University News: December 2013

Developing a system to speak Welsh to your computer

Bangor University’s Language Technology Unit has been awarded a grant of £56,000 from the Welsh Government’s Technology & Welsh Language Fund and S4C’s digital fund to further develop speech recognition technology for the Welsh language.

Publication date: 31 December 2013

Can applying messages to cigarettes dissuade us from smoking?

Two academics from Bangor University’s renowned Business School have been applying their knowledge of marketing and managerial studies to investigate a new medium for getting the no-smoking message across- the cigarette itself.

Publication date: 22 December 2013

Looking at how our brain assesses bargains

It turns out that we may not be as good at bargain hunting and taking advantage of supermarket ‘offers’ as we think. That’s according to early results from a study which brain-scanned people undertaking a ‘virtual’ supermarket shopping trip to buy party-food.

Publication date: 21 December 2013

George Osborne Meets the Food Dudes

Primary School pupils following a healthy eating project run by a Bangor University ‘spin-out’ social enterprise, met with UK Chancellor George Osbourne MP recently.

The children at St Vincent’s RC Primary school in Knutsford, Cheshire are following a new pilot programme of the Food Dudes project which is designed to improve healthy eating amongst children.

Publication date: 20 December 2013

Student Christmas Market goes down a storm!

The B-Enterprising team at Bangor University hosted the fourth successive Student Christmas Market in PJ Hall before Christmas.

Publication date: 20 December 2013

Bangor University graduate spends time reporting on Chile’s fisheries management

Andrew Frederick Johnson, 29, graduated with a PhD in Marine Fish Ecology from the School of Ocean Sciences  this year.  He then went on to win a Vodafone World of Difference Scholarship to work on acoustics of whales and dolphins, before he was funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to travel to Chile for two months to report on their fisheries management scheme.

Publication date: 19 December 2013

Bangor to welcome prestigious Scholars

Bangor University is to welcome future global leaders to study at the University under the prestigious Chevening Scholarship programme. The University is one of a handful of UK universities to host Chevening Scholars and joins Cambridge and Durham universities in offering Chevening’s Central Partnership Scholarship programme.

Publication date: 17 December 2013

Industry partnership broadcasts Wolf’s howl far and wide

An 18-month partnership between resident ensemble at Venue Cymru and Bangor University, Ensemble Cymru and television company, Cwmni Fflic (Fflic Company) is on course to significantly raise the profile of classical music for family audiences across Wales. 

Publication date: 17 December 2013

Students called on to choose well this winter

Bangor University students are being urged to ‘Choose Well’ for health treatment this winter following the arrival of a national campaign at campus.

Publication date: 17 December 2013

Bangor University recently presented a cheque for over £12,000 to local charity Ty Gobaith

Bangor University recently presented a cheque for over £12,000 to local charity Ty Gobaith after another successful year of fundraising.

Publication date: 11 December 2013

G8 summit announces £4 million research project about improving life with dementia

Researchers at Bangor University have been awarded £4 million to lead the ‘Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active life: Living well with dementia’ (IDEAL) project. The study will be carried out in collaboration with Cardiff University, Brunel University, the London School of Economics, King’s College London, Sussex University, the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), the Alzheimer’s Society and Innovations in Dementia CIC.

Publication date: 11 December 2013

Rewarding students at Bangor University

A World Champion double Gold medal winner was among the students receiving Awards at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 11 December 2013

Scientists predict sea states for renewable energy

Tidal and wave technology is finally coming of age and the UK leads the world in the development of this vital renewable energy resource. Bangor University is playing a crucial role in this: as the industry moves towards large-scale commercialisation, experts at the University’s Centre for Applied Marine Sciences are working to maximise the operational efficiencies of energy-generating devices.

Publication date: 11 December 2013

"Game changing" flagship researcher programme secures national accolade

A flagship Welsh development programme described as “game changing” and which harnesses the talent of top researchers in Wales to help tackle some of society’s major challenges has secured a national accolade.

Publication date: 6 December 2013

Bangor University Student Christmas Market

If you’re looking for unique Christmas gifts for your friends and family, look no further than Bangor University’s Student Christmas Market, which will be held on Friday, 6th December at the University’s Prichard-Jones Hall, between 12 – 5 pm.

Publication date: 4 December 2013

Venom development revealed by first genome sequencing of King Cobra

Scientists studying snake venom have for the first time sequenced the entire genome of a venomous snake, the King Cobra, and confirmed a previously proposed but poorly documented hypothesis explaining how snake venom is produced and what led to the great complexity of venoms consisting of dozens of individual toxins.

Publication date: 4 December 2013

Mindfulness-based contribution to improving health and well-being in Wales receive attention of Senedd members

Assembly Members and health and care professionals were invited to a reception at the Senedd in Cardiff today (3.12.13) to hear how innovative approaches to health and well-being  are being rolled out in Wales and elsewhere as a result of work by Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.

Publication date: 3 December 2013

Archive of the month

Publication date: 2 December 2013

Dr Rowan Williams: ‘R.S. Thomas, Christianity and Buddhism’

Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury, will visit Bangor University on Wednesday 11 December to deliver a public lecture entitled ‘R.S. Thomas, Christianity and Buddhism’.

Publication date: 2 December 2013