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News Archive: September 2015

Archive of the month

Here is an extract taken from a notebook discovered recently by Sarah Vaughan, Archivist, whilst cataloguing the Penrhyn Castle Papers.

Publication date: 30 September 2015

Bangor University wetland scientists star in BBC show

Wetland scientists from Bangor University have featured in a BBC show on one of Wales’ most important habitats.


Two members of the Bangor Wetlands Group at the  School of Biological Sciences appeared on BBC Radio Wales’ popular Science Café series.

Publication date: 30 September 2015

Ad industry may gripe about adblockers, but they broke the contract – not us

The latest version of Apple’s operating system for phones and tablets, iOS9, allows the installation of adblocking software that removes advertising, analytics and tracking within Apple’s Safari browser. While Apple’s smartphone market share is only around 14% worldwide, this has prompted another outpouring from the mobile and web advertising industry on the effects of adblockers, and discussion as to whether a “free” web can exist without adverts.

This article  by Andrew McStaySenior Lecturer in Media Culture, at the School of Creative Studies & Media was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 29 September 2015

Bangor Academics create impact with BMJ papers

A paper co-authored by a Bangor academic has made the front cover of the prestigious British Medical Journal while another research re-evaluation published by the BMJ, in the same month, received international media attention.

Publication date: 29 September 2015

Child development programme to share resources globally

A child development expert at Bangor University is involved in the international launch of project materials which will assist governments around the globe to support healthy and successful child development.

Publication date: 29 September 2015

Bangor University project aims to enhance NHS services

A new £300,000 project aims to ensure that NHS decisions about patient-focused services will be informed by greater in-depth feedback from patients.

The two-year project will improve the way researchers use existing qualitative research on health services, to increase the likelihood that it will be used by NHS decision-makers.

Publication date: 28 September 2015

Best UK radiography course tops University league table

Bangor University is listed as the best place to study Radiography according to the Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016. Bangor‘s Radiography students also had the best graduate prospects of any UK radiography graduates and the University was listed 3rd for radiography entry standards.

Bangor University also appears among the top 10 UK universities for a further five subjects. In addition to Radiography, these are Celtic Studies (Welsh) (2nd), Social Policy (2nd), Agriculture & Forestry (7th),Creative Writing (8th) and Education (10th).

Publication date: 28 September 2015

How to take the pressure off the cost of our water supply

For most people in the developed world, getting access to clean drinking water is as simple as turning on a tap. Would that paying for water were so simple. But when we think about the water we consume, few of us realise that as much as 80% of its cost is associated with electricity use – a figure that’s as high in Britain as in drought-prone California.

This article by John Gallagher, Postdoctoral Researcher, at the School of Environment, Natural Resources & GeographyBangor University was originally published on The Conversation.

Read the original article.

Publication date: 25 September 2015

North Wales International Poetry Festival

The North Wales International Poetry Festival returns for a fourth time in 2015, with a series of readings and performances in Aberystwyth and Bangor October 7th-10th. Events will take place in both universities and at local venues. International poets will perform alongside Welsh writers with translations into English and Welsh.

Publication date: 23 September 2015

Bangor academic features on Bear Grylls’ new TV series

A Bangor University academic has been providing her expertise for adventurer Bear Grylls’ new TV series.

Publication date: 21 September 2015

Bangor hosts Welsh Labour Market Summit on Skills and Jobs

Dr. Tony Dobbins (Bangor Business School) and Dr. Alexandra Plows (School of Social Sciences) organized a Welsh Labour Market Summit on Skills and Employment at Bangor University on Friday September 18th.

The Labour Market Summit was a knowledge exchange event to promote research impact. It attracted a mixed audience of policy-makers, labour market practitioners, employer representatives, trade unionists, careers advisors, and academics.

Publication date: 21 September 2015

Bangor University soars in World Rankings

Bangor University has risen 60 places in a newly published league table. The University is now listed in 411th position in the world in this year’s influential ‘QS World University Rankings’ (

Publication date: 17 September 2015

Doors open to Bangor University archives and museum collections

Bangor University’s collections will be open to the public as a part of the Open Doors events on Saturday 26 September.

Publication date: 17 September 2015

Local school children learn to code thanks to Bangor University

Pupils from five Llŷn primary schools visited Bangor University recently as part of a collaboration between the University’s Widening Access Centre and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Pwllheli campus.

Publication date: 17 September 2015

Bangor Professor works with Bear Grylls

A Bangor University Professor provided his expertise for the opening episode of adventurer Bear Grylls’ new three-part TV series, Britain’s Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls.

Publication date: 16 September 2015

Travel routes for Bangor University’s new students

Bangor University will be welcoming the first students to the University’s newly remodelled St Mary’s Village this September.

