BANGOR University’s research has been rated highly in the Government’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), with 85 per cent judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

The university is ranked second in Wales and in the top 50 in the UK in the REF which measures research quality across all UK universities.

Its research delivers social, cultural, and environmental benefits, from advances in healthcare to combatting global environmental change and finding the energy solutions of the future.

Bangor’s sport and exercise sciences is ranked in the top five overall in the UK.

With a perfect score in terms of the societal impact of its world-leading and internationally excellent research, its leading sport scientists are carrying out research into mental resilience, elite performance, dietary behaviour and metabolism, and exercise and vascular health.


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Bangor’s research is changing the world in earth systems and environmental sciences and is first in the UK for the impact of its research.

With one of the largest groups of environmental scientists in the UK, its research is ranked sixth in the UK and first in Wales for research power.

Its scientists are tackling climate change and addressing some of the planet’s greatest environmental issues on land and sea, such as the overuse of single-use plastics, and protecting the variety of species and ecosystems through biodiversity conservation research.

Its research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy is ranked 15th overall in the UK.

This underpins the Welsh Government-backed flagship plans for a North Wales Medical School at the university from 2024, which will build on its research strengths in human sciences and help develop future health and social care that is sustainable, place-based and supports the growth of the regional life sciences sector.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iwan Davies, said: “These results put Bangor University at the forefront of developing significant responses to the challenges of the world we live in, namely sustainability, low carbon, preventative health, promoting technology and innovation, and culture and the arts.

“It is at the edge of disciplines that researchers achieve real innovation and Bangor’s interdisciplinary globally significant research is demonstrating real-world impact.

“Our ranking of second overall in Wales clearly demonstrates our commitment to supporting a quadruple helix of research, industry expertise, government and civic engagement benefiting the economy and society in North Wales and beyond.”

More than 150 UK universities and other research institutes were assessed in the exercise.