Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 11,000 students currently study at the University, with 650 teaching staff based within 23 Academic Schools. Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor's research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities. The most recent National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK's top 10 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Bangor University is the only university in Wales to achieve this standard. The TEF assessment considered teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK. Bangor University offers hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. The university prides itself on the quality of teaching and courses and lecturers on which the University was rated third in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2017. Bangor's location - close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as the best university setting in the UK. In 2016 North Wales was named as the 4th best region in the world to visit by the travel guide Lonely Planet due to its stunning location and "shiny new adventure sports facilities".