Latest News

New NHS funded course recruits local Health Workers

A group of Health Care Support Workers have now commenced an innovative part time nursing degree at Bangor University.

This initiative, commissioned by Welsh Government supports existing health care support workers to advance their careers to become registered nurses.

Publication date: 25 May 2018

Cultivating Chinese orchids could conserve wild species

Asking people who want to buy orchids about their preferences when choosing which plants to buy has revealed that many unknowingly buy wild, possibly endangered orchids, when they would be just as happy to buy commercially grown plants that meet their preferences for colour and price.

Publication date: 25 May 2018

Obese people enjoy food less than people who are lean – new study

Global obesity rates have risen sharply over the past three decades, leading to spikes in diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. The more we understand the causes of obesity and how to prevent it, the better.

We are interested in understanding reward-driven eating. Laboratory experiments have shown that obese people are less rewarded by food than people who are lean. We wanted to know if this held true when people were in a more natural environment – that is, going about their everyday lives.

This article by Hans-Peter Kubis, Director of the Health Exercise and Rehabilitation Group, School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 25 May 2018

‘Journey to the Past’ provides contemporary tourists with an unusual perspective

A new website giving modern tourists insights from past visitors to Wales from France and Germanywas launched at Bangor University today (24 May).

Publication date: 24 May 2018

Improved financial regulation deters misconduct, study finds

Improved regulation has deterred a greater amount of financial misconduct in the UK since the global financial crisis, according to new research published today by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and others including ourselves.

Since the crisis of 2007, there has been increased awareness of the risks posed by the conduct of financial institutions and their employees. More incidents of financial misconduct have been investigated, with regulators applying increasingly large fines and demanding the repayment of profits.

Publication date: 24 May 2018

Wales’s ‘Greatest Artist’ in the Spotlight

Bangor University’s annual T Rowland Hughes art lecture will this year commemorate the centenary of the birth of Sir Kyffin Williams, an Honorary Fellow of the University and a man regarded by many as Wales’s greatest artist.

Publication date: 23 May 2018

Profi Project Shortlisted for Arts & Business Wales Award

Profi, an experiential learning and mentoring supporting year 12 pupils from secondary schools in Anglesey and Gwynedd has been shortlisted for an Arts & Business Cymru award.

Profi boosts confidence and helps young people develop transferable employability skills and self-worth through a series of weekly workshops aimed to offer a number of different experiences to help widen horizons. The project has just completed its fifth successful year.

Publication date: 23 May 2018

Bangor graduate’s documentary up for Royal Television Society award

A recent graduate of Bangor University’s MA Filmmaking programme has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Student award, following a successful run of her short documentary film at national and international festivals. Charlotte Wells, from Manchester, has received the nomination for the highly-prestigious award for her short documentary film, ‘Cabbie’, mostly shot during a night’s ride-along in her step-father’s taxi. The short feature is very much a Bangor production, as in addition to being directed and edited by Charlotte, its score was composed by another recent Bangor graduate, Chiron Farrimond of the School of Music.

Publication date: 22 May 2018

Tidal range power plants hold potential for electricity generation

In theory, one third of global electricity needs could be provided by the world’s tidal range, according to a new comprehensive state-of-the-art review of tidal range power plants.

Publication date: 21 May 2018

The Toddlers who took on Dementia

“The Toddlers who Took on Dementia” is a BBC Wales documentary that follows three days of planned activities which aimed to examine what happens when nursery children come together with people living with Dementia.

Publication date: 21 May 2018

Why Wales was right to say yes to the UK's Brexit Bill

Both Wales and Scotland have acknowledged the need to prepare UK laws for EU withdrawal, yet they have taken very different stances on how this can be achieved. While the Welsh Assembly has agreed to the UK government’s proposed Brexit Bill, the Scottish parliament has said no.

This article by Stephen Clear, Lecturer in Law, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 18 May 2018

Leading design ‘fixer’ among those at Bangor Design Conference

An innovative and inspirational Product Design Conference will bring some of the best leaders and thinkers in the field of Design and Manufacturing together at Bangor University on June 7th 2018.

Publication date: 18 May 2018

Some lizards have green blood that should kill them – and scientists can't work out why

If you were to see certain New Guinea skinks lose their tails, you’d notice that their blood isn’t the usual red colour we’re used to but rather a virulent shade of green. What’s even more bizarre is that the substance that’s responsible for the green colour of the lizards’ blood (and bones, tongues, muscles and mucous membranes) would be toxic in other animals if they carried it in such large amounts.

