College of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Inequality: The Enemy Between Us

Last week, Professor Kate Pickett of York University visited Bangor to deliver this year’s Anne Marie Jones Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Children’s Early Intervention Trust and the Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention in the School of Psychology.

Publication Date: 29/03/2014

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Bangor Psychology Student wins National NUS Award

Hannah Rettie, 21, from Abergele, a third year student in the School of Psychology, won the ‘Wise Wales Course Representative of the Year’ Award. 

Publication Date: 29/03/2014

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Professor among 28 leading social scientists conferred as Academicians

Bob Woods, Professor of Clinical Psychology of Older People at Bangor University is one of 28 leading social scientists to be made an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Publication Date: 25/03/2014

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The #nomakeupselfie phenomenon

A psychologist at Bangor University has been fascinated by the the #nomakeupselfie social media phenomenon seen on social media this week.

Publication Date: 22/03/2014

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Bangor Medical Sciences new agreement with Graduate Medicine at Cardiff

Bangor University and Cardiff University have signed an historic progression agreement for Medical Sciences (BMedSci) graduates from Bangor to the MBBCh Medicine programme at Cardiff. Each year students (up to a maximum of 10) who reach the threshold eligibility criteria will be guaranteed an interview for the 4 year graduate entry MBBCh Medicine programme at Cardiff. The aim of this agreement is to support the widening participation agenda for Medicine and to also support Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) in its efforts to increase the recruitment of Doctors into the NHS in north Wales.

Publication Date: 14/03/2014

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Bangor University Food Dudes research to deliver school-meals uptake

A pioneering behaviour change programme developed at Bangor University is to become part of a major UK Department for Education initiative to improve school meal uptake in junior schools and improve healthy outcomes for children.

Publication Date: 12/03/2014

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NHS Quality Champion/Innovator of the Year has close ties with Bangor

NWORTH would like to congratulate one of our key collaborators, Professor Esme Moniz-Cook, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Humber NHS Foundation Trust  for being recognised as NHS Quality Champion/Innovator of the Year by the NHS Leadership Academy.   The Academy aims to develop outstanding leadership in the NHS, to improve the quality of services and outcomes for patients.  The awards recognise NHS staff who go the extra mile to motivate and inspire their peers, and provide exemplary patient care.

Publication Date: 11/03/2014

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Bangor Psychology to play major role in £1.1M MRC research relating to addiction and mania

The School of Psychology at Bangor University is to conduct research into new pharmacological treatment for psychiatric illnesses. Researchers at Bangor and Oxford Universities, and the University of British Columbia, have been funded by the Medical Research Council to evaluate the potential of a new drug to reduce the impulsive behaviours associated with alcohol and drug addictions, as well as mania.

Publication Date: 07/03/2014

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Minister hears about Health education and research

Health and Social Services Minister, Mark Drakeford visited Bangor University recently to hear first-hand about the latest developments regarding the University’s health-based research, nurse education and links with the NHS.

Publication Date: 04/03/2014

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Improving cancer care through primary care

We are both hugely fortunate to work as both general practitioners in North Wales and as researchers within the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research, Bangor University, where we lead research projects to improve cancer care in North Wales. We work closely with doctors and nurses within the general practices and hospitals within Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board on the programme of work called ‘Diagnose Quickly Follow Up Safely’. Our work is constantly inspired by our contact with patients the general practices where we work. All of our work is focused on influencing clinical practice or cancer policy.

Publication Date: 14/02/2014

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Bangor Students Pitching for Victory

For the third year running Bangor Consumer Psychology masters students have reached the finals of the Brolio/The Pitch 2014 , which take place on Tuesday 18th February. Brolio/The Pitch is organised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing and part funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and gives students the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their ideas in a prestigious marketing competition.

Publication Date: 14/02/2014

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Patients with mouth and oesophageal cancers take longer to seek help from GP

PEOPLE with cancers of different parts of the mouth (oropharyngeal) and the oesophagus are waiting longer between first noticing a symptom and going to their GPs compared to patients with other types of cancers, according to research* published in the International Journal of Cancer, today (Tuesday).

Publication Date: 12/02/2014

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Bangor University Nursing Student’s Contribution to Improving NHS Quality Recognised by National Campaign

Clare Woodcock, a second year Nursing Degree Student has won a place at the prestigious International Forum on Quality in Safety in Healthcare to be held in Paris later this year.

Publication Date: 11/02/2014

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Wales DTC Student Representative for Bangor University

Hannah Chandler has been appointed as a Student Representative with the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre

Hannah is a PhD student working with Prof Paul Downing and Prof Kim Graham (Cardiff University) and she joins representatives from Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Swansea University, who play a vital role in conveying comments and ideas from fellow ESRC funded students across academic schools and pathways.

Publication Date: 08/02/2014

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Cancer patients diagnosed more quickly

THE TIME taken to diagnose some of the more common cancers – from the point when a patient first reports a possible symptom to their general practitioner (GP) – fell in adults by an average of five days in just under a decade, according to research* published in the British Journal of Cancer, today (Wednesday 5 February 2014).

Publication Date: 06/02/2014

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Bangor Psychology Students have Big Ideas

Two aspiring entrepreneurs from Bangor University were among only 50 16-24 year olds from across Wales selected to take part in the ‘Big Ideas Wales Challenge’ recently.

Publication Date: 06/02/2014

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Fourth Bangor Science Festival is on the horizon

Planning for the fourth annual Bangor Science Festival is well under way and the 2014 Festival is certainly shaping up.  The Science Festival will be held during National Science and Engineering Week from Friday 14th March and Sunday23rd March 2014.

