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University News: February 2019

Bangor University offers Fairtrade Treats

Bangor University is celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight again this year. Placed eighth in the world’s Global Green League of Universities for its commitment to sustainability, Bangor University is always keen to engage staff and students in thinking about how to constantly improve the University’s sustainability commitment. That’s why a range of activities are being promoted to encourage staff and students to get involved with Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from today until 10 March.

Publication date: 28 February 2019

Bangor University professor curates Jewish History Month 2019

Bangor University professor, Dr. Nathan Abrams, has played a large hand in curating the programme for The Jewish Historical Society of England’s forthcoming Jewish History Month, March 2019.

The theme of this year's Jewish History Month is Big Screen Little Screen, Jews in British Cinema and Television.

Publication date: 28 February 2019

Exposing Arthur’s Celtic roots

Despite recent interpretations giving Arthur English, French or cockney accents, a new academic book launched today (28 February)  at Bangor University firmly plants him in the Celtic lands and Celtic languages.

Publication date: 28 February 2019

Representing the University in Côr Cymru

On Sunday 3rd March at 8.00 p.m. S4C's viewers will be able to enjoy Bangor University’s Côr Aelwyd JMJ, as they give their best competing in a semi-final of the popular programCôr Cymru.

Publication date: 27 February 2019

The power of language: we translate our thoughts into words, but words also affect the way we think

The power of language: we translate our thoughts into words, but words also affect the way we think

Have you ever worried in your student years or later in life that time may be starting to run out to achieve your goals? If so, would it be easier conveying this feeling to others if there was a word meaning just that? In German, there is. That feeling of panic associated with one’s opportunities appearing to run out is called Torschlusspanik.

This article by Guillaume Thierry, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 26 February 2019

Why Paris is the perfect city to introduce break dancing to the Olympics

Along with surfing, climbing and skateboarding, break dancing has been proposed for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. While fans of the sports have been delighted by the news, it has provoked some criticism too, not least from followers of sports such as squash and karate which will not be considered for the 2024 games.

This article by Jonathan Ervine, Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, at the School of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 22 February 2019

Even Coral Reefs are affected by socio-economics

Marine biologists working to save the world’s coral reefs say that they are increasingly being affected by human activities. As a result, the marine biologists now need to include an assessment of the effects of activities, perhaps in distant markets or cities, on the survival of coral reefs.

Writing in a special issue of Functional Ecology, “Coral reef functional ecology in the Anthropocene”, and using coral reefs as an example, the scientists call for the inclusion of socio-economic activity into account when predicting future ecosystem responses of coral reefs.

Publication date: 21 February 2019

12 Months of Impact at M-SParc

Businesses located at M-SParc are leading the way in innovation and economic development. We look back over the year and the impact they have had. 

Since the Park opened in March 2018, the 24 businesses there have created 24 new jobs, six student placements, four graduate employment opportunities, and grown their company turnover for the benefit of the region. Positive news and a good head–start for an impactful 2019.

Publication date: 18 February 2019

NEW DATE: Celebrating Dilys Elwyn Edwards’ talent at Pontio on St. David’s Day

UPDATE: We regret to inform you that due to illness the concert “Celebrating Dilys Elwyn Edwards” on Friday 1st March will no longer go ahead. Unfortunately, Elin Manahan Thomas is unable to sing due to a severe chest infection.

We are pleased to be able to announce however that the concert has been rescheduled and will now take place on Saturday 27th April at 7.30pm.

We are in the process of contacting customers to share this information. Tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date.  If the date is no longer convenient, customers will be entitled to a refund and should contact the Box Office on 01248 38 28 28.

Publication date: 18 February 2019

From childcare to caring for our environment, three new Research Fellowships to feed into Assembly business

Bangor University is contributing three out of seven new research fellows, who are joining the National Assembly as part of a programme of shared knowledge between higher education institutions and the Welsh parliament.

The academics from the Schools of Law and Health Sciences and Natural Sciences will be sharing their expertise on vital issues that will feed directly into the work of the Assembly and its committees. This follows on from Bangor University’s participation in the successful pilot scheme

Publication date: 12 February 2019

UK Human Rights Act is at risk of repeal – here's why it should be protected

There have long been attempts to “scrap” the Human Rights Act 1998, which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into UK law. But while none have gained traction to date, parliamentarians have recently raised concerns that the government could be wavering in its commitment to the act post-Brexit.

