At Bangor, we place the high priority on caring for and supporting our students. We are ranked 1st in Wales for Student Satisfaction (The Complete University Guide 2018). The School wants to make sure that you feel supported throughout your studies, from the moment you arrive until you graduate. Our Peer Guide scheme and the Personal Tutor system mean that there is always another student or member of staff that you can turn to.
Before you arrive at Bangor, you'll be contacted by your Peer Guide. Peer Guides are second and third year students who are there to offer support to new students. They are there to help you find your way around the School and University, they organise the School’s Welcome Week Activities to help you settle-in and meet other students on your course.
All students have a Personal Tutor who is a member of academic staff who will act as your mentor on academic matters. You can turn to your Personal Tutor at any time. During your first year, your Personal Tutor is also your Academic Tutor and you will meet regularly with them for tutorials, which support your studies and learning development. Your Personal Tutor is most likely the person you will ask to write you an academic reference at the end of your studies when you are applying for jobs.
We have an open-door policy within the school, and students are able to talk with all of our staff about any matter which concerns them. You might want to discuss a module you are studying with the module organiser (every module has a designated organiser), or you need advice on careers in a particular field. If our staff are not able to assist you, they will refer you to an appropriate colleague within the university.
The School has a Senior Tutor who provides help for students with Personal Learning Support Plans (PLSPs), disabilities, welfare issues and academic problems. They may direct you to the University’s Student Services Centre, which provides professional support services on matters such as money support, dyslexia, disability support, counselling, mental health, study skills and advice on housing.
Course Reps and the Staff-Student Consultative Committee
We really value our students input and we work with them within our school. There are opportunities for students to become a course representative and take an active role in developing the school and representing their peers on issues that concern them. The Staff-Student Consultative Committee meets twice a semester.
Within the School, there are subject specific student societies: Geographical Society, Forestry Society, Students’ Treborth Action Group, Horticultural Organic Garden Society, Conservation Society and Farm Society. At Bangor all our clubs and societies are free to join. The societies are all very active, and organise activities from academic talks to practical experience. The societies provide a great way to socialise, make new friends and support each other.