News Archive: November 2013

Get better at managing multiple medicine use, warns report

Policy, medical training and clinical practice have failed to adapt to a significant increase in the number of patients taking multiple prescription drugs, according to a new report published by The King’s Fund and authored by an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Bangor University.

Publication date: 28 November 2013

Bangor scientists contribute to efforts to reduce environmental destruction and poverty in Madagascar

Bangor University is leading research investigating how poverty is closely tied to the state of the environment in countries such as Madagascar. The research project which aims to help understand the linkages between poverty and the destruction of tropical rainforest brings together scientists from Madagascar, the UK, the USA and the Netherlands.

Publication date: 26 November 2013

Ground-Breaking project to brain-scan shoppers

Psychologists at Bangor University are to brain-scan supermarket-shoppers to test their reactions to promotions and special offers in a major cutting-edge project  with one of Europe’s leading shopping behaviour specialists.

Publication date: 22 November 2013

Midwives Scoop Awards

Two Bangor University staff have won prizes in the 2013 Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Awards recently.

Publication date: 22 November 2013

Movember Charity Football Match

Staff from Bangor University will compete in a charity football match to help raise money for Movember, a charity that raises vital funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

Publication date: 22 November 2013

New Sports Dome Opened by Lord Coe

Lord Coe, the man who made the London 2012 Olympic Games a reality, officially opened a new sports facility at Bangor University on Monday (25.11.13). While visiting the University, Seb Coe officially opened a new indoor tennis and netball facility at Bangor Universities Sport Centre. Part of an on-going refurbishment of the University’s sports facilities, which are used by students and the local community, the weatherproof sports dome provides facilities for indoor netball and tennis throughout the year.

Publication date: 22 November 2013

Bangor Law School to hold Career Fair

Bangor University Law School is to hold its first ever Law Fair for the benefit of current and prospective students.

Taking place in Reichel Hall on Wednesday, 27 November, the event will give students from twelve local schools a rare opportunity to discuss their career options with practising barristers, solicitors and in-house lawyers. The guest of honour will be Sir Roderick Evans, a retired High Court Judge and former Presiding Judge of Wales.

Publication date: 21 November 2013

Bangor University’s second round University Challenge appearance

Having won their first round programme of University Challenge, by beating neighbouring Aberystwyth University by a resounding 230 points to 110, Bangor University’s team now compete in their second round match of television’s most difficult quiz show. You can watch the programme, on Monday 25 November on BBC 2 at 8.00pm.

Publication date: 20 November 2013

One step closer to the supermarket for project seeking to convert Welsh grass into sustainable food packaging

Prototype trials are underway for a university and industry-led project to convert Welsh ryegrass into sustainable food packaging.

Publication date: 19 November 2013

Seeds of hope emerge across the world’s drylands

Drylands occupy 40% of the earth’s land area and are home to 2.5 billion people – nearly a third of the world’s population. People in dry areas are forced to contend with severe environmental degradation and increasing climate variability, aggravated by amongst the highest population growth rates in the world. A groundbreaking paper heralding a new integrated systems approach to agricultural research in the drylands, was published in the journal Food Security recently (18.11.13).

Publication date: 19 November 2013

Bangor University graduate presents for the BBC Natural History Unit

Dr Ross Piper, 37, who studied Zoology and Animal Ecology at Bangor University, recently returned from a six week expedition in Burma, during which he was working as a presenter for the BBC Natural History Unit. The three-part series will be broadcast on Friday November 29th on BBC2 at 9pm.

Publication date: 14 November 2013

Clam found to be over 500 years old

Further research following a field trip carried out by Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences in 2006 has led us to identify the age of a clam more accurately.

The clam in question was dredged during a research cruise in Icelandic coastal waters that formed part of a project investigating climate changes over the last 1000 years.

Publication date: 14 November 2013

Law Teacher of the Year Award shortlist announced

A Bangor University lecturer has been shortlisted for the prestigious Law Teacher of the Year 2014 award. Sarah Marie Nason from the School of Law is one of six shortlisted law teachers who were nominated from institutions from across the UK. 

