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2001 comes to Bangor

The Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies at Bangor University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey in Pontio on Saturday 16th June 2018.

Publication date: 3 May 2018

A Bangor University lecturer is releasing two CDs

Dr Xenia Pestova, from the School of Music, is releasing two new CDs in October and November. "John Cage: works for two keyboards, volume 1" will be available on Naxos Records while "Shadow Piano", her debut solo album, is scheduled for release on Innova Records.

Publication date: 10 October 2013

A Conversation with Wil Aaron

Publication date: 11 January 2019

Ad industry may gripe about adblockers, but they broke the contract – not us

The latest version of Apple’s operating system for phones and tablets, iOS9, allows the installation of adblocking software that removes advertising, analytics and tracking within Apple’s Safari browser. While Apple’s smartphone market share is only around 14% worldwide, this has prompted another outpouring from the mobile and web advertising industry on the effects of adblockers, and discussion as to whether a “free” web can exist without adverts.

This article  by Andrew McStaySenior Lecturer in Media Culture, at the School of Creative Studies & Media was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 29 September 2015

Advertisers ‘must do more’ to tackle fake news

Advertisers should be encouraged to take more of a leading role in tackling fake news, according to two Bangor University lecturers.

Publication date: 2 May 2017

A Hat Trick for Bangor at the Inter-Collegiate Eisteddfod 2018

Following a weekend of competition, Bangor University were victorious at the Inter-Collegiate Eisteddfod 2018, winning for a third time in a row.

Publication date: 12 March 2018

AHRC Doctoral Studentship in Music

The School of Music at Bangor University is pleased to offer an AHRC-funded studentship for a PhD study in music, starting in September 2013. The scholarship consists of Home/EU fees + a tax-free maintenance grant at the current RCUK rate (currently £13590).

Publication date: 4 April 2013

All of Stanley Kubrick’s films were Jewish author finds

Jewishness threads through all of legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s films, a new book finds. Kubrick, who died almost twenty years ago, was famously silent on the meaning of his films. But a new study, Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual by Bangor University professor, Nathan Abrams, shows how it underpinned every film he made.

Publication date: 1 March 2018

American media student receives PhD

An American study abroad student who fell in love with north Wales received her PhD at Bangor University this week.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

A musical celebration of International Women’s Day

Bangor University’s School of Music and the Bangor Music Festival will be helping to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March with the broadcast on BBC Radio 3 of a concert of orchestral music by five female Welsh composers.

One of the composers featured is Mared Emlyn, from Eglwysbach in the Conwy Valley, who completed a PhD in Music at Bangor University two years ago. Her piece, Porthor, was inspired by the beach of that name on the Llŷn Peninsula. Known in English as ‘Whistling Sands’, the beach is famous for the singing sound produced by walking on its sands.

Publication date: 7 March 2016

An exhibition, map and app uncovers Bangor’s Jewish history

A Bangor University Professor is to launch an exhibition, map and app about the Jewish history of Bangor. 

Titled A Jewish History of Bangor,  the new exhibition and map celebrate the presence of Jews in Bangor from medieval times to the Second World War (and beyond).

Publication date: 6 March 2019

Anglesey schoolchildren create 'underwater symphony' for Bangor New Music Festival

The water music premiere will one of the highlights of the festival which also features renowned violinist Madeleine Mitchell

Publication date: 4 March 2014

'An insight into the processes of World Renowned German Theatre Director, Thomas Ostermeier'

After a short residency at Edinburgh back in August this year (2016) 12 Directors across the UK were selected to spend time with the Artistic Director of Schaubühne Theatre Berlin, Thomas Ostermeier, to research and question European methodology and directing processes in practice.

Publication date: 4 November 2016

A postgraduate student from Bangor University has been nominated for an award at the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

Lester Hughes, from Pwllheli, is a mature student and a father of two and has just started a PhD in Film. His short 12 minute film, Waves, Taid & Time, has been nominated in the Experimental category at the festival. The winners will be announced at the festival, in Llanelli, between the 8th-12th of April.

Publication date: 21 March 2013

Archbishop of Canterbury honours Bangor Professor

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has announced the award of the degree of Doctor of Music to Professor John Harper, a research professor in music at Bangor University. The Archbishop writes that the award recognises Professor Harper’s ‘distinguished contribution to the development and appreciation of church music as a scholar, administrator, teacher and composer, and to a greater understanding of the relationship between music and the liturgy of the church.’

Publication date: 9 November 2010

Are you sharing your living room with others?

How would you feel if advertisers could see what you were doing and target adverts to suit your activity level or even your mood?

It’s not as futuristic as it sounds.

Publication date: 31 January 2014

Arthurian Place Names in Wales: Book Launch

Publication date: 16 May 2017

Artist Film Maker in Residence

Publication date: 8 January 2013

BAFTA Cymru winning student runs Masterclass

A Bangor University postgraduate student from the School of Creative Studies and Media who won a BAFTA Cymru Best Short award in 2013 ran his own Masterclass for students and lecturers at the University of South Wales recently.

Publication date: 17 March 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 at the Ynys Môn National Eisteddfod

As the major provider of Welsh medium higher education, Bangor University is particularly active again in this year’s National Eisteddfod in Anglesey.

Full details and news about the University’s activities at the Eisteddfod is available on the University’s website at:

Publication date: 2 August 2017

Bangor Breeds Creativity – Graduate’s dissertation to be broadcast on BBC Radio Stoke

A talented Bangor University student graduates this week having not only achieved the award for best overall academic performance in the School of Creative Studies and Media, his dissertation project, a satirical radio show with an accompanying critique, was such outstanding work, it will be broadcast on BBC local radio in September.

Publication date: 16 July 2018

Bangor composer embroiled in gnome controversy ...

One of Dr Owain Llwyd’s most recent commissions - orchestrating an advertisement for Swedish furniture giant, IKEA - has been subject to strenuous complaints by the International Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Gnomes. Dr Llwyd has reassured us that ‘no gnomes were harmed in the creation of the video …’.

Publication date: 9 July 2013

Bangor Composer Premiers New Work: 28 October 2012

Working with a team of experts in dyslexia research from the Miles Dyslexia Centre at Bangor University, award-winning composer Professor Andrew Lewis will create a sonic art work with video using spoken and printed text as its raw material.

Publication date: 24 October 2012

Bangor compositions feature on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now

Listeners to BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now program are set to to enjoy a repertoire of music by Bangor University School of Music & Media staff and student composers at 10.00pm this coming Saturday, 23 February. The broadcast will feature Étude aux objets by Prof. Andrew Lewis, Ultrasonic by Dr Guto Pryderi Puw and acousmatic pieces by Huw McGregor and Alex Bailey.

Follow the link below for more information and to hear the live broadcast or listen again!

Publication date: 22 February 2019

Bangor 'fake news' expert gives evidence to MPs

A Bangor professor has been giving evidence on misinformation and user targeting to the UK Parliament’s Fake News Inquiry.

Publication date: 6 February 2018

Bangor film academy ‘an amazing experience’

Young people from around Wales and the UK have given Bangor’s BFI Film Academy documentary film training program the thumbs up.

As well as filming and editing a short documentary, participants were also given the chance to network with award winning documentary professionals and respected practitioners in their field.

Publication date: 18 February 2014

Bangor Filmmaking students chart ‘mind-blowing’ Eisteddfod performance

Two MA Filmmaking students at Bangor University have played a key part in bringing a project for people with physical disabilities, special educational needs and mental health issues to a wider audience.

Publication date: 25 October 2018

Bangor film training programme up for Lottery prize

A film training programme run by staff and alumni at Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies and Media has been named as one of the finalists for a National Lottery award.

The BFI Film Academy is one of seven finalists nominated in the Education Award category of the National Lottery Good Causes Award 2014.

Publication date: 30 June 2014

Bangor goes Brazilian

All eyes will be on Brazil this year, with the forthcoming football World Cup, but it seems that our interest in the country is not confined to football. Brazilian music and dance have grown in popularity over recent decades, and one Bangor academic has made this ‘fashion’ for ‘Afro-Brazilian’ music and dance a focus for his research.

Publication date: 28 May 2014

Bangor graduate’s documentary up for Royal Television Society award

A recent graduate of Bangor University’s MA Filmmaking programme has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Student award, following a successful run of her short documentary film at national and international festivals. Charlotte Wells, from Manchester, has received the nomination for the highly-prestigious award for her short documentary film, ‘Cabbie’, mostly shot during a night’s ride-along in her step-father’s taxi. The short feature is very much a Bangor production, as in addition to being directed and edited by Charlotte, its score was composed by another recent Bangor graduate, Chiron Farrimond of the School of Music.

Publication date: 22 May 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 graduate takes on Captain America

A Bangor University graduate has been involved in the making of some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters over the past few years.

Publication date: 16 May 2016

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 postgrad wins award for dementia film

A film about dementia written and produced by a Bangor lecturer and PhD student has won a prestigious film award in Ireland.

Publication date: 22 September 2015

Bangor Professor appointed President Elect of the Incorporated Society of Musicians

Prof Chris Collins, Head of Bangor University’s School of Music & Media, has been elected President Elect of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.  He will be acting as a member of the Society’s presidential trio until April 2020, when he steps into the role of President.

Prof Collins follows in the footsteps of another leading musician and Head of School, as composer Professor William Mathias undertook the same role in 1989-90.

Publication date: 10 October 2019

Bangor rolls out the red carpet for ‘Jack to a King’

A film about a Welsh club’s meteoric rise to the heights of the Premier League will be given its north Wales premier in Bangor this week.

Publication date: 13 October 2014

Bangor’s elite athletes awarded Sports Scholarships

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area.

Publication date: 9 December 2016

Bangor’s Enterprise by Design students take entrepreneurship skills and innovative products to a ‘Dragon’s Den’

Forty Bangor University students have taken part in a competition to win up to £10,000 prize money to see the development of their own innovative product creations ready for market.

‘Enterprise by Design’ students were challenged to design a product from conception to prototype and to deliver a winning pitch to a judging panel.

Publication date: 29 March 2012

Bangor’s Media, Persuasion and Communications Network ran successful conference

Bangor’s Media, Persuasion and Communications Network hosted the Political Studies Association annual Media and Politics Group Annual Conference, 10-11 Nov 2014. The theme was on Media, Persuasion and Human Rights.

Publication date: 19 November 2014

Bangor’s Santander Entrepreneurs

Carley Williams a student studying Product Design with Qualified Teacher Status will represent Bangor University in the UK round of the Santander Entrepreneurship Awards, having won Bangor University’s Competition. She will be joined by winning postgraduate student Hernan Diazgranados in the national competition later this year.

Publication date: 19 March 2015

Bangor staff and students featured at the Royal Academy of Music

Professor Andrew Lewis was featured in concert at the Royal Academy on July 1st alongside a work by Bangor student Kimon Grigoriadis performed by another student Katherine Betteridge.

