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News: February 2014

Bangor in top 200 World Rankings

Bangor University features among the world's elite institutions in a newly published league table. The University is listed in the top 200 universities for four of the 30 subjects featured in this year’s influential ‘QS World University Rankings by Subject’ (

Publication date: 28 February 2014

Would seasonal forecasting enable us to cope with our changing weather?

We’ve experienced an exceptionally wet and windy winter, and while our weather forecasters are far better at telling us what to expect in the next two or three days, they still struggle with long range seasonal forecasting.

Work conducted since the 1970’s at Bangor University has contributed significantly to the models used by climate forecasters and others. The work has focused on understanding marine turbulence in the last two decades. The Ocean Physics group at the School of Ocean Sciences  have won over £6 million in research funding to further their work since 2007.

Publication date: 28 February 2014

International Women’s Day celebrated with a series of events

Bangor University celebrates International Women’s Day on Saturday March 8th, with a number of events around the day, beginning on Thursday, March 6th.

The events, organised through the University’s School of Lifelong Learning in partnership with BOCS (Caernarfon) and others, include an Exhibition Opening at the Bocs Gallery at 20 Stryd Fawr, Caernarfon. The exhibition of artwork by female artists, on the theme of the portrait of a woman, is curated by Menna Thomas. The Opening is on Thurs 6 March, between 6.00pm - 9pm and is open to the public.

Publication date: 27 February 2014

No more PPI means higher interest costs for unsecured loans

Was the decision to prohibit the joint sale of PPI with unsecured loans justified? PPI or payment protection insurance has become a financial service associated with large pay-outs by the banks, windfall payments received by many bank customers and far too many unwanted phone calls. While much discussion has unsurprisingly focused on the nearly £14 billion pounds of PPI customer redress paid out in the last 3 years, the effect on this decision on the cost of  unsecured lending is also significant. 

Publication date: 27 February 2014

Arriva and the University mark climate week with free bus travel offer

Arriva Buses Wales has teamed up with Bangor University to offer FREE travel for students and staff commuting to and from the university during Climate Week.

Publication date: 26 February 2014

University supports Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

Fairtrade Fortnight offers an opportunity for staff students and the community to celebrate the positive impact of Fairtrade.

Publication date: 25 February 2014

Bangor Students aim for Cân i Gymru

With a good track-record  in the Cân i Gymru (Song for Wales) competition, following last year’s success by Rhys Gwynfor and Osian Huw Williams, and Music MA students Nia Davies Williams’ third place in 2012, two more Bangor University Music students have entered and have been selected for the final of the popular TV programme. The programme is to be broadcast (with subtitles) at 7.45, with a special results programme following at 9.30 on Friday 28.2.14.

Publication date: 24 February 2014

Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment

Director Appointed to the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment

Publication date: 24 February 2014

Wikimedia collaborates with Bangor University Language Technologies

A new collaboration between the Wikimedia Foundation and Bangor University has been announced that will enable both parties to share ideas and experiences from developing language technologies for multilingual situations. The collaboration will include integrating components of Bangor’s new software with the software that powers Wikipedia.

Publication date: 20 February 2014

Anglesey’s Standing stones take a leap into the digital age

Anglesey’s standing stones are set to be the subject for an exciting new 3D visual information database thanks to a computer scientist at Bangor University.

Publication date: 19 February 2014

Safeguarding seafood by managing our seas

The increasing concerns about ‘food security’ for the UK, alongside dwindling public investment in fisheries research has led some to question how we can meet future knowledge needs to sustainably manage our seas.

Scientists at Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences argue that despite their economic importance to the UK fisheries sector, not enough is known about scallop fisheries in the UK.

Publication date: 18 February 2014

A Welsh language hackfest at Bangor University

Some 80 technology and Welsh language enthusiasts and developers will converge on Bangor University’s Management Centre this weekend for the fifth Hacio’r Iaith day event , sponsored by the University’s Canolfan Bedwyr and TILT project.

