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125 Anniversary PhD Studentships


The School of Linguistics at Bangor University seeks applications from well-qualified students to undertake a fully-funded PhD by research.

Publication date: 20 February 2012

£12m EU backed bio-refining research and innovation project gets the ‘green’ light

A new £12 million investment in Wales’ ‘green’ economy has been announced by Welsh Government Finance and Government Business Minister, Jane Hutt  recently.

Publication date: 14 December 2015

£1.7m National Lottery grant to protect UK’s threatened marine life

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £1.7million to “Capturing our Coast”, a project designed to explore how the marine environment is responding to global climate change.

The project will train over 3,000 volunteers – making it the largest experimental marine citizen science project ever undertaken in the UK.  The volunteers will collect data around key species and it is hoped the new research will help inform future policy and conservation strategies.

Publication date: 15 June 2015

£1.85m study to investigate microbes “hitch-hiking” on marine plastics

Experts at Bangor University are working with the Universities of Stirling and Warwick on a new £1.85 million project investigating how marine plastics transport bacteria and viruses – and the impact that may have on human health.

The scientists are aiming to understand how plastics act as vehicles, with the potential to spread pathogens within coastal zones, or even from country to country, and how that affects health.

Publication date: 13 December 2018

£1.8m funding for large-scale online resource of contemporary Welsh language

As a leading authority on Welsh language technologies, Bangor University will be participating in a multi-institution project to develop the first mass corpus to capture and inform the past, present and future use of the Welsh language.

Publication date: 13 October 2015

£1.8m funding for major new study into management of bleeding after childbirth

£1.8m funding from the UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has been awarded to run a large study into the drug treatment of bleeding after childbirth (COPE).

Publication date: 21 June 2017

£1m EU boost for Marine Centre Wales

Bangor University Vice-Chancellor John G Hughes has welcomed the news that the £23.6m SEACAMS project, which it leads, has been given a £1m EU boost.

SEACAMS is an EU scheme pioneering collaborative research projects in marine science between business and universities delivered by Bangor University in partnership with Aberystwyth and Swansea Universities. The project is helping to develop the coastal marine economy in Wales and has already worked with more than 60 companies on R&D projects ranging from developing new products to studying marine life to determining management strategies for rising sea levels.

Publication date: 26 June 2014

£1m EU boost for pilot project to exploit behaviour change research for industry

Deputy Minister for European Programmes, Alun Davies, has announced £1m EU funding for a pilot project that will pioneer cutting-edge research to help businesses develop new products, processes or services.

Publication date: 1 February 2013

2001 comes to Bangor

The Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies at Bangor University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey in Pontio on Saturday 16th June 2018.

Publication date: 3 May 2018

2014 North Wales Medicines Research Symposium

The Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are jointly hosting the 2014 North Wales Medicines Research Symposium at Kinmel Manor Hotel, Abergele on the 4th September (buffet from 6.30pm).

Publication date: 5 August 2014

2016-17 Translation in Context Annual Lecture: An Introduction to the Study of Wikipedia Translation

This year’s Annual Lecture in Translation, organised by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, was delivered by Dr. Mark Shuttleworth from University College London (UCL).

Publication date: 7 December 2016

2018 must be the year that we reimagine judicial diversity

This article by Stephen Clear, Lecturer in LawBangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Shortly before his retirement at the end of 2016, the then supreme court President, Lord Neuberger, stated that “the higher echelons of the judiciary in the UK suffer from a marked lack of diversity and … the supreme court does not score at all well”.

In a year where equality has been more at the forefront of the public consciousness than ever before, one would hope that this stark commentary from Britain’s top judge would have sparked some change. And yet, more than a year later, little progress has been made.

Publication date: 3 January 2018

£3.2m Tendering Project Prepares for Launch

Small businesses and charities in Wales and Ireland will be in a stronger position to compete for public sector contracts thanks to a £3.2 million Bangor University-led project launched this week.

Publication date: 20 June 2011

£36m EU-backed investment in research and innovation for Welsh business

A new £36m EU-backed scheme to develop post-graduate research and innovation skills in partnership with small and medium-sized businesses has been announced by the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones.

The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS II) scheme will partner over 500 businesses with academics and postgraduate research students to develop innovative research projects aimed at driving business growth.

Publication date: 24 May 2016

£4.4m EU-backed scheme to boost leadership and management skills in North Wales

A £4.4m EU-backed scheme to help boost leadership and management skills in North Wales has been announced by Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford.    The North Wales Business Academy will support business growth and competitiveness in the region by delivering university-accredited leadership and management qualifications to more than 1,000 employees over the next three years.  A Young Talent Academy will also be set up to develop and retain the next generation of managers in North Wales.

Publication date: 4 August 2016

£4.9 million pounds to train new generation of environmental scientists

Bangor University is poised to train a new generation of environmental scientists equipped to tackle the challenges of a planet under pressure, under a £4.9 million initiative which has been funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Publication date: 6 November 2013

£5m EU funding boost for Bangor University

A world-leading scientific facility will be developed at Bangor University following a £5m EU funding boost the Energy and Rural Affairs Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, announced today [18.01.18].

The funding will help create the Centre for Environmental Biotechnology, which will position the University at the cutting edge of research into how natural materials can be utilised within industrial products and processes.

The investment will enable the University to work on major research and development projects with global businesses in sectors including life sciences, pharmaceutical, energy and manufacturing.

Publication date: 18 January 2018

A 400-year-old shark is the latest animal discovery to reveal the secrets of long life

With an estimated lifespan of 400 years, the Greenland shark has just been reported to be the longest-lived vertebrate on the planet. This is only the latest of a series of recent findings that push the boundaries of animal longevity, and it raises the perennial question of what factors enable some animals to achieve what we might call extreme longevity – lifespans that can be measured in centuries.

Publication date: 12 August 2016

A BEACON of light for the green economy

Bangor University is a partner in a newly announced £20m programme to boost the green economy by helping business in West Wales and the Valleys develop new technologies to turn locally grown plant crops into commercial products, announced by Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, at the Senedd. [Tuesday, 15 February).

Publication date: 15 February 2011

Aber-Bangor Change Management Toolkit

A project to bring the questions of people and performance together with lean methodologies has been developed by the Aber-Bangor Strategic Alliance with funding from the Innovation and Transformation Fund.

Publication date: 13 October 2015

Access to HPC Wales’ supercomputing services

Bangor University is a partner of High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales*, an innovative collaboration which gives businesses and researchers access to world-class, secure and easy to use high performance computing (HPC) technology.

Publication date: 18 July 2012

Accounting lecturer delivers research-based workshop to HMRC senior officials

Sara Closs-Davies, Lecturer in Accounting for Bangor Business School and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, recently delivered a workshop based upon her own research to senior tax officials from HMRC.

Publication date: 1 February 2017

A Celebration of Welsh and Chinese literature

Welsh and Chinese authors, poets, translators, academics and publishers came together at Bangor University recently to celebrate a sharing of literature between the two countries, in an event organised by Yan Ying of Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages and Sioned Puw Rowlands of the Wales Literature Exchange.

Publication date: 16 May 2014

A century after the Battle of the Somme, can we finally explain shell shock?

The Battle of the Somme was one of the most bitterly contested and bloodiest battles of World War I. The five-month attritional offensive saw more than a million casualties: on the first day of fighting alone the British Army suffered their largest loss to life of the war.

This article by Leanne K Simpson a PhD candidate at the School of Psychology & Institute of Elite Preformance was originally published on The Conversation. Read theoriginal article.

Publication date: 30 June 2016

Addressing Food Poverty

Three members of staff at Bangor University attended the inaugural meeting of The North Wales Food Poverty Alliance (NWFPA) in The OpTIC Centre St Asaph recently. 

The North Wales Food Poverty Alliance NWFP is a round table of multi-sector organisations chaired by Flintshire County Council, which aims to address the multiple challenges of food poverty in North Wales.

Publication date: 7 December 2018

Administrative justice affects us all- now is the time to give it some more thought

You may never have considered administrative justice, but it affects each one of us- and a large amount of it is devolved in Wales. This means that we have access to specific bodies to seek redress if we’re unhappy about the service we’ve received in a wide range of settings.

Sarah Nason, a Law Lecturer at Bangor University has just published a report which reviews where we are and asks where next for administrative justice in Wales by  bringing together the administrative decisions already devolved to Wales and making recommendations for the future.

Publication date: 13 December 2018

Administrative justice can make countries fairer and more equal – if it is implemented properly

There is a little known, but hugely important, justice system which impacts everyone’s life – administrative justice. Made up of various different bodies (including courts, tribunals, complaint handlers and more), it is concerned with the laws surrounding decision-making and dispute resolution of public bodies. In many countries, it deals with more cases than criminal or private civil justice.

This article by Sarah Nason, Lecturer in Administrative Law and Jurisprudence, Bangor University is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 13 December 2018

Advances In The Study Of Bilingualism

New - Advances In The Study Of Bilingualism. This book provides a contemporary approach to the study of bilingualism. Find out more..

Publication date: 23 June 2014

Adverse childhood experiences increase risk of mental illness, but community support can offer protection

People who have experienced abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as living with domestic violence during their childhood are at much greater risk of mental illness throughout life.

Findings from a new national study across Wales found adults who had suffered four or more types of ACE were almost 10 times more likely to have felt suicidal or self-harmed than those who had experienced none.

Publication date: 18 January 2018

A fantastic opportunity for A-level Welsh students

Glan-llyn’s three-day courses for AS- and A-level students in Welsh are now an established part of the school calendar. 

Publication date: 25 October 2018

Affluent countries contribute less to wildlife conservation than the rest of the world

Some countries are more committed to conservation than others, a new Bangor University research collaboration has found.

In partnership with Panthera, the only organisation dedicated to protecting wild cats, researchers from Bangor University assessed how much, or little, individual countries contribute to protecting the world’s wildlife. By comparison to the more affluent, developed world, biodiversity is a higher priority in poorer areas such as Africa, whose countries contribute more to conservation than any other region.

Publication date: 5 May 2017

Afternoon napping improves runners endurance performance paper achieves 4th place in EJSS Best Paper Awards

Researchers in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University have provided the first experimental evidence to show that napping may benefit the performance of endurance athletes.

Publication date: 11 June 2019

After years in the undergrowth, English nationalism is up and prowling - and voting Leave

In this article originally published in Discover Society, Dr Robin Mann, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, and Professor Steve Fenton, University of Bristol, explore how voting ‘Leave’ in the EU referendum was driven by the rise of a resentful English nationalism.

Publication date: 16 June 2017

A future where ‘smart’ contact lenses could predict your risk of suffering a common cold: Tear fluid antibodies and the common cold

Why is it that there are some people who can go a whole winter without so much as a sniffle, whilst others seem to catch every common cold that comes their way?

A new study from Bangor University’s Extremes Research Group at the School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences, showed that it could be possible to predict the likelihood of participants succumbing to common cold symptoms by analyzing the level of antibodies in tear fluid.

Publication date: 16 December 2015

A great year for signed languages in film – and what we can learn from it

Looking back at the films released in 2017, and those honoured at the Oscars, it is quite remarkable to note the prominence of signed languages. Three lms in particular stand out for their sensitive portrayals of signed languages as bona fide languages: Baby Driver, The Shape of Water and The Silent Child. Two of these films, Baby Driver and The Silent Child, also make an important contribution – both onscreen and off – towards recognising and respecting Deaf culture, identity, and community; they both have Deaf actors playing characters that demonstrate the importance of signed languages in their everyday lives.

This article by Dr Sara Louise Wheeler, Lecturer in Social Policy (Welsh medium) at the School of Social Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 26 March 2018

Agroforestry can help the UK meet climate change commitments without cutting livestock numbers

Some 12m hectares of the UK is currently covered by agricultural grasslands which support a national lamb and beef industry worth approximately £3.7 billion. However, proposals have been made that this landscape should undergo radical changes to aid the country’s climate change commitments. A controversial government advisory report recently produced by the independent Committee on Climate Change calls for UK lamb and beef production to be reduced by up to 50%. It claims that by replacing grazing land with forestry the UK will be able to substantially decrease its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.T

his article by Charlotte Pritchard, PhD Researcher, at the School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 7 December 2018

AHRC PhD Studentship in Archaeology

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC PhD Studentship in Archaeology beginning on 1st October 2012. 

Publication date: 15 March 2012

AHRC PhD Studentship in Translation Studies

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC PhD Studentship in Translation Studies beginning on 1st October 2012.

Publication date: 14 March 2012

A human stem cell-specific gene usually only active in the testis can influence cancer cell proliferation and prognosis in a wide range of different cancers

 This is the finding of a team of scientists from the North West Cancer Research Institute in the School of Medical Sciences at Bangor University.

Publication date: 12 June 2017

AI like HAL 9000 can never exist because real emotions aren't programmable

HAL 9000 is one of the best-known articifical intelligence characters of modern film. This superior form of sentient computer embarks on a mission to Jupiter, along with a human crew, in Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is currently celebrating its 50th year since release.

This article by Guillaume Thierry, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Prychology was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

For more on Stanley Kubrick and 2001 read: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/news/latest/stanley-kubrick-s-films-all-had-one-thing-in-common-jewishness-36122

Publication date: 9 April 2018

Alcohol industry ‘responsible drinking’ messages failing to address the real issues

Alcohol industry campaigns to promote ‘responsible drinking’ have little effect, and may even be counterproductive. That’s one of the key findings of a new Alcohol Concern Cymru report to be launched on Wednesday 12 October, which has been written by researchers from Glyndŵr and Bangor Universities.

Publication date: 12 October 2011

Alliance to strengthen forestry research in Wales

Two organisations with long records of expertise in forestry education and research will be collaborating more closely with the move of Forest Research’s Welsh office to Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, which is the home of forestry in the University.

Publication date: 19 May 2016

All of Stanley Kubrick’s films were Jewish author finds

Jewishness threads through all of legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s films, a new book finds. Kubrick, who died almost twenty years ago, was famously silent on the meaning of his films. But a new study, Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual by Bangor University professor, Nathan Abrams, shows how it underpinned every film he made.