Publication date: 1 July 2013

Bangor student charts Wales’ path to European glory

A student at Bangor’s School of Creative Studies and Media has been signed up by publishers to write the story of Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign.

Publication date: 2 September 2015

Bangor Student Has a Passion For Disney

As Disney prepares to release the first of three live action remakes this year, Bangor University student Megan Rainbird has a particular interested in the new big budget releases.

Publication date: 22 March 2019

Bangor Students aim for Cân i Gymru

With a good track-record  in the Cân i Gymru (Song for Wales) competition, following last year’s success by Rhys Gwynfor and Osian Huw Williams, and Music MA students Nia Davies Williams’ third place in 2012, two more Bangor University Music students have entered and have been selected for the final of the popular TV programme. The programme is to be broadcast (with subtitles) at 7.45, with a special results programme following at 9.30 on Friday 28.2.14.

Publication date: 24 February 2014

Bangor student's Euro 2016 book roars in

A Bangor University Student is celebrating after his book about Wales’ journey to Euro 2016 was finally published.

Publication date: 25 February 2016

Bangor student’s film impresses the BBC

A short documentary by a Bangor film student has been chosen to feature on the BBC website.

School of Creative Studies and Media student Phil Coleman charts his own battle with anxiety in the film Breaking the Cycle.

Publication date: 7 February 2014

Bangor student’s MA film to be broadcast on Sky

A film by a former Bangor University MA student will be broadcast to a national audience on Sky Arts and S4C in the coming weeks.

Publication date: 22 June 2015

Bangor students put through their paces on Telegraph Academy Day

Students were given the opportunity to learn from the very best in the business as the first ever Telegraph Academy Day was held at Bangor University.

Publication date: 5 May 2016

Bangor students win Cân i Gymru

Two friends who are in the same Band and who both study at Bangor University won the Cân i Gymru (Song for Wales) competition with a song composed during a car journey on their way home from uni.

Publication date: 28 February 2013

Bangor student to perform with Frank Zappa's son

A Bangor University music student is looking forward to performing Frank Zappa’s work on a UK tour later this month.

Sioned Eleri Jones, 30, from Bangor, will be performing one of the legendary guitarists’ songs on the clarinet with his son, Dweezil, who is touring with his band Zappa Plays Zappa.

Publication date: 7 November 2012

Bangor student wins BAFTA Cymru Award

Bangor University graduate, Osian Williams has won a British Academy Cymru Award. His short film ,“Can i Emrys (A song for Emrys)”, which he directed during his third year at Bangor University, won the award for the “Short Form” category.

Publication date: 30 September 2013

Bangor student wins video game award

A student at Bangor’s School of Creative Studies and Media has won a £45,000 award for a game he co-developed during one of his university modules.

Publication date: 11 September 2015

Bangor to host UK's first 'popular' digital fiction writing competition prize night

The first ever UK competition to find the best new examples of popular digital fiction will award its winners on Thursday 25 May 2017 at Bangor University.

Publication date: 15 May 2017

Bangor University Academics Honoured by Welsh Academy

Three Bangor University academics are among the new entrants to the Learned Society of Wales’ Fellowship.

They join 40 other new Fellows, all of whom share a link with Wales, its universities or intellectual life and are drawn from all specialisms.

Publication date: 29 April 2020

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 collaborations with businesses nominated for three awards

Bangor University has been nominated for three awards in publishing company Wales Business Insider’s Business and Education Awards, to be held in Cardiff on 3 November. The awards shine a light on collaborative work between Wales’ education institutions and the nation’s economy.

Publication date: 31 October 2016

Bangor University crowned for its business collaborations and its sustainability campaign

Bangor University has been crowned University of the Year for its work with the business sector and won two other awards at the Business Insider Awards ceremony in Cardiff last night (3 November). Also on the same night, the University received an award for sustainability campaign by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) at an event in London.

Publication date: 4 November 2016

Bangor University hosts Music Masterclasses in China

Iwan Llewelyn Jones, an academic from the School of Music and Media, Bangor University will be visiting China later this month to perform and host masterclasses for music students in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Publication date: 17 October 2018

Bangor University Law Fair, 20 November 2019

Publication date: 14 November 2019

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 Opera - Dido and Aeneas

Early Music Bangor, conducted by Chris Collins and the Director of Bangor University Opera Marian Bryfdir join forces to bring Purcell’ s iconic opera to life for two performances in May. 

Publication date: 25 April 2016

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 professor curates Jewish History Month 2019

Bangor University professor, Dr. Nathan Abrams, has played a large hand in curating the programme for The Jewish Historical Society of England’s forthcoming Jewish History Month, March 2019.

The theme of this year's Jewish History Month is Big Screen Little Screen, Jews in British Cinema and Television.

Publication date: 28 February 2019

Bangor University Professor Discovers "Lost" Kubrick Screenplay

Professor Nathan Abrams, a Kubrick expert at Bangor University, has discovered a 1956 screenplay by Stanley Kubrick which was believed to have been lost. Titled Burning Secret, it was an adaptation of Viennese novelist, Stefan Zweig's 1913 novella of the same name.

The novella is told from the perspective of a twelve-year old Jewish boy. He is befriended by a suave but predatory baron at an Austrian holiday spa resort as a means of seducing his married mother. The child acts as an unwitting go-between for his mother and her would-be lover making for a disturbing story with sexuality and child abuse churning beneath its surface.

Publication date: 16 July 2018

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 Researchers Invited To Present Flagship Project To Welsh Assembly Members

Bangor University researchers have been invited to present their work to an audience of Assembly Members for the second time this year. Dr Nathan Abrams and Dr Sally Baker, from the Schools of Creative Studies and Media and Social Sciences respectively, were awarded £19,000 from Beacon for Wales to hold a touring exhibition of Jewish Life of North Wales. Beacon for Wales promotes public engagement work by universities, bringing the general public and universities together. The exhibition has so far visited Blaenau Ffestiniog and Bangor and is currently in Pwllheli, having attracted visitors from across Wales, Europe and the US. Fifty people attended a reception with kosher wine and snacks in Bangor University’s Main Arts Library to mark the arrival of the exhibition in Bangor.

Publication date: 4 November 2010

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 set for another busy National Eisteddfod week at Llanrwst

Bangor University is proud to be taking part again this year at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst.

As well as contributing to activities the on the Maes, there will also be buzz on the University's stand again this year.

Publication date: 1 August 2019

Bangor University Shines the Spotlight on Women in Music

Bangor University’s School of Music and Media is holding its Second International Conference on Women’s Work in Music this year. The Conference takes place on 4 - 6 September, and the University will be welcoming prominent speakers and musicians, including music scholars, practitioners, funders, broadcasters, journalists and music professionals from all around the world.

Publication date: 27 August 2019

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’s School of Music – the best in Wales!

It’s official: Bangor University is the best place in Wales to study for a degree in Music. The results of the 2014 National Student Survey, published last week, place Bangor’s School of Music top in Wales, with a massive overall satisfaction rate of 91%.

Publication date: 18 August 2014

Bangor University student film nominated for RTS Student TV Award

A short film created by an alumnus and current student at Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies and Media has been nominated for a Royal Television Society 2014 Student Television Award in the Postgraduate Drama category.

Publication date: 12 May 2015

Bangor University student Film on RTS Television Awards shortlist

Good luck to School of Creative Studies and Media graduate Andrew Pritchard! Today (18 March) Andy, from Groeslon, near Caernarfon, finds out if his shortlisted film Snowdonia: open all year is to be successful in the Wales round of the RTS Student Television Awards.

Publication date: 18 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 student to work with world’s number one bestselling writer on next project

Ashwin Sanghi, a Bangor University PhD Creative Writing student- who is already a publishing phenomenon in his own right in his native India, is to co-author a novel with a writer currently described as the world’s most popular crime fiction writer: author James Patterson.

Publication date: 24 January 2013

BBC’s The One Show revisits Beatles’ Bangor visit

Remember to watch The One Show on BBC 1 at 7.00 on Tuesday 23 November to find out about when The Beatles came to Bangor.

Publication date: 22 November 2010

BEAM Festival puts Bangor musician in the spotlight

A festival that showcases creative technology in music will be featuring the work of a former Bangor University student.

Publication date: 15 June 2011

Behind Eyes Wide Shut

A symposium, the only one of its kind to be held in the UK, will explore the legacy of Eyes Wide Shut, film director, Stanley Kubrick's final film. 

The event is a collaboration between the UAL Archives and Special Collections Centre and Bangor University

Publication date: 10 December 2019

Beijing Dance Academy opens UK tour in Llandudno

Dancers from China’s prestigious Beijing Dance Academy are set to open their exclusive UK tour, Beauty Beyond Words, in Llandudno on Monday 28th September in partnership with Bangor University’s Confucius Institute.

Publication date: 10 September 2015

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

Beyond Borders

In collaboration with Creative North Wales, Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies & Media is holding a networking event at Pontio on 19 January titled Beyond Borders.

Publication date: 12 January 2018

Bill Teahan, ‘Agent Inspired Design for the Creative Industries: The Game of Life but not as we know it’

Publication date: 11 January 2019

Boddi Mewn Celfyddyd (Drowning in Art) Conference

After years of destruction and protest, the water flooded Cwm Celyn in 1965, drowning culture, local history and tradition in its wake.

However, the anger and heartbreak of the nation gave rise not only to a political awakening, but also to an artistic awakening as a generation of Welsh people found means of expressing their contempt through music, poetry, drama and art.

Publication date: 29 April 2015

‘Bodedern’s musical success

During the National Eisteddfod of Wales’s hymn-singing festival in Bodedern (Anglesey) broadcast on Sunday evening, August 6th, a former Bangor University School of Music doctoral researchers gained a resounding success.

Dr Godfrey Wyn Williams from Pontcysyllte (nr. Llangollen) was awarded the Eisteddfod’s prize for composing an original hymn tune. Following several successes in local and regional festivals throughout Wales (inc. Eisteddfod Llandegfan, Llanrwst, Treuddyn, Mynytho, Bancffosfelen, Powys & Lampeter), Godfrey’s talent was given national recognition and a truly memorable performance during the televised cymanfa ganu

Publication date: 7 August 2017

Book is first to explore literary videogames

SCSM’s Prof Astrid Ensslin’s latest book, Literary Gaming, has just been published by MIT Press.

Publication date: 2 May 2014

Brainy Bangor student takes on the zombies

They often come out at night, and are always on the hunt for more brains – Yes, students and zombies have always had a lot in common.

And this halloween weekend a postgraduate student at the School of Creative Studies and Media will appear in a TV special to discuss the living dead.

