News: September 2015

Ad industry may gripe about adblockers, but they broke the contract – not us

The latest version of Apple’s operating system for phones and tablets, iOS9, allows the installation of adblocking software that removes advertising, analytics and tracking within Apple’s Safari browser. While Apple’s smartphone market share is only around 14% worldwide, this has prompted another outpouring from the mobile and web advertising industry on the effects of adblockers, and discussion as to whether a “free” web can exist without adverts.

This article  by Andrew McStaySenior Lecturer in Media Culture, at the School of Creative Studies & Media was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 29 September 2015

Bangor Academics create impact with BMJ papers

A paper co-authored by a Bangor academic has made the front cover of the prestigious British Medical Journal while another research re-evaluation published by the BMJ, in the same month, received international media attention.

Publication date: 29 September 2015

UK Top 10 for SENRGy subjects in 2016 Good University Guide

The latest edition of The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide has bought great news for the School of Environmental Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy). Hot on the heals of fantastic results in the recent National Student Survey, Bangor has been ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Agriculture and Forestry subject area.

Publication date: 29 September 2015

Bangor University project aims to enhance NHS services

A new £300,000 project aims to ensure that NHS decisions about patient-focused services will be informed by greater in-depth feedback from patients.

The two-year project will improve the way researchers use existing qualitative research on health services, to increase the likelihood that it will be used by NHS decision-makers.

Publication date: 28 September 2015

How to take the pressure off the cost of our water supply

For most people in the developed world, getting access to clean drinking water is as simple as turning on a tap. Would that paying for water were so simple. But when we think about the water we consume, few of us realise that as much as 80% of its cost is associated with electricity use – a figure that’s as high in Britain as in drought-prone California.

This article by John Gallagher, Postdoctoral Researcher, at the School of Environment, Natural Resources & GeographyBangor University was originally published on The Conversation.

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Publication date: 25 September 2015

Bangor hosts Welsh Labour Market Summit on Skills and Jobs

Dr. Tony Dobbins (Bangor Business School) and Dr. Alexandra Plows (School of Social Sciences) organized a Welsh Labour Market Summit on Skills and Employment at Bangor University on Friday September 18th.

The Labour Market Summit was a knowledge exchange event to promote research impact. It attracted a mixed audience of policy-makers, labour market practitioners, employer representatives, trade unionists, careers advisors, and academics.

Publication date: 21 September 2015

Bangor University welcomes new £17m project to grow world-class scientific research in Wales

Economy and Science Minister, Edwina Hart, has today (Wednesday, 9 September) announced more than £17m funding to bring up to 90 new research fellows from across Europe to grow Wales’ world class scientific research.

Beating off competition from across Europe, the Welsh Government has secured £7m from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND scheme, which is part of the EU Horizon 2020 programme. The Welsh Government, in partnership with Welsh Universities, will provide £10m match-funding and these fellows will work with the best researchers in Wales based at Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities, as well as the University of South Wales.

Publication date: 9 September 2015

Creating a Surfing Centre of Excellence in Snowdonia

Bangor University and Surf Snowdonia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will pave the way for working together on a range of exciting new opportunities and initiatives.

Publication date: 2 September 2015

Nitrous oxide from urine patches – it’s no laughing matter!

Commonly known as ‘laughing gas’ and currently used both in anaesthetics and as a ‘legal high’, nitrous oxide (N2O) is a powerful greenhouse gas produced in the soil by micro-organisms, especially so on land grazed by animals.

Publication date: 1 September 2015

Over 3m investment in health research units at Bangor University

Over £3m is to be invested in integrated healthcare research at Bangor University over the next three years.

The Welsh Government has announced £2.3m funding for two grants to the University, one of which is to be match-funded with the University’s own investment.

Publication date: 1 September 2015