Publication date: 15 September 2015

Bangor Welcomes Coleg Cymraeg Posts and Provision

Once again this year, the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has funded more lecturers to teach in various fields at universities across Wales.

Publication date: 14 September 2015

Bangor student wins video game award

A student at Bangor’s School of Creative Studies and Media has won a £45,000 award for a game he co-developed during one of his university modules.

Publication date: 11 September 2015

Bangor University's President welcomes the Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, H.E Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, to a special reunion event in Bahrain

H.E. Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain and Chairman of the Specific Council for Vocational Training (Banking Sector) of the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), was recently welcomed to a special alumni reunion in Bahrain by Bangor University’s President, Professor John G. Hughes.

Publication date: 11 September 2015

Group gears up to support Seafish in enhancing understanding of seafood science in the UK

Michel Kaiser, Professor of Marine Conservation Ecology at Bangor University is to chair a new Science Advisory Group (SAG).

Established by Seafish, SAG will provide high-quality, independent scientific challenge and support  

Publication date: 10 September 2015

The African snakebite 'crisis' is nothing new: we’ve been worried about antivenom for decades

This article by Anita Malhotra,  of our School of Biological Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

There is a sound reason why snakes have a reputation for being among the world’s most dangerous animals. In Africa alone, there may be more than1.5m people a year who find themselves on the receiving end of snakebites. Without access to the only effective treatment, antivenom, the death rate can be as high as 20%, with survivors often suffering life-changing disability.

Publication date: 10 September 2015

Bangor University welcomes new £17m project to grow world-class scientific research in Wales

Economy and Science Minister, Edwina Hart, has today (Wednesday, 9 September) announced more than £17m funding to bring up to 90 new research fellows from across Europe to grow Wales’ world class scientific research.

Beating off competition from across Europe, the Welsh Government has secured £7m from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND scheme, which is part of the EU Horizon 2020 programme. The Welsh Government, in partnership with Welsh Universities, will provide £10m match-funding and these fellows will work with the best researchers in Wales based at Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities, as well as the University of South Wales.

Publication date: 9 September 2015

Music of windfarms

The wind-farms lying offshore at Llandudno are to provide the inspiration and the sounds for a music composition for Llandudno’s LLAWN Festival, by Bangor University music lecturer, composer and sonic artist Ed Wright, performing as the ‘Sonic Wave laboratory’ with Charles Gersholm.

The two locally based sound artists will produce a sonic art-work created by nature and shaped by manmade machines. Large outdoor rotating machines with sensors will be placed in the Llandudno promenade shelters. These will interact with passes by who will hear sound coming direct from the wind farm to create an ever changing sound composition. The temporary mini turbines form a small quintet that can be listened to either individually or inside the composers’ ‘laboratory’, a converted Bathing Machine.

Publication date: 9 September 2015

Archive of the month

An early water-colour sketch of the University clearly showing the tower and the library building at a right angle.

Publication date: 4 September 2015

Administrative Justice in Wales and Comparative Perspectives

From planning law to social care and beyond, the law has an impact on all our daily lives. With further devolution and changes to the law in those fields in Wales, Bangor Law School are proud to announce a conference on ‘Administrative Justice in Wales and Comparative Perspectives’ on 10th September 2015 at Bangor University.

Publication date: 3 September 2015

Bangor University awards its first ‘Women in Science’ scholarship

Bangor University has awarded its first, innovative ‘Women in Science’ scholarship worth £9,000 to Elizabeth McManus, 21, from Bolton, who graduated from the University’s School of Psychology in July.

Publication date: 2 September 2015

Creating a Surfing Centre of Excellence in Snowdonia

Bangor University and Surf Snowdonia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will pave the way for working together on a range of exciting new opportunities and initiatives.

Publication date: 2 September 2015

Nitrous oxide from urine patches – it’s no laughing matter!

Commonly known as ‘laughing gas’ and currently used both in anaesthetics and as a ‘legal high’, nitrous oxide (N2O) is a powerful greenhouse gas produced in the soil by micro-organisms, especially so on land grazed by animals.

Publication date: 1 September 2015

Over 3m investment in health research units at Bangor University

Over £3m is to be invested in integrated healthcare research at Bangor University over the next three years.

The Welsh Government has announced £2.3m funding for two grants to the University, one of which is to be match-funded with the University’s own investment.

Publication date: 1 September 2015

Prestigious award for Bangor Scholar

The School of English Literature is delighted to announce the award of a Fellowship of the British Academy (FBA) to Emeritus Professor Tom Corns.

Each year, the British Academy elects to its Fellowship up to 42 outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved distinction in any branch of the humanities and social sciences. In the words of the British Academy, fellows are scholars who have 'attained distinction in any of the branches of study which it is the object of the Academy to promote'. This title is the highest honour in the UK for a scholar of the arts and humanities.

Publication date: 1 September 2015