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News: March 2012

World attention on Bangor Bilingualism this weekend

One hundred and fifty specialists on bilingualism from the UK and abroad will converge on Bangor this weekend for a Conference organised by Bangor University’s Bilingualism Centre on ‘Bilingual & Multilingual Interaction’.

Publication date: 30 March 2012

Bangor’s Enterprise by Design students take entrepreneurship skills and innovative products to a ‘Dragon’s Den’

Forty Bangor University students have taken part in a competition to win up to £10,000 prize money to see the development of their own innovative product creations ready for market.

‘Enterprise by Design’ students were challenged to design a product from conception to prototype and to deliver a winning pitch to a judging panel.

Publication date: 29 March 2012

Three day electronic music mini-festival

Music fans have a chance to listen to international musicians playing unusal and wonderful instruments during a three day electronic music mini-festival.

Publication date: 29 March 2012

Bangor graduate has landed a job with the New York Red Bulls

oan Llewelyn, 31, from Llanfairpwll in Anglesey, who graduated from the School of Sport, Health, & Exercise Sciences at Bangor University, was recently selected from hundreds of applicants to join the New York Red Bulls' successful Academy structure. 

Publication date: 28 March 2012

NWORTH Clinical Trials Unit Welcomes Government announcement on Dementia Research Funding Increase

Following the recent announcement by David Cameron, NWORTH Bangor University’s Clinical Trials Unit welcomes the news that UK funding for Dementia research is set to double to £66M by 2015.
With nationally recognized expertise in the development and delivery of studies testing interventions to improve quality of life for people with dementia and their carers, Bangor University is well placed to deliver research which aims to tackle this ‘national crisis’.

Publication date: 27 March 2012

Santander supports language research

A Santander Scholarship enabled Robat Trefor, a PhD student from the School of Welsh, to visit the Basque Country recently, and he was accompanied by Professor Peredur Lynch, his research supervisor and Head of School.

Publication date: 27 March 2012

Bangor scientists ask the public to assist in locating ivy crops

Scientists at Bangor University are conducting two cutting edge research programmes which are looking at different uses for our native ivy and need the public’s help to locate easy to pick ivy fruit.

Publication date: 26 March 2012

Pioneering work in Welsh language e-publishing

The pioneering work of Canolfan Bedwyr staff in the area of Welsh language e-publishing will be featured on S4C’s arts and popular culture programme Pethe tonight (26 March 2012).

Publication date: 26 March 2012

The Scribblers Tour

Schools from across Gwynedd and Conwy are taking part in an inspiring day of events with writers in the first ever Scribblers Tour.

Publication date: 24 March 2012

Ffion and her cornet representing Wales in Europe

A student from the School of Welsh at Bangor has been selected to represent Wales in the European Youth Brass Band. Ffion Haf Williams, a first year student who’s studying a degree in Welsh was chosen after she auditioned for the Wales Youth Brass Band playing her cornet.

Publication date: 23 March 2012

University plays part in Olympic Torch Relay

Staff, students and graduates from Bangor University are among those honoured to be Torch Bearers as the Olympic Torch makes its way through north Wales in May.

The University is also looking forward to contributing to the carnival atmosphere as the city welcome the torch along its route to the Olympics. As part of the festivities, the University and Students’ Union are planning several events and entertainment in the city centre and at key points along the Torch route.

Publication date: 23 March 2012

Highly Acclaimed Research Grant for Coleg Scholarship Holder

A PhD student at Bangor University, who is also a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol research scholar, has won a highly acclaimed research grant worth €5,000 from the European Hydration Institute (EHI).

Julian Owen,  a student at the University’s School of Sport Health & Exercise Sciences Bangor University, is currently researching the subject of Human Physiology.

Publication date: 22 March 2012

Student Role Models

Pupils from Holyhead High School and Friars School in Bangor were given a unique insight into university life recently through mentoring sessions by student role models from Bangor.

The programme, run by Bangor University, hopes to encourage pupils to find out about university and to consider it as a possibility for their future. Students and Year 7 pupils who completed the Aspirational Mentoring programme received a certificate in a special celebration at the schools.

