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News: July 2015

Bangor University looks forward to a busy week at the National Eisteddfod, Montgomeryshire & the Marches

Bangor University staff will be busy during the National Eisteddfod again this year, with a full programme of events on their stand on the Eisteddfod field.

Publication date: 31 July 2015

Aircraft debris looks like it's from MH370 – now can we find the rest?

Mattias Greenof the School of Ocean Sciences writing in The Conversation. Read the original article.

It appears that the debris washed ashore on Reunion, an island east of Madagascar, may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which disappeared in March 2014, believed lost at sea somewhere to the west of Australia.

Reunion lies 500km east of Madagascar near the island of Mauritius, around 4,000km from the area (marked in red) where search efforts for the missing aircraft have been concentrated. That’s a huge distance to travel, even in the 500 or so days it has been since the crash. Is this possible from an oceanographic perspective?

Publication date: 30 July 2015

Bangor Law School celebrates 10 years of excellence

Over 150 Bangor University alumni and former staff will attend a special celebration next week to mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of Bangor Law School.

Publication date: 30 July 2015

Bangor University developments to lead to changes for UK research postgraduates

Bangor University’s expertise in improving the student experience is set to benefit other UK institutions, following the University’s selection for an award of funding by the Higher Education Academy.

The Award made to Bangor University will allow the University to develop institutional strategies that can be shared among the sector in order to improve the experience for postgraduate research students.

Publication date: 30 July 2015

Scientists at work: tackling India's snakebite problem

This article by Anita Malhotra, Senior lecturer in ecology and evolutionary genetics at the School of Biological Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. 

Gerry climbs up to the veranda of our tribal longhouse with a snake bag held out in front of him. “Now don’t get too excited, but I’ve just caught a Kaulbacki,” he says, looking pleased but exhausted from a long hike and a six-metre climb up a tree. We gape, hardly able to believe that we have finally found this rare snake alive after four years of intensive searching.

Kaulback’s pit viper, first discovered in 1938 by British explorer and botanist Ronald Kaulback in northern Burma, is one of the largest pit vipers in Asia. On top of that, according to local reports, its bite is lethal. Despite being a co-author on the most recent paper on the species, I had never before seen a living specimen – few scientists have.

Publication date: 27 July 2015

European Champion Rafter becomes a Doctor

A student who began white water rafting at Bangor University, and has represented Great Britain in the sport, has also just added to her degrees from Bangor University.

Publication date: 24 July 2015

Law student Christian gears up to cycle around Holland for charity

A Bangor University student who suffers from a rare genetic condition is set to undertake a gruelling 182-mile bike ride for charity.

Christian Bolton-Edenborough, from Potters Bar in Hertfordshire, suffers from Lawrence Moon Bardet Biedl Syndrome, which affects his eyesight and will ultimately render him blind.

Publication date: 21 July 2015

12 Medical Sciences Graduates Make History

On Friday 17th July 2015 twelve Bangor University students will be the first to graduate from the pioneering BMedSci Medical Sciences programme developed by the School of Medical Sciences, the University’s youngest academic department.

Publication date: 17 July 2015

Bangor Students’ Union wins award for sustainability action

Bangor University Students’ Union have won an NUS Green Impact Excellence award, and were also one of the top five scoring Students’ Unions nationally for their Love Bangor Community Partnershipproject. This reflects local students’ dedication to positive environmental action over the last year, turning their union into a hub of sustainability at the heart of the wider community.

Publication date: 17 July 2015

Prize Winners 2015

Publication date: 17 July 2015

Fears for offender rehabilitation as Britain embraces US-style probation

An article by Martina Y. FeilzerBangor University's School of Social Sciences and John DeeringThe University of South Walesoriginally published on The ConversationRead the original article.

One of the most dramatic and radical changes the last coalition government made to criminal justice went almost unnoticed. In 2014, the probation service that had stood for more than 100 years was broken up. It was split into a National Probation Service, responsible for about 30% of the previous probation workload, and community rehabilitation companies responsible for the remaining 70%.

Publication date: 16 July 2015

Bangor University‘s sought-after graduates

Newly released statistics show that Bangor University graduates are increasingly sought after in the market place. The results show that 93.8% of last year’s graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

The great results come from the latest employment statistics for the UK (Higher Education Statistics Agency data) revealing that Bangor University out-performs the UK average in terms of the employability of its students, and is in line with the Welsh average.

Publication date: 13 July 2015

Bangor University Honours Awarded during Graduation Week

Two cousins who both in the music business received honours together at Bangor University graduation ceremonies this year (11-17 July 2015).

Rock musician and Super Furry Animals member, Gruff Rhys from Bethesda, Gwynedd, and Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens both received Honorary Fellowships at Bangor University.

