The 14th of April saw the ‘Whatuni Student Choice Awards’ come round for another year. The awards were hosted in London with special guest presenter and comedian Jimmy Carr announcing the results on the night.
The awards are special because they are voted for by students and only students. This year over 25,000 votes from 125 universities were verified, making that 5,000 more votes than last year.
Overall, 39 universities were officially nominated into categories that reflect the aspects of student experience including: city life, student support, clubs and societies, accommodation, international, student union, university facilities, course and lectures, job prospects and finally university of the year. Bangor was nominated in seven out of the ten categories with each category consisting of 10 nominees.
Bangor University swept up winning a total of three awards on the night. Bangor won bronze for student support, silver for courses and lectures, which was up from seventh last year. The biggest award of the night was winning gold in the accommodation category.
Ken Griffith, Head of Residences, said: “It has been a tremendous team effort over the last few years as we have also opened our new St Mary’s student village, increasing our portfolio to nearly 3000 rooms. What is important is that our high quality and service standards have been maintained throughout and that our students have acknowledge this with their voting. We are well placed to give next year’s intake the best student experience in their halls.”
Bangor also placed forth for clubs and societies, seventh in the international category and tenth for university facilities.
One of the highlights of the awards has to be reaching the number four spot for university of the year. We have risen three places from last years results when we finished as seventh best university in the UK.
Professor John G Hughes, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the news saying:
“This is the second year in a row that Bangor University has won a national Whatuni Award. I’m delighted that the University has again won a category award, and achieved top five placings in a number of other categories. This win reflects our focus on providing an excellent education and all-round student-centred university experience. I’m grateful to our students for their support, and very pleased that they appreciate their time in Bangor. I would also like to thank all our staff for their fantastic efforts.”
The Whatuni awards follow on from another successful year for Bangor University with the university retaining it’s title of ‘best in Wales’ and one of the top ten universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.
Simon Emmett, Managing Director Whatuni.com, added:
“Bangor University has had a strong endorsement from their students in this year’s Whatuni Student Choice Awards. Student experience is such an important aspect of university life, we are really proud to play a significant role in it for both current and future students.”
Review collection for the 2017 Whatuni awards are already underway! If you would like to get involved and keep Bangor University on it’s winning streak visit the Whatuni website below: