University News: April 2012

Torch-Bearer Jamie appeals for Volunteers

First year Bangor student Jamie Turley, who is selected as an Olympic Torch bearer on the 29th Mayl as the flame passes his home town of Ffynnongroyw, has a busy few weeks ahead of him.  Already a Young Ambassador for Sport in Wales, and with previous volunteering experience, he has been selected as a Volunteer co-ordinator for Gwynedd Council events team.

Publication date: 30 April 2012

New Project Makes the Future Green

A new project, whose aim is to bring businesses together to build a more resilient future and new economy, is launching on Wednesday May 2nd at Bangor University with a free business breakfast event.  The Green Innovation Network, is a joint venture between Bangor University, University College Dublin and Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. The network was born of a need to ensure that businesses have support and encouragement to overcome future challenges through new and innovative ways.

Publication date: 25 April 2012

Shakespeare in Welsh at the Globe Theatre

On Sunday 22 April, Shakespeare’s Globe in London launched its Globe to Globe Festival with Sonnet Sunday, a six-hour literary marathon which saw all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets performed in more than 25 different languages. Sonnet 104 was adapted into Welsh by Professor Peredur Lynch of Bangor’s School of Welsh and recited by the actor Owain Arthur who is currently starring in One Man, Two Guvnors in the West End. Other languages appearing included Somali, Cree, Romanian, Swedish, Flemish, Hungarian, Gaelic, Farsi, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Arabic, and Latvian.

Publication date: 24 April 2012

Wales Environmental Hub advisory mission to India

Dr Shaun Russell, Director of the Wales Environment Research Hub at Bangor University (WERH), recently returned (April 2012) from a week-long environmental advisory mission to the Government of Maharashtra State in India.

Maharashtra, with a population of 100 million, is one of the fastest-developing States in India, and its capital city Mumbai (population 20 million) is the country's main financial centre. Rapid development has led to a range of acute environmental problems in Maharashtra, and the Government of the State has therefore been looking at "cleaner and greener" ways of managing development for the future.

Publication date: 24 April 2012

Bangor University Confucius Institute

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Bangor University and Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) on 17 April 2012 at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London to set up a Confucius Institute at Bangor University in collaboration with China University of Political Science & Law, Beijing.

Publication date: 23 April 2012

Deutsche Bank’s Chief UK Economist discusses “Research for Business and the Business of Research”

George Buckley, Deutsche Bank’s Chief UK Economist and a Bangor graduate, is visiting Bangor University to discuss his personal experience and thoughts on the role of research for business, the value of university education and employability at a public lecture at 6pm on Monday 30th April, at the Stephenson Room at Bangor University’s George Building, Normal Site, Holyhead Road, Bangor.

Publication date: 23 April 2012

Hollaback! Gwynedd joins the international movement against street harassment! Expanding to Wales, the Netherlands and across Europe.

23 April, 2012 (Bangor, Gwynedd) – Students in Bangor, north Wales have joined the international fight against street harassment! The Bangor Women's Society have recruited a bilingual team of students from the University to coodinate and launch a brand new anti-street harassment project for the region. Hollaback! Gwynedd is the first of its kind in Wales and one of a new group launching this week across the United Kingdom.

Publication date: 23 April 2012

Bangor University’s experts and students appear in Channel 4’s new series “Hidden Talent”

Dr Jamie Macdonald  and Dr Tim Woodman of Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences have been advising on a Channel 4 Series and will be appearing in the first show of the new series: Hidden Talent at 21.00 on Tuesday 24.4.12, along with some students from the University.

Hidden Talent is a new six-part series which discovers people with extraordinary hidden talents they never even dreamed they had. Hundreds of randomly selected people are put through a series of tests to identify those with hidden abilities, and nine participants discover if they can go from being a total novice to a top class performer in record time.

Publication date: 20 April 2012

Bangor University Students’ Union wins National Environmental Award

Bangor Students’ Union was recently named Union of the Year (non commercial) at the National Union of Students (NUS) Green Impact Awards in Manchester.

The awards recognise the environmental work of students’ unions around the country and this year had a record 105 unions competing. The awards are part of the NUS Green Impact initiative which provides environmental accreditation for students’ unions, helping unions to showcase great environmental practice.

