News and Events
Publication date: 17/08/2010
One of the most spectacular migrations on earth is that of the Christmas Island red crab, Gecarcoidea natalis. Every year at the start of the monsoon season, in late November or early December, tens of millions of the crabs (which are endemic to this island) simultaneously undergo a breeding migration, travelling several kilometres through the rain forest of Christmas Island, a tiny island in the Indian Ocean nearby Java, to eventually reach the sea where they mate and spawn.
Major funding from the Natural Environment Research Council enabled Bangor and Bristol Universities to conduct a three year research project investigating the mechanics of this dramatic migration which represents a drastic 'lifestyle change' for the crabs.
Publication date: 11/08/2010
Providing people with early-stage Alzheimer's Disease with rehabilitation directed towards helping them with everyday activities is an effective means of enabling them and their families to manage the effects of the condition, research at Bangor University has shown.
Publication date: 4/08/2010
Delegates from academic institutions and research agencies across the UK gathered together with Welsh Assembly government representatives in Bangor on 14th July to attend the first introductory workshop for systematic reviews in the field of environmental management. Systematic reviews use rigorous and transparent methodology to synthesise the available evidence on an issue of concern to provide reliable, evidence-based support for practitioners and policy makers.
Publication date: 30/07/2010
A study by a team of researchers at Bangor University's School of Psychology has designed and tested two programmes that help problem drinkers curb their alcohol abuse. The study shows positive results after drinkers have followed either the Alcohol Attention-Control Training Programme (AACTP) or the Life Enhancement and Advancement Programme (LEAP).
Publication date: 23/07/2010
All businesses and organisations are looking at managing their costs effectively and taking measures to support their sustainability. Because of challenging economic times and public sector cut backs, more and more organisations are putting their procurement processes under the microscope. While the purchasing function was once considered an administrative function, it is becoming as important as generating revenue and has become a strategic focus.
Publication date: 8/07/2010
Three years of research aimed at helping older people will be shared at a special conference held on Anglesey this week.
Publication date: 30/06/2010
Following recent publicity about the West Wales Bee Breeding project ( widely reported on television news and local newspapers), scientists at Bangor University have been inundated with messages of support, offers of help, and reports of feral colonies from beekeepers around Wales.
Publication date: 28/06/2010
Two thirds of visitors to the countryside have never heard of E. coli O157, new findings have revealed. This is in spite of the fact that a large proportion of E. coli O157 infections occur after visits to the countryside.
Publication date: 25/06/2010
Scientists from Bangor University have been selected to present their research at the prestigious Royal Society's annual Summer Science Exhibition.
The scientists from the University's School of Ocean Sciences are leading an international consortium who will be showcasing their research at the Exhibition which opens today (25 June 2010) at London's Southbank Centre.
Publication date: 25/06/2010
Bangor University is participating in the UK's first research programme to investigate the impacts of ocean acidification. The newly launched UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme involves 101 scientists from 21 of the UK's top scientific institutions. It consists of several projects working together to investigate different aspects of this global issue.
Publication date: 23/06/2010
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has invited a Bangor academic to comment on Sir Thomas Malory, medieval Arthurian author, his work and audience. The RSC is currently staging an adaptation of Thomas Malory's fifteenth-century Arthurian romance, Le Morte Darthur. The show is adapted directly from the medieval text by Mike Poulton, also known for his successful adaptation of another medieval literature bestseller, Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Publication date: 22/06/2010
New simple and effective treatments for body and head lice infestations could be developed using clinically 'obsolete' antibiotics. This news follows the completion of genetic sequencing of our oldest and closest human 'neighbour', the human body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus L.). The sequencing of the louse and bacteria that live within the louse are reported in a paper in the American on-line journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Publication date: 18/06/2010
Will the England team's altitude training pay off in their World Cup performance? And did altitude affect goalkeeper Robert Green's dropped ball which led to England's score draw in the first game against the USA?
Publication date: 15/06/2010
Public engagement is becoming an increasingly important part of research. This conference will serve as an introduction to this area with presentations from funders, academics and those involved in engagement projects. Come along and find out more about public engagement, what the benefits could be for you and your research and how you might get started. You will also view the highly acclaimed 'Visualise' theatre show*, and have the chance to enter the 'Pictures of Public Engagement' competition to win a cash prize.
Publication date: 11/06/2010
Brain research suggests Chinese-speaking adults reading English recall the sound of Chinese translations.
Publication date: 9/06/2010
A partnership project between Bangor University and one of Britain's largest bee farmers and Fairtrade honey importers, Tropical Forest Products, based in mid-Wales, is to breed a 'better bee' for Wales.
Publication date: 2/06/2010
The success or failure of England in the World Cup is likely to have a significant influence on the London stock market. Research examining the link between the FTSE 100 index and England's international football results reports, on average the FTSE will fall on the day after an England loss, rise slightly, on the day after an England win and fall slightly on the day after a drawn match.
Publication date: 28/05/2010
Following Galician poet Maria do Cebreiro's stay in Bangor University back in March 2008 as part of the Galician Writer in Residence Programme, a translation into English of her book "I Am not from Here" has just been published by Shearsman Books.
Publication date: 27/05/2010
Marine bacteria could be the key to cleaning oil spills in the sea, without further damaging the environment by using chemicals, according to microbiologists at Bangor University.
