With over 10,000 students and approximately 2,000 staff, Bangor University plays a major role in the local area and is one of the largest employers in the region.
Since its foundation in 1884, partially as a result of the subscriptions of local quarrymen and agricultural workers, the University has been conscious of its debt to the region in which it is located. Equally, the university is recognised by the people of north Wales as a major asset, helping to build the economic, cultural and social future of the region.
Bangor University is active in its engagement with the local community and is involved in a wide variety of projects, some led by the Students’ Union and others by University staff in dedicated departments.
For more information on Bangor University’s work in the community, see below:
Widening Access Centre
The Widening Access Centre was established in 2012 to promote the University’s presence and work in the community that is such an integral part of it.
- Promote and safeguard fair access to higher education, including identifying individuals with the greatest potential from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Attract and retain students and prospective students from underrepresented groups, which may include students from less advantaged backgrounds and students with protected characteristics, carers and care leavers.
- Raise educational aspirations and develop skills which prepare students from underrepresented groups for higher education.
- Support students from underrepresented groups to progress to employment or further study.
- Work with Reaching Wider: North and Mid Wales Partnership in areas of low participation
- Work with LEAs to promote the value/benefit of Welsh medium and/or bilingual study
- Work with Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to promote University study through the medium of Welsh
- Work in partnership with FE to provide educational opportunities locally for those with geographical barriers to accessing HE.
- Sustainability: all applications to the WA Centre for funding from 2016/17 onwards will need to show how the Wellbeing Goals of 2015 are being addressed.
North and Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership
Bangor University is home to the North and Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership, part of a Wales-wide scheme that aims to increase participation in Higher Education from those living in low-participation areas in the region, in particular those designated as Communities First areas. For more information, please visit the North and Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership’s webpage: http://reachingwider.ac.uk/index.php.en
School of Lifelong Learning
The School of Lifelong Learning are involved in a wide range of projects and research. Visit the Lifelong Learning pages for more information.
Many of our Academic Schools will also have various research projects that include and involve the local community. See the individual Academic Schools websites for more information on their research projects.
Treborth Botanic Garden, covers an area of 18 hectares on the shores of the Menai Strait and has been owned by Bangor University since 1960. Whilst being freely open to the public, Treborth is used for some of the research and teaching activities of the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography. More information can be found here.
The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) is a self-funding organisation based in School of Pyschology.
The CMRP is committed to the promotion of wellbeing through the application of mindfulness-based approaches. This is achieved by training professionals in the application of mindfulness based approaches and researching applications of mindfulness.
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures engages in a wide variety of community activities across North Wales. Visit the School's community pages for more information.