Publication date: 1 March 2018

All-Wales project to increase technology transfer between Welsh universities and business

 A new initiative to transfer more of Wales’ cutting-edge university research into business to help boost Wales’ economy and build an ‘innovation culture’ has received a funding boost from the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

Publication date: 1 February 2013

Almost Half of Depression in Adults starts in adolesence

A new study by research psychologists at Bangor and Oxford Universities show that half of adults who experience clinical depression had their first episode start in adolescence.  In fact, the most common age to see the start of depression is between 13-15 years-old.

Publication date: 28 February 2012

Alys Conran Named 2019-2020 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow

HAY FESTIVAL MEDIA RELEASE

Novelist Alys Conran from North Wales has been named recipient of the Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Gwyl y Gelli / Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellowship for 2019-2020.  

Publication date: 3 July 2019

Ambergris: how to tell if you've struck gold with 'whale vomit' or stumbled upon sewage

This article by Vera Thoss, Lecturer in Chemistry, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

When walking along the beach, some objects might seem unusual because they are neither pebble nor shell nor seaweed. They can be covered with a soft white layer that looks a bit like cotton wool. They may appear hard or waxy, and sometimes have objects trapped within. And a smell that has been described as “a cross between squid and farmyard manure”. Dogs with their keen sense of smell often find these objects first.

Publication date: 15 April 2016

A Mindful Nation

Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice has been instrumental in introducing Mindfulness to the UK and in both researching its effectiveness in different settings and in training the practitioners.

An all Party Parliamentary Group, looking at Mindfulness has now launched an interim report, The Mindful Nation UK, urging all parties in the next election to consider how best to include mindfulness in how their parties tackle a mental health crisis.

Publication date: 14 January 2015

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

A new Strategic Alliance working for Wales

Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities will announce a new Strategic Alliance on Wednesday 7th December that signals a new phase in the partnership between the two institutions.

Publication date: 7 December 2011

An exhibition, map and app uncovers Bangor’s Jewish history

A Bangor University Professor is to launch an exhibition, map and app about the Jewish history of Bangor. 

Titled A Jewish History of Bangor,  the new exhibition and map celebrate the presence of Jews in Bangor from medieval times to the Second World War (and beyond).

Publication date: 6 March 2019

An important talk on the Holocaust

Thursday evening, 1 February 2018, Dr David Tollerton of Exeter University gave a talk on ‘Holocaust memory and the religious-secular landscape of contemporary Britain’ as part of the School of History and Archaeology seminar series in conjunction with the School of Philosophy and Religion. 

Publication date: 9 February 2018

Anniversary Research Bursaries

The School of Social Sciences is offering 5 Anniversary Research Bursaries worth £7,000 each.

Publication date: 19 April 2011

Another Award for Bangor University’s Student Accommodation

Bangor University’s student accommodation has been awarded ‘Best Student Halls’ by a major source of information for prospective students.

Student Crowd (https://www.studentcrowd.com/) provides a space where students can review their university resources, and where potential students can learn about the universities they’re interested in, from real student feedback.

Publication date: 15 October 2018

Another successful Completion Workshop for Bangor's PhD students

Following the success of the first PhD Completion Workshop in September 2011, Bangor Law School held the second Completion Workshop for advanced PhD students on Friday 23 March 2012.

Publication date: 2 April 2012

A popularity contest in the robotic petting zoo - ESRC Impact Acceleration Award

Merel Bekking, a designer and artist, started her artist-in-residency in the Social Brain in Action lab this week. This residency is funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award to Emily Cross and Ruud Hortensius. 

Publication date: 10 October 2017

Applications invited for PhD Fellowships in Social Care

The All-Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration Academy (ASCCA) is pleased to announce funding for a number of PhD Fellowships in Social Care to commence in 2014. Applications are invited from eligible social care practitioners, managers and educators for up to 9 ASCCA funded fellowships.

Publication date: 23 August 2013

Applications sought for fully-funded research Masters Studentships

Eligible candidates are invited to apply for a full-funded Masters by Research role at the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University.

Publication date: 2 October 2013

Applied Research in Criminology: undergraduate student internship won for the fourth year

Criminology student Catherine Suddaby will support a research group led by Professor Stefan Machura studying perceptions of crime among students and police officers, having secured a paid internship through Bangor University.

Publication date: 6 February 2017

Applying GRADE-CERQual to qualitative evidence synthesis findings - A new series of papers

A series of papers published in Implementation Science this week provides guidance on how to apply the GRADE-CERQual approach. CERQual helps assess how much confidence to place in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses.

Publication date: 25 January 2018

Apply now for an ESRC PhD studentship in Financial Economics

Bangor Business School, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Wales, is offering a fully funded +3 (a three year PhD) ESRC Doctoral Training Studentship in the area of Financial Economics starting in September 2015.

Publication date: 28 January 2015

A practical solution to challenges faced by bilingual children

Children learning two or more languages are both over and under diagnosed for language impairment.

Publication date: 26 April 2018

Are electric fences really the best way to solve human-elephant land conflicts?

Conflict between humans and elephants has reached a crisis point in Kenya. As the elephants have begun to regularly raid farms in search of food, it has become not uncommon for local people to attack and kill them in retaliation. Between 2013 and 2016, 1,700 crop raiding incidents, 40 human deaths and 300 injuries caused by wildlife were reported in the Kajiado district alone.

This article by Liudmila Osipova, PhD Researcher, Bangor University is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 October 2018

Are people ‘rolling the dice’ when it comes to food safety?

A new study, conducted by a team of UK based researchers involving The University of Manchester, Bangor University and the University of Liverpool, known as the ENIGMA Project, has revealed the levels of bad behaviours in UK kitchens which increase the public’s risk of getting food poisoning.

Publication date: 29 June 2017

Are you exercising enough to make you sick?

Should you go harder or go longer?

Marathon and endurance races are increasingly popular, as is a new thirst for intense exercise, such as in ‘spike’ or ‘buzz’ intensity training methods and classes. But which is better for you? Or, to put it another way, which will do least damage to your immune system?

New research by Bangor University challenges the current thinking that longer, less strenuous workouts are less harmful to the immune system.

Publication date: 4 December 2014

Arthritis Care and Research (ACR)

SHES staff have provided three out of 18 accepted articles in a special edition of the ACR on 'Muslce and bone in the Rheumatic Diseases'.

Publication date: 12 December 2011

Arthurian Legends take academic home

An academic who fell in love with Arthurian literature while an undergraduate student in Romania is returning to her homeland to present her latest research at an international conference of Arthurian experts from around the world.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Arthur’s Camelot – possible location is revealed

The quest to find King Arthur’s Camelot has puzzled and intrigued scholars and fans for a thousand years. Now, the search may finally be over.  

A retired Bangor University English Literature Professor has revealed what he believes to be the location of Arthur’s Camelot- and it turns out to be a small Roman fort at Slack, outside Hebden Bridge in west Yorkshire.

Publication date: 15 December 2016

'Arthur: the King that Never Left Us'

Bangor University is celebrating Arthurian Studies at the University by holding a public lecture and exhibition of rare books focusing on this area of study.  Both events mark a donation by Flintshire County Council of a major Arthurian book collection to Bangor University Library and Archives.

Publication date: 31 March 2015

Articles on enhancing ventilation in homes of children with asthma published

Two articles in the British Journal of General Practice are part authored by researchers from Bangor University.

Publication date: 17 January 2012

Artists and architects think differently compared to other people

Architects, painters and sculptors conceive of spaces in different ways from other people and from each other, finds a new study by University College London and Bangor University researchers.

When asked to talk about images of places, painters are more likely to describe the depicted space as a two-dimensional image, while architects are more likely to focus on paths and the boundaries of the space.

Publication date: 28 June 2017

Artists and architects think differently to everyone else – you only have to hear them talk

How often have you thought that somebody talks just like an accountant, or a lawyer, or a teacher? In the case of artists, this goes a long way back. Artists have long been seen as unusual – 

people with a different way of perceiving reality. Famously, the French architect Le Corbusier argued in 1946 that painters, sculptors and architects are equipped with a “feeling of space” in a very fundamental sense.

This article by Thora Tenbrink, Reader in Cognitive Linguistics, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 11 July 2017

A 'sapphire rush' has sent at least 45,000 miners into Madagascar's protected rainforests

This article  by Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

The rainforests of Didy in eastern Madagascar usually ring with the calls of the indri, the island’s largest lemur. There is a different noise now: the chopping of trees, digging of gravel, and cheers of encouragement from the thousands of illegal miners who have flooded to these forests since sapphires were discovered in late September.

Publication date: 21 November 2016

As cash becomes quaint, are ATMs on path to obsolescence?

An article by Bernardo Batiz-Lazo Professor of Business History and Bank Management at Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation

 

Before the advent of the internet, the greatest gain in customer convenience within retail banking came from the creation of automated teller machines (ATMs).

ATMs led to significant advances in how customers access financial services because – coupled with the direct deposit – they freed workers from so many routine tasks. No more depositing a paycheck in person, inquiring about balances or paying utilities solely during banking hours. ATMs enabled impromptu dinners and last-minute shopping over the weekend.

Publication date: 16 June 2015

ASPIRE Study: Accessibility and implementation of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in the UK NHS services

ASPIRE was a two-phase qualitative, exploratory and explanatory study conducted to describe the existing provision of MBCT in the UK NHS, develop an understanding of the perceived costs and benefits of MBCT implementation, and explore the barriers and critical success factors for enhanced accessibility. 

Publication date: 12 April 2017

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

As seen on TV

The Extremes Research Group are rapidly gaining recognition for their research into how humans face the challenge of extreme environments.

Publication date: 15 June 2011

Assessing the value of dementia support groups

New ageing and dementia research at Bangor University will soon be underway, with a team from the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research in the School of Health Sciences being the only university in Wales to be awarded funding as part of the ESRC-NIHR Dementia Research Initiative 2018.

This programme of work, led by partners at University College London, centres around people living with rare dementias, and will involve the first major study of the value of support groups for people living with or caring for someone with a rare form of dementia.

Publication date: 10 January 2019

Associate Member of The Colclough Centre Invited to Celebration of Best Selling Author's Career

Publication date: 10 May 2017

Austrians are interested in archaeology

As Austria prepares to change the way archaeology is handled, by ratifying the European Convention for the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (revised), the European framework for national policies and practices of protecting the archaeological heritage, more than 20 years after it came into force  in most of the European Union, Professor Raimund Karl, a leading a leading expert on public engagement and participation in archaeology, has been working with the Austrian government to research Austrian attitudes to archaeology.

Publication date: 1 September 2014

Awards for Bangor University’s research impact

Three research projects which have made outstanding impacts in very different areas have been recognised at Bangor University’s inaugural Research and Enterprise Impact Awards.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

‘A whistle-stop tour around the coast’ Miranda Krestovnikoff

Publication date: 21 December 2017

Back-to-back heatwaves kill more than two-thirds of coral

Study shows severe loss of central Indian Ocean coral reefs between 2015 and 2017

By comparing reefs before and after two extreme heatwaves only 12 months apart, a collaborative team of researchers including scientists from Bangor’s School of Ocean Sciences found that living hard corals in the central Indian Ocean reduced by 70%. Despite this, their results suggest that some coral species are more resilient to rising temperatures, which offers hope for these vital habitats.

Publication date: 12 July 2019

Bangor Academic backs Young Parents.

From headlines on pre-teen fathers to pervasive beliefs about benefit and housing claims, young parenthood has come to be seen as a risk for society. A recent Bangor research study on the ‘Rhieni Ifanc Ni’ project run by GISDA across North West Wales, challenges those views.

The Rhieni Ifanc Ni project provided individual support to over 100 parents aged under 25, most of whom were mothers. Its primary aim was to build parents’ resilience. Aspects of this included promoting economic inclusion through supporting parents to gain relevant qualifications, supporting family and co-parent relationships and enabling parents to form networks with other parents.

Bangor University undertook a year-long study of parents’ experiences of ‘building resilience’.  The study was led by Dr. Myfanwy Davies and was undertaken by Karen Wyn Jones and Elin Williams in the School of Social Sciences.

Publication date: 29 March 2017

Bangor academic becomes a National Teaching Fellow

Dr Frances Garrad-Cole of Bangor University’s School of Psychology is the latest member of University staff to be awarded an important Higher Education Academy (HEA) National Teaching Fellowship.

Publication date: 9 December 2016

Bangor Academic chosen to represent Wales on UK’s Biomedical Sciences representative body

Mr Merfyn Williams, course director of the BSc Biomedical Science degree in the School of Medical Sciences has had the honour of being invited to join the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS) Executive Committee. HUCBMS is a representative body for the biomedical sciences in the UK and has a membership of over 60 universities, which includes Bangor University, within the UK and overseas. Its mission isto promote the development and enhancement of biomedical sciences teaching and research’.

Publication date: 22 February 2016

Bangor academic co-authors article selected as one of the best corporate finance papers

The article “Who disciplines bank managers?”, co-authored by Dr Klaus Schaeck from Bangor Business School, is the lead article in a virtual issue of the best corporate governance papers published in the Review of Finance, one of the top five finance journals.

Publication date: 13 January 2012

Bangor academic Helena Miguélez-Carballeira wins award to lead research network on translation in Wales

The Project ‘Translation in Non-State Cultures: Perspectives from Wales’ has been awarded an AHRC Research Development Grant. Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira, Lecturer in Spanish and Director of the Translation Studies Graduate Programme at Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages has won £12,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to lead a Wales-wide research network on translation in Wales.

Publication date: 15 February 2012

Bangor academic Helena Miguélez-Carballeira wins award to lead research network on translation in Wales

The Project ‘Translation in Non-State Cultures: Perspectives from Wales’ has been awarded an AHRC Research Development Grant. Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira, Lecturer in Spanish and Director of the Translation Studies Graduate Programme at Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages has won £12.000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to lead a Wales-wide research network on translation in Wales.

Publication date: 15 March 2012

Bangor academic invited to launch new seminar series on the Cashless Society

Bangor Business School’s Professor Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo was invited to launch a new series of seminars on the subject of ‘Entrepreneurial Opportunities and the Cashless Society’ as part of the Glasgow Business History Seminar Series, a joint venture between business historians located in Strathclyde Business School and the University of Glasgow.

Publication date: 19 February 2013

Bangor academic launches new publication on cashless economies

A Bangor Business School academic will this week launch a major new publication on the changing face of payments.

The Book of Payments explores the past, present and future of financial transactions, which are becoming increasingly cashless with the advancement of technology.