Publication date: 26/05/2010
The introduction of an innovative teaching method for children with autism to Gwynedd LEA’s bilingual education system is to be discussed at an international conference in Texas, USA.
Publication date: 26/05/2010
An investigation into the challenges faced by the mussel industry in Conwy has pioneered close multi-agency working.
Publication date: 26/05/2010
Five academics linked to Bangor University are among the Founding Fellows of a new learned society: The Learned Society of Wales.
Publication date: 18/05/2010
The Law School,one of Bangor University's newest schools, had a great run recently in securing research grant capture.
Publication date: 14/05/2010
A leading climate-change scientist and Nobel Prize winner is to open a pioneering new laboratory at Bangor University.
Publication date: 13/05/2010
A major review of special education in Ireland has made 15 recommendations.
Publication date: 11/05/2010
A project designed to safeguard the Irish Sea's valuable shellfish industry, including cockles, mussels and edible crab, estimated to be worth £54m (€62 m) annually, is being launched today (Tuesday 11 May 2010).
Publication date: 11/05/2010
A Bangor University scientist has recently returned from a major scientific and exploratory expedition to the Arctic sea ice.
Publication date: 7/05/2010
Mr Alun Ffred Jones, Assembly Member for Arfon and Minister for Heritage, will be visiting Bangor University's ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice today (7 May 2010]) to open their new research laboratories.
Publication date: 7/05/2010
Research by evolutionary biologist Professor Roger Thorpe and his world-leading team of herpetologists at Bangor University's School of Biological Sciences is contributing to a change in the way we think about evolution. Their surprising results are opening the door to the next phase in our understanding of how biodiversity came about.
Publication date: 7/05/2010
The College of Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) hosted an International Cultnet (Cultural Network) Conference on the theme of 'Funds of Knowledge' on 29th, 30th and 31st March. The 3-day conference drew participants from all over the world, including Spain, Sweden, Finland, Demark, Germany, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Russia, China and Japan, as well as many from within the UK.
Publication date: 26/04/2010
Senior Lecturer Dr Nathan Abrams has won Bangor University's first ever Collaborative Doctoral Award sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Entitled, 'The Jewish Diaspora in Wales', the project collaborates with Cardiff Reform Synagogue and South Wales Jewish Representative Council to promote the study of the history of the Jewish community in Wales.
Publication date: 30/03/2010
Children and young people in England affected by severe disability, injury or illness will be better supported thanks to a new national framework to help local services make clinical assessments, published by Care Services Minister Phil Hope.
Publication date: 30/03/2010
Mohammed Mabrook, a lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering at Bangor University, joined other early-career scientists from across the country to explain his research in acompetition at the House of Commons.
Publication date: 26/03/2010
Professor David Thomas from Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences has just returned from Nuuk in Greenland where he was part of an international team scientists studying the role of sea ice in regulating oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in the Arctic atmosphere and surface waters.
Publication date: 19/03/2010
The physiological theory that underpins all endurance training and coaching for the last 100 years has just been disproved.
Publication date: 16/03/2010
Mohammed Mabrook, a lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering at Bangor University, joined other early-career scientists from across the country to explain his research in acompetition at the House of Commons
SET for Britain is an exhibition of posters by early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists. The exhibition gives them the opportunity to present their work to their local MPs and their scientific peers.
Publication date: 11/03/2010
Wales' coracle fishermen will be among the commercial and recreational fishermen assisting in a large-scale international project to save the sea trout.
Publication date: 8/03/2010
The perceived health of an election candidate can predict how people will vote according to recently published research- and voters can form opinions about how healthy a candidate is based solely on the way that person moves.
Publication date: 5/03/2010
Prof. Robert Woods of Bangor University, Gwynedd, United Kingdom, says, "Psychological therapies have been used with people with dementia for at least 50 years, aiming to improve or maintain cognition, functional abilities, and quality of life, and reduce distress, anxiety, depression and behavioral difficulties."
In his presentation at the conference, titled "Psychological Interventions with People with Dementia," Woods will share encouraging findings from recent research, including cognitive stimulation and behavioral approaches. Effect sizes comparable to drug therapies have been reported, with fewer side effects, according to Woods.
Publication date: 1/03/2010
Work in Bangor that will assist in the global war against tuberculosis, a major fatal disease in many parts of the world, was highlighted by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in a speech to the Welsh Labour Party recently.
Publication date: 25/02/2010
A Bangor University scientist is taking part in a major scientific and exploratory expedition to the Arctic sea ice.
Publication date: 17/02/2010
Duncan Tanner died suddenly from a heart condition aged 51. Born in Newport, south Wales, he went from his local comprehensive to obtain a first-class degree in modern history and politics at Royal Holloway College, University of London (1979), followed by his PhD at University College London (1985). He was a research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research and then became a research fellow at St Catherine's College, Cambridge. He taught for a year at the University of Kent before securing a lectureship at Bangor University in 1989; he was appointed Professor of modern history in 1995.
Publication date: 16/02/2010
Duncan Tanner's family have asked that the following notice is made available:
Chris, Eleanor and Megan would like you to know that Duncan died on 11 February.
