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125 Anniversary PhD Studentships


The School of Linguistics at Bangor University seeks applications from well-qualified students to undertake a fully-funded PhD by research.

Publication date: 20 February 2012

2016-17 Translation in Context Annual Lecture: An Introduction to the Study of Wikipedia Translation

This year’s Annual Lecture in Translation, organised by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, was delivered by Dr. Mark Shuttleworth from University College London (UCL).

Publication date: 7 December 2016

A Bangor University postgraduate student has recently signed a deal to write a biography of a Punk band

Joe Shooman, 41, from Oswestry, has just signed a deal to write a biography of US Pop-punk band All Time Low. The 75,000 word book will be out on Music Press Limited in the UK in spring/summer 2016.

Publication date: 9 November 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

A Celebration of Welsh and Chinese literature

Welsh and Chinese authors, poets, translators, academics and publishers came together at Bangor University recently to celebrate a sharing of literature between the two countries, in an event organised by Yan Ying of Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages and Sioned Puw Rowlands of the Wales Literature Exchange.

Publication date: 16 May 2014

Adiós Bangor, Hola Seville

A Bangor University student who has set her sights on running her own language school in Spain is a step closer to realising her dream after graduating this week. Elise Davies, 22, from Bristol graduated with a BA honours degree in French and Spanish after four years of “endless opportunities and experiences.”

Publication date: 12 July 2016

AHRC PhD Studentship in Translation Studies

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC PhD Studentship in Translation Studies beginning on 1st October 2012.

Publication date: 14 March 2012

AHRC PhD Studentship - Literary Conceptions of Wales in Europe: 1750-2010.

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC PhD Studentship as part of the AHRC-funded collaborative project ‘European Travellers to Wales 1750-2010’, involving Bangor University, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and Swansea University.

Publication date: 21 February 2013

Alys Conran Named 2019-2020 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow

HAY FESTIVAL MEDIA RELEASE

Novelist Alys Conran from North Wales has been named recipient of the Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Gwyl y Gelli / Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellowship for 2019-2020.  

Publication date: 3 July 2019

Amy's Adventures in France

A Bangor University student’s international experience should help her with the next step in her career.

Last year Amy Mason, 21, from Merthyr Tydfil, worked in two schools as an English teacher for a year, in a town called Boulogne Billancourt on the outskirts of Paris.

Publication date: 4 February 2014

An evening with Jackie Kay MBE - renowned novelist and poet

Jackie Kay, one of Britain’s most versatile writers, will be visiting Bangor University in March.

Publication date: 13 February 2013

Anniversary Research Scholarship - Doctoral Studentship in Linguistics: Bilingualism

The School of Linguistics and English Language at Bangor University is pleased to offer a fully funded studentship for a PhD study in bilingualism, starting in September 2013, on a project entitled “Is ‘reversed diglossia’ coming to Wales?  Investigating the linguistic habits of adolescents in Wales and beyond.”  The studentship covers all fees for three years and provide an annual stipend of £13,900 plus an annual research allowance of up to £1,500.

Publication date: 22 May 2013

Anniversary Research Scholarship - Fully-funded PhD in Literary Modernism/Modernity

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities at Bangor University for a fully-funded PhD Studentship in literary registrations of modernity and/or modernism.

Publication date: 22 May 2013

Arthurian Legends take academic home

An academic who fell in love with Arthurian literature while an undergraduate student in Romania is returning to her homeland to present her latest research at an international conference of Arthurian experts from around the world.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Arthurian Place Names in Wales: Book Launch

Publication date: 16 May 2017

Arthur’s Camelot – Is the search finally over?

The quest to find King Arthur’s Camelot has puzzled and intrigued scholars and fans for a thousand years. Now, the search may finally be over.

 

Peter Field, Emeritus Professor in English Literature at Bangor University, has uncovered what he believes to be the location of Arthur’s Camelot.  In a discovery that will be of interest to archaeologists, historians, literary scholars, and Arthurian fans around the world, Professor Field will reveal the location of Camelot during his Shankland Lecture, ‘Searching for Camelot’, at Bangor University on 14 December.

Publication date: 14 December 2016

Arthur’s Camelot – possible location is revealed

The quest to find King Arthur’s Camelot has puzzled and intrigued scholars and fans for a thousand years. Now, the search may finally be over.  

A retired Bangor University English Literature Professor has revealed what he believes to be the location of Arthur’s Camelot- and it turns out to be a small Roman fort at Slack, outside Hebden Bridge in west Yorkshire.

Publication date: 15 December 2016

'Arthur: the King that Never Left Us'

Bangor University is celebrating Arthurian Studies at the University by holding a public lecture and exhibition of rare books focusing on this area of study.  Both events mark a donation by Flintshire County Council of a major Arthurian book collection to Bangor University Library and Archives.

Publication date: 31 March 2015

Article published in ‘Aeon’ magazine

An article by Prof. Vyv Evans has been published in the popular science magazine, Aeon. The article ‘Real Talk’, based on Prof. Evans’ recent book, ‘The Language Myth’ can be read at http://aeon.co/magazine/culture/there-is-no-language-instinct/.

Publication date: 5 December 2014

Artists and architects think differently compared to other people

Architects, painters and sculptors conceive of spaces in different ways from other people and from each other, finds a new study by University College London and Bangor University researchers.

When asked to talk about images of places, painters are more likely to describe the depicted space as a two-dimensional image, while architects are more likely to focus on paths and the boundaries of the space.

Publication date: 28 June 2017

Artists and architects think differently to everyone else – you only have to hear them talk

How often have you thought that somebody talks just like an accountant, or a lawyer, or a teacher? In the case of artists, this goes a long way back. Artists have long been seen as unusual – 

people with a different way of perceiving reality. Famously, the French architect Le Corbusier argued in 1946 that painters, sculptors and architects are equipped with a “feeling of space” in a very fundamental sense.

This article by Thora Tenbrink, Reader in Cognitive Linguistics, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 11 July 2017

A Taste Of Language

Routes Cymru’s Language Feast 2019 was hosted by Bangor University recently, and run with the support of several Student Language Ambassadors from the university and a group of year 8 Pupil Language Ambassadors from Ysgol Friars. Four primary schools from the north Wales area took part in the event (Ysgol Sarn Bach, St. Brigid’s School, Ysgol Abererch and Ysgol Tudweiliog) and seventy-four pupils from years five and six feasted themselves of the activities on offer throughout the day.

Publication date: 18 July 2019

Auf Wiedersehen Rebecca

A modern languages student graduates from Bangor University this week and will soon be heading to Zurich to teach English.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Au revoir to prizewinning Bangor University languages graduate

The last four years have “gone too quickly” says one Bangor University student graduating this week.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Author credits Bangor for his success

A successful Bangor University alumnus who became a journalist and an author, is looking forward to completing his next two books.

Publication date: 11 November 2015

Award winning film director Danny Boyle talks about his ‘wonderful time’ at Bangor University

Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle, who graduated with a degree in English and Drama from Bangor in 1978, discussed the fact that he remembers his time at Bangor with great fondness, during an interview with BBC Radio Wales programme Good Evening Wales recently.

Publication date: 3 November 2015

Award-winning SMLC staff!

The recent Bangor University Student Led Teaching Awards turned out to be a night to remember for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC). The school won two prizes and a further six members of staff were shortlisted for awards.

Publication date: 4 May 2016

BAFTA Cymru and Pontio to host special preview of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

BAFTA Cymru and Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre in Bangor, North Wales are proud to announce a very special preview screening of the highly anticipated new epic film KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD at Pontio’s Cinema at 8pm on Sunday 14 May.

Publication date: 11 May 2017

Bangor academic celebrating 100 years of Scholarships to women graduates

A Bangor University academic, Dr Raluca Radulescu addressed an Awards ceremony in London recently. The British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) are celebration a hundred years of awarding Scholarships to women academics, and have invited leading academics who have been recipients of their scholarships earlier in their careers.

Publication date: 5 November 2012

Bangor academic Helena Miguélez-Carballeira wins award to lead research network on translation in Wales

The Project ‘Translation in Non-State Cultures: Perspectives from Wales’ has been awarded an AHRC Research Development Grant. Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira, Lecturer in Spanish and Director of the Translation Studies Graduate Programme at Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages has won £12,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to lead a Wales-wide research network on translation in Wales.

Publication date: 15 February 2012

Bangor academic Helena Miguélez-Carballeira wins award to lead research network on translation in Wales

The Project ‘Translation in Non-State Cultures: Perspectives from Wales’ has been awarded an AHRC Research Development Grant. Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira, Lecturer in Spanish and Director of the Translation Studies Graduate Programme at Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages has won £12.000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to lead a Wales-wide research network on translation in Wales.

Publication date: 15 March 2012

Bangor academic invited to lecture at Shakespeare’s Globe

Professor Helen Wilcox of Bangor University’s School of English is one of the leading academics who will be providing pre-performance lectures at the world-renowned Globe Theatre on the bank of the Thames in London. The Globe Theatre recreates the theatre of the Elizabethan era and stands a few hundred yards from its original site.

Publication date: 18 July 2011

Bangor Academic is prize-winner of the AHGBI-Spanish Embassy Publication Award for 2012

Dr David Miranda-Barreiro, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the School of Modern Languages, has been awarded the first Publication Prize for the most distinguished thesis in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies awarded in 2012 by any university in the UK and Ireland.

Publication date: 5 February 2013

Bangor Academics elected Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales

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

Publication date: 20 April 2016

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 academic to chair research seminar with paper on sick and ugly bodies in and beyond Lady Gaga

Mattia Marino to chair session at the American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting this March 29th – April 1st  at Brown University, USA.

Publication date: 22 February 2012

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 and Pontio: a Global Bloomsday Hit

Earlier this week, as part of an international event, Global Bloomsday, Pontio teamed up with Bangor University's Schools of English and Music to produce a wonderful performance of the Sirens chapter of Irish author James Joyce's book Ulysses.

 

Publication date: 20 June 2013

Bangor appears in UK Top 10 League Tables

Bangor University is among the top 10 universities in the UK for six subjects taught at the university according to the Complete University Guide for 2019.

The University appears third in the Wales University table, coming equal 62nd overall in the first free-to access complete ranking of all the UKs universities.