Publication Date: 29/01/2014

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New study leads to calls to review past studies of brain differences between people with ASD and the general population

To better understand the underlying causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), psychologists have been using brain scanning to compare brain structures in people with ASD and the general population....

The latest research, led by Dr Kami Koldewyn, has now revealed how head movement during the scanning process can affect the results.

Publication Date: 29/01/2014

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Session to share local research on learning disabilities and autism

New research in the field of learning disabilities and autism, which has been conducted locally, is to be the focus for an afternoon of presentations at Bangor University.

Publication Date: 28/01/2014

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George Osborne Meets the Food Dudes

Primary School pupils following a healthy eating project run by a Bangor University ‘spin-out’ social enterprise, met with UK Chancellor George Osbourne MP recently.

The children at St Vincent’s RC Primary school in Knutsford, Cheshire are following a new pilot programme of the Food Dudes project which is designed to improve healthy eating amongst children.

Publication Date: 21/12/2013

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Study connects the dots between the genes

"Study connects the dots between genes, brain, and human behaviour
An international collaboration maps genetic markers of brain development in people with Williams syndrome
Establishing links between genes, the brain, and human behavior is a central issue in cognitive neuroscience research, but studying how genes influence cognitive abilities and behavior as the brain develops from childhood to adulthood has proven difficult.

Publication Date: 10/12/2013

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Mindfulness-based contribution to improving health and well-being in Wales receive attention of Senedd members

Assembly Members and health and care professionals were invited to a reception at the Senedd in Cardiff today (3.12.13) to hear how innovative approaches to health and well-being  are being rolled out in Wales and elsewhere as a result of work by Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.

Publication Date: 04/12/2013

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Get better at managing multiple medicine use, warns report

Policy, medical training and clinical practice have failed to adapt to a significant increase in the number of patients taking multiple prescription drugs, according to a new report published by The King’s Fund and authored by an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Bangor University.

Publication Date: 29/11/2013

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Midwives Scoop Awards

Two Bangor University staff have won prizes in the 2013 Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Awards recently.

Publication Date: 23/11/2013

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Ground-Breaking project to brain-scan shoppers

Psychologists at Bangor University are to brain-scan supermarket-shoppers to test their reactions to promotions and special offers in a major cutting-edge project  with one of Europe’s leading shopping behaviour specialists.

Publication Date: 23/11/2013

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Double success at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research conference

Emily Holmes and Dr Paul Parham of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) at Bangor University were awarded best podium presentation overall and best podium presentation for new investigators, respectively, at the 16th annual European congress of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) in Dublin on the 6th November.

Publication Date: 09/11/2013

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Innovation in Armed Forces training

A project which has transformed recruitment training in the British Army and led to changes in the delivery of training across all three UK Armed Forces, has been highlighted at Bangor University recently, by winning one of the University’s first Enterprise and Impact Awards.

Publication Date: 07/11/2013

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Welsh play a part in dementia research

Dementia numbers in the UK have been in decline over the past 20 years according to results from a large research study which reported earlier this year. Figures in the report from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study suggested that the figures for England, if applied to the whole UK, imply  that there are 214,000 fewer cases of dementia than predicted. That would also mean that there are currently around 670,000 people living in the UK with dementia, rather than the estimated number of 800,000 - 900,000.

To help understand the situation in Wales, Bangor University is leading the Welsh version of this research. The researchers intend to announce specific statistics for dementia rates for Wales next summer. 

Publication Date: 06/11/2013

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Bangor University dominates Snowdonia Marathon Eryri

Bangor University dominated the Snowdonia Marathon Eryri with a current student winning the Women’s category and a local graduate winning the Men’s category.

Publication Date: 31/10/2013

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Testing an effective Anti-bullying programme for Wales

A research centre at Bangor University, which has been instrumental in researching and introducing new and innovative services for children and their families that have been adopted across Wales, is now turning its attention to the problem of school bullying.

Publication Date: 23/10/2013

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Bangor University Psychologist to receive Hollywood Award

A Bangor University psychologist has been invited to Hollywood to collect a television and film industry Award.

Publication Date: 21/10/2013

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Student Darryl successfully defends his World Championship title

A student who has held world Championship Kickboxing titles since 2009 is to be congratulated on again successfully defending his World Kickboxing Championship title.

Publication Date: 10/10/2013

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Boost for Bangor University as new term gets underway

Welsh language provision at Bangor University has received a significant boost due to funding by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

The university has appointed four lecturers through the Coleg’s Academic Staffing Scheme to work in Psychology, Law, Computer Science, Nursing and Health Care and Accountancy.

Publication Date: 03/10/2013

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Innovative use of therapies help people in the community

When we talk of innovation, we often think of how it applies to technology, but innovation as a phrase has a far wider meaning. People can be innovative in the way they apply their knowledge for wider benefits.

The Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice at Bangor University is a case in point. They have extended the use of mindfulness-based therapies, originally developed for people with depression, for a broad range of people and situations.

Publication Date: 25/09/2013

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International Recognition of Bangor's Psychology Department

As Bangor Psychology celebrates its 50th Anniversary the stature of the department on the global stage was again underlined by its ranking in the QS World University Ranking Psychology subject table. Bangor Psychology, which has one of the largest student bodies in the UK, has been ranked in the top 100 Psychology departments in the world for the second year running. 

Publication Date: 17/09/2013

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The neuroscience of erogenous zones

Our erogenous zones are a little odd. There are certain areas of our bodies, which if touched gently, create erotic feelings, while other adjacent body parts do not. For example a woman may enjoy having her neck or ear lobe stroked, but not her cheek or forehead. Why is that?