Publication date: 12/02/2010
A major review of special education in Ireland has made 15 recommendations. The comprehensive review, commissioned by the National Council for Special Education and conducted by researchers in Special Education at St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, a linked college of Dublin City University and Bangor University, in Wales, was conducted between November 2007 and December 2009 .
Publication date: 12/02/2010
Colleagues and students at Bangor University were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Professor Duncan Tanner.
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Bangor University has announced the availability of a further 70 new research Scholarships for the academic year 2010/11. This comprises the second year of the University's five year post-graduate expansion programme; part of their 125th Anniversary celebrations.
Publication date: 5/02/2010
For the fourth year running Bangor University's postgraduate community has held a fascinating, successful and enjoyable conference. Organised by the Research Students' Forum (RSF), this interdisciplinary event presents a unique opportunity to share ideas and experiences. With the need to relate research work to the world at large and demonstrate societal impact, never has it been more important to interact with our research peers from other schools and colleges.
Publication date: 27/01/2010
Prior to the recent financial crisis, many banks were growing rapidly, perhaps based on risky business strategies. When signs of increased risk began to appear at the banks, what happened? Did the banks' stakeholders try to punish the managers? And if so, what effect did this have on the performance of the bank?
Publication date: 20/01/2010
Despite a growth in bank regulation in the last few decades - and the likelihood that regulation will increase following the recent crisis, no evidence exists regarding how effective the measures are that financial regulators take when banks are in trouble and if this has wide ranging effects on banks' ability to supply liquidity to the economy.
Publication date: 4/01/2010
Do you start a new exercise regime in January- only to have given up by the spring? Do you want to stick with your new lifestyle change this year? Then you could pick up a few tips from exercise physiologist Dr Sam Marcora at Bangor University.
Publication date: 27/12/2009
Boxers are renowned for upping the ante by trading slurs and insults at pre-fight weigh-ins or press conferences – but research by sports psychologists suggests that the role goes beyond showmanship. If effectively harnessed, venting your anger can actually improve your performance in certain sporting tasks.
Publication date: 23/12/2009
The UK's last religious revival, which took place in Wales in 1904-05, saw an outpouring of religious fervour which led to a peak in admissions for psychotic episodes in a local north Wales 'asylum'.
Publication date: 10/12/2009
Just before Christmas, the British Sedimentological Research Group (BSRG), UK's foremost professional body of Sedimentologists, will hold its Annual General Meeting at Bangor University.
Publication date: 9/12/2009
The Research and Enterprise Partnership established by Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities has exceeded its target for generating research income according to a review of activities which is published on Wednesday 9 December.
Publication date: 4/12/2009
This week (7-11 December) the world's leaders will meet in Copenhagen to discuss how to respond to the global threat of climate change. Work carried out by Bangor University's School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography, has assisted the Peruvian Government to develop policies which will reduce carbon emissions by safeguarding their forests, while also generating local income in poor parts of the country.
Publication date: 3/12/2009
The comedian, Ruby Wax has recently revealed how she has learnt to cope with depression by practicing 'Mindfulness', an approach that integrates modern therapy with ancient meditation practices. For Ruby, mindfulness was an important element in her recovery.
Publication date: 2/12/2009
A £399,000 Big Lottery Fund grant will enable experts at Bangor University to research how best to help children at risk of under achievement to develop the skills they need to get the best from education.
Publication date: 27/11/2009
Bangor University joins Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Swansea universities in announcing the launch of the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W), a £4 million initiative to be financed by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) through the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).
Publication date: 27/11/2009
Research efforts to help the world's ageing population live longer healthier lives have been given a major boost with the announcement of six new transatlantic research projects aiming to understanding the biology of the ageing process.
Publication date: 24/11/2009
The time it takes for our brains to search for and retrieve the word we want to say has been measured for the first time. The discovery is reported in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA today (PNAS Online Early Edition November 23-27, 2009).
Most people think that words and meaning are the two sides of the same coin and that the form of a word is the same as its meaning, or at least, that word and meaning cannot be split. However, this is not the case. Word forms have an existence of their own in the human mind, disconnected, from meaning- at least, for a fraction of a second.
Publication date: 12/11/2009
We are faced with making decisions all the time. Often, we will carefully deliberate the pros and cons of each item, taking into consideration past experiences with similar situations before making our ultimate choice. However, a new study suggests that cognitive stress, such as distraction, can influence this balanced, logical approach to decision making.
Psychologists Jane Raymond and Jennifer L. O'Brien Bangor's School of Psychology wanted to investigate how cognitive stress affects rational decision making. In this study, participants played a simple gambling game in which participants earned money by selecting between two stimuli—in this case, they chose between pictures of two different faces. Once they made their choice, they immediately saw if they won, lost, or broke even. Each face was always associated with the same outcome throughout this task. In the next part of the experiment, the volunteers saw each face individually and had to indicate if they had seen those faces before or not. Some of the volunteers were distracted during this task while others were not.
Publication date: 26/10/2009
A paper published in the Journal of Animal Ecology is creating waves for Bangor University PhD student Nigel Hussey. The paper has been reported widely across the globe, from Australian news reports to Canada's Discovery Channel Science Daily to our own BBC here in the UK.
Publication date: 22/10/2009
WAG First Minister Rhodri Morgan will officially launch the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Method (WISERD) today (22nd October 2009) at the Senedd building, Cardiff Bay.
