Bangor University

 

 

Overall ranking: 64th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

History: Began as University College of North Wales, Bangor. Previously University of Wales, Bangor. Now Bangor University since 2007.

Address: North Wales coast. Do not confuse with 18 other Bangors worldwide. This one is situated between Snowdonia and the sea - an attractive location by anybody's standards.

Ambience: Wonderful position. The town is actually a city with the longest high street in Wales. Surrounding it all is the countryside, castles and a strong Welsh-speaking area. Boasts the best university setting in the UK with parts within six feet of the sea. Wet blowy weather but virtually no snow, although you will spot it on Snowdonia’s highest peaks. Great for those keen on sport and the great outdoors.

Who's the boss? Professor John Hughes, mathematician and theoretical physicist, became the university's seventh vice chancellor in 2010.

Prospectus: 01248 383 561 or request one online here.

UCAS code: B06

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Courses ask for 240 to 360 UCAS entry points.

Vital statistics: Previously part of the University of Wales, which underwent big-time restructuring in the 80s. Only a third of students come from Wales, and worldwide Bangor has more than 12,000 students. A large majority of that number are in Bangor, so there are lots students for such a small place, giving it a strong community feel.

Added value: The ocean sciences department has a multi-million pound research ship. Undergraduates can get involved in the Bangor Employability Award (BEA) - a scheme which offers accreditation for co-curricular and extra curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, part-time work, clubs and societies etc.) that may not be formally recognised within the academic degree programme yet are valuable in the graduate jobs market. A new £40m Arts and Innovation Centre will open later in 2014. The centre will be home to cutting-edge teaching and learning facilities, a theatre, cinema space, a studio theatre, exhibition spaces, social learning area and a bar and café. New degrees on offer include British and Irish literatures BA (Hons); geological oceanography MOcean; law with contemporary Chinese studies LLB; physical oceanography MOcean; psychology with business BSc (Hons); and music and sonic arts BA (Hons). One of the largest peer guiding schemes of any university. The International Experience Programme offers students the chance to study for a year in another country and have 'with international experience' added to their degree title.

Teaching: 47th out of 123 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 68th out of 123 with 61.9 per cent of students finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes. There are over around 2,300 in Bangor, and accommodation is guaranteed to all first years. Prices start at around £83 per week, going up to £127. New halls of residence are also set to open in 2015, offering 600 rooms and will include a cafe, bar, shop, laundrette, common rooms and on-side sports facilities.

Cheap to live there? One of the cheapest places to live in Britain with private accommodation at around £55 to £75 per week.

Transport links: Good. 90 minutes from Manchester via the A55, while direct trains from London Euston take three hours and 20 minutes.

Fees: For 2014/15 entry the fees were set at £9,000 a year for full-time UK applicants. Students from Wales or the EU outside the UK, including the Republic of Ireland, may be eligible for a non-repayable tuition fee grant from the Welsh Government.

Bursaries: Over £3.7m in scholarships on offer for 2014 entry, for further details visit the website.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: There are four nightclubs. The Students’ Union nightclub, Academi, also houses two bars, a café and shop. Peep is another favourite, and there are plenty of pubs in town for bar crawls.

Price of a pint: £3.30 for a pint of lager in Bangor.

Sporting reputation: So, so- 68th out of 145 in the BUCS league at present.

Notable societies: Spin some tales with the Storytelling Society, or get involved in film-making with Student Cut Films.

Glittering alumni: Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and The Beach; Dr Robert Edwards, pioneer of test-tube babies; Ann Clwyd, Labour MP, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Presiding Officer, National Assembly for Wales; John Sessions, impressionist; Frances Barber, actress, Tim Haines, director (Walking with Dinosaurs).

Alternative prospectus: Check out Study at Bangor for some tips on places to go, which accommodation to choose, and other snippers of advice.

SPONSORED FEATURES

Day In a Page

Giants Club: After wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, Uganda’s giants flourish once again

Uganda's giants are flourishing once again

After the wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, elephant populations are finally recovering
The London: After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

Archaeologists will recover a crucial item from the wreck of the London which could help shed more light on what happened in the vessel's final seconds
Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

The invention involves turbojets and ramjets - a type of jet engine - and a rocket motor
Tate Sensorium: New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art

Tate Sensorium

New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art
10 best sun creams for kids

10 best sun creams for kids

Protect delicate and sensitive skin with products specially formulated for little ones
Ashes 2015: Nice guy Steven Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

Nice guy Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

He was man-of-the-match in the third Test following his recall to the England side
Ashes 2015: Remember Ashton Agar? The No 11 that nearly toppled England

Remember Ashton Agar?

The No 11 that nearly toppled England
Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks