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Exhibition offers opportunity to take part in historic tax debate

An exhibition which outlines the history of taxes in Wales and which encourages visitors to offer their views on the country’s first piece of tax legislation in modern times will be on show in Bangor University’s Management Centre until 28 November.

Finance Minister Jane Hutt launched the exhibition in Bangor before attending the first north wales meeting of the Tax Forum. The Forum, which includes Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of Bangor Law School, is a group of stakeholders which provides advice on tax law, administration and the way in which Welsh tax policy and legislation is developed.

Publication date: 20 November 2014

Funding awarded to complete cataloguing of Penrhyn Castle papers

Bangor University’s Archives and Special Collections has been successful in a grant application for assistance with the cataloguing of the remaining Penrhyn Castle papers.

The National Cataloguing Grants Programme awarded a grant of £46,487 to complete the cataloguing of 47 linear metres of archival material. The papers relating to the sugar plantations in Jamaica owned by the Pennant family and the material relating to the Penrhyn Quarry Strike of 1900-1903 will be of particular importance to national and international historians.

Publication date: 20 November 2014

Bangor University and Waitrose branch out into green packaging

A collaborative project led by the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University, in partnership  with Aberystwyth University and Waitrose was on show at the Waitrose Menai Bridge store  recently.

Publication date: 20 November 2014

Why was the medium of education in Wales traditionally English rather than Welsh?

The reason is not because Wales was oppressed. Teaching through English was seen as a way of helping the Welsh to learn English.

Publication date: 20 November 2014

Student assists on major S4C series asking who are the Welsh youth?

A Bangor University student has had a fantastic opportunity to work on a major TV series for S4C which aims to produce an honest portrayal of the lives of young people in twenty-first century Wales.

Having already graduated with a first class degree in Sociology and Social Policy at Bangor University, Shan Pritchard has been working on a series of programs in partnership and television production company, Cwmni Da, as part of her Masters degree.

Publication date: 19 November 2014

Queen’s Nurse title for Bangor Lecturer

A lecturer at Bangor University has been rewarded for her outstanding community nursing by receiving the title ‘Queen’s Nurse’. Jane Wright has received The Queen’s Nurse Award, which comes with the Queens’ Nurse title, from the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). A registered charity which has the Queen as its patron, the Institute is dedicated to improving the nursing care of people in their own homes and communities.

Publication date: 19 November 2014

Bangor’s Media, Persuasion and Communications Network ran successful conference

Bangor’s Media, Persuasion and Communications Network hosted the Political Studies Association annual Media and Politics Group Annual Conference, 10-11 Nov 2014. The theme was on Media, Persuasion and Human Rights.

Publication date: 19 November 2014

Computer Science student performed ‘live hack’ at top London event

A Bangor University student and certified ethical hacker recently participated at a prestigious London event amid speakers such as Boris Johnson and Lord Alex Carlile. Jamie Woodruff, 21, from Rishton, Lancashire a second year student at the School of Computer Science performed a live hack on stage at the ‘Legislating for LulzSec’ event - a discussion on privacy, data & policy for the digital economy.

Publication date: 17 November 2014

Archive of the month

During the First World War Glanllyn, on the shores of Llyn Tegid, Y Bala, was used as the headquarters for an experiment to see whether seals could be trained to detect enemy submarines in the open seas. The mammals used were no ordinary seals, but ones more used to performing on the stage, with a number also from London Zoo.

Publication date: 12 November 2014

Bangor Law Fair will highlight employment opportunities for graduates

As part of its tenth anniversary celebrations, Bangor Law School (Gwynedd) will hold a Law Fair on Wednesday 19th November 2014, from 9.45am to 3.30pm. The aim of the Law Fair is to bring together employers and Bangor law students in an environment which will create mutually beneficial results.

The Law Fair is an opportunity for anyone, from the Law School’s own students, to secondary school pupils, to career-changers, and others who might be interested in Law to see what careers are available to people with a law degree.

Publication date: 11 November 2014

Sir Dave Brailsford opens Sports Centre named in his honour

Sir Dave Brailsford visited Bangor University (5th November) to officially open Canolfan Brailsford, the newly refurbished Bangor University Sports Centre renamed in the successful cycling manager’s honour.

The Sport Centre, which reopened in advance of the new academic year, following an investment of £2.5 million, has been well received by students and public alike, following the year-long remodelling project.

Publication date: 6 November 2014

Life is out there: The benefits of outdoor activities

The most recent figures from the Welsh Government show that outdoor activity tourism in Wales is worth £481 million. Outdoor activity providers such as Surf-Lines need to continue to attract visitors and locals.

The number of people regularly involved in outdoor activities has grown in the last thirty years, and researchers have reported increases in self-esteem and other positive outcomes as benefits of taking part. In other words, taking part in outdoor activities provides significant psychological and long-lasting benefits. Surprisingly, researchers still do not understand why and how these benefits occur.

Publication date: 6 November 2014

A means of combatting childhood obesity

Finding ways to prevent child obesity has become a major public health priority.  But there is good news too: evidence suggests that increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables children eat can help curb their weight gain. 

Food Dudes Health, a Social Enterprise working in partnership with Bangor University, have developed the Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme, an evidence-based behaviour change intervention, that produces large and lasting increases in the amount of fruit and vegetables children eat.