Publication date: 12/10/2009
A positive effect of climate change that is helping to support a £30m industry has been uncovered by new research.
Ocean warming in UK waters is increasing stocks of the great scallop Pecten maximus, according to the study published in the journal Marine Biology.
Publication date: 8/10/2009
As northern Europe enjoys a rather warm start to autumn, an international team of 20 polar scientists have brought icy winter conditions to the middle of Hamburg. They are studying the effect of pack ice on carbon dioxide and instead of travelling to the Arctic or Antarctic they have reproduced realistic ice conditions closer to home.
"At a time when the Polar oceans, in particular the Arctic, is such a focus of scientific and general interest, it is important that we understand the fundamental chemical processes that govern the transfer of carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and the ocean," explains project leader, Professor David Thomas.
Publication date: 16/09/2009
The first ever conference focussing solely on neurobilingualism is being held at Bangor University 19-20 September 2009.
Publication date: 8/09/2009
Increasingly threatened by a demand for bushmeat, Madagascar's world famous lemurs will benefit from a project that will see UK conservation scientists working with local conservation bodies.
Publication date: 7/09/2009
One of north Wales' great landed estates, the Mostyn Estate, closely linked with the town of Llandudno, is to come under the microscope in a new research project conducted jointly by Bangor and Aberystwyth universiti
Publication date: 2/09/2009
Gwilym Morus, a PhD student in the School of Welsh, has been awarded a prestigious Library of Congress Scholarship which will enable him to spend an extended period of study in one of the world's most dynamic national libraries.
Publication date: 2/09/2009
An archaeological investigation carried out by Bangor University's School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology, in collaboration with the Heather and Hillforts Project, has uncovered Iron Age remains that may be almost 3000 years old.
Publication date: 29/07/2009
Professor David Thomas and his colleague Dr Stathys Papadimitriou of Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences are experts on sea ice, and the millions of microscopic creatures that live inside tiny briny channels in the 20 million square kilometres of sea ice that surrounds Antarctica every winter.
Publication date: 28/07/2009
Tidal stream farms, in which electricity is generated by turbines from regions of strong tidal flow, may influence the natural balance of marine sands, according to research at Bangor University.
Publication date: 7/07/2009
Bangor scientists were amongst an international group of climate change scientists and marine ecologists meeting at The Royal Society recently (6.7.09), to discuss The coral reef crisis: addressing the threats of climate change and ocean acidification.
Publication date: 25/06/2009
A book by Professor Richard Bentall, Professor of Clinical Psychology at theSchool of Psychology, has attracted excellent reviews in both The Observer and The Times prior to its publication (today 25.6.09).
Publication date: 23/06/2009
Smallholder farmers in Eastern India are set to benefit from the first type of rice to be bred successfully using a new method.
The new variety, now being made available, will assist marginal farmers in the water-stressed conditions that will become more common as the climate changes. The variety was developed combining two innovative plant breeding methods, one based on modern DNA techniques, and the other on working directly with the local farmers.
Publication date: 9/06/2009
With the UK arguably in the grip of the worst recession since the early 1930s, a major piece of work has identified the barriers that make it difficult for small businesses in Wales to navigate successfully through public sector procurement pre-qualification processes.
Publication date: 8/06/2009
Professor Barrie Johnson of Bangor University was one of nine UK scientists awarded a Royal Society award at the annual Royal Society Labs to Riches event in London recently.
Publication date: 20/05/2009
The Centre for Business Research and Market Intelligence (CBRmi), part of Bangor University's Management Centre, has launched the first edition of The North West Wales Economic Review as part of its drive to provide research, analysis and strategic solutions to support sustainable development of the north west Wales economy.
Publication date: 14/05/2009
Scientists from Bangor University are working with a community in Bangladesh to help them to use their rubbish to improve the local harvest. Strange as it may seem, uncollected rubbish could provide a valuable source of soil enrichment to feed Bangladesh's burgeoning population.
Publication date: 28/04/2009
The findings of a study at Bangor University look set to change regulations that severely impact upon the livelihood of farmers throughout Europe.
Since 2003, farmers are not allowed to bury dead animals. The Animal By-Product Regulations (ABPR) (1774/2002) state that dead livestock must be collected by an approved contractor and then be incinerated or rendered. This has severe financial and practical implications for the livestock industry.
Publication date: 23/04/2009
A five million pound investment in up to 125 new research studentships and bursaries launches a five year programme of postgraduate expansion at Bangor University. The expansion, announced for the academic year 2009-10, forms part of the University's 125th anniversary celebrations.
Publication date: 15/04/2009
Biologists at Bangor University are spearheading a European project to safeguard global fish stocks by developing tools that will identify not only the type of fish, but its source and age. Armed with these tools, it will be possible to identify the type and race of fish in the trawler's hold, on the fishmonger's slab or when coated in sauce or breadcrumbs on the restaurant plate or supermarket freezer.
Publication date: 3/04/2009
In the April 3rd edition of Science a collaborative group of scientists from Switzerland, California and the UK report that medieval climate over Europe was heated by the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). This oscillation pattern, defined as the pressure difference between the Icelandic Low and the Azores High, also influences modern-day weather conditions and has contributed to the recent droughts in North Africa and floods in North-Central Europe.
