University News: December 2010

Bangor led project covered by Science

A Bangor- Unversity led European Union funded research project developing techniques to assist in the fight against illegal fishing and to preserve fish stocks is covered in the Magazine Science.

Publication date: 17 December 2010

Business Idea Competition creates interesting possibilities

An outdoor adventure game that promotes an interest in history is the intriguing result of a Business Idea Competition for Bangor University students held recently. The competition, sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government, is one of numerous activities held by the B-Enterprising Project at the Careers & Employability Service to stimulate, create and raise awareness of enterprise amongst students and graduates.

Publication date: 15 December 2010

American expedition for Bangor Zoologists

A group of students from North Wales have returned from a research trip which saw them wading through swamps, canoeing through mangroves and swimming over coral reefs.

As part of their degrees in Zoology, Bangor University students spent a week around the Florida Everglades studying the area’s unique wildlife.

Publication date: 14 December 2010

Bangor Professor appointed Seafish Deputy Chair

Marine ecologist, Professor Michel Kaiser, of Bangor University, has been appointed to the role of interim Deputy Chair of the Seafish board until March 2012.

Publication date: 14 December 2010

Bangor Uni’s Food Dudes Scheme extended in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton City NHS Primary Care Trust, who have pioneered UK use of the Food Dudes scheme to encourage schoolchildren to eat more fruit and vegetables, have decided to continue for a further two years.  

 

The Scheme, developed by Bangor University’s Food and Activity Research Unit at the School of Psychology, was introduced in Wolverhampton in January 2009 and initially planned to run it until December 2011 - benefitting 20,000 pupils at primary and special schools – at a total cost of £500,000.

Publication date: 14 December 2010

Consumer Psychology Grad Pulls in Two Prestigious Awards

In just his first year on the job, a recent Bangor graduate has played a key role in earning his new employer not one but two national business awards.

Six months ago, Paul Dazeley was finishing his MSc degree in Consumer Psychology and Business at Bangor University. Then he heard about a job opening at Ella’s Kitchen, the organic baby food company based in Henley, near Reading. Paul asked his advisor at Bangor for advice in preparing for the interview.

Publication date: 14 December 2010

Enterprising students hold Christmas market

Handmade crafts and gifts were on offer at a Student Christmas Market which kicked off the festive season at Bangor University recently.  Over 80 enterprising students took part in the event,  which attracted over 500 visitors and was organised by the B-Enterprising Project .

Publication date: 14 December 2010

Our City: Reflections from Bangor’s young people

A brightly coloured mural depicting Bangor’s scenes and characters, as seen by the city’s young people, was revealed recently. The mural was created by local School pupils at Ysgol Tryfan and Maesgeirchen Youth Centre as part of visual arts project, Ein Dinas (Our City) organized by Bangor University’s Pontio project and Gwynedd Arts Forum. The mural is on hoardings and provides an eye catching focus for the Pontio project, part-funded by the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government, which is to open to the public in the Spring of 2013.

Publication date: 14 December 2010

Trees to contribute to research

Dozens of semi mature native trees including Maple, London Plane, Birch, Cherry, Mountain Ash and Whitebeam will be among those being planted as part of the Pontio project.

 

The Pontio building, part-funded by the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government, is designed to fit its surroundings and relate closely to the landscape of the park. That’s why as many trees as possible, many of them mature trees, are being retained around the building. This will blur the boundaries between the building and the park. Trees that need to be removed are being replaced with native species either on site or around the University’s campus, and the felled timber is being put to good use.

Publication date: 8 December 2010

One of ten UK projects selected for Award

An academic at Bangor University’s School of Chemistry is one of ten British academics involved in British-Israeli research projects selected to receive funding through the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership, BIRAX.  The announcement of Awards to projects which tackle global challenges in Energy and the Environment was made recently by British Foreign Secretary William Hague at an event hosted by Britain’s ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould, celebrating scientific collaboration between the UK and Israel.  He hailed science as “one of the cornerstones of the relationship between Britain and Israel” and added “both are countries that have built up our economies and our identity through being leaders in science and technology”

Publication date: 6 December 2010

Bangor University helps develop conservation science teaching in Bangladesh and Ghana

Academics at Bangor University are working with colleagues from Bangladesh and Ghana to increase and improve the teaching of conservation science in these two biodiversity rich countries. The British Council has funded a capacity building project which allows exchanges between students, researchers and staff from Universities in Bangladesh, Ghana and Bangor. Three staff from Khulna University and Rajshahi University in Bangladesh, and Accra University in Ghana, are currently in Bangor taking an MSC module in conservation biology and working with staff in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography to develop conservation biology curricula for their own universities.

Publication date: 2 December 2010

Funding for Pontio development welcomed

Bangor University has welcomed the announcement of funding for the Pontio development as a tremendous boost for the north Wales economy. This £27.5m investment by the Welsh Assembly Government and European Regional Development Fund, will create and safeguard hundreds of jobs and become a platform from which economic growth in the area can develop.

Publication date: 2 December 2010