News Archive: July 2019

Brexit uncertainty boosts support for Welsh independence from the UK

In a move that surprised many, in June 2016, 52.5% of people in Wales voted to leave the European Union. But concerns over Brexit negotiations, and “chaos in UK politics” have mounted since then, and recent polls suggest that support for remain has risen considerably in Wales.

Now, the Welsh government has announced that it will campaign for the UK to remain in the EU while public attention is turning to the question of whether the Welsh should become independent from a post-Brexit UK.

This article by Stephen Clear, Lecturer in Law, was originally published on The Conversation under a Creative Commons Licence. Read the original article.

Publication date: 31 July 2019

Ellie has the winning formula!

Electronic Engineering student Ellie Frost is to receive a prestigious and highly valued Engineering Scholarship programme.

Ellie heard the news that she had been accepted on the Santander Universities Women in Engineering Scholarship Programme at a recent event at Silverstone. The successful students were announced by Santander UK’s CEO Nathan Bostock and ambassador Jenson Button at the 2019 Formula Student global competition.

Publication date: 29 July 2019

Lynx reintroduction research wins UK student award

A student whose research made national and international news has been awarded the first UK Masters Student of the Year Award by the FindAPhD website.

Thomas Ovenden, currently a PhD student at the University of Stirling, conducted his MSc in Environmental Forestry at Bangor University. His masters research project was on the potential to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx, a species extinct in Britain for over 1,000 years.

Publication date: 29 July 2019

A First Class Sustainable University

Bangor University has been awarded a 'First Class Honours' for its sustainability credentials. by People & Planet, the largest student network in the UK campaigning for social and environmental justice. Only 29 of the 154 universities in the UK are placed in this category.

Publication date: 24 July 2019

Music set to bring comfort to Welsh speakers living with dementia

Welsh speakers living with dementia can now enjoy songs from their past in Welsh, thanks to a Bangor University and Merched y Wawr initiative supported by the Welsh Government to help care givers across Wales improve their quality of life.  

Music is said to help soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories. As part of the initiative, care homes across Wales are to be provided with a new CD and playlist of specially curated Welsh language music. 

Publication date: 19 July 2019

A Taste Of Language

Routes Cymru’s Language Feast 2019 was hosted by Bangor University recently, and run with the support of several Student Language Ambassadors from the university and a group of year 8 Pupil Language Ambassadors from Ysgol Friars. Four primary schools from the north Wales area took part in the event (Ysgol Sarn Bach, St. Brigid’s School, Ysgol Abererch and Ysgol Tudweiliog) and seventy-four pupils from years five and six feasted themselves of the activities on offer throughout the day.

Publication date: 18 July 2019

Alumnus of the Year 2019

Bangor University has over 80,000 alumni living all over the world, working in every field and industry imaginable. The University is proud of the achievements of its former students and, to highlight this, every year the University’s Alumni Advisory Board chooses an Alumnus of the Year, honouring a graduate who has excelled in his or her field and has remained engaged with their alma mater. Previous Alumnus of the Year recipients include Gwilym Rees-Jones (Maths, 1963), Dr Ross Piper (Zoology, 1998) and Ray Footman (History & Philosophy, 1961).

Publication date: 16 July 2019

Student Speed Spelling Sensations

Over thirty year seven pupils from eleven schools across Wales came to Bangor University  recently to compete in the national final of the Routes into Languages Cymru Spelling Bee competition, a collaborative project between five Welsh universities, the four regional consortia and the British Council to promote language learning and increase the number of young people choosing to study modern foreign languages.

Publication date: 15 July 2019

Bangor University Celebrates Graduation Week

Staff and students at Bangor University are celebrating another week of Graduation ceremonies at the University this week (15-19 July 2019).

The University will be welcoming students’ friends and families to ten Ceremonies over five days to mark the achievements of the University’s new graduates. 

Publication date: 14 July 2019

Back-to-back heatwaves kill more than two-thirds of coral

Study shows severe loss of central Indian Ocean coral reefs between 2015 and 2017

By comparing reefs before and after two extreme heatwaves only 12 months apart, a collaborative team of researchers including scientists from Bangor’s School of Ocean Sciences found that living hard corals in the central Indian Ocean reduced by 70%. Despite this, their results suggest that some coral species are more resilient to rising temperatures, which offers hope for these vital habitats.