Publication date: 31 October 2013

Brexit and Britpop: Europeans have stronger cultural links to the UK thanks to English language music

As the European referendum campaigners try to outdo each other with spectacular claims and counterclaims about the risks and benefits of remaining in or leaving the EU, what has become clear is that it is not just the Tory party that is deeply divided on the issue, but Britain as a whole.

The ambivalence is even part of the “in” rhetoric, with statements frequently prefaced by assurances that the politician is “no lover of European bureaucracy” or some such qualification. And there are suspicions that even at the top there is a lack of wholehearted support for the European project, with both Jeremy Corbyn and David Cameron having been accused of previously tending towards Euroscepticism.

Publication date: 13 June 2016

Bringing Bangor’s buzz to the Bay

Again this year, staff from Bangor University are contributing their expertise to a number of  core and fringe events at this year’s National Eisteddfod, which is being held in Cardiff between 30-11 August.

Publication date: 3 August 2018

British Student Film Festival

A self directed collaborative project by undergraduate and postgraduate students in SCSM has been selected for the British Student Film Festival and is screening in London, Bristol, Newcastle and Liverpool during April.
Congratulations to the production team on the film "31st May".

Publication date: 27 April 2012

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

Publication date: 15 August 2019

Call for Papers - Adopting the Cultural Other: Western Participatory Borrowings

We are interested in papers reporting and/or theorising research on such phenomena from music, dance, language, religion, art and other cultural forms. The conference will be interdisciplinary and perspectives from ethnomusicology, anthropology, sociology, cultural geography and other disciplines are welcome.

Publication date: 22 October 2013

Call for papers extended until May 31st

Call for papers extended until May 31st for the Cultural Translation and East Asia: Film, Literature and Art conference. More detail here:

Publication date: 28 May 2012

Can environmental documentaries make waves?

Trump’s first 100 days in office were, among other things, marked by a climate march in Washington DC that attracted tens of thousands of demonstrators. No surprises there. Since the beginning of his mandate in January, Trump has signed orders to roll back the number of federally protected waterways, restart the construction of contentious oil pipeline, and cut the budget from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Among the various orders and memoranda, the one signed to overhaul Obama’s Clean Power Plan is probably the most remarkable, along with promoting coal extractions all over the US.

This article by Michela Cortese, Associate Lecturer, School of Creative Studies & MediaBangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 5 May 2017

Can Kiefer Sutherland be US president, please?

This article by Gregory Frame, Lecturer in Film Studies Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

To many, the 2016 campaign for the US presidency has been dispiriting and miserable, featuring the two most unpopular candidates in history. Thanks to the fascistic buffoonery of Donald Trump, it has been characterised by a tone that has swung wildly from facetious to obnoxious to disgraceful and back again.

Publication date: 24 October 2016

Can we stop fake news in the next 10 years?

Vian Bakir (Prof. in Political Communication and Journalism at Bangor University's School of Creative Studies & Media) is pessimistic, but urges us not to give up. Andrew McStay (Prof in Digital Life at Bangor University) is more optimistic.

Speaking recently at the CommsCymru conference on trust, Bakir gave an overview of the various solutions to fake news found in the 79 submissions to the UK Parliament’s ongoing Fake News Inquiry. (This overview of proposed solutions was written with Bangor University’s Professor of Digital Life, Andrew McStay.)

Publication date: 30 October 2017

Careers and Employability Fair

Publication date: 11 October 2018

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

Celebrating Women’s Work in Music

Two classical music concerts at Bangor University’s Pontio are set to be the highlight of the First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music (4-7 September) celebrating the achievements of women musicians. The Conference has been timed to mark the 40thanniversary of the death of Grace Williams (1906-77), one of the first professional Welsh composers of the 20th century to attain international recognition.

The concerts on Monday, 4 September in Neuadd Powis at 5.45pm and Wednesday, 6 September at 7.30pm in Pontio’s Theatr Bryn Terfel will feature Grace Williams’s music and also include world premieres by leading British composers Nicola LeFanu and Eleanor Alberga.  

Publication date: 21 August 2017

Celtic Media Festival Shortlist

A Bangor University lecturer is on the short list at the annual Celtic Media Festival for his latest documentary. Dr Llion Iwan directed a tribute to master poet Dic Jones following his death in 2009, and which was broadcast on S4C in 2010. Llion lectures in journalism and documentary film at the School of Creative Studies and Media.

Publication date: 14 March 2011

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

Click here for art

This article by Lyle SkainsLecturer in Writing, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

To many, museums are like dinosaurs: fossilised. They call to mind Renaissance paintings, Roman sculpture, “don’t touch!” admonishments, and Indiana Jones demanding “it belongs in a museum!” But these associations won’t be true for much longer. While there will always be a Louvre and a National Portrait Gallery, today there are many more types of museum exhibits and art, thanks to the constant evolution of technology and computing.

Publication date: 28 January 2016

Composition and Performance at Bangor gaining a National/International reputation

Publication date: 6 January 2017

Concerts and speakers announced for Women’s Work in Music conference

The School of Music and Media is hosting its Second International Conference on Women’s Work in Music this year.  

Publication date: 14 August 2019

Conducting students learn from a maestro

The School of Music was delighted to welcome world-famous conductor (and Bangor University Honorary Fellow) Owain Arwel Hughes to Bangor recently to lead a student masterclass. Five lucky students, from first-year undergraduate to final-year postgraduate, were given the opportunity to conduct three Slavonic Dances by Dvořák, under Dr Hughes’s watchful eye.

Publication date: 16 May 2013

Conference: Ethnography and the Shifting Boundaries of Policing

Publication date: 3 December 2019

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

Continued NSS success for Media and Journalism at Bangor University

Once again Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies and Media has achieved fantastic results in the 2016 National Student Survey published today.   

Publication date: 12 August 2016

Cooperation between University and creative industries

People working in creative industries in north Wales are to come together with experts from Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies & Media on 19 January in a networking event; Beyond Borders, expected to be the first of a series of similar workshops.

This first event between lecturers and researchers and members of Creative North Wales is seen as an opportunity for the School to work more closely with companies and practitioners in the creative industries, and to discuss opportunities for future collaboration.

Publication date: 17 January 2018

Creative student records charity record

Aly Shields, a mature Bangor University student and carer from Llandudno, has launched a record in aid of PANS PANDAS UK, a charity which raise awareness of little known and understood conditions which often lead to miss-diagnosis for the people concerned, and which supports them and their families.

Aly’s song Warriors is available on iTunes and Google Play for around £1 ($1.29). Search for Warriors and PANS PANDAS UK.

Publication date: 9 October 2019

Creative Studies student music success

A trip to Los Angeles and appearances at various festivals are in store for a young singer/songwriter, who has already attracted a large on-line following.

Bangor University Media Studies student, Cara Braia, 21, from Criccieth had her first taste of success with an online competition to re-interpret a classic song by popular 60’s group, The Kinks. As a result she has gone to collaborate with various artists and producers from all over the world, and will soon be jetting off to LA to further her career.

Publication date: 27 March 2014

Cyfarwyddwr yn dathlu llwyddiant drama

Mae un o ddarlithwyr theatr Ysgol Astudiaethau Creadigol a’r Cyfryngau ym Mhrifysgol Bangor yn dathlu taith lwyddiannus o amgylch Cymru gyda drama newydd boblogaidd.

Publication date: 7 June 2016

DATA-PSST! Debating Alternative Transparency Arrangements - Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust.

Dr. Vian Bakir (SCSM) has won £30,000 from the ESRC for a 2-year Seminar Series (2014-16) on 

Funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, Dr. Vian Bakir of Bangor University is leading a team of interdisciplinary researchers from across the UK. Together they are hosting seminars at Bangor, King’s College London, Sheffield, Brunel and Aberystwyth to explore life after the Snowden leaks of 2013 (that disclosed intelligence agencies’ mass surveillance of regular citizens).

Publication date: 29 December 2014

David Evans (1943-2013)

Dr David Evans, former Senior Lecturer in Music at Bangor University, has died at the age of 69. A good friend to all, he will be fondly remembered by colleagues and hundreds of former students.

Publication date: 10 April 2013

Determined student overcomes cancer to graduate

Inspirational Creative Technologies graduate Ronald Rodriguez Winter (Ronnie) has battled cancer to graduate from Bangor University with a First Class degree. To add to his achievements he has also been awarded the Jane Rudall Prize in recognition of his determination and effort in pursuing his studies.

Publication date: 17 July 2015

Developing the research network: Media, Persuasion and Communication (MPC) symposium

Developing the research network: Media, Persuasion and Communication (MPC) symposium

Publication date: 13 February 2013

Dotty about Dot!

A Bangor University student’s music video heads for viral fame; at the time of writing, ‘Everybody Dances to Techno’ by Dot has had over 43,953 views on YouTube, with comments and messages of support from far afield.

Publication date: 13 June 2017

Drapers’ Company Medal awarded to Bangor student

Drapers’ Company Medal (Bronze): One of Six Medals Ever to Have Been Awarded Goes to Elina Hamilton, School of Music, Bangor University

Publication date: 5 September 2012

Dr Jochen Eisentraut awarded a British Academy International Partnership and Mobility grant

Dr Jochen Eisentraut, a part-time lecturer in Music, has been awarded a British Academy International Partnership and Mobility grant.

Publication date: 23 August 2013

Dr Pwyll ap Siôn's new book published

The Collected Writings of Michael Nyman edited by Dr Pwyll ap Siôn (Senior Lecturer in Music) has been published by Ashgate Press.

Publication date: 16 August 2013

Dr Xenia Pestova performed at the Southbank Centre and Glasgow Concert Halls

Dr Xenia Pestova performed at the Southbank Centre and Glasgow Concert Halls for the PRS New Music Biennial / Commonwealth Games.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Dr Xenia Pestova records 3 CDs

Dr Xenia Pestova completed the recording of her third CD of John Cage: works for two pianos in Luxembourg in June. The three disks will be released on the prestigious Naxos Records label.

Publication date: 1 July 2013

Dr Xenia Pestova released 3 CDs on Naxos Records

Dr Xenia Pestova released 3 CDs on Naxos Records. "John Cage: works for 2 keyboards, volume 3" came out in July 2014 featuring the Pestova / Meyer Piano Duo.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Editions by Bangor scholar performed in the Czech Republic

Rare gems by Jacobus de Kerle (1531/2-1591) could be heard in concerts in Brno (St Leopold’s, 4 April) and Rajhrad Monastery (6 April), devoted to works by composers from the Imperial Chapel. Under the expert direction of Vladimír Maňas (Masaryk University Brno), Ensemble Versus (with guests Martina Komínková (flute), Richard Šeda (cornetto and flutes) and Tomáš Lajtkep (tenor and bass trombone) performed Kerle’s motets Media vita and Adoramus te Christe, both edited by Christian Leitmeir, the leading authority on the Flemish composer.