Publication date: 26/03/2009
Experts in virtual reality at Bangor University are all set to contribute to an exciting large-scale project to develop what they term a 'real-virtuality' simulator.
Publication date: 23/03/2009
Scientists have for first time demonstrated a critical link between the Siberian climate and the circulation of the major current system which gives us our mild winters here in the UK. This new understanding of what is happening, made by Bangor University scientists working on a Natural Environment Research Council research programme led by University College London, is explained in the prestigious American journal, Geophysical Research Letters (L05601, doi:10.1029/2008GL036792, 3th March, 2009).
Publication date: 26/02/2009
Advances in cognitive neuroscience (the science of how the brain works when we think) have shown that what our eyes see and what our brain interprets are two different things. Professor Guillaume Thierry, Dr Panos Athanasopoulos and colleagues at Bangor University report in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA that our language causes our brains to perceive colours differently.
Publication date: 25/02/2009
Mentally tired individuals will reach exhaustion quicker that those who are not mentally fatigued according to findings of a study by Bangor University.
Publication date: 19/02/2009
Bangor University has been awarded a two year grant to set up a research network for Speech and Language Technologies in Wales (SALT Cymru). The network will set up a Special Interest Group, bringing together members from Welsh academia and industry involved in developing or using software where human languages are involved.
Publication date: 16/02/2009
Professor Guillaume Thierry of Bangor University's School of Psychology has been taking part in 'Why reading Matters' a BBC 4 programme in which science writer Rita Carter tells the story of how modern neuroscience has revealed that reading, something most of us take for granted, unlocks remarkable powers.
Publication date: 9/02/2009
On the afternoon of Wednesday 11th February, BBC Hoddinott Hall will witness the first performance for more than a quarter of a century of Barry composer Grace Williams's Symphony No. 2. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales will perform using a brand new edition of the score prepared by Bangor University PhD student Graeme Cotterill, under the baton of Owain Arwel Hughes, an honourary fellow of the University. The concert will, in fact, be an all Welsh affair: Hughes will also conduct his father Arwel Hughes's own symphony and Prelude for the Youth of Wales.
Cotterill and Hughes have already collaborated with the orchestra on a performance of Grace Williams's Symphonic Impressions, a work depicting characteristics of Owain Glyndŵr that had not been heard for more than 50 years until its recent broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Publication date: 4/02/2009
New discoveries about how the brain processes facial expressions could lead to improved ways of educating and training for people with a rare genetic neurodevelopmental condition called Williams Syndrome.
Publication date: 2/02/2009
Recently published research by Bangor University School of Ocean Scientists is featured on Natural Environment Research Council news pages- follow this link to read the full story...
Publication date: 27/01/2009
Professor David Thomas, Bangor University's Professor of Marine Biology, has been appointed one of 12 international Finland Distinguished Professors by the Academy of Finland.
Publication date: 13/01/2009
The rise in sea level since the last ice age has prevented us from feeling the full impact of man-made global warming. The sea level rise has resulted in more harmful greenhouse gases being absorbed by the seas. So argue Bangor University scientists in the latest issue of Geophysical Research Letters (23/12/08), an influential US scientific journal publishing scientific advances that are likely to have immediate influence on the research of other investigators.
Publication date: 8/01/2009
The use of insults at a young age improves social skills and helps children develop a sense of humour according to research by Dr Erin Heerey of the School of Psychology. Her research also found that "play fighting" gives pupils the chance to tell the difference between real and pretend violence and she insists that teasing and nicknames were an "essential part of life" and should not automatically be confused with bullying. Teasing helps children to discover how to use their bodies, voices and faces to communicate nuances of meaning, she added.
Publication date: 22/12/2008
Wales, the mid 1300's. An itinerant bard performs for the local lord; his benefactor. What would that performance sound like?
Publication date: 19/12/2008
The traditional Christmas tree that's at the heart of every home this festive season could provide part of the answer to treating the killer bird flu virus and could bring £10 million a year to Wales, latest research has show
Publication date: 18/12/2008
World leading research is being carried out across Bangor University according to a new national survey, published today.
Publication date: 18/12/2008
Bangor University is the only Welsh University to top any of the 67 subject tables in the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) published today.
Publication date: 18/12/2008
Bangor and Cardiff universities have announced plans to work together across areas of mutual interest in health-related disciplines and medicine.
Publication date: 8/12/2008
Bangor University is part of a collaboration that has been awarded £2.75 million by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to become one of seven UK 'hubs' for clinical trial methodology research.
Publication date: 5/11/2008
The comedian, Ruby Wax has recently revealed how she has learnt to cope with depression by practicing 'Mindfulness', an approach that integrates modern therapy with ancient meditation practices. For Ruby, mindfulness was an important element in her cure.
Publication date: 29/10/2008
As well as discovering improved short term memory for angry faces, researchers at Bangor University's School of Psychology have located a key brain area that responds more actively to angry than happy or neutral faces. This discovery is being published in a scientific paper today (Weds October 29) by PLoS ONE (eISSN-1932-6203), an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication, publishing reports on primary research from any scientific discipline.
Publication date: 23/10/2008
Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones AM and 80 invited representatives from the public, private, and voluntary care sector, schools, health authorities, research funders, and local and national government are attending the first Knowledge Transfer Day organised by Bangor University's School of Psychology today (23.10.08).
