Research activity in the College includes collaborative, cross-discipline projects, drawing upon the expertise of staff who span a number of subject areas – in addition to research which is focussed within the specific academic subjects which are the core activity of each of the Schools.

Find out more about research in:

Research Excellence Framework 2014: Results Overview

Periodically the UK government sponsors a process, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) that grades the research activity in all UK Universities, the most recent results have now been released for REF 2014.

The Schools of Chemistry, Computer Science and Electronic Engineering are all highly research focussed and submitted just under 90% of all their academic staff.

Electronic Engineering did particularly well with its research output rated the 4th best in the UK.

All of Chemistry’s research was graded as Internationally recognised or better. The quality of Chemistry’s research output has improved with 70% now in the top two categories of World Leading or Internationally Excellent.

In Computer Science nearly 65% of the research output was rated as either World Leading or Internationally Excellent.

All three Schools are looking forward to building on the Research Excellence identified in REF2014.


Bangor is at the heart of collaborative low carbon, energy, and environmental research in Wales. Examples of our reserach includerResearch into solar energy application and organic molecules in plastics and polymers which could be applied to plastic solar cell development; research into energy efficient materials like converting bread waste into bioplastic packaging and a partnership between Bangor and Trinity College Dublin which is conducting innovative research on micro-hydro turbines recovering energy in water services. Find out more...