Publication date: 3 April 2017

Bangor academic leads Dutch knowledge exchange visit to Liverpool

Dr Koen Bartels, Lecturer in Management Studies, recently led a knowledge exchange visit by representatives of City District Amsterdam-West to Liverpool.

Publication date: 8 October 2015

Bangor academic's article on local labour market published in the Western Mail

An article by Dr Tony Dobbins, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Bangor Business School, has been published in the Western Mail.

Publication date: 18 December 2012

Bangor academics attract grant from the British Academy

The unintended consequences of bank regulatory enforcement actions will come under scrutiny in a new study by Bangor Business School.

Publication date: 11 October 2012

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

Bangor Academic’s Research Quoted in Position Limits Article

A working paper by a Bangor Business School academic has been quoted in a Computerworld article on position limits.

Research undertaken by Professor Shahid Ebrahim, Professor of Islamic Banking and Finance at Bangor Business School, was quoted in an article reporting on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s recent 3-2 decision to impose a position limits regime in the commodity futures and swaps markets.

Publication date: 30 November 2011

Bangor academic to speak at world's largest philosophy and music festival

David Healy of Bangor University’s College of Health and Behavioural Sciences will be speaking at HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, this May.

Publication date: 11 May 2015

Bangor Academic wins award to research the current account market

The real cost of ‘free’ current account banking services will come under greater scrutiny in a new research study by Bangor Business School. Dr John Ashton, a senior lecturer in banking, has been awarded a £25,000 grant from the Friends Provident Charitable Foundation to determine what are the costs of ‘free’ current account use, particularly for customers viewed as more vulnerable or poorly-informed about financial services. The project is to be undertaken with collaboration from North Wales Credit Union.

Publication date: 3 February 2012

Bangor Archaeology courses and field-school receives high praise in CIFA publication

Bangor University Archaeology degrees and Bangor University’s Meillionydd Archaeology Field School were highly praised recently in The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists’ (CIfA’s) magazine, The Archaeologist (Autumn 2014 volume)!

Publication date: 17 December 2014

Bangor archaeology research on early Iceland attracts international attention

Publication date: 20 January 2011

Bangor Business Lecturer goes Down Under

A Bangor Business School lecturer recently completed a stint as Visiting Chair at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Professor Lynn Hodgkinson, Professor of Accounting and Finance at Bangor Business School and its new teaching centre in London, worked alongside Sydney’s Professor Graham Partington on a paper examining the impact of a change in dividend taxation of New Zealand Managed Funds.

Publication date: 30 November 2011

Bangor Business School academic presents at Ideas Exchange Seminar

A member of Bangor University’s Business School has contributed to an influential policymaking seminar in Cardiff recently.

Dr Edward Jones, a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol lecturer in Economics at the School, presented at the Ideas Exchange Seminar being held by the National Assembly for Wales Research Service and the Learned Society of Wales.

Publication date: 10 March 2017

Bangor Business School enters top 15 in the world for banking research

Bangor Business School is now amongst the top 15 institutions in the world for research in the field of Banking (as of October 2013).

Publication date: 7 November 2013

Bangor Business School enters top 20 in the world for banking research

Bangor Business School is now amongst the top 20 institutions in the world for research in the field of Banking (as of April 2013).

Publication date: 24 May 2013

Bangor Business School is UK leader for Banking research

Bangor Business School is the top institution in the UK – and amongst the world’s top 30 – for Banking research, according to recent rankings.

Publication date: 11 September 2012

Bangor Business School PhD Studentships for 2014 start

Bangor Business School invites applications from suitably qualified individuals wanting to pursue doctoral studies. We are offering a number of PhD Studentships for research projects across a range of disciplines. The PhD bursary provides a total annual allowance of £13,500 and Tuition Fees at the Home/EU rate.

Publication date: 18 March 2014

Bangor Business School Professor publishes in top tier finance journal on bank bailouts

A paper co-authored by Bangor Business School’s Professor Klaus Schaeck has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, one of the few finance journals used by the Financial Times to compile Business School research ranks globally.

Publication date: 31 October 2014

Bangor Business School still top 15 in the world for Banking research

Bangor Business School maintains its position as one of the top 15 institutions in the world for Banking research, according to the latest RePEc rankings.

Publication date: 23 May 2014

Bangor Business School team appointed to scrutinise Welsh devolved taxes

Following a competitive tendering process, a team from Bangor University’s Business School have been appointed by the Welsh Government to scrutinise the devolved tax revenue forecasts that will be included within the 2018-19 budget.

Publication date: 13 March 2017

Bangor Business School to hold major conference on Muslim Economies

How can financial development be advanced in the Muslim world? That’s the question that will be asked and debated at a Bangor University conference in September, in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

Publication date: 1 September 2014

Bangor Business School to host visiting researcher from Deakin University, Australia

Bangor Business School is to welcome a visiting researcher from Australia’s Deakin University in September.

Publication date: 8 May 2013

Bangor cognitive neuroscientist to spend the summer in Utah learning about molecular genetics

Prof Debbie Mills, was recently awarded a Leverhulme International Academic Fellowship " Linking gene expression with social brain activity.” 

Publication date: 26 April 2018

Bangor compositions feature on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now

Listeners to BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now program are set to to enjoy a repertoire of music by Bangor University School of Music & Media staff and student composers at 10.00pm this coming Saturday, 23 February. The broadcast will feature Étude aux objets by Prof. Andrew Lewis, Ultrasonic by Dr Guto Pryderi Puw and acousmatic pieces by Huw McGregor and Alex Bailey.

Follow the link below for more information and to hear the live broadcast or listen again!

Publication date: 22 February 2019

Bangor ERP Summer School 2016

The School of Psychology at Bangor University invites applications to the Bangor ERP Summer School 2016, to be held 26th June – 1st July 2016. 

Publication date: 22 February 2016

Bangor helps to beat the bullies

Researchers in the Centre for Evidence-based Intervention (CEBEI), part of the School of Psychology, were the first in the UK to examine the effectiveness of the KiVa anti-bully programme that originated in Finland

Publication date: 15 May 2015

Bangor hosts ESCR-funded seminar on Financial Modelling

Bangor Business School recently played host to the first seminar in a series which will look at the origins of the 2008 financial crisis and the lessons that can be learnt from it.

Publication date: 10 December 2012

Bangor hosts international conference on proof in international criminal trials

Bangor Law School and the Bangor Centre for International Law recently hosted a conference on 'Proof in International Criminal Trials'. The conference formed part of Dr Yvonne McDermott's project, 'A Taxonomy of Evidence before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia', which is funded by the British Academy Quantitative Skills Acquisition Award scheme. The project is based on the idea that it is both possible and desirable to quantify proof in international criminal trials.

Publication date: 28 July 2014

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 ICPS to help the EU implement the Small Business Act following major grant success

Bangor Law School’s Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS) has recently been notified of a major grant success under the European Union’s COSME fund – a funding programme designed to raise competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU and to help the EU implement the requirements of the Small Business Act (the overarching framework for EU policy on SMEs).

Publication date: 27 January 2017

Bangor Institute for Health and Medical Research Launch

Bangor University is launching the new Institute of Health and Medical Research on Thursday February 25th 2016.

Building on an established foundation of research excellence, the new Bangor Institute for Health and Medical Research (BIHMR) will facilitate more interdisciplinary research that spans discovery in the laboratory through to research that solves complex health problems in the real world. In this way, BIHMR will contribute to improvements in local health and healthcare, as well as making an impact across Wales, the United Kingdom and internationally.

Publication date: 22 February 2016

Bangor in the Indian Ocean

Marine biologists from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences have recently returned from a science and conservation expedition to the British Indian Ocean Territory, currently the world’s largest Marine Reserve, located 7° south of the equator, below the Maldives.   

Publication date: 2 June 2015

Bangor joins forces with Iranian Mental Health experts to hold international workshop in Dubai

The School of Psychology, Bangor University (North Wales, UK), in partnership with a team of Iranian experts in Mental Health, is holding an international workshop for participants from the UK and Iran. 

Publication date: 7 March 2017

Bangor Law School leads academic network on collective worship in schools

Bangor Law School is leading a UK wide inter-disciplinary project to examine the question of collective worship in schools.

Publication date: 15 October 2014

Bangor Law School’s innovative teaching showcased at HEA conference

On 21st-22nd May 2014, Stephen Clear, Mooting Skills Coordinator and Part-time Lecturer in Law, and Dr Marie Parker, Part-time Lecturer in Law, were selected by the Higher Education Academy to present their approaches to law teaching as part of the National HEA Annual Teaching and Learning Conference in Birmingham.

Publication date: 2 September 2014

Bangor Law School’s Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies nominated for two prestigious Impact Awards

Bangor University Law School’s Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS) has once again been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious Bangor University Impact and Innovation Awards.

Publication date: 25 July 2014

Bangor Law School teams up with the School of Electronic Engineering to collaborate with 5 other European countries in a major Transnational European research programme

Bangor University’s Law School is to join an elite group of universities and organisations on a Europe-wide research transnational collaboration to support knowledge intensive high growth potential companies.

Bangor University – the only UK partner to be invited to join the consortium – will work in conjunction with the University of Tilburg, Netherlands, to research how high-growth potential start-ups can benefit from public procurement participation, and the challenges they face in doing so.

Publication date: 14 May 2012

Bangor Law School welcomes distinguished scholars for guest lectures

Bangor Law School is welcoming two distinguished guest lecturers to Bangor in November 2011.

Professor Jason Chuah, Head of Academic Law at City University Law School in London, will deliver a seminar on "Letters of Credit - Reconciling legal rules with commercial realities" on Monday 14 November. Also delivering a seminar on 14 November will be Professor Z Wang of Beijing Foreign Studies University. He will deliver a seminar entitled "The Evolving Nature of EU Power and Sino-EU Relations in the 21st Century".

Publication date: 14 November 2011

Bangor Lecturer wins Economist Paper award

A Bangor Business School lecturer has won an award for a paper presented at a major banking and finance conference in Italy.

Publication date: 9 January 2012

Bangor led project covered by Science

A Bangor- Unversity led European Union funded research project developing techniques to assist in the fight against illegal fishing and to preserve fish stocks is covered in the Magazine Science.

Publication date: 17 December 2010

Bangor Physical Oceanographers score a million pound hat-trick!

Physical Oceanographers from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences have recently won three research grants from the Natural Environment Research Council, one of the bodies which funds UK research. Together, the research grants bring a million pounds’ worth of new research to be conducted by the University.

Publication date: 19 July 2011

Bangor Pontifical on the Web: Phase One Complete

The Bangor Pontifical Project, launched exactly one year ago as a partnership between the University and the Cathedral to ensure the long-term preservation of Bangor’s most precious medieval manuscript, has just reached its first significant milestone. Completion of phase one, funded by a Welsh Assembly grant, has enabled conservation and rebinding of the Pontifical and digitization of its 340 pages. The manuscript was photographed by the cutting-edge Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM) last spring, and viewers may now zoom in on the excellent high-quality images via the open access Bangor Pontifical Project website.

Publication date: 20 October 2010

Bangor Professor appointed as President of IBEFA

Professor Santiago Carbo-Valverde has been appointed as President of the International Banking, Economics and Finance Association for 2017.

Publication date: 11 January 2017

Bangor Professor appointed to UK Research Council’s Science Board

Professor David Thomas, Head of the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, has been appointed to the Science Board of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK's largest funder of independent environmental science, training and innovation, delivered through universities and research centres.

Publication date: 27 October 2016

Bangor Professor invited to share expertise at mobile payments conference in the US

A lecturer from Bangor Business School was the only academic from any European university to attend a conference on the future of retail payments held in the US recently.

Publication date: 3 April 2013

Bangor Professor leads speakers at international conference

Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Professor of Business History and Bank Management at Bangor Business School, delivered the key note address at the first international conference organised by the Tolani Institute of Management Studies (TIMS) in Gandhidham, Gujarat (India). The town bears the name of India's founding father because the announcement of the decision to house the Sindhi community (a group of people relocated after partition) in that area was Gandhi's last act on the day he was killed. The Institute itself is part of an educational group that educates over 8,000 students thanks to the effort, financial support and vision of K. B. Tolani (1893-1988).

Publication date: 15 December 2011

Bangor Professor’s research hits the Hong Kong media

The South China Morning Post, the leading English-language newspaper in Hong Kong, recently published two articles showcasing groundbreaking research work by Bangor Law School’s Professor Suzannah Linton, Chair of International Law and Director of the Bangor Centre for International Law.

Publication date: 8 May 2013

Bangor Professor wins award to investigate bank bailouts

The Europlace Institute of Finance (EIF) in Paris has awarded a research grant of 10,000 Euro to Bangor’s Professor of Empirical Banking, Dr Klaus Schaeck, to examine how bank bailout packages during crises affect interest rates on loans and deposits.

Publication date: 11 October 2012

Bangor Psychology Students 'Pitch' up just short after fantastic effort in Cardiff

Two teams of Consumer Psychology masters students went to Cardiff  recently to participate in the Chartered Institute of Marketing's "Pitch" competition. The teams were: "The Three Marketeers" (Jamie Muir, Will Morgan, Manuel Calatrava Conesa) and "The National Thrust" (James Gudgeon, James Gillespie, Bryan Walls).

Publication date: 6 March 2013

Bangor Psychology to play major role in £1.1M MRC research relating to addiction and mania

The School of Psychology at Bangor University is to conduct research into new pharmacological treatment for psychiatric illnesses. Researchers at Bangor and Oxford Universities, and the University of British Columbia, have been funded by the Medical Research Council to evaluate the potential of a new drug to reduce the impulsive behaviours associated with alcohol and drug addictions, as well as mania.

Publication date: 6 March 2014

Bangor Researcher joint winner of the BBC NewsHACK award

Dewi Bryn Jones from the Language Technologies Unit at Canolfan Bedwyr was one of the winners of the Audience Facing award at the BBC’s #newsHack: Language Technology, together with BBC Cymru Fyw, BBC Connected Studio, and BBC Digital in London on the 15 and 16 March 2016. The challenge at the event organised by the BBC News Labs was how to help improve journalism in a multilingual environment in order to take advantage of news and information in other languages, and read content in a number of different languages.  