This article by Stephen Clear, Lecturer in Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Public Procurement, at the Law School is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 February 2019

Why the pine marten is not every red squirrel's best friend

Pine martens are returning to areas of the UK after an absence of nearly a century. Following releases in mid-Wales during 2015, reintroductions are proposed in north Wales and southern England for 2019

This article by Craig Shuttleworth, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Bangor University and Matt Hayward, Associate professor, University of Newcastle is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


Publication date: 12 February 2019

Developing health economics methods for evaluating dental health interventions as part of preventative public health

A seminar: “Developing a range of methods for economic evaluation of dental services: widening the perspective” organised by the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) took place recently at Bangor University. Understanding that most dental caries is preventable, particularly in young children, means that the costs are also largely preventable. In the financial year of 2015 -2016, Public Health England reports the cost of tooth extraction topped £50.5 million in children aged 0 to 19 years.

Publication date: 11 February 2019

Dragon seen in Bangor High Street!

As part of Chinese New Year celebrations, the annual Dragon’s Parade was held in Bangor on Saturday. Hand made in China, the 14 meters long dragon, together with dancers, drummers and pupils from Our Lady’s RC School Bangor paraded from Bangor Cathedral along the High Street to the Town Clock before returning to the Cathedral. The parade was followed by the Chinese Gala Performance within the Cathedral where a variety of performances were staged, including Chinese songs and instrumental pieces, various Chinese traditional dancing and a performance by the Bangor Taekwondo group.  

Publication date: 11 February 2019

New research on meaningful short breaks for carers

Shared Care Scotland have recently commissioned the School of Health Sciences at Bangor University to complete a Scoping Review to better understand the research evidence into short breaks for carers (sometimes called respite care) and what this research tells us about the impact of short breaks for carers.

Publication date: 11 February 2019

Ysgol Bro Lleu pupils to feature in festival

Pupils will be using body percussion to create their own compositions at top festival in north Wales.

9 and 10 year old pupils from Ysgol Bro Lleu, Penygroes have been invited to take a significant part in an event at the Bangor Music Festival, which takes place in Pontio arts centre on 8 and 9 February.

Publication date: 8 February 2019

Ensuring access to Welsh Music for people living with dementia

Listening to your favourite music lifts your spirits, whatever your age. That's why Bangor University and Merched y Wawr are launching an appeal on the Welsh Day of Music, for people to get in touch and suggest their favourite Welsh language songs from all times.

The most popular suggestions will be collated to create a free digital CD and downloadable resource, which will be shared free of charge to care homes and dementia care homes to ensure that Welsh music is available to residents enjoy.

Publication date: 7 February 2019

First identification of brain’s preparation for action

Neuroscientists at Bangor University and University College London (UCL) have for the first time, identified the processes which occur in our brains milliseconds before we undertake a series of movements, crucial for speech, handwriting, sports or playing a musical instrument. They have done so by measuring tiny magnetic fields outside the participants’ head and identifying unique patterns making up each sequence before it is executed. They identified differences between neural patterns which lead to a more skilled as opposed to a more error-prone execution.

Publication date: 7 February 2019

Tours of Bangor University’s art and ceramic collections

Guided tours of Bangor University’s Art and Ceramic Collections will be held February to April. The aim is to raise awareness of these important collections, with highlights including a mural by Edward Povey in Powis Hall, art and ceramics in the University’s Council Chamber Corridor and a chance to see and learn about works of arts by other renowned artists such as Kyffin Williams, Brenda Chamberlain, Peter Prendergast and Frederick William Hayes.

Publication date: 5 February 2019

British Education Award for Mark

For the second year in succession, a Bangor graduate has won a British Education Award.

Mark Barrow, who graduated from Bangor University earlier this year, won the Wales Gradauate category of these increasingly prestigious awards, which celebrate individuals who have excelled within the UK education system.

Publication date: 1 February 2019

Royal reception for Ephraim and his research

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex showed particular interest in the work of Bangor University Masters student Dr Ephraim Kisangala, a Commonwealth Scholarship student from Uganda, who she met at a London reception recently.

Ephraim, a GP in Uganda who is studying Public Health and Health Promotion at Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences, was invited to meet the Duchess of Sussex at an Association of  Commonwealth Universities event to announce the Duchess becoming  the Association’s Royal Patron.

Publication date: 1 February 2019