Publication date: 5 November 2014

Clean sweep for Psychology – All 3 Bangor University Postgraduate Access Bursaries awarded to Psychology students

Three new Bangor University Masters students have each been awarded a £5,000 bursary by the University’s Widening Access Centre as part of its commitment to postgraduate learning. All three recipients are from economically-deprived areas and have shown considerable fortitude in gaining their undergraduate degrees. The Widening Access bursaries will now allow these individuals to continue with their education

Publication date: 4 November 2014

Two Lectures on Welsh history

Two very different periods of Welsh history come under the spotlight of two lectures at Bangor University on November 7 and 12th.

Publication date: 4 November 2014

Bangor Terminologists Help South African Universities

Terminologists from Bangor University’s Language Technologies Unit have been advising staff at the University of South Africa, one of the largest higher education institutions in the world, on improving their multilingual terminology service to staff and students.

Publication date: 3 November 2014

Battling over getting your child to read? Help may be at hand!

A reluctance to do any reading may be a classic sign of dyslexia, but there may be other tell-tale signs that can raise a parent’s concern according to Joanna Dunton of Bangor University’s Miles Dyslexia Centre.

Speaking ahead of Dyslexia Awareness Week, (3- 9 November) Language Therapist Jo Dunton explained that children with dyslexia might be having difficulties with reading, spelling and writing, but also with social skills, and with other seemingly unrelated areas.

Publication date: 3 November 2014

What happened to ‘Food Miles?

Some years ago we were being advised to buy UK-grown fresh produce to avoid the ‘food miles’ associated with importing air-freighted fruit and vegetables due to concerns over how this was contributing to the release of CO2 emissions. But it seems that that these concerns were far too simplistic. A true assessment of the ‘footprint’ of foodstuffs requires an audit of every aspect of the associated activities, from sowing the seed to consuming the produce.

Publication date: 31 October 2014

Underwater-world software developed for launch of new Samsung Gear VR mobile device

Bangor University Lecturer Dr Llyr Ap Cenydd from the School of Computer Science has been working on a top secret project with Samsung and Oculus to develop an app called “Ocean Rift” that is expected to launch alongside  the new Samsung Gear VR mobile device.

Publication date: 30 October 2014

Internationally renowned researcher and public health advisor awarded Honorary Professorship

Bangor University has awarded Prof Mark Bellis, an internationally renowned researcher and public health advisor, an Honorary Chair in recognition of his achievements in several areas of public health including violence prevention, alcohol, drugs and sexual health.

Publication date: 29 October 2014

Bangor University shortlisted in Prospects Postgraduate Awards 2014

Bangor University has been shortlisted for a Prospects Postgraduate Award, the only annual accolades solely dedicated to celebrating best practice and the most exciting developments in UK postgraduate education.

Publication date: 29 October 2014

Fascinating insights offered in new Lecture series in Bethesda

From zombies in the Mabinogi to Welsh on Facebook; from child psychology to the literature of the London Welsh and from Italian cinema to the depths surrounding the Titanic, some of Bangor University’s most talented lecturers will be visiting Neuadd Ogwen in Bethesda over the next six weeks to discuss a wide range of topics.

Publication date: 28 October 2014

Start a Masters this January

Didn’t get your application in on time for September? Bangor University is offering a January 2015 start on selected Masters programmes.

Applications for the January 2015 intake on postgraduate Business and Law programmes are now open, with several courses at Bangor Business School’s London Centre also offering a January start.

Publication date: 28 October 2014

Bangor University Staff Awarded for their Achievements in Learning Welsh

In a joint event between Bangor University and the North Wales Welsh for Adults Centre, 33 members of the University staff and post-graduates were awarded certificates for achievements in WJEC second language Welsh examinations and Welsh in the Workplace qualifications. A small ceremony was organised to celebrate the learners’ success during the national ‘Celebrate your Welsh day: Shw’mae, S’mae’ recently.

Publication date: 27 October 2014

Course rep of the year rewarded

A Bangor University student recently picked up an award for his dedication to representing his fellow students.

David Loveday, 34, from Rotherhithe, London won the Ede & Ravenscroft “Best Course Rep” for years 1 or 2 title along with a £1,000 cash prize. A former student of St Dunstans College, London, David, is currently on this third year of the Social Policy and Criminology with Criminal Justice degree.

Publication date: 23 October 2014

Bangor researchers & students plan to get to the bottom of how new fish species are evolving in a Tanzanian crater lake

Charles Darwin called it the mystery of mysteries: how do new species arise? We understand a lot more now than we did in Darwin’s time, of course. But only with the advent of cheap large-scale DNA sequencing have we had a hope to understand how the process works at the most fundamental level.

Professor George Turner from Bangor University has been awarded a £250k grant from the Leverhulme Trust to study fishes from a tiny lake formed in a volcanic crater in Tanzania.

Publication date: 23 October 2014

Stroke survivors needed as coaches

An exciting new research project, which aims to improve the life quality of stroke sufferers, is underway in north Wales. The ‘People Power’ project will bring together recent stroke patients and stroke survivors to share experiences and help them on their road to recovery.

Many people who suffer a stroke find it difficult to get back to the sort of social and family activities that were important to them before their stroke. Being able to get out and about, visiting friends, or finding new hobbies can be difficult, and often people lack the confidence to ‘give things a go’.

Publication date: 23 October 2014

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