Publication date: 22 March 2016

Bangor Researcher presents at the World Congress on Agroforestry

SENRGy staff are currently at the World Congress on Agroforestry. James Brockington discussed his MSc dissertation research to a global audience in Delhi.

Publication date: 13 February 2014

Bangor researchers contribute to advancing dementia research strategy

Dr Gill Windle and Emeritus Professor Bob Woods, of the Dementia Services Development centre, part of BIHMR in the School of Healthcare Sciences were part of the Alzheimer’s Society taskforce of leading UK clinicians and researchers in dementia, UK funders of dementia research, people with dementia and carer representatives developing the first ‘dementia research roadmap for prevention, diagnosis, intervention and care by 2025’.

Publication date: 23 February 2018

Bangor researchers & students plan to get to the bottom of how new fish species are evolving in a Tanzanian crater lake

Charles Darwin called it the mystery of mysteries: how do new species arise? We understand a lot more now than we did in Darwin’s time, of course. But only with the advent of cheap large-scale DNA sequencing have we had a hope to understand how the process works at the most fundamental level.

Professor George Turner from Bangor University has been awarded a £250k grant from the Leverhulme Trust to study fishes from a tiny lake formed in a volcanic crater in Tanzania.

Publication date: 23 October 2014

Bangor research featured in the Spring Issue of Chartered Forester magazine

Articles by Professor John Healeyand Genevieve Agabafrom Bangor University feature in the recent Spring 2018 Issue of the Chartered Forester magazine published by the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Publication date: 11 April 2018

Bangor rolls out the red carpet for ‘Jack to a King’

A film about a Welsh club’s meteoric rise to the heights of the Premier League will be given its north Wales premier in Bangor this week.

Publication date: 13 October 2014

Bangor’s Battle against Ovarian Cancer

Saturday, 4th of February marks World Cancer Day. Scientists at the Northwest Cancer Research Fund Institute at Bangor University, Dr Ramsay McFarlane and Professor Nick Stuart, are currently using state of the art technologies to identify novel cancer markers in patient ovarian tumour samples.

Publication date: 1 February 2012

Bangor's Bilingualism Research is highly influential

Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (BLC), is an international peer-reviewed journal focusing on bilingualism from a cognitive science perspective. An article by Prof. Gathercole of Bangor's Psychology department has been included in a list of editors’ highlights of recent influential articles. Cambridge Journals have provided free access to this article here.

Publication date: 3 October 2011

Bangor science project shortlisted for EU award

BREAD4PLA, a green science and technology project in which Bangor University’s research played a significant role, has been shortlisted as one of the best 25 LIFE Environment Projects delivered in 2015.

Publication date: 20 May 2016

Bangor science project wins EU award

BREAD4PLA, a green science and technology project in which Bangor University’s research played a significant role, has been awarded one of the two ''Green Awards'' as one of the best LIFE Environment Projects of the last 25 years.

Publication date: 19 June 2017

Bangor scientists contribute to efforts to reduce environmental destruction and poverty in Madagascar

Bangor University is leading research investigating how poverty is closely tied to the state of the environment in countries such as Madagascar. The research project which aims to help understand the linkages between poverty and the destruction of tropical rainforest brings together scientists from Madagascar, the UK, the USA and the Netherlands.

Publication date: 26 November 2013

Bangor scientists contribute to global conservation review.

Conservation scientists at Bangor University have contributed data to the latest comprehensive conservation assessment of the world’s vertebrates.

Publication date: 28 October 2010

Bangor Scientists travel to Peru to research life in thin air

Mountains literally take our breath away, not only because of the dramatic landscapes and distinctive cultures, but because every breath taken at high altitude contains less oxygen (known as hypoxia). Hypoxia places a considerable strain on the lungs, blood, heart and blood vessels as they work together to satisfy the body’s need for oxygen. Researchers from the School of Sport, Health and Exercise (Extremes Research Group) at Bangor University have a particular interest in understanding how humans adapt to life in thin air.

Publication date: 20 June 2018

Bangor scientist to help protect Marine Biodiversity in the Caribbean

The School of Ocean Sciences collaborating with the Government of the Cayman Islands and US partner The Nature Conservancy have launched an £817,000 project to protect the marine biodiversity of the Cayman Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the central Caribbean. 

Publication date: 28 October 2010

Bangor Scientist to Strengthen the World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Expertise from Bangor University’s world renowned School of Ocean Science is to contribute towards monitoring and surveying the world’s largest marine reserve, which surrounds a string of tiny islands in the British Indian Ocean Territory of the Chagos Archipelago.

Publication date: 7 March 2012

Bangor’s expertise in ‘world-changing’ technology

An area of  research in which Bangor University is a world leader, is described by this month’s (December) issue of Scientific American as one of ten ‘world-changing ideas’.

Publication date: 16 December 2011

Bangor’s expertise sees John reclaim the joy of speech

Innovative specialisms at Bangor University have meant that a man who lost his voice following cancer treatments two years ago is now able to communicate in his own synthetic voice.

The second episode of the DRYCH series on S4C on Sunday, 28 April, features the story of former University staff member, John Wyn Jones, from Beaumaris, and the efforts of the Language Technologies Unit at Canolfan Bedwyr, Bangor University's Center for Welsh Language Services, Technology and Research, to create a synthetic voice for him.

Publication date: 24 April 2019

Bangor’s medal winning involvement in Welsh Institute of Performance Science highlighted in annual report

Research from Bangor university features prominently in the Welsh Institute of Performance Science (WIPS) annual report of 2019 (pg18). WIPS was developed to enable necessary and important research to be conducted. 

Publication date: 1 May 2019

Bangor Social Sciences Conference on Intersectionality and Belonging (28-29 June)

On Thursday 28th and Friday 29th June, Bangor University will be hosting an international conference exploring the themes of intersectionality and belonging.

The conference is a collaborative venture between the School of Social Sciences Bangor University, the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD), the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London, as well as the British Sociological Association Social Theory Study Group.

Publication date: 20 June 2012

Bangor’s public procurement expertise sought by both sides of the House

Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of Bangor University Law School, has been invited by the UK Conservative Party to sit as a Member of the House of Commons Parliamentary Inquiry into electronic procurement, to assess the case for the feasibility of introducing electronic invoicing into the UK as a widespread Government purchasing practice.

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Bangor’s Sports Psychology expertise in demand in Malaysia

Prof. Nicky Callow from Bangor’s School of Sports Science has been invited to the University of Malaya (UM) in Kuala Lumpur as part of their prestigious visiting professorship scheme where renowned academics from around the world present workshops and seminars at the university.

Publication date: 12 February 2016

Bangor student’s MA film to be broadcast on Sky

A film by a former Bangor University MA student will be broadcast to a national audience on Sky Arts and S4C in the coming weeks.

Publication date: 22 June 2015

Bangor team in Marine Parks review in the Caribbean

A team from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences have been busy in the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean, consulting the public on marine protection to help plan Marine Parks for the future.

Publication date: 28 September 2011

Bangor Uni’s Food Dudes Scheme extended in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton City NHS Primary Care Trust, who have pioneered UK use of the Food Dudes scheme to encourage schoolchildren to eat more fruit and vegetables, have decided to continue for a further two years.  

 

The Scheme, developed by Bangor University’s Food and Activity Research Unit at the School of Psychology, was introduced in Wolverhampton in January 2009 and initially planned to run it until December 2011 - benefitting 20,000 pupils at primary and special schools – at a total cost of £500,000.

Publication date: 14 December 2010

Bangor University academic invited to international panel on animal by-products disposal

Dr Prysor Williams from the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography has just returned from an international symposium in Detroit, USA, focussed on discussing all aspects of animal by-product disposal. During the conference, he presented two papers on the research work being undertaken at Bangor University on a novel system of storing livestock carcasses prior to disposal, called Bioreduction.

Publication date: 31 May 2012

Bangor University and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics sign up to future collaborations

Bangor University and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics have signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding which will enable both organisations to work more closely together in future years. 

Publication date: 14 May 2015

Bangor University and Waitrose branch out into green packaging

A collaborative project led by the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University, in partnership  with Aberystwyth University and Waitrose was on show at the Waitrose Menai Bridge store  recently.

Publication date: 20 November 2014

Bangor University announces third year of expansion of Postgraduate Research Scholarships

New Research Scholarship places are being offered at Bangor University for the third successive year. The places are part of the University's five year post-graduate expansion programme. They were also created to mark the University’s 125th Anniversary in 2009.

"A strong postgraduate community is an essential element of any international research-led university. As well as contributing to the further growth of our already vibrant postgraduate community, over half the Scholarship students will work on projects that will assist businesses working in key sectors of the Welsh economy. This will enable them to access the expertise that exists within the University to develop their businesses,” said Professor John G. Hughes, the University's Vice-Chancellor.

Publication date: 11 March 2011

Bangor University assists development of 'dementia-friendly' church groups

Five groups of churches across North and Mid Wales have been allocated funding to develop dementia-friendly community projects and work towards becoming “dementia friendly”.

The funding comes from Bangor University’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)* and has been awarded to Professor Bob Woods and Revd Dr Bob Friedrich. It follows a conference at Llangollen Pavilion where 78 delegates from Welsh churches gathered to hear how to create Dementia Friendly Churches.

Publication date: 19 May 2017

Bangor University awarded grant to reveal contents of 17th century Mostyn letters

Three thousand rare letters surviving from the 17th and 18th centuries are to be made available to the international scholarly community following a new research award from the Marc Fitch Fund.

Bangor University’s Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates has been awarded the £40,000 grant to digitise and research an exceptional collection of letters kept in the library of Mostyn Hall in Flintshire.

Publication date: 9 July 2018

Bangor University begins research in Virtual Joint Centres with Brazil and China to improve nitrogen use in agriculture

Agriculture faces a pressing problem: the need to provide food security for a burgeoning population whilst safeguarding the environment. Whilst the use of fertiliser nitrogen has helped in increasing food production, this has been at the expense of the environment, especially in rapidly developing countries such as China and Brazil.

Publication date: 3 June 2016

Bangor University brings significant European research funding to north Wales

Research funding worth nearing £10 million has been levied by Bangor University researchers from the European Union research funding programme, and the University expects to improve on this results in the new European research and innovation programme.

Forty-two major pan-European research projects led by Bangor University academics were successfully funded, against stiff competition in FP7, the 7th Research Framework Programme of the European Commission, which ran from 2007 to 2013.

Publication date: 10 December 2014

Bangor University Celebrates Europe Day 2019

On 9 May, the University, along with many establishments across the UK and Europe, will mark Europe Day with a number of events and activities. The European Union celebrates this day to mark the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 1950, considered to be the first official step in the creation of the European Union as it is today.

Publication date: 8 May 2019

Bangor University contributes to ‘Buildings as Power Stations’ technology

Bangor University’s School of Chemistry is contributing to a research project which could put Wales at the forefront of global renewable energy technology.

Publication date: 12 November 2012

Bangor University contributes to new PRIME Centre Wales for primary and emergency care research

Bangor University, alongside partner universities Cardiff, Swansea, and South Wales, has been awarded £3.6M for the ‘PRIME Centre Wales’ for Primary and Emergency Care Research.

Publication date: 30 June 2015

Bangor University contributes to new PRIME Centre Wales for primary and emergency care research

Bangor University, alongside partner universities Cardiff, Swansea, and South Wales, has been awarded £3.6M for the ‘PRIME Centre Wales’ for Primary and Emergency Care Research.

The funding from Health and Care Research Wales will support PRIME Centre Wales  to improve the health and well-being of people in Wales and internationally, by conducting high quality research on topics of national policy priority in primary, emergency and unscheduled care.

Publication date: 30 June 2015

Bangor University group return from Himalayan expedition

Academics from Bangor University have recently returned from an expedition to the Himalayas as part of a research project to investigate altitude related illness.

Publication date: 4 June 2015

Bangor University helps government of Madagascar develop a strategy to tackle bushmeat hunting

Bushmeat hunting - the hunting of wild animals for food, is recognised as a major conservation issue across much of the tropics. However until recently the threat this poses to Madagascar’s wildlife, including its famous lemurs, was not wildly recognised. Following three years of research by Bangor University with the Malagasy NGO Madagasikara Voakajy (funded by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative), there is now much more information on the extent of this problem and how it could be tackled.

Publication date: 29 May 2012

Bangor University helps government of Madagascar develop a strategy to tackle bushmeat hunting

Bushmeat hunting-the hunting of wild animals for food, is recognised as a major conservation issue across much of the tropics. However until recently the threat this poses to Madagascar’s wildlife, including its famous lemurs, was not wildly recognised.

Publication date: 30 May 2012

Bangor University hosts its first Polar Symposium

A ‘Polar Symposium’ being held this week-end (Saturday 8 December) is the first of its kind to be held at Bangor University.

The 'Bangor Polar Symposium' at the School of Ocean Sciences has been jointly organized by the UK Polar Network and the Endeavour Society, a Bangor University student society focussing on ocean sciences.

Publication date: 7 December 2012

Bangor University Law School Staff member wins a prestigious Leadership Bursary

Gary Clifford, Director of the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS) at Bangor Law School, has been awarded a Leadership Bursary by Academi Wales, a public service centre for leadership excellence. He was chosen after a highly competitive selection process and over the next six months will take part in Academi’s world leading skills development programme.

Publication date: 15 November 2013

Bangor University leading the world of marine renewable energy research

Dr Simon Neill of the School of Ocean Sciences was primary chair of a series of marine renewable energy sessions at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans last week – the world’s largest ocean science event.

Publication date: 1 March 2016

Bangor University opens the first nuclear research institute in Wales

The first nuclear research institute in Wales has opened at Bangor University.  The Nuclear Futures Institute has been established with funding from the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru programme, which is helping to attract world leading researchers to Wales, with funding also coming from the European Regional Development Fund and from the University.

Publication date: 16 November 2017

Bangor University part of a £200m collaboration to create a new generation of Artificial Intelligence leaders

Bangor University is to take part in an exciting new drive to create a thousand new research and business leaders the project is designed to ensure that the UK leads the global revolution in Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

A new generation of PhD students will use AI technology to improve healthcare, tackle climate change and create new commercial opportunities, thanks to a £100m investment from UK Research and Innovation announced recently.  

