University News: May 2016

Bangor University Law reach Semi Final of international criminal law competition

A team of Bangor University Law students have beaten off previous winners and made it through to the semi-finals of a prestigious international competition for law students.

This was Bangor University Law School’s first attempt competing in the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court competition. Held at The Hague and organised by Leiden University’s Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, with the support of the International Criminal Court, the ICC moot is one of the more notable international mooting competitions in which law students compete against each other in simulated court proceedings.

Publication date: 31 May 2016

How to achieve the best outcomes in bilingual education

With this years’ National Literacy and Numeracy tests for primary school children aged 6-14 across Wales just about complete, experts will be discussing the best way to educate children in a bilingual setting at a major international conference on Bilingualism in Education and will be making recommendations on how to ensure that the highest standards are achieved by children in all of their languages.

Bangor University is hosting the International Conference on Bilingualism in Education June 10th – 12th 2016.  This event, sponsored by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, draws together researchers and practitioners from a range of countries to discuss developments and best practice in bilingualism in education. 

Publication date: 31 May 2016

Bangor Academic remains European Champion Rafter

A Bangor University academic has recently represented Great Britain at the European White Water Rafting Championships 2016 in Tacen, Slovenia.

Publication date: 27 May 2016

Bangor Law School’s Gary Clifford shortlisted for a national leadership award

Gary Clifford, Director of the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS), based at the Bangor University’s Law School, has been named a finalist in Wales’ long-established and only dedicated leadership awards.

Gary has been shortlisted in the ‘Wales’ Leadership for the Future’ category for his ambitious leadership role in steering the Institute through a period of national and international growth, and is one of four finalists in the category.

Publication date: 27 May 2016

Llew Rees Memorial Prize awarded to up and coming rugby player

Bangor University has awarded its annual Llew Rees Memorial Prize to one of Wales’ up and coming rugby players.

Publication date: 27 May 2016

Using the Welsh language in sport

A Bangor University academic was invited to present at the Welsh language Commissioner’s launch event for a new pack 'Welsh: give it a go!' which is a guide for using the Welsh language in sport.

Publication date: 27 May 2016

Brilliant ideas from Bangor Students need your vote

Innovative Bangor University students need your votes to bring their ideas to fruition. As part of Jisc’s Summer of Student Innovation 2016, the student ideas competition seeks the best ideas for using technology that could improve the student experience in further or higher education.

Publication date: 26 May 2016

Bangor University student shortlisted for national award

Bangor University’s Students’ Union Vice-President for Societies and Community Elect has been shortlisted for national award.

Publication date: 25 May 2016

£36m EU-backed investment in research and innovation for Welsh business

A new £36m EU-backed scheme to develop post-graduate research and innovation skills in partnership with small and medium-sized businesses has been announced by the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones.

The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS II) scheme will partner over 500 businesses with academics and postgraduate research students to develop innovative research projects aimed at driving business growth.

Publication date: 24 May 2016

Bangor academics take S4C cuts to the UN

Cutbacks to the S4C budget in recent years may breach children’s rights, claim two Bangor University Law lecturers. Dr Alison Mawhinney and Ms Carys Aaron of Bangor Law School argue that cuts made by the UK Government to the S4C budget over the last five years may violate the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, which recognises the important role played by mass media in allowing children to enjoy their rights and in developing respect for the child’s ‘cultural identity, language and values’.

Publication date: 24 May 2016

Bangor University assists with Physical Education A Level revision

25 A Level pupils from Anglesey schools, Ysgol Tryfan, Ysgor Friars, Ysgol Y Berwyn and Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen came together to participate in a bilingual physical education revision day at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 24 May 2016

Bangor University and Wales Squash launch new innovative partnership

Bangor University and Wales Squash & Racketball (WSRB) are celebrating the launch of an innovative new partnership to help the best young squash players achieve success both on and off the court.

Publication date: 23 May 2016

Students encouraged to Pack for Good

Bangor University has joined forces with the British Heart Foundation with their latest campaign. This year Campus LifeStudent Volunteering Bangor and the Sustainability Lab will be involved in a charity initiative to stop waste going to landfill and also raise money for British Heart Foundation.

Publication date: 23 May 2016

Bangor University students assist new Amlwch football team

As we look forward to this summer's European Championships, two Bangor University students have been assisting a new football team in Amlwch for a new series on S4C.

Publication date: 22 May 2016

Bangor science project shortlisted for EU award

BREAD4PLA, a green science and technology project in which Bangor University’s research played a significant role, has been shortlisted as one of the best 25 LIFE Environment Projects delivered in 2015.

Publication date: 20 May 2016

Alliance to strengthen forestry research in Wales

Two organisations with long records of expertise in forestry education and research will be collaborating more closely with the move of Forest Research’s Welsh office to Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, which is the home of forestry in the University.

Publication date: 19 May 2016

New study to assess safe staffing levels on hospital wards

Bangor University researchers will be working with the University of Southampton on a new study to assess the implementation, impact and costs of safe staffing policies for nursing in acute trusts.

Publication date: 19 May 2016

Popular Dementia based art to showcase in Rhyl

Bangor University’s Dementia Awareness Week’s activities culminates with a humorous art installation that comes alive at dusk, at the Taste Academy, Rhyl.

