Bangor University

Bangor, United Kingdom

No. Students: 11,000 No. of Academic staff: 650
Funding type: Public
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Why should I study here?

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.

About

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.

Internationally recognised

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).

High standard of living

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.

Low cost

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.

Accessible

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.

University Profile

  • Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of excellence and exceeds expectations, both for academicstandards and student experience.
  • We have over 11,000 students and over 650 teaching staff based in 23 Academic Schools grouped into five Colleges
  • The 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.
  • 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.
  • A 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.
  • Other learning resources include a £1.5M MRI scanner, a multi-media language centre, a natural history museum and a £3.5-m research vessel, The Prince Madog.
  • The construction of the Pontio Arts & Innovation Centre known as is currently underway, 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 £36million 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.
  • A £20m redevelopment of the campus resulted in the establishment of the Environment Centre Wales and the Bangor Business School's Management Centre.
  • We have close links with 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.
  • The University 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.
  • The University in recent years has opened new halls of residence as part of a £35m upgrade. The quality of the accommodation on offer is reflected in the fact that 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 Student Experience Survey).
  • The What Uni Student Choice Awards also placed our halls within the top 10 university accommodation in the UK.
  • 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.
  • As a major provider of teacher training in Wales, we have close links with schools, local education authorities and the teaching profession.
  • We have one of the largest widening access programmes in the country called the Talent Opportunities Programme involving over 1500 pupils in schools across North Wales.
  • We are involved in the Reaching Higher, Reaching Wider programme operating in the region.
  • We have one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes in the country, which supports new students and ensures an easy transition to University life. The scheme has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards in the Outstanding Student Support Category.
  • Our Careers and Employability Service is recognised nationally as being one of the most active careers services in the UK. The Bangor Employability Award was established in 2010 and offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers want and need based on up-to-date research.

Services

Accommodation

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).

General facilities

  • A £35million development has led to the opening of many new halls and an increase in en-suite rooms.
  • All accommodation is within easy walking distance of the University.
  • All accommodation is self-catered, and kitchens are shared with fellow students.
  • Equipment provided in the kitchens varies from residence to residence, but all will have basic facilities such as cookers, fridges and freezers.
  • All single study bedrooms have internet access.
  • The Halls have Senior Wardens and a large team of Wardens.
  • There are Security Staff on call 24 hours a day.

Our Accommodation Sites

Ffriddoedd Site

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.

Normal Site

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.

Neuadd Garth

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.

Support, Careers and Employability

Student Support

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.

Work Experience and Volunteering

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.

Working while you Study

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:

  • Graduate jobs - Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

Student life

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.

For your Entertainment

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.

Clubs and Societies

Student membership is free of charge!

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.

Clubs & Societies

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!

Bangor and the area

In Bangor...

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.

Around Bangor...

Anglesey...

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.

Snowdonia National Park...

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.

Sports

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.

Sports Clubs - Membership Free of Charge!

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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