Publication date: 21/10/2008
Some of the world's leading academics in the field of bilingual research will be speaking at the first in a series of international conferences on bilingualism organized by BangorUniversity's ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice (24-26 October 2008).
Publication date: 6/10/2008
Colwyn Bay's Congo Training Institute has led Doctorate student Martin M'Caw on a slight tangent from his research thesis on the History of the English Baptist Churches of North Wales. Not in vain however, Martin M'Caw presents a research seminar on his findings at Bangor University on Tuesday 21 October at 1.15 at the WISCA Seminar Room, Main Arts Building, Bangor University. (The research Seminar is open to the public).
Publication date: 1/10/2008
A young researcher at Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences has been awarded one of only eight prestigious National Environment Research Centre Advanced Fellowships (and the only one awarded in Wales).
Publication date: 30/09/2008
Bangor University's School of Healthcare Sciences is involved in the Wales School for Primary Care Research, launched recently (29.9.08) by First Minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan.
Publication date: 30/09/2008
Ceri Sullivan of the School of English has received £35,198 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and another £23,466 from a media company to transfer research about the most creative and persuasive structures of communication.
Publication date: 24/09/2008
A new line of research in psychology is being developed at Bangor University. Professor Guillaume Thierry is developing 'neurosemantics' as a field of research. Neurosemantics refers to how the mind draws meaning from the world- arguably one of the most important functions of the mind.
Publication date: 10/09/2008
Leading Welsh universities have come together to deliver a £9M project which will help government, policy makers, and businesses better tackle major social problems in Wales.
The centre of excellence will be known as The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD). The Institute brings together leading social scientists from across Wales who will work together to develop a more detailed picture of the people of Wales through the collection, analysis and dissemination of data in areas from economic activity and growth to education, community participation, health and social care.
Publication date: 6/08/2008
Sexual harassment from male guppies is so bad that long-suffering females will risk their lives to escape it, according to new research from Dr Safi Darden and Dr Darren Croft from Bangor University. Their work, which was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, is published today in the Royal Society's Biology Letters.
Publication date: 17/06/2008
New light has been shed on the microbial life living in extreme environments. Research by Professor Peter Golyshin of BangorUniversity, and an international team, published in the prestigious scientific journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the U.S.A. (online publication June 16-20 2008 (http://www.pnas.org/papbyrecent.shtml), reveals more about how a microbe living in an extreme environment maintains DNA integrity.
Publication date: 22/05/2008
The recently established £5M Bilingualism Research Centre at Bangor University has appointed Ineke Mennen as Professor of Bilingualism. She joined the Centre from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, where she was a Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Sciences.
Publication date: 22/05/2008
Bangor University is participating in a major new study aiming to gain greater understanding of local housing markets across North West Wales.
Publication date: 12/05/2008
As leaves, nature's most efficient form of solar energy production, are bursting into view all around us, Bangor scientists are investigating whether it is possible to replicate plant life's ability to turn sunlight into energy.
Publication date: 2/04/2008
Bangor University's Professor Gareth Edwards-Jones, Professor of Agriculture and Land Use is one of the international scientists discussing ways of tackling the threat of climate change to food security, both nationally and globally, at a three-day conference at Oxford University starting on Wednesday 2 April. The conference 'Food security and environmental change: linking science and policy for development' is organised by 'Global Environmental Change and Food Systems' (GECAFS), a research project in the University's Environmental Change Institute.
Publication date: 19/03/2008
A revised and updated edition of a book by a Bangor University Professor, which rapidly became the standard text book on polar regions, is published today (20.3.08).
Publication date: 10/03/2008
Dr Nathan Abrams, Director of Film Studies at Bangor University, believes that the Jewish community in Wales has a valuable if rather neglected history. To promote study of the Jewish community in Wales, and to involve the community in that process, Dr Abrams has organised a series of events on Monday 17 March. This includes papers discussing the history and representation of this experience; the opening of a new exhibition on Jewish Life in north Wales at Gwynedd Museum, and a showing of the 1998 film Solomon a Gaenor, which details the relationship between a Welsh/Jewish couple in the south Wales coalfields during the turbulent years preceding the First World War.
Publication date: 5/03/2008
A device developed at Bangor University is set to revolutionise communications technology within five years. The new device will drastically increase the amount of data that can be transmitted- comparable to downloading 15 films a minute. It has the capacity to bring together currently separate networks; and will lead to the networking of more domestic appliances.
Publication date: 19/02/2008
A scientific research paper written by a Bangor University undergraduate student has been published by a top international fisheries journal: The Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. The publication of research papers in academic journals is the measure of high quality research; a milestone in any academic's early career, and most unusual for an undergraduate.
Publication date: 12/02/2008
A team of oceanographers lead by Bangor University's Dr Tom Rippeth have been awarded £640,000 by the UK's Natural Environmental Research Council. They will be studying the potential role of wind driven currents in helping the continental shelf seas absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Publication date: 4/02/2008
Reducing the amount of plastic we throw out and which eventually ends up in landfill is set to become easier in 2008- thanks to an excitingly innovative and efficient product developed by one north Wales company. To help with their development, the company has teamed up with the Centre for Advanced & Renewable Materials (CARM) at Bangor University.