Publication date: 25 April 2018

Bangor Arthurian expertise at Bradford Literary Festival this July

Prof. Raluca Radulescu, director of the Centre for Arthurian Studies, and Emeritus Prof. P. J. C. Field, School of English Literature, will be giving talks to the public on the topic of King Arthur through the Ages and Malory's Arthur in Tennyson's world (Radulescu, 1 July, 11:30am and 5:15pm respectively) and Camelot (Field, talking about his recent discovery of the potential location of the historical Camelot, 1 July, 2:30pm). 

Publication date: 19 June 2017

Bangor gears up for final season of Game of Thrones

As Game of Thrones fans wait in anticipation for the release of Season 8 this month, Bangor University academics take a closer look at the roots of the novels and their influence on the TV series.

Publication date: 9 April 2019

Bangor graduate lands place on the Teach First programme

Three years of hard work have paid off for a Bangor University English Literature student who graduates this week.

Publication date: 19 July 2018

Bangor Graduates Take On The Fringe

This summer four Bangor University graduates are taking an original sketch show to the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival!

Publication date: 31 July 2013

Bangor hosts second annual 'popular' digital fiction writing competition

The first ever UK competition to find the best new examples of popular digital fiction enters its second year through a partnership with Bangor University and local publisher Wonderbox.

The Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition, run by Bangor University and Wonderbox Publishing, funded by a Bangor ESRC Impact Acceleration Award, is inviting entries from people all over the world and in two languages - English and Welsh.

Publication date: 21 November 2017

Bangor in UK top 20 for student experience

Publication date: 10 June 2014

Bangor Poetry Season announced

The third annual North Wales International Poetry Festival presents the Bangor Poetry Season, a series of readings and performances running throughout October 2014 (1-24th).

Publication date: 3 September 2014

Bangor’s Arthurian expertise sought by National Geographic’s Ancient X Files

The makers of National Geographic’s Ancient X Files series turned to Arthurian expert Dr Raluca Radulescu at Bangor University’s School of English when they wanted to explore the myths and legends relating to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Publication date: 12 July 2012

Bangor’s Students square up for further University Challenge round

Bangor University appears in the  second round in the 50th anniversary series of TV’s most challenging quiz show; University Challenge on BBC 2 Wales at 8.00 pm on Monday 28 January 2013.

Publication date: 22 January 2013

Bangor’s Students Union nominated for seven Awards

Bangor University’s very active Students’ Union has been shortlisted for no less than seven Awards in the Annual NUS Wales Awards this year.

An independent panel of judges narrowed more than 80 nominations to a shortlist for this year’s Awards. The Union itself is shortlisted for the ‘Higher Education Students’ Union of the Year’ while Students Union members have been shortlisted for a range of Awards. Rhys Dart, Director, Bangor Students’ Union is nominated for the Simpson-King Students’ Union Staff Member of the Year. Chair of the Geographical Society, who are nominated for Club or Society of the Year, Chris Bibby also finds himself nominated for the Endsleigh Student of the Year. Two Bangor students are among four shortlisted for the Course Rep of the Year: Martyn Curzey, of the School of Chemistry and Marta Napodano, representing fellow students at the School of English. Bangor University’s Geographical Society has been shortlisted for Club or Society of the Year, and Katherine Young, writing for the Welsh student paper, Y Llef, for the Student Journalist of the Year.

Publication date: 8 March 2013

Bangor’s three ‘Best Translator’ results in European Competition

Three students at Bangor University have come tops in ‘University Challenge’, a fierce pan-European translation competition offered by Veritas Language Solutions. The three students, who are all studying at Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages, have each won ‘Best Translators’ their respective language categories.

Publication date: 30 April 2013

Bangor Student lands top job at the Co-operative Bank

Initiative has paid off for a Bangor University student who has recently secured a job at The Co-operative Bank in Manchester after impressing bosses during work experience.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Bangor students forging links with local businesses

Students at Bangor University are benefiting from the University’s links with local businesses. Outdoor tourism company, Celticos, based in the Felinheli has been working closely with staff and students to provide multilingual content for its website as well as employing students to enable the company to provide tailor made packages for tourists.

Publication date: 13 May 2015

Bangor Students perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Students and graduates from Bangor University will have the incredible opportunity of performing at the largest arts festival in the world this month.

Publication date: 8 August 2014

Bangor Students represent Community Engagement projects in the House of Commons

A group of Bangor University delegates delivered recently a presentation in the House of Commons in Westminster on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages. The event was chaired by Tonia Antoniazzi, MP for Gower, and attended by other MPs and representatives of the House of Lords, British Council, European Commission, Goethe Institut, Confucius Institute and other institutions and universities from across the UK.

Publication date: 24 October 2018

Bangor to host 6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference

In July 2016, Bangor is privileged to be hosting the 6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference. Please visit the website for details of the conference.

Publication date: 25 June 2015

Bangor top in Wales for student satisfaction in Modern Languages

The School of Modern Languages at Bangor has achieved excellent results in this year’s National Student Survey, coming top in Wales for student satisfaction in European Languages. The results also place the School in the top ten for European Languages in the UK.

Publication date: 15 August 2014

Bangor University at Festival No.6

Bangor University is excited to announce that academic staff and students from the Arts and Humanities will be hosting a range of events as part of this year’s special 6th anniversary of Festival No. 6 - a bespoke banquet of music, arts, culture and gastronomy which takes place over the weekend of the 7-10 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Penrhyndeudraeth, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner. This year’s headliners at the Festival include Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips, and Mogwai, alongside special talks by Irvine Welsh and Maxine Peake.

Publication date: 22 August 2017

Bangor University Awards Peer Guide of the Year 2012

Rebecca Earnshaw has been named Peer Guide of the Year 2012 at Bangor University in recognition of the fantastic support that she has provided to first year students at the University.

Publication date: 13 May 2012

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 hosts Medieval Fun Day at Caernarfon Castle

Nearly 500 local school pupils and their teachers enjoyed a packed program full of history, education, creativity and fun at a Medieval Fun Day at Caernarfon Castle, organised by Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 21 July 2016

Bangor University in Top 100 Most International Universities in the World

Bangor has been ranked 90th in this year’s Times Higher Education 100 Most International Universities in the World list.

Publication date: 30 January 2015

Bangor University maintains leadership position in Student Satisfaction

Bangor University again leads Welsh universities in the most recent measure of student satisfaction, and is among the top 10 of the UK’s best non-specialist universities, the traditional institutions who offer a broad range of subjects. 

Publication date: 12 August 2015

Bangor University MA Studentship

Publication date: 16 August 2014

Bangor University placed in the Times Higher Education Art & Humanities rankings

Bangor University’s arts and humanities courses have been ranked second in Wales and amongst the top 250 worldwide in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018 by subject released today.

Publication date: 13 September 2017

Bangor University rated Gold

Bangor University has been awarded the Gold standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, and is the only University in Wales to achieve this standard.

The framework assesses universities against a range of criteria and is part of the UK government’s plans for raising standards in higher education. It also gives students more information so that they can make the most informed decisions when deciding which university to attend.

Publication date: 22 June 2017

Bangor University recognised for world-leading research

Bangor University’s research has a major impact around the world according to a national assessment of research quality (REF) published today.

Publication date: 18 December 2014

Bangor University Research Excellence Awards 2016

Bangor University is to highlight and celebrate the high standard of research at the University in a new Research Excellence Awards event to be held for the first time this December, and has just announced the Awards Shortlists.

The inaugural Awards will shine a spotlight on some of the University’s outstanding research teams and individuals.

The winners will be announced at an Awards dinner in Pontio on 5th December 2016.

Publication date: 26 October 2016

Bangor University rewards staff for achieving Research Excellence

A new Research Excellence Awards event has just been held at Bangor University to celebrate the high standard of research at the University.

Publication date: 6 December 2016

Bangor University School of English excels in National Student Survey

The School of English at Bangor has achieved excellent results in this year’s National Student Survey, coming top in Wales for student satisfaction on Creative Writing Degree programmes.

Publication date: 1 September 2014

Bangor University’s continuing role at the centre of world Arthurian studies

Bangor University has been the centre of all things Arthurian this week, and indeed has been an important centre for the study of Arthurian Literature for over 50 years.

Publication date: 11 September 2013

Bangor University shortlisted in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards

Bangor University has been shortlisted in 6 out of 9 categories including University of the Year, in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

Publication date: 30 March 2015

Bangor University’s Santander Entrepreneurship Pitchers

Three Bangor University students are have been selected to represent the University in the regional finals of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards competition.

Having competed against over thirty entries to be selected as the final shortlist of six student projects, PhD graduate Ned Hartfiel and Psychology Masters students Alex Bailey and Daniel Pascoe were awarded a cheque for £200 for their entries, and will be eligible for business support through B-Enterprising at the University’s Careers & Employability Service.  

Publication date: 30 March 2017

Bangor University’s satisfied students

Bangor University continues to rise in popularity among its students. The University again retains its place at 14th in the UK and is second in Wales in a new university experience survey (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016).

Publication date: 17 March 2016

Bangor University Students Release New Books

Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies and Media are pleased to announce the publication dates for two anthologies – Blue Pencils and SCSM’s Media Medley. Four students in the School of Creative Studies and Media (SCSM) have been working together for the past four months to produce and publish an anthology of short, original fiction. 

Publication date: 12 May 2017

Bangor University subjects join elite in world table

Newly published analysis of the latest influential QS World University Rankings, which saw Bangor University soar to 411th position worldwide, now provides further information on rankings for different subject areas among the world’s best universities.

Six subjects and one subject area taught at Bangor University feature among the world’s elite universities in this year’s release of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, with Agriculture and Forestry appearing in the top 100 institutions worldwide who teach the subject and rising from among last year’s 200 top Universities.

Publication date: 8 March 2017

Bangor University to reward outstanding impact from its research and enterprise activities

Twelve projects at Bangor University have been shortlisted for the University’s third annual Impact and Innovation Awards 2015, supported by Santander Universities.

These prestigious awards at Bangor University recognise and celebrate the recent impact that the University’s research, innovation and enterprise activities have on the wider economy and society. This year, the University is also introducing a new award category, Outstanding Contribution to Wales, to recognise activities that have led to impact of national significance in Wales.

