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Bangor University rated Gold

Bangor University has been awarded the Gold standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, and is the only University in Wales to achieve this standard.

The framework assesses universities against a range of criteria and is part of the UK government’s plans for raising standards in higher education. It also gives students more information so that they can make the most informed decisions when deciding which university to attend.

Publication date: 22 June 2017

Bangor Law School highest in Wales

Bangor Law School is the highest positioned law school in Wales, according to the latest university league tables published by The Guardian University Guide for 2018.

The School has risen to 23rd position in the UK, out of the 98 institutions included in the rankings.

Publication date: 7 June 2017

Tech firms want to detect your emotions and expressions, but people don't like it

As revealed in a patent filing, Facebook is interested in using webcams and smartphone cameras to read our emotions, and track expressions and reactions. The idea is that by understanding emotional behaviour, Facebook can show us more of what we react positively to in our Facebook news feeds and less of what we do not – whether that’s friends’ holiday photos, or advertisements.

This might appear innocuous, but consider some of the detail. In addition to smiles, joy, amazement, surprise, humour and excitement, the patent also lists negative emotions. Possibly being read for signs of disappointment, confusion, indifference, boredom, anger, pain and depression is neither innocent, nor fun.

This article by Andrew McStay, Reader in Advertising and Digital Media, School of Creative Studies & Media Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 27 June 2017

The ATM at 50: how a hole in the wall changed the world

Next time you withdraw money from a hole in the wall, consider singing a rendition of happy birthday. For on June 27, the Automated Teller Machine (or ATM) celebrates its half century. Fifty years ago, the first cash machine was put to work at the Enfield branch of Barclays Bank in London. Two days later, a Swedish device known as the Bankomat was in operation in Uppsala. And a couple of weeks after that, another one built by Chubb and Smith Industries was inaugurated in London by Westminster Bank (today part of RBS Group).

This article by Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Professor of Business History and Bank Management, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 26 June 2017

Welsh schools teach pupils to be bilingual, not restrict their education

Being a Welsh-English bilingual isn’t easy. For one thing, you hear that encouraging others to learn your language is detrimental both to their education and wellbeing. For another, to speak a minority language such as Welsh you need to constantly make the effort to be exposed to it and maintain your bilingualism.

This article by Peredur Webb-Davies, Senior Lecturer in Welsh LinguisticsBangor University  was originally published on The Conversation.


Publication date: 23 June 2017

Confidence can be a bad thing – here's why

Have you ever felt 100% confident in your ability to complete a task, and then failed miserably? After losing in the first round at Queen’s Club for the first time since 2012, world number one tennis player, Andy Murray, hinted that “overconfidence” might have been his downfall. Reflecting on his early exit, Murray said: “Winning a tournament is great and you feel good afterwards, but you can also sometimes think that your game is in a good place and maybe become a little bit more relaxed in that week beforehand.”

This article by Stuart Beattie, Lecturer of Psychology, Bangor University and Tim Woodman, Professor and Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise SciencesBangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 23 June 2017

How operational deployment affects soldiers' children

So many of us have seen delightful videos of friends and family welcoming their loved ones home from an operational tour of duty. The moment they are reunited is heartwarming, full of joy and tears – but, for military personnel who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan post 9/11, their time away came with unprecedented levels of stress for their whole family.

Military personnel faced longer and more numerous deployments, with short intervals in between. The impact of operational deployments on military personnel’s mental health is well reported. Far less is known, however, about how deployment affects military families, particularly those with young children.

This article by Leanne K Simpson, PhD Candidate, School of Psychology | Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 23 June 2017

9bach and friends to perform at Pontio during Eisteddfod week

As the date of the National Eisteddfod, taking place this year on Anglesey, fast approaches Pontio have announced that 9bach and friends will return to Theatr Bryn Terfel to perform LLECHI, the brand new visual, musical and aerial collaboration inspired by the slate quarry and the story of Bethesda on Monday 7th and Wednesday 9th August 8pm.

Publication date: 22 June 2017

Local schools to tell Bangor’s ‘Lost Stories’ in circus procession

Five local schools will be joining in a colourful procession through Bangor High Street at 1pm on Thursday 20 July as Pontio kicks off its biennial 9 day circus extravaganza.