Publication date: 23/01/2008
A new national report out today recognises the work of Bangor University for its contribution to the 'green' agenda.
Publication date: 17/01/2008
To what extent are the skills of an English graduate transferrable to the international banking and finance world? That's what two members of staff at Bangor University will be finding out. Eben Muse of the National Institute of Excellence in the Creative Industries, and Ceri Sullivan of the School of English have received an English Study Centre grant to ask city tycoons some of these burning questions.
Publication date: 14/01/2008
Have you ever wondered what varied subjects engage the minds of Bangor's post-graduate students? Students are researching topics as diverse as how to fingerprint a rhino, whale watching tourism in Iceland, implicit awareness of dementia and bilingual marketing.
Publication date: 2/01/2008
Dr Vera Thoss, an environmental chemist from Bangor University's School of Chemistry, has been partnering with Welsh Company UTD Research Ltd to produce novel products from used tyres.
Publication date: 30/12/2007
Bangor University's announcement that they have found the oldest living animal- a 405 year-old clam- has been listed as one of the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2007 by Time Magazine, in association with CNN.
Publication date: 27/11/2007
Researchers at the School of the Environment and Natural Resources have started on a unique collaboration which aims to reduce the risk of a potentially deadly E. coli 0157 bug.
Publication date: 16/11/2007
From studying conversations between bilinguals in Caernarfon or Miami to the first words of infants, a £5 million research centre at Bangor University has begun work that is set to make a major impact across the broad field of bilingual studies.
Publication date: 6/11/2007
A new approach that integrates ancient meditation practices and modern therapy aims to prevent the recurrence of suicidal depression. The intention of the new approach is to enable participants to be able to see the range of options which may be there in these difficult moments. The new approach, to be trialled in North Wales and Oxford, would provide the health service with a new therapy to offer people with recurrent depression who are also at greater risk of suicidal thoughts. The approach moves away from simply treating people's problems to helping people find a life that is worth living.
Publication date: 28/10/2007
A clam dredged from Icelandic waters had lived for 400 years - is this the longest-lived animal known to science?
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the existing record for the longest-lived animal belongs to a 220 year oldArctica clam collected in 1982 from American waters. Unofficially, the record belongs to a 374 year old Icelandic clam which was found in a museum. Both these records appear to have been eclipsed by the latest specimen, found by Bangor university scientists, whose age, between 405 and 410 years, has been assessed by counting the annual growth lines in the shell.
Publication date: 5/10/2007
A neuroscientist at Bangor University's leading School of Psychology has established and illustrated for the first time how adept our brains are when it comes to switching between different systems of manipulating objects.
Publication date: 5/10/2007
Six Bangor historians are speaking at Harvard University's Celtic Colloquium this week (4-7.10.07): the single largest group from any University in the world. The number reflects the School of History's leading international role in the study of the Welsh past.
Publication date: 3/10/2007
The Ice cover on the Arctic Ocean has this year shrunk to the lowest level ever recorded claims Bangor University Oceanographer Dr Tom Rippeth.
Publication date: 27/09/2007
A Lecturer in Film Studies at Bangor University has just won a major new award to rejuvenate Jewish life in the North Wales region.
Publication date: 29/08/2007
Bangor oceanographers are preparing to set sail for the North Pole this September to conduct climate change research, funded by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council.
Publication date: 23/08/2007
We are attracted by what other people like, and there's now no doubt about it. Advertisers seem to have known it for years, and now, an apparently simple psychology experiment has confirmed it: if I see you smiling at an object, I'll like it more.
Publication date: 21/08/2007
Louiza Norman from Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences will leave Bangor in mid August on the start of a journey to the frozen pack ice off East Antarctica. Together with scientists from the UK, Australia and Finland, Louiza will join the Australian research ship, Aurora Australis, for a 2 month expedition to study the biology, physics and chemistry of the pack ice and the waters underneath it.
Publication date: 17/08/2007
A Professor at the University of Pretoria has brought his research to Bangor University to develop a cost-efficient way of diagnosing individuals with HIV/AIDS at risk of contracting TB. Jan Verschoor, Head of Pretoria's Department of Biochemistry, has searched the world for two specialist areas of expertise, and found both within Bangor University's School of Chemistry.
Publication date: 12/07/2007
Even fluent bilingual speakers of a language acquired beyond adolescence subconsciously resort to their native language, in a sort of 'unconscious instant translation service'.
Publication date: 30/04/2007
A PhD student at Bangor University's School of Psychology is conducting a unique research project on the experience of people who hear voices and are not troubled by them. She hopes to collaborate with at least 20 people across Wales who have had this experience.
Publication date: 26/04/2007
Intensive intervention given to toddlers with autism as young as three years old can significantly raise IQ scores, potentially allowing them to benefit from mainstream education, new research has revealed.
Publication date: 17/04/2007
Local poet, Zoë Skoulding, has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship in Creative and Performing Arts by the Arts & Humanities Research Council for a practice-based research project at the School of English.
Publication date: 26/03/2007
A report published recently on BMJ Online describes how the Incredible Years parenting programme helps improve child behaviour and has the potential to be cost-effective.
Publication date: 7/03/2007
The official launch of the Research and Enterprise Partnership between the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UWA) and the University of Wales, Bangor (UWB), will take place on 7 March at the Senedd building of the National Assembly for Wales.