Publication date: 10 July 2015

Ground-breaking Libraries Services initiative is a Times Higher Education Award-winner

Bangor University Library and Archives Service have received the Outstanding Library Team Award, presented at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2015, along with other Welsh partners in the Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF). WHELF comprises the National Library of Wales, all the Welsh universities, the Welsh NHS Libraries, the Open University in Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Publication date: 10 July 2015

Hear this: it's no longer enough to just look at paintings

This article by Andrew LewisProfessor of Music at the School of Musicwas originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Art lovers now have the chance to listen to (yes, listen to) some well known paintings at the National Gallery. Six composers and sound artists have been asked to create music or sound installations inspired by paintings of their choice from the gallery’s collection, for its new exhibition, Soundscapes. Their work will be heard only in the presence of the art that inspired it. We will, we are told, “hear the painting” and “see the sound”.

Publication date: 9 July 2015

Bangor University: making a difference in Welsh language healthcare

Ground-breaking work to extend and improve the use of the Welsh language in health and social care has been recognised with Awards to Bangor University in two categories.

The Awards were made at the Welsh Language in Health, Social Services and Social Care Conference and Awards. The Awards raise awareness of the importance of the Welsh language in the health and social services sectors in particular when dealing with patients, their families and the public.

Publication date: 8 July 2015

From avatars to apps: why we still love to go down the rabbit hole with Alice

This article by Lyle Skains Lecturer in Writing at the School of Creative Studies & Media was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.


Few in the English-speaking world (and even the non-English-speaking world) are unfamiliar with Alice and her encounters with nonsense and play in Wonderland, whether through the original texts, or their many adaptations. Alice has walked across pages, stages, and screens; she is playable and played.

Publication date: 7 July 2015

Successful ‘Mindfulness in Society’ Conference

The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice held a successful international conference on “Mindfulness and Society” in Chester this year from the 3rd to the 7th July 2015. The conference attracted prominent national and international speakers.

Publication date: 7 July 2015

Innovation Station Success

Twelve Bangor and Grwp Llandrillo Menai students were taken on a two day journey exploring the process of business startup. This year’s programme took a fresh approach from previous start up schools, focussing more on the behaviours and activities associated with business creation through experiential tasks.

Publication date: 6 July 2015

Teachers’ learning rewarded

The efforts of teachers and lecturers in developing their Welsh language skills were recognised in a special ceremony held at Canolfan Bedwyr, Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 6 July 2015

Pontio starts to open in October

Bangor University's new Arts and Innovation Centre, Pontio, will begin to open its doors in October with tours of the building and a series of taster events which will allow visitors to experience the new facility.

Publication date: 3 July 2015

Final Year Biomedical Science Student Makes Break-Through Cancer Discovery

A long standing enigma in cancer biology is how the cell growth regulator Cdc2 can be active and inactive at the same time. Human cells stop dividing in the presence of genetic damage by inactivating Cdc2, but they also need active Cdc2 to remove the genomic defects.

Publication date: 2 July 2015

Ground-breaking healthcare research showcased

Ground-breaking research which is set to improve healthcare in Wales and the UK was showcased at Bangor University today (Thursday 2 July).

Three projects in particular were given prominence, during a visit by Welsh Government Health Minister Mark Drakeford to the University’s College of Health & Behavioural Sciences, due to their potential to impact on services and patients.

Publication date: 2 July 2015

Wales to launch ground-breaking dementia research service

A nationwide online and telephone service that helps people to take part in dementia research studies launches in Wales today (2/7/15). Join Dementia Research promises to accelerate the pace of dementia research in Wales by allowing people with and without dementia to register their interest in studies, and helping researchers find the right participants at the right time.

Mark Drakeford, Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services will make the announcement during a visit to the Wales Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at Bangor University.

Publication date: 2 July 2015

Archive of the month

Publication date: 1 July 2015

How cancer abducts your immune cells – and what we can do about it

Thomas Caspari, Reader in Cancer Biology writing in The Conversation. Read the fully illustrated original article.

Cancer cells play it dirty to get what they want. They are survival artists with a strong criminal streak. They surround themselves with a protective shield of extra-cellular material and then secure supply lines by attracting new blood vessels.

To achieve both of these aims, they set immune cells a honey trap by releasing attractants in the form of messenger molecules which lure immune cells to growing tumours. At the cancer site, the abducted immune cells release growth hormones to guide new blood vessels to the tumour and help build a protective shield.

Publication date: 1 July 2015

Leading experts share latest Mindfulness research

World-leading researchers into mindfulness will gather to present and consider ground-breaking research in this emerging field this week (3-7.7.15).

Organised by experts at Bangor University’s pioneering Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice, at the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, the event will discuss how mindfulness can bring benefits to individuals and society.

Publication date: 1 July 2015