Publication date: 22 March 2012

Successful Spring Market

Following on from the success of previous Christmas Markets, the B-Enterprising team at Bangor introduced a brand new event - a student ‘Spring Market’ which took place in PJ Hall on Friday 16th March.  Many new students as well, as returning stallholders from previous markets, demonstrated their enterprising skills and came forward with unique gift ideas - buyers were able to browse for original Mothers Day and Easter gifts.

Publication date: 22 March 2012

Trash to cash: killing two birds with one stone in Bangladesh

Municipal waste can be used to provide a valuable source of nutrients for intensively farmed soils in Bangladesh- with the effect of both improving agriculture and crop yields and removing unhygienic waste materials from city streets.

Publication date: 22 March 2012

Welsh language educational terms on-line

The Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews, will launch the new Y Termiadur Addysg (Education Terminology Dictionary) web-site in Cardiff on 22 March 2012. The web-site includes a new enlarged version of the popular terminology text published in 2006, with additional features to aid searching for and learning standardized Welsh terms aimed at school children and students of further education colleges.

Publication date: 22 March 2012

Bangor’s ‘Enterprise by Design’ students bring entrepreneurship skills and products to a ‘Dragon’s Den’

A Competition that is expected to result in new products coming to market, takes place at Bangor University this week.

With one product from a previous competition already approaching commercialisation, an exciting innovation pilot project, Enterprise by Design 2012, will see students pitching their products in the Final of the competition, taking place on Thursday 22nd March at 6.30pm at Bangor University’s Wheldon building.

Publication date: 21 March 2012

Excellent Private and Public Procurement can assist in achieving multiple benefits

Carefully written procurement policies can enable local authorities to achieve multiple goals such as achieving efficiency savings and supporting local businesses, according to Professor Dermot Cahill, Director of the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies and Head of Bangor University’s Law Schoo

Publication date: 21 March 2012

Prestigious Award for Honorary Professor

Prof. John Duncan (Cambridge) who is a honorary member of staff in Bangor's Psychology department has won the prestigious Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science for his innovative, multidisciplinary research into the relationships between psychology, behaviour and intelligence on the one hand and neural processes on the other

Publication date: 21 March 2012

Bangor Science Festival a resounding success

The second Bangor Science Festival, organised by Bangor University, made sure that people of all ages had the opportunity to celebrate the National Science and Engineering Week 2012 in style recently.

The festival drew hundreds of people to Bangor to enjoy science related events including discovery days, schools events, exhibitions, geological walks, public lectures, and competitions.

Publication date: 20 March 2012

Danielle represents British University Sports in China

Danielle Giles, has been chosen as one of four UK representatives to the 11th FISU Forum which will held in Taipei City, China from the 26 - 31 March. Read about her experience, updated often at

Publication date: 20 March 2012

Local appointees to UK SEAFISH board

Two north Wales based marine professionals have been appointed to the Board of the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) by the UK’s four Fisheries Ministers. 

Prof Mike Kaiser of Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences will be a non-executive member from 1 April 2012 until 31 March 2015. He was first appointed and has served on the Board since 2008.

Publication date: 19 March 2012

Major social science conference comes to Bangor

One of the most important events in the social science calendar for people concerned with social and economic issues in Wales is travelling to Bangor next week.

The third annual Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods’ (WISERD) Conference will bring together social science researchers, politicians, postgraduate students and public sector representatives to explore topical themes that impact society in the context of devolution, place and change.

Publication date: 19 March 2012

Ysbyty Gwynedd Mile

Hundreds of local people will be joining in the annual Ysbyty Gwynedd Mile, in aid of Sport Relief, being held at 12pm at the Arfon Athletics Track at Bangor University’s Treborth playing fields on Sunday, March 25th.

Publication date: 19 March 2012

AHRC PhD Studentship in Archaeology

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC PhD Studentship in Archaeology beginning on 1st October 2012. 

Publication date: 15 March 2012

Celebrating student success: 2012 Entrance Scholarship results announced

From Holywell to Hereford, from Rugby to Ruthin, new students from across the UK will be sharing Scholarship prizes totalling over £120,000 when they begin their degree courses at Bangor University in September 2012.