Publication date: 13 November 2013

Making full use of plant resources

Ivy, which grows abundantly in Wales, is just one of a range of plants being investigated for the fine chemicals and other valuable extracts and fibres that they contain. These materials are being explored in a biorefinery on Anglesey which could provide a model for future rural employment. The  research is looking for  viable replacements for current products and ingredients currently derived from crude oil, which are used across the manufacturing and construction industry.

The research and development work to provide new sources of fine chemicals and other materials is being done by a leading Centre at Bangor University. The focus of the BioComposites Centre’s work is on finding new uses for valuable natural resources, which we’re currently either ignoring completely, throwing away. 

Publication date: 12 November 2013

Double success at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research conference

Emily Holmes and Dr Paul Parham of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) at Bangor University were awarded best podium presentation overall and best podium presentation for new investigators, respectively, at the 16th annual European congress of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) in Dublin on the 6th November.

Publication date: 8 November 2013

Encompassing World Culture

Local and international students will be getting dressed up to perform or share activities that provide a glimpse of their native cultures at an international festival taking place at Bangor University on Saturday, 30 November.

Publication date: 8 November 2013

Bangor Business School enters top 15 in the world for banking research

Bangor Business School is now amongst the top 15 institutions in the world for research in the field of Banking (as of October 2013).

Publication date: 7 November 2013

Olympic Chief to visit Bangor

One of Britain’s greatest-ever middle distance runners, and the man who made the London 2012 Olympic Games a reality, will visit Bangor University in November for a special event to discuss his life and career.

“An evening with Seb Coe” will take place in Prichard-Jones Hall in the Main University Building at 7.00pm on Monday 25 November. Lord Coe will be in conversation with the Chair of the University Council and fellow peer, Lord Davies of Abersoch. Admission to the event will be by ticket only – there is no charge, but to obtain a ticket please contact Lynne Hughes (sebcoe2511@bangor.ac.uk). Entry to the hall will be on a first-come, first-served basis – with doors opening at 6.20pm.

Publication date: 7 November 2013

£4.9 million pounds to train new generation of environmental scientists

Bangor University is poised to train a new generation of environmental scientists equipped to tackle the challenges of a planet under pressure, under a £4.9 million initiative which has been funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Publication date: 6 November 2013

Bangor University is improving its Green Impact

As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Bangor University has been selected to take part of an exciting programme led by the National Union of Students’ (NUS). Green Impact Universities and Colleges is an environmental accreditation scheme which helps people improve their working environments and positively impact the lives of their students whilst gaining recognition for their efforts. The scheme began in 2006, and has grown rapidly to working with 46 Universities and Colleges, 105 Students’ Unions, and over 44,000 members of staff across the country – all coming together to lessen their environmental impact.

Publication date: 6 November 2013

Innovation in Armed Forces training

A project which has transformed recruitment training in the British Army and led to changes in the delivery of training across all three UK Armed Forces, has been highlighted at Bangor University recently, by winning one of the University’s first Enterprise and Impact Awards.

Publication date: 6 November 2013

Welsh play a part in dementia research

Dementia numbers in the UK have been in decline over the past 20 years according to results from a large research study which reported earlier this year. Figures in the report from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study suggested that the figures for England, if applied to the whole UK, imply  that there are 214,000 fewer cases of dementia than predicted. That would also mean that there are currently around 670,000 people living in the UK with dementia, rather than the estimated number of 800,000 - 900,000.

To help understand the situation in Wales, Bangor University is leading the Welsh version of this research. The researchers intend to announce specific statistics for dementia rates for Wales next summer. 

Publication date: 5 November 2013

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

Archive of the month

Publication date: 1 November 2013

Archive of the Month

Survey of the Bodorgan estate made by Lewis Morris 1724-1727

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Publication date: 1 November 2013