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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.