Appointment of Chair of Council

The University is seeking an outstanding Chair to lead the University’s Council which plays a key role in driving the institution forward and in shaping its strategic direction and mission and ensuring it is governed and managed effectively.

Applications are invited from individuals who can make a substantial contribution to the work of Bangor' University's Council and would support the University's mission to be:

A strong, confident institution recognised regionally, nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for its varied portfolio of teaching and research, and for the unique, multicultural, inclusive experience its provides for its staff and students.

About the University

Founded in 1884, as the  'University College of North Wales', Bangor University has a long tradition of excellence and exceeds expectations, both for academic standards and student experience.  The University currently has over 11,000 students and over 650 teaching staff based in 23 Academic Schools grouped into five Colleges.

The University is thriving at a time when the environment for Higher Education in Wales and the UK is challenging.  We are committed to building on recent successes, working with diverse and distinctive communities to deliver "the best we can be" in terms of teaching, scholarship and research, retaining our strong emphasis on a distinctive and valued student contribution and remaining true to our unique bilingual and cultural context.

Bangor University is in the top 40 in the UK for research 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. Bangor University research is having a positive impact around the world in diverse areas such as improving healthcare and wellbeing, ensuring food security internationally and closer to home, and protecting the environment.

Recent significant increases in student satisfaction and teaching standards have resulted in the securing of a top ten position in the 2017 National Student Survey, confirming our position as top in Wales. This achievement is due to a strategic emphasis on improving teaching and the student experience at Bangor, including initiatives to work in partnership with students and engage them even more directly in the University; together with continued improvements in the evaluation of teaching.

The University is embarking on an exciting and ambitious strategy for our estate which is already underway with funding from the European Investment Bank. The first stage of this was the opening of the new flagship Pontio centre, a wonderful, high quality facility with a theatres, a cinema, lecture theatres, social learning spaces, cafes and facilities for the Students Union. This will make an enormous contribution to the educational, social and cultural life of our staff and students and the local community. The University has also recently opened the new Marine Centre Wales in Menai Bridge, a £40m high quality 600-bed student village as well as redeveloping our sports facilities. Plans are underway to renovate the historic main University building; to redesign, modernise and expand the Science Quarter in the centre of Bangor; and develop the Menai Science Park, which has been supported by funding from both the Welsh Government and the European Union.

The University remains committed to the formation of beneficial strategic relationships in the region. Particular emphasis is being given to developing our relationships with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Grwp Llandrillo Menai in addition to the continued commitment to the well-established strategic alliance with Aberystwyth University. 

The University has over 1700 students from outside the EU and we are continuing to develop strategic partnerships overseas. These partnerships will ensure the flow of international students to Bangor University, and the resulting fee income, as traditional markets remain challenging.

As an international University for the region, the University continues to remain rooted in the local community. Increasing opportunities to widen access to Higher Education remains a priority for the University, as does remaining committed to the development and strengthening of Welsh medium research and teaching and enhancing the use of Welsh in the University and the region.

Bangor University is unique. It is both the most international of Welsh universities, as evidenced in international leagues tables, but is also remains the most Welsh of Welsh universities, as evidenced by our Welsh medium provision.  In this context, the University's new strategic plan for the period 2015-2020 sets out a strategic direction for Bangor University as a confident and successful university, which is able to think differently to identify challenges, risks and opportunities. A link to the new plan is available below.

Further information about the University can be found here: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/about/

If you wish to apply, please submit your CV with the short application form including a personal statement summarising the reasons for your interest and what you would bring to the role.

Hopefully the links below will provide further information, but if you would like to discuss the role, please contact:

Dr Kevin Mundy, University Secretary – 01248 382776, k.mundy@bangor.ac.uk.

Key Documents

A list of key documentation can be access on the following links :