Publication Date: 10/09/2013

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Bangor University academic to be honoured for Distinguished Service

Dr Carl Hughes of the University’s School of Psychology, who is Director of the Applied Behaviour Analysis postgraduate Courses at Bangor University’s School of Psychology and deputy director of the newly established Wales Centre for Behaviour Change, is to receive the Award for Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis by the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA).

Publication Date: 05/09/2013

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Visceral Mind Summer School

The Visceral Mind Summer School, running in the School of Psychology at Bangor University from 2nd to 6th September 2013, attracted over 190 highly qualified applicants for the 40 available places. The summer school, now in its 4th year, has proven popular with ambitious young researchers keen to share in Bangor Psychology’s world leading expertise in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

Publication Date: 03/09/2013

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Creating a ‘computer-simulated’ virtual patient to train clinicians

In the future, should you need complicated surgery, the surgeon will be able to prepare and even practice for the procedure on a virtual simulation of your own body or body part that needs attention.

The technology is currently in development to create complete whole body ’simulations’ to train surgeons and other medical professional how to undertake various medical procedures, using ‘virtual’ dummies that appear to be there, and even ‘feel’ as though they’re there, by use of 3D computer graphics  haptic or ‘force feedback’ devices.

Leading the field in Wales in developing this technology is Bangor University’s Professor Nigel John, an expert in visualisation technology at the School of Computer Science.

Publication Date: 29/08/2013

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Cancer Exhibition at the National Eisteddfod Science & Technology Exhibition

As one of the main sponsors of the Eisteddfod Science & Technology Pavilion, Bangor University is taking a lead in getting children and adults involved in the show. The University  has a range of activities at the Exhibition through the week- covering everything from science for the youngest children, with the very popular Fflach Bangor show- to health themes,  including cancer research,  the food we eat and how to check for our ‘vital signs’ as well as revealing a little about how our brains work.

Publication Date: 02/08/2013

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Could elite athletes use brain ‘doping’ technology to enhance their performance?

A neuroscientist at Bangor University recently wrote an opinion piece published in the August edition of the journal “Sports Medicine” on the possibilities of ‘neurodoping’ enhancing sporting performance.

Publication Date: 02/08/2013

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Enterprising Students rewarded by Bangor University

Bangor University has awarded new Entrepreneurship Scholarships worth a total of £5,000 to its students to mark the end of the academic year.

Publication Date: 31/07/2013

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Bangor Graduates Take On The Fringe

This summer four Bangor University graduates are taking an original sketch show to the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival!

Publication Date: 31/07/2013

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Different motivations for high-risk activities revealed for the first time

For over 50 years the motive for high-risk activities has been thought of simply as “sensation seeking”. New research unequivocally challenges that simplistic view.

Publication Date: 26/07/2013

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Awards for Bangor University’s research impact

Three research projects which have made outstanding impacts in very different areas have been recognised at Bangor University’s inaugural Research and Enterprise Impact Awards.

Publication Date: 12/07/2013

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Psychology Celebrates

The School of Psychology celebrated its 50th year with a Ceildh Party in the impressive surroundings of the Bangor University's PJ Hall on the evening of 4th July. Current staff and students were joined by alumni and past staff, some specially invited guests as well as delegates from the Experimental Psychology Society Conference and attendees at the School of Psychology's ERP Summer School, both of which are being held at Bangor this week.

Publication Date: 08/07/2013

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Dr Emily Cross to get on her soapbox for science

Dr Emily Cross of Bangor University’s School of Psychology is one of 12 exceptional women scientists selected to bring science directly to the public.  On 5th July, London’s Southbank will be transformed into an arena for public learning and scientific debate.  The event by Soapbox Science, organised by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science, enables some of the UK’s most prominent female scientists to bring science out of the laboratory and onto the streets.

Publication Date: 01/07/2013

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Bangor University Lecturer to receive UK Teaching Award

Dr Fay Short of Bangor University’s School of Psychology has been made a National Teaching Fellow. This is the most prestigious award that can be made to recognise excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

Publication Date: 27/06/2013

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Women with urinary cancers missing out on prompt diagnosis

Around 700 women in England with symptoms of kidney or bladder cancer are missing out on prompt diagnosis and treatment every year, reveals research in the online only journal BMJ Open, co-authored by Professor Richard Neal, North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research at Bangor University.

Publication Date: 25/06/2013

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Bangor University hosts Neuroimaging in Dementia Workshop

It’s been called a time-bomb, as the population is living longer, so the cases of dementia are on the increase. Within north Wales alone there are about 12,000 people diagnosed with dementia, and with an ageing population this number will rise.

Publication Date: 17/06/2013

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National Award for Nesta

A Bangor University PhD student recently won a national award at the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Annual Conference in Cardiff.

Nesta Roberts, 25, from Criccieth, won the annual Alun Islwyn Giles memorial nursing scholarship. The award was given towards her doctorate study and is for Royal College of Nursing members in Wales, to promote the advancement of the art and science within nursing.

Publication Date: 13/06/2013

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People Anticipate Others’ Genuine Smiles, But Not Polite Smiles

Smile and the world smiles with you – but new research suggests that not all smiles are created equal. The research shows that people actually anticipate smiles that are genuine but not smiles that are merely polite. The differing responses may reflect the unique social value of genuine smiles.