Publication date: 27 November 2015

Bangor University Words/Music researchers involved in two events in central London

Lecturer in French Dr Helen Abbott and Honorary Research Fellow in French pianist Sholto Kynoch co-presented a session on their ongoing research collaboration looking at the performance of French song recently.

Publication date: 19 May 2011

‘BDZH: Graphic Mosaics of Brittany’

Publication date: 6 March 2019

Best UK radiography course tops University league table

Bangor University is listed as the best place to study Radiography according to the Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016. Bangor‘s Radiography students also had the best graduate prospects of any UK radiography graduates and the University was listed 3rd for radiography entry standards.

Bangor University also appears among the top 10 UK universities for a further five subjects. In addition to Radiography, these are Celtic Studies (Welsh) (2nd), Social Policy (2nd), Agriculture & Forestry (7th),Creative Writing (8th) and Education (10th).

Publication date: 28 September 2015

Bilingualism and Down syndrome

Learning Disability Wales have published an article by our PhD student Rebecca Ward and Dr Eirini Sanoudaki.

Publication date: 13 December 2017

CAHB Graduate Research Induction Event (MRes, MPhil, PhD)

Publication date: 15 August 2019

Careers and Employability Fair

Publication date: 11 October 2018

Catalan artist Matilde Obradors visits Bangor

On 16 November 2017, Barcelonan artist Matilde Obradors (http://www.matildeobradors.com) visited the School of Modern Languages and Cultures to perform ‘Eating Raw Sardines around these Wretched Lands’. 

Publication date: 1 December 2016

Cataloguing the Arthurian Collection

We reached a milestone this week in the cataloguing of the Flintshire Harries Arthurian Collection when we catalogued the 1,000th book.

Publication date: 29 March 2017

Catherine Chen (Year 2 German, French, Spanish) wins DAAD University Summer Course Scholarship 2012.

Publication date: 20 April 2012

Catherine Chen (Year 2 German, French, Spanish) wins prize in 2011 DAAD Competition

"In 2011, I took part in the DAAD competition “Germany 2051 – What will it be like?” This competition was open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students registered at a UK university (except German nationals); participants were encouraged to send on their vision of what Germany will be like in 2051.

Publication date: 19 January 2012

Celebrated 'English' poet Edward Thomas was one of Wales' finest writers

Shortly after 7am on April 9 1917, 39-year-old writer Edward Thomas was killed by a shell during the Battle of Arras in northern France. He left a body of mostly unpublished work that has since cemented his place as one of Britain’s greatest poets.

This article by Andrew Webb, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 7 April 2017

Celebrating 10 years of activities with the Centre for Galician Studies in Wales

On the 2nd of November the “Six Galician Poets” Tour arrived in Bangor to celebrate Galician music, poetry, literary translation and the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Galician Studies in Wales.

Publication date: 14 November 2016

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

Censorship under Franco’s dictatorship still casts a shadow over literature in Spain

Skyfall, the twenty-third James Bond film, is to be released 26 October 2012 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first film, Dr No  in 1962. But fans of the secret agent may be surprised to learn that Spanish readers of Dr No, one of Ian Fleming’s most popular novels, are reading a version which still bears cuts imposed by censors under Franco’s Dictatorship (1939-1975).

Readers in Spain will be equally surprised to discover that this and many of the published translation of the classics of English and American literature currently available are still the edited versions approved by the Dictator’s censors - and that until very recently many other novels have remained unavailable in Spain due to the legacy of the censorship of the Franco era.

Publication date: 22 October 2012

Chris Coleman visits Bangor University to receive Honour

Chis Coleman, Wales’ national football team manager joins Bangor Business School graduating students to receive an Honorary Fellowship, marking Wales’ outstanding achievement at Euro 2016, when the national team reached the semi-finals in an historic and memorable campaign.

Publication date: 17 July 2017

"Cognitive Discourse Analysis: an introduction"

Dr. Thora Tenbrink, Reader in Cognitive Linguistics, has signed a contract with Cambridge University Press, to write a book titled "Cognitive Discourse Analysis: an introduction”.

Publication date: 4 May 2017

Coming to Bangor this autumn? Freshers can chat on Facebook

Coming to Bangor this autumn? Freshers can chat on Facebook with the School's peer guides, from August onwards: search 'Bangor English Literature Freshers and Peer Guides 2013/14'

Publication date: 23 May 2012

Conference Review: 'Markers of Identity in Medieval Europe, 13th -15th centuries'

The inaugural conference of a new international research network took place at the Centre d'Etudes Superieures de Civilisation Medievale (CESCM), University of Poitiers, 17-18 November.

Publication date: 26 March 2012

Confucius institute joins the College of Arts Humanities and Business

This summer the Confucius institute at Bangor University will become part of the University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Business.

Publication date: 1 August 2019

Congratulations to all our students!

Congratulations to all our students who graduated with BA degress from the School of Modern Languages this year!

Publication date: 24 July 2013

Congratulations to all SML graduates 2014!

Congratulations to all our students who graduated with BA, MA and PhD degrees from the School of Modern Languages in 2014!

Publication date: 14 July 2014

Congratulations to our 2016 graduates!

Our 2015-16 cohort of final year students graduated on 12 July on a day that featured the traditional graduation ceremony in PJ Hall, and also a School of Modern Languages and Cultures reception. As head of school Dr. Jonathan Ervine noted, many of this year’s finalists have both achieved impressive academic results and also played a highly active role in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Publication date: 18 July 2016

Continued National Student Survey success for the School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

The results of this year’s National Student Survey (NSS 2019) have once again confirmed the high level of student satisfaction and support for students in Bangor University’s School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (SLLL).

Publication date: 5 August 2019

Creative Writing Lecturer reaches prestigious long-list

Lisa Blower, a Creative Writing Lecturer at Bangor University's School of English Literature is one of ten authors long-listed for the prestigious 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

This international Award promotes and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story and attracts entries from among the world’s finest writers. Its £30,000 prize is the most generous prize for a single short story in the English language. 

Publication date: 11 February 2018

David Crystal Day

Publication date: 26 January 2017

Deciphering the connection between language and meaning

A Bangor University academic discusses the connection between language and meaning in a new book published by Cambridge University Press.

In The Crucible of Language, Professor Vyv Evans brings the latest findings together to explain what we know, and what we do, when we communicate using language. He shows how linguistic meaning arises, where it comes from, and the way in which language enables us to convey the meanings that can move us to tears, bore us to death, or make us dizzy with delight. 

Publication date: 8 December 2015

Double German Success at Cambridge Conference

Two final year students of German, Elly Baker (German with Spanish) and Kate Madge (French and German) were selected to give papers at the fourth national Cambridge Undergraduate Conference in German Studies, on 10 February 2018. The conference, which has taken place annually since 2015, has attracted considerable attention within the field of German Studies, and aims to showcase the excellent work conducted by undergraduate students across the UK.

Publication date: 8 March 2018

Dr Barbara Saunderson

Present and former staff and students from the School of Modern Languages will greatly miss Dr Barbara Saunderson, former Lecturer in French at Bangor, who passed away on 27 July 2014.

Publication date: 13 August 2014

Dr Eirini Sanoudaki to give a guest lecture at University of Essex

Dr Eirini Sanoudaki has been invited to give a lecture at the University of Essex, as part of the Department of Language and Linguistics seminar series, on 5th March.

Publication date: 23 February 2015

Dr Eirini Sanoudaki to give guest lecture at UCL

Dr Eirini Sanoudaki has been invited to give a lecture at UCL, as part of the Developmental Science Seminar Series. on 23rd March. 

Publication date: 11 March 2015

Dr Gillian Jein’s triple Welsh Crucible funding success

Gillian will also conduct research as co-investigator on Migration, Moral Panics and Meanings, a project which looks at historical representations of migrants and their post-Brexit impact in three regions across Wales. This work is undertaken in collaboration with Dr Dawn Manny (principal investigator) from the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, Dr Rhys Dafydd Jones from Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University and Dr Angharad Saunders, a human geographer at the University of South Wales.

Publication date: 14 November 2016

Dr Ian Hilton

Colleagues in Modern Languages and four decades of students of German at Bangor will be saddened to learn of the death in February of this year of Dr Ian Hilton, a former Senior Lecturer in German at the University.

Publication date: 20 May 2016

Dr. Marco Tamburelli awarded Santander Early Career Scholarship

Marco Tamburelli has been awarded the Santander Early Career Scholarship.

Publication date: 28 March 2012

Dr Marco Tamburelli to give guest lecture at University of Kent

Deputy Head of School, Dr Marco Tamburelli has been invited to give a guest lecture at the Centre for Language and Linguistics Studies at the University of Kent on 4th February.

Publication date: 30 January 2015

Dr. Marco Tamburelli to speak to teachers in Milan about bilingual education

In March, Dr. Marco Tamburelli will be talking to teachers and educators in Milan about bilingual education at the “Our Multilingual Schools: Opportunities and Challenges” conference.

Publication date: 23 February 2015

Dr. Margaret Locherbie-Cameron

Dr. Margaret Locherbie-Cameron

Publication date: 19 September 2011

Dr Rowan Williams: ‘R.S. Thomas, Christianity and Buddhism’

Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury, will visit Bangor University on Wednesday 11 December to deliver a public lecture entitled ‘R.S. Thomas, Christianity and Buddhism’.

Publication date: 2 December 2013

Dr Stephen Colclough

Publication date: 21 October 2015

Dr. Thora Tenbrink makes headlines on Cambridge Extra with new article in Language and Cognition

Dr. Thora Tenbrink has written a new article on Cognitive Discourse Analysis which has made the headlines on Cambridge Extra this week. For more information, see here.

Publication date: 24 March 2015

Dr Zoë Skoulding Receives Society of Authors Award for Poetry

Dr Zoë Skoulding, poet and Reader in Creative Writing at Bangor University, has received a Cholmondeley Award for the achievement and distinction of her body of work and her contribution to poetry.

Publication date: 24 July 2018

Eight bedtime stories to read to children of all ages

This article by Raluca Radulescu, Professor of Medieval Literature and English Literature and Dr Lisa Blower, Lecturer in Creative Writing, both from the School of English Literature was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 15 June 2018

Eisteddfod success for Linguistics staff members

Three of our staff members won first prizes in choirs in the National Eisteddfod competition of Wales in August.

