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News: November 2014

Celebrating Excellence amongst first year students

Award-winning first year students have had their achievements recognized at a prize giving ceremony.

The annual Bangor University Entrance Scholarship Presentation evening saw prizes totalling £138,000 awarded to some of the University’s brightest first year students.

Publication date: 27 November 2014

Geiriadur Bangor (The Bangor Dictionary)

The BBC’s Welsh English dictionary is back in its new incarnation! 

When the BBC’s dictionary was taken down from the web due to the retirement of its old software, a number of people were sad to lose it. Although there are now a number of other on-line Welsh English dictionaries in existence, many users, including Welsh learners, liked its simple, easy to use interface. Its combination of general vocabulary and the latest technical terms was also very popular.

The Language Technologies Unit at Bangor University’s Canolfan Bedwyr, as original creators of the dictionary, were asked if they could reinstate it and publish it on the university’s website.

Publication date: 27 November 2014

Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson sees innovative environmental research during Bangor visit

Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson, visited Bangor University (Thursday 27 November) to find out about the exciting and innovative environmental research taking place.

Baroness Randerson visited both Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology on the University’s campus.

Publication date: 27 November 2014

Health Services & Implementation Research Professor appointed Director of NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research Programme

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone, of Bangor University has been appointed director of the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the largest funding body for applied health research in the UK. Prof Rycroft Malone follows Professor Ray Fitzpatrick when he steps down from his role leading the HS&DR Programme at the end of October 2015.

Publication date: 26 November 2014

Bangor student launches book with vegetable orchestra

Melon bongos, pepper shakers, leek violins and carrot kazoos will be just some of the musical instruments created and played by pupils of Nant y Coed Primary School at their Christmas Fair on the evening of the 2nd of December. The performance will launch an exciting new interactive e-book for children called ‘Arnie Williams Talks to Veg!’

Publication date: 25 November 2014

Rocky platforms dissipating wave energy – a new option for coastal defence?

Communities across Wales are coming to terms with the very real threat of coastal flooding as the Welsh Government announces that as many as 48 areas have been identified where coastal defences will not be maintained in the long term.

With that stark reality in mind, scientists in Wales are contributing their expertise to obtain a clearer picture of the waves and storm surges hitting our coasts, so that they can gain a greater understand of the energy within waves and how a wave’s power can be dissipated.

Publication date: 25 November 2014

Second Award nomination for Bangor Law School

A Bangor University lecturer has been shortlisted for the prestigious Law Teacher of the Year award.

Dr Ama Eyo is one of only six law teachers from institutions across the UK shortlisted for the Award. Sponsored by Oxford University Press, the Law Teacher of the Year Award is the only one of its kind in the UK set up specifically to reward great law teaching in both further and higher education.

Publication date: 25 November 2014

Bangor academic wins Ben Jonson Award

Professor Andrew Hiscock of Bangor University is one of three international academics to receive the Ben Jonson Award this year.

Andrew, from the University’s School of English Literature, won the Ben Jonson Discovery Award for his research article “‘O, Tom Thumb! Tom Thumb! Wherefore art thou Tom Thumb?’: Early Modern Drama and the Eighteenth-century Writer – Henry Fielding and Fanny Burney”.

Publication date: 21 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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