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Academics elected as Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales.

Two Bangor University academics elected as Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales.

The Learned Society of Wales announced the results of its 2014 Election of new Fellows this week.  Of the forty three new Fellows, two were from Bangor University – Professor James Scourse from the School of Ocean Sciences and Professor Nigel John from the School of Computer Science. 

Publication date: 16 April 2014

Society for Renaissance Studies Annual Welsh Lecture

The School of English is delighted to host the Society for Renaissance Studies Third Annual Welsh Lecture on Thursday 24th April 2014 at 5.15 pm in MALT.  It will be delivered by Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle) and Professor Richard Wistreich (Royal Northern College of Music) on the topic of ‘Renaissance Voices’.

Publication date: 16 April 2014

Maes Glas Junior Netball Team off to National Championships

Following the opening of the Bangor University netball dome in September 2013, North West Wales Netball Development Officer, Lucy Murray-Williams has been working hard to set up a new junior netball club for year 7/8 and 9 pupils.

Publication date: 14 April 2014

Lecturer to use Twitter to help pupils revise

A lecturer from the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University is planning to use Twitter as a revision resource for sixth form students.

As a programme of work which aims to bridge the gap between schools and studying Sociology at University, Cynog Prys, a Sociologist specialising in the use of Welsh online, will  tweet Welsh medium revision advice from @CymdeithasegUG in the three weeks leading up to A Level exams this summer.

Publication date: 14 April 2014

Upgrade for Bangor University sports

Following a £2.5m upgrade, Bangor University’s sports centre will be renamed Canolfan Brailsford in honour of cycling coach Sir Dave Brailsford, who was brought up in nearby Deiniolen.

Publication date: 11 April 2014

Lifelong Learning Fine Art Student’s Artwork is the “Public’s Favourite”

Jess Bugler, BA Hons Fine Art Lifelong Learning has been voted the public’s most popular print for ‘Aleppo’ (linocut) in the recent Printmakers Council exhibition ‘Freshly Pressed’ at Craft Central, St John Smith’s Square, London.

Publication date: 11 April 2014

Bangor Business School PhD candidate selected for internship at the Bank of England

Bangor Business School PhD student Piotr Jan Danisewicz was selected for a coveted internship at the Bank of England. Piotr who is in his 3rd year of his PhD studies will take up his internship in early summer for a 3-month period. Participating in this highly competitive internship program will allow him to collaborate with research economists at the Bank of England in their Financial Stability Directorate on a project about international spill over effects of banks’ lending behaviour.

Publication date: 10 April 2014

Bangor crowned mooting champions of Wales

A team from Bangor Law School has won the annual Welsh National Mooting Competition for the first time.

Publication date: 10 April 2014

First count your species- Scientists urge better information before further conservation decisions are made in Australia

Arguments have raged about whether or not dingoes should be culled and how far they are useful in safeguarding threatened smaller fauna, as they prey on the larger cats and foxes.   While the Australian wildlife services are spending thousands on other means of controlling non-native species, without achieving great results, there is evidence that maintaining dingo numbers benefits the smaller mammals.

A paper in the Journal of Applied Ecology (doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12250 published Friday 10 April) urges all the participants in what has been, at times, a heated debate, to lay down their differences and get back into the field to collate the robust data necessary to provide certainty for management action.

Publication date: 9 April 2014

Students organise Wales and War 1914-2014 Conference

Three postgraduate students at Bangor University’s School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology are today (8 April 2014) hosting a Conference that will provide new insights on Wales during and since the First World War.

Publication date: 8 April 2014

Young weightlifter brings home the trophies

A local girl who has recently taken up weight-lifting has been having success at national level, having scarcely been weightlifting for a year.

Catrin Jones has recently won the Welsh Schools  Weightlifting Championships in the year 10, under 44kg class in Haverfordwest, followed by the British Schools & Youths Weightlifting Championships 2014 in which she lifted in the year 10, in the under 40kg class. Not only did Catrin win this, she also broke the Welsh record for this class by 38kg in the process, with an overall total lifted of 90kg.