Publication date: 19 October 2015

ELCOS: We have moved!

Publication date: 17 August 2018

Emoji 'fastest growing new language'

A Bangor University professor has teamed up with mobile giant TalkTalk to launch a new national PR campaign to help understand emojis – the picture based language.

Publication date: 19 May 2015

Emojis have hit Hollywood – and thriller or rom-com, they’ll take it by storm

Professor Vyv Evans, of the School of Linguistics and English Language writing in The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 3 August 2015

English Literature at Bangor University in the top ten in the UK

Further analysis of the recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework results has brought more good news for the School of English Literature.

This week’s Times Higher Education contains an analysis of the REF 2014 results according to the number of staff submitted, and ranked the School of English Literature at Bangor University ninth in the UK for research intensity.

Publication date: 7 January 2015

Enthusiastic prize winning languages student graduates

A Bangor University Excellence Scholarship winner will graduate with a first class degree in French and Italian this week.

Publication date: 14 July 2015

ESRC PhD studentship at the School of Linguistics and English Language

One ESRC PhD studentship in Bilingualism is available from October 2014 at the School of Linguistics and English Language. This is a three-year studentship funded by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre and Bangor University.

Publication date: 14 January 2014

European tourists to Wales to have new window on the past

European tourists visiting Wales will be able to read historical accounts of visits to Wales through the ages via a new portal to be completed next year.

Publication date: 12 June 2017

EuroVisions How others have viewed Wales

Have you ever wondered how others see us? A new public exhibition, drawing on research at Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures, looks at how European visitors – including explorers, tourists and refugees – have viewed Wales since the mid-eighteenth century. The exhibition at Bangor’s new Storiel is called EuroVisions: Wales through the Eyes of European Visitors, 1750-2015 and runs from April to 2 July.

Publication date: 29 April 2016

Excitement at launch of Bangor University’s degrees in Chinese

The current academic year has already seen many exciting developments in Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures. At a time when Chinese language skills are being sought after by many employers, both in the UK and around the world, the school has been particularly excited to welcome its first ever cohort of students studying on our new joint honours degrees involving Chinese. 

Publication date: 6 January 2017

Exciting internship opportunity: Grammatical abilities in Welsh-English bilingual children

Dr Vicky Chondrogianni is seeking applications for the Bangor University Undergraduate Internship Scheme 2012-13. The successful applicant will be working on a project on "Grammatical abilities in Welsh-English bilingual children".

Publication date: 17 December 2012

Exciting New Degrees

The School is happy to announce the approval of some exciting new degrees to add to our existing courses. We are now offering degrees specialising in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), designed to give students the foundations, theoretical background and some practical experience needed to go to teach English to non-native speakers.

Publication date: 26 May 2015

Exhibition: Celtic Studies in Bangor

Publication date: 7 June 2019

Exposing Arthur’s Celtic roots

Despite recent interpretations giving Arthur English, French or cockney accents, a new academic book launched today (28 February)  at Bangor University firmly plants him in the Celtic lands and Celtic languages.

Publication date: 28 February 2019

'Facts are not truth': Hilary Mantel goes on the record about historical fiction

In a recent talk at the Hay literary festival, Cambridge historian and biographer John Guy said he had seen an increasing number of prospective students citing Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning historical novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, as supporting evidence for their knowledge of Tudor history.

This article by Michael Durrant, Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, School of English Literature,was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 13 June 2017

Fascinating insights offered in new Lecture series in Bethesda

From zombies in the Mabinogi to Welsh on Facebook; from child psychology to the literature of the London Welsh and from Italian cinema to the depths surrounding the Titanic, some of Bangor University’s most talented lecturers will be visiting Neuadd Ogwen in Bethesda over the next six weeks to discuss a wide range of topics.

Publication date: 28 October 2014

First Class achievement for Hannah

Hannah Mundy, 22, from Leek, Staffordshire, is graduating from Bangor University with a first class degree in English Language and Creative Studies this week.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

First class linguist lands dream job

A trilingual graduate is celebrating this week after securing a dream job in Italy.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

First in her family to graduate

Linguistics and French graduate Ruby Ettle, originally from Halesowen, West Midlands, has become the first person in her family to graduate from university.  Ruby said: “I’m the first person from my family to go to university, so it’s been a new experience for all of us from UCAS applications all the way to graduation and my family are very proud.”

Publication date: 18 July 2017

First novel wins Award and Doctorate

A novel written as part of a Creative Writing course at Bangor University has just won The Write Factor Shortlist Award, 2014 and been published  for new author, Rhian Waller.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

First novel wins Award and Doctorate

A novel written as part of a Creative Writing course at Bangor University has just won The Write Factor Shortlist Award, 2014 and been published  for new author, Rhian Waller.

Rhian’s debut novel, Eithe’s Way, was written as part of a Creative and Critical Writing PhD at Bangor University’s School of English.

Publication date: 30 June 2014

Forget Jon Snow, watch the young women to find out how Game of Thrones ends

For Game of Thrones fans, the current series has been a bit of a mystery. As the television writers have picked up the storyline where author George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels ended, there is, for the first time, no original text to refer back to.

 

This article by Raluca Radulescu, Professor of Medieval Literature and English Literature, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 25 August 2017

Four North Wales schools complete the Modern Foreign Language Student Mentoring Scheme

Bangor University School of Modern Languages and Cultures held on 26th May an award and recognition ceremony for the four local schools in North Wales that benefited from a new Welsh Government initiative to encourage modern language learning.

Publication date: 28 June 2016

France's football team hitting the headlines

With football's European Championships now underway in Poland and the Ukraine, lecturer in French Dr. Jonathan Ervine explores relations between the French national team and the media in an article on the website French Football Weekly.

Publication date: 14 June 2012

French grief reflects respect for a certain kind of athlete

France is in mourning after 10 people – including three of the country’s most celebrated sporting icons – died in a helicopter crash in Argentina. Swimmer Camille Muffat, boxer Alexis Vastine and yachtswoman Florence Arthaud were participants in a television survival show.

Since their deaths were confirmed, there has been an outpouring of grief in France. Muffat, Vastine and Arthaud all captured the imagination of the French public. Their fame shows that France celebrates its athletes a little differently to some of its neighbours. Where in the UK or Italy footballers rule the roost, in France, it is sometimes a different kind of athlete in the spotlight.

Publication date: 11 March 2015

From glass case to cyber-space:Chaucerian Masterpiece Goes Global

Bangor University and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, have collaborated on a project to bring one of the jewels of English literature, kept at the National Library, freely available to all. The Hengwrt copy of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, produced in London at the close of the fourteenth century and believed to be the earliest existing version of this work, is now fully digitised, and accessible by global users via the Library’s website.

Publication date: 15 May 2014

Funding boost for language mentoring project

A project to raise the profile of modern foreign languages has received extended funding from Welsh Government to reach pupils in rural parts of Wales.

Publication date: 2 June 2017

Funding opportunities for MA students

School of Modern Languages is pleased to announces scholarship opportunities.

Publication date: 14 March 2012

Funding success for our Bilingualism research

Dr Eirini Sanoudaki (Senior Lecturer in Language Acquisition) will be acting as Bangor lead for a project funded by the Welsh Crucible, a programme that seeks to support the development of future research leaders for Wales. 

Publication date: 28 November 2016

Game of Thrones: neither Arya Stark nor Brienne of Tarth are unusual — medieval romance heroines did it all before

Brienne of Tarth and Arya Stark are very unlike what some may expect of a typical medieval lady. The only daughter of a minor knight, Brienne has trained up as a warrior and has been knighted for her valour in the field of battle. Meanwhile Arya, a tomboyish teen when we first met her in series one, is a trained and hardened assassin. No damsels in distress, then – they’ve chosen to defy their society’s expectations and follow their own paths.

This article by Raluca Radulescu, Professor of Medieval Literature and English Literature at the School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics is republished fromThe Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 8 May 2019

Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2015

to embrace a woman is to embrace a sack of manure’  Odo of Cluny

On the 7-9 January 2015, Bangor University will be hosting a conference which will  explore the relationship between medieval women and dirt from the perspective of a variety of different disciplines.

Publication date: 27 November 2014

German Film and Culture Day

Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with Routes into Languages recently organised a German Film and Culture Day attended by GCSE and  A Level students and teachers from schools in north Wales.

Publication date: 13 July 2013

German Film and Culture Day

Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with Routes into Languages recently organised a German Film and Culture Day.

Publication date: 30 July 2012

German-Kurdish film director Hüseyin Tabak visits Bangor

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures was delighted to welcome film director Hüseyin Tabak to Bangor on Friday 9 March 2018, when he presented his film The Horse on the Balcony (Das Pferd auf dem Balkon) at a public showing in Pontio. 

Publication date: 23 March 2018

German Studies Conference introduced Alexander Kluge to Wales

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Bangor University was delighted to host the annual conference of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland (AGS)on 29-31 August 2018.

Publication date: 16 October 2018

Graduate on BBC Short Story Shortlist

Lisa Blower, a Bangor University PhD graduate, and part- time lecturer at the School of English, is one of the five shortlisted authors for the BBC Short Story award 2013

Publication date: 25 September 2013

Graduation 2012

Publication date: 18 July 2012

Graduation Profile: Elin Lloyd Wallace - BA French and Spanish

Publication date: 17 July 2018

Grant success: 'Insular Books: Vernacular Miscellanies in Late Medieval Britain'

Research network secures funding for its first conference, held at and funded by the British Academy (London, 21-23 June 2012).

Publication date: 26 March 2012

Head of School Opens exciting new exhibition at Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery

Professor Helen Wilcox, Head of the School of English Literature at Bangor University, officially opened the ‘Cataloguing the Other Delights’ exhibition by Emma Hobbins at Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery last Saturday.

Publication date: 27 April 2015

High achieving Modern Languages graduate’s academic work recognised globally

A Bangor University graduate’s final year dissertation has been ‘highly commended’ in the Music, Film & Theatre category of The Undergraduate AwardsProgramme 2017. Maisie Prior, 23, originally from Enderby, Leicester, graduated in July 2017 with a first-class BA Spanish with International Experience degree, whilst also scooping the Dr John Robert Jones Prize of £1,000 which is awarded annually to the best students across all disciplines at the University.

