Profile - Overview:
Mission Statement: To be a world-class research-led university, to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality, and to contribute to the development of the economy, health and culture of a sustainable Wales and a sustainable world.
Location and Transport:
• Bangor is located on the North Wales Coast of England. It is easy to reach from UK international airports, as it is a very central location within the UK. There is a "Student Village" in the area around the main University buildings and student housing, which contains shops, a sports centre, a supermarket, a post office, banks and food shops/restaurants. Bangor is a safe place to study, since its' crime rates are one of the lowest in the UK.
• In north Wales, situated between Snowdon and the sea.
• Surveys show that many students choose Bangor because of the small and friendly nature of the university and city.
• Bangor has good road and rail links.
• Founded in 1884. There are over 10,000 students, 26 academic schools and over 600 teaching staff.
• A £20m redevelopment of the campus has taken place, including a £10m Business and Management Centre and a building for Environmental Sciences.
• The University Halls Office employs highly trained staff who are happy to help students with their accommodation needs. Bangor has cheaper accommodation and lower living costs than in most university cities.
• Bangor University have an extensive range of facilities, including the £3.5 million Prince Madog ocean-going research ship, nanotechnology laboratories, natural history museum, botanic gardens and agricultural land.
• In addition to the Main Arts and Science libraries, students also benefit from six specialised subject specific libraries, which include books, journals, databases, videos, CDs, micro-materials and manuscripts collections.
• Their IT facilities are widespread and are constantly being updated so that students can benefited from the latest technology, and all PCs have full internet access, which students have access to 24/7.
• In 2006 the University reorganized its 21 academic schools into six new colleges.
• Bangor University recently celebrated its 125th Anniversary with an Honorary Degree Ceremony where Archbishop Desmond Tutu was amongst those receiving Honorary Doctorates.
• 63rd in the UK in 2011
• Bangor is ranked amongst the top 4 University cities in the UK in terms of cost of living (accommodation, food etc). Leading newspaper The Independent placed Bangor amongst the most cost effective locations for students in their Student Living Index Guide for 2008, saying that Bangor is "one of the cheapest places in Britain".
International Scholarships are available to Non-EU Students. The scholarship of £1,500 per year is open to applicants applying for any Undergraduate or Taught Postgraduate course at the University. You can get further details from CampusUK.
Support to International Students:
• There are 11,000 students at Bangor University, from different backgrounds and from all over the world, and Bangor University caters for all their needs.
• The Students Union organise clubs and societies cover a range of hobbies and special interests such as Archaeology, Photographic Society, Drama Group, Chinese Association, Greek Association, Indian Association etc. Sports clubs currently include Badminton, Canoeing, Cycling, Football, Judo, K-Aikido, Sailing, Sub-aqua, Volleyball and much more.
• There is a "Diversity Week", where students can share their culture and customs with others.
• There are many musical ensembles, and the Students' Music Society presents concerts each term. There are also many Stage Productions, ranging from musicals to operas.
• There is a dedicated International Student Adviser, who helps students with all matters related to living and studying in Bangor.
• There are special events that are organised for International Students, including a meeting service for them at "Arrival Weekend" at Manchester International Airport, where students are met on arrival and taken to the University.
• There are facilities set aside for meditation, prayer or reflection. There are also numerous religious societies which offer spiritual guidance, support and friendship such as the Christian Union and Islamic Centre.