The scientific excellence of the School’s academics (all of whom are research active) is regularly recognised by research accreditation exercises such as the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The results of the 2008 RAE confirmed the School’s well-established reputation for the highest quality research, with 80% of work being judged as either world leading or at an international level (rated 2 – 4*). This result placed Bangor as one of the top ten Sport Science Schools in the UK with all staff submitted.
The Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and Exercise has been established by Bangor and Cardiff Metropolitan Universities to formalise a 20 year a collaboration which is anchored in the main sport and exercise science disciplines, with research in sport psychology providing the initial impetus – especially in the areas of stress and performance, mental toughness, and the psychology of sports injuries. This work continues to flourish and has been evident most recently in a UK Sport funded investigation of the biographies of serial gold medallists and in some applied research in collaboration with Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Football Trust. The strategic intention of the collaboration is to provide the infrastructure to continue to develop a critical mass for an internationally excellent, Wales-based research in Sport, Exercise, Leisure and Tourism.