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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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Men and boys, many dressed as women, attacking a turnpike gate in protest at charges at tollgates on public roads in west Wales. The Illustrated London News, 1843. World History Archive/Alamy

Why men in 19th century Wales dressed as women to protest taxation

The Rebecca riots saw Welsh farmers disguised as women destroy tollgates as a way of challenging what they believed was an oppressive taxation system.


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