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News: January 2015

Bangor University in World League

Bangor University has been placed in the 100 top universities in the world in a new table listing the most international universities worldwide, published by the Times Higher magazine.

The ranking lists international universities which are the most global in their outlook. Bangor University is ranked 90th in the world in this table. It is the only Welsh university to appear in the top 100.

Publication date: 30 January 2015

Where do antibiotic resistant microbes come from?

The increasing threat from antibiotic resistant microbes is sufficient to cast the world back into the dark-ages of medicine according to Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking at the launch of an inquiry last year.

It is estimated that microbial strains that are resistant to drugs are responsible for 5,000 deaths a year in the UK and as many as 25,000 in Europe.

One academic from Bangor University is contributing to the battle against antibiotic resistance, and is researching on several ‘fronts’, including developing a quick and efficient test that would identify bacterial strains that carry antibiotic resistant genes.

Publication date: 29 January 2015

Facial cosmetics have little effect on attractiveness judgments compared with identity

The idea that cosmetics make you more attractive is all around us. The internet features thousands of tutorials on how to apply makeup, fashion magazines comment on different makeup styles of celebrities, and many women feel they wouldn’t leave the house without it. This simple, day-to-day behaviour has also been the subject of scientific inquiry, with many studies finding that not only are women rated as more attractive with makeup, but also as healthier, more competent, and more likeable.

Publication date: 28 January 2015

Bangor University and Horizon Nuclear Power sign up to formal joint-working

Bangor University and Horizon Nuclear Power, which is owned by leading global electronics company Hitachi, Ltd., have signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding which will enable both organisations to collaborate and work more closely together in future years.

Publication date: 27 January 2015

Society Honours Founder

Bangor University’s Professor Michael Rees has been made an Honorary Member of a Society he helped establish.

Publication date: 22 January 2015

What have Wales’s universities done for us?

Higher education impacts positively on social cohesion, crime rates, social mobility, civic engagement, health and life expectancy, economic growth, personal earnings and employment. It also produces income for Wales.

Publication date: 22 January 2015

Roller Coaster migratory flights of geese give unique insights into bird physiology and biomechanics at high altitudes

An international team of scientists studying the migratory biology of bar-headed geese (Anser indicus), during their high altitude flights across the Tibetan plateau and Himalayan Mountains, have revealed how these birds cope with flying in the relatively low-density mountain atmosphere.

Publication date: 16 January 2015

Bangor University student to lead uncharted river expedition

A sports science student from Bangor University has been selected to lead the UK’s finest white-water kayakers in an extended trip to discover new stretches of world class waters.

Publication date: 15 January 2015

A Mindful Nation

Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice has been instrumental in introducing Mindfulness to the UK and in both researching its effectiveness in different settings and in training the practitioners.

An all Party Parliamentary Group, looking at Mindfulness has now launched an interim report, The Mindful Nation UK, urging all parties in the next election to consider how best to include mindfulness in how their parties tackle a mental health crisis.

Publication date: 14 January 2015

Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group report on mindfulness in public life

The Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group has carried out an eight-month inquiry into the potential for mindfulness training in key areas of public life - health, education, workplaces and the criminal justice system.

Publication date: 14 January 2015

Prestigious Research Fellowship awarded to Bangor Archaeologist

A prestigious three year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship has been awarded to Professor Nancy Edwards, School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology

Publication date: 14 January 2015

Bangor’s elite athletes awarded Sports Scholarships

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area. These Sports Scholarships are awarded to recognise and support sporting excellence and achievement. They are aimed at helping talented and high performance students to combine their academic study and sporting performance to assist them in achieving their full potential.

Publication date: 13 January 2015

Launch of an innovative book on Welsh Linguistics and Lexicography

7 pm, Wednesday the 21st of January at Canolfan Bedwyr, the Business Management Centre, College Road, Bangor

A volume of writings on Welsh Linguistics and Lexicography written in Welsh will be launched at Bangor University by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol on the 21st of January. The volume includes seven papers written by  Dr Bruce Griffiths from Bangor, Dr David Willis from Cambridge University, Dr Elena Parina from Russia, currently at Marburg University in Germany, Bob Morris Jones from Aberystwyth, Dr Gwen Awbery from Cardiff, Andrew Hawke from the Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, Aberystwyth, and Robat Trefor from Bangor University.

Publication date: 12 January 2015

Archive of the month

A photograph of Britannia Bridge pre. May 1970.

The bridge was opened on the 5th of March 1850, and built by the engineer Robert Stephenson.

Publication date: 6 January 2015

Professor Appointed Chair of International Working Group

Professor Gary Carvalho of Bangor University has been appointed Chair of a working Group for The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). He is to Chair the Working Group on Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture (WGAGFM) for 3 years from 1 January 2015.

Publication date: 6 January 2015

Conference at Bangor to set research agenda on benefit revolution in the lives of up to half a million Welsh people

During 2015 around 500,000 households across Wales will start to feel the effects of the new Universal Credit. What effects, will this huge change have on the disabled and unemployed; landlords and tenants or paying for child care?

A Conference at Bangor University will discuss this momentous change. It is organised by Bangor University with the cooperation of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and will be held at Reichel Hall on Friday 23 January 2015. It is the only open event in Wales, as far as organisers are aware, which will discuss the new changes.

Publication date: 5 January 2015

New game to help people cut back on drinking

New Year is a time when our thoughts often turn to making changes to our lifestyle. After the excesses of the festive season, reducing the amount of alcohol we drink is often high on this list, but our willpower can always benefit from a little boost to help us make these changes. Research shows that a new mobile game from Bangor University spin-out company Attention Retraining Technologies (ART) can do just that.

Publication date: 5 January 2015