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News Archive: April 2014

Enterprising Bangor Students’ FLUX Success

A team from Bangor University have come second in the UK in the prestigious nationwide FLUX Competition, the higher education sector’s largest entrepreneurship competition which was held  recently.  Their challenge, which was designed to test business and commercial skills, was set by Costain; an international construction and engineering group.

Publication date: 29 April 2014

Chinese Kites over Treborth

Treborth Botanic Garden is set to host Bangor’s second Chinese Kite Festival on Sunday 4th May, promising a colourful afternoon of family fun in Treborth’s beautiful grounds, organised by Bangor University’s Confucius Institute.

This year’s Kite Festival follows on from the Confucius Institute’s highly successful event last September, when hundreds of people in north Wales took part in Chinese kite painting workshops and flight events across the region.

Publication date: 25 April 2014

An Evening with the two Dragons

Wales meets China for an inspirational evening of cross-cultural performance as musicians from Shanghai and Gwynedd prepare for a special concert at Bangor University on Thursday 1st May.

Publication date: 24 April 2014

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography is contributing to reclaiming and transforming degraded land in Indonesia

In a partnership between Universities and commercial organisations both in Indonesia and the UK, Bangor University has been successful in securing a £10,000 grant from the British Council Indonesia to seed-fund research projects that will help return disused former mining sites into productive land.

Publication date: 24 April 2014

Leah wins top prize

When Leah Jones from Rhyl, stumbled across the website of the UK Poetry Library she realised it was the perfect opportunity to submit a poem which she was particularly proud of.

Publication date: 23 April 2014

New resource for family historians available at Bangor University

Anyone researching their family history can have access to an extensive database of records at Bangor University Archive.

Thanks to generous donations from Bangor University alumni, The Bangor Fund has awarded Bangor University Library and Archives the monies to purchase an online database which provides free access to over 1.5billion records of family history, including birth, marriage and death details, parish records, military records and lists of individuals on sea voyages.

Publication date: 23 April 2014

Academics elected as Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales.

Two Bangor University academics elected as Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales.

The Learned Society of Wales announced the results of its 2014 Election of new Fellows this week.  Of the forty three new Fellows, two were from Bangor University – Professor James Scourse from the School of Ocean Sciences and Professor Nigel John from the School of Computer Science. 

Publication date: 16 April 2014

Society for Renaissance Studies Annual Welsh Lecture

The School of English is delighted to host the Society for Renaissance Studies Third Annual Welsh Lecture on Thursday 24th April 2014 at 5.15 pm in MALT.  It will be delivered by Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle) and Professor Richard Wistreich (Royal Northern College of Music) on the topic of ‘Renaissance Voices’.

Publication date: 16 April 2014

Lecturer to use Twitter to help pupils revise

A lecturer from the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University is planning to use Twitter as a revision resource for sixth form students.

As a programme of work which aims to bridge the gap between schools and studying Sociology at University, Cynog Prys, a Sociologist specialising in the use of Welsh online, will  tweet Welsh medium revision advice from @CymdeithasegUG in the three weeks leading up to A Level exams this summer.

Publication date: 14 April 2014

Maes Glas Junior Netball Team off to National Championships

Following the opening of the Bangor University netball dome in September 2013, North West Wales Netball Development Officer, Lucy Murray-Williams has been working hard to set up a new junior netball club for year 7/8 and 9 pupils.

Publication date: 14 April 2014

Lifelong Learning Fine Art Student’s Artwork is the “Public’s Favourite”

Jess Bugler, BA Hons Fine Art Lifelong Learning has been voted the public’s most popular print for ‘Aleppo’ (linocut) in the recent Printmakers Council exhibition ‘Freshly Pressed’ at Craft Central, St John Smith’s Square, London.

Publication date: 11 April 2014

Upgrade for Bangor University sports

Following a £2.5m upgrade, Bangor University’s sports centre will be renamed Canolfan Brailsford in honour of cycling coach Sir Dave Brailsford, who was brought up in nearby Deiniolen.