Publication date: 15 September 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day Service at Bangor University

A service to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 will be held at the Prichard-Jones Hall, Main Arts Building, College Road, in Bangor on Monday, 28 January, from  10:30am to 11:30am.

The theme of this year’s service is ‘Torn from Home’ and will feature music and readings from local schools, members of the local community and council, the Students Union, The Chaplaincy Team, and University Staff.

The service, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Prichard-Jones Hall, Main Arts Building, and refreshments will be served afterwards.

Publication date: 9 January 2019

Honours for Bangor Italianists

It has been an excellent six months for scholars of Italian at Bangor.

Publication date: 16 February 2011

How a joke can help us unlock the mystery of meaning in language

This article by  Vyvyan Evans, Professor of Linguistics, at the School of Lingusitics & English Language was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

What do you get if you cross a kangaroo with an elephant?

You’ll have to wait for the punchline, but you should already have shards of meaning tumbling about your mind. Now, jokes don’t have to be all that funny, of course, but if they are to work at all then they must construct something beyond the simple words deployed.

Publication date: 15 December 2015

How is language related to thought?

How is language related to thought? What can we learn from the structure of language about the human mind? How does this differ between the languages of the world? How has language developed to make us smart?

Over 200 researchers from 35 countries will be attending a top international conference being held in Bangor from July 18-22 to discuss just these issues at the UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference hosted by the University's School of Lingusitics & English Language.

Publication date: 15 July 2016

How King Arthur became one of the most pervasive legends of all time

This article by Raluca Radulescu, Professor of Medieval Literature and English Literature, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

King Arthur is one of, if not the, most legendary icons of medieval Britain. His popularity has lasted centuries, mostly thanks to the numerous incarnations of his story that pop up time and time again.

Publication date: 3 February 2017

Important conference announcement: Cognitive Futures in the Humanities, Bangor, 4-6 April, 2013

The School of Linguistics will host a major international conference on the "Cognitive Futures in the Humanities".

Publication date: 22 November 2012

Inspired by 2001 A Competition for Bangor University Students

Publication date: 20 April 2018

International Mother Language Day

The School of Modern Languages high light the importance of the mother tonge for International Mother Language Day. Watch their video.

Publication date: 20 February 2012

‘International Mother Language Day’ celebrated at Bangor University

On Wednesday the 21st of February, students at Bangor University celebrated ‘International Mother Language Day’

With students from nearly 90 countries represented at the University, the day celebrated the linguistic diversity at Bangor, with students from all over the world promoting and sharing their own language.

Publication date: 22 February 2017

Introducing modern morality plays on BBC Radio 3

Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in medieval literature at Bangor University’s School of English Literature is to be heard introducing a series of five modern morality plays this week (15-19 February, 2016) on BBC Radio 3. Covering moderation, envy, pride, wrath and justice, the five plays inspired by the genre of medieval morality drama explore how far contemporary attitudes to sin and virtue have changed.

Publication date: 15 February 2016

Introducing our Tutor-of-the-Day Scheme

We are now operating a ‘Duty’ tutor system during teaching weeks. If students need to urgently see or speak to an academic member of staff (when their module lecturer or personal tutor is unavailable), they should find the Tutor of the Day who should be in their office (or nearby).

Publication date: 3 October 2012

Investigating Elizabethan England from a European Perspective

A literature professor at Bangor University has been awarded a Fellowship more usually awarded to the sciences. Marie Curie Fellowships are among Europe’s most competitive and prestigious awards and are aimed at fostering interdisciplinary research, innovative academic training and international collaborations.

Professor Andrew Hiscock, who specialises in Elizabethan literature and its place within a wider European context, has been awarded the Fellowship which will see him joining the multidisciplinary team of renaissance researchers at Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier for two years.

Publication date: 10 May 2016

Invitation to the launch of the Centre for Arthurian Studies

Publication date: 10 January 2017

It may be a medieval morality play about death – but Everyman works

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

I think it’s safe to say that the word “morality” doesn’t exactly call to mind the most enticing entertainment. Yet a morality play has just opened at London’s National Theatre with Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of 12 Years a Slave, in the title role. The label doesn’t lie – the purpose of this pre-Shakespearean drama is indeed moral instruction. We’re supposed to leave having learnt something for the good of our soul

Publication date: 1 May 2015

‘Journey to the Past’ provides contemporary tourists with an unusual perspective

A new website giving modern tourists insights from past visitors to Wales from France and Germanywas launched at Bangor University today (24 May).

Publication date: 24 May 2018

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

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

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

Languages buddy scheme wins award

A scheme that links school pupils and undergraduate students on a year abroad has been awarded a prestigious European Language Label.

Publication date: 17 October 2012

Languages in schools mentoring scheme honoured with Chartered Institute of Linguists accolade

A unique mentoring scheme, designed to encourage language learning amongst young people in Wales, has been awarded the prestigious Threlford Cup by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL).

The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Mentoring Scheme, which is led by Cardiff University’s School of Modern Languages, is funded by Welsh Government as part of its Global Futures plan which aims to improve and promote the take up of modern foreign languages in schools. In partnership with Swansea, Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities, the project undertakes a nationwide approach to increasing inter-cultural understanding and promoting language learning at key stages.

Publication date: 22 November 2017

Languages: Your Passport to Success

Students from the School Modern Languages recruited as Routes into Languages ambassadors, had an opportunity recently to demonstrate that engaging with the local community can be vital to increase awareness about the importance of learning languages.

Publication date: 17 May 2013

Launch of Bangor’s Centre for Arthurian Studies

Bangor University will be seeing in 2017 with the launch of a new Centre for Arthurian Studies on Friday 20 January, just as Wales begins to celebrate a Year of Legends. Throughout 2017 events will be held at historic sites the length and breadth of Wales in celebration of its rich culture and heritage.

Publication date: 11 January 2017

Launch of the Wales Think German Network

A new network has just been launched, with the aim of encouraging interest across Wales in the German language and the cultures of German-speaking countries. The project is led by the Universities of Bangor (Dr Anna Saunders) and Swansea (Prof. Julian Preece), and is one of several regional networks to start up across the UK, as part of a nation-wide initiative supported by the German Embassy to promote German language and culture.

Publication date: 1 September 2014

Learned Society of Wales appoints four Bangor Fellows

The Learned Society of Wales has this year named four academics from Bangor University among the new Fellows elected to the Society from across the arts, humanities, sciences and public service sectors.  Election to Fellowship is a public recognition of academic excellence, and LSW Fellowship is keenly competed. Fellows are elected following a rigorous examination of their achievements in their relevant fields.

Publication date: 19 April 2018

Learning the ‘rhythm’ of a language helps language learners become fluent

As Wales faces a decline in the number of Welsh speakers, it’s even more important that Welsh learners make the transition from second language learners to become fluent Welsh speakers.

One identified obstacle to ‘fluency’ is Welsh learner’s difficulty in replicating the sound of Welsh- not only the ‘ll’ ‘ch’ and other sounds unfamiliar to the English ear, but also the stress and rhythm of the language, which is different to that of English, and other languages.

Publication date: 2 December 2014

Lecturer Alys Conran’s debut novel named Wales' Book of the Year 2017

Creative Writer and Lecturer Alys Conran is the stand- out winner at this year’s Wales Book of the Year/ Llyfr y Flwyddyn, winning a hat-trick of Awards, scooping not only the one of the main prizes, the English Book of the year Award, a specially commissioned trophy designed and created by the artist Angharad Pearce Jones, and a £4000 prize, but also winning the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award English fiction Award and the People’s Choice Award, all for her debut novel Pigeon.

Publication date: 14 November 2017

Ligue 1: France gets its first female top flight football referee, but the federation scores an own goal

As the end of the 2018-19 football season approaches, a match between Amiens and Strasbourg in France’s Ligue 1 would normally attract little attention. However, Sunday’s game has already created headlines as Stéphanie Frappart will become the first ever woman to act as a main referee in the top tier of French men’s football.

This article by Jonathan Ervine, Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, School of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 25 April 2019

Linguistics Student awarded Excellence Scholarship

Congratulations to Robert Reddington, a 1st year undergraduate student in Linguistics who has been awarded one of 2014’s Excellence Scholarships.

Publication date: 13 November 2014

Linguist wins top University Prize

Rozzen Grainger, who has graduates with a degree in French, German & Italian from Bangor University was awarded one of the University’s top Prizes. 

Publication date: 16 July 2013

Lynette Roberts: Welsh poet who fused touch and sight into sound

The name of Lynette Roberts may not be the first that springs to mind in the history of Welsh writing in English, possibly because her futuristic poetry of World War II still sounds new and strange. In her epic poem Gods With Stainless Ears she imagines postwar humans in a technologised, ecologically damaged landscape:

This article by Zoë Skoulding, Reader in English at the School of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 2 January 2019

Maisie’s love of learning lands her £1,000

A Bangor University student whose course has taken her to some amazing places and given her more life experience than she could ever imagine has come runner up in this year’s UCAS/The Times Love Learning competition.

Publication date: 1 August 2014

Major Prize Award Shortlist for poet of disappearing sounds

An internationally renowned poet, whose work is already translated into 18 languages, has been shortlisted for a major poetry prize.  is shortlisted for The Poetry Society's Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry.

Publication date: 17 March 2014

Mapping Memories: AHRC fellowship success

Dr Nicola Frith, Lecturer in French at Bangor University has been awarded an AHRC funded fellowship for the project ‘Mapping Memories of Slavery: Commemoration, Community and Identity in Contemporary.

Dr Frith will be exploring how commemorative associations located in France and its overseas departments in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean are challenging the French state’s failure to engage with the history of slavery.

Publication date: 6 February 2014

Medievalism Transformed: the annual postgraduate conference reaches its 10th year

11th Annual ‘Medievalism Transformed’ Conference, 12th-14th June 2015

Publication date: 2 March 2015

Members of the School of English win teaching awards

Two members of staff in the School of English were amongst those who recently received awards in the University’s new Student-Led Teaching Awards, organised by the Students’ Union as part of a national NUS scheme.

Publication date: 29 May 2012

Mixing with film stars and a life- changing 48 hours in New York for Bangor Student

A Bangor University graduate HanJie Chow has been mixing with stars and experienced a life-changing 48 hours during his ‘year abroad’ as part of his studies at Bangor University.

