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News: June 2015

Bangor University contributes to new PRIME Centre Wales for primary and emergency care research

Bangor University, alongside partner universities Cardiff, Swansea, and South Wales, has been awarded £3.6M for the ‘PRIME Centre Wales’ for Primary and Emergency Care Research.

The funding from Health and Care Research Wales will support PRIME Centre Wales  to improve the health and well-being of people in Wales and internationally, by conducting high quality research on topics of national policy priority in primary, emergency and unscheduled care.

Publication date: 30 June 2015

Why haven’t Madagascar’s famed lemurs been saved yet?

This article by Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science at Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation

Publication date: 29 June 2015

Bangor University Conference on ‘the best–hated man in Wales’

A hundred years after the publication of a book which gained its author the title of “the best-hated man in Wales”, a Conference is to be held at Bangor University to mark the centenary. 

The book, My People by Caradoc Evans, was a collection of short stories set in an imaginary west Wales community, based on Evans’s native Rhydlewis in Carmarthenshire.  It ferociously satirised the rural, Welsh-speaking people as avaricious, hypocritical and brutal, their obedience to the rigid codes of the Chapel only emphasizing their emotional repression.

Publication date: 25 June 2015

Bangor University assists Isle of Man government to understand economically vital fisheries

Work that is leading to a better understanding of important sea fisheries off the Isle of Man is set to continue following the re-appointment of Bangor University as external scientific adviser to the Government’s Department of Environment Food and Agriculture (DEFA).

Publication date: 23 June 2015

Sharing the spoils of the Dementia Art project

Health professionals from across north Wales are set to benefit from the experiences of participants in a major UK Dementia and Imagination project, led by Bangor University, as the first workshop takes place in the region.

Publication date: 23 June 2015

Masters programme sees over 300 postgraduate students working with local businesses and organisations

A Masters programme which includes a practical work-based component has seen over 300 graduate in subjects across the spectrum of disciplines taught at Bangor University. All the Access to Masters (ATM) postgraduate projects have been related to Welsh Government priority sectors.

Publication date: 19 June 2015

From Mumbai to the Menai Science Park

Bangor University international student, Nebu George, has been appointed as Menai Science Park Ltd’s archaeology intern. The company recently received outline planning permission for M-SParc, a state-of-the-art science park in Gaerwen on Anglesey, and the archaeological survey is part of the conditions for full planning permission.

Publication date: 17 June 2015

As cash becomes quaint, are ATMs on path to obsolescence?

An article by Bernardo Batiz-Lazo Professor of Business History and Bank Management at Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation


Before the advent of the internet, the greatest gain in customer convenience within retail banking came from the creation of automated teller machines (ATMs).

ATMs led to significant advances in how customers access financial services because – coupled with the direct deposit – they freed workers from so many routine tasks. No more depositing a paycheck in person, inquiring about balances or paying utilities solely during banking hours. ATMs enabled impromptu dinners and last-minute shopping over the weekend.

Publication date: 16 June 2015

£1.7m National Lottery grant to protect UK’s threatened marine life

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £1.7million to “Capturing our Coast”, a project designed to explore how the marine environment is responding to global climate change.

The project will train over 3,000 volunteers – making it the largest experimental marine citizen science project ever undertaken in the UK.  The volunteers will collect data around key species and it is hoped the new research will help inform future policy and conservation strategies.

Publication date: 15 June 2015

Zimbabwe ditches its dollar in the end of an economic era

On June 15 the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe took the last step in the process of ditching its currency. Zimbabwe dollars will be decommissioned at a rate of 35 quadrillion per US dollar (that’s Z$35,000,000,000,000,000 for US$1). Any remaining Zimbabwe dollars in circulation after September 30 2015 will be officially, as opposed to practically, worthless.

An article by Bernardo Batiz-Lazo Professor of Business History and Bank Management at Bangor University originally published on The Conversation


Publication date: 15 June 2015

hAPPy to Learn Welsh!

