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.

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
Buddy DeFranco
people
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
filmIdris Elba responds to James Bond rumours on Twitter
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones
film
News
i100
Sport
Yaya Sanogo, Mats Hummels, Troy Deeney and Adnan Januzaj
footballMost Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month

Day In a Page

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month