Publication date: 14 July 2015

Mixing with film stars and a life- changing 48 hours in New York for Bangor Student

A Bangor University graduate HanJie Chow has been mixing with stars and experienced a life-changing 48 hours during his ‘year abroad’ as part of his studies at Bangor University.

Publication date: 13 July 2015

Modern Languages at Bangor to host The GDR Today III

Bangor University is delighted to be hosting the third in a series of postgraduate conferences, entitled The GDR Today, on 6-7 April 2017. 

Publication date: 10 March 2017

Modern Languages research from Bangor among the best in the UK

Research produced by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures has been rated as 13th best in the UK in its subject area.

Publication date: 18 December 2014

Modern Languages Staff do well in Student-led teaching awards

The School of Modern Languages did particularly well in the recent Bangor University student-led teaching awards 2012, with four members of staff being shortlisted from a large number of nominations.

Publication date: 22 May 2012

Modern Languages Student Mentoring Project: An Update

 “As Wales and Britain face an uncertain future, now more than ever, young people need to develop language skills that will develop them professionally and personally.”  Four Welsh universities extend their programme to tackle the ‘serious decline’ in modern languages take up

Publication date: 13 October 2016

"Modern Maritime Battlefield Archaeology: Case Studies from the Battle of Jutland and the U-boat Wars".

Publication date: 15 February 2017

Multilingual Little Red Riding Hood Launch

Students from Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages visited Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni recently to run activities for year 7 pupils.

Publication date: 15 April 2013

New Arthurian edition by Bangor Emeritus professor

The new edition of the most popular English language story of the legendary King Arthur, Thomas Malory’s fifteenth-century Le Morte Darthur, provides students at all levels and the general public with the authoritative text, but without the extensive critical apparatus, of the recent 2-volume scholarly edition published by leading academic medieval press Boydell & Brewer previously launched at the British branch conference of the International Arthurian Society, hosted by Bangor University and organised by Prof. Raluca Radulescu, the centre's director, in 2013.

Publication date: 19 July 2017

New BA in English Language Studies - TEFL

Now offering an exciting BA in English Language Studies that is specifically designed for non-native speakers of English.

Publication date: 23 January 2012

New chapter for budding journalist

Having reported news from London 2012 and Formula 1, a Bangor University student is looking forward to revisiting north Wales for her graduation ceremony this week.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

New interdisciplinary MA in Medieval Studies is now recruiting

The new interdisciplinary MA in Medieval Studies is now recruiting for the academic session 2013-14.

Publication date: 19 November 2012

New Masters level degrees in Forensic Linguistics

New Masters level degrees in Forensic Linguistics

- MSc in Forensic Linguistics
- MRes in Linguistics (specializing in Forensic Linguistics)

Publication date: 13 March 2012

New R.S.Thomas Manuscripts for University Collection

New R.S.Thomas Manuscripts for University Collection.

Publication date: 19 September 2011

New R.S.Thomas Manuscripts for University Collection

The tenth anniversary of the R.S. Thomas Study Centre at Bangor University has been marked by two major acquisitions.  The Centre has acquired a large collection of manuscripts and typescripts, including much unpublished material,  from the estate of the late Peter Jollife, a prominent  collector of modern  literary books and manuscripts. 

Publication date: 4 November 2010

North Wales International Poetry Festival

The North Wales International Poetry Festival returns for a fourth time in 2015, with a series of readings and performances in Aberystwyth and Bangor October 7th-10th. Events will take place in both universities and at local venues. International poets will perform alongside Welsh writers with translations into English and Welsh.

Publication date: 23 September 2015

No, the rise of the emoji doesn’t spell the end of language

Originally published on The Conversation by Professor Vyv Evans, School of Linguistics and English Language. Read the original article.

The emoji has become one of the fastest growing forms of communication in history. But those who are worried that its growth could see the death of written language are wrong – emojis are being used to enhance, rather than replace words in our digital communications.

Publication date: 22 May 2015

NSS Success for School of English Literature

The release of the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) results has seen phenomenal success for English Studies at Bangor, which is now ranked 1st in the UK. 

Publication date: 10 August 2016

On her first birthday, Princess Charlotte already knows much about language

Princess Charlotte, the youngest member of the British Royal Family, is turning one. While there will be plenty of focus from sections of the mainstream UK media on the official picturesreleased by the palace, much has been going on behind the scenes. Many infants say their first word around the time of their first birthday and for most people, this is when language learning really starts. But by the time Charlotte says her first word, she actually already knows a lot about language.

This article by Anouschka Foltz, Lecturer in Psycholinguistics, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 3 May 2016

Oxford Award for Bangor Professor

Tony Bushell, Professor of German in Bangor’s  School of Modern Languages, has been awarded a  prestigious visiting scholarship by St. John’s College, Oxford to complete a study devoted to the rhetorics of Austrian identity.

Publication date: 26 April 2012

PhD student Adam Pearce's translation of Daniel Owen's short stories published

Adam Pearce, a 125th Anniversary Ph.D. Student in Bangor’s School of Modern Languages, is the translator of a recently-published collection of short stories entitled Fireside Tales by Daniel Owen, widely regarded as the father of the Welsh novel.

Publication date: 15 March 2012

PhD student anthologised with prize-winning poets

School of English Literature PhD Student and poet Alys Conran’s work included in newly launched anthology, The Slate Sea.

Publication date: 1 May 2015

Phil Coid (Year 2 German with Business Studies) Lands Work Placement with DEUTZ

After completing a rigorous application and interview process, Phil Coid (Year 2 German with Business Studies) has managed to secure a much-sought after work placement with DEUTZ, the German engine manufacturers!

Publication date: 20 April 2012

Plaque to commemorate poet, Tony Conran

Tony Conran's achievement as a writer has been commemorated by the erection of a Plaque in the Main Library at Bangor University.  A short ceremony was held in the Library recently when poems to two of his past friends and colleagues who were inspirational to him – the late Professor John Danby and the late Professor Bedwyr Lewis Jones - were read by Dyfan Roberts and John Griffiths, members of the Conran Poetry Chorus.

Publication date: 21 April 2016

Poetry in Expanded Translation

Publication date: 15 March 2018

Poetry pamphlet shortlisting

A poetry pamphlet by Carol Rumens, Professor of Creatiive Writing, launched at Pontio this Spring, has been shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for the best poetry pamphlet published between September 2017 and September 2018.

Publication date: 26 November 2018

Prestigious award for Bangor Scholar

The School of English Literature is delighted to announce the award of a Fellowship of the British Academy (FBA) to Emeritus Professor Tom Corns.

Each year, the British Academy elects to its Fellowship up to 42 outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved distinction in any branch of the humanities and social sciences. In the words of the British Academy, fellows are scholars who have 'attained distinction in any of the branches of study which it is the object of the Academy to promote'. This title is the highest honour in the UK for a scholar of the arts and humanities.

Publication date: 1 September 2015

Prestigious British Academy Award for Bangor Lecturer

Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira, from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, has been awarded almost £90,000 to embark on a project that would make a case for studying contemporary Spanish culture and politics from a postcolonial perspective.

Publication date: 18 May 2015

Prestigious Poetry nomination for Bangor Professor

A Bangor University poet and academic has been nominated for one of the most prestigious and high-profile posts in the poetry world.

Publication date: 6 May 2015

Prize for best ‘Yarn’ awarded to Bangor University student Maisie

The UK Higher Education International Unit-sponsored prize for the best ‘Yarn’ was awarded to Bangor University student, Maisie Prior.

Publication date: 3 March 2016

Prize-wining languages student graduates

Four years of hard work has paid off for a Bangor University student who returned to education after a period of working as a learning support assistant in a special needs school.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Prize-winning Bangor graduate lands Canadian teaching post

Four years of hard work have paid off for a Bangor University languages student who graduates this week.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Prizewinning student graduates

After a strong performance throughout her studies, an award-winning student from Bangor University graduated this week.

Publication date: 18 July 2017

Prof David Crystal awards best first year Linguistics and English Language Student with prize

Gemma Hutchinson, winner of the David Crystal Prize for best first year student 2013/14 received her award on the School of Linguistics and English Language’s annual David Crystal Day on 4th February 2015.

Publication date: 16 February 2015

Professor Carl James – Obituary

It is with sadness that I report the recent death, on the 1st of November 2016, of a former lecturer and Head of School of Linguistics at Bangor, Professor Carl James. He was a member of staff at Bangor from 1966 to about 1995.

Publication date: 28 November 2016

Professor Emeritus for SMLC

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is delighted to announce that Professor Tony Bushell has recently been appointed Professor Emeritus of Bangor University.

Publication date: 12 November 2015

Professor Vyv Evans discusses whether emojis can be construed as language

For The Guardian newspaper this week, Professor Vyv Evans discusses whether emojis can be construed as language.

Publication date: 16 February 2015

Professor Vyv Evans to take part in Edinburgh International Science Festival debate

Professor Vyv Evans will be taking part in a 90 minute debate at this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival on April 15th 2015 at 8pm.

Publication date: 16 February 2015

Professor William Tydeman (1935- 2018)

Professor Bill Tydeman, who has died at the age of 83, joined the English Department at what was then the University College of North Wales in 1961.

Publication date: 15 November 2018

Prof. Vyv Evans on Radio 4

On Tuesday 29th April, Prof. Vyv Evans appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Word of Mouth’ programme. The programme included an interview with Prof. Evans on the topic of ‘Time’.

Publication date: 13 May 2014

Prof. Vyv Evans on the Radio

Following the publication of his new book, ‘The Language Myth’, Prof. Evans appeared on Newstalk, an Irish National radio station on Wednesday 15th October. The live interview took place during ‘The Moncrieff Show’, and can be found on  https://www.newstalk.ie.


Publication date: 13 October 2014

Pupils get taste of Uni Life

Almost 50 pupils from schools and colleges throughout North Wales got to experience university life for themselves at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 11 July 2018

Pupils receive awards for their participation in pan-Wales project

More than 150 pupils of eight schools in north Wales met in Bangor University to celebrate the third year of success of the award-winning MFL Student Mentoring Project. This project, funded by the Welsh Government as part of their Global Futures scheme, aims to increase the number of pupils studying modern foreign languages in schools across Wales. The schools attending were Tryfan, Emrys ap Iwan, Rhyl, Friars, Dyffryn Ogwen, Argoed, Holyhead and Glan-y-Môr.

