This book relates to one of Wales' most important institutions of higher education, covering its history from its creation in 1884 as the University College of North Wales, its incarnation as the University of Wales, Bangor and to its 125th anniversary in 2009. The book traces the institution's origins as an 18th century coaching inn with just 58 students to its current status as an institution enjoying multi-million pound investment in staff and buildings in the twenty-first century. The story is one of heroic struggle, personal endeavour, financial crises, political unrest, academic distinction and student devotion. This account traces the growth and development of the institution, focusing on the personalities who shaped its direction and the changing nature of student life on the campus. The underlying theme of the book is academic progress, placed within the context of Welsh political, social and ecomic development during the last century, and also covers the first few years of the twenty-first.
Dr David Roberts has been Registrar of Bangor University since 1999, and prior to that served as Academic Registrar for eleven years. He has therefore been at the heart of the University's senior management for over twenty years, and has had unparalleled access to the University's archives and both public and private records.