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End of year news 2012

Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre ConstructionFundraising results surpass targets

2012/13 looks set to be an incredibly successful year for Bangor University’s fundraising efforts. Already, donors have committed over £600,000 including major donations to capital build and programmes for the Pontio Arts & Innovation Centre Campaign. The Garfield Weston Foundation has made this year’s largest donation to the University so far, to support the Studio Theatre in the Arts & Innovation Centre. The Trustees of the Foundation commented that they “were delighted to support the project…to support the success of the project for the University and the local community.”

Donors are indeed spreading the wealth across the University; areas supported include studentships and academic programme development in Schools ranging from Modern Languages and History to Ocean Sciences and Electronic Engineering. Thank you to all of our alumni, colleagues and other friends of the University who have supported fundraising efforts, with donations and your time, this year.

Pictured is the site of the new Arts & Innovation Centre, looking towards Deiniol Road

Leading Wales in alumni giving

Bangor has one of the highest alumni participation rates in giving of all of the Welsh Universities. This autumn has also seen the University’s most successful Bangor Fund telethons to date, with alumni and other supporters contributing over £45,000 to the University.

During the two campaigns held in 2012, the students who formed the telethon calling teams themselves donated over £350 to the Bangor Fund. They continue to find the skills, experience, advice and networking, which they receive through the training and course of the campaign, invaluable to their future employability.

Bangor Fund spreads the wealth

Recently, the University’s Benefactions Group, chaired by the Registrar, has made grants — from Bangor Fund donations — to support many projects within the University. The projects supported are:

  • Cerebellium immersive “theatre labyrinth experience” in the School of Psychology
  • Bangor Science Festival, to take place in March 2013
  • Treborth Playing Field drainage equipment, enabling extended use
  • HackSpace project, improving students’ problem solving skills and employability in the College of Physical and Applied Sciences
  • Counselling Service, to provide online “Calm You” resources for students and staff
  • Upgrading of pianos in the Main University Building/School of Music
  • R.S. Thomas Study Centre, for relocation and refurbishment.

Thank you to colleagues who took the time to submit thoughtful applications to the Benefactions Group. We in Development & Alumni Relations are delighted that the success of our fundraising efforts has meant that such a wide range of projects could be supported.

Alumni news

This year once again has seen a range of successful alumni events, from major events including the 1990s reunion and the Old Boys’ reunion to events organised by alumni and held internationally, in the USA, China and Africa, amongst other places. Events in planning for 2013 include 25th and 50th “Landmark Reunions”.

If you would like to contribute to events planning, or receive our alumni communications including e-newsletters and the Bangoriad alumni magazine, please email with your details. News of events and other activities can be found at:

Kristen L Gallagher, Head of Development & Alumni Relations
Emma Marshall, Annual Giving Officer
Bethan Perkins, Alumni Development Officer
Paula Fleck, Development Administrator

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