University News: November 2012

Pontio’s first ever artist residency broadcast on S4C - "Corneli Cudd” / "Hidden Corners”

A short film of the Pontio project’s first artistic residency will be shown as part of S4C’s ‘Calon Cenedl’ (Heart of the Nation) series this December. Footage shot by Bangor University student Osian Williams at the Plas Hedd care home in Maesgeirchen, Bangor will air at 7.55pm, Monday 3 December 2012.

Publication date: 30 November 2012

Confucius Centre hosts Chinese Costumes Exhibition

Following the successful launch of the Confucius Institute at Bangor University earlier this academic year, the Confucius Institute has embarked on an interesting and varied programme of activities to raise awareness and understanding of Chinese culture.

An exhibition of Chinese National Dress takes place in Rathbone Teaching Room 5, Rathbone Building, College Road on Thursday 29 November at 6.00.

For more information about this aspect of Chinese culture see an interesting illustrated article in the Confucius Centre Newsletter .

Publication date: 29 November 2012

Wardens Tackle Snowdon

A group of eight University Halls Wardens took on the challenge of climbing Snowdon in the dark, with the aim of reaching the summit by sunrise recently.  Setting off at 3.00 am the intrepid crew: Stephen Clear (School of Law), Alexander Aldred (Business School), Caoimhe Martin (School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science), Chin Wei Ong (School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science), Hayley French (School of Modern Languages), Gwawr Parker (School of Healthcare Sciences), Lindsey Swift (School of Modern Languages), and Max Davidson (School of Psychology), all Ffriddoedd Site University Wardens, took up the challenge.

Publication date: 29 November 2012

School of Welsh and Urdd partnership goes from strength to strength

The School of Welsh at Bangor has played a major role in organizing two highly successful residential courses for year 12 and year 13 students of Welsh at the Urdd’s Glan-llyn centre near Bala. Working in partnership with the Urdd – Wales’s largest youth movement – this is the fourth year in succession that such courses have been organized by the School. On November 19-21, second-language students attended a course devoted to numerous aspects of their Welsh AS/Advanced studies.  A similar course for first-language students followed on November 21-3. In all, the courses were attended by 180 AS/Advanced students from all over Wales.

Publication date: 27 November 2012

Bangor’s brightest benefit from Excellence Scholarship awards

Some of Bangor University’s brightest first year students have had their academic achievement at A-Level recognised with the University’s most prestigious scholarship award.

The Bangor University Excellence Scholarship is awarded to new undergraduate students from the UK and EU who achieve the highest academic attainment upon entry in the relevant subject areas.

Publication date: 26 November 2012

'Top Gun Academy' for Social Entrepreneurs in Wales - Bangor University launches learning network for businesses with a social conscience

The "best of the best" in the social enterprise world are about to get even better- Social entrepreneurs and social enterprises in Wales and Ireland are to benefit from greater professional support to help them develop this emerging and important business sector.

Publication date: 26 November 2012

Special issue of the International Journal of Bilingualism (ed. Chondrogianni, Cornips, Vasić)

Vicky Chondrogianni (Bangor University) with Leonie Cornips (Meertens Institute) and Nada Vasić (University of Amsterdam) will be the guest editors of the International Journal of Bilingualism Special Issue entitled “Cross-linguistic aspects in child L2 acquisition” to be published in March 2015.

Publication date: 20 November 2012

Vicky Chondrogianni at BUCLD in Boston

Dr. Vicky Chondrogianni (Bangor University) with Theo Marinis (University of Reading) will be presenting a poster entitled “Production of definite articles in English-speaking L2 children and children with SLI” at this year Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 37) on November 3, 2012.

Publication date: 20 November 2012

Welsh poetry to give voice to those with dementia

With estimates suggesting that as many as one on three of us will receive a diagnosis of dementia in the future, dementia is certainly a condition that is going to touch all our lives in some way.

Publication date: 16 November 2012

A fascinating cutting-edge visual journey into the patterns of our minds while moving ...

What is it that grabs your attention when a dancer takes the stage? Costume, choreography, the dancer’s technical expertise? Renowned contemporary dancer Riley Watts and Bangor University neuroscientist Dr.Emily Cross show that there are less tangible factors that influence your perception.

Publication date: 15 November 2012

Bangor University contributes to ‘Buildings as Power Stations’ technology

Bangor University’s School of Chemistry is contributing to a research project which could put Wales at the forefront of global renewable energy technology.

Publication date: 12 November 2012

£2M investment in Electronic Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory

New Laboratory Equipped with Agilent Instruments Supports Undergraduate teaching in Wales.

Agilent Technologies Inc. and Bangor University recently opened a new Agilent Branded laboratory equipped with Agilent instruments.  The lab, located in the School of Electronic Engineering at Bangor University, will support teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in Electronic Engineering.

Publication date: 8 November 2012

Bangor student to perform with Frank Zappa's son

A Bangor University music student is looking forward to performing Frank Zappa’s work on a UK tour later this month.

Sioned Eleri Jones, 30, from Bangor, will be performing one of the legendary guitarists’ songs on the clarinet with his son, Dweezil, who is touring with his band Zappa Plays Zappa.

Publication date: 7 November 2012

Bangor academic celebrating 100 years of Scholarships to women graduates

A Bangor University academic, Dr Raluca Radulescu addressed an Awards ceremony in London recently. The British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) are celebration a hundred years of awarding Scholarships to women academics, and have invited leading academics who have been recipients of their scholarships earlier in their careers.

Publication date: 5 November 2012

Increasing Broadband capacity two thousand-fold - for the same price

Could you use a broadband service that is two thousand times faster, but costs you the same?  A revolutionary “future-proof” technology, first proposed by Bangor University, is the front-runner in satisfying future demand for dramatically increased internet speeds and capacity.

Publication date: 5 November 2012

Majority favours assisted dying

New international research reveals that the majority responding to questions about assisted suicide, are in favour.  This contrasts with a recent review of research that suggests that UK doctors consistently oppose euthanasia.

The results, drawn from the views of over 62,000 people who contributed views to a large number of research papers on the subject from different countries, reveals for the first time, that people from very different backgrounds and experience, on the whole, share similar views on this topic.

Publication date: 5 November 2012