Bangor University

2015 League Table Ranking 64
2015 Overall Score 627
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Entry Standards 305 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 17.8 Help
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Research Assessment 2.43 Help
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Academic Services Spend 840 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.07 Help
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Facilities Spend 321 Help
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Graduate Prospects 61.9 Help
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Degree Completion 85.1 Help
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Good Honours 61.2 Help
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Green Score 47.0 Help
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  • In October 1884 the University College of North Wales opened with 58 students and 12 members of academic staff.
  • The institution’s new title, University of Wales, Bangor, was formally approved by the Privy Council in 1997, and changed to Bangor University in 2007.
  • The University is currently organised into 23 Academic Schools grouped into five Colleges: Arts and Humanities; Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences; Natural Sciences; Health and Behavioural Sciences; Physical and Applied Sciences.
  • In 2009, Bangor University celebrated its 125th anniversary with an honorary degree ceremony where Archbishop Desmond Tutu was amongst those receiving honorary doctorates.
  • Honorary Fellows include David Brailsford CBE, performance director of British Cycling and the general manager of Team Sky; Lord Richard Attenborough and Bryn Terfel.
  • Notable alumni include Nobel prize-winner, Professor Robert Edwards FRS; Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire Director, Danny Boyle; poet R.S.Thomas.

Location and Transport

  • In north Wales, situated between Snowdonia and the sea – Bangor is considered one of the most attractive study locations in the UK.
  • Bangor is exceptionally well-situated and well-equipped for students interested in sport – especially those involving the great outdoors.
  • Surveys show that many students choose Bangor because of the small and friendly nature of the university and city.
  • Bangor is consistently ranked as one of the most economic places to study.
  • Bangor has good road and rail links – direct trains from London, Manchester, Crewe and Cardiff. Ferry connections from nearby Holyhead to Ireland are fast and frequent.

Entry Standards

  • Typical points range 240–360.
  • Visit the website for details of entry requirements at Bangor University.

Student Mix

  • 57% female: male 43%.
  • 80% home: overseas 20%.
  • 95% state schools: 5% private (non-state) schools.

Course Flexibility

  • Flexible course structures combine compulsory and optional modules.
  • Many programmes have common first years providing flexibility over the final choice of route.
  • Courses suitable for both full-time and part-time students, including distance learning options in some subjects.
  • Bangor has developed a new scheme called the International Experience Programme where students will study for one extra year during their degree. There is a wide variety of destinations to choose from, there is no charge for tuition fees for the year abroad and 'with International Experience' is added to the degree title.

Teaching Standards

  • A recent QAA institutional review resulted in the highest possible endorsement – a 'confidence' judgement in the University’s academic standards.
  • Bangor prides itself on the quality of teaching offered.
  • Over half of the academic schools at Bangor have received an 'excellent' rating for the quality of teaching.

Research Standards

  • In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, world-leading research was identified in all of the 19 assessed subject areas at Bangor University.
  • Also based on the Research Assessment Exercise, Bangor University is ranked first in the UK for Finance and Accounting Research; Electronic Engineering is ranked second in the UK; Sports Science is ranked in the top ten; Psychology ranked as eleventh.

Academic Strengths

  • A broad range of subjects including Science, Humanities, Education and Health.
  • Particular subject strengths include Psychology, Accounting and Finance, Sport Science and Ocean Sciences and Electronic Engineering

Student Facilities

  • Library, archives, computing, media and reprographics facilities and services supported by experienced staff.
  • There are a number of computer rooms/areas which can access the University’s network across the campus. Computer rooms have long opening hours with some open 24 hours. Wireless access and power recharge points available.
  • There are a number of social and learning spaces on site with smartboards, fixed computing equipment, wifi access and mobile lcd screens for collaborative learning activities as well as a student lounge complete with internet access.
  • The Study Skills Centre provides help with the transition to university and on-going support with academic progression. The support provided by the new Centre includes help with academic writing, reading and exam skills, mathematics and statistics, team-work, presentation skills, and project-planning.
  • Every bedroom in every Halls of Residence has Internet access.
  • Other learning resources include a £1.5-M MRI scanner, a multi-media language centre, a natural history museum and a £3.5-m ocean-going research ship.

Disability Services

  • Bangor’s pioneering Miles Dyslexia Centre is internationally known for its expertise, and provides support for over 600 students a year.
  • There are specialised computing facilities available for the sole use of disabled students or those with additional needs.
  • Visit the website to find out about disability services at Bangor University.

Students' Union

  • Bangor University has a Peer Guiding Scheme with second and third-year students involved in a mentoring scheme to help new students settle in during their first few weeks. The Peer Guiding Scheme and the Personal Tutor system mean there is always another student or an academic member of staff students can turn to.
  • Over 150 clubs and societies ranging from archaeology to musical theatre.
  • Free student membership of Students’ Union clubs and societies.
  • Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) is a department within the Students’ Union. SVB volunteers currently contribute a total of 400 hours each week which promotes a close relationship between the university and the local community.
  • A newly refurbished student nightclub includes two bars, a café and shop.


  • Bangor's location means that the University is exceptionally well-situated and well-equipped for students interested in sport – especially those involving the great outdoors. Rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, sailing and surfing are just some of the outdoor activities available.
  • There are over 50 sports teams and clubs at Bangor, ranging from football and rugby to octopush and trampolining.
  • The Dome – a new indoor tennis and netball centre – has opened near the main accommodation site (see below).
  • A number of Sports Scholarships are offered, worth up to £3,000 a year.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • A £35M development project on the main accommodation site has meant the opening of several new halls and an increase in the number of ensuite rooms.
  • A new development of 600 rooms will open in 2015 with the range of accommodation including studio apartments and townhouses. There will also be a café, bar, shop, launderette, common rooms and sports and fitness facilities on site.
  • The Dome – a new facility at the University’s Sports Centre – was recently officially opened by Lord Coe. The weatherproof sports dome, costing just over half a million pounds, provides students and the community with two full size indoor netball and tennis courts.
  • The construction of an ambitious new Arts and Innovation Centre is currently underway on the University campus. Due to open in 2014, the centre is set to become a world-class centre for innovation in science, technology and the creative arts and will include a theatre, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, bar, and café.

Careers and Employability

  • The Careers and Employability Service at Bangor University can help students to arrange voluntary experience through the GO Wales Work Taster Programme, the Aspirational Mentoring Programme and the Peer Guiding Scheme. The Service also host recruitment days for local organisations and advertise national an international opportunities in the JobZone, the Student Employment Bureau.
  • All undergraduate students will be able to be involved in a new scheme – the Bangor Employability Award (BEA) – designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of students. The BEA gives accreditation for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, work experiences, part-time work, learning a new language, etc) which may not be formally recognised within the academic degree programme, but are considered valuable in the graduate jobs market.


Notable Alumni

  • Professor Robert Edwards FRS, Nobel Prize Winner.
  • Danny Boyle, Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire Director.
  • R.S. Thomas, Poet.

For further information

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  • Bangor University
    LL57 2DG
UCAS Code B06

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