Publication date: 1 March 2019

Bangor University Professor Discovers "Lost" Kubrick Screenplay

Professor Nathan Abrams, a Kubrick expert at Bangor University, has discovered a 1956 screenplay by Stanley Kubrick which was believed to have been lost. Titled Burning Secret, it was an adaptation of Viennese novelist, Stefan Zweig's 1913 novella of the same name.

The novella is told from the perspective of a twelve-year old Jewish boy. He is befriended by a suave but predatory baron at an Austrian holiday spa resort as a means of seducing his married mother. The child acts as an unwitting go-between for his mother and her would-be lover making for a disturbing story with sexuality and child abuse churning beneath its surface.

Publication date: 16 July 2018

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

Bangor University ranked 7th in the UK for Agri-tech research

Bangor University was ranked 7th in the UK, and 1st in Wales, for the impact of its agri-tech research publications in the recent landmark review for the UK Government, “Encouraging a British Invention Revolution: Sir Andrew Witty’s Review of Universities and Growth”.

Publication date: 5 February 2014

Bangor University receives funding to build health and social care research infrastructure 2018-2020

Research Groups in the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research (BIHMR) have been awarded significant amounts of further funding from the Welsh Government. 

Publication date: 18 December 2017

Bangor University recognised for world-leading research

Bangor University’s research has a major impact around the world according to a national assessment of research quality (REF) published today.

Publication date: 18 December 2014

Bangor University Research Excellence Awards 2016

Bangor University is to highlight and celebrate the high standard of research at the University in a new Research Excellence Awards event to be held for the first time this December, and has just announced the Awards Shortlists.

The inaugural Awards will shine a spotlight on some of the University’s outstanding research teams and individuals.

The winners will be announced at an Awards dinner in Pontio on 5th December 2016.

Publication date: 26 October 2016

Bangor University research features on HORIZON

A research project running at Bangor University, with vital input from members of  communities across north Wales, features in the next BBC 2 science documentary programme Horizon (11 May 2016 BBC 2 8.00).

Publication date: 5 May 2016

Bangor University research informs national policy and provides the evidence base for Wales’ first Rural Education Action Plan

Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams has today (11/10/18) launched the Welsh Government’s new Rural Education Action Plan that introduces a range of initiatives and measures for educational improvements and experiences across rural school areas of Wales.

The action plan forms a pivotal part of the transformation reforms outlined in Education in Wales - Our national mission 2017-21 that sets out Welsh Government’s strategy on how they aim to improve the school system by 2021 and details activities which will transform policy into practices in our schools. The action plan draws upon evidence and recommendations made in a research report led by Gwilym Siôn ap Gruffudd of Bangor University’s School of Education and Human Development. The report: Rethinking Educational Attainment and Poverty- in Rural Wales (REAP) was commissioned by Regional Education Consortia ERW and GwE as a result of a competitive tender process.

Publication date: 11 October 2018

Bangor University research into access to rare disease medicines

New research from Bangor University, shows that patients with rare diseases often experience a challenging journey that poses difficulties for the National Health Service. Researchers at the University's Centre of Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation at the University's School of Healthcare Sciencesfound that patients often face difficulties in diagnosing their condition, accessing specialist care, and having effective treatment available.

Publication date: 12 November 2015

Bangor University research is set to assist newly protected species

We know that trade and transport of ivory is strictly controlled to safeguard the elephants, and that other animal by-products such as the use of rhino horn is also controlled in an attempt to clamp down on the poaching and illegal trade which affects some of our most threatened species.

The list extends beyond those charismatic species that we’re probably all familiar with.

The organisation responsible for regulating and monitoring trade in wildlife products is the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to which 183 countries are signatories.

Another group of species, the devil rays, has now joined that list following a recent CITES meeting, and as of today (4 April 2017) the new regulations will be implemented. One Bangor University student is to play a part in the safeguarding of the devil ray and the already protected manta ray.

Publication date: 4 April 2017

Bangor University rewards outstanding impact from its research and enterprise activities

Projects which have benefited local and global communities were rewarded as Bangor University held its third annual Impact and Innovation Awards on the 3rd December 2015.

Publication date: 4 December 2015

Bangor University rewards staff for achieving Research Excellence

A new Research Excellence Awards event has just been held at Bangor University to celebrate the high standard of research at the University.

Publication date: 6 December 2016

Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness shortlisted for UK Health Award

Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) has been shortlisted for a prestigious UK health Award which highlights the people and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of health and wellbeing in the UK.

The Winners of this year’s Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing 2014 awarded by the Bevan Foundation and Aneurin Bevan Society, with the generous support of UNISON, the Open University and the Royal College of Midwives, will be announced at an event in London on Tuesday 15 July.

Publication date: 17 June 2014

Bangor University scientists take part in world-wide ocean health check

Scientists at Bangor University will be joining forces with marine scientists across the world on 21 June to take part in an ambitious global research project – Ocean Sampling Day.

80% of all life on Earth comes from the World Ocean which covers more than 70% of the Earth surface. Marine microorganisms are responsible for a smooth functioning of global elements’ cycles, however less than 1 % of them are known.  The School of Biological Sciences will join 150 research organisations from Iceland to Anatartica and from Moorea (French Polynesia) to South Africa to study and health check the world’s oceans.

Publication date: 18 June 2014

Bangor University’s Dr Yue shortlisted for prestigious Newton Prize

Dr Liyang Yue of Bangor University’s School of Electronic Engineering has been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize for his project building a super-resolution metamaterial 3D printing system.

The Prize is an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that supports the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. Dr Yue is in with the chance of winning up to £200,000 from the Prize to be used to advance or develop the work further.

Publication date: 24 October 2017

Bangor University secures £9m EU funds to expand research scheme

Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles has announced that a major research and innovation project that brings together postgraduate students and businesses in Wales is set to expand with more than £9m of additional funds from Europe.

Led by Bangor University in partnership with other Welsh universities, the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS II) scheme has operated in North, West Wales and the South Wales Valleys over the past three years, and partners businesses with postgraduate research students to develop innovative research aimed at driving business growth.

Publication date: 21 March 2019

Bangor University secures further EU funding for new research hub

Bangor University will benefit from a further £2.8m of EU funding for a new science and innovation hub to boost Wales’ shellfish industry, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford announced today [Monday 13 August].

Publication date: 13 August 2018

Bangor University shortlisted in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards

Bangor University has been shortlisted in 6 out of 9 categories including University of the Year, in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

Publication date: 30 March 2015

Bangor University shows knowledge can travel from children to adults

A new study by Bangor scientists shows that environmental education can positively influence the knowledge and attitudes of children.  The paper, published in the journal Animal Conservation, also shows that knowledge gained by children about lemur conservation can be transferred to their parents

Publication date: 14 August 2014

Bangor University’s part in the world’s largest Marine Reserve

Bangor University is playing a significant role in the management of the world’s largest marine reserve.

Publication date: 18 December 2015

Bangor University’s School of Biological Sciences has again been ranked as the best in Wales by students

The School held on to the top spot following the results of the National Student Survey, a poll of around half a million graduating students from universities across the UK.

Publication date: 19 August 2015

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography is contributing to reclaiming and transforming degraded land in Indonesia

In a partnership between Universities and commercial organisations both in Indonesia and the UK, Bangor University has been successful in securing a £10,000 grant from the British Council Indonesia to seed-fund research projects that will help return disused former mining sites into productive land.

Publication date: 24 April 2014

Bangor University strengthens research links with Brazil

After signing a research co-operation agreement with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in June 2012, making Bangor the first Welsh University to establish a research partnership with FAPESP, Bangor University is pleased to announce the first research projects funded under the co-operation programme.

Publication date: 2 August 2013

Bangor University subjects join elite in world table

Newly published analysis of the latest influential QS World University Rankings, which saw Bangor University soar to 411th position worldwide, now provides further information on rankings for different subject areas among the world’s best universities.

Six subjects and one subject area taught at Bangor University feature among the world’s elite universities in this year’s release of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, with Agriculture and Forestry appearing in the top 100 institutions worldwide who teach the subject and rising from among last year’s 200 top Universities.

Publication date: 8 March 2017

Bangor University subjects make the grade in world table

Newly published analysis of the 2016 edition of the influential QS World University Rankings, which saw Bangor University soar 60 places to 411th position worldwide, now provides further information on rankings for different subject areas among the world’s best universities.

Publication date: 23 March 2016

Bangor University teams up with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Bangor University, via its BioComposites Centre, has been accepted as a ‘network university’ by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity dedicated to promoting the idea of a ‘circular economy’.

Publication date: 26 July 2016

Bangor University to assist in training future soil scientists

Bangor University is to play a crucial role in training scientists of the future who will improve our understanding of soils, which are key to tackling many of today’s global challenges, including food, water and energy security.

Publication date: 14 October 2014

Bangor University to lead £1.2 million Dementia and visual Arts project

Bangor University is to lead one of a number of projects that will see university researchers, community groups and national charities and trusts working together to explore community health and wellbeing, community engagement and mobilisation.  The University has been awarded a Large Grant in the Cultures, Health & Well-Being theme, one of five Connected Communities Programme themes which share funding in excess of £7m.

Publication date: 14 March 2013

Bangor University to lead a Science and Innovation Audit

Bangor University has been chosen by the UK Government to lead a Science and Innovation Audit of the North West Nuclear Arc Consortium, and to participate as partners in two other audits.

Twelve Science and Innovation Audits will map local research, innovation, and infrastructure strengths. Bangor University will lead an audit into the North West Nuclear Arc Consortium, together with support from Welsh Government, North West England LEPs, the University of Manchester’s Dalton Institute, and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

Publication date: 20 October 2017

Bangor University to lead multi million pound Europe-wide project to study the history of our seas

The history of the European marine environment during the past thousand years is the target of a €3.1 million (£2.6 million) project, funded by the European Union and led by scientists from School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University.  The project, which also involves researchers from Norway, Germany, France, Croatia, Portugal and the Netherlands, will use the shells of very long-lived molluscs as a record of environmental change over the past thousand years.  It builds on research originally developed at Bangor by Professor James Scourse and Professor Chris Richardson that led in 2007 to the discovery of the longest-lived animal known to science – a clam from Iceland that had lived for 507 years.

Publication date: 24 September 2013

Bangor University to reward outstanding impact from its research and enterprise activities

Twelve projects at Bangor University have been shortlisted for the University’s third annual Impact and Innovation Awards 2015, supported by Santander Universities.

These prestigious awards at Bangor University recognise and celebrate the recent impact that the University’s research, innovation and enterprise activities have on the wider economy and society. This year, the University is also introducing a new award category, Outstanding Contribution to Wales, to recognise activities that have led to impact of national significance in Wales.

Publication date: 27 November 2015

Bangor University to work with clinical academics in South India to prevent deaths by suicide

A social psychiatrist from  the University's School of Social Sciences is leading a team of psychiatrists and social scientists to work with colleagues in South India to prevent deaths by suicide.

Publication date: 21 August 2015

Bangor University welcomes latest Sustainable Fisheries Accreditation

Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences has welcomed the news that the fishery producing Manx Queenies, the Isle of Man’s queen scallops, has been awarded a sustainability certification under the Marine Stewardship Council programme. 

Experts in sustainable fisheries at the School have worked with the Isle of Man  (IOM) Government’s Department of Environment Food and Agriculture since 2006, to advise them how to manage the fishery sustainably.

Publication date: 19 May 2011

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

Bangor University Words/Music researchers involved in two events in central London

Lecturer in French Dr Helen Abbott and Honorary Research Fellow in French pianist Sholto Kynoch co-presented a session on their ongoing research collaboration looking at the performance of French song recently.

Publication date: 19 May 2011

Bank Bailouts: Bangor Professor cited in the Rolling Stone Magazine

The Rolling Stone, an American magazine published every two weeks that covers music, politics, and popular culture since 1967 has published an article in its issue dated January 17th 2013 by its award-winning contributing editor Matthew Taibbi on the “Secrets and Lies of the Bailout”.

Publication date: 9 January 2013

Banking research paper picks up international award

A research paper written by Bangor Business School academics has won an international award.

Publication date: 19 September 2016

Bank Mergers Can Spoil Your Savings: research by Bangor Business School academic wins ‘Best Paper’ award

UK bank and building society mergers do not benefit their customers. Research measuring how interest rates and the range of services provided to depositors change after bank mergers has just been awarded a ‘Best Paper’ award.

Publication date: 7 February 2013

BEACON Wales is co-founder of new alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

Bangor University is delighted to be part of a new UK alliance – BioPilotsUK, launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy.

The University’s BioComposites Centre is a partner in the award-winning BEACON Wales project, itself one of five established R&D centres across the UK coming together to form the new alliance. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture – two key elements of the bioeconomy.

Publication date: 18 October 2016

BEACON wins prestigious European Commission RegioStars award

A prestigious European Commission RegioStars Award 2014 has been won by the BEACON Biorefining Centre of Excellence, an innovative Welsh research partnership dedicated to developing industrial products from plants to reduce reliance on fossil-based resources such as coal and gas.

Publication date: 31 March 2014

Bending light

Dr Liyang Yue at School of Electronic Engineering is the lead author of a paper recently published in the scientific journal "Optics Letters” which reports on a new way to produce a curved light beam, and which has created some interest among scientists since its recent publication.  

Publication date: 21 March 2018

Bigger, more intensive dairy farms may also mean bigger milk footprints

A new study published in Global Change Biology challenges the idea that the trend towards larger, more intensive dairy farms mitigates climate change by shrinking the carbon footprint of milk production. A team of animal nutrition experts and environmental modellers from Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities looked beyond the farm-system boundaries of typical carbon footprint studies to account for indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emission consequences considering changes to dairy feed production and to beef farms that may compete with dairy farms for grassland.

Publication date: 29 September 2017

Bilingualism and ageing

Many older people keep mentally active and enjoy using ‘brain training’ puzzles and games for their leisure, however the science on their efficacy is as yet partial and inconclusive.

Another area which is as yet, still not fully understood and has also resulted in conflicting results, is whether being bilingual offers a protective factor in age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.   

A small-scale study of bilingual Welsh/English speakers funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, was led by Prof Linda Clare of Bangor University’s School of Psychology. At the outset of the research, there was no evidence available about the effects of bilingualism for older Welsh speakers. The now completed study has found no evidence for a significant delay in the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease in Welsh/English bilinguals. This finding was comparable to that in Montreal, Canada where no bilingual advantage was found in non-immigrant bilinguals.

