University News: January 2013

Exciting Programme of Chinese Arts to welcome Chinese New Year

Bangor residents and student can prepare to welcome the Chinese New Year as never before this year, with a packed programme of Chinese Cultural Activities to whet their appetites for all things Chinese, in advance of the Chinese new year celebration period which rund between 10-21 February.

Publication date: 31 January 2013

Growing oil palm for biofuels can’t save our climate

Growing oil palm to make ‘green’ biofuels in the tropics could be accelerating the effects of climate change, say scientists.

Publication date: 31 January 2013

Bangor students scoop inaugural Nurse of the Year Awards

Two Bangor University students from the School of Healthcare Sciences received awards at the inaugural ceremony of the Royal College of Nursing, Nurse of the Year award in Cardiff recently.

Publication date: 30 January 2013

Pwyll ap Siôn premieres new work

The latest composition of Dr Pwyll ap Siôn, senior lecturer in the School of Music, has been premiered by soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and the European Union Chamber Orchestra at the Galeri, Caernarfon on 24 January 2013.

Publication date: 30 January 2013

Wales’ greenest University appears in world rankings

Bangor University has been ranked 18th in the world for its commitment to the ‘green agenda’ according to a global ranking.

Publication date: 30 January 2013

Pontio Project seeks local suppliers and contractors

New opportunities for local contractors, tradesmen and suppliers will be highlighted at an event in Bangor this week (Friday, 1 February).

Publication date: 28 January 2013

A Bangor University student has been nominated for an award at a Welsh Film Festival

The short film Not, directed by John Bryan Evans, a former pupil of Ysgol Friars, has been nominated for Best Fiction and Best Welsh language film at Ffresh, the student moving image festival in Wales.

The 12 minute film is about Nia, a young mother in an abusive relationship, whose two young daughters grow up having to watch their mother beaten and bullied. The story is told through the eyes of the children, and has been described as ‘an unflinching look at oppression in the home.’

Publication date: 25 January 2013

Holocaust Memorial Day

People in Gwynedd will join with thousands the world over this month to remember the innocent victims of genocides which plague modern history.

Publication date: 23 January 2013

Bangor’s Students square up for further University Challenge round

Bangor University appears in the  second round in the 50th anniversary series of TV’s most challenging quiz show; University Challenge on BBC 2 Wales at 8.00 pm on Monday 28 January 2013.

Publication date: 22 January 2013

Tony Conran (1931-2013)

With the passing of Tony Conran Wales has lost one of its major writers, and those of us who knew him over many years have lost a man who was both a dear friend and mentor.

Publication date: 22 January 2013

Wild Things from north Wales

Bangor University graduate and botanist Trevor Dines appears in a new Channel 4 series, Wild Things, produced by local company Cwmni Da. The series has a strong input from north Wales, with Bangor University academics and researchers also having contributed their expertise to the making of the programme, which looks at Britain’s amazing wild plants.

Publication date: 18 January 2013

Rolling dice reveals level of illegal badger killing

A little-used method for estimating how many people are involved in sensitive or illegal activities can provide critical information to environmental policy makers involved in the proposed badger culling scheme in England, according to new research.

“Innovative techniques for estimating illegal activities in a human-wildlife-management conflict”, a paper written by a research team from Bangor University, the University of Kent and Kingston University, has revealed - for the first time - the estimated rate of illegal badger killing.

Publication date: 17 January 2013

Cutting Edge Green Technology Launched at Bangor

A new testing facility, unique in the UK in terms of scale and operational flexibility was launched at Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre recently.

Publication date: 16 January 2013

Minister Leighton Andrews Joins Musicians to Lay Foundation Stone

The foundation stone for Bangor’s new arts and innovation centre will be laid today (Friday) by Leighton Andrews AM in a creative and musical ceremony.

The Minister for Education and Skills will be joined by pupils from Ysgol Tryfan’s jazz and brass band and soloists Rhys Meirion and Huw Ynyr for a unique performance in hard hats on the building site.

Publication date: 10 January 2013

Bangor Law School contributes to ‘Big Voice London’ Project on legal identity

Bangor Law School welcomed a group of young people from London for a conference at the University in November 2012. The students from the Big Voice London project were researching aspects of legal identity and had a specific interest in the legal tradition in Wales and the Welsh language.

Publication date: 9 January 2013

Historic First as Bangor becomes first Welsh Law School to moot before the Supreme Court

Bangor Law School students made history last month as they became the first Welsh Law School team to be invited to moot before the Supreme Court in London.

Publication date: 9 January 2013

Virtual Learning iPad app to help train future neurosurgeons

A new mobile ‘app’, downloadable free of charge, will assist with the training of future neurosurgeons, and is just one of a stream of programmes being developed, adapting visual computing and three dimensional realities to provide cost-effective virtual learning for a range of medical procedures.

Publication date: 8 January 2013

Recreating the experience of medieval worship

A research project which investigates the medieval experience of worship is featured on the Arts & Humanities Research Council website. The “Experience of worship in late medieval cathedral and parish church” project is led by Prof John Harper and Dr Sally Harper at the University’s School of Music.

Publication date: 3 January 2013

One of Nature's Weirdest Events explained

One of the most spectacular migrations on earth; that of the Christmas Island Red Crab is among those included in the January 2 episode of Nature's Weirdest Events on BBC2 Wales at 20.00. Prof Simon Webster of the School of Biological Sciences explains the dramatic mass-migration of Christmas Island Red Crab on the programme. Prof Webster has identified the hormone responsible for this amazing migration. (See related research story here

Publication date: 2 January 2013