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News: February 2011

International Mother Language Day - Students learn a minority language for a day

The Schools of Linguistics & Modern Languages come together to host an event to celebrate UNESCO's International Mother Language Day on Wednesday, February 23rd.

Publication date: 28 February 2011

Bangor Student enjoy success at Inter-College Eisteddfod

Following eager and very successful competing, the avid competitors among Bangor’s Welsh speaking students came second in the Inter-College Eisteddfod recently. They were closely beaten by the home team, Cardiff University.

Publication date: 23 February 2011

It may be ‘rubbish’ - but it’s in the top 5

A ‘Rubbish Survival Guide’ Campaign by Bangor University Students’ Union has made it to the final five of a national competition.

Publication date: 23 February 2011

A member of Bangor University staff plans to run "the toughest foot race on earth" in April

A member of Bangor University staff is training to run over 150 miles in the Sahara desert in a race that is described as “the toughest foot race on earth.”

Publication date: 22 February 2011

Bangor students celebrate St David's Day

Bangor Students' Union and UMCB (Bangor's Welsh SU) are hosting a week of events to celebrate St David's Day - Welsh Week!

Publication date: 22 February 2011

Carbon scientists go underground to look for answers

An unusual below-ground laboratory, set to be the only one of its kind in the UK, is to begin work at Bangor University later this year, enabling scientists to discover more about carbon held in the soil.

Publication date: 22 February 2011

Diabetes UK funds Bangor University research into insulin-producing gene

Leading health charity Diabetes UK has funded a research project at Bangor University to investigate a gene which could identify important new avenues for diabetes treatment.

Publication date: 22 February 2011

Food Dudes to rescue children from General Junk

At The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers’ Annual Livery Banquet held at the Mansion House in London on Thursday 17th February 2011, Professor Fergus Lowe, co-director of Bangor University’s successful Food Dudes Programme, addressed a distinguished array of guests who included the Lord Mayor of the City of London and the Sheriffs, the New Zealand High Commissioner,  the Dean of Canterbury, four Commanders-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the Commissioner of the City London Police, senior representatives of the legal profession, Masters of four other livery companies as well as leaders of the fruit industry.

Publication date: 22 February 2011

Students are Enterprising in the £10 Challenge

Students recently took part in a ‘£10 Challenge’, organised by the B-Enterprising Project at the University’s Careers and Employability Service.


Students borrowed £10 individually or in small teams, and tried to make as much money as they could in 2 weeks in an enterprising way, to win the top prize of £200.

Publication date: 22 February 2011

Honours for Bangor Italianists

It has been an excellent six months for scholars of Italian at Bangor.

Publication date: 16 February 2011

The part–time way to post-graduate education

In these tougher times, studying for a postgraduate degree part-time while remaining at work is an option at Bangor University.

Bangor University’s next Postgraduate Courses Fair takes place on Friday 18 February 2011 between 12.30 – 2.30. Anybody interested in postgraduate study at Bangor is most welcome to attend, and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the many different postgraduate programmes that are currently available. Pre-register for the event online via the University’s website at:

Publication date: 16 February 2011

A BEACON of light for the green economy

Bangor University is a partner in a newly announced £20m programme to boost the green economy by helping business in West Wales and the Valleys develop new technologies to turn locally grown plant crops into commercial products, announced by Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, at the Senedd. [Tuesday, 15 February).

Publication date: 15 February 2011

Leading Oceanographers produced for over 45 years

The MSc in Applied Physical Oceanography at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences is plugging identified skills gaps in the UK environment sector, producing oceanographers who are, among other things, capable of computer modelling and are very numerate. (According to a Research Council review of the top 15 skills needed in the environment sector, computer modelling is at the top and numeracy fourth).

Publication date: 14 February 2011

Post-graduate qualification leads to satisfying work for Pam

Pam Martin says of her job that: “It doesn’t feel like working- that’s how much I enjoy it”’

nce gaining her postgraduate qualification from Bangor University, Pam is employed as a Research Officer and Trials Coordinator at the University. She’s currently visiting people across north Wales who have recently been given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease and recruiting them to take part in research trials.  For the current trials, people are asked to carry out various mental tasks. These form the basis of the research results, and the people taking part often even enjoy them! She also visits people who have not had a diagnosis and almost everyone is seen in their own home, though some choose to attend the university.  Pam, originally from Holyhead, now living outside Beaumaris, needs her PhD qualification to do this job- a qualification she gained from Bangor University in January 2010.