Exactly why these skinks are filled with this toxic substance and why it doesn’t kill them is something of a mystery. But new research published in Science Advancesmakes an important step towards answering these questions.

This article by Dr Anita Malhotra, Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics, School of Biological SciencesBangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 17 May 2018

Sacred sites have a biodiversity advantage that could help world conservation

Since the dawn of history, human societies have ascribed sacred status to certain places. Areas such as ancestral burial grounds, temples and churchyards have been given protection through taboo and religious belief. As many of these places have been carefully managed for many years an interesting side effect has occurred – the sites often retain more of their natural condition than surrounding areas used for farming or human habitation. As a result, they are often called “sacred natural sites” (SNS).

This article by John Healey, Professor of Forest Sciences, Bangor UniversityJohn Halley, Professor of Ecology, University of Ioannina, and Kalliopi Stara, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Ioannina was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 17 May 2018

Scotland’s Brexit Bill rejection could be the start of a new constitutional crisis

“Vote leave to take back control” – but control of what, and from whom? The plethora of questions stemming from this Brexit mantra have already threatened to steer the UK towards a new constitutional crisis. And now, in an unprecedented move, the Scottish parliament is expected to, for the first time, refuse a legislative consent motion (LCM) from the UK government relating to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has called it part of Scotland fighting back against attempts to undermine the devolved administrations, and Westminster’s opportunistic Brexit “power-grab”. But it may also just be the first step in a new bid for Scottish independence, and ultimately a constitutional crisis for the whole country.

Publication date: 16 May 2018

Welsh Professor reaches Wales Book of the Year shortlist

A volume of poetry written by a Bangor University Welsh Professor has been shortlisted for a 2018 Wales Book of the Year award in the Welsh-language Poetry category.

Publication date: 11 May 2018

Celebrating Europe Day

On 9 May, Bangor University will be celebrating Europe Day.

Publication date: 8 May 2018

Five brain-boosting reasons to take up martial arts – at any age

This article by Ashleigh Johnstone, PhD researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise? Researchers have already shown that jogging can increase life expectancy, for example, while yoga makes us happy. However, there is one activity that goes beyond enhancing physical and mental health – martial arts can boost your brain’s cognition too.

Publication date: 8 May 2018

Commonwealth weightlifter awarded Llew Rees Memorial Prize

Bangor University has awarded its annual highest sporting award, the Llew Rees Memorial Prize, to a Team Wales, Commonwealth Games weightlifter.

Publication date: 8 May 2018

Bangor University student returns from football coaching programme in South Africa

A Bangor University student has returned from a football coaching programme in South Africa realising that he ‘can make a big difference to people’s lives’.

Publication date: 7 May 2018

Pupils take on Arthurian Quest

Pupils from Ysgol Aberconwy have been on an ‘Arthurian’ quest to investigate story-telling.

Inspired by Wales’ ‘Year of Legends’, Ymgais 2018 Quest, a project by Bangor University’s Centre for Arthurian Studies, invited a selected number of pupils aged 11-13 to develop modern digital storytelling adventures.

Publication date: 4 May 2018

2001 comes to Bangor

The Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies at Bangor University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey in Pontio on Saturday 16th June 2018.

Publication date: 3 May 2018

University Congratulates Commonwealth Athletes

Bangor University took the opportunity recently to congratulate those members of Wales’ successful Commonwealth Games squad connected with the University.

Publication date: 2 May 2018

Reefs that experience high frequency temperature variability most likely to resist coral bleaching

As scientists and conservationists race to work out the best way to conserve the world’s coral reefs, a new study reveals why some reefs appear to be more resistant to coral bleaching during ocean warming events and calls for higher-resolution data to be collected.

Publication date: 30 April 2018

Research helps net £90 million for schools

Research from Bangor University showing the effectiveness of extra funding to schools has enabled the Welsh Government to increase funding levels to schools in order to tackle poverty in Wales.

The collaborative research commissioned by GWE and ERW, two school improvement services providers, provided Welsh Government with evidence on which to base its decision to increase funding to schools under the Pupil Development Grant funding by a further 90 million in 2018-19.  Educationalistspsychologistssocial scientists, and legal experts who have amassed vast experiences of working with schools, pupils and children, worked together to conduct a comprehensive review of how poverty could be affecting educational achievement in Wales.

