Bangor, United Kingdom
Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to Bangor University
Academic Excellence. Established in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence that continues to this day. The latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) identified world-leading research in each of the 19 areas submitted for assessment.
Range of Expertise. The University is made up of five Colleges housing twenty-two academic Schools, as well as over fifty specialist research centres, enabling the provision of over 150 postgraduate courses spanning the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.
Academic Development. We believe strongly in supporting the academic development of our postgraduates. Our Early Researcher Development Programme (ERDP) provides training and workshops that will help you develop and maintain the key research, vocational and entrepreneurial skills necessary to meet the demands of your future career.
Support Services. From the moment you arrive, youll be given as much help and support as possible with health and welfare matters as well as with your academic work. Our Student Support Services centre provides a one-stop-shop for advice and guidance on matters from money and housing to disability support, counselling and local faith provision.
Spectacular Setting. Your work-life balance can be key to the success of your postgraduate study. Situated between the mountains, lakes and forests of the Snowdonia National Park and miles of dramatic coastline, Bangor provides one of the most attractive study locations in the UK, and is a great base for all kinds of outdoor sports and activities.
Conveniently located. Bangor is at the heart of the regions transport network, with quick road and rail links taking you across to Liverpool and Manchester in just 90 minutes. Bangors location on the London to Holyhead main line means that the regular ferry service from Holyhead Port to Dublin is just 20 minutes away, while a direct train will take you to the centre of London in little over 3 hours.
Low living costs. According to The Independents A-Z of Universities and Higher Education Colleges, Bangor is one of the cheapest places in Britain to be a student.
Academic and research excellence
Established in 1884, Bangor University combines traditional academic excellence with cutting-edge research and equipment. Over half of the Schools assessed to date in the teaching quality assessments have received the top rating of ‘excellent’, while the last Research Assessment Exerciseconfirmed Bangor’s status as a research-led university with an international perspective. World-leading research was identified in all of its 19 assessed subject areas.
Bangor’s postgraduate community comprises over 2000 students from all over the world, who have chosen to study at Bangor based on its international reputation, its huge variety of subject expertise and the attraction of studying within a research-led university supervised by leading academics in their field.
In recent years Bangor University has risen substantially in Times Higher Education World University rankings, and is now placed among the world’s top 275 universities.
Continued investment in postgraduate study
The University believes strongly in investment in postgraduate study, reflected by the breadth and scope of our research facilities and new student focused centres, in particular a new Graduate Centre for the exclusive use of postgraduate students. A £40m Arts and Innovation Centre will provide cutting-edge teaching and learning spaces, accompanied by exciting new social facilities.
Bangor also out-performed the UK higher education sector average in seven out of the nine quantifiable themes in the 2012/13 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).
Living in Bangor enables students to combine a high-quality educational experience with a wonderful living environment. Bangor is regarded to be amongst the UK’s best university locations, situated in North Wales between the mountains of Snowdonia and the Irish Sea and offering some of the finest beaches and most dramatic scenery in the country, as well as an abundance of historical sites of national importance.
Bangor is recognised as being one of the least expensive places to be a student in the UK. Accommodation costs are typically between £50 and £100 per week, and the compact nature of the city means that transport costs are also minimal.
Bangor is well-connected to the UK’s transport network, lying within 90 minutes of Liverpool and Manchester, 2.5h from Birmingham and 3h from London by direct train. Connections with Ireland are easy too – Bangor is only 25 minutes from Holyhead Ferry Port – and there are daily commercial flights between Anglesey Airport (20 mins from Bangor) and Cardiff.
A room in our student halls of residences is guaranteed to all first-years who apply before the given deadline. We have over 2,350 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.
Bangor University was also ranked within the top 10 for accommodation in the What Uni? Student Choice Awards (2011).
The largest accommodation site is in Upper Bangor, about ten minutes walk from College Road, the Science buildings and the city centre. The site has a shop, laundrettes and common rooms. The rooms on this site are predominantly en-suite.
Also on site is Bar-Uno, the student cafe-bar, serving meals and drinks from breakfast through to dinner, and Maes Glas, the University's sports and leisure centre. Maes Glas has extensive indoor and outdoor sporting facilities, including state-of-the-art CV equipment, a climbing wall, squash courts, two sports halls, tennis courts and an all-weather pitch.
Situated on the shores of the Menai Strait next to Education and the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, this site has a bistro, shop, laundrette, common rooms and computing facilities, and is close to the University running track. All bedrooms have shared bathroom facilities.
