Bangor, in Gwynedd, North Wales, is one of the smallest cities in the UK. The university city,had a population of 13,725 at the 2001 census, not including over 10,000 students at Bangor University. Also according to the census, 46.7% of the population speak Welsh (despite most of the students coming from outside Wales).
The university was founded as the University College of North Wales in October 1884 as the result of a campaign for better higher education provision in Wales, and it was incorporated by charter a year later.
The university was originally based in an old coaching inn called the Penrhyn Arms (which housed its 58 students and 12 teaching staff), but in 1911 it moved to a much larger new building which is now the old part of the Main Arts Building This building was designed by Henry Hare and opened by King Edward VII.
Its students received degrees from the University of London until 1893 when UWB became a founding constituent institution of the federal University of Wales.
Over half of the academic departments at Bangor received an 'Excellent' rating for the quality of teaching, and the University's performance in the latest Research Assessment Exercise confirms their status as a world-class research institution. This is further highlighted by their recent success in doubling the number of research contracts won, bringing Bangor's research contract income to £20M.
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