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News Archive: October 2013

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

Bangor University dominates Snowdonia Marathon Eryri

Bangor University dominated the Snowdonia Marathon Eryri with a current student winning the Women’s category and a local graduate winning the Men’s category.

Publication date: 30 October 2013

Bangor University short video shortlisted for the THE World University Rankings video competition

A short video which captures the three best things about Bangor University has been shortlisted for the Time Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings video competition.

Publication date: 30 October 2013

Bangor University Archives on the Cerys Matthews show

Remember to tune into Radio 6 Music this Sunday morning between 10.00 and 1.00 (3rd November 2013).

Publication date: 29 October 2013

Can National Parks benefit both people and wildlife?

National Parks, Nature Reserves and other protected areas have existed in some form since the 19th century and now cover some 13% of the global land area, but we don’t fully understand the impact on human populations of devoting such large areas of land to wildlife conservation. A systematic review of the evidence published today (28 October 2013 in Journal Environmental Evidence) suggests that there can be both positive and negative impacts when protected areas are established, but our understanding of how more win-win outcomes for both people and nature can be achieved is limited.

Publication date: 28 October 2013

Does north Wales have what it takes to lead the green economy?

With one third of UK businesses investing in the research and development of green products and services, could north Wales be a role model for the green economy and reap the benefits?

Publication date: 28 October 2013

Premiere was a howling success thanks to Rhys

Supporters of Hollywood actor Rhys Ifans, who is also an honorary fellow of Bangor University, were special guests at a preview of a production of ' Peter and the Wolf ' in the Welsh language for the first time this month.

Publication date: 28 October 2013

Catching the light with the Rainbow Nation

During September a team of scientists from Bangor and Swansea Universities and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) ran scientific outreach workshops, for children of all ages, in Durban and Mafikeng, South Africa. The event, Catching the Light with the Rainbow Nation, was an extremely ambitious project with the aim of increasing the popularity and understanding of chemistry in South Africa.

Publication date: 25 October 2013

January 2014 intake announced for selected Masters programmes

Owing to the demand for places, Bangor University is to offer January entry to selected taught postgraduate courses in January 2014.

Publication date: 25 October 2013

First Ever Psychology Conference to be held in Welsh

The first ever Psychology Conference to be held solely in Welsh takes place at Bangor University on Monday 4 November 2013.

Bangor University’s School of Psychology is presenting the event. The School, which is internationally renowned, has also been developing its Welsh medium psychology provision recently. The Conference is free, but delegated need to book in advance. There is also simultaneous translation for non-Welsh speakers.

Publication date: 24 October 2013

Student Selected for National Swimming Championships

Third year Bangor University Marine Biology students Leo Johnson has qualified for the 100m Freestyle at the National Open Short Course Disability Swimming Championships 2013 to be held  at the Ponds Forge International Swimming Pool in Sheffield on 23-24 November 2013. This event will feature the best para- swimmers from across Great Britain.

Publication date: 24 October 2013

Testing an effective Anti-bullying programme for Wales

A research centre at Bangor University, which has been instrumental in researching and introducing new and innovative services for children and their families that have been adopted across Wales, is now turning its attention to the problem of school bullying.

Publication date: 23 October 2013

Re-Formed Welsh Drama Society presents two productions

Following the resurrection of Cymdeithas y Ddrama Gymraeg, (the Welsh Drama Society) which was established at Bangor in 1923 under the direction of none other than renowned Welsh poet R. Williams Parry, the re-formed Society is now ready to present its first productions.

The Society will present the Welsh language play, 'Siwan' by Saunders Lewis on the 6 December and  'Bobi a Sami' by Wil Sam  on November 29.

Both performances take place in the John Philips Hall on College Road at 7.00. Tickets will be available on the door and are pried £5.

Publication date: 22 October 2013

Bangor University Psychologist to receive Hollywood Award

A Bangor University psychologist has been invited to Hollywood to collect a television and film industry Award.

Publication date: 21 October 2013

Managing ecosystems for people, nature and economy

We are using up the earth’s ‘natural capital’ faster than the earth can replace it.  It’s far easier to see how we’re using non-renewable natural resources such as coal or oil, but we’re also  over-using other resources and ‘services’ that are less visible, but no less important to our survival - things such as pollination of food crops,  the earth’s ability to store carbon in peatlands and purify the atmosphere by plants.  A new approach is being developed which takes these natural ‘services’ into account.