Publication date: 11 June 2018

Pupils receive Modern Languages Awards

Around 150 pupils aged 13-14 visited Bangor University recently in order to receive awards at the end of their participation in the Modern Foreign Language Student Mentoring Scheme, which introduces school pupils to the value of studying foreign languages, before they make their GCSE subject choices. The North Wales School Effectiveness and Improvement Service (GwE), Bangor School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Bangor Confucius Institute, the Centre for Galician Studies in Wales and the North Wales Deaf Association delivered a series of motivational speeches and taster sessions in Mandarin, Galician and Sign Language.  

Publication date: 5 April 2017

Pupils take on Arthurian Quest

Pupils from Ysgol Aberconwy have been on an ‘Arthurian’ quest to investigate story-telling.

Inspired by Wales’ ‘Year of Legends’, Ymgais 2018 Quest, a project by Bangor University’s Centre for Arthurian Studies, invited a selected number of pupils aged 11-13 to develop modern digital storytelling adventures.

Publication date: 4 May 2018

Quest 2019

Building on a successful pilot project, which saw pupils enjoying Arthurian literature and creating their own modern ‘Arthurian’ quests, the Centre for Arthurian Studies at Bangor University are sharing  what they’ve learnt with primary and secondary school teachers today (5th of July 2019).

Publication date: 5 July 2019

Quest 2019

On the 5thof July 2019, the Centre will be hosting a workshop for primary and secondary school teachers. Open to teachers across North Wales, this new event will build on the success of last year’s “Quest”/ “Hymgais” literacy project and will allow teachers to come to the Centre experience our magnificent collection of rare books and manuscripts, and to attend talks held by Professor Raluca Radulescu, Director of the Centre, and Gillian Brownson, writer and storyteller, on using the myths and legends represented in our collection in the classroom.

Publication date: 29 May 2019

Rebecca Williams (Year 2 German) Awarded DAAD Scholarship in 2011.

Read Rebecca's story.

Publication date: 16 January 2012

Recognition of teaching

Dr Anouschka Foltz and Dr Eirini Sanoudaki became Fellows of the Higher Education Academy through the Aberystwyth-Bangor Scheme for Recognising CPD in Teaching and Supporting Learning.

Publication date: 19 October 2015

REF 2014 confirms world-class quality

The Head of the School of English Literature has welcomed the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Publication date: 19 December 2014

Renowned poet receives further accolade

Carol Rumens, Professor of Creative Writing at the School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, has been awarded the Michal Marks Award for the best poetry pamphlet published between September 2017 and September 2018. The Award was for Bezdelki/Small Things which was launched at Pontio earlier this year.

Publication date: 14 December 2018

‘Reservoirs, Trauma and Culture in Galicia'

Publication date: 1 April 2019

Rosie receives the Otto Harpner Award

Rosie MacLeod, a Ph.D. Student in Bangor’s School of Modern Languages, has just received an OTTO HARPNER AWARD, administered by the Anglo-Austrian Society.

Publication date: 16 January 2012

Routes into Languages’ North Wales Spelling Bee Regional Final

There was a buzz at the North Wales Spelling Bee Regional Final at Venue Cymru, Llandudno recently. The competition, in which contestants are asked to spell words in a range of European languages, is organised by Routes into Languages Cymru and The School of Modern Languages at Bangor University.

Publication date: 25 June 2013

Satisfied students place Bangor University among top UK universities

Bangor University’s students have again given the University a resounding testimonial in the annual National Student Satisfaction survey, placing the University eighth among the UK’s non-specialist universities in the UK and second among Welsh Universities.

The news follows hard on the heels of the University’s recent success in being awarded a Gold Standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, the only Welsh university to achieve this standard.

Publication date: 9 August 2017

Scholarship student and local bookshop join forces to promote literature.

Well, here is the perfect opportunity to do both! Bangor University post graduate student Alex Ross and local independent bookseller Eirian James have joined forces to start up a book group in Bangor which will concentrate on reading and discussing literature from Wales in the English language.

Publication date: 7 March 2013

School of English Celebrates Mature Student Successes

The School of English is delighted to celebrate the award-winning successes of two of its mature students.

Publication date: 26 March 2012

School of English Celebrates Mature Student Successes

The School of English is delighted to celebrate the award-winning successes of two of its mature students.

Publication date: 10 July 2011

School of Linguistics and English Language at the 2015 Student Led Teaching Awards

The School of Linguistics and English Language was well represented at the Bangor University Student Led Teaching Awards 2015 on 1st May.

Publication date: 13 May 2015

Seeing events in Catalonia through the lens of Spanish twentieth-century history

The violent scenes which accompanied the referendum in Catalonia at the beginning of the month, and the general strike which followed, may have seemed surprising and shocking to us, but not so to those who are more familiar with the history of Spanish politics.

According to Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira at Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages & Culture, current events should be viewed and analysed through the longer lens of history.

Dr Miguélez-Carballeira has organised a student and public meeting to place these events in their wider political and historical context.

Publication date: 13 October 2017

Shelf stacker turns award winning First Class graduate

A mature postgraduate student, who left school at 15,  is graduating from Bangor University this week.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Signs of our times: why emoji can be even more powerful than words

This article by Vyvyan Evans  Professor of Linguistics, at the School of Lingusitics & Engish Language was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. 

Each year, Oxford Dictionaries – one of the world’s leading arbiters on the English language – selects a word that has risen to prominence over the past 12 months as its “Word of the Year”. The word is carefully chosen, based on a close analysis of how often it is used and what it reveals about the times we live in. Past examples include such classics as “vape”, “selfie” and “omnishambles”.

Publication date: 18 November 2015

Silent Movie wins at The Oscars

Having discussed The Artist’s Oscar nominations last week, here, Dr Jonathan Ervine at the School of Modern Languages shares his views about Sunday night’s successes.

Publication date: 26 February 2012

Slavery is a crime – it shouldn’t be up to consumers to fight it

‘Slavery is not a consumer choice. It is a crime against humanity.’ So writes Dr Nicola Frith, Lecturer in French and a specialist in Francophone Postcolonial and Slavery Studies at Bangor University's School of Modern Languages.

Publication date: 4 July 2014

SMLC Prize Winners 2017

Many congratulations to our SMLC prize winners this year! 

Publication date: 19 July 2017

SMLC researcher part of project funded by Spanish government

Dr Eva Bru-Domínguez is part of the international team of researchers awarded the prestigious research and development grant by the Spanish Ministerio de Competitividad y Economica (Ministry for Competitiveness and Economy). 

Publication date: 19 May 2016

SML Success at the 2014 SLTAs

SML staff and course representatives were present in significant numbers at the recent Bangor Students’ Union third Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTA), with 8 short-listed candidates all in all!

Publication date: 13 June 2014

Society for Renaissance Studies Annual Welsh Lecture

The School of English is delighted to host the Society for Renaissance Studies Third Annual Welsh Lecture on Thursday 24th April 2014 at 5.15 pm in MALT.  It will be delivered by Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle) and Professor Richard Wistreich (Royal Northern College of Music) on the topic of ‘Renaissance Voices’.

Publication date: 16 April 2014

Spain marks its national day – but not everyone is celebrating

Spain has been marking its national day – the anniversary of the arrival of Cristóbal Colón (otherwise known as Christopher Columbus) in the Americas. But this year’s nationwide holiday comes at moment of significant tension, amid questions about whether the nation will hold together for much longer.

Helena Miguelez-Carballeira, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studiesoriginally published on The Conversation Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 October 2015

Special issue of the International Journal of Bilingualism (ed. Chondrogianni, Cornips, Vasić)

Vicky Chondrogianni (Bangor University) with Leonie Cornips (Meertens Institute) and Nada Vasić (University of Amsterdam) will be the guest editors of the International Journal of Bilingualism Special Issue entitled “Cross-linguistic aspects in child L2 acquisition” to be published in March 2015.

Publication date: 20 November 2012

Staff achieve Certificates in Welsh

Congratulations to Eirini Sanoudaki and Garry Peel  on attaining certificates in Welsh. Both are pictured below after receiving their certificates from the Vice-Chancellor in a small awards ceremony. Eirini passed the Foundation Level exam and Garry passed the Entry Level exam and the Level 2 Welsh in the Workplace scheme.

Publication date: 11 November 2014

Student crafts winning idea in Bangor University’s 2012 B-Enterprising Business Idea Competition

Dale Spridgeon, a post-graduate student in the School of English, has been awarded £200 after entering the annual Business Ideas Competition organised by the B-Enterprising Project, part of the university’s Careers and Employability Service.

Publication date: 16 April 2012

Student Led Teaching Awards 2015

The Student Led Teaching Awards returned bigger than ever for its 4th annual ceremony, along with the much anticipated Course Representative awards

Publication date: 21 May 2015

Student reaches Erasmus photography competition final

Final year Modern Languages student Hanjie Chow is one of ten finalists in the photographic category of the ‘My Erasmus Story - Living Like a Local’ competition organised by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

Publication date: 15 October 2013

Student Speed Spelling Sensations

Over thirty year seven pupils from eleven schools across Wales came to Bangor University  recently to compete in the national final of the Routes into Languages Cymru Spelling Bee competition, a collaborative project between five Welsh universities, the four regional consortia and the British Council to promote language learning and increase the number of young people choosing to study modern foreign languages.

Publication date: 15 July 2019

Students win Excellence Scholarships

Three students from the School of Modern Languages win Excellence Scholarships. Read their stories here...

Publication date: 16 January 2012

Successful Bid for National Welsh College (Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol) Grant (2012-2015)

Prestigious grant awarded to Dr. Enlli Thomas (Education) and Dr. Peredur Davies (Linguistics).

Publication date: 5 October 2011

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Publication date: 20 February 2012

The Dovetail: Postgraduate Online Literary Journal

The Dovetail: Postgraduate Online Literary Journal

Publication date: 19 September 2011

The Language Myth’ (By Prof. Vyv Evans) receives great reviews

The latest book from Prof. Evans, released last month is receiving great reviews. The New Scientist comments ‘IS THE way we think about language on the cusp of a revolution?

