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Wales could save billions of pounds a year through investing in a healthier workforce

A new report by the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME), Bangor University has brought together evidence of the economic arguments for investing in the health and wellbeing of the workforce in Wales.

Publication date: 17 October 2019

Bangor University unveil new 3G pitch at Treborth

A new state-of-the-art 3G pitch built to replace two grass sites that were often waterlogged was opened recently (16 October) in the presence of Bangor University staff, Athletic Union clubs and representatives of local teams and national bodies.

Publication date: 17 October 2019

£4m boost for 5G research in Wales

Wales is set to become a global leader in 5G technology following the announcement of a new Digital Centre of Excellence, supported by nearly £4m EU funds.

The Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Centre of Excellence at Bangor University will provide highly specialised research into digital communication systems like mobile phones, WiFi hubs and modern manufacturing lines. Improvements in DSP are a cost-effective way of speeding up networks, dramatically improving the way that mobile phones, devices and network architecture work.

Publication date: 17 October 2019

Researchers invent device that generates light from the cold night sky – here's what it means for millions living off grid

More than 1.7 billion people worldwide still don’t have a reliable electricity connection. For many of them, solar power is their potential energy saviour – at least when the sun is shining.

This article y Jeff Kettle, ‎Lecturer in Electronic Engineering,is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 16 October 2019

Celebrating staff and student success on Shwmae Su’mae Day 2019

With Shwmae Su’mae Day now an annual celebration in numerous institutions across Wales, members of University staff who have been following Welsh language courses received certificates for their efforts today (October 15).

Shwmae Su’mae Day aims to promote the use of Welsh by encouraging everyone to start a conversation with a greeting in the language. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the numerous achievements of our staff and students who have either actively learned the language or increased their proficiency in Welsh.

Publication date: 15 October 2019

Henry VIII’s marital troubles may have influenced other splits, newly-discovered documents show

Newly-discovered documents show Henry VIII’s legendary marital troubles may have led to other copy-cat splits around the country.

The extraordinary story of a teenager who flip-flopped between two wives in a similar way – and at the same time - as the monarch was trying to change his spouse suggests other couples were watching and being influenced by the impact the King’s case had on the law.

Publication date: 15 October 2019

Airbus, Bangor University and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai start new skills partnership

Three Degree Apprentices at Airbus started the new Applied Data Science programme with Bangor University and delivery partner, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai (GLlM) recently.

Publication date: 14 October 2019

When did the people of Wales become Welsh?

It’s Rugby World Cup season, which means that expressions of Welsh identity are broadcast on the big screen for the world to see. But, amidst the singing of the anthem, the dragons and the daffodils, do you ever wonder when people began to consider themselves as Welsh, and their country Wales?

Most historians agree that a sense of Welsh identity was in existence by the twelfth century, but we don’t yet know when exactly this developed and why. Medieval historian Dr Rebecca Thomas thinks that suggestions of a Welsh identity can be found as early as the ninth century.

Publication date: 11 October 2019

Bangor Student competes for Bryn Terfel Scholarship

A Bangor University student is competing for the Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2019.

Cai Fôn Davies, 19, from Bangor, as second year Welsh and History student, will take part in the competition on Friday, 11 October at Barry Memorial Hall.

Publication date: 11 October 2019

Bangor Professor appointed President Elect of the Incorporated Society of Musicians

Prof Chris Collins, Head of Bangor University’s School of Music & Media, has been elected President Elect of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.  He will be acting as a member of the Society’s presidential trio until April 2020, when he steps into the role of President.

Prof Collins follows in the footsteps of another leading musician and Head of School, as composer Professor William Mathias undertook the same role in 1989-90.

Publication date: 10 October 2019

Bangor University receives two Athena SWAN awards - first for Bangor Business School

Bangor University is delighted to announce that two recent Athena SWAN applications from the Bangor Business School and the School of Psychology have been successful. The Bangor Business School is the first School from the College of Arts, Humanities & Business to hold an award. The School of Psychology has held a Bronze award since 2016 and was successful in renewing this award. These awards recognise the University’s and Schools’ ongoing commitment to gender equality for staff and students.

Publication date: 10 October 2019

32 Bangor University students reach the summit of Kilimanjaro in aid of Mind

After a year of bonding and training, a group of 32 Bangor University students summited Mount Kilimanjaro together just after sunrise on the 9th September.

This arduous trek up Africa’s highest peak at 5,895 metres above sea level was in aid of the mental health charity Mind, and the team have so far raised nearly £100,000.

Publication date: 10 October 2019

Creative student records charity record

Aly Shields, a mature Bangor University student and carer from Llandudno, has launched a record in aid of PANS PANDAS UK, a charity which raise awareness of little known and understood conditions which often lead to miss-diagnosis for the people concerned, and which supports them and their families.

