni is stunning and there are loads of free societies that cater to everyone. It's been an amazing experience and if recommend Bangor to anyone
Couldn't be better
Really good. Its just there computer infrastructure which is a mess. Has anyone heard about putting everything on one platform or one place. or better still, put everything they can on multiple platforms. One thing for sure if your going to university and paying 10k per year I would expect they would not block any of the services they pay for though the students money!! OFFICE 365, is a beautiful platform, and yet the university place certain blocks and call it security, I call it ignorance. But then they do say ignorance is bliss, well it might be bliss for them, but for university students it's a nightmare. So three stars because brilliant university but they need to fix there computer infrastructure ! ! !
Poor due to improper infrastructure on there BEA website. And its a website?!?!?!
The course is led by a mix of lectures some brilliant and some which could improve their own lectures. All in all there lectures all seem repeated / rehearsed. I know this isn't necessarily bad but they could spend a little more time adding something new to the lectures. In fact they should try something new even if the students say there lectures are fine because that means they actively teaching, it would be passive to only integrating with the students that speak to the lectures personally. The rating is low not due to lectures but computer infrastructure. And the contact hours vary 10 hrs is the least. It can vary up to 20. And lets be honest in university it's a matter of you going to the lectures.
I do not get evolved as most social activities dissolve into drinking, and other activities which I am not interested in
VERY POOR COMPUTER SYSTEMS, WHICH WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CONFRONT ABOUT FOR CHANGE
The best, makes up for some of the university
Pretty good. Again, computer based infrastructure is down the pan
I think it is very good, but cannot comment on it that much as I do not often seek additional support. I only ask for better computer infrastructure. and every time they say no!