Publication Date: 12/06/2013

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60th anniversary of the climbing of Everest – Bangor University’s continued involvement

Being so close to Snowdonia, it is unsurprising that Bangor University is indistinguishably linked with climbing Mount Everest. Mallory and Irvine were regulars to Snowdonia’s mountains before their unsuccessful attempt on Everest in 1924. The successful expedition that reached the summit on 29th May, 1953 also met regularly before their departure for Nepal, staying in the shadow of Snowdon itself.

Publication Date: 28/05/2013

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Dr Emily Cross to get on her soapbox for science

Dr Emily Cross of Bangor University’s School of Psychology is one of 12 exceptional women scientists selected to bring science directly to the public.  On 5th July, London’s Southbank will be transformed into an arena for public learning and scientific debate.  The event by Soapbox Science, organised by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science, enables some of the UK’s most prominent female scientists to bring science out of the laboratory and onto the streets.

Publication Date: 23/05/2013

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Bangor University Peer Support Volunteer of the Year 2013 Awarded

“Still makes sure we’re OK”, “Treated me with respect,”  “Has gone over & above what was needed and will probably carry on for the remainder of his time here,”                 “Is a big part of our friendship group”…

These glowing tributes and recommendations come from the nominations for one particular student for the Bangor University’s Peer Support Volunteer of the Year Award.

Publication Date: 15/05/2013

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Important piece of Health Service Improvement research begins

An important new piece of research about the best ways to incorporate patients and service users’ opinions to improve the Health Services has begun in earnest at Bangor University this week.

Publication Date: 13/05/2013

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Bangor University Health Academics appointed to new National body

Four leading health academics at Bangor University are among the first to be appointed Senior Faculty members of Wales’ new National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR). Their appointments were announced by Health Minister Mark Drakeford AM recently.

Publication Date: 02/05/2013

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New drugs may be better at preventing stroke

New oral anticoagulants that have been approved by NICE are at least as effective, and may be more effective at preventing strokes in people with atrial fibrillation than the widely used drug warfarin. This finding published in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (DOI: 10.1038/CLPT.2013.83) may help to inform decisions about treatment options for different patients who are at risk of strokes.

Publication Date: 26/04/2013

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School of Psychology staff on S4C

Corff Cymru is a science programme looking at the human body from the perspective of the Welsh. In the second episode of the series we will be focusing on the brain. We'll be looking at the effects of bilingualism on the brain at Bangor University School of Psychology with Professor Debbie Mills' team and Dr Enlli Thomas from the School of Education. We will also be learning how the brain works, at CUBRIC in Cardiff, and finding out more about intelligence.

This episode of Corff Cymru is to be shown on Thursday 18th April on S4C at 8.25pm

Publication Date: 18/04/2013

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Mindfulness in Society Conference: delivered by Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice

Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice hosted a scientific conference in March 2013 in Chester entitled ‘Mindfulness in Society’. It was a three day conference with additional pre and post conference day long institutes.

Publication Date: 17/04/2013

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Mind training via mindfulness meditation fosters well being across the life span

Mindfulness, an integrative mind-body based approach that helps people to change how they think and feel about their experiences can be useful to people at various stages and spheres of their lives. Adapted as Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), it can assist people coping with a range of difficulties.

Publication Date: 26/03/2013

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Caring for Foster parents so that they are better placed to care for the children

Parenting has its own stresses and its own rewards, but as the UK faces a crisis in the numbers of foster parents available, one university is finding ways to improve personal well-being and reduce the stress-levels of those currently working in that role.

Publication Date: 22/03/2013

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Bangor University to lead £1.2 million Dementia and visual Arts project

Bangor University is to lead one of a number of projects that will see university researchers, community groups and national charities and trusts working together to explore community health and wellbeing, community engagement and mobilisation.  The University has been awarded a Large Grant in the Cultures, Health & Well-Being theme, one of five Connected Communities Programme themes which share funding in excess of £7m.

Publication Date: 15/03/2013

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Research search for ‘invisible’ carers

There are thought to be over 70,000 people with a learning disability living in Wales today and yet only 12,000 or so are known to social services. This would, therefore, appear to indicate that many tens of thousands of people with a learning disability are living with family carers. 

Publication Date: 14/03/2013

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Bangor Students ‘Pitch’ their marketing expertise in welsh Final Round

A team of from Bangor University students made it through to the Welsh final round of ‘‘Brolio/ The Pitch’, a competition  organised by the chartered Institute of Marketing which gives students the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their ideas in a prestigious marketing competition.

Publication Date: 27/02/2013

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Improvement Science Fellowship

Chris is a senior research fellow and one of a group of implementation scientists at Bangor University. Led by Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone, staff are supporting healthcare professionals and organisations across the globe to close the gap between evidence of ‘what works’ in healthcare, and the services provided to patients. Prof. Rycroft-Malone commented "This prestigious award is a great achievement that rightly recognizes the excellence of Chris's application and proposed project. I am looking forward to being one of his award mentors and in continuing our efforts to put implementation science at Bangor University on the world stage."

Publication Date: 23/02/2013

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GPs refer Eighty per cent of suspected Cancers after two visits

MORE THAN eighty per cent of patients suspected of having cancer are being referred by their GP in the first two consultations, with more than half being sent to see a specialist at the first appointment, according to new research published in the British Journal of Cancer today (Friday).

Publication Date: 09/02/2013

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First Welsh Bursaries at School of Psychology lead to local posts

Having become the first University to introduce an MSc qualification in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in Europe in 2003, a student at Bangor University’s School of Psychology following the ABA MSc, has become the first Masters students at the School to submit a Master’s thesis written in Welsh. Applied behavioural science focuses on the use of basic learning principles to develop positive behaviour change for individuals, groups of people, and society at large.

