Bangor University


  • In October 1884 the University College of North Wales opened with 58 students and 12 members of academic staff.
  • The institution’s new title, University of Wales, Bangor, was formally approved by the Privy Council in 1997, and changed to Bangor University in 2007.
  • The University is currently organised into 23 Academic Schools grouped into five Colleges: Arts and Humanities; Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences; Natural Sciences; Health and Behavioural Sciences; Physical and Applied Sciences.
  • In 2009, Bangor University celebrated its 125th anniversary with an honorary degree ceremony where Archbishop Desmond Tutu was amongst those receiving honorary doctorates.
  • Honorary Fellows include David Brailsford CBE, performance director of British Cycling and the general manager of Team Sky; Lord Richard Attenborough and Bryn Terfel.
  • Notable alumni include Nobel prize-winner, Professor Robert Edwards FRS; Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire Director, Danny Boyle; poet R.S.Thomas.
  • In the 2014 National Student Survey, Bangor University was placed top in Wales and 7th in the UK (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction.

Location and Transport

  • In north Wales, situated between Snowdonia and the sea – Bangor is considered one of the most attractive study locations in the UK.
  • Bangor is exceptionally well-situated and well-equipped for students interested in sport – especially those involving the great outdoors.
  • Surveys show that many students choose Bangor because of the small and friendly nature of the university and city.
  • Bangor is consistently ranked as one of the most economic places to study.
  • Bangor has good road and rail links – direct trains from London, Manchester, Crewe and Cardiff. Ferry connections from nearby Holyhead to Ireland are fast and frequent.