University News: December 2017

Tory attack on Working Time Directive signals a post-Brexit race to the bottom

Pro-Brexit Conservative government ministers like Michael Gove are demanding the EU Working Time Directive be scrapped, according to reports. In a Sunday Times interview, foreign secretary Boris Johnson urged prime minister Theresa May to negotiate a Brexit trade deal enabling Britain to ditch EU laws, warning about being a “vassal state” of Brussels.

This article by Tony Dobbins, Professor of Employment Studies at Bangor Business School was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 20 December 2017

George Meyrick announced as new Chancellor of Bangor University

George Meyrick has been announced as the new Chancellor of Bangor University. He succeeds Lord Elis-Thomas who stood down earlier this year. 

He becomes only the 12th individual to hold this ceremonial role at the University, and will serve for an initial period of five years.

Publication date: 19 December 2017

Top 10 for Bangor in global green league

Bangor University’s commitment to sustainability has once again been confirmed in an international league table of environmentally friendly institutions. The UI Green Metric, a league table of the world’s greenest universities, was first launched by Universitas Indonesia in 2010 to highlight sustainability and environmental management at universities around the globe. Since then the number of Universities taking part has increased; this year 619 universities from 76 countries took part, an increase from 516 universities last year. In the current league table, Bangor has moved up eight places to 8th position, placing us in the top 2% of participating universities.

Publication date: 19 December 2017

Bangor University’s Winter Graduation Ceremony

Over 400 degrees were awarded to Bangor University students at its winter graduation ceremony recently. During the ceremony Professor John G Hughes, Vice-Chancellor congratulated graduates and thanked parents, families and friends of the graduates for their support during their years of study.

Publication date: 14 December 2017

Brewing Sustainable Craft Beer in Wales

Recent market research has shown that alcohol consumption in Britain has fallen by 18% since 2004. The beer sector has also seen a decline in demand but within this sector, the Society of Independent Brewers has reported a steady growth amongst its members. The number of breweries in Britain is at a 70 year high with a total of over 1800 established independent breweries in 2015. There is no sign of the sector growth slowing and the demand for locally produced beer continues.

Publication date: 12 December 2017

Why PrEP takers should still use condoms with HIV+ partners

Condoms have been the mainstay of safer sex messages for 30 years as the best way of reducing HIV transmission. In 2012, however, the US food and drug administration licensed a drug to prevent people from contracting HIV, which had previously only been used to treat the infection. This small blue pill was called Truvada, and so pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) was born. By this stage, evidence of the safety and effectiveness of Truvada in reducing HIV transmission was already strong, especially among men who have sex with men. The US decision to licence the drug was quickly followed by World Health Organisation guidelines also supporting the use of Truvada for PrEP, not as an alternative to condom use, but rather as part of a broader HIV prevention approach that included condoms.

This article by Simon Bishop, Lecturer in Public Health and Primary Care, School of Healthcare Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 December 2017

Yoga in the workplace can reduce back pain and sickness absence

Back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world. In the US, four out of every five people experience back pain at some point in their life. In the UK, back pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor, and missed work. In fact, absence from work due to back problems costs British employers more than £3 billion every year.

But there is a potentially easy way to prevent this problem: yoga. Our new research has found that exercises from the ancient Indian practice can have very positive benefits for back problems. Our findings suggest that yoga programmes consisting of stretching, breathing, and relaxation methods can reduce sickness absence due to back pain and musculoskeletal conditions.

Publication date: 8 December 2017

Another successful Student Christmas Market

The B-Enterprising team at Bangor University hosted the 7th successive Student Christmas Market in PJ Hall before Christmas.

Publication date: 7 December 2017

Lessons from the Beeching cuts in reviving Britain's railways

More than 50 years ago the Beeching Report was published, spelling the end of hundreds of miles of British railway lines and stations. Pretty much immediately, local campaigns sprang up to protest what became infamously known as the “Beeching Axe”. Now, the transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced that some of the lines could be re-opened.

This article by Andrew Edwards, Dean of Arts and Humanities and Senior Lecturer in Modern History, at the School of History & Archaeology was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 7 December 2017

Research partnership projects under the spotlight

Some exciting projects involving Bangor University academics working in partnership with communities, charities, government bodies, and businesses – both local and international – are being highlighted at Bangor University this Friday (8 December).

In all, seventeen of 52 projects funded through an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Impact Acceleration Account at Bangor University are featured at the event.

Publication date: 7 December 2017

Strong Bangor University contingent at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Bangor University Staff, students and alumni have been selected to represent Wales at next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Publication date: 7 December 2017

Tears and laughter as young and old share experiences

Over recent months, in care centres across Wales, an innovative social experiment has been taking place - and the results are astonishing.

In a new series of three emotional programmes on S4C, starting Sunday, 10 December, Hen Blant Bach shows what can happen when six children share their day care with a group of pensioners - and the potential transformational effects it can have.

Publication date: 7 December 2017

Bangor Psychology Student wins BBC Wales Young Sportswoman of the Year 2017 Award

A first year Bangor University Psychology student has won the BBC Wales Carwyn James Young Sportswoman of the Year 2017 award.

Publication date: 6 December 2017

Particle smashing by Large Hadron Collider creates music at festival

A new piece of music created by using data from the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator will be performed at festival in North Wales.

The performers at Bangor Music Festival will be using laptops to alter the sounds from the particle smashing done by the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, in Geneva.

Publication date: 6 December 2017

From the New World to our world – a new translation of Jerry Hunter’s epic Welsh novel

A new translation of a Welsh novel by Professor Jerry Hunter sheds light on a largely forgotten episode of the English Civil War – and of Welsh history – when troops from Cromwell’s New Model Army, mistaking them for Irish Catholics, massacred over a hundred Welsh women in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Naseby in 1645.

Publication date: 5 December 2017

Bangor University Alumnus launches Wildlife Tourism Company

A Bangor University alumnus has recently launched a website that provides information about Britain’s wildlife to offer activities that let customers find their favourite animals in the wild.

Publication date: 4 December 2017

Feeding time at the robotic petting zoo

A ‘petting zoo’ with a difference is coming to Pontio Arts & Innovation Centre, Bangor University between 4 - 10 December.

It will be feeding time at the ‘zoo’ - but instead of goats or lambs, the  public will be able to interact with and feed ‘animals’ with a difference- in the shape of little vacuuming robots, each one with a distinct personality and all vying for special ‘robot food’ from the public.

Publication date: 1 December 2017

Generous nursing students prepare to spread festive cheer for Wrexham patients

Student nurses from Bangor University will be bringing some additional Christmas cheer to patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital again this year.

Publication date: 1 December 2017