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.