At a glance
Situated between the mountain and the sea, Bangor University is surrounded by the scenic beauty of Wales that adds a different dimension to student life. Founded in 1884, Bangor has the “Best UK University setting” according to ‘The Independent’.
The university is dedicated to academic excellence for more than 135 years and is one of the oldest and most prestigious degree awarding institutions in the UK. At160+ buildings in14 academic departments with around 12,000 students and 650 teaching staff, Bangor offers more than 300 undergraduate and 100 postgraduate programmes across five colleges. Students are provided with a variety of options for work experience - either within the degree, through University internships or by volunteering. Some degrees are run in partnership with the industry such as Teacher Training, Nursing and Social Work. To help develop students' careers, many of the degrees are accredited by professional bodies of global repute, such as IBMS, ACCA, CIMA, CIM, BCS, BPS, IET, ICF, SRA, and NMC.
Bangor University has a long tradition of excellence and exceeds expectations, both for academic standards and student experience. The university is ranked top in Wales and one of the best in the UK.
Bangor’s research has a major impact around the world according to the latest assessment of research quality, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than 75% Bangor's research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities. Over half of Bangor’s academic Schools have been ranked in the UK top 20 while the university ranked in the top 40 in the UK for overall research quality.
Bangor is a participant university of Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa sponsorship scheme. The university has been granted the maximum allocation (20 endorsements) for supporting this category of visa. The university has 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.
Bangor’s location 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”.
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Why choose Bangor University
Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. The University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Bangor offers hundreds of courses across the arts, humanities and sciences. Bangor courses and lecturers were rated second in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018.
- Bangor University offers hundreds of courses across the arts, humanities and sciences. Their courses and lecturers were rated third in the UK (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018).
- Bangor ranks 5th out of 140 UK universities in the StudentCrowd Review 2020, top10 in the UK for teaching satisfaction (Guardian University League Table 2020), top 20 for course satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2021), 160th in the World for international outlook (Times Higher Education World Ranking).
- It is top 25 UK University for 'Student Support' & top 40 UK University for 'University Facilities' - WhatUni 2020.
- At Bangor University, the vast range of learning resources includes an MRI scanner, multimedia language centre, natural history museum, ocean-going research ship, science and engineering laboratories, Botanic gardens, moot court facility and Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre.
- The University’s 4 libraries are open late, with most open 24 hours during exam periods. A number of social learning spaces and computer facilities across the university are available for students 24/7. Students benefit from an extensive collection of books, journals and online databases, including a heritage collection.
- Bangor offers free English language support, free writing and skills workshops for students, for confidential writing, study skills, time management, and numeracy/statistics support for international students throughout the year.
- In addition to 55 student clubs, Bangor University also provides sports facilities for around 50 local clubs, teams and groups at its Sport Centre, Canolfan Brailsford. The centre offers indoor facilities for a whole range of sport and fitness activities, including weight training, aerobic classes, indoor cricket, squash, trampolining and much more.
- Bangor has 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. Bangor Support Office provides free guidance to all international students about any problems or concerns regarding student life, visa, family, accommodation, and general well-being matters.
- There are guaranteed accommodation for new international students. Bangor University student accommodation halls were rated Best in the UK for quality of accommodation in the in 2018, 3rd in the UK in 2019 and top 15 in the UK in 2020 (WhatUni Student Choice Awards). Halls prices include wi-fi and wired internet access, utility bills, Campus Life (a programme of events that run throughout the year, including film nights, quizzes, trips and outdoor activities) and gym membership. Bangor is No 1 in the UK for low cost of living (Totally Money 2019).
- Bangor University 'Clubs and Societies' ranked 2nd the UK in 2020 and best in the UK in 2019 (WhatUni Student Choice Awards). The university has more than 200 Students’ Union Clubs and Societies, covering a range of interests, activities and sports, which means there’s something for everyone. The award winning clubs and societies are all free to join and students can take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities offered through these.
- 93% of Bangor graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE Survey 2016/17), it is top 25 UK University for Job Prospects (WhatUni 2020).
- Bangor University’s The Chartered Banker MBA is the only qualification in the world where you can simultaneously obtain an MBA together with the prestigious Chartered Banker status.
- Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
- There is a wide range of internships students can get involved in, from medical research to marketing and promotion. Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place. Students and Graduates can use their Bangor TARGETconnect account to search for part time work, internships, placements and other work experience opportunities, and local, national and overseas graduate jobs.
- Bangor graduates can take advantage of a ‘for life’ account (TARGETconnect), offering a host of tools, resources and opportunities, with a ‘boost’ of additional support and resources for a whole three years after graduation.
- Bangor Undergraduate Internship Scheme offers all undergraduate students the opportunity to apply for a paid 80 hour internship hosted by a University department / academic school – an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and build confidence and contacts.
- The University's Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help students achieve their graduate ambitions, developing personal skills and enhancing employability.
- The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. BEA incorporates a comprehensive ‘professional preparation’ course, and gives formal recognition of all extra-curricular activities such as part time work, clubs and societies, volunteering and participating in events and other initiatives. The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
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