Publication date: 19 May 2016

Celebrating the Employability of Bangor University Students

Bangor University’s annual Employability Celebration evening was recently held at Reichel Hall to congratulate and showcase students who have taken part in employability enhancing activities at the University, and demonstrated exceptional commitment to investing in their personal development.

Publication date: 16 May 2016

Santander Universities Enterprise Scholarships Awarded to Bangor University Students

Budding entrepreneurs at Bangor University received Santander Universities Excellence in Enterprise Scholarships at a recent employability celebration event organised by the Employability Development team at the University.

Publication date: 13 May 2016

Student Led Teaching Awards 2016

The fifth annual Student Led Teaching Awards ceremony was held recently, celebrating the high standard of teaching and pastoral support at the University. Nominations have more than doubled since last year which goes to show that more and more students are recognising the importance of the quality of teaching on their education.

Publication date: 13 May 2016

Midwifery reaches Stage 1 of the UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative University Accreditation

The Bachelor of Midwifery programme at Bangor University has reached “Stage 1” of their journey towards achievement of UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) University accreditation. They are keen to be the first midwifery programme in Wales to achieve full accreditation.

Publication date: 12 May 2016

Should the state provide free meals to children in the school holidays?

This article by Dr Hefin Gwilym, Lecturer in Social Policy at the School of Social Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 11 May 2016

A very special award for Dr Sophie Williams

A lecturer from the School of School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography received a special award from Bangor University students. On Friday 29th April, Dr Sophie Williams entered, to rapturous applause, a room packed with her students, colleagues, family and friends. On her first trip out of hospital for ten months she was at the University to receive an award for her incredible contribution to teaching.

Publication date: 10 May 2016

The quiet battle to save multilingualism in Europe

This article by Marco Tamburelli, of the School of Linguistics & English Language,  Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

It is now well known that growing up with two or more languages brings a wealth of cognitive advantages. Multilingualism is not only a laudable achievement in a tolerant society, it is also of great social benefit to individuals. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that bilinguals are better at focusing their attention, they are less easily distracted, they have increased mental flexibility, and show slower rates of mental decline in old age.

Publication date: 9 May 2016

Bangor University students support top contemporary-folk duo

Bangor University students had an amazing opportunity to perform with a top contemporary-folk duo at the St Mary’s halls of residence recently.

Publication date: 6 May 2016

Generation Beth reveals that Wales’ youth value their vote and feel European

S4C are calling on the young people of Wales to share their experiences as part of an interactive European project. Lecturer Dr. Cynog Prys and a doctoral student Shân Pritchard of the School of Social Science, have been invited to discuss and analyse the finding of the project that has partners in in 12 European countries.

This innovative project, called 'Generation Beth' is an evolution of a highly successful survey conducted in France in 2013 called 'Generation quoi'. This time, 12 countries, including Wales have joined France to create a truly European event. The project is led in Wales by S4C and the production company Cwmni Da.

Publication date: 6 May 2016

World record semiconductor performance set to enable the internet of things

Flexible electronics for the internet of things are now a reality thanks to new technology created by North Wales company SmartKem Ltd, with the help of scientists at Bangor University

Scientists at the School of Electronic Engineering have been testing SmartKem’s semiconductor material truFLEX® and have demonstrated operating in electronic form at the frequencies required to make high-speed flexible electronics a reality.

Publication date: 6 May 2016

Archive of the month

Publication date: 5 May 2016

Bangor University research features on HORIZON

A research project running at Bangor University, with vital input from members of  communities across north Wales, features in the next BBC 2 science documentary programme Horizon (11 May 2016 BBC 2 8.00).

Publication date: 5 May 2016

High Sheriff Awards for students who volunteer in the community

Bangor University students who had demonstrated outstanding commitments to volunteering whilst at university received High Sheriff’s Awards recently. The prestigious ceremony took place in the presence of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and University Council and was delivered by Peter Harlech Jones, High Sheriff for Anglesey and Gwynedd.

Publication date: 4 May 2016

Open Day at Brambell Natural History Museum, with drop in drawing sessions

Bangor University’s Natural History collections housed at Brambell Building will be open to the public on Saturday 14thMay between 11am and 3pm.

Publication date: 4 May 2016

Entrepreneurial students selected for Santander Universities competition

Entrepreneurial students pitched their ideas against each other to be selected to represent Bangor University at the UK Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.

Having presented their ideas or fledgling businesses to the judges and responded to some hard questioning, the successful Bangor University students will now be submitted for consideration for the final shortlist to win the UK Awards, which offer cash prizes of up to £15,000, mentoring and start-up support.

Publication date: 3 May 2016

On her first birthday, Princess Charlotte already knows much about language

Princess Charlotte, the youngest member of the British Royal Family, is turning one. While there will be plenty of focus from sections of the mainstream UK media on the official picturesreleased by the palace, much has been going on behind the scenes. Many infants say their first word around the time of their first birthday and for most people, this is when language learning really starts. But by the time Charlotte says her first word, she actually already knows a lot about language.

This article by Anouschka Foltz, Lecturer in Psycholinguistics, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 3 May 2016

School of Psychology awarded Athena SWAN Bronze award

Bangor University’s School of Psychology has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award by the Equality Challenge Unit. The Equality Challenge Unit supports higher education institutions across the UK to advance equality and diversity for all staff and students. The ECU’s Athena SWAN charter specifically recognises commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.

Publication date: 3 May 2016