News Archive: September 2019

Bangor Professor appears on The One Show

You’ll be spellbound by this fabulous film about 'love' on the shore and a 'seabed seductress' which was broadcast on popular BBC One programme The One Show recently. Prof Simon Webster  of the School of Natural Sciences explained to Miranda Krestovnikoff how the females of a common crab species that we find on our sea shores, attract a male and gains some protection into the bargain!

The film is seven minutes into the programme and is available here for 29 days.

Publication date: 19 September 2019

Doors open to Brambell Natural History Museum

There will be an opportunity for the public to visit Brambell Natural History Museum as part of the Open Doors events on Saturday 28 September 2019.

The Open Doors events gives the public the opportunity to have a look at some of Gwynedd and Conwy’s historical buildings, gardens and interesting and unusual locations all for free throughout September.

Publication date: 19 September 2019

Are the Amazon fires a crime against humanity?

Fires in the Brazilian Amazon have jumped 84% during President Jair Bolsonaro’s first year in office and in July 2019 alone, an area of rainforest the size of Manhattan was lost every day. The Amazon fires may seem beyond human control, but they’re not beyond human culpability.

This article by Tara Smith, Lecturer in Law, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 17 September 2019

Do nature shows deceive us into thinking our planet is fine?

Research into recent BBC and Netflix nature documentaries suggests that while they increasingly mention threats faced by the natural world, they rarely show the full extent of human-caused environmental destruction

There is overwhelming scientific consensus that nature is being severely affected by humans, the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, and that this has serious impacts. Nature documentaries have sometimes been criticised for failing to show the true extent of this environmental loss. A new study found that while recent high-profile nature documentaries talk more about the threats facing the inspiring natural wonders portrayed, nature is still mostly visually depicted as pristine and untouched, potentially resulting in a sense of complacency among viewers.

Publication date: 17 September 2019

New Director appointed at Pontio Arts, Bangor University's Arts and Innovation Centre

Osian Gwynn has been appointed as the new Director of Pontio Arts, part of Bangor University's Arts and Innovation Centre, which opened in 2015.

Orginally from Llanelli, Osian Gwynn attended ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant and Ysgol Gyfun y Strade then studied International Politics and Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University. He worked at Cambrensis Communications in Cardiff before studying a Masters Degree in Voice Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He subsequently worked as a solo artist and as a member of the chorus in the world of opera for companies such as Opera Holland Park and Grange Park Opera and toured with productions throughout the UK and Europe.

Publication date: 17 September 2019

Development of mental health provision through the medium of Welsh

Bangor University will be leading the development of mental health provision through the medium of Welsh for students across Wales, thanks to a successful bid for funding from HEFCW – the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

A team of staff across the University came together with colleagues from partner institutions to develop an exciting portfolio of provision, which will be developed and launched over the next 10 months

Publication date: 16 September 2019

Improving your Mental Health with Exercise

A Bangor University PhD student has been looking into the relationship between a person’s mental health and physical activity. Rhi Willmot, originally from Whitstable in Kent, has just completed her research into how exercise can reduce stress and improve our wellbeing. 

Publication date: 12 September 2019

Talking About Music in Gaming

A Bangor University student has turned his love for computer games into a postgraduate degree in interactive narratives.


Publication date: 12 September 2019

A green revolution needn’t be dull with sustainable sequins!

With sequins remaining ‘on-trend’ in the world of ‘fast fashion’, one small company is hoping to add a little light of brilliance and sustainability by developing a biodegradable sequin.

Fast fashion is often criticised for increasing the amount of material sent to landfill. The craze for sequins only serves to add a literal ‘layer’ of unrecyclable plastic into that mix.

One company is hoping to change all that however. Rachel Clowes established The Sustainable Sequin Company a year ago to provide the fashion industry with a sustainable sequin.

Rachel is currently using recycled plastic to provide off the shelf and custom-made sequins of various shapes and sizes. Rachel’s recycled plastic sequins are the first step towards her goal of developing a compostable sequin, which when used on a biodegradable material, could see the whole garment degrading naturally once sent to landfill.

Rachel has turned to experts at Bangor University and has asked them to throw their considerable experience behind her challenge.

Publication date: 10 September 2019

Doors open to Bangor University’s Main Building

There will be an opportunity for the public to have an overview of the history of Bangor University’s Main Arts Building as a part of the Open Doors events on Saturday 14 September 2019.

The Open Doors event gives the public the opportunity to have a look at some of Gwynedd and Conwy’s historical buildings, gardens and interesting and unusual locations all for free throughout September.

Publication date: 6 September 2019

What’s in your blood?

An expert from the University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Science has been taking part in a new series on S4C, Yn y Gwaed, beginning Thursday, 12 September at 8.00.

The series aims to help a handful of young people discover their calling. Professor Tim Woodman will compose a psychological profile of the individuals in order to assess their psychological strength. , while others assess their family history to identify the skills and talents that lie in their blood. Historian Eilir Ann Daniels in Aberystwyth will shed new light on the family history of the individuals. By marrying their psychological makeup with their family history, they will then suggest ideal areas of work for that individual.

Publication date: 5 September 2019

Preventable trauma in childhood costs North America and Europe $1.3 trillion a year

Across Europe and North America the long-term impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on health and productivity is equivalent to 1.3 trillion dollars a year, according to a new paper published in the Lancet Public Health.

The cost is equivalent to a massive three per cent of the two regions’ combined Gross Domestic Product - or 1,000 dollars a year for every person in North America and Europe.

Publication date: 4 September 2019

Friendly Face for people newly diagnosed with dementia

“Friendly Face” is an opportunity for people newly diagnosed with dementia to talk on the phone or meet someone else living with a diagnosis in North Wales.  The new initiative is to be launched at Bangor University as part of World Alzheimer's Month in September (23/09/2019).

Publication date: 3 September 2019

WISERD to receive major funding from ESRC for continuation of civil society research

WISERD is one of four social science research centres in the UK to be successful in the highly competitive Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centres Competition. WISERD will receive £6.3 million as reinvestment into the continuation of its civil society research – the third major funding to be awarded in WISERD’s ten-year history.

Publication date: 3 September 2019

How machine learning is improving English cricketers

Innovative machine learning may seem light years away from first class test cricket, but it was the introduction of machine learning which enabled experts at Bangor University to reveal to the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) the factors which can lead to developing county or international world-class cricketers.

Publication date: 2 September 2019