University Profile

  • Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of excellence and exceeds expectations, both for academic standards and student experience.
  • We have over 11,000 students and over 650 teaching staff based in 23 Academic Schools grouped into five Colleges
  • 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.
  • Bangor University is committed to being known globally as The Sustainable University. Much of what we do is based on our desire to bring sustainability to life; whether through our teaching, research or public engagement. We have established The Sustainability Lab to lead on all aspects of sustainability across the University. We have ISO14001 and Green Dragon Level 5 accreditation for environmental management and we are in the top 5% of the world’s greenest universities according to the Universitas Indonesia UI Green Metric.
  • The University has a dedicated Widening Access Centre that provides a vital link between the University and its surrounding community.
  • The latest National Student Survey (NSS) results reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience. The results – released August 2016 – place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 15 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions).
  • Bangor University’s accommodation was rated as the best in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2016. In addition, our courses and lecturers were rated second and student support rated third in the UK.
  • The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey placed Bangor within the top 15 universities in the UK for student experience.
  • 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 £3.5m research vessel, The Prince Madog.
  • The Pontio Arts & Innovation Centre is a new social hub for students as well as a centre for learning, innovation and the performing arts. The building is a centre for innovation in science, technology and the creative arts. In addition to being a new home for our Students’ Union, it is home to a theatre, cinema, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, bar and cafés.
  • 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.
  • A new development of 600 rooms opened at the St Mary’s Village in 2015, with the range of accommodation including studio apartments and townhouses. On site there is also be a café bar, shop, laundrette, common rooms and sports and fitness facilities.
  • The University is rated amongst the top 55 universities in the UK, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.
  • 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 1,500 pupils in schools across North Wales.
  • We are involved in the Reaching Higher, Reaching Wider programme operating in the region.
  • 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.