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News Archive: January 2011

Leave your comfort zones behind you! Postgraduate ‘Beyond Boundaries 2011 – Transition’ Conference

Now in its fifth year, the latest Beyond Boundaries (BB)  conference brought together Bangor postgraduate students from across disciplines for a fascinating and valuable experience of engagement with non specialists. Organised by the Research Students’ Forum (RSF) and supported by the Academic Development Unit and Vice-Chancellor’s office, BB again provided that rare but essential opportunity to go beyond the actual ‘nose to screen’ research and share our experiences.

Publication date: 28 January 2011

Bangor offers ten new international Forestry distance learning Scholarships thanks to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Staff at Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) are delighted to announce that the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) have agreed to fund 10 places for scholars from developing commonwealth countries to study on the MSc Forestry (distance learning) course.  The scholarship will include international tuition fees, plus a travel scholarship to enable scholars to attend a field course in 2012 or 2013.

Publication date: 26 January 2011

University appoints Welsh Medium and Civic Engagement Champion

Bangor University has appointed Mr Wyn Thomas to the post of Pro Vice Chancellor with responsibility for Welsh Medium and Civic Engagement.


Originally from Aberystwyth, Mr Wyn Thomas graduated from Bangor University, and has worked at the University’s School of Music since 1979.


His main role in the new post will be to develop and lead the University’s strategies for furthering the Welsh language, bilingualism, and Welsh medium study, as well as to develop the University’s relationship with external organisations and the community. In this respect, he will be taking an active part in the development of the PONTIO project.

Publication date: 24 January 2011

First Minister launches multi-million pound arts centre for Bangor

Pontio, an iconic arts and innovation centre in the heart of Bangor was launched today [Friday 21 January] when First Minister Carwyn Jones visited the development.

Publication date: 21 January 2011

Bangor archaeology research on early Iceland attracts international attention

Publication date: 20 January 2011

Are you considering postgraduate study?

You can never be too overqualified for today’s job market- a post graduate qualification could assist you in marking you out amongst applicants, could open doors to new career opportunities or could help you to move forward or change direction in your current career.

Bangor University is holding a Postgraduate Courses Fair on Friday 18 February 2011 between 12.30 – 2.30.

This is to enable current students at Bangor and graduates working locally or wanting to study at Bangor to visit the University and learn at first-hand what options for taught and research degrees are available at the University.

Publication date: 19 January 2011

Computers that can understand our emotions?

Having a computer that can read our emotions could lead to all sorts of new applications, including computer games where the player has to control their emotions while playing. Thomas Christy, a Computer Science PhD student at Bangor University is hoping to bring this reality a little nearer by developing a system that will enable computers to read and interpret our emotions and moods in real time.

Publication date: 19 January 2011

Student helps to transform Sain’s website

A postgraduate student at Bangor University is transforming Welsh record company, Sain’s website as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the University and the company.

Publication date: 18 January 2011

Work on marine climate history attracts prestigious Medal Award

Dr Paul Butler of the School of Ocean Sciences has been awarded the prestigious Lewis Penny Medal by the Quaternary Research Association for his research on marine climate history. The prize recognizes early career researchers who have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the changing climate and environment of the last 2 million years.

Publication date: 18 January 2011

Young people invited to express their views on science and environment

Express your views in a song, a video, a photograph! Two competitions for young people, focusing on science and environmental themes, and offering amazing cash prizes, are being launched this week as part of Bangor’s first week-long Science Festival.

The Science Festival runs from Friday 11 March until Saturday 19 March 2011 and will have events to appeal to all ages and interests.

Publication date: 17 January 2011

First Minister launches new North and Mid Wales Centre of Teacher Education

The First Minister of Wales, Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones, today (14 January 2011) launched the new North and Mid Wales Centre of Teacher Education.
The launch took place at the School of Education & Lifelong Learning at Bangor University, and over 150 staff, students and school mentors at Aberystwyth joined the launch via a live video link. There was also a live video link with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales studio in Cardiff.

Publication date: 14 January 2011

Translation Technology Helps Welsh Industry

Translation technology can help industry in Wales reach new markets and at the same time help sustain and develop Wales’ own bilingual communities. 

A joint conference between Swansea and Bangor Universities, to be held at Bangor University on 14 January 2011, will showcase the latest developments in the field of speech and language technologies.

Publication date: 14 January 2011

Catfish study reveals importance of being ‘similar but different’

A group of armoured catfishes abundant in small rivers and streams across South America are not all they appear- in fact communities are far more diverse and complex than previously suspected.

A new multidisciplinary study, reported in Nature (6.1.11), has enabled evolutionary biologists at Bangor University to establish for the first time that many Corydoras catfish that live together in the same rivers actually mimic each other’s colour patterns.

Publication date: 6 January 2011

Keep a stiff upper lip when facing ill-health

People who can put on a brave face during adversity are better able to bounce back from illness, according to research conducted at Bangor University.

A positive outlook on life that fosters a sense of resilience could help you bounce back from the challenges of ill-health. 

Research examining how people respond to the various challenges of the ageing
process, found that psychological resilience is the key for maintaining mental well-being when dealing with serious complaints such as arthritis, diabetes and heart conditions in later life.

Publication date: 6 January 2011

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

‘Low Carbon Living’ to take lucky students to China

Can you write a creative, informative and interesting article about Low carbon Living? Can you describe low carbon living in the future or tell stories of your participation in low carbon activities or projects. Do you have experiences and ideas of living a low carbon life which you can share?

Publication date: 5 January 2011