Publication date: 8 December 2014

Bilingual people take greater risks when feedback is given in their native language

Recent research from Bangor University has revealed that Chinese-English bilingual individuals take more risk in gambling when feedback is given to them in Chinese, their native language, than in English, their second language.

Publication date: 15 April 2015

Bilingual Prescription labels can now be introduced

A Welsh language or bilingual service is vital for the welfare of Welsh speaking patients, according to an enquiry by the Welsh Language Commissioner.  A recommendation endorsed by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales is for bilingual labels on prescription medicines to be made available to patients.

A team comprising language specialists and pharmacists at Bangor University and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has made the first step by translating 30 cautionary instructions given to patients on prescription medicines.

Publication date: 24 February 2016

Bio-economy innovation recognised

The BEACON Bio-refining Centre of Excellence, an innovative research centre dedicated to developing industrial products from plants to reduce reliance on fossil-based resources such as coal and gas, has been shortlisted for the European Commission’s RegioStarts Awards 2014.

Publication date: 2 September 2013

Biotechnology for green Pesticides

Bangor University in conjunction with Almac Group and Hockley International have been awarded a grant to develop an organic natural based pesticide. The work will be carried out at the University’s College of Natural Sciences (CNS) and Almac’s laboratories based in Northern Ireland commencing in September.

Publication date: 22 July 2014

Bird-brained? Not at all: Reed Warblers reveal a magnetic map

We all marvel at those mammals, birds and insects who migrate long distances, and at their innate ability to reach a destination thousands of miles away.

Scientists are still trying to unravel all the mechanisms involved. Now, one group of scientists believe that they have revealed one system being used by some migrating birds, and it reveals a fascinating ‘world-map’ that many of us would marvel at.

Publication date: 17 August 2017

Bloomageddon: seven clever ways bluebells win the woodland turf war

The appearance of vivid bluebell carpets in British woodlands is a sure and spectacular sign of spring. Bluebells – Hyacinthoides non-scripta (L.) Chouard ex Rothm – are Britain’s favourite wildflower and particularly fine carpets attract visitors to well-known sites such as Kew Gardens in London and Coed Cefn in Powys, Wales.

This article by Vera Thoss, Lecturer in Chemistry, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 10 April 2017

Blue Planet II: can we really halt the coral reef catastrophe?

The third episode of the BBC’s Blue Planet II spectacularly described a series of fascinating interactions between species on some of the most pristine reefs in the world. These reefs, analogous to bustling cities, are powered by sunlight, and provide space and services for a wealth of marine life.

This article by John Turner, Professor & Dean of Postgraduate Research, School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 15 November 2017

Blue Sky Charity Funding Awarded to Dr Aamer Sandoo

Dr Aamer Sandoo (Lecturer in Cardiovascular Physiology, SSHES)  was recently awarded £68,000 by the Blue Sky (Awyr Las) Charity to examine the effects of dietary nitrate supplements for lowering heart disease risk in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The project is in collaboration with Dr Jonathan Moore and clinicians from BCUHB. 

Publication date: 10 October 2016

Boost for medically related teaching and research at Bangor

The School of Medical Science is delighted to announce the formal transfer of a number of Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree programmes along with a number of staff from the School of Biological Sciences and North West Cancer Research Fund Institute.

Publication date: 3 June 2015

Bowel Cancer challenge revealed by international research

Bangor University’s North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research has been involved in an international large–scale review of treatment times for people with bowel cancer.

Co-ordinated in the UK by Cancer Research UK, with Cancer Research Wales funding the Welsh arm of this study, and reported in BMJ Open, the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP) – a collaboration between countries with similar healthcare systems and high-quality data – tracked each step people with bowel cancer went through before treatment. They examined questionnaires, completed by 2,866 international patients and their doctors, as well as medical records of patients diagnosed between 2013 and 2015.

Publication date: 3 December 2018

Bowel, oesophageal and pancreatic cancers show biggest improvement in diagnosis time

NEW research shows that bowel, oesophageal and pancreatic cancers have seen the greatest improvement in the time it takes from when a patient first visits their GP with symptoms to when they are diagnosed with the disease.

Publication date: 16 November 2011

'Bowling together? Civil society in a North East Wales village' - Bangor WISERD research team

'Bowling together? Civil society in a North East Wales village': a guest lecture by Bangor University's WISERD research team

Publication date: 9 March 2016

BPS Poster Prize for Masters Student

Postgraduate student wins prize for best poster at the BPS Division of Health Psychology annual conference.

Publication date: 17 September 2012

Brachyury discovery contributes to undressing of human health, cancer and ageing

The Cell Differentiation group, from the North West Cancer Research Institute within Bangor University’s School of Medical Sciences have identified a sub-group of cells within in the normal adult human gut which are marked by the presence of a protein, known as Brachyury, which was previously thought only to be active during embryonic development and cancer.

Publication date: 6 April 2016

Brain Cancer stem cells manipulated on a ‘lab on chip’ for first time

As the first stage has been achieved in a new European research collaboration to combat two of the most aggressive brain cancers (www.sumcastec.eu), academic and industry  participants are meeting at Bangor University this week (11-12 July) to discuss the next steps.

Publication date: 11 July 2018

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

Brexit and Britpop: Europeans have stronger cultural links to the UK thanks to English language music

As the European referendum campaigners try to outdo each other with spectacular claims and counterclaims about the risks and benefits of remaining in or leaving the EU, what has become clear is that it is not just the Tory party that is deeply divided on the issue, but Britain as a whole.

The ambivalence is even part of the “in” rhetoric, with statements frequently prefaced by assurances that the politician is “no lover of European bureaucracy” or some such qualification. And there are suspicions that even at the top there is a lack of wholehearted support for the European project, with both Jeremy Corbyn and David Cameron having been accused of previously tending towards Euroscepticism.

Publication date: 13 June 2016

Brexit's impact on farming policy will take Britain back to the 1920s – but that's not necessarily a bad thing

Not much regarding Brexit is clear. But one thing we do know is that the UK’s decision to leave the EU has triggered proposals to implement the most significant changes to agricultural policy since it joined the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 1973.

This article by David Arnott, PhD Researcher at the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 3 July 2017

Bringing the Middle Ages into the digital age

Publication date: 10 February 2015

Bringing up children in a bilingual community

Approximately 70% of the population in Gwynedd, the stronghold of the Welsh language, report that they speak Welsh. Many parents who themselves grew up speaking Welsh, and also many who grew up speaking only English, are bringing up their children as bilinguals. And most children begin their schooling in Gwynedd through the medium of Welsh.

Publication date: 1 December 2011

British Academy-funded Alcohol Workshop - 20 January 2017

British Academy funded Alcohol Workshop 20th January 2017, Chester, UK

As part of a British Academy funded research project on alcohol warning labels we at Bangor Business School are running a free one-day workshop aimed at researchers, practitioners, policy makers and PhD students on the topic of alcohol messages. 

Publication date: 20 September 2016

British gardeners can now grow really tasty, outdoor-grown tomatoes

From next year, British gardeners will be able to buy blight- resistant tomato plants that will grow outside. Developed in conjunction with Bangor University, the tomatoes are far better than any previously available.

Publication date: 16 December 2014

British power stations are burning wood from US forests – to meet renewables targets

Last year, 6m tonnes of “wood pellets” harvested from forests in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Virginia were shipped across the Atlantic, to be burnt in renewable “biomass” power plants. This was almost double the 2013 figure – the US “wood pellet” industry is booming.

This article by David Styles, Lecturer in Carbon Footprinting, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 19 February 2016

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Publication date: 29 November 2017

British women will soon be able to serve on the military frontline – but are they ready to fight?

At last, a ban that has long restricted women’s roles within the British military is to be lifted. For years, sceptics and fearmongers have influenced policy and public opinion in the UK preventing women from serving in ground close combat roles, “where the primary role is to close with and kill the enemy”; stopping female soldiers from joining the Royal Marines, RAF Regiment, infantry and armoured regiments.

This article by Leanne K Simpson, PhD candidate at in the Schools of Psychology and Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 11 July 2016

Britons see volunteering as a hobby or a way to network rather than a chore

Despite the UK being named Europe’s most generous country last year, new data from the Office for National statistics has shown that volunteering for charities and other organisations in the country declined by 7% in the three years to 2015. Furthermore, over the past decade there has been a 15.4% fall in the total number of regular hours dedicated to volunteering, dropping from to 2.28 billion from 1.93 billion hours.

This, according to the Office for National Statistics, resulted in a loss of more than £1 billion between 2012 and 2015.

This downturn doesn’t show the whole picture, however: the ONS also found that more young people are getting involved with volunteering initiatives. And that though the amount of time spent volunteering has declined, more people are signing up to volunteer.

This article by Stephanie Jones, PhD student of sociology, studying civil society, volunteering and participation, at the School of Social Sciences Bangor University, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 24 March 2017

Business on Anglesey (BOA) offer bursary to SENRGy Research Students.

BOA is a network of SMEs who are based in Anglesey. They would like to provide a £3,000 bursary to a PhD student whose research will be of benefit to Anglesey's environment, economic or community development.

Publication date: 11 March 2013

Business School academic awarded British Academy grant to research nuclear power industry

Dr Tony Dobbins, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Bangor Business School, has been awarded a grant of £9769 by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust to examine anticipatory responses to closure and redundancy in Welsh nuclear power plants, including Wylfa on Anglesey.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Call for Papers: Conference on Finance and Development in Muslim Economies

A conference on Finance & Development in Islamic Economies will be held at Bangor Business School, Bangor University on September 15 2014, in collaboration with Islamic Research Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). Selected papers will be invited for submission for a possible special issue of the JFSR.

Publication date: 22 January 2014

Calling the future research leaders and innovators of Wales - Welsh Crucible 2012

The Welsh Crucible is a prestigious professional and leadership development programme for the future research leaders of Wales. 

What is Welsh Crucible?

Funded by the St David’s Day group of higher education institutions, Welsh Crucible will bring together thirty researchers to explore how they can work together to tackle the current research challenges facing Wales.
Welsh Crucible 2012 will take place over three intensive two-day (residential) workshops comprising inspiring guest speakers, seminars, skills sessions and informal discussions.

Publication date: 2 February 2012

Calls for control as Asian Toads set to wreak havoc in Madagascar

Despite knowing how damaging the introduced cane toad was to Australian native wildlife, it seems that we humans have done it again.

Unless swift control measures can be taken, a non-native toad is set to cause havoc in Madagascar, home of many unique species found only on the island.

Publication date: 4 June 2018

Can a brain injury change who you are?

Who we are, and what makes us “us” has been the topic of much debate throughout history. At the individual level, the ingredients for the unique essence of a person consist mostly of personality concepts. Things like kindness, warmth, hostility and selfishness. Deeper than this, however, is how we react to the world around us, respond socially, our moral reasoning, and ability to manage emotions and behaviours.

This article by Leanne Rowlands, PhD researcher in Neuropsychology at the School of Psychology was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 20 April 2018

Can applying messages to cigarettes dissuade us from smoking?

Two academics from Bangor Business School have been applying their knowledge of marketing and managerial studies to investigate a new medium for getting the no-smoking message across: the cigarette itself.

Publication date: 7 January 2014

Can applying messages to cigarettes dissuade us from smoking?

Two academics from Bangor University’s renowned Business School have been applying their knowledge of marketing and managerial studies to investigate a new medium for getting the no-smoking message across- the cigarette itself.

Publication date: 22 December 2013

Cancer Cells do it the “quick-and-dirty way”

The hallmark of cancer is uncontrolled cell growth directed by a cell cycle engine gone into overdrive. The centrepiece of this engine is the enzyme Cdc2 kinase. While Cdc2 kinase is tightly regulated in normal cells, this control is lost in cancer cells.

Cutting-edge research conducted at Bangor University in the North West Cancer Research Institute discovered now that hyperactive Cdc2 kinase not only forces cells into uncontrolled growth but also reprograms the repair of broken chromosomes.

Publication date: 10 June 2014

Cancer experts gather for Bangor Conference

On Wednesday and Thursday this week (23/24/11/11), delegates from across the UK will be gathering at Bangor University for the second conference exploring how services for patients with cancer can be provided in a rural environment.

Publication date: 23 November 2011

Cancer patients diagnosed more quickly

THE TIME taken to diagnose some of the more common cancers – from the point when a patient first reports a possible symptom to their general practitioner (GP) – fell in adults by an average of five days in just under a decade, according to research* published in the British Journal of Cancer, today (Wednesday 5 February 2014).

Publication date: 5 February 2014

Cancer research in Wales gets £200k boost for World Cancer Day

A research project which will look at the way in which cancer cells grow and divide has been given a boost of £200,000 thanks to North West Cancer Research.

The money will fund a three-year research project based at the North West Cancer Research Institute at Bangor University.

Publication date: 3 February 2017

Cancer Research Wales funding boosts efforts to fight Cancer at Bangor

The majority of people will have been affected directly or indirectly by cancer. Though curing cancer remains an enormous challenge, years of gradual progress have resulted in earlier diagnosis, improved treatments and increased survival times for many cancer patients. 

Publication date: 21 January 2019

“Can earlier symptomatic diagnosis improve cancer outcomes in Wales”

A report prepared for Public Health Wales by Bangor University makes recommendations for improving cancer outcomes in Wales.

The report, “Can earlier  symptomatic diagnosis improve cancer outcomes in Wales” is written by Professor Richard Neal of the University’s North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research  has been launched at a Conference in Manchester (14 June): Cancer Data and Outcomes Conference 2016: Using data to drive services. Professor Neal is a general practitioner and a leading authority on improving GPs cancer detection rates.

Publication date: 15 June 2016

Can efforts to conserve biodiversity by big industry help or harm local people?

When a large industrial development, such as a mine, is going to have an unavoidable impact on biodiversity, the company may invest in protecting (or even creating) habitat elsewhere to compensate

Publication date: 4 January 2017

Can environmental documentaries make waves?

Trump’s first 100 days in office were, among other things, marked by a climate march in Washington DC that attracted tens of thousands of demonstrators. No surprises there. Since the beginning of his mandate in January, Trump has signed orders to roll back the number of federally protected waterways, restart the construction of contentious oil pipeline, and cut the budget from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Among the various orders and memoranda, the one signed to overhaul Obama’s Clean Power Plan is probably the most remarkable, along with promoting coal extractions all over the US.

