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Celebration of nursing excellence in north Wales

Excellence in nursing in North Wales was acknowledged recently at the Royal College of Nursing in Wales 2015 Nurse of the Year Awards. Finalists in three of the award categories came from Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences.

Publication date: 20 November 2015

Scholarship opens doors to television production company experience for Shân

A student from Bangor University has recently had a great opportunity to work on a TV series for S4C. Shân Pritchard, a Bangor Univerity graduate with a first class degree in Sociology and Social Policy, was awarded a KESS scholarship to study for a PhD in partnership and television production company,Cwmni Da. Thanks to this special scholarship, Shân had opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects, such as 'Dyma Fi'.

Publication date: 18 November 2015

Signs of our times: why emoji can be even more powerful than words

This article by Vyvyan Evans  Professor of Linguistics, at the School of Lingusitics & Engish Language was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. 

Each year, Oxford Dictionaries – one of the world’s leading arbiters on the English language – selects a word that has risen to prominence over the past 12 months as its “Word of the Year”. The word is carefully chosen, based on a close analysis of how often it is used and what it reveals about the times we live in. Past examples include such classics as “vape”, “selfie” and “omnishambles”.

Publication date: 18 November 2015

Early research findings show Wales' Child & Adolescent Health falling short of standards

Wales’ Child and Adolescent Mental health services fall short of standards according to early research findings (17 November).

The findings were reported at the launch of Observatory@Bangor, the North Wales branch of the Wales Observatory on the Human Rights of Children and Young People, based at Bangor University Law School.

Publication date: 17 November 2015

Recommendations to strengthen Wales’ Administrative Justice System

A report raising awareness and highlighting challenges and opportunities for Wales’ administrative justice system has been launched today (17 November).

Administrative justice deals with the relationship between the individual and the state and extends from principles of good decision-making for public bodies, to how people complain to those bodies, as well as to external redress mechanisms such as courts and tribunals and Ombudsmen and Commissioners with responsibilities in different areas of public life.

Publication date: 17 November 2015

Welsh children’s report to United Nations is a first

School pupils from three primary schools across north Wales (Beaumaris Primary School, Southdown Primary School, Buckley and Hiraddug Primary, Dyserth)  were invited by Bangor University’s Law School to formally launch their report "Lleisiau Bach Yn Galw Allan / Little Voices Shouting Out" (17th November). This is the first time the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has received a report drawn up by 7-11, based on their own research.

Publication date: 17 November 2015

Culture Challenge at Bangor University

Bangor University is inviting the public to find out about the cultural diversity among Bangor University’s students and take part in a ‘Cultural Challenge’ quiz. 

On the 2nd December, ten teams of Bangor University students will be competing against each other for some great prizes in a ‘Culture Challenge’ which includes the first prize of a trip to China.

Publication date: 16 November 2015

AMs, MPs and Experts Call On Welsh Parties to Support Mindfulness Teaching in Health and Education

 AMs from across the parties will join mindfulness experts in calling for more active engagement with mindfulness at a meeting at the National Assembly for Wales Tŷ Hywel building tomorrow (Tuesday 17 November).

Wales is facing a mental health crisis, with a consensus that more needs to be done to support those experiencing mental health problems or at risk of developing them. Mindful Nation UK, a new report by Westminster MPs, presents evidence that mindfulness training - learning techniques including meditation that help people respond to better to difficulties -  can play a vital role in healthcare education and the workplace.

Publication date: 16 November 2015

Codi’r To ‘Raise the Roof’ during Senedd visit

Year 6 pupils from Ysgol Maesincla, Caernarfon and Year 5 pupils from Ysgol Glancegin, Bangor who ‘raised the roof’ and ‘brought the house down’ with their new-found musical talent when they visited the Senedd Building recently.

Publication date: 16 November 2015

Explore your Archive

Three Bangor University students will be sharing the fruits of their research at the University’s Archive at an open event on Wednesday 18 November.

The three were chosen by the Archive, part of the University’s Library & Archive Service, as part of a National campaign across the UK, “Archwiliwch eich Archif / Explore your Archive”, which is raising awareness of the amazing archive collections to be found across the Country.

Publication date: 13 November 2015

Making Data Available for Research

SAIL and NWORTH Agree Strategic Collaboration

SAIL (Secure Anonymised Information Linkage) and NWORTH (The Bangor Clinical Trials Unit, part of the University’s School of Healthcare Sciences) have agreed to work together in a collaborative partnership. SAIL is a Wales-wide research resource focused on improving health, well-being and services

Publication date: 13 November 2015

Bangor University research into access to rare disease medicines

New research from Bangor University, shows that patients with rare diseases often experience a challenging journey that poses difficulties for the National Health Service. Researchers at the University's Centre of Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation at the University's School of Healthcare Sciencesfound that patients often face difficulties in diagnosing their condition, accessing specialist care, and having effective treatment available.

Publication date: 12 November 2015

Bangor University student awarded Ebola Medal

Following Sierra Leone has being declared free of the Ebola virus, a Bangor University PhD student has been awarded a medal in recognition of her bravery and dedication in tackling the crisis in West Africa.

Publication date: 9 November 2015

A conference to make Welsh work

The First Minister of Wales and the Welsh Language Commissioner will be sharing a platform at a conference at Bangor University this week that will be looking at ways of encouraging the use of Welsh in the workplace.

On Friday 13 November, over 100 delegates from organisations and companies from across Wales will be attending the ‘Making Welsh Work’ conference that will focus on sharing examples of good practice when facilitating the use of the Welsh language at work.

