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University News: October 2014

What happened to ‘Food Miles?

Some years ago we were being advised to buy UK-grown fresh produce to avoid the ‘food miles’ associated with importing air-freighted fruit and vegetables due to concerns over how this was contributing to the release of CO2 emissions. But it seems that that these concerns were far too simplistic. A true assessment of the ‘footprint’ of foodstuffs requires an audit of every aspect of the associated activities, from sowing the seed to consuming the produce.

Publication date: 31 October 2014

Underwater-world software developed for launch of new Samsung Gear VR mobile device

Bangor University Lecturer Dr Llyr Ap Cenydd from the School of Computer Science has been working on a top secret project with Samsung and Oculus to develop an app called “Ocean Rift” that is expected to launch alongside  the new Samsung Gear VR mobile device.

Publication date: 30 October 2014

Bangor University shortlisted in Prospects Postgraduate Awards 2014

Bangor University has been shortlisted for a Prospects Postgraduate Award, the only annual accolades solely dedicated to celebrating best practice and the most exciting developments in UK postgraduate education.

Publication date: 29 October 2014

Fascinating insights offered in new Lecture series in Bethesda

From zombies in the Mabinogi to Welsh on Facebook; from child psychology to the literature of the London Welsh and from Italian cinema to the depths surrounding the Titanic, some of Bangor University’s most talented lecturers will be visiting Neuadd Ogwen in Bethesda over the next six weeks to discuss a wide range of topics.

Publication date: 28 October 2014

Bangor University Staff Awarded for their Achievements in Learning Welsh

In a joint event between Bangor University and the North Wales Welsh for Adults Centre, 33 members of the University staff and post-graduates were awarded certificates for achievements in WJEC second language Welsh examinations and Welsh in the Workplace qualifications. A small ceremony was organised to celebrate the learners’ success during the national ‘Celebrate your Welsh day: Shw’mae, S’mae’ recently.

Publication date: 27 October 2014

Bangor researchers & students plan to get to the bottom of how new fish species are evolving in a Tanzanian crater lake

Charles Darwin called it the mystery of mysteries: how do new species arise? We understand a lot more now than we did in Darwin’s time, of course. But only with the advent of cheap large-scale DNA sequencing have we had a hope to understand how the process works at the most fundamental level.

Professor George Turner from Bangor University has been awarded a £250k grant from the Leverhulme Trust to study fishes from a tiny lake formed in a volcanic crater in Tanzania.

Publication date: 23 October 2014

Course rep of the year rewarded

A Bangor University student recently picked up an award for his dedication to representing his fellow students.

David Loveday, 34, from Rotherhithe, London won the Ede & Ravenscroft “Best Course Rep” for years 1 or 2 title along with a £1,000 cash prize. A former student of St Dunstans College, London, David, is currently on this third year of the Social Policy and Criminology with Criminal Justice degree.

Publication date: 23 October 2014

Stroke survivors needed as coaches

An exciting new research project, which aims to improve the life quality of stroke sufferers, is underway in north Wales. The ‘People Power’ project will bring together recent stroke patients and stroke survivors to share experiences and help them on their road to recovery.

Many people who suffer a stroke find it difficult to get back to the sort of social and family activities that were important to them before their stroke. Being able to get out and about, visiting friends, or finding new hobbies can be difficult, and often people lack the confidence to ‘give things a go’.

Publication date: 23 October 2014

New Moot Court opened by Lord Chief Justice at Bangor University

A state-of-the-art Moot Court facility was officially opened at Bangor University by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, on Thursday 9th October, which is set to further underpin Bangor’s position as a leading example of a UK university Law School that places employability and student skills development at the core of its LLB Law Degree curriculum.

Publication date: 22 October 2014

Prestigious award recognizes a lifetime's work for Bangor University Professor John Witcombe

Prof. John Witcombe, Professorial Fellow in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, has been selected as Development Agriculturalist of the Year for 2014 by the Tropical Agriculture Association

John’s award, the TAA’s most prestigious, recognised a lifetime’s work in agriculture for development, and particularly his contribution to participatory plant breeding.

Publication date: 22 October 2014

Thomas v Thomas: Battle of the Bards

Who would you consider to be Wales’ poetic heavyweight? As the world celebrates the centenary of Dylan’s birth this year, why is it that Wales’ other famous poet, R.S. Thomas, has been often forgotten?

Scholars and twin brothers Damian Walford Davies and Jason Walford Davies will go mano e mano to debate these questions, one making the case for Dylan Thomas and the other for R.S. Thomas, in this battle of two twentieth-century literary giants on S4C’s arts programme Pethe this week (Sunday 26 October 9pm).

Publication date: 22 October 2014

An opportunity to hear about the history of an influential student Society

A former member presents the illustrious history of Cymdeithas y Ddrama Gymraeg.

Following the re-founding of Cymdeithas y Ddrama Gymraeg, (the Welsh Drama Society) in 2012 and the success of its first full year of performances and workshops, the Society has invited one of its former members to give a talk on its interesting and influential history.

Publication date: 21 October 2014

Moving from children’s to adult palliative care services: Gap is still too wide for young people with life-limiting conditions to negotiate

The differences between children’s and adult palliative care services are too wide for young people with life-limiting conditions to negotiate, according to research by Bangor University. Commenting on the findings, the researchers call for adult palliative care services to extend their scope to better meet the needs of young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

The research team brought young people with life-limiting conditions, parents and professionals from children’s and adult palliative care services together to share their experiences of transition.

