in the UK for Research Quality
Research Excellence Framework (2014)
of external competitive research funding over 5 years
(2013/14 to 2017/18)
overall satisfaction for postgraduate research throughout the REF period
HEA Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey
Our research is based on clusters of broad subject areas and is centred in our three Colleges.
What is the Research Excellence Framework (REF)?
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities.
The first REF took place in 2014, and more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research was recognised as either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The next REF is taking place in 2021 and you can view our Research Impact Case Studies below.
REF 2021 Impact Case Studies
Arts, Humanities and Business Emotional AI: Governance, Ethics and Society
Bangor University’s research on ‘Emotional Artificial Intelligence’ (eAI) has revealed a pressing and global need to consider ethical dimensions of developing technologies that gauge and interact with affective and emotional states.
Environmental Sciences and Engineering Reducing the costs of conservation in low and middle income countries
Bangor-led research has demonstrated the negative social impacts that conservation can have for some of the poorest people in the world.
Human Sciences Positive imact of visual arts interventions in dementia care
Bangor-led research demonstrated how arts interventions improved the quality of life of people affected by dementia.
About our Research
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. Our researchers come from over 30 countries worldwide, and collaborate with colleagues from over 120 nations.
Postgraduate Research Programmes
Find out about the range of postgraduate research programmes we offer.
The Doctoral School
Find out about the training and development support for postgraduate research students.
Research, Innovation and Impact
Find out how the Research, Innovation and Impact Office provide an integrated research support service for all Bangor University researchers and are building sustainable relationships with local, regional and national business partners.
Work with Us
The Collaboration Hub is the University’s portal for businesses and other external organisations looking to access the expertise, facilities and skills at the University.