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Behind Eyes Wide Shut

A symposium, the only one of its kind to be held in the UK, will explore the legacy of Eyes Wide Shut, film director, Stan;ey Kubrick's final film. 

The event is a collaboration between the UAL Archives and Special Collections Centre and Bangor University

Publication date: 10 December 2019

Exciting alternative route into Physiotherapy at Bangor University

With physiotherapists often in short supply, physiotherapy service managers and potential students in Wales have welcomed the development of a new route to qualify as a physiotherapist.

A new two-year accelerated post-graduate course at Bangor University, aimed at graduates, is providing an exciting alternative mode of entry to the profession compared to the established undergraduate approach. 

Publication date: 9 December 2019

Why some scientists want to rewrite the history of how we learned to walk

It’s not often that a fossil truly rewrites human evolution, but the recent discovery of an ancient extinct ape has some scientists very excited. According to its discoverers, Danuvius guggenmosi combines some human-like features with others that look like those of living chimpanzees. They suggest that it would have had an entirely distinct way of moving that combined upright walking with swinging from branches. And they claim that this probably makes it similar to the last shared ancestor of humans and chimps.

This article by Vivien Shaw of the School of Medical Sciences and Isabelle Catherine Winder, of the School of Natural Sciences, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 5 December 2019

Talking About Wardrobe Waste

How much waste do you have in your wardrobe?

Sequins on clothing are on-trend this season, but this fast fashion craze can have a serious impact on our environment.

Publication date: 5 December 2019

Bangor University placed in the top 10 of global green league

Bangor University is ranked tenth in the world for its commitment to sustainability according to an international league table of environmentally friendly institutions.

The University is one of four UK universities appearing in the Top 10 of the UI Green Metric, a league table of the world’s greenest universities.

Publication date: 4 December 2019

Sale and use of residential leaseholds in Wales

In order to support Welsh government policies on leasehold in Wales, researchers are seeking people who have a residential long lease, as part of their home ownership or mortgage, to complete an online questionnaire about their experiences and understanding of leasehold.

Publication date: 29 November 2019

Accessing health care is challenging for Deaf people – but the best solution isn’t ‘one-size-fits-all’

This article by Dr Christopher Shank, Lecturer in Linguistics and Anouschka Foltz, University of Graz was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

For many of us, a visit to the doctor’s office can be wrought with anxiety. A persistent cough that won’t go away or an ailment we hope is nothing serious can make GP visits emotionally difficult. Now imagine that you can’t phone the doctor to make an appointment, you don’t understand what your doctor just said, or you don’t know what the medication you’ve been prescribed is for. These are all situations that many Deaf people face when accessing health care services.

Publication date: 28 November 2019

Did human hunting activities alone drive great auks’ extinction?

eLife news release

New insight on the extinction history of a flightless seabird that vanished from the shores of the North Atlantic during the 19th century has been published today in eLife.

The findings suggest that intense hunting by humans could have caused the rapid extinction of the great auk, showing how even species that exist in large and widespread populations can be vulnerable to exploitation

Publication date: 26 November 2019

Scientists complete largest global assessment of ocean warming impacts

A group of international marine scientists has compiled the most comprehensive assessment of how ocean warming is affecting the mix of species in our oceans – and explained how some marine species manage to keep their cool.

Researchers from the UK, Japan, Australia, USA, Germany, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand analysed three million records of thousands of species from 200 ecological communities across the globe.

Publication date: 26 November 2019

Pico power protects oldest Welsh Bible

A 431-year-old Welsh Bible is staying warm this winter, following the installation of a small pico hydro turbine by the National Trust at Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant in Snowdonia, which will help manage humidity levels in the 16th-century farmhouse.

Through collaboration with Bangor University and Trinity College, Dublin, the renewable energy scheme is helping the charity protect one of the nation’s most culturally important manuscripts more sustainably, with the Bible dating back to 1588 and one of only 24 known original copies left, it’s housed at the birthplace of its translator, Bishop William Morgan.

Publication date: 22 November 2019

One hand and two hemispheres: How both sides of the brain get involved post-amputation

Psychologists have shown, for the first time, how our brains’ plasticity and ability to adapt, extends across both sides of the brain.

We have known for a while that if one body part or function is lost, then an adjacent part of the brain, which controls a different function, can extend into and ‘take over’ the part of the brain responsible for the missing function.

Now functional MRI scans have shown how, in people who have lost one hand, the functions controlling the surviving hand extend across both brain hemispheres.

Publication date: 21 November 2019

Supporting students who are carers

Bangor University has chosen National Carers’ Rights Day (21 November) to launch the only Student Carer Policy at any Welsh University and highlight their support for students who are also carers.

Young carers and others will be speaking about their experiences and the support which is available to them at a Carers’ Rights event at the University, in partnership with Action for Children, Carers’ Outreach Service and Gwynedd County Council.

Publication date: 21 November 2019

Pontio open doors for local young people through National Lottery Community Fund grant

An innovative project providing local teenagers with something to do on weekends and during school holidays at Pontio, Bangor’s arts and innovation centre, has been awarded three years’ funding by the National Lottery as part of its Community Fund.

Working in a very dynamic and responsive way, the project, entitled ‘Yn y Foment’ (In the Moment) provides opportunities for teenagers coming in to the Pontio building to take part in creative activities of their choosing including music and writing, dance, circus skills and opportunities to work with the many professional performers and local practitioners visiting Pontio.

Publication date: 20 November 2019

Underwater Gliders help improve weather forecasts

New measurements of how waters mix just below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean are to be used to improve weather forecasts. 

The water turbulence was measured by an underwater ‘glider’ and the results of the research, led by Bangor University researcher Natasha Lucas, are published in a new Journal paper.

Publication date: 18 November 2019

Talking About Climate Change - Primates Vs Humans

A group of researchers from Bangor University have recently finished a study researching the effects of climate change on primates.


Publication date: 15 November 2019

Bangor University and North Wales Police – Police Degree Programmes

Bangor University and North Wales Police are delighted to announce their collaboration on the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) developed by the College of Policing.

Bangor University entered a competitive commissioning process and was successful in applying for the contract with North Wales Police based on its commitment to excellent teaching and its track record in relation to teaching and research in policing.

Publication date: 13 November 2019

Packaging our foods without plastic

People worldwide are increasingly concerned by the amount of single use plastic which surrounds our purchases, and in particular our food shopping.

While such wrappings appear unnecessary, many fruit and vegetable producers would argue that packaging perishables ensures that consumers can easily carry away their food. Further, more food reaches the market place undamaged, increasing the food supply and reducing food waste.

The solution lies in developing sustainable food packaging alternatives.

Publication date: 13 November 2019

Bangor University student crowned Junior British Hill Climb Champion 2019

First-year Sports Science student, Chris Mann, has been crowned the Junior British Hill Climb Champion 2019.

Publication date: 31 October 2019

Increasing Ram productivity and fighting crime

A Science Park on Anglesey is fighting rural crime, using a specially developed Internet of Things (Iot) device. Bringing innovation together with existing IoT technology, a matchbox sized device has been created which can help fight sheep rustling, sheep worrying by dogs, and track ram mating patterns!

Publication date: 25 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 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