About the School of Arts, Culture and Language

Ruth McElroy

If you are passionate about your subject and keen to be challenged and stimulated to reach your potential, then the School of Arts, Culture and Language is the perfect destination.

Over almost a century and a half of teaching the arts, culture and language, Bangor has established itself as a national and international centre of excellence in the field.

The School of Arts, Culture, and Language is home to over 50 academic staff and over 50 tutors, and we strive towards teaching students in small class sizes.

In addition to boasting an excellent research and teaching environment, the school makes a significant contribution to the University’s civic and public engagement agenda at local, national and international levels. The School is at the forefront of the University’s mission to establish a world-leading bilingual ethos and working environment.

Research Centres

Centre for Arthurian Studies

This newly founded centre highlights the wealth of expertise and long-standing tradition in researching and teaching the Arthurian legend at Bangor since the inception of the university in 1884.


Centre for Contemporary Poetry (ContemPo)

The Centre for Contemporary Poetry (informally known as ‘ContemPo’) is a collaborative, cross-institutional research centre founded in 2006.


Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies

The Centre brings together scholars from disciplines across Bangor University who teach and research various aspects of film, television and screen studies.


Centre for Galician Studies in Wales

A forum for research on contemporary Galicia. Issues pertaining to bilingualism and cultural identity and their relevance to both Galician and Welsh culture are of particular interest.


Centre for Research on Bilingualism

This Centre is located entirely within Bangor University and operate across a number of Schools and Colleges. Research in the field of bilingualism draws on several disciplines, including linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, education, sociology, economics, and political science.


R.S. Thomas Research Centre

The Centre was officially opened by R.S. Thomas in April 2000. Its archive contains all of R.S. Thomas’s published works, together with a comprehensive collection of reviews, critical books and articles, interviews and audio-visual material.


Research Centre Wales

Research Centre Wales brings together all those at Bangor University who work on Wales in both Welsh and English across the Arts and Humanities and in language policy.


Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book

The Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book is an interdisciplinary centre for the advanced study of the past, present and future of the book as material artefact, and of the cultures that surround it. 


Renowned Academics

The diverse but interconnected School sustains a community of outstanding and renowned academics and creative practitioners who produce world-leading research on core areas of strength including Welsh, Celtic Studies, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Musicology, Composition, Performance and Film, Linguistics and Language Planning, Material Texts and Material Cultures, and Cultural Connections across Wales, Europe and the World.

Teaching and Research

Our teaching and research are supported by our outstanding archives and special collections, our excellent library and digital facilities and a deep engagement with digital humanities.


The School, like Bangor and its surrounding communities is multilingual; Welsh and English are used in School communication, teaching, and creative practice, and a range of different languages are spoken and studied by staff and students.  Grounded in our distinct linguistic and cultural identity and extraordinary location, the School has a consciously global outlook to research. It engages with scholars across the world, undertakes externally funded comparative and international research and hosts a community of international staff and students.

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