Publication date: 22 June 2017

M-SParc’s Emily wins Womenspire award

The Project Administrator for M-SParc, the Bangor University owned Menai Science Park, has won a Chwarae Teg Womenspire Award.

Publication date: 22 June 2017

£1.8m funding for major new study into management of bleeding after childbirth

£1.8m funding from the UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has been awarded to run a large study into the drug treatment of bleeding after childbirth (COPE).

Publication date: 21 June 2017

Bangor science project wins EU award

BREAD4PLA, a green science and technology project in which Bangor University’s research played a significant role, has been awarded one of the two ''Green Awards'' as one of the best LIFE Environment Projects of the last 25 years.

Publication date: 19 June 2017

Bangor University launches Confucius Classrooms

The Confucius Institute at Bangor University celebrated the official launch of its five new Confucius Classrooms this week with representatives of Bangor University, Welsh Government and the Chinese Embassy in attendance alongside local schoolchildren.

Publication date: 16 June 2017

Young designers get opportunity to exhibit their work

In a new initiative, Bangor University has offered local Schools the opportunity to showcase work by their best designers in a dedicated Design and Technology exhibition.

Publication date: 16 June 2017

M-SParc’s Emily shortlisted for Womenspire award

The Project Administrator for M-SParc, the Bangor University owned Menai Science Park, has been short-listed for a Chwarae Teg Womenspire Award.

Publication date: 16 June 2017

E-tree with solar leaves heads to Glastonbury

Glastonbury festival-goers will be able to see an e-tree as part of a ‘Hidden wonders of the Woodland’ themed stand at the world-famous festival.

The e-tree, produced by Dr Andy Smith Senior Lecturer in Forestry at Bangor University in conjunction with Nigel Fisher, Conservator of Wytham Woods, and his team at Oxford University,  will be part of the ‘Sex & Bugs & Rock 'n Roll’ road show dreamed up by researchers at Lancaster University and championed by the British Ecological Society as a way of bringing science to the public.

Publication date: 15 June 2017

Two prestigious RCBC awards for Bangor’s Institute for Health and Medical Research

BIHMR is delighted that Robert Goldsmith, NHS Physiotherapist based in Cardiff, and Patricia Masterson-Algar, a rehabilitation postgraduate researcher in Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences, have both been successful in attracting Welsh Government RCBC Wales funding aimed at increasing collaboration and research capacity in nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions across Wales.

Publication date: 14 June 2017

'Facts are not truth': Hilary Mantel goes on the record about historical fiction

In a recent talk at the Hay literary festival, Cambridge historian and biographer John Guy said he had seen an increasing number of prospective students citing Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning historical novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, as supporting evidence for their knowledge of Tudor history.

This article by Michael Durrant, Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, School of English Literature,was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 13 June 2017

Dotty about Dot!

A Bangor University student’s music video heads for viral fame; at the time of writing, ‘Everybody Dances to Techno’ by Dot has had over 43,953 views on YouTube, with comments and messages of support from far afield.

Publication date: 13 June 2017

Supporting the reds!

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography and School of Biological Sciences are working with partners to support the reintroduction of red squirrels to the Ogwen Vally in nearby Bethesda, Gwynedd.

Publication date: 12 June 2017

European tourists to Wales to have new window on the past

European tourists visiting Wales will be able to read historical accounts of visits to Wales through the ages via a new portal to be completed next year.

Publication date: 12 June 2017

North Wales Food & Drink Goes Green with Cynnal Cymru

People from the growing food and drink sector in north Wales, which is an important and expanding sector of the local economy, will gather together on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at Bangor University for Cynnal Cymru’s first all-day ‘shared learning and networking event’. 

Publication date: 8 June 2017

Students congratulated on a successful Eisteddfod

Students from the University have been congratulated for their active and very successful participation in this year’s recent Urdd Eisteddfod.

Publication date: 7 June 2017

Make a date to discover the world of farming at Henfaes Research Centre

On Sunday 11th June 2017 Henfaes Research Centre (Bangor University’s farm) near Abergwyngregyn (LL33 0LB) is opening its gates to visitors for LEAF Open Farm Sunday to showcase the fascinating world of agricultural research alongside commercial sheep farming.

Publication date: 6 June 2017

Volunteer network to blitz shores around the UK this summer

A series of special events next month will see members of the public join together in building a more accurate picture of the diversity of marine life around the UK’s coastline.