Publication date: 24 June 2014

Eight incarceration and escape films to watch

As we practice social distancing and stay confined to our homes, here is a list of eight inspiring prison movies to watch during the ‘lockdown’.

We asked Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film at the School of Music and Media for some recommendations for films about incarcration and lock-down situations... we’re glad to say that his recommendations all have positive endings!

Publication date: 3 April 2020

Ensuring access to Welsh Music for people living with dementia

Listening to your favourite music lifts your spirits, whatever your age. That's why Bangor University and Merched y Wawr are launching an appeal on the Welsh Day of Music, for people to get in touch and suggest their favourite Welsh language songs from all times.

The most popular suggestions will be collated to create a free digital CD and downloadable resource, which will be shared free of charge to care homes and dementia care homes to ensure that Welsh music is available to residents enjoy.

Publication date: 7 February 2019

Entrepreneurial students selected for Santander Universities competition

Entrepreneurial students pitched their ideas against each other to be selected to represent Bangor University at the UK Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.

Having presented their ideas or fledgling businesses to the judges and responded to some hard questioning, the successful Bangor University students will now be submitted for consideration for the final shortlist to win the UK Awards, which offer cash prizes of up to £15,000, mentoring and start-up support.

Publication date: 3 May 2016

Exceptional Bangor University student awarded posthumous degree

An “exceptional” student was awarded a posthumous degree at Bangor University this week after her tragic death earlier this year. 

Publication date: 19 July 2019

Exhibition: Celtic Studies in Bangor

Publication date: 7 June 2019

Exhibition of Bangor’s Jewish history goes to Cardiff

An exhibition illustrating Bangor’s Jewish history is travelling to Cardiff.

Titled A Jewish History of Bangor, the exhibition celebrates the presence of Jews in Bangor from medieval times to the Second World War (and beyond).

Publication date: 6 November 2019

Experts assemble to discuss media and human rights

As human rights lawyers and activists monitor the battlefields on the Middle East, a conference at Bangor University will grapple with many of the global issues raised by such conflicts.

The Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group’s Annual Conference, Media, Persuasion and Human Rights, will be held on the 10th and 11th of November. The inter-disciplinary conference will welcome leading academics from the fields of Media, Communication, Journalism, Politics, Sociology and Law.

Publication date: 10 October 2014

Face the future – Bangor University awarded substantial grant to explore Emotional AI in our cities

As Emotional Artificial Intelligence (AI) starts to be rolled out in smart cities, a team from Bangor University has won a substantial grant to study ways in which citizens can live harmoniously with technologies that sense, learn and interact with their emotions, moods, attention and intentions.

‘Emotional AI in Cities: Cross Cultural Lessons from UK and Japan on Designing for An Ethical Life’ is a 3-year project jointly-funded by British and Japanese research councils and will be led by Andrew McStay, Professor of Digital Life at Bangor University.

Publication date: 23 January 2020

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

Ffresh Awards success for students

The School of Creative Studies and Media (SCSM) have won big at this year's Ffresh film awards!

Publication date: 25 February 2013

Ffresh Nomination for student

"Not", directed by John Evans, has been nominated for Best Fiction and Best Welsh language film at Ffresh, the student moving image festival in Wales.

Publication date: 17 January 2013

'Fighting for' the Arts

Sioned Young's work is no easy task, however it brings her "great pleasure". Sioned from Penygroes near Caernarfon, has embarked on a ten-month internship with Arts and Business Wales at Bangor University’s Pontio Arts and Innovation Center, looking for new ways of fundraising for the arts.

Publication date: 17 January 2018

Film awards triumph for Bangor University students

As stars and directors from across the globe were gearing up for the Oscars awards night, two Bangor students were grabbing their own gongs on the other side of the Atlantic.

Classmates John Evans and Mathew Allan Owen from the School of Creative Studies and Media won the Royal Television Society award for Best Fiction at an award ceremony in North Wales for their dissertation film ‘Long I stood there’. In addition, John Evans won the Ffresh Best Welsh Language Film award for ‘Not’ which also scooped a Best Actress award for his 11 year old step-daughter Ceri Williams. Both sets of awards were handed out at the Ffresh student moving image festival 2013 in Wrexham on 22nd of February.

Publication date: 14 March 2013

Film Festival to showcase new filmmakers’ short films

A film festival in partnership with Bangor University will host an afternoon showcasing new European short films by young film makers.

The screenings by the Wicked Wales Film Festival and British Film Institute Future Shorts will take place at Pontio next Wednesday 23rd, 1pm-5pm.

Screenings will include UK and international short films in documentary, fiction and animation. The event is open to both students and the public and free tickets are available here.

Publication date: 18 October 2019

Film MA graduate documentary screened at international film festival

The work of Bangor University Film MA graduate, Charlotte Wells, will be amongst the documentaries screened when the third Wales International Documentary Festival returns to Blackwood this week.

Publication date: 16 April 2018

Films created by Bangor University students are up for three Royal Television Society Wales Awards

Three films by Bangor University students have been nominated for three prestigious Royal Television Society in Wales’ RTS Cymru Awards 2020.

Publication date: 11 February 2020

Film selected for Festival

Congratulations from the School to Lester Hughes. His film 'Waves, Taid & Time' has been selected for the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival.

Publication date: 14 March 2013

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 Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Lecturer Posts Announced

Following the establishment of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (the new national institution for the development of Welsh medium education and scholarship) in March this year, Bangor University has just announced two key academic appointments under the Coleg’s academic staffing plan. These are the first appointments sponsored by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. The new lecturers will commence their five year appointments in September 2011.

Publication date: 13 August 2012

First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music

Bangor University’s School of Music is proud to host the First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music (4 – 7 September 2017).  We will be welcoming prominent speakers and musicians from a range of backgrounds, including academics, practitioners, funders, broadcasters, journalists and other professionals.

Publication date: 23 August 2017

Five star reviews of performances and CD releases by the Head of Performance

Richard Craig's cd VALE was released in July on the Metier label and has since been reviewed by Gramophone magazine, as well as other blogs and social media sources.

Publication date: 28 November 2017

Former student wins ‘journalist of the year’ award

A former student at the School of Creative Studies and Media has won a prestigious journalism award for her work.

Noellin Imoh, who graduated from Bangor in 2010, won a BEFFTA (Black, Entertainment, Film, Fashion,Television and Arts Awards) for her work as editor of African Dazzle Magazine.

Publication date: 4 November 2013

For Sale: SGB Youngman Two Stage Scaffolding Tower

The School of Creative Studies & Media have a SGB Youngman two stage scaffolding tower for sale, it is very good condition but sold as seen.

Publication date: 3 June 2013

Four New Lecturers Appointed to Bangor University

For the fourth consecutive year, the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has appointed individuals to work in various areas at Bangor University in order to increase the Welsh medium provision.

Publication date: 26 September 2014

Free Concerts at the University this May

The Performance Department will open its doors to the public throughout May in a series of free concerts. The hard work of our visiting lecturers and students can be heard in a series of recitals featuring works by Franck, Beethoven, Messiaen, Debussy, Lizst, Bach and much more.

Publication date: 26 April 2016

Friday's Eisteddfod Activities - A Day of Poetry, music and film

A Day of Poetry, music and film.

Publication date: 2 August 2013

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

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


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

Publication date: 7 July 2015

From Bangor to Abbey Road Studios

A chance meeting at a ‘career day’ led a Bangor University student to work with A-list musicians at Abbey Road Studios, the most famous, purpose built recording studio in the world.

Publication date: 12 July 2016

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

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

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

Publication date: 17 April 2015

Fulbright enables Triple Harp research

An American student has just embarked on a postgraduate research degree at Bangor University having received a highly prestigious Fulbright Award.

Publication date: 2 October 2018

Golden Age of Welsh Pop

The National Waterfront Museum in Swansea displays more than 300 years of Welsh industry and innovation and a new exhibition next year (2013) will focus on an important, if not so immediately apparent Welsh industry.  Hannah Way, currently living in Talysarn is researching the 'Golden Age' of Welsh pop on behalf of the Museum. She is investigating the impact of small independent labels on the Welsh pop scene and the impact of new media on those who have survived.

Publication date: 21 December 2012

Golygathon cyntaf erioed ar Gerddoriaeth i’w gynnal yn Adran Gerdd Prifysgol Bangor

Fe fydd y ‘Golygathon’ cyntaf o’i fath erioed ym maes Cerddoriaeth yn cael ei gynnal yn Adran Gerdd Prifysgol Bangor ddydd Gwener, 24 Chwefror, 2017.

Publication date: 23 February 2017

Gwenan Gibbard awarded Doctoral Scholarship

Renowned harpist, Gwenan Gibbard has been announced as the recipient of a Doctoral Scholarship to study the contributions of Dr. Meredydd Evans and Phyllis Kinney to Welsh folk music.

The Doctoral Scholarship is a collaboration between the Welsh Music Archive, at the National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth), the School of Music and Media, Bangor University and Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. The aim of the PhD Scholarship (sponsored by Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and the National Library of Wales) will be to focus on specific aspects of collecting folk melodies in the second half of the 20th and 21st centuries in Wales.

Publication date: 6 August 2019

Happy 100th birthday, Mr President: how JFK's image and legacy have endured

This article by Gregory Frame, Lecturer in Film Studies, School of Creative Industries & MediaBangor University, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

John F Kennedy was born 100 years ago on May 29, 1917. While the achievements of his presidency and the content of his character have been subjects of contestation among historians and political commentators since the 1970s, there is little question regarding the enduring power of his image. As the youngest man to win election to the presidency, entering the White House with a beautiful wife and young children in tow, he projected the promise of a new era in American politics and society.

Publication date: 26 May 2017

Harry Potter fan Sam prepares for world-wide wizarding event

A Bangor University student will be travelling to Canada to take part in a global quidditch competition.

Sam Davies, a Creative Studies and Media student here at Bangor is thrilled to be involved in the competitive sport featured in Harry Potter novels and films.

Publication date: 2 May 2014

Hat-trick of world premieres at Bangor Music Festival

A top music festival will be unveiling a hat-trick of world premieres.

The Bangor Music Festival kicks off with a St David's Day concert by Britain's Got Talent finalists, Cȏr Glanaethwy, and will also star the internationally renowned singing ensemble, The Swingles.

Publication date: 22 February 2016

Head of Performance Richard Craig recently premiered a new work with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra

Head of Performance Richard Craig recently premiered a new work with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, in the National Concert Hall on the 14th of February. 

Publication date: 23 February 2017

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

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

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

Publication date: 9 July 2015

His music creates epic atmospheres on screen

A programme full of drama and excitement- such as the X Factor- was just what composer Owain Llwyd had in mind when writing epic music for the media- and he hit the nail on the head- as one of his compositions from that collection was selected to be used on the X Factor itself.