Publication Date: 22/12/2012

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Understanding Shoppers – can a smile or a smell affect what you buy?

Over the past six months, Bangor’s School of Psychology has been working with one of the world’s leading shopping research groups, Shopping Behaviour Explained (SBXL), to find out how people shop as part of the pan Wales Strategic Insight programme (SIP).

So next time you are shopping and notice a lovely smile on some packaging or perhaps an enticing smell in the air then you may well be experiencing sales techniques which are based on research that was pioneered at Bangor.

Publication Date: 21/12/2012

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New WHO recommendations: Optimizing health worker roles through task shifting

The World Health Organization’s recommendations on optimizing the roles of health workers aim to help address critical health workforce shortages that slow down progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers can significantly improve both access and cost-effectiveness – for example by training and enabling ‘mid-level’ and ‘lay’ health workers to perform specific interventions otherwise provided only by cadres with longer (and sometimes more specialized) training. 

Publication Date: 19/12/2012

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Sound and vision piece inspired by dyslexia to feature on Radio 4 All in the Mind programme

A new sonic art work inspired by dyslexia and the science behind dyslexia is to be covered by Radio 4’s flagship All in the Mind programme, which explores the limits and potential of the human mind. The programme will be broadcast on Tuesday 18 December at 9.00pm and repeated on Wednesday 19 at 3.30 and will be available online after the first broadcast.

Publication Date: 15/12/2012

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Sports Scientists from Bangor University are making their mark with music

Three academics at Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science have surprising ‘alter egos’- while not lecturing students about sports science, they play in a band with local singer songwriter and Bangor graduate, Sarah Louise Owen. What’s more, they recently played during the highly popular and successful Mumford & Sons’ visit to Llandudno and supported Olly Murs and Pixie Lott at the recent Access All Eirias gig in Colwyn Bay.

Publication Date: 07/12/2012

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The Importance of Clinical Trials

As reported in the Western Mail on 5th November, Rhiannon Whitaker of Bangor University's North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH) has been highlighting the fact that more data is not necessarily better data.

Publication Date: 08/11/2012

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Majority favours assisted dying

New international research reveals that the majority responding to questions about assisted suicide, are in favour.  This contrasts with a recent review of research that suggests that UK doctors consistently oppose euthanasia.

The results, drawn from the views of over 62,000 people who contributed views to a large number of research papers on the subject from different countries, reveals for the first time, that people from very different backgrounds and experience, on the whole, share similar views on this topic.

Publication Date: 06/11/2012

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Link between Dry Eye Disease and dehydration established

Health scientists at Bangor University have for the first time established a link between dry eye disease and dehydration.

Dry eye disease (DED) is a condition which can cause extreme discomfort and lead to eye damage.  While difficult to establish the full costs of this condition to healthcare and society in the UK, it is estimated that current prescription treatments such as eye drops cost the NHS £32 million per year (in England alone).  Because many individuals suffering from DED self-treat by buying over-the-counter medications (e.g. artificial tears) the true cost of DED is likely to be significantly higher. This new link suggests that ensuring DED sufferers are fully hydrated could alleviate DED symptoms.

Publication Date: 05/10/2012

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BPS Poster Prize for Masters Student

Postgraduate student wins prize for best poster at the BPS Division of Health Psychology annual conference.

Publication Date: 17/09/2012

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National Recognition for NWORTH, The Bangor Clinical Trials Unit

Bangor University has secured national recognition for undertaking clinical trials and studies of the highest quality. The North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (& Social Care) (NWORTH), the trials unit within the Institute of Medical & Social Care Research (IMSCaR) in the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences (CoHaBS) has been nationally recognised by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) as a fully registered Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) for research excellence in undertaking multi centre clinical trials and other well designed studies.

Publication Date: 13/09/2012

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Extremes Research Group attend prestigious international conference

Dr. Jamie Macdonald and his PhD student, Dr. Naushad Junglee, have had four abstracts accepted for presentation at the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2012, the world’s premier nephrology meeting.

Publication Date: 12/09/2012

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Impact of Bangor University research on London 2012 highlighted in new report

Universities Week (30 April – 7 May) report shows impact of universities’ research and sport development around the Olympic and Paralympic Games and UK sports industry.

Publication Date: 12/09/2012

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PhD student to be Special Olympics GB Technical Advisor

Niamh Reilly selected as the Special Olympics Great Britain Technical Advisor for the Motor Activity Training Programme (MATP).

Publication Date: 12/09/2012

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Students from across the world take part in 3rd Annual Visceral Mind Summer School at Bangor University

The Visceral Mind Summer School, running in the School of Psychology at Bangor University, attracted over 140 highly qualified applicants for the 40 available places. The summer school, now in its 3rd year, has proven popular with ambitious young researchers keen to share in Bangor Psychology’s world leading expertise in the field of cognitive neuroscience. The primary aim of the course, which is supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation, is to redress an inadequacy of neuroanatomical knowledge in young neuroscientists, caused at least partially, by the limited availability of human brain tissue for providing this training to students outside the US.

Publication Date: 10/09/2012

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'MATLAB for Experimental Psychology' Workshop Proves Very Popular

On 26th and 27th July, the School of Psychology hosted a two-day 'MATLAB for Experimental Psychology' workshop. With only eighteen places available, we received interest from over 150 students from around the UK.

Publication Date: 21/08/2012

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Learning Disability - community/university event Thursday 21 June 2012

Accessible conference for people with a learning disabilty.

