University profile

Bangor University

Edition
2017/18 edition

About Bangor University

Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 11,500 students currently study at the University, with 650 teaching staff based within twenty three Academic Schools.

Gold-rated teaching

Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award for teaching, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Bangor University is the only university in Wales to achieve this standard.

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Research excellence

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.

Student satisfaction

The most recent National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor in the top ten in the UK for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions).

Student life at Bangor University is vibrant and diverse. We have more than 150 Students’ Union Clubs and Societies, and membership is free. 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.

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An unrivalled location

Bangor’s location – between 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”.

Award-winning accommodation

Bangor University’s accommodation was rated as the best in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2016. Bangor has three halls of residence dedicated to postgraduate accommodation across three sites, all within easy walking distance of both the campus and the city.

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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 third in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2017.

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