Reputation for Excellence
Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 10,000 students currently study at the University, with teaching staff based within nine Academic Schools. Bangor University’s research has been ranked highly in the Government’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), with 85% judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). Bangor’s research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy is ranked 15th overall in the UK. This builds on our research strengths in Human Sciences and help develop future health and social care that is sustainable, place-based and bolsters the growth of the regional life sciences sector.
The University has been consistently successful in the National Student Survey (NSS) results and is regularly amongst the UK’s top 10 Universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). Bangor University was the first in Wales to achieve a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and has retained that rating during the time that the TEF was active.
A research-led University in North Wales, providing transformative learning experiences and nurturing a positive impact on society regionally, nationally, and internationally.
A globally connected University, realising opportunities for success through transformative, innovative, impact-driven research and teaching, with a focus on sustainability: safeguarding the environment, revitalising society’s health, and promoting economic, social, bilingual, and cultural vibrancy.
The University was founded as a direct result of a campaign in the late nineteenth century for higher education provision in Wales. Funds were raised by public subscription to establish a college of university rank in Bangor.
An important feature of its foundation was the voluntary contributions made by local people, including amongst others, many farmers and quarrymen who could ill afford to donate money, but did so despite the difficulties in order to benefit future generations.
The University has a keen memory of those founding subscriptions and the community support that it has continued to enjoy from those founding days and remains true to that founding vision and the need to remember those roots as we build the University for the future. Indeed, these values have a modern reflection in the University’s support for the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (2015).
Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea – has been described as the best university setting in the UK. For example, 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”.
The University’s recent investments in facilities and services include the Pontio Arts and Innovation centre, a multi-million-pound development which includes teaching facilities, a theatre, cinema, bar, cafes and an innovation space. Other investment includes the opening of 600 new rooms at St Mary’s Student Village and the redevelopment of the University’s sports facilities at Canolfan Brailsford. Bangor University’s accommodation has been rated as the best in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018. The 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey places Bangor University in the Top 10 in the UK for Accommodation.
The University’s reach extends way beyond the campus in Bangor. As the University of North Wales, the University has facilities and campuses across the region including a significant campus in Wrexham with more than 500 students being taught from that base and then research facilities across North Wales and including Wales’ only Science Park – M-SPARC – on the Island of Anglesey. There are also clinical teaching facilities for medical and healthcare students at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Glan Clwyd and Wrexham Maelor hospital sites and at several community hospitals. There is also a close working relationship with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and primary health care providers across North Wales.
Teaching and Learning
The University prides itself on the quality of teaching offered and was the first university in Wales to be awarded TEF Gold in 2017 which highlights our staff’s work in providing outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students. This was supported in a recent review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency, which resulted in the highest possible endorsement of the University’s academic standards. This translates to a fantastic student experience, with the 2020 National Student Survey results placing Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 mainstream universities for student satisfaction; a position it has held regularly for several years.
Bangor has had a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Today, around 10,000 students study at the University, and it has approximately 2,000 staff, based in nine Academic Schools within three Colleges, and supported by a number of Professional Services. In addition, we have 600 students studying at Bangor College China and around 2400 students studying validated programmes in the UK and overseas. We have more than 150 Students’ Union Clubs and Societies which were named best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019 and Bangor regularly appears in the top 10 in several of the categories in student led awards demonstrating the affection, affinity, and sense of pride that our student experience engenders in our students.
The University’s taught portfolio programme provides significant breadth across the arts, human sciences and environmental sciences. There are 340 undergraduate modules offered through the medium of Welsh, and Bangor is recognised as the leading provider of Welsh medium education in Wales and therefore the world.
Student life at Bangor University is vibrant and diverse. The vast array of Students’ Union Clubs and Societies cover a range of interests, activities and sports, which means there’s something for everyone. Student membership is free, so all our students can take advantage of the extracurricular opportunities offered. Students are given help and support from the moment they arrive. Our Student Services Centre provides advice and guidance on matters from money and housing to disability support, counselling, dyslexia, study skills and local faith provision.
Bangor’s mission is for a research-led University of and for North Wales, providing transformative learning experiences and nurturing a positive impact on society regionally, nationally, and internationally (Strategy 2030).
Across the University, research and teaching are closely interlinked: almost all research academics teach, ensuring that our students benefit from the knowledge created by our research. In REF2021, 40% of our research is considered 4* or world-leading and 45% is 3* or internationally excellent. 77% of Bangor’s research was scored as 4* or 3* in the last REF in 2014. In REF2021 it has increased to 85%.
In REF2021, Bangor is 41st for the proportion of our research environment judged to be world-leading and 46th (out of 129 – excluding six single-subject institutions) in the sector for research outputs such as publications.
Our Commitment to Sustainability
Bangor University is committed to being known globally as “The Sustainable University”. Much of what we do is based on our desire to bring sustainability to life, whether through our teaching, research or public engagement. Using a holistic healthy University approach, we support our staff to realise their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and contribute to their community. Our priorities focus on prevention and early interventions to build resilience, wellbeing for future generations, and movement, physical activity and sport.
Language and culture
Since its inception in 1884, the University has a tradition of integral links with its local community. Our identity is inextricably associated with our location, and we play a leading role in the Welsh culture and economy and in fostering the Welsh language. We are the world’s leading provider of higher education through the medium of Welsh, in terms of volume, breadth of courses and expertise, and we are the sector’s standard-bearer for Welsh Language services and support.
The University actively supports staff to learn Welsh and in using it at all levels of University work. This support will be made available to the successful candidate, if required.
Equality, Inclusivity & Diversity
The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally.
We are a member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.