Publication date: 4 April 2014

Celebrating triumph against the odds at House of Lords

A Bangor University student who has received a helping hand from the Helena Kennedy Foundation took part in a special celebration at the House of Lords recently.

Publication date: 3 April 2014

Software Alliance Wales hosts Computer Science EXPO at Bangor University

Software Alliance Wales and Bangor University host a Computer Science EXPO on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd April. The event will take place on campus at Bangor University and will see up to 50 of Bangor’s brightest computer science undergraduates present their final year projects to local SMEs who may be looking to recruit IT graduates for their businesses.

Publication date: 3 April 2014

Wales takes a lead in Researching Civil Society - Cardiff University based research institute receives £7 million for social science research

The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD), based at Cardiff University, has received major funding in excess of £7 million following a successful bid to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Publication date: 3 April 2014

Bangor University students making the internet a safer place

A Bangor University student won the ‘Best Hack’ category at a hackathon at Southampton University recently.

Publication date: 2 April 2014

Bangor University campus investment and expansion plans gets GBP 45m European Investment Bank backing

Plans by Bangor University to upgrade teaching and research facilities are among the many developments which have received backing from the European Investment Bank. Europe’s long-term lending institution has agreed to provide GBP 45 million for the Welsh university’s expansion and modernisation plans.

Publication date: 2 April 2014

Bangor University graduate plans to create his first illustrated novel

A Bangor University graduate is hoping that the local community will support his efforts to publish his first illustrated novel.

Publication date: 1 April 2014

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Publication date: 1 April 2014

BEACON wins prestigious European Commission RegioStars award

A prestigious European Commission RegioStars Award 2014 has been won by the BEACON Biorefining Centre of Excellence, an innovative Welsh research partnership dedicated to developing industrial products from plants to reduce reliance on fossil-based resources such as coal and gas.

Publication date: 31 March 2014

Santander reward students’ bright ideas

Bangor University held the finals for the first stage of the Santander Entrepreneurship Awards recently.

On the day, five undergraduate and five postgraduate students presented their ideas to a panel of judges, which included the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor John G. Hughes, with the hope of making it through to represent Bangor at the national Santander finals in July.

Publication date: 31 March 2014

Bangor students scoop NUS Wales awards

Bangor Students' Union not only won the Course Rep of the Year and Union Staff Member of the Year categories at the annual NUS Wales Awards this year, but also scooped the Higher Education Students’ Union of the Year category.

Publication date: 28 March 2014

Unique herbarium to be resource to train future plant conservationists

A unique ‘herbarium’: a reference library of plants, containing some samples collected as far back as to the 1700s, is one of the resources to be made available to students following a new plant conservation course at Bangor University.

Publication date: 28 March 2014

‘I don’t wear jewellery’: How deaf pupils are marginalised in our schools

In early April, Bangor University will host a one-day conference for individuals and families who have a hearing impairment. The event will be held on Saturday, April 5th from 10.00 a.m. until 3.30 p.m. in Powis Hall, Main Arts Building, College Road, Bangor University.

Publication date: 28 March 2014

New research project addresses national priorities in combating the threat of tree diseases

New diseases are posing significant risks to tree health and plant biosecurity.UK Government Research Councils, DEFRA, Forestry Commission and Scottish Government, are together investing £7M to fund seven new projects to help address threats to UK forests, woods and trees.

Bangor University is a partner in one of these projects in collaboration with the Universities of Stirling and Cambridge and the Forest Research agency.  The project titled “Modelling economic impact and strategies to increase resilience against tree disease outbreaks”  will address “the protection and enhancement of public benefits, including biodiversity and ecosystem services (…) building resilience in woodlands, and wider landscapes”, which are the key recommendations that have just been made by the House of Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, specifically.  It will also make a substantial contribution the Committee’s call for “long-term research and development work that focuses on preparation for future plant health threats in order to ensure an effective response in the UK”.

Publication date: 26 March 2014

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