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University News: March 2013

Bangor’s Santander Entrepreneurs

Undergraduate student Catrin Hicks of Blaenau Ffestiniog and a team of postgraduate students have won the Bangor University round of the Santander Entrepreneurship Awards and will be representing Bangor at the UK round later this year.

Publication date: 25 March 2013

Major conference on Irish Sea Sustainability

A major conference on fisheries management in the Irish Sea has taken place bringing together experts and academics from Wales, Ireland and Europe.

Publication date: 25 March 2013

Mind training via mindfulness meditation fosters well being across the life span

Mindfulness, an integrative mind-body based approach that helps people to change how they think and feel about their experiences can be useful to people at various stages and spheres of their lives. Adapted as Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), it can assist people coping with a range of difficulties.

Publication date: 25 March 2013

A postgraduate student from Bangor University has been nominated for an award at the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

Lester Hughes, from Pwllheli, is a mature student and a father of two and has just started a PhD in Film. His short 12 minute film, Waves, Taid & Time, has been nominated in the Experimental category at the festival. The winners will be announced at the festival, in Llanelli, between the 8th-12th of April.

Publication date: 21 March 2013

Bangor University’s Students’ Union put Bangor on the map at the annual NUS Wales Awards.

Bangor Students' Union not only won the Course Rep of the Year and Union Staff Member of the Year categories at the annual NUS Wales Awards this year but were also highly commended in the Union of the Year category.

Publication date: 21 March 2013

Caring for Foster parents so that they are better placed to care for the children

Parenting has its own stresses and its own rewards, but as the UK faces a crisis in the numbers of foster parents available, one university is finding ways to improve personal well-being and reduce the stress-levels of those currently working in that role.

Publication date: 21 March 2013

Urgent action required to stop irreversible genetic changes to fish stocks

If we are to sustain fish as a global food source, then fisheries and conservation managers need to take account of new evidence showing how overfishing of the larger fish in a population actually changes the gene pool in favour of smaller less fertile fish.

A paper in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (available online from 18.3.13) led by fish geneticists at Bangor University, with contributions from the University of East Anglia, the University of the West Indies and the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology, has proved for the first time that the change towards smaller fish takes place at the DNA level, and within a relatively short time period of a few generations.

Publication date: 18 March 2013

Bangor University students look forward to the launch of their first App

Publication date: 15 March 2013

Remembering the poet R.S. Thomas

In a special programme on Monday, 25 March, S4C's Pethe will look at the legacy of the poet R.S. Thomas, who was born 100 years ago this month.  There will also be a chance to see R.S. Thomas' last full-length television interview the following night in the archive programme, R.S. Thomas.

Publication date: 15 March 2013

Inaugural Awards to Reward Excellence in Welsh Public Procurement

The recent confirmation by Minister Jane Hutt AM, that the Value of Welsh public sector contracts won by Welsh based business has increased in recent years from 37% to 51%, provides an excellent backdrop to the holding of the first ever Welsh National Procurement Awards in Llandudno next month.

Publication date: 14 March 2013

Macmillan Cancer Support invests £300,000 to improve prostate cancer care in North Wales

Macmillan Cancer Support has invested nearly £300,000 to fund a project which will help prostate cancer patients in North East Wales to receive their care closer to home.

Publication date: 13 March 2013

Research search for ‘invisible’ carers

There are thought to be over 70,000 people with a learning disability living in Wales today and yet only 12,000 or so are known to social services. This would, therefore, appear to indicate that many tens of thousands of people with a learning disability are living with family carers. 

Publication date: 13 March 2013

Father and step-daughter win awards at Welsh Film Festival.

The short film Not, directed by John Bryan Evans, a student at Bangor University and former pupil of Ysgol Friars, won the Best Welsh language film award at Ffresh, the student moving image festival in Wales, and his step daughter also received the Best Actress award for her wonderful performance in the film.

Publication date: 11 March 2013

Recognising the role of the environment in the global spread of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance has been recognised in recent years as a major healthcare problem, however, a paper in The Lancet Infectious Diseases (doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(12)70317-1) reviewing the issue on a global scale, concludes that, not enough attention is given to the critical role that the natural environment plays in the cycling of antibiotics and the associated development of resistance by bacteria.

Publication date: 11 March 2013

Bangor’s Students Union nominated for seven Awards

Bangor University’s very active Students’ Union has been shortlisted for no less than seven Awards in the Annual NUS Wales Awards this year.

An independent panel of judges narrowed more than 80 nominations to a shortlist for this year’s Awards. The Union itself is shortlisted for the ‘Higher Education Students’ Union of the Year’ while Students Union members have been shortlisted for a range of Awards. Rhys Dart, Director, Bangor Students’ Union is nominated for the Simpson-King Students’ Union Staff Member of the Year. Chair of the Geographical Society, who are nominated for Club or Society of the Year, Chris Bibby also finds himself nominated for the Endsleigh Student of the Year. Two Bangor students are among four shortlisted for the Course Rep of the Year: Martyn Curzey, of the School of Chemistry and Marta Napodano, representing fellow students at the School of English. Bangor University’s Geographical Society has been shortlisted for Club or Society of the Year, and Katherine Young, writing for the Welsh student paper, Y Llef, for the Student Journalist of the Year.

Publication date: 8 March 2013

National Student Octopush Championships Return to North Wales

Bangor University’s Octopush Club will be hosting the National Student Octopush Championships at Llandudno pool on Saturday the 9th of March between 10am and 8pm.

Octopush, also known as underwater hockey, is played with 6 players and 4 substitutes on each team, each wearing snorkels, masks and fins and competing for a lead puck, or squid, at the bottom of the pool using small, handheld sticks. The sport was first invented in the UK in 1954, and since then has been played internationally and spawned other versions of the game, including an under-ice version which is played upside down with a puck which floats against the ice.

Publication date: 8 March 2013

Scholarship student and local bookshop join forces to promote literature.

Well, here is the perfect opportunity to do both! Bangor University post graduate student Alex Ross and local independent bookseller Eirian James have joined forces to start up a book group in Bangor which will concentrate on reading and discussing literature from Wales in the English language.

Publication date: 7 March 2013

Bangor Student Finalists in Climate Week Awards 2013

Andy O’Callaghan, a second year Marine Science/ Zoology student at Bangor University has been names a finalist in the upcoming Climate Week Awards 2013.

Publication date: 4 March 2013