Publication date: 30 April 2018

Bangor weightlifters bring home the gold

Bangor University students secured podium positions at the British University and College Weightlifting Championships which took place at St Mary’s University, Twickenham recently.

Publication date: 25 April 2018

Bangor deliver fourth successive Varsity win

For the fourth year running, Bangor University have won Varsity - the annual sporting extravaganza against Aberystwyth University - with an overall final score of 33-10 to Bangor.

Publication date: 21 April 2018

Student Led Teaching Awards 2018

The seventh annual Student Led Teaching Awards ceremony was held Friday 20th of April and celebrated the high standard of teaching and pastoral support in Bangor University.

Publication date: 21 April 2018

WhatUni Awards Success for Bangor University

Bangor University has been chosen as the best in the UK for its Students’ Union Clubs & Societies as well as its Student Accommodation in this year’s WhatUni.com Student Choice Awards. The University was also placed third in the UK in the University of the Year category and second in the UK for Courses and Lecturers.

Publication date: 20 April 2018

The muse returns at Harvard

Many students at Bangor University’s School of Welsh have taken advantage of the University’s international partners in order to study abroad. One of their Professors has followed their example.

Publication date: 16 April 2018

Women in Science Scholarships Awarded

Two ‘Women in Science’ Scholarships have been awarded to outstanding Bangor University students – Hannah Davies and Lily Stokes. Both were undergraduate students at Bangor and graduated with First Class Honours in July 2017. The scholarships, which cover the full course fees, will enable the talented and enthusiastic students to continue their studies and the recipients of these scholarships are now enrolled in postgraduate research courses at Bangor.

Publication date: 26 March 2018

Bangor University to turn red for Team Wales

On March 23, Bangor University’s Main Arts building turns red to show support for the Welsh athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next month.

Publication date: 22 March 2018

Anthill 23: Bursting the Bitcoin bubble

Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Professor of Business History and Bank Management, at the Bangor Business School was interview for this article, which was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 15 March 2018

Working to safeguard the public against viruses and antibiotic resistant bacteria

Scientists working to reduce risk the risks to the public from exposure to viruses and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the water environment are meeting to share their research and discuss next steps today (14 March at the Royal Geographic Society, London).

Publication date: 14 March 2018

Russian spy attack: how toxic chemicals can cause widespread contamination

This article by Vera Thoss, Lecturer in Sustainable Chemistry, at the School of Chemisty was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 14 March 2018

Shakespeare’s Globe to perform in Pontio during their only visit to Wales this Spring

During Spring 2018, Shakespeare’s Globe will be going on tour stopping at Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor 7-9 June for their only performances in Wales during the tour.

Publication date: 14 March 2018

Three scholarships for a new course

For the next three years, a company providing office equipment to Bangor University will be awarding a students from the School of Welsh with a scholarship for a brand new degree course.

Publication date: 14 March 2018

A Hat Trick for Bangor at the Inter-Collegiate Eisteddfod 2018

Following a weekend of competition, Bangor University were victorious at the Inter-Collegiate Eisteddfod 2018, winning for a third time in a row.

Publication date: 12 March 2018

Stanley Kubrick’s films all had one thing in common: Jewishness

This article by Nathan Abrams, Professor in Film, at the School of Creative Studies and Media was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 March 2018

Distinguished Bangor Alumnus leaves generous legacy to Agricultural Botany

John Trevor Williams (PhD Agricultural Botany, 1962) made an enormous contribution towards conserving the genes of the world’s food crops and has now ensured his legacy goes even further by leaving a £75,000 bequest to support Agricultural Botany at Bangor University.

Publication date: 8 March 2018

Bangor Uni on 8 Shortlists for Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018

Bangor University has been shortlisted for 8 of 12 Awards in this year’s Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018, with the nominations based on the excellent reviews and opinions of the University’s own students.

Publication date: 7 March 2018

Performance from Chongqing boosts Wales-China link

Building on Wales’ link with Chongqing in south-west China, Bangor University’s Confucius Institute brought the Chongqing Performance Company to Holyhead’s Ucheldre Centre earlier this week (1 November), enthralling audiences with a stunning performance of Chinese music and dance. 

Publication date: 3 November 2017