Publication date: 11 April 2014

Bangor Business School PhD candidate selected for internship at the Bank of England

Bangor Business School PhD student Piotr Jan Danisewicz was selected for a coveted internship at the Bank of England. Piotr who is in his 3rd year of his PhD studies will take up his internship in early summer for a 3-month period. Participating in this highly competitive internship program will allow him to collaborate with research economists at the Bank of England in their Financial Stability Directorate on a project about international spill over effects of banks’ lending behaviour.

Publication date: 10 April 2014

Bangor crowned mooting champions of Wales

A team from Bangor Law School has won the annual Welsh National Mooting Competition for the first time.

Publication date: 10 April 2014

First count your species- Scientists urge better information before further conservation decisions are made in Australia

Arguments have raged about whether or not dingoes should be culled and how far they are useful in safeguarding threatened smaller fauna, as they prey on the larger cats and foxes.   While the Australian wildlife services are spending thousands on other means of controlling non-native species, without achieving great results, there is evidence that maintaining dingo numbers benefits the smaller mammals.

A paper in the Journal of Applied Ecology (doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12250 published Friday 10 April) urges all the participants in what has been, at times, a heated debate, to lay down their differences and get back into the field to collate the robust data necessary to provide certainty for management action.

Publication date: 9 April 2014

Running geese give insight into low oxygen tolerance

An international team of scientists, led by Bangor University and funded by the BBSRC, recently tracked the world’s highest flying bird, the bar-headed goose, while it migrated across the Himalayas. Now they have shown how these birds are able to tolerate running at top speed while breathing only 7% oxygen.

Publication date: 8 April 2014

Students organise Wales and War 1914-2014 Conference

Three postgraduate students at Bangor University’s School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology are today (8 April 2014) hosting a Conference that will provide new insights on Wales during and since the First World War.

Publication date: 8 April 2014

Young weightlifter brings home the trophies

A local girl who has recently taken up weight-lifting has been having success at national level, having scarcely been weightlifting for a year.

Catrin Jones has recently won the Welsh Schools  Weightlifting Championships in the year 10, under 44kg class in Haverfordwest, followed by the British Schools & Youths Weightlifting Championships 2014 in which she lifted in the year 10, in the under 40kg class. Not only did Catrin win this, she also broke the Welsh record for this class by 38kg in the process, with an overall total lifted of 90kg.

Publication date: 4 April 2014

Bangor leads pioneering project to change the face of Welsh-medium legal education

Bangor University Law School academics have succeeded in securing a strategic grant from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to lead an exciting, collaborative project. The aim is to publish a series of Welsh language textbooks for students who are studying Law in Wales, written by acknowledged specialists in their relevant fields.

Publication date: 3 April 2014

Celebrating triumph against the odds at House of Lords

A Bangor University student who has received a helping hand from the Helena Kennedy Foundation took part in a special celebration at the House of Lords recently.

Publication date: 3 April 2014

Software Alliance Wales hosts Computer Science EXPO at Bangor University

Software Alliance Wales and Bangor University host a Computer Science EXPO on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd April. The event will take place on campus at Bangor University and will see up to 50 of Bangor’s brightest computer science undergraduates present their final year projects to local SMEs who may be looking to recruit IT graduates for their businesses.

Publication date: 3 April 2014

Wales takes a lead in Researching Civil Society - Cardiff University based research institute receives £7 million for social science research

The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD), based at Cardiff University, has received major funding in excess of £7 million following a successful bid to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Publication date: 3 April 2014

Bangor University campus investment and expansion plans gets GBP 45m European Investment Bank backing

Plans by Bangor University to upgrade teaching and research facilities are among the many developments which have received backing from the European Investment Bank. Europe’s long-term lending institution has agreed to provide GBP 45 million for the Welsh university’s expansion and modernisation plans.

Publication date: 2 April 2014

Bangor University students making the internet a safer place

A Bangor University student won the ‘Best Hack’ category at a hackathon at Southampton University recently.

Publication date: 2 April 2014

Archive of the month

Publication date: 1 April 2014

Bangor University graduate plans to create his first illustrated novel

A Bangor University graduate is hoping that the local community will support his efforts to publish his first illustrated novel.

Publication date: 1 April 2014