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We've located the part of the brain which understands social interactions

The ability to quickly detect and recognise the purpose of a social interaction is as indispensable today as it would have been to our ancient ancestors – but how does the brain do it?

This article by Jon Walbrin, PhD Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience, at the School of Psychology, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.



Publication date: 20 March 2018

Baby-friendly Award for Bangor University

Bangor University is the first university in Wales to have been awarded the prestigious Baby Friendly Award and is the latest university to gain recognition from Unicef UK for the high levels of training in breastfeeding provided to students on its midwifery course. Student midwives enrolled in the midwifery programme at Bangor University will now graduate with an extra qualification, which will save them having to complete further training when they are employed as midwives.

Publication date: 20 March 2018

Six common misconceptions about meditation

Dusana Dorjee, Bangor University Meditation has been hailed as a way to boost mental health, help chronic pain, reduce stress and build a new appreciation for the world around us. 

Publication date: 19 March 2018

Bangor Old Students’ Association support the Gwyn Thomas Memorial Fund

‘On Wednesday morning, 14 March 2018, an informal though pleasant occasion happened in PJ Hall.'

Publication date: 15 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

Thousands of starfish have washed up dead after the ‘Beast from the East’ – here’s why

This article by Coleen Suckling, Lecturer in Marine Biology, at the School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 6 March 2018

The School and ‘Gwyn’s legacy’

A weekend of lectures and discussion are to be held at Bangor with the hope of capturing some of the diversity of the huge contribution made by the former head of the Welsh Department.

Publication date: 2 March 2018

The Science of M-SParc; Delivered on time and budget.

M-SParc, Wales’ first dedicated Science Park, opened its doors on St David’s Day on time and within budget.

The £20m facility, part funded by European Regional Development Funding through the Welsh Government has been in development for 5 years and on March the 1st the vision becomes reality – all on time and within budget.

Publication date: 2 March 2018

All of Stanley Kubrick’s films were Jewish author finds

Jewishness threads through all of legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s films, a new book finds. Kubrick, who died almost twenty years ago, was famously silent on the meaning of his films. But a new study, Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual by Bangor University professor, Nathan Abrams, shows how it underpinned every film he made.

Publication date: 1 March 2018

Royal Support for Scaling Up Collaborative Coral Reef Conservation

Recently, HRH The Prince of Wales, drew attention to the economic drivers behind coral reef degradation and the investments required to ensure the long-term health of these vital marine habitats.  Professor John Turner and Dr Gareth Williams from the School of Ocean Sciences were among an invited audience of UN envoys, ambassadors, financiers, conservationists and reef managers to raise the urgency of scaling up resilience and recovery of the world’s coral reefs, with a particular focus on the role of the private sector and philanthropy.

Publication date: 1 March 2018

Bangor academic gives expert evidence to House of Commons on St David’s Day

A Bangor academic is presenting evidence to the House of Commons today on the security of mineral supplies to the UK today (1 March 2018). Professor Barrie Johnson of the University’s School of Biological Sciences is an internationally leading expert on using biological methods for mineral extraction.

His contribution to today’s Committee is based on his contribution to a major UK research project investigating solutions for the recovery of cobalt. This Natural Environment Research Council funded project is aiming to increase the UK's exploration, mining and recovery of cobalt, a metal of great strategic and economic importance.

Publication date: 1 March 2018

St Gerard’s School are Top of the Bench!

A team from St Gerard’s School in Bangor are this year’s north Wales heat winners of the Top of the Bench competition run by Bangor University’s School of Chemistry.

Publication date: 26 February 2018

Call for a rapid negotiated settlement to the USS pension dispute

The current national dispute results from planned changes to the national pension scheme for university staff, and many of those working at Bangor University will be affected by the proposals.

Bangor University has stated that it is keen for there to be a rapid negotiated settlement to this dispute. 