Publication date: 17 October 2013

Student reaches Erasmus photography competition final

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

Publication date: 15 October 2013

Don't say 'Hi!' say 'Su’mae?'

Bangor University is encouraging staff and students to greet each other in Welsh on Tuesday October 15th – which is Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae!

Publication date: 14 October 2013

Maes Glas hosting the Wales U21 team for Training

Following the success of hosting Finland's U21 Football team for training before their match against Wales in August, Bangor University will be the training base for the Wales U21 football team before two games this month.  The Wales U21 squad take on Lithuania and San Marino at Bangor City’s BookPeople Stadium and the team will be using Bangor University's Treborth pitches to prepare before the games.

Publication date: 11 October 2013

New Pro Vice-Chancellor Welsh Medium & Civic Engagement Appointed

Professor Jerry Hunter has been appointed to the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Welsh Medium and Civic Engagement at Bangor University.

Publication date: 11 October 2013

‘Theatr Bryn Terfel’ at Pontio

The theatre in Bangor University’s new Pontio building is to be named ‘Theatr Bryn Terfel’ in honour of the Gwynedd-born and internationally renowned opera star.

Publication date: 11 October 2013

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

Autumn brings its spectacular treats

A tree trunk in the woods at Treborth Botanic Garden, part of Bangor University,  has erupted in a profusion of the most amazing array of honey fungus.

Publication date: 10 October 2013

Congratulations to our University Challenge Team

Congratulations to the University’s new season University Challenge team  who won their first televised round against Aberystwyth University, in the most difficult of tv quiz shows, broadcast last night (Monday 14 October on BBC 2).

Publication date: 10 October 2013

Student Darryl successfully defends his World Championship title

A student who has held world Championship Kickboxing titles since 2009 is to be congratulated on again successfully defending his World Kickboxing Championship title.

Publication date: 10 October 2013

Annual Lecture- Implicit Modelling Comes of Age Brian Wyvill (University of Bath)

Despite great advances in computer graphics, it still takes many hours to build detailed computer models.  The manufacturing industry is entrenched in parametric models, and the triangle mesh still dominates, both as the subject of most modeling research, and as a medium for content creation for games and the movies. GPU hardware for processing and scanning hardware for capture, support the mesh modelling methodology over all else. 

Publication date: 3 October 2013

Boost for Bangor University as new term gets underway

Welsh language provision at Bangor University has received a significant boost due to funding by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

The university has appointed four lecturers through the Coleg’s Academic Staffing Scheme to work in Psychology, Law, Computer Science, Nursing and Health Care and Accountancy.

Publication date: 3 October 2013

Students compete for prestigious KESS Annual Award 2013

The ESF funded KESS (Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship) Project held its Annual Awards Evening at Techniquest in Cardiff Bay on the 12th September, inviting students, academics and companies from across Wales to take part in a research presentation challenge.

The pan-Wales KESS project enables students, academics and companies to work collaboratively on a research project that is tailored to the company’s needs.

Publication date: 3 October 2013

Archive of the Month

Archive of the month: Coch Bach y Bala

Publication date: 2 October 2013

Growing the Green Economy

Six Welsh businesses are travelling to Ireland this week (3 October) to spread the word about how their green ethos and credentials have helped their business.

The Gwynedd-based companies have been taking part in a green economy project with Bangor University. The Green Innovation Future Technologies Project (GIFT) is working to develop the green economy within Interreg regions in West Wales and Ireland. The project pools relevant expertise at Bangor University’s Business School and School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography and the School of Business and School of Science at Waterford Institute of Technology and University College Dublin’s School of Biology and Environmental Science.

Publication date: 2 October 2013

Student competes for Bryn Terfel Scholarship

A Welsh student at Bangor University is competing for the Bryn Terfel Scholarship this year.

Second year student Dion Lloyd Davies, 19, from Castell Newydd Emlyn, will take part in the competition, which will be broadcast live on S4C, on Sunday October 6th. There will also be an introductory half hour programme on S4C at 9.30pm on Wednesday, October 2nd .

Publication date: 2 October 2013