Publication Date: 20/08/2012

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A NICE appointment

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone from the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University has recently been appointed as the new chair of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) Implementation Strategy Group.

Publication Date: 09/08/2012

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Snacking and BMI linked to double effect of brain activity and self-control

Snack consumption and BMI are linked to both brain activity and self-control, new research has found.

The research, carried out by academics from the Universities of Exeter, Cardiff, Bristol, and Bangor, discovered that an individual’s brain ‘reward centre’ response to pictures of food predicted how much they subsequently ate. This appeared to have more effect on the amount they ate than their conscious feelings of hunger or how much they wanted the food.

Publication Date: 26/07/2012

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Drinking sugar-sweetened soft drinks leads to fat gain

New research from Bangor University has shown that regularly drinking sugar sweetened soft drinks can increase fat gain, inhibit fat metabolism, and increases blood glucose in your body.  So if you’re thirsty and think of reaching for a sugary soft drink- don’t - it can compromise your long-term health. Reach for water instead.

Publication Date: 20/07/2012

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Bangor University Celebrates Bilingualism

A Centre which has influenced the public perception of bilingualism and the formulation of language and educational policy, not only in Wales but worldwide, is celebrating five years of research and contribution.

Publication Date: 27/06/2012

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Developing ‘Mental toughness’ can help footballers cope with high pressure penalty shoot outs

Penalty shoot-outs are possibly the most stressful situations that footballers have to contend with. They need to be able to focus on the task and block out noise and other distractions coming from the stands.

Publication Date: 21/06/2012

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Inspiring for Peak Performance

Behind every successful Olympic athlete, he or she will have their coach supporting them every step of the way towards their goal of bringing home an Olympic medal. Researchers from the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) at Bangor University have been conducting research into the motivational effects of coaching and leadership in various settings so that they can better understand the factors that underpin effective coaching and leadership.

Publication Date: 19/06/2012

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Food Dudes win international acclaim

Dr Pauline Horne and Professor Fergus Lowe of Bangor University have been presented with an award for their pioneering work on childhood obesity in front of an audience of 4,000 academics from many different countries, at a conference held in Seattle recently.

Publication Date: 11/06/2012

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CoHaBs staff and students carry Olympic Flame

The Olympic Flame has now passed through Bangor and Anglesey.

Publication Date: 01/06/2012

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Food Dudes has spun out

Over the past ten years the Food Dudes programme at the School of Psychology has gone from strength to strength – winning grants, accolades, and awards around the world. In the process, it has improved the eating habits and health of hundreds of thousands of kids.  And recently, leading the school’s drive toward commercialisation, the programme has become its own spin-out company -  Food Dudes Health Ltd (FDH).

Publication Date: 01/06/2012

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Dementia Services training features in documentary

The work done to support and train carers of people with dementia, carried out by Bangor University’s Dementia Services Development Centre features in Dementia: Making a difference,  to be shown on BBC 2 Wales tonight (24.5.12) at 22.00.

Publication Date: 24/05/2012

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Psychologists reveal how emotion can shut down high-level mental processes without our knowledge

Psychologists at Bangor University believe that they have glimpsed for the first time, a process that takes place deep within our unconscious brain, where primal reactions interact with higher mental processes. Writing in the Journal of Neuroscience (May 9, 2012 • 32(19):6485– 6489 • 6485), they identify a reaction to negative language inputs which shuts down unconscious processing.

Publication Date: 09/05/2012

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Bangor University’s experts and students appear in Channel 4’s new series “Hidden Talent”

Dr Jamie Macdonald  and Dr Tim Woodman of Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences have been advising on a Channel 4 Series and will be appearing in the first show of the new series: Hidden Talent at 21.00 on Tuesday 24.4.12, along with some students from the University.

Hidden Talent is a new six-part series which discovers people with extraordinary hidden talents they never even dreamed they had. Hundreds of randomly selected people are put through a series of tests to identify those with hidden abilities, and nine participants discover if they can go from being a total novice to a top class performer in record time.

Publication Date: 20/04/2012

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NWORTH Clinical Trials Unit Welcomes Government announcement on Dementia Research Funding Increase

Following the recent announcement by David Cameron, NWORTH Bangor University’s Clinical Trials Unit welcomes the news that UK funding for Dementia research is set to double to £66M by 2015.
With nationally recognized expertise in the development and delivery of studies testing interventions to improve quality of life for people with dementia and their carers, Bangor University is well placed to deliver research which aims to tackle this ‘national crisis’.

Publication Date: 27/03/2012

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Sport Psychology Researchers on BBC Radio Wales

Sport psychology researchers from the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance within the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences interviewed about the cutting edge research being conducted within the grouph on BBC Radio Wales' Science Cafe. Click here to here the clip.

Publication Date: 15/03/2012

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The Psychology of Shopping

Students on the Consumer Psychology with Business degree were recently treated to a practical insight into the psychology of shopping by Mr Philip Adcock, who is one of the world's experts on how people shop.

Publication Date: 08/03/2012

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Consumer Psychology Students Win National Marketing Competition

A team of three students from the School of Psychology impressed a panel of Wales’ leading marketers with a winning business proposal at 'The Pitch', a challenge set by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Big Ideas Wales.

Publication Date: 06/03/2012

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Almost Half of Depression in Adults starts in adolesence

A new study by research psychologists at Bangor and Oxford Universities show that half of adults who experience clinical depression had their first episode start in adolescence.  In fact, the most common age to see the start of depression is between 13-15 years-old.

