About the University
- Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of excellence and exceeds expectations, both for academic standards and student experience.
- Bangor University is in the top 40 in the UK for research (excluding specialist institutions and single-submission universities). Our research has a major impact around the world according to the latest assessment of research quality, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor's research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities. Over half of Bangor’s academic Schools have been ranked in the UK top 20 for quality of research.
- The latest National Student Survey (NSS) results reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience. The results – released August 2014 – place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities for student satisfaction (7th in the UK when excluding specialist institutions). The University is also top in Wales for overall student satisfaction as well as quality of teaching.
- A recent review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) resulted in the highest possible endorsement of the University’s academic standards. The ‘confidence’ judgement by the QAA confirms the University’s academic standing and profile.
- The What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015 placed Bangor University as top in the UK for Clubs & Societies and 3rd overall for Accommodation.
- The Study Skills Centre provides help with the transition to university and on-going support with academic progression. The support provided by the Centre includes help with academic writing, reading and exam skills, mathematics and statistics, team-work, presentation skills, and project-planning.
- Other learning resources include a £1.5M MRI scanner, a multi-media language centre, a natural history museum and a £3.5-m research vessel, The Prince Madog.
- The construction of the Pontio Arts & Innovation Centre is currently underway, which is set to become a new social hub for students as well as an internationally significant centre for learning, innovation and the performing arts.
The building will be a world-class centre for innovation in science, technology and the creative arts. In addition to being a new home for our Students' Union, it will include a theatre, studio theatre, cinema, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, bar and café.
- We have excellent sports and recreation facilities, made even better by a recent multi-million pound investment programme, which saw the Canolfan Brailsford Sports Centre completely redeveloped.
- At Bangor there are around 150 Students’ Union Clubs and Societies, covering a range of interests, activities and sports. Student membership is free – which means all students can take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities offered.
- We have close links with the NHS in Wales through the Besti Cadwaladr University Health Board. The University is a major provider of training and education for the NHS and is also one of the main partners in the North Wales Clinical School.
- The University in recent years has opened new halls of residence as part of a £35m upgrade. A new development of 600 rooms will open on the St Mary's Site in 2015, with the range of accommodation including studio apartments and townhouses. There will also be a café bar, shop, laundrette, common rooms and sports and fitness facilities on site.
- The University is amongst the UK’s top 50 Universities, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.
- Bangor has been described as “one of the cheapest places in Britain” to be a student (The A-Z of Universities and Higher Education Colleges) and is consistently ranked as one of the most economical places to study in the UK in various cost-of-living surveys.
- As a major provider of teacher training in Wales, we have close links with schools, local education authorities and the teaching profession.
- We have one of the largest widening access programmes in the country called the Talent Opportunities Programme involving over 1500 pupils in schools across North Wales.
- We are involved in the Reaching Higher, Reaching Wider programme operating in the region.
- Bangor University has been ranked in the Top 20 in the UK for support and welfare (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey).
- We have one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes in the country, which supports new students and ensures an easy transition to University life. The scheme has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards in the Outstanding Student Support Category.
- Undergraduate students can benefit from a new study abroad option to give students the international experience many employers are now looking for. The International Experience Programme gives the option of studying overseas for one extra year in a wide variety of destinations and will have ‘with international experience’ added to their degree title.
- Our Careers and Employability Service is recognised nationally as being one of the most active careers services in the UK. The Bangor Employability Award offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers want and need based on up-to-date research.