Publication date: 12 July 2019

How the brain prepares for movement and actions

Our behaviour is largely tied to how well we control, organise and carry out movements in the correct order. Take writing, for example. If we didn’t make one stroke after another on a page, we would not be able to write a word.

This article by Myrto Mantziara, PhD Researcher, School of Psychology, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 July 2019

How your choice of afternoon tipple could help save the rainforest

It’s the season for a cold afternoon ‘gin & tonic’ on ice. We may question the health impact of one too many, but what is the environmental footprint of that classically delicious aperitif? An international team of researchers teamed up with a pioneering distillery manager to answer this question in a study published in the scientific journal Environment International.

Publication date: 10 July 2019

Using ‘self-talk’ as part of your endurance sport training? Here’s what you need to know

New research suggests how you can get the edge over your competitors in endurance sport

You have probably caught yourself muttering some encouragement to yourself, perhaps when you were  facing a particularly difficult physical challenge, or experiencing some sort of stress; “Come on, you can do this!” or “I know I can do this!”

Sports psychologists have now found that speaking to yourself in the second person: “You need to dig deep!”, is actually more effective than  speaking to yourself in the first person, “I need to dig deep!”

Publication date: 9 July 2019

The Celts are coming! Bangor set to welcome International Congress

Bangor University will welcome the XVIth International Congress of Celtic Studies between 22-26 July, with guest speakers from across the globe headlining a packed agenda of talks, seminars and field visits.

Held once every four years, the Congress is the main international forum for experts in the field of Celtic Studies and its first visit to Bangor will be a notable event for the institution. So far, around 400 delegates from no fewer than 25 countries, and representing over 100 academic institutions and organisations, have registered to attend the Congress at Bangor. The Congress at Bangor has received financial support from the Learned Society of Wales and Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Publication date: 8 July 2019

Bangor University Student Shortlisted for ‘Phd Student of the Year’ in Inaugural Postgrad Awards

Bangor University students Ashleigh Johnstone, from Douglas, Isle of Man, has made it through to the shortlist of new national Award.

Ashleigh was among over 140 PhD students nominated and is shortlisted for the PhD Student of the Year category in the Awards by FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com .

Publication date: 5 July 2019

Climate Experts & Local School Children to discuss the Climate Emergency

Pupils from local schools are being welcomed to Bangor University today to attend a Youth Summit on Climate Change. 

Having recently joined with many organisations worldwide in declaring a climate emergency, the University is keen to work on the solution and this must be done in collaboration with the children and young people of Wales. 

Publication date: 5 July 2019

Quest 2019

Building on a successful pilot project, which saw pupils enjoying Arthurian literature and creating their own modern ‘Arthurian’ quests, the Centre for Arthurian Studies at Bangor University are sharing  what they’ve learnt with primary and secondary school teachers today (5th of July 2019).

Publication date: 5 July 2019

Talking About the Real Lion King

With the release of the remake of Disney’s The Lion King approaching, Dr Graeme Shannon from the School of Natural Sciences at Bangor University looks at how the original film portrays the social behaviour of animals.

Publication date: 5 July 2019

Magical History Tour

Let Bangor University’s historians take you on a ‘Magical History Tour of Ynys Môn or the Isle of Anglesey on Sunday 7 July.

Staff and students from Bangor University will be leading a guided journey through the Island’s historic landscape. This is an excellent opportunity to discover the wealth of history on the university’s doorstep.  The trip will explore a range of sites from Neolithic tombs to Romano-British roundhouses and medieval mottes.

Publication date: 4 July 2019

Professor unveils the hidden story of Kubrick’s erotic final film

A Stanley Kubrick expert at Bangor University has published a new book uncovering the hidden story of the director’s controversial final film, Eyes Wide Shut.

Titled Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film, it is the first book to explore in detail Stanley Kubrick’s last movie, which raised eyebrows with its sexually charged material.

Publication date: 4 July 2019

Alys Conran Named 2019-2020 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow

HAY FESTIVAL MEDIA RELEASE

Novelist Alys Conran from North Wales has been named recipient of the Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Gwyl y Gelli / Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellowship for 2019-2020.  

Publication date: 3 July 2019

Bangor rated one of the best in the UK for student satisfaction

For the third year running, Bangor University has been ranked in the top 10 of the UK’s non-specialist Universities, according to the latest annual National Student Survey (NSS).

Publication date: 3 July 2019