Bangor University History
A reputation for excellence
Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 11,000 students currently study at the University, with 650 teaching staff based within twenty three Academic Schools.
Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research*, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities.
The most recent National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 15 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions).
A range of expertise
The University is made up of five Colleges housing twenty-three academic Schools, as well as over fifty specialist research centres, enabling the provision of courses spanning the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.
Highly rated courses and lecturers
We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers were rated second in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2016.
Committed to sustainability
Bangor University is committed to being known globally as The Sustainable University. Much of what we do is based on our desire to bring sustainability to life; whether through our teaching, research or public engagement. We have established The Sustainability Lab to lead on all aspects of sustainability across the University. We have ISO14001 and Green Dragon Level 5 accreditation for environmental management and we are in the top 5% of the world’s greenest universities according to the Universitas Indonesia UI Green Metric.
Bangor’s location is unrivalled
Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea – has been described as the best university setting in the UK. In 2016 North Wales was named as the 4th best region in the world to visit by the travel guide Lonely Planet due to its stunning location and “shiny new adventure sports facilities”.
Investment in facilities
The University’s recent investments in facilities and services include the Pontio Arts and Innovation centre, a multi-million pound development which includes teaching facilities a theatre, cinema, bar, cafes and an innovation space. Pontio is also home to our Students’ Union.
Other investment include the opening of 600 brand new rooms at St Mary’s Student Village and the redevelopment of the University’s sports facilities at Canolfan Brailsford.
The Bangor student experience
Student life at Bangor University is vibrant and diverse. We have more than 150 Students’ Union Clubs and Societies, covering a range of interests, activities and sports, which means there’s something for everyone. Student membership is free, so all our students can take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities offered. Our Clubs and Societies were named best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.
Students are given help and support from the moment they arrive. Our Student Services Centre provides advice and guidance on matters from money and housing to disability support, counselling, dyslexia, study skills and local faith provision. Every year hundreds of second and third year students are trained as Peer Guides to welcome new students to Bangor and provide practical advice to help them settle-in.
The 2017 Times Higher Education survey places Bangor University 12th in the UK for student experience.
High standard of accommodation
Bangor University’s accommodation was rated as the best in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2016. We guarantee accommodation for first year students who select Bangor as their Firm Choice and apply before the given deadline.
Links and partnerships
We have close links with business and the NHS in Wales through the Besti Cadwaladr University Health Board. The University is a major provider of training and education for the NHS and is also one of the main partners in the North Wales Clinical School.
*excluding specialist institutions and single-submission universities