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Bangor University

A reputation for excellence

Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Situated in one of the most vibrant bilingual areas in the UK, we aim to be, in all aspects, a sustainable university. Our University community is a force for good, positively impacting on the lives of people in Wales, the UK and the wider world through our leading research and innovation and acclaimed learning and teaching.

Bangor University is ranked 42nd in the UK and 2nd in Wales for research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), The REF recognised 85% of our research as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). The REF also places the university in the top 30 in the UK for its impact on society. Around 12,000 students currently study at the University, with 650 teaching staff based within nine Academic Schools.


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A halfpenny token issued by the Parys Mining Company of Anglesey in 1788. The hooded druid design was used for many years and was the first of hundreds of token designs. BrandonBigheart/Wikimedia

Welsh mining towns had alternative currencies 200 years ago – here’s what the crypto world could learn from them

A Welsh mining company was the first to issue tokens to workers as an alternative form of payment.


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