“I learned to dive in winter, in a home-made wetsuit..."
From Bangor to Phuket, Pete Atkinson's (Zoology with Marine Zoology, 1978) photographic career has taken him around the world.
“My time at Bangor University gave me such enormous confidence, independence and a belief in my abilities”
A degree in History with Journalism (2006) at Bangor led Jamie Smith to fulfil his lifelong dream of writing and publishing a novel.
"I still look fondly at my times stuyding in the fens of Anglesey and the bogs of Snowdonia"
Bangor provided the perfect environment for Chris Dennis (Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology, 2011) to pursue his interest in nature.
“My nursing placement in Pokhara helped me become a better Nurse and helped prepare me for working through the COVID-19 pandemic”
As part of her degree in Nursing, Chloe Roberts (Nursing, 2020) did an overseas placement in Pokhara, Nepal.
"Bangor helped me establish a foundation for lifelong learning and learn the need for a keen work ethic"
The University's soccer club played a big part in Ian Gray's (Economics, 1973) student experience at Bangor.
“My first date with my wife Chris was in the cafe at the end of Bangor Pier!”
Studying Agricultural Botany at Bangor started David Scarisbrick's (Agricultural Botany, 1965) career in the field.
“I had dreams of being the next Jacques Cousteau!”
"... leaving Bangor and moving to London was the most difficult decision I ever had to make and I still think about my time at university and living in Snowdonia every day."
Forty years after leaving Bangor, Tony Vickers-Byrne (English and Drama 1981 and PGCE 1982)
still feels the strong pull of North Wales.
"I guided the team to the wooden spoon in the UW Championship!"
Pete Curle (Chemistry, Biochemistry and Soil Science, 1968) shares his sporting memories as a student.
"The course made me feel younger than I was at the time, and I relished the challenge"
In his fifties, Peter Montgomery (Sociology with Social Policy, 2002) returned to education to study at Bangor University.
"I knew Bangor was the place for me and I was not going anywhere else!"
Amelie Edwards' (Medieval and Early Modern History, 2012) time in the Bangor English Dramatic Society as a student led her on the path to writing and acting.
"Bangor had a huge positive influence on my life"
Alumnus Tim Hill (Economics, 1970) has documented the story of his life, covering his fusion of backgrounds, religions, travels in the Americas and life in the Caribbean.
"My memories of post-war University life in Bangor."
Neville Powell graduated in 1950.
Read his memories of University life over 70 years ago.
"Bangor opened up so many opportunities to me"
Pippa Joyner (French, 1996) has become a published author with stories inspired by her time in Bangor.
“I am ever grateful to the University and the City for my experience and the knowledge that I use to this day”
Graeme Patterson (Botany with Marine Botany, 1978) shares his memories of student life in the 1970s.
"I set up my business in my spare time whilst studying at Bangor"
Gaz Thomas (MEng Electronic Engineering, 2004) took advantage of Bangor University's support to set up his business during his postgraduate studies.
Gillian and John Taylor
Couple celebrate their 50th anniversary after meeting in Bangor
Gillian Taylor (nee Kendall) (Pure Maths, 1970) and John Taylor (Pure Maths MSc, 1970 and PhD Cymraeg, 2012)’s son Tim share their story which started in Bangor.
“My 4 years at Bangor were the best 4 years of my educational life”
Sara Rawoot (Psychology with Neuropsychology, 2019) is closer to fulfilling her dreams after completing her degree at Bangor University.
Ingrid, Nina and Helen
Three alumna return to Bangor to mark 35 years since graduating
Ingrid Abrahams (Biblical Studies, 1985), Nina Dhanoa (Biochemistry, 1985) and Helen Charles (History, 1984) tell us about their return to Bangor!
"Who says Science and the arts don't mix?"
Isle of Man alumna Liz Boakes, (Biochemistry, 1994 & PGCE) tells us of her writing success during lockdown.
Bangor set the seed for my future career
Tom Kidger (Agroforestry with Business Management, 2003) set up the UK's leading online retailer of real Christmas trees.
"Celebrating 40 years since we arrived in Bangor as Freshers in 1979"
Jonathan Doherty (Education with PE, 1982) shares his recent reunion with us.
Alumnus plays wheelchair Rugby League for Wales
Jason Owen (Physical Education and Outdoor Education, 1997) gives 100% effort for his country!
Graham Newman (Mathematics, 1976)
Graham Newman (Mathematics, 1976) shares his memories of his time at University.
Reichel, Regattas and Rag Weeks
David Walker graduated from Bangor in 1960 with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology. Here he shares some of his memories of his time as a student.
“My Life Through The Lens”
For more than 35 years alumnus Geoff Tompkinson has travelled the world as a photographer and time-lapse video producer.
Bangor Alumna's Psychology Degree takes her to Facebook HQ
You’ll find Bangor graduates working at every major company across the globe. Facebook, the world’s largest social media company, is home to Susie Thompson, a 2004 Psychology graduate who has found her dream job in California.
Alumnus of the Year 2019
Frankie Hobro (Marine Environmental Protection MSc, 2002) was named Alumnus of the Year 2019 during the School of Ocean Sciences’ graduation ceremony.
China Alumnus of the Year 2019
Congratulations to Yingying Liu who has been named as Bangor University’s China Alumnus of the Year 2019.
Alumnus of the Year 2018
In July 2018, Gwilym Rees-Jones (Maths, 1963) was presented with Bangor University's Alumnus of the Year award. The Alumnus of the Year award highlights the achievements of our alumni, acknowledging those who have excelled in their chosen career and remain engaged with their University
China Alumnus of the Year 2018
Prof. Andrew Edwards, Dean of the College Arts, Humanities and Business, presented Michelle Han (MBA, 2004) with the China Alumnus of the Year 2018 award at during an alumni reunion in Shanghai.
Alumnus of the Year 2017
Ray Footman is Bangor University's Alumnus of the Year 2017. The Alumnus of the Year award recognises the achievements, both professional and personal, of our graduates, especially highlighting those who have chosen to remain engaged with their alma mater and give back, either through service, philanthropy, or both to the University.
Bangor University / BIBF Alumnus of the Year 2018
Mohamed Al-Mahroos (Banking and Finance, 2012) was named Bangor University / BIBF Alumnus of the Year in September 2018.
Bangor University / BIBF Alumnus of the Year 2017
Mohamed came to Bangor University to complete his BA Hons in Business Studies and Finance in the 2010-2011 academic year and earned an upper second class degree.
China Alumnus of the Year 2017
Because of Bangor
Do you feel that you wouldn’t be where you are today without your time at Bangor? Do you have a particular memory of a location or event at the University that has always stayed with you? Did you make friends for life, establish traditions or meet your future partner here?
Read some of our alumni stories on why Bangor University is so special to them and where they are today ‘Because of Bangor’.
An Honorary Fellowship is a highly prestigious award which the University bestows to distinguished individuals who have a connection with the University or Wales, and who have made an outstanding contribution to their chosen field. We are especially proud of our alumni Honorary Fellows.