Publication date: 15 March 2012

Elevate Cymru launched

More than 60 businesses attended the highly successful launch of the innovative project Elevate Cymru held at Bangor University recently. (Thursday March 1st).

Publication date: 15 March 2012

PhD student Adam Pearce's translation of Daniel Owen's short stories published

Adam Pearce, a 125th Anniversary Ph.D. Student in Bangor’s School of Modern Languages, is the translator of a recently-published collection of short stories entitled Fireside Tales by Daniel Owen, widely regarded as the father of the Welsh novel.

Publication date: 15 March 2012

Wild plants threatened by collection for sale could be grown commercially providing new income streams, report finds

Wild plants threatened by collection for sale could be grown commercially providing new income streams, report finds Exotic palm leaves in your Mother’s Day bouquet may have come from forests in Belize or Guatemala, central America. Export for the flower arranging industry threatens the survival of some of these palms in the wild

Publication date: 15 March 2012

AHRC PhD Studentship in Translation Studies

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC PhD Studentship in Translation Studies beginning on 1st October 2012.

Publication date: 14 March 2012

A night to celebrate the opening of the JMJ hall of residence in its new home

Bangor University staff and students celebrated the opening of the John Morris Jones hall of residence recently.

On Monday, March 12th the Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes, officially opened the hall following its revamp. The singer Meinir Gwilym, a former resident of the hall, and the JMJ choir performed at the event.

Publication date: 14 March 2012

Bangor University welcomes Central College

Bangor University welcomed a delegation from Central College, Iowa in March. Delegates had an opportunity to see the facilities on campus, meet with staff and formally re-sign a partnership agreement.

Publication date: 14 March 2012

NERC PhD studentship in Zoology

The School of Biological Sciences has a PhD studentship funded by NERC to start in October 2012.

Publication date: 14 March 2012

Sport Psychology Researchers on BBC Radio Wales

Sport psychology researchers from the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance within the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences interviewed about the cutting edge research being conducted within the grouph on BBC Radio Wales' Science Cafe. Click here to here the clip.

Publication date: 14 March 2012

Culture Challenge

Bangor University international students celebrated cultural diversity and collaboration recently (Saturday 03.03.12) with an action-packed Culture Challenge.

Organised by the University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and the International Student Support Office, the Culture Challenge saw six teams made up of two Chinese and two overseas students go head to head in a presentation round and a general knowledge quiz.

Publication date: 8 March 2012

Girls get a chance to 'discover science'

Tracking down Rhino DNA, creating electronic clubwear or exploring the rocky shore isn’t usually how 14-year- old girls spend their Saturday mornings. 

However, the Discover Science Saturday Club for Girls - a joint project between Bangor University and Careers Wales – has seen 25 youngsters coming forward to spend their Saturdays finding out more about science, engineering and technology in an informative and fun environment.

Publication date: 8 March 2012

Bangor Scientist to Strengthen the World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Expertise from Bangor University’s world renowned School of Ocean Science is to contribute towards monitoring and surveying the world’s largest marine reserve, which surrounds a string of tiny islands in the British Indian Ocean Territory of the Chagos Archipelago.

Publication date: 7 March 2012

Nia wins third place in this year's Cân i Gymru competition

Nia Davies Williams, an MA student in music at the University's School of Music has come third in this year's Cân i Gymru last night (03/03/12).


Publication date: 5 March 2012

Welsh academic takes expertise in Jewish film to the Big Apple

Nathan Abrams, an expert in Jewish film and culture at Bangor University is contributing to a unique event taking place in New York in March.  Jewish Tales from Wales will showcase three Welsh-Jewish films in New York and is organised by the Welsh Government and the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust with support from Bangor University.

Publication date: 5 March 2012

A song for Wales

A Music School student will be among the finalists on this year’s Cân i Gymru contest. Nia Davies Williams, from Aberdaron is studying an MA in Music at Bangor and has won a place in the live final of the song contest with her song Cain.

Publication date: 2 March 2012

Bangor students pitch their way to success at Senedd challenge

A team of three students from the School of Psychology impressed a panel of Wales’ leading marketers with a winning business proposal at The Pitch recently (23 Feb), a challenge set by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Big Ideas Wales.

Publication date: 1 March 2012