Aly’s song Warriors is available on iTunes and Google Play from 9th Oct, for around £1 ($1.29). Search for Warriors and PANS PANDAS UK.

Publication date: 9 October 2019

University’s U-Boat research featured in Drain the Oceans

Research by Bangor University is to feature in the Drain the Oceans series on National Geographic Channel on Monday 7 October 8-9.00pm.

Monday’s programme outlines the development of U-Boats, and how they changed the shape of naval warfare. The introduction of the world's first stealth weapon forced Allied forces to adopt new tactics to fight back. 

Highlighted in the programme is work carried out by Bangor University’s School of Ocean Science’s research vessel the Prince Madog, which has surveyed numerous shipwreck sites in the Irish Sea as part of a joint research project with the Royal Commission on Ancient & Historic Monuments in Wales‘s Heritage Lottery funded project: Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast, 1914-18.

Publication date: 4 October 2019

Bangor University Open Days to empower the next generation of scientists

The College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Bangor University is aiming to set the record straight on the so-called ‘snowflake’ generation by putting out a call for students determined to make a difference to the world’s problems.

A recent survey* revealed 85% of young people, far from being the over-sensitive souls portrayed in the media, feel empowered to tackle issues like global warming, rising sea levels and widespread pollution.

Publication date: 4 October 2019

EMPYRE Project of Youth Work in Europe

The School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences has become a partner in the Erasmus EMPYRE project on youth work in Europe. With other EU wide HEIs and partner charity organisations in four countries, the project explores, collects and develops successful youth work practices used to empower young people in Europe. 

Publication date: 4 October 2019

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists honour three researchers from Bangor University

In a special award ceremony hosted by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) at Nottingham during their annual conference this year, Delyth Prys, Dewi Bryn Jones a Stefan Ghazzali from the Language Technologies Unit, Canolfan Bedwyr, were presented with a Giving Voice Award.  The three, through their Lleisiwr project, funded by the Welsh Government, had developed software to create personalized synthetic voices to help patients about to lose their own voices. The project enabled voice banking in Welsh and English so that a digital version of the voices could be built.

Publication date: 2 October 2019

Every Can Counts at Bangor University

Bangor University is to improve its onsite recycling facilities for approximately 11,000 students and 2,000 members of staff by teaming up with Every Can Counts.

The University introduced branded ‘Every Can Counts’ recycling bins in eight locations, providing students and staff with the opportunity to recycle drink cans whilst ‘on the go’.

Publication date: 30 September 2019

Penrhos: public lecture at Bangor University on the Stanley family of Holyhead

The Stanley family of Penrhos, Holyhead will be the focus of an intriguing public lecture at Bangor University by the prominent local historian Dr Gareth Huws.  Entitled ‘Penrhos: powerful women and the curious tale of a knight, a lord and an “honourable"’, the lecture will take place on Wednesday, 9 October at 5.30pm, in the Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre of the Main Arts Building.  Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

Publication date: 27 September 2019

Bangor University Bahrain Celebrates Graduation

Congratulations to 87 students who graduated at the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) recently.

Publication date: 25 September 2019

Bangor wins Future Leader Fellowship

An academic at Bangor University’s School of Medical Sciences has been awarded a prestigious Future Leader Fellowship by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a major UK funding body.

Dr Chris Staples joins top researchers and innovators from across the country to receive a portion of a £78 million cash boost provided as Future Leader Fellowships. This investment is designed to propel the next generation of scientific leaders, as they conduct cutting-edge research and develop their research independence.

Publication date: 20 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

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

Bangor University Alumnus wins the Daniel Owen Memorial Medal at the National Eisteddfod

Guto Dafydd is the winner of this year’s Daniel Owen Memorial Medal, presented at a special ceremony on the Pavilion stage today.

Guto is more than familiar with standing in Eisteddfod ceremonies, having won the Conwy County Eisteddfod Crown yesterday and the Crown at Carmarthenshire in 2014, and the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize two years later at the Monmouthshire festival.

Publication date: 6 August 2019

Bangor University Alumnus wins the Eisteddfod Crown

The young poet from Pwllheli came out top in a competition which attracted 29 entries.

The Crown, sponsored by housing association, Grŵp Cynefin, is presented for a sequence of poems not in cynghanedd, of no more than 250 lines, on the subject of Cilfachau (inlets). The adjudicators are Manon Rhys, Ceri Wyn Jones and Cen Williams.  The prize money is donated by John Arthur and Margaret Glyn Jones and the family, Llanrwst.

Publication date: 5 August 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