This article by Michela Cortese, Associate Lecturer, School of Creative Studies & MediaBangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 5 May 2017

Can Kiefer Sutherland be US president, please?

This article by Gregory Frame, Lecturer in Film Studies Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

To many, the 2016 campaign for the US presidency has been dispiriting and miserable, featuring the two most unpopular candidates in history. Thanks to the fascistic buffoonery of Donald Trump, it has been characterised by a tone that has swung wildly from facetious to obnoxious to disgraceful and back again.

Publication date: 24 October 2016

Can ‘lay carers’ help more at the end of life?

Most people in the UK who are dying would prefer to be looked after at home.  Health care professionals try to enable this to happen.  A new research project led by Bangor University is investigating one way to make this a reality for more people.

Home care is usually provided by District Nurses, working with many other team members including general practitioners, hospice doctors and nurses, and Macmillan or Marie Curie services.  Family members are taught how to care for their loved one, and generally call a District Nurse if there are difficult symptoms.  As people get weaker in the last few weeks or days of life, they become unable to swallow.  At this point, a syringe driver is set up to give medicines under the skin over 24 hours.  While this often relieves most symptoms, some symptoms may break through and need extra doses of medication (called ‘breakthrough’ symptoms).   Then, the family usually call in the district nurse who can give extra doses of medicine as injections.  But, this can take a long time, often more than an hour.  The wait can be distressing for the patient and their carers, who then feel powerless to help.   Usually, family care would not include giving injections for these breakthrough symptoms, even though this is legal and practical.

Bangor University is working with partners in Cardiff University and Gloucester NHS Trust, to research whether lay carer role extension to give these ‘as needed’ injections should be more widely adopted or not in the UK. 

Publication date: 15 March 2017

Can National Parks benefit both people and wildlife?

National Parks, Nature Reserves and other protected areas have existed in some form since the 19th century and now cover some 13% of the global land area, but we don’t fully understand the impact on human populations of devoting such large areas of land to wildlife conservation. A systematic review of the evidence published today (28 October 2013 in Journal Environmental Evidence) suggests that there can be both positive and negative impacts when protected areas are established, but our understanding of how more win-win outcomes for both people and nature can be achieved is limited.

Publication date: 28 October 2013

Can plants replace oil derived compounds?

Bangor University is responding to the ever increasing price of oil and the global depletion of fossil fuel supplies by pioneering research into the extraction of useful compounds from every day plants.

Publication date: 9 September 2011

Can psychology help football academy players to maximise their potential?

Sports psychologists from Bangor University have teamed up with Manchester City Football Club to identify and understand the psychological characteristics that help young academy players to fulfil their potential.

Over the next four years, Manchester City’s academy players will be tracked as part of this unique research project. City’s coaches have already identified the psychological characteristics that they believe are key to talent development, and these will be monitored and regularly assessed. The extent to which they predict improvements in performance levels during this time will be evaluated.

Publication date: 20 October 2017

Can we stop fake news in the next 10 years?

Vian Bakir (Prof. in Political Communication and Journalism at Bangor University's School of Creative Studies & Media) is pessimistic, but urges us not to give up. Andrew McStay (Prof in Digital Life at Bangor University) is more optimistic.

Speaking recently at the CommsCymru conference on trust, Bakir gave an overview of the various solutions to fake news found in the 79 submissions to the UK Parliament’s ongoing Fake News Inquiry. (This overview of proposed solutions was written with Bangor University’s Professor of Digital Life, Andrew McStay.)

Publication date: 30 October 2017

Can we use eDNA as an ‘environmental magnifying-glass’?

An innovative idea submitted by Bangor University has been selected as one of eight projects selected within four “idea” areas to be funded by the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) new “Highlight Topic” research funding stream.

Based on their research, the scientific community were invited to subject project areas which would place environmental science at the heart of the sustainable management of the planet.

“Environmental DNA: a tool for 21st century ecology”, the new idea suggested by Bangor University in collaboration with other academics and stakeholders, was among around 150 submissions. The successful project will assess how we can use new genetic techniques to measure biodiversity.

Publication date: 2 November 2015

Capturing nature’s wealth to reduce poverty

Researchers from Bangor University will lead a £2 million project to investigate whether international schemes that pay people in low income countries to protect globally important habitats can reduce poverty.

Publication date: 4 June 2013

Carbon scientists go underground to look for answers

An unusual below-ground laboratory, set to be the only one of its kind in the UK, is to begin work at Bangor University later this year, enabling scientists to discover more about carbon held in the soil.

Publication date: 22 February 2011

CARIAD helps Ethiopian researchers to improve food security

Ethiopian researchers working with scientists at Bangor University’s Centre for Advanced Research in International Agricultural Development (CARIAD), have achieved a breakthrough in increasing the food security of poor farmers in drought prone areas of Ethiopia. They have identified two Indian wheat varieties, adapted to Ethiopian conditions, which give higher yields when rainfall is scarce.

Publication date: 8 March 2011

Caring for Foster parents so that they are better placed to care for the children

Parenting has its own stresses and its own rewards, but as the UK faces a crisis in the numbers of foster parents available, one university is finding ways to improve personal well-being and reduce the stress-levels of those currently working in that role.

Publication date: 21 March 2013

Cartoon Camping -Dementia and Imagination roll up at Green Man Festival

People attending the Green Man Festival should keep an eye out for two ‘virtual’ festival-goers- Doris and Ivor.  The mystery cartoon duo, complete with cartoon campsite, car and sausages are the creation of research artist Carol Hanson, who, along with and members of the Dementia and Imagination team are heading to the Green Man Festival this week.

Publication date: 17 August 2015

Cash remains king in Chile but its days could be numbered

This article by Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Bangor University and Juan Felipe Espinosa, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

For more than a year now, Chileans have endured a crisis of cash access. Despite global moves toward new forms of payment such as contactless and mobile transfers, the crisis in Chile highlights the continuing importance of ATMs in today’s payment ecosystem for many people worldwide – particularly those with lower incomes.

Publication date: 25 March 2015

Catalan artist Matilde Obradors visits Bangor

On 16 November 2017, Barcelonan artist Matilde Obradors (http://www.matildeobradors.com) visited the School of Modern Languages and Cultures to perform ‘Eating Raw Sardines around these Wretched Lands’. 

Publication date: 1 December 2016

Catfish study reveals importance of being ‘similar but different’

A group of armoured catfishes abundant in small rivers and streams across South America are not all they appear- in fact communities are far more diverse and complex than previously suspected.

A new multidisciplinary study, reported in Nature (6.1.11), has enabled evolutionary biologists at Bangor University to establish for the first time that many Corydoras catfish that live together in the same rivers actually mimic each other’s colour patterns.

Publication date: 6 January 2011

Cattle feed or biogas? Bangor study reveals important environmental trade-offs for biogas production on dairy farms

There is increasing interest in on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) in the UK to manage animal manures and food waste, and to generate renewable electricity and heat via combustion of biogas.

Publication date: 4 August 2014

Caught in the wire: The rise of border security fences forces reconsideration of wildlife conservation strategies in Eurasia

Between 25,000 and 30,000 kilometres of wire fences and walls surround many countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. These are killing wildlife that becomes entangled and act as a barrier to wildlife movements, cutting species off from important seasonal habitats. The long-term consequences are a lower viability of wildlife populations, and a reduction in their ability to respond to climate change. This situation forces a re-think of transboundary conservation strategies.

Publication date: 23 June 2016

Celebrated 'English' poet Edward Thomas was one of Wales' finest writers

Shortly after 7am on April 9 1917, 39-year-old writer Edward Thomas was killed by a shell during the Battle of Arras in northern France. He left a body of mostly unpublished work that has since cemented his place as one of Britain’s greatest poets.

This article by Andrew Webb, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 7 April 2017

Celebrating 50 years of research excellence

The School of Social Sciences held an All School Research Day last week as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Publication date: 21 April 2016

Celtic Media Festival Shortlist

A Bangor University lecturer is on the short list at the annual Celtic Media Festival for his latest documentary. Dr Llion Iwan directed a tribute to master poet Dic Jones following his death in 2009, and which was broadcast on S4C in 2010. Llion lectures in journalism and documentary film at the School of Creative Studies and Media.

Publication date: 14 March 2011

Censorship under Franco’s dictatorship still casts a shadow over literature in Spain

Skyfall, the twenty-third James Bond film, is to be released 26 October 2012 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first film, Dr No  in 1962. But fans of the secret agent may be surprised to learn that Spanish readers of Dr No, one of Ian Fleming’s most popular novels, are reading a version which still bears cuts imposed by censors under Franco’s Dictatorship (1939-1975).

Readers in Spain will be equally surprised to discover that this and many of the published translation of the classics of English and American literature currently available are still the edited versions approved by the Dictator’s censors - and that until very recently many other novels have remained unavailable in Spain due to the legacy of the censorship of the Franco era.

Publication date: 22 October 2012

Centre for Mental Health and Society awarded British Council Grant

The School of Social Sciences is developing an important relationship with researchers in India. 

Professor Rob Poole and Professor Catherine Robinson from the Centre for Mental Health and Society have been successful in obtaining a Knowledge Economy Partnerships (KEP) grant from the British Council’s Internationalising Higher Education (IHE) framework programme.

Publication date: 21 May 2014

Centre’s pioneering research helping to shape future strategy for ageing in Wales

A ground-breaking research centre – the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research - led by Swansea University, with Bangor and Cardiff Universities, is set to play a key role in shaping the future care of older people in Wales.

Publication date: 13 May 2019

CERQual: A new approach for supporting the use of qualitative evidence in decision making

A new paper published in PLOS Medicine describes an innovative and transparent approach for assessing how much confidence to place in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses.

The new approach, known as CERQual (‘Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research’), is designed to help decision makers use qualitative evidence for decisions and policies about healthcare and social welfare.

Publication date: 6 November 2015

Changing cattle fields to forests

Changing cattle fields to forests is a cheap way of tackling climate change and saving species threatened with extinction, new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change has found.

Researchers carried out a survey of carbon stocks, biodiversity and economic values from one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, the western Andes of Colombia.

Publication date: 29 April 2014

Changing the use of agricultural land could massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions

A Bangor University academic has contributed to a new study which provides a radical and important new perspective on how to address the UK’s climate change commitments. The research has found making farmland more productive could increase the amount of food it produces and bring about significant reductions in the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Publication date: 4 January 2016

Changing Wales: National research centre marks tenth anniversary

The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) is celebrating ten years of influencing policy and debate.

A collaboration of five Welsh universities (Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea), WISERD has carried out a decade of pioneering research, providing important insights into the social and economic challenges facing Wales.

Publication date: 22 October 2018

Chefs and home cooks are rolling the dice on food safety

Encouraging anyone to honestly answer an embarrassing question is no easy task – not least when it might affect their job.

For our new research project, we wanted to know whether chefs in a range of restaurants and eateries, from fast food venues and local cafes to famous city bistros and award-winning restaurants, were undertaking “unsafe” food practices.

This article  by Paul Cross, Senior Lecturer in the Environment, School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography Bangor University and Dan Rigby, Professor, Environmental Economics, University of Manchester was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 3 July 2017

Chemistry in-vacuo: Suck it and See

Publication date: 15 October 2015

Chemsex and PrEP reliance are fuelling a rise in syphilis among men who have sex with men

No one is entirely sure about the origins of syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. The first recorded outbreak in Europe appeared during the 1495 invasion of Naples, where it led to widespread disease and death, particularly among troops on the French side. Later, disbanded armies helped to spread syphilis, the “great pox”, across Europe, where the disease rapidly became endemic.

Transmitted from person-to-person primarily through sexual contact, the first symptom of syphilis to appear is usually a small, round and painless skin ulcer, referred to as a canker, at the site of infection. This canker will eventually heal and disappear but the bacteria remain, circulating in the blood and potentially leading to severe health consequences, including heart disease, dementia and blindness.

This article by Simon Bishop, Lecturer in Public Health and Primary Care, at the School of Health Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 30 November 2018

Child migrants taken to Britain: now they need support and psychological care

This article by Leanne K Simpson, PhD Candidate, School of Psychology | Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Hundreds of unaccompanied child asylum seekers are being taken to Britain, moved from a camp in Calais, northern France, as its closure begins. There were 387 unaccompanied minors in the French refugee camp known as “the Jungle” with links to the UK and they are arriving in England in groups of 70.

Publication date: 24 October 2016

CHildren and Young people Managing Epilepsy at home: The CHYME study

A research project aimed at improving self-management for children and young people with epilepsy was launched by Mary Burrows, Chief Executive, BCUHB recently (Friday 20th January 2012).

Publication date: 19 January 2012

Child victim or brutal warlord? ICC weighs the fate of Dominic Ongwen

The trial of Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is like none other springing from the killing fields of the Great Lakes of Africa. These include the prosecution of the first person ever to be convicted by the ICC, Thomas Lubanga. He was accused of mass human rights violations as a rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also ongoing is the trial of Bosco Ntaganda, another Congolese.

This article by Yvonne McDermott, Senior Lecturer in Law, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 January 2017

Citizen Scientists sought to investigate our saltmarshes

We are an island nation, and yet we know surprisingly little about parts of our coastline.

Publication date: 1 July 2016

Clams reveal secrets of changing marine climate

Marine scientists at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences are collecting useful information about climate change from an unlikely source – seashells.

Publication date: 26 September 2013

Climate change effect on release of CO2 from peat far greater than assumed

Drought causes peat to release far more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than has previously been realised.

Publication date: 21 November 2011

Climate change should not affect near elimination of malaria

Some good news in the face of climate change has emerged from health economists: a study into the health economics of combatting malaria in countries nearing elimination has shown that climate change will not have too great an effect and should not dissuade health organisations from continuing to scale- up their current elimination methods.

Publication date: 16 February 2015

Climate Change: The Evidence

Prof Bridget Emmett & Dr Clive Walmsley present the latest talks in the Climate Change debate series  on 15 November . The climate change lecture series ends on 29th November with a Public Question Time debate.

Publication date: 20 September 2011

Climate-changing carbon loss from mangroves preventable - say Bangor scientists

The release of dangerous amounts of greenhouse gases from mangrove swamps could be halted, claim scientists.

