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News Archive: May 2012

Bangor University academic invited to international panel on animal by-products disposal

Animal by-products may not be a subject that many give a great deal of thought to, but their safe and effective disposal is something that is extremely important with regards to disease, food security, and even climate change. Millions of tonnes of animal by-products are generated every year as a result of the food and agriculture industry, and the subject is of growing global importance.

Publication date: 31 May 2012

Environmental Treble for Bangor University

Bangor University is the ‘greenest’ University in Wales according to People and Planet, the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment.  In the 2012 League published in the Guardian, Bangor topped the League of Welsh Universities and moved from 28th to 19th in the UK wide table. And, at the same time as the League was announced, the University was being awarded Level 5 of the Green Dragon Environmental Standard for its commitment to achieving continual environmental improvement.

Publication date: 31 May 2012

Bangor University continues to invest in the student experience

Bangor University is announcing the creation of 11 new posts across the range of its student support services with additional staffing in areas such as student welfare and library support, funded as part of the University’s commitment to students under the auspices of its new fee plan. Consideration has been given to providing the maximum benefit to students across all disciplines and from all backgrounds.

Publication date: 30 May 2012

Bangor Wins Prestigious Higher Education Academy Award

Three academics from Bangor University have been awarded a prestigious Higher Education Academy (HEA) award to support the development of learning and teaching across UK higher education.

Dr Nichola Callow, Dr James Hardy and Dr Calum Arthur of Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences are to lead a programme researching “The effect of transformational supervision on student engagement, retention and success.”

Publication date: 30 May 2012

Student Led Teaching Awards 2012

Over Two hundred students, course representatives and University staff came together recently to celebrate Bangor’s first Student Led Teaching Awards.

Publication date: 30 May 2012

Welsh business boosted by first distributed national supercomputing network in the UK

Wales has become the first country in the UK to boast a distributed national supercomputing network, meaning Welsh businesses can now access some of the most advanced computing technology in the world, along with the training, outreach and technical support to exploit it effectively.

This announcement marks the latest milestone for High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales, which was formed to manage a shared service collaboration of the Universities in Wales. Our unique venture enables Welsh companies and university researchers to speed up innovation by accessing the latest supercomputing technology. Bangor University is proud to be a member of this initiative.

Publication date: 30 May 2012

Bangor University helps government of Madagascar develop a strategy to tackle bushmeat hunting

Bushmeat hunting - the hunting of wild animals for food, is recognised as a major conservation issue across much of the tropics. However until recently the threat this poses to Madagascar’s wildlife, including its famous lemurs, was not wildly recognised. Following three years of research by Bangor University with the Malagasy NGO Madagasikara Voakajy (funded by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative), there is now much more information on the extent of this problem and how it could be tackled.

Publication date: 29 May 2012

Members of the School of English win teaching awards

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

Publication date: 29 May 2012

New veg co-op finds a home on campus

A local Veg Co-op which allows people to buy locally grown vegetables was successfully relaunched at the Maes Glas Sports Centre recently.

Publication date: 29 May 2012

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

Bangor University and Outlook Expeditions working together to make a difference

A PhD student from Bangor University is working with Outlook Expeditions to make sure that young people get the most out of their expeditions.

Samantha McElligott, who currently lives in Llandegfan, Anglesey, is working with Outlook Expeditions under the three year KESS programme at Bangor University to measure the benefits of overseas expeditions as a positive developmental experience for young people.

Publication date: 25 May 2012

Buzz as Olympic Flame reaches Bangor

 A variety of events have been organised by the University to contribute to the festivities welcoming the Olympic Flame to the city.

Publication date: 25 May 2012

Year 7 pupils test their spelling in another language

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

Publication date: 25 May 2012

Dementia Services training features in documentary

The work done to support and train carers of people with dementia, carried out by Bangor University’s Dementia Services Development Centre features in Dementia: Making a difference,  to be shown on BBC 2 Wales tonight (24.5.12) at 22.00.

Publication date: 24 May 2012

First Global Study: Seagrass beds can store twice as much carbon as forests

Globally threatened seabed areas are hotspots for carbon storage according to a paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience this week (20.5.11 doi:10.1038/ngeo1477 ). The study “Seagrass Ecosystems as a Globally Significant Carbon Stock” is the first global analysis of carbon stored in seagrass meadows.

Publication date: 22 May 2012

Modern Languages Staff do well in Student-led teaching awards

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

Publication date: 22 May 2012

New means of safeguarding world fish stocks proven

Powerful and versatile new genetic tools that will assist in safeguarding both European fish stocks and European consumers is reported in Nature Communications (DOI 10.1038/ncomms1845 22/05/12). The paper reports on the first system proven to identify populations of fish species to a forensic level of validation.

Publication date: 22 May 2012

Olympic Flame comes to Bangor

Alan Edwards, Head of International Support Services at Bangor University, said: “The Olympic Games are a celebration of international sport and our International students are very excited to see the flame in Bangor. They are all looking forward to welcoming the flame in a very colorful and eye-catching style!”

Publication date: 17 May 2012

Bangor PhD Student receives award at the 6th World Fisheries Congress

Gwladys Lambert, who recently completed her PhD in the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, was awarded joint second best oral presentation at the 6th World Fisheries Congress held in Edinburgh 7-11th May.

