University News: August 2011

Lecturer to cycle the country for charity

A Bangor University lecturer is tackling the A470 to Cardiff this week – by bike. Llion Iwan from the School of Creative Studies & Media is raising money to cancer treatment ward Alaw at Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Publication date: 31 August 2011

Modern archaeology to reveal Eliseg’s secrets

Archaeologists from Bangor and Chester universities begin a  second season of excavations (4 – 16 September 2011) at the Pillar of Eliseg, a ninth-century AD stone monument which stands on a prehistoric mound near Valle Crucis Abbey Llangollen, in north-east Wales.  There will be an open afternoon at the archaeological site on Friday 16 September, between 3 – 6pm.

Publication date: 31 August 2011

Bangor’s graduates - more satisfied than the average student

As the annual scramble for university places gets underway, those students heading for Bangor University will be pleased to know that they’ll be joining some of Wales’s most satisfied students. The results of the latest national student satisfaction survey reflect well on the teaching and student care provided to Bangor University’s students.

Publication date: 17 August 2011

International recognition for Food Dudes

The Bangor University academics behind the highly successful Food Dudes programme, which encourages healthy eating choices in young children and their families, are to receive an award for the way that they have adapted their scientific knowledge for a very practical purpose.

Publication date: 11 August 2011

BBC commissions two documentaries based on research at Bangor University

Research at Bangor University into Jewish life in Wales will be broadcast by the BBC in August. Two radio documentaries to be broadcast in Welsh and English combine the research work of three academics in the University’s College of Arts Education & Humanities.  They can be heard at 13.15 on 11 August on Radio Cymru (Terfysg Tredegar) and on Sunday 14 at 17.30 on Radio Wales (The Tredegar Riots http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b013bzm0 ).

Publication date: 10 August 2011

Chinese Olympic Weightlifting Team enjoy some down time in the hills of north Wales

The Chinese Olympic Weight Lifting team, who are staying at Bangor University for their 2011 pre Games training camp, in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games, enjoyed a rare relaxed morning before their departure, enjoying a sight-seeing trip through the Welsh countryside.  They were shown a few of the sights and how much the area around Bangor has to offer.  The first stop was the impressive Caernarfon Castle where the team were greeted by the Deputy Mayor of Caernarfon, Tudor Owen, as they arrived at the castle entrance.  They were given a guided tour, before having the chance to explore the ancient building for themselves.

Publication date: 10 August 2011

Health Policy Appointment at Bangor University

It will be possible to study Health Policy through the medium of Welsh at the School of Social Sciences, Bangor University, from October this year, following the appointment of Dr. Myfanwy Davies as a lecturer there. This will be a means of expanding the existing provision and be a foundation for research plans in truly innovative fields that are relevant to our era.

Publication date: 10 August 2011

Improving Welsh language provision for older people

The Welsh Government has published guidelines to ensure that older people in hospitals or care homes who prefer to communicate in Welsh are able to do so.

Publication date: 9 August 2011

Bangor scientists investigate how best to ask difficult questions

Asking people whether they are involved in an illegal activity is difficult as those involved may not wish to incriminate themselves. Managing natural resources often depends upon influencing people’s behaviour; including discouraging illegal activities such as killing protected species. However, targeting interventions is difficult as rule-breakers may not wish to identify themselves.  Scientists at Bangor University’s School of the Environment, Natural Resources and Geography used a technique designed for investigating sensitive behaviours to estimate the proportion of South African farmers killing carnivores on their land.

Publication date: 8 August 2011

Bangor student wins Student Volunteer of the Year

Bangor University student Steve Barnard has been named British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Student Volunteer of the Year at the BUCS Annual Dinner in Leeds this year.

Publication date: 2 August 2011

Girls get a chance to 'Discover Science'

Tracking down Rhino DNA, creating electronic clubwear or going through high security check-ins at a Nuclear Power station isn’t usually how 14-year- old girls spend their Saturday mornings.  

However, the Discover Science Saturday Club for Girls -  a joint project between Bangor University and Careers Wales - saw 12 youngsters from local schools spending their Saturdays finding out more about science, engineering and technology in an informative and fun environment.

Publication date: 2 August 2011