About Research at Bangor

Over three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”.

REF 2014

Research is central to Bangor University; it is an integral part of our teaching and a passion of our academic staff. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for all UK universities. Research in the schools of Sports Science; Modern Languages; Welsh; Education; Linguistics; Ocean Sciences; Biological Sciences; Environment, Natural Resources and Geography; Psychology; Healthcare Sciences; and Medical Sciences have all been ranked in the top 20 in the UK.

...having a major impact on the lives of people both locally and globally...

Excellent research carried out by Bangor University academics is having a major impact on the lives of people both locally and globally. This will come as no surprise to those who are familiar with us: Bangor University, established in north Wales in 1884 by the community to serve the needs of future generations, continues to transform lives over one hundred and thirty years on from its foundation. The world leading research carried out at Bangor University, together with our high student satisfaction and our unique location and culture makes this University a very attractive place to study and work.

Facts and figures

Research at Bangor University has been highly rated in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which recognised over three-quarters of Bangor University’s research as either “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Research income reached almost £20 million in 2014.

Bangor University is rated in the top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2016

Following our strong performance in REF 2014, Bangor University’s Quality Research (QR) funding allocation for 2015/2016 was increased by over 5.5% by HEFCW. This increase was achieved even though the overall QR funding for Welsh universities remained unchanged from 2014/15.

Research and teaching are closely inter-linked at Bangor University: almost all research academics teach, ensuring that our students benefit from the knowledge created by our research.

Bangor University is ranked in the top 100 Universities in the world for its international outlook.

We are rated in the top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey. Our accommodation was voted the best in the UK at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2016. Our Courses and Lecturers were voted 2nd and Student Support named 3rd best in the UK.

Bangor is among the top 10% of the world’s greenest Universities (UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, 2014) and has recently achieved the internationally recognised ISO14001 Environmental Standard.

We climbed up 25 places in the 2016 Guardian University Guide league tables – the second highest climber.