Publication date: 8 November 2010

Hold the front page!

Nicholas Whitmore, a third year Journalism and Media student, has had an article he has written printed on the front page of the Daily Post, Thursday, November 11.

Publication date: 11 November 2010

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

Independence Day: what alien invasions tell us about current global politics

When Soviet communism disintegrated, political scientist Francis Fukuyama famously declared that it was “the end of history”. He argued that Western liberal democracy and capitalism had triumphed as the world’s only viable system, and though humanity would still face bumps in the road, the ultimate progression to this eventuality for all nations would prove inevitable, even if it took many years.

This article by Gregory Frame, Lecturer in Film Studies, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 27 June 2016

Independent music labels are creating their own streaming services to give artists a fair deal

Music streaming services are hard to beat. With millions of users – Spotify alone had 60m by July 2017, and is forecast to add another 10m by the end of the year – paying to access a catalogue of more than 30m songs, any initial concerns seem to have fallen by the wayside.

But while consumers enjoy streaming, tension is still bubbling away for the artists whose music is being used. There is a legitimacy associated with having music listed on major digital platforms, and a general acknowledgement that without being online you are not a successful business operation or artist.

This article by Steffan Thomas, Lecturer in Film and Media, at the School of Creative Studies & Media was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 18 August 2017

Inspired by 2001 A Competition for Bangor University Students

Publication date: 20 April 2018

INTER/actions Festival for Interactive Electronic Music wins the prestigious PRS for Music Foundation ‘Beyond Borders’ grant

Bangor University-based INTER/actions Festival has been selected for the PRS ‘Beyond Borders’ scheme and awarded £12,000 to commission a large-scale new piece by the acclaimed Northern Irish composer Ed Bennett to be performed by Dr Xenia Pestova from the School of Music.

Publication date: 26 September 2014

INTER/actions: Symposium on Interactive Electronic Music

INTER/actions is a symposium and mini-festival focusing on performance and interaction in electronic music.

Publication date: 10 October 2013

It’s fifty years since Sgt Pepper taught the band to play

This summer sees fifty years since Sgt Pepper taught the band to play as The Beatles released what is often cited as the first important concept album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; an album that is generally understood as truly ground-breaking, and as one of those moments which changed (and perhaps even created) an art-form.  

It’s also fifty years (25-27 August 1967) since the Beatles visited Bangor, a visit which also proved to be a pivotal date in the history of the group.

Publication date: 16 August 2017

Jewishness and the Holocaust in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket

Professor Nathan Abrams of the School of Creative Studies and Media has been invited to present a lecture on Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket at JW3: Jewish Community Centre London tomorrow (18 January)

Publication date: 17 January 2017

Journalism student wins spot on UK Snooker championship qualifiers team

Second year journalism student Danny Griffth will be spending this week reporting at the British Snooker championship qualifiers.

Publication date: 14 November 2011

Kafka is the real ghost of Kubrick’s The Shining

Originally published on The Conversation by Professor Nathan Abrams, School of Creative Studies and Media. Read the original article

Publication date: 28 May 2015

Katherine Jenkins wowed by Bangor’s musical heritage on Songs of Praise

Bangor’s medieval musical heritage and the university’s academic expertise were given an opportunity to shine on an episode of Songs of Praise on Sunday.

Publication date: 2 July 2019

Kubrick producer praises Bangor’s ‘brilliant’ facilities

Stanley Kubrick’s executive producer, Jan Harlan, has praised Bangor’s facilities as the best had had ever seen while on a visit to the university.

Harlan was speaking to staff and students from the School of Creative Studies and Media on the subject of music as a scripting tool.

Publication date: 15 March 2016

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

Lecturer launches new East Asian journal

A senior lecturer in visual culture at Bangor University is celebrating the release of a new journal.

Publication date: 28 November 2014

Lecturer rewarded for excellent teaching

A lecturer in creative writing at the School of Creative Studies is to be given an award for excellence in teaching.

Publication date: 16 June 2015

Lecturer tackles Wales’ ‘democratic deficit’

A Bangor University lecturer has been appointed as a member of a taskforce set up in order to look at ways of closing the ‘democratic deficit’ in Wales.

Publication date: 9 January 2017

Lecturer wins commision

Jo Wright has been commissioned to make a new video for Blinc digital arts festival in Conwy this year:

Publication date: 6 August 2012

‘Life as an Attorney General of British Antarctica’

Publication date: 17 March 2020

Llŷn Student Graduates

Work experience has led to a job for a Bangor University student graduating this week.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Louis celebrates with a First!

Louis Rhys Waters, 21, from Pencoed, Bridgend, is graduating from Bangor University with a first class degree in Journalism and Media Studies this week.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Mad Moses: beneath Max’s desert rampage is a classic Jewish odyssey

Originally published on The Conversation by Professor Nathan Abrams, School of Creative Studies and Media. Read the original article

What if Mad Max were Jewish? So asks Neil Pollack in American Jewish magazine The Forward. Certainly, on the surface, there is probably nothing more obviously gentile than a film set in post-apocalyptic Australia, featuring a series of war-mongers in souped-up cars, jeeps, trucks, rigs, motorbikes and so on, and in which no one ever seems to eat.

Publication date: 29 May 2015

MA graduates find success on BBC and ITV

Two recent MA graduates from Bangor University have found success on primetime TV. 

Publication date: 28 November 2017

Major AHRC Grant awarded to PRoMS – 'The Production and Reading of Music Sources, 1480-1530'

Music manuscripts and printed editions from the 'Golden Age' of polyphony are to come under close scrutiny in a three year research project.

Publication date: 13 August 2012

MA paratrooper film wins award

A film by a former Bangor University MA student has won the best film award at a festival in Cardiff.

Jam Man was one of 20 films shortlisted under the Best Fiction Film category at the Cardiff Mini Film Festival.

Publication date: 10 June 2014

MA student picks up PICS award

A student at Bangor University has won an award for a short film produced as part of her MA Filmmaking course.

Publication date: 12 March 2015

MA student triumphs at sci-fi award bash

A film put together as part of an MA filmmaking course at Bangor University has won 'Best Sci-Fi Short' at the Philip K. Dick film festival New York.

Publication date: 23 January 2015

MA Student wins International competition for sound art

A piece of music by Richard Garrett, a part-time MA student in Electroacoustic Composition at Bangor, has won an international competition for sound art miniatures relating to the subject of climate change.

Publication date: 27 August 2013

Media student graduates

A budding writer and director graduated this week at Bangor University after an amazing three years.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Medieval Music Theory in Context workshop, July 2012

Second Workshop on Medieval Music Theory at Bangor University.

Publication date: 5 September 2012

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

Publication date: 15 February 2017

More American success for Osian

A documentary film on which Bangor University student Osian Williams worked as both cameraman and sound recordist has won a prize at the New York Festivals Awards this week. The Boom Pictures Cymru/S4C production ‘Fy chwaer a fi’ (My sister and I) was awarded a World Gold Medal in the Human Interest category.

Publication date: 12 April 2013

More film successes for SCSM

On Sunday June 23rd the film NOT won best Welsh Language Film and Long I Stood There won best Narrative Film at the Cardiff Mini Film Festival.

Publication date: 28 June 2013

More good luck for creative writing PhD student

One of India’s bestselling novelists, who is also a PhD Creative Writing student at Bangor University, has released his first non-fiction book.

13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck charts Ashwin Sanghi’s attempts to find out if luck is something that some people are blessed with, or a talent that can be learned.

Through entertaining and informative anecdotes, narrations of personal experiences and homespun wisdom, Ashwin offers a new insight into how people can work towards being lucky.

Publication date: 8 December 2014

Multidisciplinary innovation in Adventure Tourism at Bangor University: bringing wellness to North Wales

Enterprise by Design is back for its 7th annual competition for 2018, and the winning team has just been awarded a cheque for £2,500. The challenge brings students from the areas of Psychology, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Business, Product Design, and Creative Studies and Media to work together in multidisciplinary teams. Their goal is to create a product or service for local businesses over an 8-week period.

Publication date: 23 March 2018

Musicians get ready to burn a piano!

Members of Bangor University’s school of Music will be joining New Zealand / USA sound artist Annea Lockwood in performance of 'Piano Burning' at The Old Goods Yard in Treborth, Bangor, on Saturday 29 June at 6.15pm as the launch to the new Bangor Sound City season.

Publication date: 25 June 2013

Music of windfarms

The wind-farms lying offshore at Llandudno are to provide the inspiration and the sounds for a music composition for Llandudno’s LLAWN Festival, by Bangor University music lecturer, composer and sonic artist Ed Wright, performing as the ‘Sonic Wave laboratory’ with Charles Gersholm.

The two locally based sound artists will produce a sonic art-work created by nature and shaped by manmade machines. Large outdoor rotating machines with sensors will be placed in the Llandudno promenade shelters. These will interact with passes by who will hear sound coming direct from the wind farm to create an ever changing sound composition. The temporary mini turbines form a small quintet that can be listened to either individually or inside the composers’ ‘laboratory’, a converted Bathing Machine.

Publication date: 9 September 2015

Music Student Scoops Composer’s Medal at Urdd Eisteddfod

Music School postgraduate student Lois Eifion Jones, from Penisarwaun, near Carenarfon, is to be congratulated on winning the Composer’s Medal at the Urdd Eisteddfod.

Publication date: 30 May 2013

Music success for Media graduate Cara

A graduate from Criccieth has been busy juggling her music career as well as managing to complete her degree.

Bangor University Media Studies graduate, Cara Braia, 22, had her first taste of success with an online competition to re-interpret a classic song by popular 60’s group, The Kinks. As a result she has gone to collaborate with various artists and producers from all over the world and recently went to LA to further her career.

Publication date: 9 July 2014

Music sweeps the board at the Student-Led Teaching Awards

The staff of the School of Music received a huge vote of confidence from their students at this year’s Student-Led Teaching Awards, held at a special dinner attended by over 200 hundred people in the Prichard-Jones Hall on 24 April. Nominations for these awards are made entirely by the students themselves, and the shortlist and winners are chosen by a special committee of students, under the auspices of the Students’ Union. This year, Music staff received three awards and five nominations – more than any other School in the University.

Publication date: 18 June 2013

My Friend Dylan Thomas

In collaboration with Pontio, the School of Music is proud to host My Friend Dylan Thomas, a festival celebrating musical responses to the work of one of Wales’s greatest writers.

Publication date: 24 October 2014

Names reveal 20th century climbing culture in North Wales

The name of a climb can reveal a great deal about the time in which it was first ascended, according to new research presented to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) international conference in London.

Publication date: 28 August 2014

Nathan Abrams has been awarded an AHRC fellowship to take forward his research on Stanley Kubrick

Nathan Abrams has been awarded an AHRC fellowship to take forward his research on Stanley Kubrick.