Publication date: 17 November 2014

The quiet battle to save multilingualism in Europe

This article by Marco Tamburelli, of the School of Linguistics & English Language,  Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

It is now well known that growing up with two or more languages brings a wealth of cognitive advantages. Multilingualism is not only a laudable achievement in a tolerant society, it is also of great social benefit to individuals. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that bilinguals are better at focusing their attention, they are less easily distracted, they have increased mental flexibility, and show slower rates of mental decline in old age.

Publication date: 9 May 2016

Thora Tenbrink "Cognitive Discourse Analysis" Tutorials and Courses

Thora Tenbrink will offer courses and tutorials related to her research method "Cognitive Discourse Analysis" at four occasions this summer.

Publication date: 27 May 2013

Thora Tenbrink on BBC Radio 4

Thora Tenbrink was on BBC Radio 4's 'The Digital Human' yesterday (25 April) talking about making digital navigation systems more human.

Publication date: 26 April 2016

Tony Conran (1931-2013)

With the passing of Tony Conran Wales has lost one of its major writers, and those of us who knew him over many years have lost a man who was both a dear friend and mentor.

Publication date: 22 January 2013

TOP students enjoy learning languages

During July a group of postgraduate students from the School of Modern Languages at Bangor University hosted sessions for schools participating in the Talent Opportunities Programme.

Publication date: 2 August 2013

Tours of Bangor University’s art and ceramic collections

Guided tours of Bangor University’s Art and Ceramic Collections will be held February to April. The aim is to raise awareness of these important collections, with highlights including a mural by Edward Povey in Powis Hall, art and ceramics in the University’s 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: 5 February 2019

Tours of Bangor University’s art and ceramic collections accompanied by poetry

Guided tours of Bangor University’s Art and Ceramic Collections will be held in conjunction with English Literature at Bangor University this October and November. The aim is to raise awareness of these important collections, with highlights including a mural by Edward Povey in Powis Hall, art and ceramics in the University’s 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: 2 October 2018

Universities Week

Renowned actress and English and Drama graduate Frances Barber has fond memories of her time at Bangor.

Publication date: 19 September 2011

Unpublished Poems by R.S. Thomas come to light

A collection of previously unpublished poems by the major Welsh poet R.S. Thomas has just been published under the editorship of Professor Tony Brown (School of English Literature) and Professor Jason Walford Davies (School of Welsh), the Co-directors of the University’s  R.S. Thomas Research Centre, the major archive of the poet’s work.

Publication date: 3 November 2016

Veillance

Generative Exhibition

White Box, Pontio 24 February – 12 March 2017

Over the past two years, Dr Gillian Jein, (School of Modern Languages & Cultures) has been involved in conceiving
 and realizing ‘Veillance’ a generative artwork that creatively explores issues pertaining to surveillance and transparency in our use of the internet.

Publication date: 3 March 2017

Vicky Chondrogianni at BUCLD in Boston

Dr. Vicky Chondrogianni (Bangor University) with Theo Marinis (University of Reading) will be presenting a poster entitled “Production of definite articles in English-speaking L2 children and children with SLI” at this year Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 37) on November 3, 2012.

Publication date: 20 November 2012

Visiting Scholar from the University of Helsinki to give lectures in the School

Dr Elizabeth Peterson from the University of Helsinki will be visiting the School from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th February.

Publication date: 23 February 2015

Visitor from the House of Commons learns more about Bangor Research

On Friday 15 February Dr Rhinannon Williams, Wales Affairs Specialist for the House of Commons, visited Bangor University and addressed a packed audience of academics and researchers. Dr Williams’ role is to co-ordinate the collection and submission of evidence to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee.

Publication date: 6 March 2019

Wales, Europe and the World fair held at Bangor

Bangor University recently hosted the Routes into Languages - Wales, Europe and the World fair and exhibition to almost 160 pupils.

Publication date: 31 July 2012

Wales, Europe and the World fair held at Bangor

Bangor University recently hosted the Routes into Languages - Wales, Europe and the World fair and exhibition to nearly 150 pupils who have embarked, or are about to embark on Welsh Baccalaureate courses in schools in north Wales. The Wales, Europe and the World event aims was to help pupils find out more about working, studying and travelling in Europe and beyond, and learn how speaking another language can enable them to get the most out of the experience.

Publication date: 13 July 2013

Welcome to our new member of staff, Dr. Thora Tenbrink

The School of Linguistics is pleased to announce the addition of a new member of staff. Dr. Thora Tenbrink, a specialist in cognitive linguistics, will join us in September 2012 and offer several modules in her area of expertise.

Publication date: 25 June 2012

Welcome to Professor Mike Hammond, Visiting Research Fellow for this semester

We are pleased to welcome Professor Mike Hammond as a Visiting Research Fellow for this semester.

Publication date: 12 October 2011

Welsh schools teach pupils to be bilingual, not restrict their education

Being a Welsh-English bilingual isn’t easy. For one thing, you hear that encouraging others to learn your language is detrimental both to their education and wellbeing. For another, to speak a minority language such as Welsh you need to constantly make the effort to be exposed to it and maintain your bilingualism.

This article by Peredur Webb-Davies, Senior Lecturer in Welsh LinguisticsBangor University  was originally published on The Conversation.


Publication date: 23 June 2017

We need to make digital navigation tools more human – here's how

This article by Thora TenbrinkSenior Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics, School of Linguistics & English Language was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Imagine you’re in a city you don’t know, and need to find the way to the train station. You ask a stranger in the street, and she answers: “Walk east for 144ft, turn right towards the main road for 26ft, continue straight onto main road for 377ft. Your destination will be on the left.” You would probably think she sounded robotic – more like a digital route-finding system than a human being. And you’d be right.

Publication date: 15 December 2015

West Wales is Buzzing with Super Speedy Spellers

Ninety Year 7 pupils from 30 schools came together recently to compete in the seventh annual national final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee Competition, held at Aberystwyth University. Pupils from all over Wales, representing all  the regions involved in Routes into Languages, came together to compete for one of four Routes into Languages Cymru National Spelling Bee Champion 2017 titles, in either French, German, Spanish or Welsh 2nd Language.

Publication date: 24 July 2017

What are contested languages?

We’ve heard of minority languages, indeed, Welsh is a minority language, but is recognised and supported as such, and there are lists of endangered languages, but there’s another category:   contested languages. These are languages which are sufficiently linguistically different from the main language of the country where they are spoken, to be categorised as separate languages, but have not gained official language status, often being classified as dialects. Most contested languages are also endangered languages, and they are as such listed in the UNESCO Atlas of endangered languages, published in 2010.

Publication date: 6 September 2013

What language tells us about changing attitudes to extremism

The words “extreme”,“extremist” and “extremism” carry so many connotations these days – far more than a basic dictionary definition could ever cover. Most would agree that Islamic State, the London Bridge and Manchester Arena attackers, as well as certain “hate preachers” are extremists. But what about Darren Osbourne who attacked the Finsbury Park Mosque? Or Thomas Mairwho murdered Labour MP Jo Cox? Or even certain media outlets and public figures who thrive on stirring up hatred between people? Their acts are hateful and ideologically-driven, but calls for them to be described in the same terms as Islamic extremists are more open to debate.

This article by Josie Ryan, PhD Researcher,  at the School of Linguistics & English Language, Bangor Universitywas originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 1 September 2017

When languages die, we lose a part of who we are

This article by Anouschka Foltz, Lecturer in Psycholinguistics, at the School of Lingusitics & English Language was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.


The 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) is in full gear and climate change is again on everyone’s mind. It conjures up images of melting glaciers, rising sea levels, droughts, flooding, threatened habitats, endangered species, and displaced people. We know it threatens biodiversity, but what about linguistic diversity?

Publication date: 9 December 2015

Why football may still be coming home…to France

When England hosted the 1996 European Championships, a song by Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds inspired the popular chant: “football’s coming home”. Ahead of England’s World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia, many fans were again talking about football coming home. But were they right to do so? After all, there is a chance that football will still be coming home – despite England’s elimination.

This article, written by Dr Jonathan Ervine, Senior Lecturer at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 13 July 2018

Why Paris is the perfect city to introduce break dancing to the Olympics

Along with surfing, climbing and skateboarding, break dancing has been proposed for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. While fans of the sports have been delighted by the news, it has provoked some criticism too, not least from followers of sports such as squash and karate which will not be considered for the 2024 games.

This article by Jonathan Ervine, Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, at the School of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 22 February 2019

Will a silent movie win an Oscar?

Dr Jonathan Ervine, an academic at the School of Modern Languages is an expert in French film and cinema. Here he shares his views on the Oscar nominated film, The Artist.

Publication date: 22 February 2012

Will Les Bleus boost France at Euro 2016?

The victory of a racially diverse French football team in the France ‘98 World Cup was heralded as a sign of a tolerant modern France. Almost two decades on, and a very different vision is emerging as France prepares to host the 2016 European Championships.

This article by Jonathan Ervine, Senior Lecturer in French, Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 13 June 2016

Winners at the Student Led Teaching Awards

At the recent awards, two of the School’s staff won awards. Dr Sarah Cooper won the award for Postgraduate Teacher of the Year, and Dr Peredur Davies won the award for Promotion of Welsh Medium Education. Congratulations to both on these well-deserved achievements.

Publication date: 13 May 2014

Year 7 pupils test their spelling in another language

Student Language Ambassadors within the School of Modern Languages at Bangor University recently helped to ensure that an event for Year 7 pupils from across north Wales was fun packed and memorable.

Publication date: 25 May 2012

Year Abroad Photography Competition

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is delighted to announce the results of this year’s Year Abroad Photography Competition.

Publication date: 20 March 2017

Year Abroad Photography Competition (2017/18)

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is delighted to announce the results of the Year Abroad Photography Competition (2017/18).

Publication date: 13 December 2017

Young Italian from Mold wins Learners Medal

Francesca Elena Sciarrillo from Mold has won the Learner Medal at the Cardiff and Vale Urdd Eisteddfod 2019. She was awarded the Medal at the main ceremony at the Urdd Eisteddfod today (Tuesday, May 28).

Francesca, 23, received an MA in English Literature in 2018, and is now a postgraduate apprentice in Marketing. From an all-Italian family, she is the only one who speaks Welsh.

Publication date: 28 May 2019