Publication date: 20 April 2012

Students explain their research to the public at Tenovus Mobile Cancer Support Unit

Research students at Bangor University, sponsored by the cancer research charity Tenovus, will be at a mobile exhibition at Morrisons Store, Bangor on Monday 23 April, discussing their research with members of the public.

Tenovus, Wales’ leading cancer charity, will showcasing their support services in North Wales, along with the innovative research they are funding at Bangor University.

Publication date: 20 April 2012

Bangor’s Peer Guide Scheme has been on show again

Two of our experienced Senior Peer Guides, Ben Pattle of SENRGY and Rhiannon Edwards of Psychology, represented Bangor at the recent Peer Mentoring Works! Seminar at Aston University.

They very much enjoyed the day which involved taking part in various discussion groups and networking with staff and students from other institutions. At the end of the day they both sat on the expert panel to take a number of questions from the delegates. Ben said ‘There was a lot interest and positive feedback about the Peer Guide Scheme. We were kept very busy answering questions.’ Rhiannon added ‘People were particularly impressed with the commitment of the Peer Guides who give their time so willingly. There was also a lot of interest in how we operate an opt-out scheme making our Peer Guides available to everyone.’

Publication date: 18 April 2012

Bangor SU wins Community Relations Award

 Bangor Students’ Union has been awarded the ‘NUS Wales Award for Community Relations’ at the NUS Wales Conference in Gregynog, beating all other Student associations in Wales for the prize, as a result of the myriad of activity run by Bangor SU in and alongside the local community.

 Over the past year, Bangor SU has both held and supported a number of local events such as the World Aids Day Service in Bangor Cathedral; a reclaim the night march around the city and also supported the Conwy Food Festival by encouraging our student societies to take part in the Medieval-themed day out. The Medieval Re-enactment Society was a huge hit and has been invited back next year.

Publication date: 17 April 2012

Scholarship for Poet

A senior lecturer from Bangor has received a scholarship to complete his first book of poetry.  Dr Jason Walford Davies, the School of Welsh, is among the new writers who will receive a scholarship from Literature Wales this year.  The New Writer Scholarship worth £ 4,000 will allow Jason Walford Davies take some time away from his academic work to concentrate on his poetry.

Publication date: 17 April 2012

Student crafts winning idea in Bangor University’s 2012 B-Enterprising Business Idea Competition

Dale Spridgeon, a post-graduate student in the School of English, has been awarded £200 after entering the annual Business Ideas Competition organised by the B-Enterprising Project, part of the university’s Careers and Employability Service.

Publication date: 16 April 2012

Where did the idea of a cashless society come from?

The concept of a "cashless society" is now getting increased attention as countries such as Sweden try to move away from bills and coins whereas in the UK there has been a failed attempt by banks to do without paper cheques. In a Bangor Business School Working Paper, Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo, of the Business School, along with Thomas Haigh of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; The Haigh Group and David Stearns, of  Seattle Pacific University document,  the ‘cashless’ idea actually originated first in the world of business and only later moved into the realm of fiction.

Publication date: 11 April 2012

Concert contributes to Urdd Fund

As a result of a Grand Concert held by Bangor University at the Prichard-Jones Hall, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof John G Hughes presented a cheque for £2,242 to Bryn Tomos, Chairman, Bangor Appeal Committee for the Urdd National Eisteddfod at Glynllifon.

Publication date: 4 April 2012

Cage fighter Peris features on new S4C series

By day, Peris Tecwyn from Rhosgadfan is a student studying Welsh at Bangor University but when night falls, he spends hours and hours training for his next fight. But not any old fight, Peris is a cage fighter. Peris will be featured in a new S4C series, Cwffio Cawell, starting Thursday 5 April.

Publication date: 2 April 2012

Learning Welsh: “Excellence” standard in North Wales

The North Wales Welsh for Adults Centre recently received the highest praise possible from Education and Training Inspectorate, Estyn, for the quality of their provision.

Publication date: 2 April 2012

Tackling Transition in Psychology

School teachers, college tutors and university academics are coming together for a constructive event to discuss how they can help students to tackle the sometimes challenging leap from school or college to university.

Publication date: 2 April 2012