Garth is a postgraduate hall, located at the end of College Road. It is a self-catering hall that has recently been refurbished and is two minutes' walk from the Main Arts building and very close to the amenities of the city centre.
At Bangor, we place a high priority on caring for and supporting our students. This is reflected in the fact that Bangor is rated one of the top universities in the UK for student support (Times Higher Education). From Welcome Week onwards, you'll be given as much help and support as possible with health and welfare matters as well as your academic work.
The Peer Guide scheme and the Personal Tutor system mean that there is always another student or academic member of staff that you can turn to, while the Student Services Centre provides a professional support service for students. The services offered range from financial advice to welfare support, study skills, dyslexia support and counselling.
There is also a dedicated Disability team to provide advice and guidance on a range of disability-related matters.
The University's Careers and Employability Service povides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today's job market.
Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are placement programmes, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.
The Bangor Employability Award is also designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students.
The Careers and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
The JobZone is the University's Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:
Much of your social life at University will revolve around the Students' Union, which provides services, support, activities and entertainment for students. A major plus at Bangor is that student membership of the Students' Union's clubs and societies is free of charge, ensuring that all students can take part in the sports and activities offered.
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.
Academi nightclub, opened in September 2011 and provides the focus for much of the night-time entertainment. As well as the nightclub, Academi has two bars, a café and a shop.
Bar Uno Café Bar provides a social hub for students and is an integral part of the Ffriddoedd site. It has three large screens and offers events including sports nights, pool tournaments and entertainment.
Your time as a student is the ideal opportunity to try out something new or get together with people who have the same interests and hobbies as you. Whatever you're interested in, there's bound to be a club here for you at Bangor - and if there isn't you can always set one up with the help of the Students' Union.
The Union has a wide range of student-run clubs and societies, from international societies including the Afro-Caribbean, Indian and Chinese societies, to activities and interests ranging from art, comedy and drama to photography, scouts and war gaming.
The various sport clubs give you an opportunity to train, compete and socialise with fellow club members.
The are also societies that will compliment your academic studies, such as the Law Society, the Geographical Society, the Archaeological Society and Endeavour, the Ocean Sciences Society. You'll get to know more about all our clubs and societies during the Serendipity Freshers' Fair which is held during Welcome Week.
Whatever youre interested in theres bound to be a club here for you here at Bangor and if there isnt, you can always set one up!
Your time as a student is the ideal opportunity to try out something new or get together with people who share the same interests and hobbies as you.
The Students' Union offers a wide range of student-run clubs and societies from international and religious societies including the Christian Union, Islamic Society and Japanese Society to incredibly varied clubs like Beer and Ale society, People and Planet and Womens Group.
Youll get to know more about all the Clubs and Societies at the Serendipity during Welcome Week and theres no limit to how many you can join.
Student membership is free of charge!
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 and Innovation Centre, which will provide exciting arts and entertainment facilities for the University and the local community.
The Pontio Centre- 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 cafe.
Anglesey is one of the most popular destinations in North Wales and because its an island theres the added bonus of never being too far from the sea. There are plenty of beaches to chose from so when the sun is smiling,get your friends together for a spot of sunbathing. Or if youre the sporty type take your board with you because the island is a popular spot for surfers.
Anglesey is also your gateway to Ireland and regular ferries run from Holyhead to Dublin, with the journey taking around two hours.
The Snowdonia National Park's 25 miles of mountains, lakes and rivers offer plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the great outdoors.
Walking, climbing, kyaking and canoeing are just some of the sports that can be enjoyed in the park. Many of the University's sports clubs organise regular trips to Snowdonia - you can find out more about the University's Clubs and Societies on the Students' Union's website and Facebook page.
If you are already interested in Outdoor pursuits you will be spoilt for choice by the huge range of sports available on your doorstep. Snowdonia is the adventure capital of the UK with a high concentration of opportunities, from exceptional rock climbing to scrambling and hill walking to an abundance of water sports including, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, sailing and sea kayaking.
Maes Glas, the University's sports and leisure centre, is located at the heart of the main student accommodation site at Ffriddoedd. Facilities include two main sports halls, three well-equipped gyms, a gymnastics hall, a multi-route climbing wall with ascents varying in difficulty. Outdoor facilities include grass pitches for football, rugby and American football, a floodlit synthetic pitch for hockey games and training, a shared athletics track and multi-purpose facilites for tennis, five-a-side football and netball.
In terms of getting involved, there are currently over 50 sports teams and clubs within the Athletic Union. These range from football, rowing and cricket to otcopush, trampolining and wakeboarding, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.
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