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 10,000 students currently study at the University, with teaching staff based within fourteen 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 2018) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions).
Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
High Academic Quality Endorsed by QAA
The Quality Assurance Agency’s (QAA) Institutional Review has commended the way the university manages academic quality.
We received a number of commendations which highlighted particular areas of strength, including the way in which we use a data-driven approach to inform and enhance the student experience.
Other areas which received commendations were the University’s partnership with students, and the fact that bilingualism is embedded within all aspects of the student experience.
The University has responded to the QAA report with its action plan.
A range of expertise
The University is made up of three Colleges housing fourteen 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
They offer hundreds of courses across the arts, humanities and sciences. They pride themselves on the quality of their teaching and their courses and lecturers were rated second in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018.
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. They have established The Sustainability Lab to lead on all aspects of sustainability across the University. They have ISO14001:2015 accreditation for environmental management, a First Class Degree in the People & Planet Sustainability League, and they are in the top 3% 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 their 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. They 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 their students can take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities offered. Their Clubs and Societies were named best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018.
Students are given help and support from the moment they arrive. Our Student Services Centreprovides 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.
High standard of accommodation Bangor University’s accommodation has been rated as the best in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018. The 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey places Bangor University in the Top 10 in the UK for Accommodation. They guarantee accommodation for first year students who select Bangor as their Firm Choice and apply before the given deadline. Links and partnerships They 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.