Publication date: 11 November 2011

Need for speed finally trumps demands of ad trackers to offer a sleeker mobile web

An article by Andrew McStay, Senior Lecturer in Media Culture,  School of Creative Studies & Media, originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

To adblock or not to adblock? It seems the mobile web is reaching a turning point as the effects of the huge numbers of adverts and advertising trackers and widgets embedded in web pages become better understood.

Publication date: 14 October 2015

New book by Andrew McStay

Andrew McStay, SCSM lecturer, has a new book out with Routledge titled "Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process”.

Publication date: 22 April 2013

New book by Bangor Professor set to rethink the music of ‘America’s greatest living composer’

A new book coedited by a Professor of Music and Media at Bangor University aims to rethink the music of one of America’s greatest living composers, Steve Reich.  

Publication date: 1 May 2019

New book grapples with online privacy

In a world dominated by the NSA and Facebook, privacy has never been a more pressing issue for governments and citizens alike.

A timely new book by Dr. Andrew McStay of Bangor University gets to grips with some of the biggest questions in the field.

Publication date: 10 June 2014

New journal on East Asian Popular Culture

Kate Taylor-Jones is co-editor of a new journal titled "The East Asian Journal of Popular Culture". This is the first academic peer-reviewed journal for scholars, teachers, and students from around the world who have an active and passionate interest in the Popular Culture of East Asia.

Publication date: 19 March 2013

New Opening: Chair of Music

The School of Music at Bangor University seeks to appoint an outstanding and energetic individual to the position of Chair of Music. 

Publication date: 22 January 2013

New research as tech companies get emotional

Games, smart TVs, phones and social networks that analyse and respond to user’s emotions will be the subject of new research by a senior lecturer at Bangor University.

Publication date: 1 June 2015

New work by Owain Llwyd for Llangollen Eisteddfod

The Llangollen Eisteddfod is celebrating ten years of its Inclusion Project with the commission of a new performance piece, SEND A Message.

Publication date: 25 June 2018

New work by staff composer to be premiered at St David’s Hall, Cardiff

A new song-cycle for soprano and orchestra by Pwyll ap Siôn, who is Professor at the School of Music, will receive its premiere at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on 1 May. 

Publication date: 7 April 2016

Nia wins third place in this year's Cân i Gymru competition

Nia Davies Williams, an MA student in music at the University's School of Music has come third in this year's Cân i Gymru last night (03/03/12).


Publication date: 5 March 2012

Now advertising billboards can read your emotions … and that’s just the start

Dr Andy McStay, of the School of Creative Studies & Media writing in The Conversation. Read the original article 

Publication date: 4 August 2015

Online disinformation campaigns ‘will get worse’ says Bangor professor

Both the government and public should keep a close eye on online disinformation campaigns, which are likely to get worse before they get better. 

Publication date: 6 August 2018

Open Day at Brambell Natural History Museum, with drop in drawing sessions

Bangor University’s Natural History collections housed at Brambell Building will be open to the public on Saturday 14thMay between 11am and 3pm.

Publication date: 4 May 2016

Opening of Exhibition of Jewish Life - With Kosher Reception

Dr Nathan Abrams and Dr Sally Baker from Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies and Media and School of Social Sciences respectively, in collaboration with Esther Roberts of Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, have been awarded £19,000 by Beacon for Wales to hold a touring exhibition of Jewish life in North Wales. Through this exhibition, local people have the opportunity to learn about Jewish history in North Wales. Jews have been resident in North Wales for at least the last one hundred and fifty years and have played an important part in its history. For example, Isidore Wartski was mayor of Bangor and the first Jewish mayor in Wales. The exhibition will be held at a combination of university and public venues across North Wales. A series of workshops at the university, local venues and schools will be held. On November 1st at 2-50pm, Sally and Nathan will also be giving a presentation to the staff and students of Coleg Menai Bangor Campus, in particular the religious studies A level class, who are currently studying Judaism.

Publication date: 6 October 2010

Open lecture on the Creation of the Czech vernacular liturgy in Budapest

Hana Vlhová-Wőrner gave on 9. 11. 2015 in Budapest, the Calvinist Reformed Church (Budai Református Egyházkőzség), an open lecture on the creation of the Czech vernacular liturgy in the early fifteenth century. 

Publication date: 10 November 2015

Osian Huw Williams wins the Musicians' Medal at the National Eisteddfod

Bangor University student, Osian Huw Williams is the winner of this year’s Musicians’ Medal at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and he was honoured at a special ceremony on the Pavilion stage on Wednesday evening.

Publication date: 6 August 2015

Particle smashing by Large Hadron Collider creates music at festival

A new piece of music created by using data from the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator will be performed at festival in North Wales.

The performers at Bangor Music Festival will be using laptops to alter the sounds from the particle smashing done by the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, in Geneva.

Publication date: 6 December 2017

Performance Department Students hitting the High Notes!

Congratulations to Tom Lazell (pictured below). He has been offered a coveted place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Tom is a student of the renowned pedagogue and Bangor University lecturer Marian Bryfdir.

Publication date: 25 April 2016

Performing, Pontio and my PhD

Wales is renowned for its mountains, myths and music, which are precisely the reasons that lured a Yorkshire-born PhD student to study at Bangor University.

Publication date: 19 August 2015

Personal Chair for Lecturer

Creative Studies and Media is delighted to announce the award of a personal Chair to Astrid Ensslin. Many congratulations to Astrid from the School.

Publication date: 8 January 2013

PhD student breaks new ground with heritage website

A PhD researcher at the School of Creative Studies and Media has helped to create a ground-breaking new website that will benefit the local area.
Susanne Skubik Intriligator, a journalist-turned-PhD researcher in digital media, says that the aim with “Anglesey: A Bridge Through Time” was to get people involved.

The website for Menter Môn allows local enthusiast to share video and images, add events, and link to social media.

Publication date: 7 October 2013

Piano restoration grant awarded

The School of Music was awarded a generous grant of £26,000 from Bangor Alumni / Benefactions Group towards piano restoration.

Publication date: 18 April 2013

Planet Earth's adventure into cities cements its position as a pioneer of environmental film

With its depiction of sublime landscapes and unique creatures in a manner unsurpassed by other documentary series, Planet Earth II has been wowing millions over the last six weeks. Conversations overheard on the bus or in the supermarket queue have frequently featured prancing flamingos or those infamous snakes: a whole new generation have been introduced to the wonders of the natural world.

Planet Earth first debuted ten years ago, as Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth attempted to engage the public on the urgency of solving global warming. Meanwhile, David Attenborough was fascinating Planet Earth’s audience with stories about endangered species and remote places – trying to raise environmental awareness with a very different approach.

Publication date: 9 December 2016

Porthmadog student graduates

After three years of hard work, a Bangor University student will receive a first class honors degree this week.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Premiere of new work by TV and film composer with X-Factor

A new work by a talented composer who orchestrated the music used in a trailer for the latest Hobbit movie blockbuster will be unveiled at a top music festival.

Owain Llwyd, 30, who's also composed for the X-Factor, Top Gear and Big Brother, is looking forward to the premiere at Bangor Music Festival, which starts on March 4.

Publication date: 19 February 2015

Prestigious Bryn Terfel Scholarship awarded to Bangor Music Student

A Music student at Bangor University is to be congratulated for winning the Bryn Terfel Scholarship this year.

In a competition which revealed high standards, and which was broadcast live on S4C on Sunday 14.10, Huw Ynyr, a singer, competed against fellow Bangor Music student, Lois Eifion, who is studying a postgraduate MA degree, and four others.

Publication date: 15 October 2012

Prizewinning talented musician overwhelmed with joy at graduation

A Bulgarian student who broke with the family tradition of a career in engineering and construction graduated with a first-class honours Music Technology and Electronics degree from Bangor University this week.

Publication date: 15 July 2015

Prizewinning talented musician overwhelmed with joy at graduation

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

Publication date: 17 July 2017

Professor Chris Collins appointed ISM president 2020-21

Publication date: 29 April 2020

Professor joins board of reviewers at world-leading journal

A Professor at Bangor University has been invited to join the Board of Reviewers of a world-leading journal.

Professor Astrid Ensslin is a Professor of Digital Culture and Communication at the School of Creative Studies and Media.

Publication date: 8 December 2014

Professor of Music receives John Edwards Memorial Award by the Welsh Music Guild

Pwyll ap Siôn, Professor of Music at Bangor University’s School of Music and Media, has received this year’s John Edwards Memorial Award. 

Publication date: 4 June 2019

Professor unveils the hidden story of Kubrick’s erotic final film

A Stanley Kubrick expert at Bangor University has published a new book uncovering the hidden story of the director’s controversial final film, Eyes Wide Shut.

Titled Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film, it is the first book to explore in detail Stanley Kubrick’s last movie, which raised eyebrows with its sexually charged material.

Publication date: 4 July 2019

Project wins award

A project set up by film maker and SCSM lecturer Joanna Wright, in partnership with the Snowdonia National Park Authority and Ysgol Bro Hedd Wyn in Trawsfynydd, has won an award at the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative.

Publication date: 23 July 2012

Pwyll ap Siôn invited to judge BBVA composer’s award

Pwyll ap Siôn, Professor of Music at Bangor, has been invited to serve on the panel of the BBVA Foundation’s international composer’s award. This year’s 9th edition of the award, given by the Madrid-based foundation, is one of the most prestigious and highly-valued awards in contemporary music.

Publication date: 15 February 2017

Pwyll ap Siôn premieres new work

The latest composition of Dr Pwyll ap Siôn, senior lecturer in the School of Music, has been premiered by soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and the European Union Chamber Orchestra at the Galeri, Caernarfon on 24 January 2013.

Publication date: 30 January 2013

Recreating the experience of medieval worship

A research project which investigates the medieval experience of worship is featured on the Arts & Humanities Research Council website. The “Experience of worship in late medieval cathedral and parish church” project is led by Prof John Harper and Dr Sally Harper at the University’s School of Music.

Publication date: 3 January 2013

Red Carpet School of Creative Studies and Media Showcase 2013

The School of Creative Studies and Media (SCSM) Showcase event will be held on Friday May 3rd from 7pm in MALT. Now in its second year,  it is a free event that is open to the public, but it is ticketed. Anyone who would like to book a ticket can contact Mikey Murray ( 

Publication date: 23 April 2013

REF 2014: Top 20 for Music Research

The 2014 REF results have secured Bangor University’s position as one of the UK’s top 20 institutions for musical research.

Publication date: 19 December 2014

REF 2014: world class quality confirmed.