Publication date: 13 February 2014

Bangor Students Pitching for Victory

For the third year running Bangor Consumer Psychology masters students have reached the finals of the Brolio/The Pitch 2014 , which take place on Tuesday 18th February. Brolio/The Pitch is organised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing and part funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and gives students the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their ideas in a prestigious marketing competition.

Publication date: 13 February 2014

Current account costs vary widely – but not at the expense of low income customers

The customer costs of current accounts vary substantially depending on the provider and the type of account says a new report, but there is no evidence that low income customers disproportionately bear the burden, as has previously been claimed.

Publication date: 13 February 2014

Patients with mouth and oesophageal cancers take longer to seek help from GP

PEOPLE with cancers of different parts of the mouth (oropharyngeal) and the oesophagus are waiting longer between first noticing a symptom and going to their GPs compared to patients with other types of cancers, according to research* published in the International Journal of Cancer, today (Tuesday).

Publication date: 11 February 2014

Young people get a taste of University life

YOUTH Club members from across North West Wales have been finding out more about higher Education over the past months.

Publication date: 11 February 2014

Bangor University Nursing Student’s Contribution to Improving NHS Quality Recognised by National Campaign

Clare Woodcock, a second year Nursing Degree Student has won a place at the prestigious International Forum on Quality in Safety in Healthcare to be held in Paris later this year.

Publication date: 10 February 2014

Conference to examine minority language music and copyright law

A special bilingual conference is to be held at Bangor to explore recent developments in copyright law and the impact of the law on minority language music.

Hosted by Bangor University Law School, ‘Collecting and Protecting: 21st century copyright and minority language music’ will be held at Bangor University’s Neuadd Reichel on Thursday 13th February, 9.30am-4.00pm.

Publication date: 7 February 2014

The Ecologist Communications Challenge Award

Bangor University’s Student Union has recently entered the UK-wide University Ecologist Communications Challenge Award, our entry was a ‘Flash Garden’ created in 60 seconds outside Bar Uno on Friddoedd Site.  To see the video and to vote for Bangor’s entry, please visit this link.

Publication date: 7 February 2014

Wales DTC Student Representative for Bangor University

Hannah Chandler has been appointed as a Student Representative with the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre

Hannah is a PhD student working with Prof Paul Downing and Prof Kim Graham (Cardiff University) and she joins representatives from Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Swansea University, who play a vital role in conveying comments and ideas from fellow ESRC funded students across academic schools and pathways.

Publication date: 7 February 2014

Wales punches above its weight in terms of research outputs, efficiency and impact

Wales’s use of research inputs is highly productive and efficient, outranking most comparator countries of a similar size, according to an independent report launched today (6.2.14).

Commissioned by the Welsh Government, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and Welsh universities, the ‘International Comparative Performance of the Welsh Research Base 2013’, carried out by Elsevier, examined the research base of universities, research institutes, industry and the NHS in Wales and compared their publication rates and impacts with competitor countries in order to demonstrate the benefits and return of public investment in university research.

Publication date: 7 February 2014

Bangor Psychology Students have Big Ideas

Two aspiring entrepreneurs from Bangor University were among only 50 16-24 year olds from across Wales selected to take part in the ‘Big Ideas Wales Challenge’ recently.

Publication date: 5 February 2014

Bangor University ranked 7th in the UK for Agri-tech research

Bangor University was ranked 7th in the UK, and 1st in Wales, for the impact of its agri-tech research publications in the recent landmark review for the UK Government, “Encouraging a British Invention Revolution: Sir Andrew Witty’s Review of Universities and Growth”.

Publication date: 5 February 2014

Cancer patients diagnosed more quickly

THE TIME taken to diagnose some of the more common cancers – from the point when a patient first reports a possible symptom to their general practitioner (GP) – fell in adults by an average of five days in just under a decade, according to research* published in the British Journal of Cancer, today (Wednesday 5 February 2014).

Publication date: 5 February 2014

Amy's Adventures in France

A Bangor University student’s international experience should help her with the next step in her career.

Last year Amy Mason, 21, from Merthyr Tydfil, worked in two schools as an English teacher for a year, in a town called Boulogne Billancourt on the outskirts of Paris.

Publication date: 4 February 2014