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University News: April 2020

Bangor University Academics Honoured by Welsh Academy

Three Bangor University academics are among the new entrants to the Learned Society of Wales’ Fellowship.

They join 40 other new Fellows, all of whom share a link with Wales, its universities or intellectual life and are drawn from all specialisms.

Publication date: 29 April 2020

Product Design course at Bangor University pivots during current COVID-19 lockdown

The current COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in the end of face to face teaching within Universities. Design courses have canceled events such as Design Degree Shows, and Bangor University has also cancelled the highly rated annual Bangor Design Conference for students on the BSc Product Design and MSc Design & Innovation degrees, which brings industry experts and students together. This meant that students were missing out on a key element of the student and learning experience.

Publication date: 29 April 2020

World of work will change forever because of coronavirus crisis

Dr Edward Jones’s business prescription for surviving the pandemic

Publication date: 29 April 2020

Rower scoops international scholarship and University Award

A Bangor University student who has won a globally competed Rowing Scholarship to study in the USA is also to be awarded the University’s main sporting Awards.

Publication date: 27 April 2020

Sir John Houghton

We at Bangor University have been saddened to hear of the death of world-renowned climate scientist Sir John Houghton.

Sir John’s role was instrumental in establishing the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and he co-chaired the organisation's scientific assessment working group from 1988-2002.

Publication date: 27 April 2020

DNA Day 2020

DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. 

The goal of National DNA Day is to offer students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the latest advances in genomic research and explore how those advances impact their lives.

Publication date: 24 April 2020

Bangor primatologists to live-tweet flagship BBC series “Primates”

Bangor University’s primatologists eagerly await the launch of a landmark series by the BBC, which they will live-tweet from their homes during the ongoing lockdown.

The new wildlife programmes have been filmed over 2 years by the BBC Natural History Unit and aim to cast a fresh light on the lives of our closest living relatives from around the world, as well as on the conservation challenges they face.

To celebrate this new series and share their passion for primates, three primatologists from Bangor University will be live-tweeting the series as it goes out on BBC One over the next three weeks.

Publication date: 23 April 2020

University among top 70 Global Institutions working towards UN Sustainable Development Goals

Bangor University has today (22 April 2020) been ranked among the top 70 global universities, for their work toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This is a major achievement and recognition for the north Wales institution which is working towards becoming ‘a Sustainable University’. 

The University is the only Welsh institution listed and is among 15 other UK Universities in the ranking’s own definition of the top 70 in the Impact Rankings.

Publication date: 22 April 2020

Monkey teeth fossils hint several extinct species crossed the Atlantic

Most mammal fossils are visually unimpressive: a handful of teeth here and a fragment of bone there. Some are not even enough to identify the species they belonged to. But even a tiny fossil found in the right place can raise some really exciting questions about evolution.

This article by Vivien ShawSchool of Medical Sciences and Isabelle Catherine WinderSchool of Natural Sciences, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 16 April 2020

Six key films to watch over Easter

As the Christian festival of Easter and the Jewish one of Passover approach this week, here is a list of six key films (three for each) to watch over the holidays as recommended by Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film at the School of Music and Media.

Publication date: 9 April 2020

North Wales' temporary hospitals renamed after the symbol of hope that has defined the COVID-19 crisis

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Media Release:

North Wales’ three temporary hospitals have been renamed after the rainbow symbol of hope which has become synonymous with the region’s response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The temporary hospitals at Deeside Leisure Centre, Venue Cymru Llandudno, and Bangor University have been renamed Ysbyty Enfys Glannau Dyfrdwy (Rainbow Hospital Deeside), Ysbyty Enfys Llandudno (Rainbow Hospital Llandudno), and Ysbyty Enfys Bangor (Rainbow Hospital Bangor).

Publication date: 7 April 2020

Bangor University contributes to global COVID-19 related research

Scientists at Bangor University are joining the global fight against the current COVID-19 pandemic. 
A group of leading academics are to pool their expertise to develop new ways of mass-monitoring levels of SARS-Cov-2, the virus which causes the newly named COVID-19 illness.

Publication date: 3 April 2020

Eight incarceration and escape films to watch

As we practice social distancing and stay confined to our homes, here is a list of eight inspiring prison movies to watch during the ‘lockdown’.

We asked Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film at the School of Music and Media for some recommendations for films about incarcration and lock-down situations... we’re glad to say that his recommendations all have positive endings!

Publication date: 3 April 2020

Virtual fieldtrip for Bangor wetland students

Despite the nation-wide lockdown students at Bangor University still managed to go on a fieldtrip around Anglesey recently.

No rules on social distancing were broken though as the fieldtrip was held virtually as part of the university’s move to online teaching during the Coronavirus situation.

The ‘virtual fieldtrip’ was part of a third year module in the School of Natural Sciences, organised by Senior Lecturer, Dr Christian Dunn.

Publication date: 2 April 2020

Bangor University to host 250 temporary hospital beds for COVID-19 patients

Bangor University’s sports and leisure facilities will be converted into a temporary hospital to provide beds for patients with COVID-19 symptoms.

Around 250 additional beds will be made available to the NHS at Canolfan Brailsford as part of the partnership between the University and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Publication date: 1 April 2020

People Power for PPE

Community, academia and businesses are coming together in North Wales in order to create and distribute free visor shields for medical staff and carers.

On Friday a small collective decided to embark on a project to design, print, assemble and provide PPE Visors to the NHS, following approaches from senior medical staff. A design was created, approved by front line DRs and distributed for production within a day. Those with 3D printers got wind, and people started printing.

Publication date: 1 April 2020