Publication date: 16 May 2012

Rare Charles Dickens book on show

A rare edition of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens can be seen at Bangor University.

‘Charles Dickens – A Life in Print’ is the current exhibition being held in the Shankland Reading Room at Bangor University’s Main Library to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the famous author.

Publication date: 16 May 2012

Bangor University Awards Peer Guide of the Year 2012

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

Publication date: 13 May 2012

Welsh Academic Travels to Poland

Dr Aled Llion Jones, of the School of Welsh, will this week be travelling to universities in Poland, where he has been invited both to lecture on aspects of medieval Welsh literature and also to contribute to projects involving the translation of contemporary Welsh literature into Polish.

Publication date: 13 May 2012

Local groups can benefit from University Trans(formations) project

Bangor University hopes to unleash the creative powers of its students for the benefit of local charities and community development groups in the region.  In a new and exciting project, Bangor University students, and those at the School of Creative Studies & Media in particular, are being encouraged to work with third sector organisations on creative, vibrant and challenging projects that will promote particular issues or bring new audiences to community groups.

Publication date: 11 May 2012

Professor Gerwyn Wiliams's latest book has been placed on the Short List of Wales Book of the Year 2012

Gerwyn Wiliams published Rhwng Gwibdaith a Coldplay (Gwasg y Bwthyn) last summer.  Moving between Cardiff Bay and Ground Zero, it conveys his impressions of contemporary life within personal and public spheres.

Publication date: 11 May 2012

Researchers meet in Ireland to discuss impacts of climate change to Irish Sea shellfisheries

SUSFISH researchers from Wales and Ireland recently met at University College Cork to discuss the impacts of climate change to commercial shellfish productivity in the Irish Sea.  Bangor University is leading this collaborative project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which brings together experts from Bangor, Aberystwyth and Swansea Universities in Wales and the University College Cork in Ireland.

Publication date: 11 May 2012

Welsh Language Partnership Council appointment

Dr Lowri Angharad Ahronson of Canolfan Bedwyr has been appointed to the Welsh Language Partnership Council. Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills, chairs the Council and the group is responsible for advising and making representations to Welsh Ministers in relation to the Welsh Language Strategy and the annual action plans under the strategy.

Publication date: 11 May 2012

Psychologists reveal how emotion can shut down high-level mental processes without our knowledge

Psychologists at Bangor University believe that they have glimpsed for the first time, a process that takes place deep within our unconscious brain, where primal reactions interact with higher mental processes. Writing in the Journal of Neuroscience (May 9, 2012 • 32(19):6485– 6489 • 6485), they identify a reaction to negative language inputs which shuts down unconscious processing.

Publication date: 9 May 2012

Bangor’s Santander Entrepreneurs

Product Design student Tom Purnell and postgraduate Consumer Psychology student Will Osborn have won the Bangor University round of the Santander Entrepreneurship Awards and will be representing the University at the UK round later this year.

Publication date: 8 May 2012

Bangor University announces Honorary Fellows for 2012

Bangor University has announced the names of distinguished individuals who will be awarded Honorary Fellowships in 2012.  All Fellowships will be conferred during Degree Ceremonies between 14 and 20 July.

Publication date: 8 May 2012

Bangor University's Marine Scientists participate in World Fisheries Congress

The official flag of the World Fisheries Congress has resided at Bangor University for the four years since the last Congress in Yokohama when Professor Michel Kaiser of the School of Ocean Sciences was handed the baton for the upcoming 6th World Fisheries Congress which will open next  Tuesday 8th May at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Publication date: 3 May 2012

Don't make a mistake; don't make a mistake; DOH!

Athletes at the Olympic Games will strive to perform to their potential under intense pressure this summer. Each one will be trying to win a gold medal and concentrating on not making any mistakes. However, researchers at Bangor University’s Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) have revealed that some performers are likely to make a mistake that they least want to.

Publication date: 2 May 2012

How personality affects sporting achievement

At the highest level of sporting performance, the difference between winning and losing may have more to do with your personality than your sporting prowess.

To achieve ‘Gold’, athletes need to be able to perform at a high level while under an immense amount of pressure. The key to success is the combination of the highest level of athletic performance and the ability to perform while also under great personal stress.  While some individuals thrive under pressure, others will ‘choke’ and fail to perform as well as in training - when the stress is reduced.

Publication date: 2 May 2012

Impact of Bangor University research on London 2012 highlighted in new Report

Bangor University’s research is included in a new report showing the impact of universities’ research and sport development on the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and UK sport generally. The report has been released as part of Universities Week (30 April – 7 May) which aims to increase public awareness of the wide and varied role of the UK’s universities.

Publication date: 2 May 2012

Students selected for the Olympic torch relay

Allys Allsop, a student at Bangor University, is one of ten students from across the UK selected by Coca-Cola, a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic torch relay, to recognise and reward the positive contributions made by many students every day.

Also carrying the Flame, is 21 year old Caitlen Moon of Stafford, who will be running through Great Wyrley on 30 June 2012.

Publication date: 2 May 2012

From Consumer Psychology to Ella's Kitchen

Paul Dazeley accepted an invitation from Dr James Intrilligator to come back to Bangor to talk to students currently studying MSc Consumer Psychology, the course Paul graduate from a few years ago.

Publication date: 1 May 2012