Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of excellence and exceeds expectations, both for academic standards and student experience. The most recent national Research Assessment Exercise shows that world leading research is being carried out at Bangor. Areas of particular excellence include Accounting & Finance which is rated as the best for research in the UK, and Electronic Engineering which is rated second in the UK. Sports Science is placed in the top 10 in the UK and Psychology is 11th in the UK.
Bangor University prides itself on the quality of teaching offered, and a recent review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) resulted in the highest possible endorsement of the University’s academic standards. The ‘confidence’ judgement by the QAA confirms the University’s academic standing and profile.
The University also performs well in a variety of student surveys rating satisfaction levels and overall experience. For instance, Bangor was ranked amongst the top 12 in the UK for providing small-group tuition (Times Higher Education), and achieved top 20 positions in the National Student Survey in subject areas ranging from Psychology and Education to Sports Science, Chemistry, and Nursing and Midwifery.
Study Somewhere Special
Situated in north Wales between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea – Bangor is considered to be one of the most attractive study locations in the UK. Student surveys show that a high proportion of students choose Bangor because of the small and friendly nature of the University and the town.
From the moment you arrive, you’ll be given as much help and support as possible with health and welfare matters as well as your academic work. Bangor has one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes of any university, with second and third year students involved in a mentoring scheme to help new students settle in during their first weeks here.
Have a look at our Peer Guiding video.
Low Cost of Living
Bangor has been described as “one of the cheapest places in Britain” to be a student (The A-Z of Universities and Higher Education Colleges) and is consistently ranked as one of the most economical places to study in the UK in various cost-of-living surveys.
Investment in New Facilities
An on-going multi-million pound investment programme has already resulted in new student residences, a new Students' Union nightclub, and academic facilities such as the Management Centre and the Environment Centre Wales building. The next major project is an ambitious new Arts & Innovation Centre, which is set to become a new social hub for students as well as an internationally significant centre for learning, innovation and the performing arts. The building – which will open in 2014 – will be a world-class centre for innovation in science, technology and the creative arts. In addition to being a new home for our Students’ Union, it will include a theatre, studio theatre, cinema, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, bar and café.
All first year, single undergraduates who apply within the given timeframe are guaranteed a place in a hall of residence.
Bangor was ranked within the top 10 in the UK for the quality of our accommodation in a recent national student experience survey (Times Higher Education) and the What Uni Student Choice Awards also placed Bangor’s halls within the Top 10 university accommodation in the UK.
There are over 2,175 rooms available, with a £35M development project on the main accommodation site having resulted in the opening of many new halls and an increase in the number of en-suite rooms.
For University halls, the 2012-13 fees equated to these approximate weekly figures: shared facilities: from £71.00; en-suite facilities: from £99.00. See the website for the most up-to-date information.
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.
A new Study Skills Centre, which opened its doors during the 2012/13 academic year, 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 to all legal web services at speeds equivalent to local domestic broadband.
Other learning resources include a £1.5M MRI scanner, a multi-media language centre, a natural history museum and a £3.5-m ocean-going research ship.
Those already interested in outdoor pursuits will be spoilt for choice by the full range of opportunities available right on the doorstep, from climbing and hillwalking to paragliding and water sports. Even the less energetic can enjoy the scenery at a more leisurely pace. However, you are sure to be thrilled with the excellent sports and recreation facilities on offer.
Maes Glas, the main sports and recreation centre is situated at the heart of the main student residential site. It has two main sports halls, three well-equipped gyms for cardiovascular exercise and weight training, a gymnastics hall, a multi-route climbing wall with ascents of varying difficulty and a bouldering section, plus four international-standard squash courts.
Out of doors there are grass pitches for football, rugby and American football, all in sites of scenic beauty, a floodlit synthetic pitch for hockey games and training, and two multi-purpose facilities for tennis, five-a-side football and netball.
The University also has shared use with Gwynedd Council of an athletics track. Nearby there is yet another sports hall and two gymnasiums which are used in the evenings and weekends by the Athletic Union clubs for training and group activities.
In Bangor itself there is a 25-metre swimming pool with aquaslide. Other popular local attractions include the ten-pin bowling alleys and the Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre in Llandudno and the National Mountain Centre at Capel Curig.
There are over 50 sports teams and clubs at Bangor, ranging from football and rugby to octopush and trampolining.
All the residential sites in Bangor are within walking distance of the city centre and main university departments – the halls are so convenient you won’t have to spend your money on bus fares or petrol to travel to and from halls.
The city has rail connections with the rest of the UK and direct trains to London (taking around 3 hours 20 minutes), Manchester, Crewe and Cardiff and a bus station for local and long distance travel. The ferry service from nearby Holyhead to Ireland is also fast and frequent.
Much of your social life at University will revolve around the Students’ Union, which provides services, support, activities and entertainment for students. To get the most out of your time at University, the Students’ Union encourages you to get involved in the wide range of activities offered, as it’s an ideal way to meet new people and try new things.
You can pursue existing or new interests through the range of clubs and societies on offer, and at Bangor University, student membership of the Students’ Union clubs and societies is free of charge. There are nearly 150 clubs and societies in total, varying from societies such as film, photography and drama to sport clubs such as canoeing, football and surfing. You can try your hand at absolutely any of the clubs and societies during Welcome Week. You can also get involved with the student newspaper or Storm FM, the student radio station or even get involved in the running of the Union, and become involved with deciding how student life in Bangor works.
Have a look at the Clubs and Societies video.
Academi, the Students’ Union nightclub, is a centre point for much of the evening entertainment and as well as being a nightclub it also has some great spaces for you to relax including a café, a games room with pool tables and gaming machines and a cinema room with HD screen and surround sound.
Regular favourites at Academi include Budgies (with party games and classic cheese tunes) O.M.G. (a night of club classics and mash-ups to prepare for the weekend) and Hey You! (the Athletic Union’s popular fund raising event with plenty of themed evenings and fancy dress action).
Academi also works alongside the Students’ Union to organise one of the biggest events of the year – the annual Summer Ball which always provides amazing entertainment and activities. In recent years the acts have included the likes of Rizzle Kicks, DJ Fresh, Feeder, Maximo Park and Zane Lowe to name but a few.
As well as Academi, Bangor also has 2 other nightclubs, several late-opening bars, and numerous pubs.
The new Arts and Innovation Centre opening in 2014 will also provide exciting arts and entertainment facilities for students and the local community. The centre is set to become a major new arts, entertainment and social venue, with facilities including a cinema, theatre, studio theatre, bar and café.
Come and see for yourself what sort of a place Bangor is to live and study.
The Open Day dates for those interested in 2014 entry are:
Saturday, 6 July 2013
Saturday, 12 October 2013
Saturday, 26 October 2013
The aim of the Bangor Open Day is to give prospective students the chance to find out more both about the courses and student life offered here. All academic Schools will be open to you and there will be advice on topics such as Graduate Careers, Student Finance, Scholarships and Bursaries, Student Welfare Services, and the UCAS system. There will also be specific information for mature students and parents.
- Population: Over 10,000 students
- Gender: 43% Male: 57% Female:
- International Students: 18%
- Location: Gwynedd
- Times Ranking: 57th in the Sunday Times University League Table, University Guide 2012 (June 2012).
- Fees: £9,000 a year for full-time undergraduate courses (2013/14). See the website for the most up-to-date information.
Telephone (general number): 01248 351151
Twitter Handle: @BangorUni
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