University News: September 2016

Bangor University through to Sustain Wales Awards Finals

Bangor University has reached the 2016 finals of the prestigious Sustain Wales Awards. The 2016 Awards will bring together over 150 business leaders, innovators, community pioneers, educators and their teams, and are open to any business, organisation or individual that can demonstrate a positive impact and approach to sustainable development within their business or community.

Publication date: 30 September 2016

Contribution to sport and exercise science rewarded

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) is pleased to honour Stuart Beattie, Lecturer in Sport Psychology at Bangor University’s School of Sport Health & Exercise Sciences and a member of the Institute of Elite Performance, with a BASES Fellowship in recognition of esteemed professional achievement, skills, knowledge and service to BASES and the sport and exercise science community.

Publication date: 30 September 2016

WISERD highlighted as ‘major resource’ in Diamond Review

The Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance Arrangements in Wales led by Professor Prof Sir Ian Diamond was published this week (27 September).  The review, commissioned in 2014, focuses on widening access; supporting the skill needs of Wales; strengthening part-time and postgraduate provision in Wales; and long-term financial sustainability. 

As part of the review, quality research funding and knowledge transfer were also assessed.  The review comments on the contribution the Wales Institute of Social & Economic, Data & Methods (WISERD) makes in this area 

Publication date: 30 September 2016

New information network will support the development of marine renewable energy

We delight in the wonderful views and opportunities for leisure provided by Wales’ spectacular coastline. But being surrounded on three sides by water also offers other opportunities- to provide us with a sustainable source of energy, and in the process create employment opportunities.

SEACAMS 2 a £17 M three year project at Bangor and Swansea universities, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is an investment in the potential offered by the marine economy and marine renewable energy.  Through SEACAMS, companies wanting to harness the sea’s power and create a sustainable marine energy industry in Wales will be able to access vital research support they need if they are to be able to progress with their multi-million pound developments.

Publication date: 29 September 2016

The secret life of Lugworms – ‘citizen scientists’ needed to help shed light on the sex-life of this important coastal species

Love is in the air along our coastlines this autumn and Bangor University is asking people in north Wales to keep an eye out for signs of passion in the lugworm population.

The lugworm – Arenicola marina - is a vital source of food for wader birds and fish, and the species plays an important role in fisheries as a source of bait.

Publication date: 28 September 2016

Growth in number of Welsh learners in NW Wales

The number of adults learning Welsh in the north-west is on the up, with both Bangor University and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai recording their highest ever learner numbers in 2015/16 – a total of 3043; an increase of 8% on the previous year.

Publication date: 27 September 2016

US Ambassador visits Bangor University

Students from Bangor University and local secondary schools heard the US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, talking about the ‘special relationship’ between the US and the UK at a special event at the University's Pontio centre today.

Publication date: 27 September 2016

Bangor University and WRU collaboration to help develop North Wales coaching workforce

Students at Bangor University will be offered the chance to be part of the North Wales rugby coaching workforce thanks to a collaboration between Bangor University and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

Publication date: 26 September 2016

A new scientific framework to plan the conservation of dry forests in tropical America

Dry forests in Latin America are amongst the world’s most threatened tropical forests.  Less than 10% of their original extent remains in many countries, much less than many rain forests such as Amazonia that remains approximately 80% intact.  Dry forests were the cradle of pre-Colombian civilisation in Latin America, and the source of globally important crops such as maize, beans, peanuts and tomato, but despite this and their widespread destruction, they have been long-overlooked by scientists and conservationists.

Publication date: 23 September 2016

International students settle in to Bangor

The International Student Support office collected a record number of international students on its airport pick-up service from Manchester this September.

Publication date: 23 September 2016

Why the International Criminal Court is right to focus on the environment

The International Criminal Court is not known for prosecuting people responsible for huge oil slicks, chopping down protected rainforests or contaminating pristine land. But these people may now one day find themselves on trial in The Hague.

Publication date: 23 September 2016

Bangor University retains place in World University Rankings

Bangor University has retained its position among the top 350 universities worldwide for the third year in succession according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings released today (Wednesday 21 September 2016). This success is despite an increase in the number of eligible universities. The latest table ranks 980 institutions from 79 countries, making it THE’s most comprehensive table to date.