Publication date: 14 February 2011

‘Queenie’ scallops win Award with assistance from Bangor University

Support and advice from Bangor University’s renowned School of Ocean Sciences has assisted the Isle of Man ‘Queenie’ fishery to win the prestigious Billingsgate Sustainable Fisheries Award. And the future looks bright for the Isle of Man fishing industry. Once in decline, the now sustainably fished ‘queenie’ fishery is providing a high value product sought after by best restaurants around the UK.

Publication date: 14 February 2011

Science education in Wales and its implications for the Welsh economy

Bangor University brings the first week-long Science Festival to the city, with events to appeal to people of every age and interest. Running between 11-20 March 2011, the Festival opens on Friday 11 March by involving the public in a Panel Debate on science education in Wales.

Publication date: 14 February 2011

What’s the best way to assist children with diabetes to look after themselves?

A new study co-led by Bangor University and Cardiff University with a team of experts from across the UK is seeking to establish the best way of presenting information in order to help children and young people with type 1 diabetes look after themselves.

Publication date: 14 February 2011

Scuba diving passion leads to conserving Morecambe Bay Fishery

A postgraduate qualification from Bangor University was key to Mandy Knott clinching an exciting and vital job- and her first in a new career.

Mandy has the important task of working on a legislative measure which will ensure the management and conservation of the cockle and mussel fishery in Morecambe Bay.

Publication date: 10 February 2011

Bar Uno Serendipity Give Away!

The recent Serendipity 2 event at Maes Glas Sports Centre was a great success and saw one student leave with a great give away!

Publication date: 7 February 2011

Measuring success of peatland restoration

Bangor University are assisting the National Trust in an ambitious project to restore Wales’s second largest peat upland and a European-designated special conservation area.

A 400 mile network of ditches on the Migneint between Ffestiniog and Llanrwst will over time be filled in to restore the area to its natural state. Cut over centuries to improve drainage and provide more land for farming and grouse shooting, the ditches are possibly contributing to the release of carbon.

Publication date: 7 February 2011

Competition seeks young people’s views on science and the environment

The entry date for two exciting competitions marking Bangor’s first week-long Science Festival has been extended.


Young people have until February 22 to express their views on science and environmental in  a variety of creative formats. Two competitions, with various age categories,  are giving the opportunity to win digital cameras and cash prizes of £450 and £150 as prizes. 

Publication date: 4 February 2011

Everybody has a dark side…

Look out for Bangor University’s striking neo Gothic Main Arts Building -‘acting’ as  part of  composite exterior for converted Victorian ‘Asylum’ in ‘Bedlam’, Sky Living’s brand new spooky drama.

The series starts at 10.00 on Monday 7 February. See :

he ‘Bedlam’ crew enjoyed their location filming at University, and turned a few heads during two days last July. They stayed at the accommodation at the Management Centre.

Publication date: 4 February 2011

Experts of the future brought to Wales

The establishment of a Doctoral Training Centre will allow 33 new postgraduate studentships to be offered every year in Wales for the next five years.


The postgraduates will be trained in a range of important disciplines, including social policy, psychology, economics, environmental planning and linguistics.

Publication date: 4 February 2011

Technocamps to encourage young people to follow in the footsteps of Bill Gates

An £6million project to encourage young people to follow in the footsteps of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and other successful technologists and entrepreneurs has been announced  today (2.2.11) by Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills, Lesley Griffiths AM.

Publication date: 2 February 2011

Come and enjoy the University’s multicultural community

An eclectic mix of cultures and traditions will be on display at the University’s Prichard Jones Hall at 6.00 on Friday 11 February 2011.

Publication date: 1 February 2011

School of Music wins two Thomas Ellis Memorial Fund awards

Having reviewed scores of entries from an exceptionally talented pool of applicants, the University of Wales  has announced the winners of this year’s Thomas Ellis Memorial Fund awards.

Music Lecturer at Bangor University, Dr Guto Pryderi Puw, will receive £1500, while PhD student, Gwawr Ifan, also of Bangor University, will receive £1000.

Publication date: 1 February 2011

The Bishop and his Book

A special bilingual service of dedication and blessing will be held in Bangor Cathedral on Sunday 6 February at 3.15 pm to celebrate the return of the Bangor Pontifical.

Publication date: 1 February 2011