This week  the brand new ‘Learn Cymraeg Mynediad’ and ‘Learn Cymraeg Sylfaen’ apps are available to download free from the App Store or Google Play.

Publication date: 12 June 2015

King Arthur Fun Day

We all love a re-telling of the Arthurian tales and legends, whether in a book or a film. Bangor University is extending the experience to a King Arthur Fun Day full of storytelling, re-enactment, fun and games.

Saturday 27th June is your opportunity to take part in the King Arthur Fun Day.

Publication date: 11 June 2015

Guided Tours of Art and Ceramic Collections, Bangor University

Guided tours of the University’s Art and Ceramic Collections led by an expert guide will be held between June and September. It is intended to hold two tours a month to raise awareness of these important collections. Highlights include a mural by Edward Povey in Powis Hall, art and ceramics in the Council Chamber Corridor and a chance to see and learn about works of arts by other renowned artists such as Kyffin Williams, Brenda Chamberlain, Peter Prendergast and Frederick William Hayes.

Publication date: 10 June 2015

New MSc at Bangor University generating electricity and jobs in marine renewable energy

Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences has developed a new 1-year MSc in Marine Renewable Energy.

Marine renewable energy uses the natural power of waves and tides to generate electricity.  Marine renewables is an exciting, fast growing, high tech industry that has the potential to become one of the largest high tech exportable industries in the UK economy. The development of Swansea Bay tidal lagoon is estimated to create 70,000 jobs in the construction phase alone, and there are many other initiatives in Wales such as the Crown Estate Irish Sea demonstration zones, and the Minesto Deep Green project to the west of Anglesey, where the School of Ocean Sciences is based.

Publication date: 10 June 2015

Archive of the month

Publication date: 9 June 2015

European Masters Weightlifting comes to Bangor

Bangor University Sport Centre, Canolfan Brailsford will be hosting the European Masters Weightlifting event from 13th - 20th June 2015.

Publication date: 9 June 2015

Rondo Media employs student following a placement

Rondo Media, based in Cibyn on the outskirts of Caernarfon, have employed former Bangor University student Rhys Gwynfor of Bala following a placement with the company under the Access to Masters (ATM) Programme.

Publication date: 9 June 2015

A visit from Patagonia

Bangor University’s Library and Archives Service received a special visitor recently, Luned Gonzales, a direct descendant of the Welshmen who colonised part of Argentina 150 years ago.

Publication date: 4 June 2015

Bangor University group return from Himalayan expedition

Academics from Bangor University have recently returned from an expedition to the Himalayas as part of a research project to investigate altitude related illness.

Publication date: 4 June 2015

Welsh Minister of Education & Skills visits Bangor University

The Welsh Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis AM, visited Bangor University today. Mr Lewis visited both the ‘North and Mid Wales Centre of Teacher Education’ based at the School of Education and the School of Psychology’s ‘Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice’ (CMRP).

Publication date: 4 June 2015

Successful conclusion to Sustainable Fisheries Resources Project

A three year data gathering project to help Welsh fishers work sustainably culminated with a presentation at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 3 June 2015

Bangor Alumnus returns to north Wales as Antiques Roadshow specialist

A Bangor University Alumus will return to north Wales as a specialist for the popular BBC Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow this week. On Thursday 4th June, Antiques Roadshow will come to the grounds of Plas Newydd, Anglesey.

Publication date: 2 June 2015

Bangor in the Indian Ocean

Marine biologists from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences have recently returned from a science and conservation expedition to the British Indian Ocean Territory, currently the world’s largest Marine Reserve, located 7° south of the equator, below the Maldives.   

Publication date: 2 June 2015

Lack of female players in football video games is an own goal

Originally published on The Conversation by Dr Jonathan Ervice, School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Read the original article.

Football video games make it possible to take on the role of one’s heroes. But this is generally possible only if your football heroes are male. FIFA’s Women’s World Cup may start in Canada on June 6 but women have until very recently remained absent from leading football video games.

Publication date: 1 June 2015