The Head of the School of Creative Studies and Media has welcomed the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Publication date: 23 December 2014

Representing the University in Côr Cymru

On Sunday 3rd March at 8.00 p.m. S4C's viewers will be able to enjoy Bangor University’s Côr Aelwyd JMJ, as they give their best competing in a semi-final of the popular programCôr Cymru.

Publication date: 27 February 2019

Research Creates BBC Radio series for Remembrance Week

Researching conflict reporting has led to the producing of a documentary series which is being broadcast on BBC Radio Wales this month as part of their season of Remembrance programmes.

Publication date: 10 November 2011

Research symposium, "Computer Gaming Across Cultures: Perspectives from Three Continents"

Prof Astrid Ensslin from the the School of Creative Studies and Media is organising a trilateral research symposium, "Computer Gaming Across  Cultures: Perspectives from Three Continents", to be held in JP Seminar Room (former TV Studio), on Wednesday, 8th May, 9.00h to 17.00h.

Publication date: 1 May 2013

Richard Craig, Head of Performance, has been awarded a prestigious ERASMUS+ grant to visit Helsinki’s University for the Arts

Richard Craig, Head of Performance, has been awarded a prestigious ERASMUS+ grant to visit Helsinki’s University for the Arts

Publication date: 16 March 2017

Richard Craig, the recently appointed Head of Performance, has had a productive start to his first Semester

Richard Craig, the recently appointed Head of Performance, has had a productive start to his first Semester. As a specialist in contemporary music, he collaborates with composers integrating cutting-edge technology with his own research into contemporary performance practice.

Publication date: 15 January 2016

Robotic acting earns student award nomination

A Bangor University student’s robotic performance has won her an acting nomination from a prestigious film festival.

Publication date: 22 October 2015

Role reversal for Bangor University graduate

An entrepreneurial Bangor University student will himself become a tutor at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff this summer.

Osian Williams, originally from Pont-y-pridd, south Wales, who graduated recently with a BA in Communication and Media, will pass on his skills to youngsters who have an interest in film-making.

Publication date: 23 July 2013

R.S. Thomas Festival, Aberdaron & Bangor

The annual festival celebrating the work of R.S. Thomas and his artist wife Mildred ‘Elsi’ Eldridge is to be held in his last parish at Aberdaron, at the tip of the Llŷn, on 29 June -1 July.

Professor Tony Brown, co-director of Bangor University’s R.S. Thomas Research Centre has been involved with the festival for some years. 

Publication date: 11 June 2018

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

School of Creative Studies and Media part of UK-wide search for film talent

Staff and alumni at Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies and Media will this year be part of an UK-wide search for the next generation of British film industry talent.

The school will be working together with Media Academy Wales to run workshops in North Wales for the BFI Film Academy.

Publication date: 10 September 2013

School of Music INTER/actions festival awarded prestigious grant from the PRS foundation New Music Biennial

The INTER/actions Festival of Interactive Electronic Music was selected for the PRS for Music Foundation New Music Biennial to commission a new work by Arlene Sierra. The Festival was awarded £20,000.

Publication date: 29 April 2013

School of Music re-opens after £2M Refurbishment

Bangor University’s School of Music celebrated the opening of its refurbished facilities with a ceremony for staff and students. The ceremony celebrated the completion of the £2million renovation of the building, creating facilities befitting one of the 5 best music departments in the UK as voted by students in the 2016 National Student Survey. 

Publication date: 19 September 2016

School of Music wins two Thomas Ellis Memorial Fund awards

Having reviewed scores of entries from an exceptionally talented pool of applicants, the University of Wales  has announced the winners of this year’s Thomas Ellis Memorial Fund awards.

Music Lecturer at Bangor University, Dr Guto Pryderi Puw, will receive £1500, while PhD student, Gwawr Ifan, also of Bangor University, will receive £1000.

Publication date: 1 February 2011

School Swap: Korea Style

MA film making student Rory Farmer, from the School of Creative Studies and Media, has recently returned from a filming project in South Korea. Felinheli-based company Darlun TV have produced a two-part documentary for BBC Cymru Wales, School Swap: Korea Style, in which three teenagers from Pembrokeshire had a taste of what is regarded as one of the best education systems in the world.

Publication date: 28 November 2016

SCSM lecturer at blinc digital arts festival

SCSM lecturer Jo Wright is to have work shown at the blinc digital arts festival. More details at

Publication date: 29 October 2012

SCSM researcher awarded prestigious place on the Welsh Crucible leadership scheme

SCSM's Astrid Ensslin has been awarded a place on the prestigious HEFCW-funded Welsh Crucible 2012 scheme.

Publication date: 11 April 2012

Significant Composition appears on CD

A major orchestral piece composed by Guto Pryderi Puw is included on the latest CD by celebrated violinist, Madeleine Mitchell.

Acclaimed as one of the foremost Welsh composers, Guto Pryderi Puw is also Head of Composition and Senior Lecturer at Bangor University’s School of Music and was commissioned by Madeleine Mitchell to write a concerto to be premiered at the Bangor Music Festival in 2014. The work, Violin Concerto - Soft Stillness was inspired by quotes taken from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice to mark the author’s 450th anniversary year.  

Publication date: 23 October 2017

Sign Up! Choirs and Orchestras 2012-13

Information on how to sign up for the Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir and much more.

Publication date: 13 August 2012

Sign Up! Choirs and Orchestras 2013-14

Bangor University Chorus

The University Chorus is a large mixed choir of students and staff from throughout the University, in addition to singers from the local community. In the 2013-14 season we will be performing a seasonal concert in December, and joining with the University Symphony Orchestra in April for performances of Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Herbert Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi.

Publication date: 2 September 2013

Sioned wins the Musicians' Medal

Congratulations to musician Sioned Eleri Roberts, a former student of the School of Music, who won the Musician’s Medal at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Carmarthenshire.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Sion Griffiths selected for Doc/Future,

Sion Griffiths has been selected for Doc/Future, A professional development scheme from the BFI and Skillset designed to develop the up & coming generation of directors and producers in the UK’s documentary, film & digital media industries.

Publication date: 27 April 2012

Sir Geraint Evans Award presented to Bangor Music Lecturer and Composer

Dr Guto Pryderi Puw of Bangor University received the 2013 Sir Geraint Evans Award from the Award’s inaugural recipient, Dr Jeremy Huw Williams, on behalf of the Welsh Music Guild at  an event at the Cardiff and County Club recently (30 November 2014).

Publication date: 3 December 2014

Six key films to watch over Easter

As the Christian festival of Easter and the Jewish one of Passover approach this week, here is a list of six key films (three for each) to watch over the holidays as recommended by Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film at the School of Music and Media.

Publication date: 9 April 2020

Soon smartwatches will listen to your body to work out how you're feeling

This article By Andrew McStay, of our School of Creative Studies & Media, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Final details of Apple’s new smartwatch have finally arrived at the firm’s glitzy Spring Forward event. But while the hype machine steps up another notch, there are other issues regarding health and self-tracking and, possibly even more important, over wearable tech companies' interest in our emotional lives.

Publication date: 10 March 2015

Sound and vision piece inspired by dyslexia to feature on Radio 4 All in the Mind programme

A new sonic art work inspired by dyslexia and the science behind dyslexia is to be covered by Radio 4’s flagship All in the Mind programme, which explores the limits and potential of the human mind. The programme will be broadcast on Tuesday 18 December at 9.00pm and repeated on Wednesday 19 at 3.30 and will be available online after the first broadcast.

Publication date: 14 December 2012

Staff composer receives premiere of Dylan Thomas-inspired work by the European Union Chamber Orchestra

A number of composers have marked this year’s hundredth anniversary of Dylan Thomas’ birth by writing a new work in honour of Wales’ most famous poet, but the starting point for Pwyll ap Siôn’s latest composition was more unusual.

Publication date: 22 October 2014

Staff lecturer on Radio 4 programme

Professor Pwyll ap Siôn will be contributing to a series on BBC Radio 4 in January called 'All in a Chord', which looks at the development of harmony on the history of music. 

Publication date: 9 January 2017

Stanley Kubrick’s films all had one thing in common: Jewishness

This article by Nathan Abrams, Professor in Film, at the School of Creative Studies and Media was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 March 2018

Streaming the answer to flagging Welsh music sales

Streaming is the future if record companies are going to reverse the decline in Welsh language music sales, according to research carried jointly out at the School of Creative Studies and Media and Business School.

Publication date: 18 August 2014

Student chosen for film awards

SCSM PhD student Jenni Steele's "1.1 miles of daffodils" has been selected for Hansel of Film 2012. Film critic Mark Kermode has an interesting article in the Guardian on the significance of these awards here.

Publication date: 18 June 2012

Student film accepted at Eisteddfod’s Lle Celf Visual Art Exhibition

Bangor University student Jenni Steele of Deganwy is to have a short film exhibited in Y Lle Celf which is the highly regarded Visual Arts Exhibition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Denbigh (6-13 August).

Publication date: 2 August 2013

Student filmmaker contributes to television film-making and receives University commissions

A third year BA Communication and Media student at Bangor University who started his own media company, has already worked on a film for the BBC, had a film broadcast on S4C and been commissioned to produce short videos for the University.

Publication date: 14 December 2012

Student journalist interviews Prime Minister

A third year Creative and Professional Writing Student has interviewed the Prime Minister of Finland as part of her final journalism coursework.

Publication date: 7 May 2015

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 on Awards shortlist

Congratulations to Nathan Moore. His entry for the Ffresh Film Festival competition "Terror in 20 seconds" has been shortlisted for an award.

Publication date: 20 February 2013

Student satisfaction soaring at Bangor’s School of Media

Students at Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies and Media are again amongst the most satisfied in the United Kingdom, with an overall satisfaction score of 98%.

The school’s journalism program was rated the best in the UK for student satisfaction, out of 51 other courses, with a perfect 100% rating. Professional Writing also attained a perfect score.

Publication date: 14 August 2015

Students attend Ffresh Film Festival

Last week SCSM students attended Ffresh Film Festival in Newport, where their documentary "Luck" was 1 of 5 shortlisted (in the factual catergory) from projects submitted from across the UK. Master classes were given by filmmakers including Mike Leigh and Asif Kapadia (BAFTA winner, best documentary for 'Senna')

Publication date: 14 February 2012

Student’s film screened at Cannes

A postgraduate Bangor student who graduated with a Distinction from the university last week has had his film accepted at a prestigious film festival.

Publication date: 20 July 2015

Students’ music video heads for viral fame

Having their heads shaved for charity proved the impetus for two Bangor University Music students to create a music video which is rapidly going ‘viral’ on the internet.

At the time of writing, ‘The Changing Man’ by Colonel Dax has had over 160,000 views on YouTube, with comments and messages of support from as far afield as Australia and America and Spain.

Publication date: 8 February 2017

Student’s play receives welcome on tour

An student at the University's School of Welsh is behind a new currently touring Wales and taking the world of Welsh theatre by storm.