Publication date: 21 October 2014

Librarian at National Library of Wales presents A H Dodd Memorial Lecture

Professor Aled Jones, the Chief Executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales visits Bangor University on Wednesday, 22 October 2014, at 6.00pm.

Professor Jones will discuss “Wales & the politics of Christian Mission in Colonial Bengal, 1890-1947” for the annual A H Dodd Memorial Lecture, which takes place in the University’s Main Arts Lecture Theatre. The Lecture is free to attend and open to all.

Publication date: 17 October 2014

Awards presented for Developing the Green Economy

Four local companies who have been focussing on their business’ sustainability have won Awards from Bangor University.

The four wining organisations were selected from among over 300 businesses, agencies and social enterprises in Wales who have taken part in a project to develop a sustainable Green Economy in Wales and Ireland.

Publication date: 15 October 2014

Bangor University accredited to award HEA Fellowships

The University is delighted to announce the success of the Bangor University Continuing Professional Development Framework, which has this month received its accreditation from the Higher Education Academy.

Publication date: 14 October 2014

Bangor University to assist in training future soil scientists

Bangor University is to play a crucial role in training scientists of the future who will improve our understanding of soils, which are key to tackling many of today’s global challenges, including food, water and energy security.

Publication date: 14 October 2014

Bangor Physicist among world experts discussing climatic effect of disappearing Arctic sea ice

Bangor University Ocean Physicist Prof Tom Rippeth is one of 12 international scientists to be invited to speak at a workshop organised by the International Arctic Science Committee to discuss the future impact of the complete disappearance of Arctic Sea Ice cover in the summer.

Publication date: 13 October 2014

Violence prevention ‘Toolbox for teachers’ to reduce aggression among children and violence against children in Jamaican preschools

A  suite of strategies for teachers, aimed at preventing the early development of antisocial behaviour and increasing young children’s social-emotional competence, is to be rolled out and further tested in a four-year study in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston.

Publication date: 13 October 2014

Bangor expert in mental health research helps launch the European Mental Health Integration Index

Marking World Mental Health Day (10 October) The Mental Health Integration Index (MHII) explores, for the first time, the challenges of integrating Europeans with mental illnesses into society and employment within Europe’s 28 member states & Norway and Swizerland.  The research initiative was commissioned by Janssen and undertaken by the Economics Intelligence Unit.

Publication date: 9 October 2014

Education Minister visits Schools working in partnership with Bangor University

Education Minister, Huw Lewis AM, visited three primary schools that have worked in partnership with Bangor University on various projects during the last year today (9 Octobert 2014).

Publication date: 9 October 2014

Bangor University celebrating S’mae Day– A day to celebrate the Welsh language

Wednesday, 15 October is ‘S’mae Day’, a national day to celebrate and raise awareness of the Welsh language.

Bangor University will support and promote the day in partnership with Menter Iaith Bangor along with other institutions and organisations in Bangor by offering a series of activities and events in order to raise public awareness of the Welsh language. The aim is to show that the language belongs to everyone and that we can all use it.

Publication date: 7 October 2014

EU-backed project leaves green economy with fresh shoots

Over 300 businesses, agencies and social enterprises in Wales have benefitted directly from a project to develop a sustainable Green Economy in Wales and Ireland.

Publication date: 7 October 2014

Law School hosts Lord Chief Justice

On Thursday 9th October, the Rt. Hon the Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales will visit Bangor University’s Law School and deliver the 2014 Public Law Lecture in association with the journal Public Law (a Thomson Reuters publication). The title of his lecture is: ‘The Future of Public Inquiries’. The Lecture, kindly sponsored by Thomson Reuters, is on a subject of major national importance, particularly given recent controversies surrounding the Chilcot Inquiry (Iraq) and the Leveson Inquiry (press regulation) amongst others.

Publication date: 7 October 2014

Bangor University among the best in Student Life Survey

As Bangor University gears up to welcome prospective students to two Open Days this month (Saturday 11 & 25 October), staff at the University have welcomed the University’s inclusion in yet another table of Britain’s Top universities.

Publication date: 6 October 2014

Pontio’s opening show Chwalfa cancelled

Following recent announcements regarding the delay in the opening of Pontio, Bangor University regretfully has to announce that it will no longer be possible to reschedule Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s production of Chwalfa in the New Year as originally hoped.

Publication date: 6 October 2014

Bangor retains place in World University Rankings

Bangor University has retained its position among the top 350 universities worldwide, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings released today (Thursday 2 October 2014).

Publication date: 2 October 2014

Ethical Internet hacker scoops £1,000 bounty

A Bangor University student recently scooped a £1,000 prize at a hackathon weekend in Russia. Jamie Woodruff, 21, a student at the School of Computer Science was invited to the Startup Weekend event in Moscow to do a live hack in front of around 1000 people. He was also a guest speaker at the event and gave a talk about cyber security. The Startup Weekend is a 56-hour hackathon where programmers, designers and entrepreneurs hacked up mind blowing websites, amazing apps, and incredible services in order to build fully functional businesses.

Publication date: 2 October 2014

Peter’s dream internship at Jaguar Land Rover

A Computer Systems Engineering student has spent his second summer on a prestigious sponsorship scheme at Jaguar Land Rover in Coventry.

Publication date: 2 October 2014

The Launch of Bangor College China

More than 260 students celebrated the opening of Bangor College China in their home country.

Publication date: 1 October 2014