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News: April 2015

Students celebrate Bangor’s success at What Uni Awards

Six students recently joined representatives from Bangor University at the What Uni Student Choice Awards, that saw Bangor named as the best university in the UK for its clubs and societies and ranked third overall for its accommodation.

Publication date: 30 April 2015

Coastal light pollution disturbs marine animals, new study shows

Marine ecosystems can be changed by night-time artificial lighting according to new research published in the journal Biology Letters. The results indicate that light pollution from coastal communities, shipping and offshore infrastructure could be changing the composition of marine invertebrate communities.

Publication date: 29 April 2015

International Addiction Experts head to Bangor University for Conference

International experts on addiction will be heading to Bangor University between 7 and 10 May to participate in a European conference on addictive behaviours being hosted by the University’s School of Psychology.

Publication date: 27 April 2015

Bangor University continues to rise in University League Tables

Bangor University’s continued success is reflected in the latest University League tables to be published today (Monday 27 April) by The Complete University Guide 2016.

The Complete University Guide places Bangor University third in Wales and in the top 60 UK universities (58th), one of only two universities in Wales improving on last year’s position in the table. The University is also included in the top ten UK universities for four subject areas.

Publication date: 24 April 2015

Bangor University Wins UK Award

Bangor University has received a prestigious Award at an event in London, as a direct result of rave reviews by the University’s own students.

Having received six out of nine nominations for the Whatuni Student Choice Awards for 2015 including one for overall University of the Year, the University received the Award for Best University Clubs & Societies. University staff were also pleased to have been placed  third in the UK for accommodation, fourth in the UK in the Student Support category, and seventh in the overall University of the Year category.

Publication date: 24 April 2015

Bangor Academics elected Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales

Four Bangor University academics have been elected Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales.

Publication date: 23 April 2015

Bangor University’s gender equality commitment earns Athena SWAN award

Bangor University has been awarded a bronze award under the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science. The Athena SWAN awards recognise commitment and success in developing practices to support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in academia.

Publication date: 23 April 2015

Bangor University student selected for Welsh Universities Rugby Union Team

A Bangor University student has been selected to play for the Welsh Students Rugby Union team this season.

Publication date: 22 April 2015

Bangor students scoop NUS Wales awards

The tremendous work of Bangor Students’ Union was recognised at the NUS Wales Awards recently, where they were  short-listed in six of the eight categories and won four of the awards, retaining the ‘Students’ Union of the Year’ title in the process.

Publication date: 21 April 2015

Bangor University students celebrate 2015 Varsity triumph over Aberystwyth

Over a thousand Bangor and Aberystwyth University students packed into Bangor City’s FC stadium to watch the final game of the 2015 Varsity series recently. The competing culminated with Bangor University Athletic Union President, Nicola Pye, collecting the coveted trophy for the first time in two years.   

Publication date: 21 April 2015

Helpful app for people with dementia

Bangor University is providing expertise to support the development and effectiveness of ‘Book of You’, an ‘app’ being welcomed as having the potential to revolutionise reminiscence therapy for people with dementia.

Publication date: 21 April 2015

Alumnus launches daredevil cliff camping service

A head for heights is not a pre-requisite for studying at Bangor University, however this specific trait has enabled a School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Devonshire born alumnus to turn his passion into a successful, one of its kind business opportunity.

Publication date: 20 April 2015

King Arthur back home in Wales – thanks to Guy Ritchie

This article by Raluca Radulescu, of the School of English Literature was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

King Arthur is back at his mythical home – Wales. Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur is currently being filmed in Snowdonia, starring Charlie Hunnan opposite villain Jude Law. This in the same week that Bangor University’s rare books collection boasts the extension of its Arthurian archive after a generous donation from Flintshire County Library.

Publication date: 20 April 2015

Project to scour 'microbial dark-matter' for new biotechnology resources : HORIZON 2020-funded Project ‘INMARE’ begins

In the first award to Bangor University from the major EU Horizon 2020 Program research funding stream, Prof Peter Golyshin will lead an international consortium of more than 20 partners from academia and industry from 12 countries, including leading multinational industrial partners, will work on a four year EUR 6M collaborative project. The project will mine for and use newly discovered microbial enzymes and metabolites, in particular for the targeted production of fine chemicals, environmental clean-up technologies and anti-cancer drugs.

Publication date: 20 April 2015

From filming the Student Dance Society to working with Dr Who….

A BAFTA winner now running his own film company is quick to credit his success to the support and encouragement he received while studying at Bangor University.

Osian Williams is already making a name for himself as an independent film-maker, having won a BAFTA Cymru award* while he was a student in the School of Creative Studies and Media at Bangor University.

Publication date: 17 April 2015

Bilingual people take greater risks when feedback is given in their native language

Recent research from Bangor University has revealed that Chinese-English bilingual individuals take more risk in gambling when feedback is given to them in Chinese, their native language, than in English, their second language.

Publication date: 15 April 2015

Saving our scallops: Arran reserve reveals marine protection works

An article by Bryce Stewart, University of York and Leigh Howarth, of our School of Ocean Sciences on The Conversation.

Last summer, on the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland, we watched an excited young lad walking down to the water’s edge, fishing rod in hand. Sadly, his chances of catching anything were slim to remote.


Publication date: 15 April 2015

A Celebration of Arthurian Studies at Bangor University

Bangor University can now boast the largest collection of Arthurian books in Wales and the north of England, following an agreement with Flintshire County Council, who have donated a rare and valuable Arthurian Collection to the University’s Library and Archives.

Publication date: 10 April 2015

Regeneration for ‘we towns not me towns’…a new agenda for town center development in north Wales?

Julian Dobson, a recognized expert on urban regeneration, deliver a public lecture on Monday the 13th April to Sustainable Development students at Bangor University.

Publication date: 10 April 2015

Wales’ most satisfied students are at Bangor University

Bangor University continues to rise in popularity among its students. The University again leads the field in Wales and is placed 14th in the UK in a new university experience survey (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015).

Publication date: 9 April 2015

Archive of the month

Publication date: 1 April 2015

Local law firm celebrates its first year of practising

Two Bangor University alumni are celebrating the first anniversary of establishing their own law practice this month. Nelson Myatt Solicitors LLP which is based at Llandudno Junction, Conwy deal with all aspects of civil law and are a modern practice, using the latest technology to benefit their clients.

Publication date: 1 April 2015