With a strong focus on a university’s international research reputation, the results place Bangor University 38th out of the 91 UK universities that meet the table’s criteria for inclusion.

Publication date: 22 September 2016

Coleg funds students to study Psychology Doctorate degrees

Students have received funding from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to study for doctorate degrees at universities across Wales for more than a decade and another ten more will do the same over the next three years.

Two of the new research students are to study at Bangor University’s School of Psychology.

Publication date: 22 September 2016

New Wales-wide library system will foster greater collaboration between universities

A new library management system which will promote collaboration between cross-sector libraries in Wales  has been celebrated at an event in the National Assembly(Thursday 22 September 2016).

The new bilingual library management system which will be shared by Welsh university libraries (Aberyswyth University, Bangor University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Swansea University, University of South Wales, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Wrexham Glyndwr University), NHS libraries, and the National Library of Wales, will deliver cost benefits, greater collaboration, and the potential to share collections throughout Wales. Bangor and Glyndwr Universities recently completed the roll-out of the system, finalising the implementation schedule across Wales. 

Publication date: 22 September 2016

Wales Labour Market Summit 2016 (WLMSII)

Dylan Williams, head of Regulatory and Economic Development at Isle of Anglesey County Council, was one of the speakers at the second Wales Labour Market Summit (WLMSII) - a free knowledge exchange event which took place at Bangor University recently. 

Mr Williams profiled the major transformational projects on the horizon for North Wales and Anglesey, and offered insights into how North Wales can take advantage of the supply chain opportunities offered by such developments.

Publication date: 21 September 2016

As sea ice retreats, will wind stir up Atlantic water heat in the Arctic Ocean?

The Arctic region is warming up at twice the rate as the rest of the planet, and the most obvious symptom of this warming is the retreat of the sea ice that covers the Arctic Ocean.

Publication date: 19 September 2016

School of Music re-opens after £2M Refurbishment

Bangor University’s School of Music celebrated the opening of its refurbished facilities with a ceremony for staff and students. The ceremony celebrated the completion of the £2million renovation of the building, creating facilities befitting one of the 5 best music departments in the UK as voted by students in the 2016 National Student Survey. 

Publication date: 19 September 2016

Welcome Week traffic news

Information regarding travel routes for Bangor University's new students.

Publication date: 14 September 2016

Doors open to Bangor University archives and museum collections

Bangor University’s collections will be open to the public as a part of the Open Doors events on Saturday 24 September.

The Open Doors event gives the public the opportunity to have a look at some of Gwynedd and Conwy’s historical buildings, gardens and interesting and unusual locations all for free throughout September.

Publication date: 13 September 2016

#bedwyr20: Celebrating 20 years of Canolfan Bedwyr

In the first in a series of events to celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Canolfan Bedwyr, Bangor University’s centre for Welsh language services, research and technology, will be hosting an open afternoon on Tuesday 13 September.

Publication date: 8 September 2016

Bangor University PhD Student takes part in new BBC Radio Wales feature

A Bangor University PhD student has had a fantastic opportunity of working as a resident historian for a new two-part music feature on BBC Radio Wales. 

Publication date: 2 September 2016

Another First for Bangor University’s Environment!

Bangor University has become the first organisation in Wales (and indeed the UK) to achieve Level 5 of the new, 2016 version of the Green Dragon Standard for Environmental Management.

Publication date: 1 September 2016

Have Bangor University researchers helped to solve the chocolate crisis?

Chocoholics around the globe have been aware for the last few years that their favourite sweet treat is under threat. Researchers at Bangor University may have come up with an answer that could help find a solution to the chocolate crisis by using wild mango as a new cocoa butter alternative.

Publication date: 1 September 2016

Model ‘Electric’ Sheep Helping Researchers Keep Flocks in Fine Fettle

Have you ever thought how a sheep feels when it’s freezing cold or baking hot? And whether an animal’s reaction to the weather affects farm productivity? Two ewes in the fields of north Wales are helping find the answers.  From a distance they look much like other sheep; but their thick fleeces, ear tags and woolly tails hide a hi-tech secret.

Publication date: 1 September 2016