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Talking About Climate Change - Primates Vs Humans

A group of Zoology students at Bangor University have recently returned from a field trip to Uganda where they have been 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

Prey-size Plastics are Invading Larval Fish Nurseries

New research has shown for the first time, that larval fish across a range of fish species from different ocean habitats are surrounded by and ingesting plastics in their preferred nursery habitat.

Many of the world’s marine fish spend their first days or weeks feeding and developing at the ocean surface, but little is known about the ocean processes that affect the survival of larval fish. Larval fish are the next generation of adult fish that will supply protein and essential nutrients to people across the world. NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center and an international team of scientists, including Bangor University in the UK, conducted one of the most ambitious studies to date, to shed light on this critically important knowledge gap.

Publication date: 12 November 2019

Bangor University Machine Translation KTP graded as Outstanding by Innovate UK

Bangor University and Cymen Cyf have been awarded an A (Outstanding) rating for their recently completed Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). Cymen is a translation company located in Caernarfon, and is one of the largest private sector employers of graduates in Gwynedd. The KTP focused on developing domain-specific machine translation between English and Welsh, using Cymen’s large archive of translated documents as training data.

Publication date: 8 November 2019

Talking About The Crown

As The Crown returns for Season 3 on Netflix this month, fans will see a north Wales town transformed back into the sixties. Dr Euryn Roberts, Lecturer in Medieval History and Welsh History at Bangor University explains how Season 3 will feature real-life events of the British Royal Family between 1964 and 1977.

Publication date: 7 November 2019

Exhibition of Bangor’s Jewish history goes to Cardiff

An exhibition illustrating Bangor’s Jewish history is travelling to Cardiff.

Titled A Jewish History of Bangor, the exhibition celebrates the presence of Jews in Bangor from medieval times to the Second World War (and beyond).

Publication date: 6 November 2019

Assisting local adventurer on an endurance mountain challenge

A number of staff at the School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences (Dr Ross Roberts, Dr Stuart Beattie, Dr James Hardy, Dr Eleri Jones, Dr Anthony Blanchfield, Dr Andy Cooke and Kevin Williams) have been helping a local adventurer on a classic North Walian mountain challenge.

Publication date: 4 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

Botswana is humanity's ancestral home, claims major study – well, actually …

A study claims the first humans lived in a wetland around what is now northern Botswana. 

A recent paper in the prestigious journal Nature claims to show that modern humans originated about 200,000 years ago in the region around northern Botswana. For a scientist like myself who studies human origins, this is exciting news. If correct, this paper would suggest that we finally know where our species comes from.

But there are actually several reasons why I and some of my colleagues are not entirely convinced. In fact, there’s good reason to believe that our species doesn’t even have a single origin.

This article by Isabelle Catherine Winder, Lecturer in Zoology, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 31 October 2019

Bangor University goes 100% renewable

Bangor University has announced that 100% of its electricity is now supplied from guaranteed renewable sources.

Publication date: 31 October 2019

‘Climate change: hope from despair?’ – public lecture at Bangor University by prominent scientist

Climate change will be the focus of a public lecture at Bangor University on Wednesday, 20 November.  The speaker is Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester.  The lecture will take place at 5.30pm in the Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre of the Main Arts Building.  Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

Publication date: 29 October 2019

Lab-grown mini brains: we can't dismiss the possibility that they could one day outsmart us

The cutting-edge method of growing clusters of cells that organise themselves into mini versions of human brains in the lab is gathering more and more attention. These “brain organoids”, made from stem cells, offer unparalleled insights into the human brain, which is notoriously difficult to study.

This article by Guillaume Thierry, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 25 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

Time Travel, History and Fun – It’s all here at the Brambell Natural History Museum

If you’re looking for a spot of time travel and historical adventure, Brambell Natural History Museum, Bangor University has it covered this October Half Term as part of Welsh Museums Festival (26 October to 3 November).

Brambell Natural History Museum, Bangor University will be open on Saturday, 2nd November 11-1 as part of the Festival.  

Publication date: 24 October 2019

M-SParc goes ‘on tour’

M-SParc, a Bangor University owned Science Park, was established to create well paid careers in the region, in the science and technology sectors.  The sort of careers you don’t expect to find in Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy, paying well and offering opportunities to develop. A year and a half since opening its doors, the company has progressed so much, they’re going on tour!

Publication date: 21 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