Publication Date: 29/02/2012

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Study examines number of GP visits before cancer patients are referred to specialists

Study examines number of GP visits before cancer patients are referred to specialists

Patient information reveals women, young people, ethnic minorities and people with less common cancers have the highest number of pre-referral consultations

Publication Date: 25/02/2012

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Lesley Griffiths Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services visited the School of Healthcare Science

Lesley Griffiths Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services visited the School of Healthcare Science

Publication Date: 18/02/2012

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Looking into a dancer’s brain

Dance and psychology come together at Bangor University this week (14 + 15 February 2012). In an exciting boundary crossing piece of research, Dr. Emily Cross, a psychologist at Bangor University, will be working with internationally renowned contemporary dancer Riley Watts to study what happens in our brains when we watch complex movements.

Publication Date: 16/02/2012

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SHES Olympic Torch Bearer

Jamie Lee Turley, a Year One Sports Science (Outdoor Activities) student has been selected to carry the Olympic torch in its round Britain relay.

Publication Date: 16/02/2012

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Vodafone Scholarship allows SHES student to strengthen the existing Partnership with Mencap Cymru

Jade Mottley, a Year 3 Sport Science student with the School has been successful in obtaining a student scholarship from Vodafone that gives her the opportunity to work with charity Mencap Cymru.

Publication Date: 14/02/2012

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SHES PhD supports England U-19 Cricket Team on Bangladesh Tour

ECB funded PhD student, James Bell, will be travelling with the England U-19 cricket team on their upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Publication Date: 17/01/2012

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Giving the community an opportunity to hear about the latest research on Managing Long-Term Conditions

A lecture focusing on Managing Long-Term Conditions, takes place at Venue Cymru  at 6pm on 17th January. The lecture series is free to attend, open to the public and includes refreshments, networking opportunities and a certificate of attendance. 

Publication Date: 12/01/2012

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Research on effectiveness of Mindfulness reaches conclusion phase

Researchers at Bangor and Oxford Universities are drawing together the results of a major 5 year study, the results of which will be revealed later this year, into how effective the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy programme can be in reducing the incidence of depression and suicidality for people with recurrent suicidal depression.

Publication Date: 04/01/2012

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‘Food Dudes’ Professor Appointed European Expert

Professor Fergus Lowe, who leads the successful Food Dudes healthy eating programme at Bangor University, has been appointed a permanent member of the European Commission Group of Experts who provide technical advice on the Commission’s School Fruit Scheme.

Publication Date: 20/12/2011

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High Anxiety - beating fear is the key to extreme sports appeal

Sport Psychologists within the School are now recognised world-leaders in establishing the psychological motivations for taking part in extreme sports. 

Publication Date: 14/12/2011

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Arthritis Care and Research (ACR)

SHES staff have provided three out of 18 accepted articles in a special edition of the ACR on 'Muslce and bone in the Rheumatic Diseases'.

Publication Date: 13/12/2011

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Writing about ‘Open Brain-surgery’

A Psychology researcher at Bangor University was shortlisted for the 2011 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize  sponsored by the Guardian and Wellcome Trust recently.

Publication Date: 07/12/2011

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Major report identifies significant gaps and weaknesses in children’s health information

Children and young people who have chronic health conditions or need operations don’t always have access to the high-quality, child-friendly information they need to understand what is happening to them. That is the key finding of a three-year study funded by the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation (NIHR SDO) programme and led by Bangor and Cardiff Universities.

Publication Date: 06/12/2011

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SHES Students Receive Scholarships Awards

Three Year One students just starting their studies with the School got off to a flying after being successfully awarded various Scholarships from the University.

Publication Date: 02/12/2011

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Psychology workshop leads to the development of an all-Wales network for research on prevention of age-related cognitive decline and disability

On the 27th October 2011 the School of Psychology hosted a workshop to discuss the prevention of age related disability and dementia (organised by Prof Linda Clare). The workshop was well attended by academics, health professionals and representatives from voluntary sector organisations and local government.

Publication Date: 24/11/2011

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SHES Research helps local company become market leaders

Bethesda-based Blizzard Protection Systems Ltd, are market leaders in the field of out-door thermal survival products partly thanks to research carried out by Dr Sam Oliver and PhD student Jenny Brierley of the University’s Extremes Research Group.

Publication Date: 10/11/2011

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IPEP’s Lauren Mawn supporting No 1 ranked Super G skier Zac Pierce

Over the last year Zac Pierce has been receiving sport psychology support from IPEP’s Lauren Mawn.

Publication Date: 04/11/2011

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Lecture theatre dedicated to inspirational lecturer

Alun Waddon was a lecturer at the School of Psychology from 1970-2005. Following his recent death, the School decided to recognise the important role he played within Psychology by dedicating Lecture Theatre 1 to his memory.

Publication Date: 02/11/2011

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Ex SHES student wins Snowdonia Marathon

Rob Samuel, a SHES MSc student from 2009 to 2010, won the 2011 Snowdonia Marathon on a wet and windy Saturday, 29 October.

Publication Date: 02/11/2011

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SHES PhD selected for Special Olympics 2011 Delegation

School of Sport, Health and Exercises Sciences (SHES) PhD student,  Niamh Reilly, has been selected as a Student Delegate for the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens this June.

Publication Date: 02/11/2011

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Top Marks for SHES in the National Student Survey

SHES maintained its record for high levels of student satisfaction this year with the publication of the National Student Survey results putting us in the top ten Sport Science Schools.

Publication Date: 20/10/2011

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Bangor University on your mobile...

Bangor University is one of the first universities in the UK to launch a ‘mobile web’ site aimed at attracting new students and providing the basis for a range of exciting new mobile web-based services for current staff and students.