Publication date: 7/03/2007
Although autism has previously been recognised as a genetic disorder, new work has, for the first time, identified two specific interacting genes that appear to be involved- and the results may seem unexpected.
Publication date: 5/03/2007
A paper by neuroscientist Dr Guillaume Thierry of Bangor University, published in Nature Neuroscience (online version available from 4.3.07), the most important international peer reviewed neuroscience journal, is set to cause shockwaves amongst the neuroscience community.
Publication date: 23/02/2007
Academic research on manuscripts originally from Chirk Castle, by staff and postgraduate students at Bangor’s School of Music, has unearthed over 20 pieces of religious music, by leading sixteenth and seventeenth-century English composers, which had become ‘lost’ since the seventeenth century. Some of the latest music to be transcribed and edited will be brought to life in a lecture recital which takes place in the Powis Hall, Bangor University on Saturday, March 3rd at 8.00 p.m.
Publication date: 19/02/2007
The Irish Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan announced yesterday (Sunday 18 February) that the Food Dudes Healthy Eating scheme, developed by Bangor's School of Psychology, is to be rolled out to every primary school in Ireland
Publication date: 7/02/2007
Professor Jane Noyes at Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences, has expertise in engaging with children to gain their views on issues related to their own health. She and her team are collaborating with nursing, communications and medical specialists at Cardiff University, on a three year study of the information needs of children and young people when making their own informed healthcare choices.
Publication date: 2/02/2007
A major new £5m research centre for the study of bilingualism is to be created at Bangor University.
The establishment of the centre underlines Bangor’s growing reputation as a centre of excellence in academic research.
Publication date: 30/01/2007
New research commissioned by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme is looking into whether the vitamin folate can help in the treatment of depression. One in five people experience depression during their lives and only half of these people respond to antidepressant treatment.
Publication date: 30/01/2007
In-depth research by a BangorUniversity historian has inspired Tywysogion (Princes), a series that reveals the medieval princes of Wales, not as parochial rulers of princedoms, but as leaders who played a part on the European political stage. The documentary series begins on S4C this week (30 January).
Publication date: 25/01/2007
People attending Memory Clinics across north Wales are being asked to assist a team at the School of Psychology to develop an exciting new therapy for people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease.
Publication date: 18/01/2007
'Air pollution makes peat bogs worsen global warming' claims Professor Chris Freeman, Royal Society Industry Fellow at BangorUniversity in an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS).
Publication date: 8/11/2006
Elizabeth Carver, of Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences, has been awarded "Radiographer of the Year for Wales". The award is run by the Society and College of Radiographers and sponsored by Fuji. Elizabeth was nominated for her services to education, training and promotion of an evidence based approach in the professio
Publication date: 23/10/2006
A team of research psychologists at Bangor University, who have already developed a successful programme to assist heavy drinkers to cut down on their alcohol consumption, are looking for heavy drinkers who would like to cut down their drinking to assist with their next piece of research.
Publication date: 3/10/2006
The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has turned to the Universities of Wales at Aberystwyth (UWA) and Bangor (UWB) for expertise to develop joint initiatives on environmentally sustainable economic development and reduce world poverty.
Publication date: 28/09/2006
A programme which uses child superheroes to encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables is being used by the European Commission to illustrate how governments in Europe can tackle obesity. The 'Food Dudes' programme was devised by the University of Wales, Bangor to encourage young children to eat healthily, and has been adopted by the Irish Government.
Publication date: 28/09/2006
The media can play an important role in changes attitudes among older people towards accepting help.
That’s one of the recommendations of an innovative initiative for developing support for older people in rural areas, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Publication date: 15/08/2006
You may have felt frazzled by the recent heat wave but would you go to the other extreme? Professor David Thomas of the University of Wales, Bangor is about to set off on a trip to the coldest areas of our planet.
Professor David Thomas could be described as an 'extreme scientist' as he heads off to the Antarctic winter to conduct his research. Professor Thomas of the University's School of Ocean Sciences is interested in microbes that survive the below freezing temperatures of the sea ice in the Antarctic.
Professor Thomas will be maintaining a weekly diary with pictures at http://www.sos.bangor.ac.uk/antarctic.htm
Publication date: 27/07/2006
Ian Gregson of the University of Wales, Bangor's School of English rubs shoulders with giant of contemporary poetry, Seamus Heaney, as a short listed nominee for the the Forward Poetry Prizes; known as the Bardic Booker Prize.
Publication date: 4/07/2006
Speaking this week during the Methodist Conference in Edinburgh and launching his new book on the state of British Methodism, Professor Leslie J Francis, of the University of Wales, Bangor said: This study of 1,339 Methodist ministers shows them to be working under too much stress. According to our data, 45% of circuit ministers claim to be exhausted by their work. And the proportion climbs to 53% of the ministers under the age of 46.
Publication date: 8/06/2006Sexual harassment is burden that females of many species face, and some may go to extreme lengths to avoid it. In a paper published in The American Naturalist, Dr Darren Croft from the University of Wales Bangor and a research team from the University of Leeds suggest that female guppies (a popular aquarium fish) might risk their lives to avoid too much attention from males.
Male Guppie- pic :Lesley Morrell