Publication date: 26 February 2018

Bangor researchers contribute to advancing dementia research strategy

Dr Gill Windle and Emeritus Professor Bob Woods, of the Dementia Services Development centre, part of BIHMR in the School of Healthcare Sciences were part of the Alzheimer’s Society taskforce of leading UK clinicians and researchers in dementia, UK funders of dementia research, people with dementia and carer representatives developing the first ‘dementia research roadmap for prevention, diagnosis, intervention and care by 2025’.

Publication date: 23 February 2018

Hummit, the new app released by a Bangor University student

We’ve all had that tune in our heads that we can’t name.  Well, Joey Elliott, aged 22 from Oswestry,  has developed a mobile app to resolve that problem!  His app lets users find the names for those annoying tunes in their head such as the title of a catchy song heard on the radio and then later, you cannot remember. Joey created the idea after he found himself having this recurring problem and is hoping to help others in similar situations.

Publication date: 23 February 2018

University Flag

The University Flag is being flown in tribute to the memory of Kevin Larkin, a student in the School of Psychology.

Publication date: 23 February 2018

Knowing how and where to look reduces driving risks

Training young and new drivers so that they pay attention to their peripheral vision could reduce road traffic accidents. Road traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death globally and young novice drivers are the most likely to be involved.

Publication date: 21 February 2018

National bursaries for Bangor's engineering talent

Three students from Bangor University have received Engineering Horizons Bursaries from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The bursaries are awarded to students who are passionate about engineering and have taken up a place on an engineering or technology degree course which has been accredited by the IET.

Publication date: 21 February 2018

More Green Less Screen!

Could you put down your devices and enjoy nature?

That was the question that Bangor University’s Sustainability Lab and Botanic Garden asked students, staff and the local community last week as part of the UK University community’s national celebration of Go Green Week.

Publication date: 21 February 2018

Martial arts can improve your attention span and alertness long term – new study

Martial arts require a good level of physical strength, but those who take up training need to develop an incredible amount of mental acuity, too.

Mental strength is so important to martial arts that researchers have found karate experts’ stronger punching force may be down to a better control of muscle movement in the brain, rather than increased muscular strength. Other studies have also found that children who practice Taekwondo improved in maths test scores, and behaviour.

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

Publication date: 20 February 2018

'Fighting for' the Arts

Sioned Young's work is no easy task, however it brings her "great pleasure". Sioned from Penygroes near Caernarfon, has embarked on a ten-month internship with Arts and Business Wales at Bangor University’s Pontio Arts and Innovation Center, looking for new ways of fundraising for the arts.

Publication date: 17 January 2018

Bangor’s elite athletes awarded Sports Scholarships

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area. These Sports Scholarships are awarded to recognise and support sporting excellence and achievement. 

Publication date: 9 January 2018

Bangor University’s Winter Graduation Ceremony

Over 400 degrees were awarded to Bangor University students at its winter graduation ceremony recently. During the ceremony Professor John G Hughes, Vice-Chancellor congratulated graduates and thanked parents, families and friends of the graduates for their support during their years of study.

Publication date: 14 December 2017

Brewing Sustainable Craft Beer in Wales

Recent market research has shown that alcohol consumption in Britain has fallen by 18% since 2004. The beer sector has also seen a decline in demand but within this sector, the Society of Independent Brewers has reported a steady growth amongst its members. The number of breweries in Britain is at a 70 year high with a total of over 1800 established independent breweries in 2015. There is no sign of the sector growth slowing and the demand for locally produced beer continues.

Publication date: 12 December 2017

Another successful Student Christmas Market

The B-Enterprising team at Bangor University hosted the 7th successive Student Christmas Market in PJ Hall before Christmas.

Publication date: 7 December 2017

Bangor Psychology Student wins BBC Wales Young Sportswoman of the Year 2017 Award

A first year Bangor University Psychology student has won the BBC Wales Carwyn James Young Sportswoman of the Year 2017 award.

Publication date: 6 December 2017

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