Llŷr Titus is being described as ‘one of Wales’ hottest young playwrights’, and his latest play, ‘Drych’, is produced by Cwmni’r Frân Wen, under the direction of Ffion Haf, who also happens to be a Theatre and Performance Lecturer at Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies & Media, as well as an associate Director with Cwmni’r Frân Wen.

Publication date: 6 October 2015

Students turn Bangor University campus into a game

Bangor University campus will be turned into a big game this Friday.

Publication date: 26 April 2018

Student wins cash for climate change film

A PhD student at the School of Creative Studies and Media has won two grants in order to produce a short film on the benefits of a new technique to tackle climate change.

Publication date: 24 November 2015

Student work shorlisted for the Ffresh Award: Student Moving Image Festival Of Wales.

Second year SCSM documentary project has been shortlisted in the factual category at Ffresh, the Student Moving Image Festival Of  Wales. 

Publication date: 11 January 2012

Success for Ensemble Cymru talent

A former Bangor University music student who is one of renowned musical organization Ensemble Cymru’s rising stars is celebrating an exciting new job.

Collette Astley-Jones who completed her Masters in Music at Bangor in October has been snapped up by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for the role of Artistic Planning and Ensemble Assistant. Prior to this Collette worked as the orchestral manager for the Bangor University based Ensemble’s Peter and the Wolf National Tour.

Publication date: 29 April 2014

Sunday Times CD of the Week accolade for music student’s band

A third year music student at Bangor University has had a great beginning to his musical new year- as his band Y Niwl’s album of the same name receives the accolade of The Sunday Times’ Culture Section Rock & Pop CD of the Week (2.1.11).

Publication date: 13 August 2012

Sunday Times CD of the Week accolade for music student’s band

One third year music student at Bangor University has had a great beginning to his musical new year- as his band Y Niwl’s album of the same name receives the accolade of The Sunday Times’ Culture Section Rock & Pop CD of the Week (2.1.11).

Publication date: 6 January 2011

Talented Anglesey-born choir leader and singer graduates

After a rollercoaster three-year journey and initially feeling out of his depth, a talented Anglesey-born student graduated with confidence at Bangor University this week. Former Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones pupil, Kiefer Jones, 22, from Amlwch, received a first-class BMus Music degree. 

Publication date: 15 July 2015

Talking About Music in Gaming

A Bangor University student has turned his love for computer games into a postgraduate degree in interactive narratives.

Publication date: 12 September 2019

Tech firms want to detect your emotions and expressions, but people don't like it

As revealed in a patent filing, Facebook is interested in using webcams and smartphone cameras to read our emotions, and track expressions and reactions. The idea is that by understanding emotional behaviour, Facebook can show us more of what we react positively to in our Facebook news feeds and less of what we do not – whether that’s friends’ holiday photos, or advertisements.

This might appear innocuous, but consider some of the detail. In addition to smiles, joy, amazement, surprise, humour and excitement, the patent also lists negative emotions. Possibly being read for signs of disappointment, confusion, indifference, boredom, anger, pain and depression is neither innocent, nor fun.

This article by Andrew McStay, Reader in Advertising and Digital Media, School of Creative Studies & Media Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 27 June 2017


Publication date: 11 September 2019

“That’s a wrap” Film-making student graduates

A business-minded Bangor University student graduates this week after three years of hard work and an illustrious beginning to his film-making career.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

The American New Wave: A Retrospective

Publication date: 8 January 2019

Theatre lecturer celebrates double success

A Bangor University lecturer has received £5000 from the Arts Council of Wales in order to trial a ‘Performance Lab’ that will explore new ideas in Welsh theatre.

Publication date: 29 March 2017

The launch of a 'unique reference book on Welsh music'

On Thursday, September 27th, at Powis Hall, Bangor University, an event was held to mark the launch of a new and highly significant volume on music in Wales. Cydymaith i Gerddoriaeth Cymru (‘Companion to the Music of Wales’) is an authoritative encyclopedia that covers all aspects of music in Wales from the 6th Century to the present day and is the result of a collaborative project between the School of Music and Media at Bangor University and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Publication date: 28 September 2018

The power of music driving Alistair's achievements

For Alistair OʼMahoney, 21, from Neath, choosing to study Music at university was a natural step. Raised in a musical family, he received piano lessons from an early age and was also a member of his county’s brass band, playing at one of the greatest First World War monuments, the Menin Gate, on the site of the Ypres battlefield, during one tour abroad with the band.

Publication date: 18 July 2019

“This is how we do it at Bangor!”

Christmas has come early for a first year Film Studies student after he won a HD GoPro camera for coming first in a Viral Video Competition run by the University’s Corporate Communications and Marketing Department.

Publication date: 20 December 2012

Thursday's Eisteddfod Activities - Music takes centre stage

Bangor University’s School of Music takes charge of the activities at Bangor University’s stand on the Eisteddfod field every Thursday, and this year’s no exception, with a full day of musical activities and performances  to suit every age and taste.

Publication date: 2 August 2013

Tickling the ivories for McDonald's World Cup Campaign

A Lecturer in Composition at Bangor University is to be heard on the McDonald’s World Cup Web Advertising Campaign which has had over five million views on YouTube alone.

Publication date: 7 July 2014

TransForm - Telling new stories about body image

Bibliotherapy is the idea that we can use stories about other people to help us think differently and more positively about our own concerns. Bringing bibliotherapy into the 21st Century, this project explores how we might use digital fictions online story-games to support young women in developing frameworks for more positive thinking regarding their body

Publication date: 28 June 2013

Trump stranger than fiction, says lecturer up for prestigious book award

As the United States gears up for another Presidential Election, a Bangor University Lecturer’s book on the mythology of American Presidents has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Publication date: 25 February 2016

Two Bangor Music Staff Represented in Recent Ashgate Publication on Minimalist Music

Two members of staff from the School of Music have produced important chapters for The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music, recently published by Ashgate Press. Tristian Evans’s ‘Analysing minimalist and postminimalist music: an overview of methodologies’ and Pwyll ap Siôn’s ‘Reference and quotation in minimalist and postminimalist music’ form two of the volume’s twenty-two chapters, which includes a foreword by famous American composer Steve Reich.

Publication date: 19 November 2013

Two world-renowned documentary makers come to Bangor

Two world-renowned documentary makers will be amongst the speakers at the biannual Cyfrwng conference at Bangor University this week.

Publication date: 22 July 2014

UK's first 'popular' digital fiction writing competition launched

The first ever UK competition to find the best new examples of popular digital fiction has been launched by Sheffield Hallam University and Bangor University.

Publication date: 26 August 2016

US visit to research Kubrik- possibly the greatest post-war American Film Director

Dr Nathan Abrams, a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies & Media, has won a prestigious highly-competitive, and internationally-recognised Dorot Foundation Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

Publication date: 19 June 2013

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

War Veterans Aided by Nature films produced by student

Short wildlife films produced by second year student Osian Wiilliams have been snapped by up therapists at an American hospital treating soldiers suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Publication date: 14 November 2011

Wednesday's Eisteddfod Activities - History, Music and a Reunion for former students and staff

The University Yesterday & Today; Bangor University Reunion &  Music: Our nation’s Third language?

Publication date: 2 August 2013

Welsh advertising under the spotlight

A lecturer at the School of Creative Studies and Media at Bangor University has won a grant to study professional advertising practice in Wales.

Publication date: 9 July 2014

Welsh booksellers turn to social media

Welsh bookseller’s attitudes to social networking will be the subject of a pioneering new research project at the School of Creative Studies and Media at Bangor University.

Dr. Eben Muse, Deputy Head of the School, has received a grant from the Strategic Insight Program to work in partnership with the Welsh Books Council on the project over the coming months.

Publication date: 16 January 2014

Welsh documentary network prepares for launch

A new network for Welsh documentary makers co-founded by a film lecturer at the School of Creative Studies and Media at Bangor University will launch this month.

Documentary Wales / Dogfen Cymru has been established by practitioners to act as a catalyst to support, stimulate, inspire and nurture documentary making in Wales.

The launch event will be held at the on the 8th of June at Sheffield Doc/Fest, the UK's largest international documentary festival.

Publication date: 4 June 2014

Welsh language media could hold the solution to Wales’s democratic deficit

This article by Ifan Morgan Jones Lecturer in Journalism, School of Creative Studies and Media was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 11 August 2017

‘Welsh opera’s reward’

Nationwide performances of the newly commissioned Welsh language opera, Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd (Gareth Glyn, composer and Mererid Hopwood, librettist) by OPRA Cymru were duly rewarded during this year’s Wales Theatre Awards (2018) ceremony held in Newport recently. Following a pan-Wales tour in November 2017, to capacity audiences and rave reviews, the company (OPRA Cymru) received ‘The Best Welsh Language Production’ award (2018) for the outstanding quality of its work.   

Publication date: 2 February 2018

Why Holocaust jokes can only be told by a Jewish comedian

When Larry David joked about chatting up women in Nazi concentration camps recently he caused a minor storm of outrage.

David has joked about the Holocaust before. In the comedy show he co-created, Seinfeld, an entire episode is devoted to Schindler’s List. In his own show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, he plays Wagner (a favourite composer of Adolf Hitler) to a co-religionist who accuses him of being a self-hater. He invites a cast member of the reality show Survivor to meet a Holocaust survivor and they proceed to argue over who had it worse off. Many suggested David’s jokes weren’t in good taste, that he had crossed a line this time. But had he?

This article by Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film Studies at the School of Ctreative Studies & Media was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 9 November 2017

Women in Publishing: a one-day symposium

Women in Publishing. On 15 February 2020, Bangor University will host influential women from across the publishing world for a one-day symposium.  

Publication date: 10 February 2020

Women's Work in Music - Ensemble Cymru perform new music in Pontio

Two classical music concerts at Bangor University’s Pontio are set to be the highlight of the First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music (4-7 September) celebrating the achievements of women musicians. 

Publication date: 29 August 2017

Ysgol Bro Lleu pupils to feature in festival

Pupils will be using body percussion to create their own compositions at top festival in north Wales.

9 and 10 year old pupils from Ysgol Bro Lleu, Penygroes have been invited to take a significant part in an event at the Bangor Music Festival, which takes place in Pontio arts centre on 8 and 9 February.

Publication date: 8 February 2019

Zip World Triumph for Enterprising Students

Bangor University’s Enterprise by Design team are delighted to have pioneering company, Zip World as the commercial partner this year to provide the students with a meaningful challenge that actively seeks to contribute to the future success of the company.

Twelve multidisciplinary teams pitched for a stake in the £5,000 prize fund following ten weeks of working alongside postgraduate facilitators and academic specialists in a design-led process to tackle a real world design brief.

Publication date: 24 April 2017