Publication Date: 18/10/2011

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Bangor's Bilingualism Research is highly influential

Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (BLC), is an international peer-reviewed journal focusing on bilingualism from a cognitive science perspective. An article by Prof. Gathercole of Bangor's Psychology department has been included in a list of editors’ highlights of recent influential articles. Cambridge Journals have provided free access to this article here.

Publication Date: 03/10/2011

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US Award for Expert in Ageing

An internationally recognised expert on ageing and dementia, Professor Bob Woods of Bangor University, is to be the first international recipient of an American Award on Thursday 13 October2011.

Publication Date: 01/10/2011

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Researchers measure the value of a smile

Researchers at Bangor University have placed an economic value on a smile, demonstrating scientifically the effect that a genuine smile can have on our decision-making. The psychologists call this ‘social information’ and say that it has more of an effect than you may imagine.

Publication Date: 29/09/2011

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Health Policy Appointment at Bangor University

It will be possible to study Health Policy through the medium of Welsh at the School of Social Sciences, Bangor University, from October this year, following the appointment of Dr. Myfanwy Davies as a lecturer there. This will be a means of expanding the existing provision and be a foundation for research plans in truly innovative fields that are relevant to our era.

Publication Date: 10/08/2011

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'Love Your Body' to Lose Weight

New research involving SHES senior lecturer Dr David Markland shows that improving body image can enhance the effectiveness of weight loss programmes based on diet and exercise.

Publication Date: 18/07/2011

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As seen on TV

The Extremes Research Group are rapidly gaining recognition for their research into how humans face the challenge of extreme environments.

Publication Date: 15/06/2011

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Too many sugary drinks can dull taste buds and enjoyment

New research undertaken by Dr Hans-Peter Kubis and his team, has shown for the first time that overweight and obese people have a dulled sensitivity to soft drinks but enhanced subconscious liking of sweet as a taste.

Publication Date: 08/06/2011

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ECB enlists Bangor University scientists to help with cricket talent testing

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has turned to sports scientists at Bangor University to assist them in creating a talent forecasting model to help identify future generations of world-class cricketers.

The aim of the research project between the ECB and the University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences is to validate a model for predicting cricket talent. This will be used to help selectors and coaches assess and identify promising young players and increase their conversion rate into successful international cricketers.

Publication Date: 10/03/2011

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Food Dudes to rescue children from General Junk

At The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers’ Annual Livery Banquet held at the Mansion House in London on Thursday 17th February 2011, Professor Fergus Lowe, co-director of Bangor University’s successful Food Dudes Programme, addressed a distinguished array of guests who included the Lord Mayor of the City of London and the Sheriffs, the New Zealand High Commissioner,  the Dean of Canterbury, four Commanders-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the Commissioner of the City London Police, senior representatives of the legal profession, Masters of four other livery companies as well as leaders of the fruit industry.

Publication Date: 23/02/2011

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What’s the best way to assist children with diabetes to look after themselves?

A new study co-led by Bangor University and Cardiff University with a team of experts from across the UK is seeking to establish the best way of presenting information in order to help children and young people with type 1 diabetes look after themselves.

Publication Date: 15/02/2011

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Consumer Psychology Grad Pulls in Two Prestigious Awards

In just his first year on the job, a recent Bangor graduate has played a key role in earning his new employer not one but two national business awards.

Six months ago, Paul Dazeley was finishing his MSc degree in Consumer Psychology and Business at Bangor University. Then he heard about a job opening at Ella’s Kitchen, the organic baby food company based in Henley, near Reading. Paul asked his advisor at Bangor for advice in preparing for the interview.

Publication Date: 15/12/2010

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Bangor Uni’s Food Dudes Scheme extended in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton City NHS Primary Care Trust, who have pioneered UK use of the Food Dudes scheme to encourage schoolchildren to eat more fruit and vegetables, have decided to continue for a further two years.  


The Scheme, developed by Bangor University’s Food and Activity Research Unit at the School of Psychology, was introduced in Wolverhampton in January 2009 and initially planned to run it until December 2011 - benefitting 20,000 pupils at primary and special schools – at a total cost of £500,000.

Publication Date: 15/12/2010

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Transferring knowledge of psychology to the workplace

People are the heart of successful businesses – and Bangor University’s School of Psychology is inviting people to discover how psychology can be used in the workplace to unleash potential and fulfill individual ambitions.

Publication Date: 22/10/2010

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‘Incredible Years’ to open Health & Wellbeing Lecture Series

‘Incredible Years’- an award winning programme which supports young children and their families, and the research into its effectiveness provides the subject for a public lecture which takes place at 6pm on Tuesday, the 5th October at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.

This is the first in a Health & Wellbeing Lecture Series of lectures that are open to all and are organised by Bangor University in partnership with Coleg Llandrillo Cymru.

Publication Date: 01/10/2010

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Olivia’s Commonwealth Challenge

Olivia Orchart, a student at Bangor University, is currently representing the Wales in the Commonwealth Fencing Championships (CFC10) in Melbourne, Australia.

Publication Date: 28/09/2010

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2010 Llew Rees Memorial Prize winner announced

The highest Sporting Award at Bangor University, the Llew Rees Award, presented to the most outstanding sportsman or woman from among the student body has been awarded this year to Postgraduate Sports Science PhD student Vicky Gottwald.

National league Basketball player, Vicky, of Grove, Oxfordshire has received a cash prize of £750 in order to advance her performance.

Publication Date: 21/09/2010

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