Publication date: 9 November 2015

How trillions of tiny solar panels could power the internet of things

This article by Jeff Kettle ‎Lecturer in Electronic Engineering,  was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 9 November 2015

A Bangor University postgraduate student has recently signed a deal to write a biography of a Punk band

Joe Shooman, 41, from Oswestry, has just signed a deal to write a biography of US Pop-punk band All Time Low. The 75,000 word book will be out on Music Press Limited in the UK in spring/summer 2016.

Publication date: 9 November 2015

CERQual: A new approach for supporting the use of qualitative evidence in decision making

A new paper published in PLOS Medicine describes an innovative and transparent approach for assessing how much confidence to place in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses.

The new approach, known as CERQual (‘Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research’), is designed to help decision makers use qualitative evidence for decisions and policies about healthcare and social welfare.

Publication date: 6 November 2015

Award winning film director Danny Boyle talks about his ‘wonderful time’ at Bangor University

Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle, who graduated with a degree in English and Drama from Bangor in 1978, discussed the fact that he remembers his time at Bangor with great fondness, during an interview with BBC Radio Wales programme Good Evening Wales recently.

Publication date: 3 November 2015

Offences against the person – modernising the law on violence

New rules are needed to tackle violent offences and make better use of court time, according to the Law Commission.

A new Law Commission report will be launched at a dedicated event held at Bangor University, where Professor Ormerod, Law Commissioner for Criminal Law will present a guest lecture on ‘Reforming Offences Against the Person’, to Bangor Law School students and invited guests at 11am today (Tuesday 3rd November 2015).

Publication date: 3 November 2015

Health Partnerships to teach, train and provide practical assistance to health workers in Lesotho

Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Science will be sending key academics with expertise in healthcare organisation, management and leadership to Lesotho.

The University is working with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) on a Department for International Development funded project awarded via the Tropical Health & Education Trust Health Partnership (THET) Scheme.

Publication date: 3 November 2015

Archive of the month

Publication date: 2 November 2015

Can we use eDNA as an ‘environmental magnifying-glass’?

An innovative idea submitted by Bangor University has been selected as one of eight projects selected within four “idea” areas to be funded by the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) new “Highlight Topic” research funding stream.

Based on their research, the scientific community were invited to subject project areas which would place environmental science at the heart of the sustainable management of the planet.

“Environmental DNA: a tool for 21st century ecology”, the new idea suggested by Bangor University in collaboration with other academics and stakeholders, was among around 150 submissions. The successful project will assess how we can use new genetic techniques to measure biodiversity.

Publication date: 2 November 2015

Bangor University unites employers and students at unique law careers fair

With 91% of first degree Law graduates in work or further study six months after graduating and a commitment to improving the career prospects of its students, it’s easy to see why Bangor University Law School is ranked as the no.1 law school in Wales, according to the latest league tables from The Guardian.

One of the ways in which the School aims to enhance its students’ employability is through its annual Law Fair, where aspiring young lawyers have an invaluable opportunity to meet and network with some of the region’s most prominent employers, including solicitors and barristers, as well as those from the non-legal sector.

Publication date: 29 October 2015

Pontio’s opening artistic programme looks to the future whilst acknowledging the past

Pontio, Bangor University’s soon-to-be-opened Arts and Innovation Centre, will announce its inaugural artistic programme today, 28 October 2015.

Publication date: 28 October 2015

£30 million investment in Combined Food and Power facilities in Wales announced.

Orthios Eco Parks Limited and Bangor University have today announced the agreement to work towards the creation of a Combined Food and Power (CFP) Centre of Excellence.

Publication date: 23 October 2015

Bangor University Students conquer Kilimanjaro

After six days of blood, sweat and tears a group of Bangor University students triumphantly reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, all in the name of charity.

Publication date: 22 October 2015

£10m EU boost for new Menai Science Park (M-SParc)

A £10m EU boost for the development of the new Menai Science Park has been announced by First Minister Carwyn Jones today.

Publication date: 22 October 2015

Study shows the economic impact of Welsh universities is powering the economy in all parts of the nation

A newly updated study by higher education experts shows that universities in Wales are playing a crucial role in powering the Welsh economy. Welsh universities, together with the expenditure of off-campus spending by students and visitors, generated £4.6 billion of output in Wales. The higher education sector is shown to be one of Wales’ most valuable industries, creating tens of thousands of jobs and stimulating other economic activity in local communities, as well as the wider Welsh economy.

Publication date: 20 October 2015

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics visit University for training

In April 2015, Bangor University and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding committing both organisations to work more closely together in the future.

Publication date: 8 October 2015

North Wales International Poetry Festival

The North Wales International Poetry Festival returns for a fourth time in 2015, with a series of readings and performances in Aberystwyth and Bangor October 7th-10th. Events will take place in both universities and at local venues. International poets will perform alongside Welsh writers with translations into English and Welsh.

Publication date: 23 September 2015

Travel routes for Bangor University’s new students

Bangor University will be welcoming the first students to the University’s newly remodelled St Mary’s Village this September.

Publication date: 15 September 2015

Food Dudes interactive stories help toddlers get active for life

Bangor University’s research on behaviour change led by the late Professor Fergus Lowe and Professor Pauline Horne has led to the creation of the highly effective Food Dudes Behavioural Change System to improve children’s health and wellbeing. The award-winning System uses the key behavioural principles of role modelling, rewards and repeated tasting to help children aged 2 – 11 years to enjoy eating fruit and vegetables and change their diets for life. The System has been trialled internationally and in 2012 its success led to the creation of a successful spin-out social enterprise company called Food Dudes Health.

Publication date: 2 December 2014

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