Scientists are working with a trained army of ‘citizen scientists’ during the upcoming ‘CoCoast Unite’ weekend, taking place between World Ocean’s Day Thursday 8 June – Sunday 11 June at locations across the UK. This call to arms will gather vital information about the variety and abundance of intertidal species living on our rocky seashores.  Moelfre beach is just one of the locations across north Wales and the UK where members of the public will be taking part in a ‘citizen science’ project to build a more accurate picture of the diversity of marine life around the UK’s coastline. 

Publication date: 5 June 2017

Funding boost for language mentoring project

A project to raise the profile of modern foreign languages has received extended funding from Welsh Government to reach pupils in rural parts of Wales.

Publication date: 2 June 2017

Entrepreneurial graduate through to Santander regional semi-finals

A Bangor University PhD graduate and entrepreneur has reached the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2017 regional semi-finals.

Publication date: 26 May 2017

Final four announced for Eisteddfod Welsh Learner of the Year!

It was a great pleasure to hear that Hugh, Emma, Richard a Daniela, who attended Welsh for Adults classes at Bangor University, had reached the final round of the Welsh Learner of the Year at the Anglesey National Eisteddfod this year.  Emma also works at the University in The Management Centre.

Publication date: 25 May 2017

Pupils fascinated at hands-on practical Chemistry Festival

A team of young chemists from Bishop Herber High School in Cheshire won first prize at the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry, held at Bangor University’s School of Chemistry recently.

Publication date: 22 May 2017

Bangor University assists development of 'dementia-friendly' church groups

Five groups of churches across North and Mid Wales have been allocated funding to develop dementia-friendly community projects and work towards becoming “dementia friendly”.

The funding comes from Bangor University’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)* and has been awarded to Professor Bob Woods and Revd Dr Bob Friedrich. It follows a conference at Llangollen Pavilion where 78 delegates from Welsh churches gathered to hear how to create Dementia Friendly Churches.

Publication date: 19 May 2017

Bangor University Alumnus honoured with top geographical prize

The Royal Geographical Society has awarded one of its Royal Medals to a Bangor University Alumnus for his work in agricultural development.

Publication date: 12 May 2017

Urgency scientific expedition to assess climate induced death of coral reefs

A team of scientists led by a Bangor University professor have recently returned from a scientific expedition to the remote and largely uninhabited Chagos Archipelago in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).

Publication date: 12 May 2017

Student Led Teaching Awards 2017

The sixth annual Student Led Teaching Awards ceremony was held recently and celebrated the high standard of teaching and pastoral support in Bangor University.

Publication date: 11 May 2017

Bangor Awards Catherine Peer Guide of the Year 2017

Bangor University Peer Guides have been congratulated and awarded certificates in thanks for the vital role they have been playing in supporting their fellow students.

Bangor University runs one of the oldest and largest ‘Peer Guiding Schemes’ in any UK university. The trained ‘Peer Guides’ play a vital role in assisting new students to settle in to university life, helping with everything from  the practicalities of moving in and finding their way around university, to  assisting in supporting students in adapting to university life and signposting them to further information and support when necessary.

Publication date: 8 May 2017

Honouring lifetime contributions

(Updated 5/5: see end) Individuals who have made a lifetime’s contribution to the arts, sciences and business in fields as varied as poetry, international shipping and zoology join Bangor University’s graduating students to be rewarded for their work.

Twelve individuals will receive Honorary Fellowships as a mark of recognition of their significant contribution in their chosen fields during the University’s annual degree ceremonies (17-21 July).

Publication date: 4 May 2017

All aboard for a train ticket to bring Europe together again

In many countries, turning 18 marks the transition into adulthood. With it comes the delights and difficulties of all new rights and responsibilities, from voting to drinking alcohol. Now, there’s talk that it could also be the beginning of an international adventure.

Publication date: 19 April 2017

Heat from the Atlantic Ocean is melting Arctic sea ice further eastwards than ever before

The seasonal sea-ice retreat across the Arctic Ocean is perhaps one of the most conspicuous indicators of climate change. In September 2012, a new record was set for the time that we have been tracking sea ice with satellites: the minimum sea ice extent was some 50% below the climatic average for that month. Four years on, and the September 2016 record tied with 2007 for the second lowest sea ice extent since measurements began in 1978.

Publication date: 19 April 2017