A team of researchers, led by Bangor University, say they have the potential to stop climate-changing amounts of gases, such as carbon dioxide, from leaving tropical mangroves if they are damaged or cut-down.

Publication date: 9 June 2016

Coastal light pollution

Have you ever given a thought to how light pollution in our coastal towns may be affecting our marine neighbours?

The School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University is leading a new four year project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, that will improve our understand of how light pollution from coastal towns and cities impacts life along our shores.

Publication date: 13 December 2018

Coastal light pollution disturbs marine animals, new study shows

Marine ecosystems can be changed by night-time artificial lighting according to new research published in the journal Biology Letters. The results indicate that light pollution from coastal communities, shipping and offshore infrastructure could be changing the composition of marine invertebrate communities.

Publication date: 29 April 2015

Codi’r To music project brings harmony to homes and social value to schools and communites

An economic evaluation of the value of Sistema Cymru - Codi’r To, a musical initiative in two schools in Gwynedd, reveals that the value of the project extends far beyond the playing of musical instruments and has brought a greater harmony to many of the households involved.

The Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis conducted by Bangor University’s Centre for Health Economics & Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) placed monetary values on all aspects of the benefits deriving from Codi’r To activities with pupils in the two schools and found that every £1 spent generates a social value return of £6.69.

Publication date: 10 July 2018

Collaboration on Materials for Flexible Display Electronics Awarded ‘Outstanding’ by the Technology Strategy Board

SmartKem Ltd, a leading developer of high performance, organic semiconductor materials for flexible displays & electronics, and Bangor University are delighted to announce that a recent Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) has been awarded a grade of ‘Outstanding’ by the Technology Strategy Board.

Publication date: 10 March 2014

Collaboration to develop and implement new Infection Prevention Link Nurse Programme

A new project has been set up in collaboration between the University's School of Healthcare Sciences and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) to develop a new programme to promote best practice in infection prevention.

Publication date: 17 January 2017

Combining daycare for children and elders benefits all generations

We live in a society where care of young and old is increasingly segregated, with very limited opportunity for the two age groups to interact. If we just thought a little more socially, however, these “book end generations” could become great resources for each other – all we need to do is put them in the same place.

This article by Catrin Hedd Jones, Lecturer in Dementia Studies, School of Healthcare Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.Catrin Hedd JonesBangor University

Publication date: 4 January 2017

Community-led marine reserve sees lobsters thrive

The first and only fully-protected marine reserve in Scotland is proving highly beneficial for marine conservation and fisheries, with lobsters more than doubling in numbers and increasing in size.

Conducting potting surveys over four years in Lamlash Bay, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, scientists from the Universities of York and Bangor monitored populations of European lobster (Homarus gammarus), brown crab (Cancer pagurus) and velvet swimming crabs (Necora puber).

Publication date: 3 October 2016

Composition and Performance at Bangor gaining a National/International reputation

Publication date: 6 January 2017

Computers that can understand our emotions?

Having a computer that can read our emotions could lead to all sorts of new applications, including computer games where the player has to control their emotions while playing. Thomas Christy, a Computer Science PhD student at Bangor University is hoping to bring this reality a little nearer by developing a system that will enable computers to read and interpret our emotions and moods in real time.

Publication date: 19 January 2011

Conference Review: 'Markers of Identity in Medieval Europe, 13th -15th centuries'

The inaugural conference of a new international research network took place at the Centre d'Etudes Superieures de Civilisation Medievale (CESCM), University of Poitiers, 17-18 November.

Publication date: 26 March 2012

Conference to examine minority language music and copyright law

A special bilingual conference is to be held at Bangor to explore recent developments in copyright law and the impact of the law on minority language music.

Hosted by Bangor University Law School, ‘Collecting and Protecting: 21st century copyright and minority language music’ will be held at Bangor University’s Neuadd Reichel on Thursday 13th February, 9.30am-4.00pm.

Publication date: 7 February 2014

Confidence can be a bad thing – here's why

Have you ever felt 100% confident in your ability to complete a task, and then failed miserably? After losing in the first round at Queen’s Club for the first time since 2012, world number one tennis player, Andy Murray, hinted that “overconfidence” might have been his downfall. Reflecting on his early exit, Murray said: “Winning a tournament is great and you feel good afterwards, but you can also sometimes think that your game is in a good place and maybe become a little bit more relaxed in that week beforehand.”

This article by Stuart Beattie, Lecturer of Psychology, Bangor University and Tim Woodman, Professor and Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise SciencesBangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 23 June 2017

Conservation scientists call for global strategy to halt threatened animal extinctions

Aiming to stop the looming extinction of large wild-animal species across the globe, a group of international conservation scientists has issued a call for actions to halt further declines.

Publication date: 28 July 2016

Conservation through religion? Scientists confirm that sacred natural sites confer biodiversity advantage

Sacred natural sites (SNS) are found all over the world. They are thought to play an important role in conservation but until recently there was little systematic investigation of this claim. Now, new research published in the journal Biological Conservation by an international and multidisciplinary team, led by the University of Ioannina and including Bangor University, has shown that there is a notable conservation benefit to SNS. The researchers of the project, known as THALIS-SAGE, chose for their study the region of Epirus, in north-western Greece, that is host to numerous sacred groves protected through religion for hundreds of years.

Publication date: 20 April 2018

Cool new uses for Wool

Ever wondered how sheep survive on those cold, wet hills? Their wool has amazing insulation properties to keep them warm, and man has taken advantage of their fleece for millennia. But to keep things cool?

Research scientists at Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre have now helped to further reveal the amazing properties of wool as a cold chain insulation material, to prove its performance in new and valuable applications.

Publication date: 18 January 2016

Cooperation between University and creative industries

People working in creative industries in north Wales are to come together with experts from Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies & Media on 19 January in a networking event; Beyond Borders, expected to be the first of a series of similar workshops.

This first event between lecturers and researchers and members of Creative North Wales is seen as an opportunity for the School to work more closely with companies and practitioners in the creative industries, and to discuss opportunities for future collaboration.

Publication date: 17 January 2018

Corrugated solar building material reveals potential

Research by Noel Bristow (PhD in electronic engineering) and Dr Jeff Kettle of Bangor University’s School of Electronic Engineering published in The Royal Society of Chemistry (Energy & Environmental Science, DOI:10.1039/C5EE02162F) suggests that applying organic photovoltaics (OPVs) onto three dimensional substrates (as opposed to flat), can provide substantial improvements to their efficiency and usefulness. 

Publication date: 26 October 2015

Could Disappearance of Arctic Ice signal another cold snap this winter?

Scientists have established a link between the cold, snowy winters in Britain and melting sea ice in the Arctic and have warned that long periods of freezing weather are likely to become more frequent in years to come.

Publication date: 26 September 2011

Could Orkney lead the way in generating low carbon electricity?

Marine renewable energy experts at Bangor University have published a new study which examines the potential of Orkney, in the north of Scotland, to generate low carbon electricity through tidal turbines.

Publication date: 17 March 2014

Could the Arctic be coming out of hibernation?

Reduced ice cover in the Arctic Ocean could be the reason why the UK has experienced colder winters recently.

 

The ice has acted to insulate temperature changes in the sea from the atmosphere. But as the ice decreases in coverage this could have a consequent effect on our climate.

 

“Some climatologists believe the absence of sea ice north of Siberia last autumn allowed the warmer open ocean to heat the atmosphere, resulting in changed wind patterns and the development of a “blocking” atmospheric high pressure system over Siberia. This then results in cold air being channelled south from the Arctic, over northern Europe,” explains Dr Tom Rippeth of Bangor University.

 

Scientists at the University have also just discovered that the Arctic Ocean, is not as tranquil as previously supposed by oceanographers and this too could have an effect on the climate.

Publication date: 16 March 2011

Could wild mangoes solve the world's chocolate crisis?

This Article by Sayma AkhterBangor UniversityMorag McDonaldBangor University, and Ray Marriott,Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Theobroma, the genus to which cacao, or “cocoa” as we know it, belongs, translates from the Latin as “food of the gods”. Ask any serious chocoholic and they would agree that this is an apt name to be used in relation to the sweet treat that many worldwide enjoy.

Publication date: 21 October 2016

Creating a ‘computer-simulated’ virtual patient to train clinicians

In the future, should you need complicated surgery, the surgeon will be able to prepare and even practice for the procedure on a virtual simulation of your own body or body part that needs attention.

The technology is currently in development to create complete whole body ’simulations’ to train surgeons and other medical professional how to undertake various medical procedures, using ‘virtual’ dummies that appear to be there, and even ‘feel’ as though they’re there, by use of 3D computer graphics  haptic or ‘force feedback’ devices.

Leading the field in Wales in developing this technology is Bangor University’s Professor Nigel John, an expert in visualisation technology at the School of Computer Science.

Publication date: 29 August 2013

Creative Writing Lecturer reaches prestigious long-list

Lisa Blower, a Creative Writing Lecturer at Bangor University's School of English Literature is one of ten authors long-listed for the prestigious 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

This international Award promotes and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story and attracts entries from among the world’s finest writers. Its £30,000 prize is the most generous prize for a single short story in the English language. 

Publication date: 11 February 2018

Credit Ratings Research at Bangor Business School

On 5th December 2011, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) attracted news headlines by placing the credit ratings of 15 eurozone nations under review (‘watch’) for downgrade. Using a 15-year dataset, researchers at Bangor Business School identified that S&P has tended to act earlier than other agencies in placing sovereign government ratings under review for downgrade.

Publication date: 8 December 2011

Cricket Talent Testing

As part of the continued work between IPEP and the ECB A number of IPEP members (Chelsey Dempsey, Leonie Webster, Caoimhe Martin) recently assisted Ben Jones (IPEP ECB-funded PhD student) with the England Development Programme' talent testing at the national cricket performance centre, Loughborough.

Publication date: 5 October 2015

Cultivating Chinese orchids could conserve wild species

Asking people who want to buy orchids about their preferences when choosing which plants to buy has revealed that many unknowingly buy wild, possibly endangered orchids, when they would be just as happy to buy commercially grown plants that meet their preferences for colour and price.

Publication date: 25 May 2018

Cultural views should influence conservation polices

Conservation policy needs to take account of diverse cultural views about the value of different species, according to the results of a new study led by Bangor University.

Publication date: 11 July 2012

Cutting-edge Bangor University Spin-Out company opened by Minister

Julie James, Minister for Skills and Science officially opened Suprex, a cutting-edge technology company and joint venture between Bangor University and Phytovation Ltd recently (Monday 10th October).

Publication date: 11 October 2016

Daffodils for St David’s Day

The national flower of Wales has found a new role this St David’s Day (Friday 1 March) – helping scientists to better understand the value of plant extracts as an alternative to antibiotics in animal feed.

Researchers from Bangor University and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have teamed up to investigate the effects of daffodil extracts as natural antimicrobials on the digestive systems of cattle and sheep.

Publication date: 1 March 2019

“Darwin’s puddle” shows how new species can emerge without geographic separation

Cichlid fish from a tiny volcanic crater have been caught in the act of sympatric speciation

Can new species really evolve if there is no physical boundary to drive genetic separation? Physical and genomic evidence from the 700-metre wide volcanic crater Lake Massoko appears to have caught the process in the act.

Publication date: 18 December 2015

Dates for your Diary

February 6: (Bangor) The 2018 Anne Marie Jones Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Graham Allen, former MP and founder of the Early Intervention Foundation

Publication date: 5 February 2018

Dating Anglesey’s birth as an island and formation of the Menai Strait

Research has revealed when Anglesey became a permanent island through the formation of the Menai Strait.

Mike Roberts, a mature student from Amlwch, conducted the research as part of his PhD at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, supported by the Cemlyn Jones Trust and the Countryside Council for Wales.

His research, just published in an academic journal, reveals that the Strait became a permanent feature between 5,800 and 4,600 years ago around the time when hunter-gatherers were replaced by the first farmers in north Wales.

Publication date: 1 March 2011

Deciphering the connection between language and meaning

A Bangor University academic discusses the connection between language and meaning in a new book published by Cambridge University Press.

In The Crucible of Language, Professor Vyv Evans brings the latest findings together to explain what we know, and what we do, when we communicate using language. He shows how linguistic meaning arises, where it comes from, and the way in which language enables us to convey the meanings that can move us to tears, bore us to death, or make us dizzy with delight. 

Publication date: 8 December 2015

Dementia: “illness” label may lower mood

North Walians have taken part in research which has just been published and indicates that people who perceive dementia symptoms as an illness feel more negative than those who see it as an inevitable part of getting older.

Publication date: 1 March 2016

Developing ‘Mental toughness’ can help footballers cope with high pressure penalty shoot outs

Penalty shoot-outs are possibly the most stressful situations that footballers have to contend with. They need to be able to focus on the task and block out noise and other distractions coming from the stands.

Publication date: 21 June 2012

Developing new long-range micro backpacks for bees

A project to develop a new means of tracking bees in the landscape is progressing well according to scientists at Bangor University. 

An ecologist and a microsystems engineer are working together to develop micro-backpacks for bees that will enable the bees to be followed by small drones as they fly from plant to plant. 

This will enable scientists to learn more about where the bees collect nectar and what might be affecting their numbers.  

Publication date: 29 August 2017

Developments in Public Procurement: E-Procurement and E-Invoicing in Ireland

On 18th October 2012, Professor Dermot Cahill, Dean of Bangor University’s Law School, and Director of the Winning in Tendering Project, was invited to speak at a major national Irish conference, ‘Developments in Public Procurement: E-Procurement and E-Invoicing in Ireland.’

Publication date: 22 November 2012

Diabetes UK funds Bangor University research into insulin-producing gene

Leading health charity Diabetes UK has funded a research project at Bangor University to investigate a gene which could identify important new avenues for diabetes treatment.

Publication date: 22 February 2011

Different motivations for high-risk activities revealed for the first time

For over 50 years the motive for high-risk activities has been thought of simply as “sensation seeking”. New research unequivocally challenges that simplistic view.

Publication date: 26 July 2013

Different types of alcohol elicit different emotional responses

Different types of alcohol elicit different emotional responses,  but spirits are most frequently associated with feelings of aggression, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Publication date: 22 November 2017

Digital platforms offer the Welsh language a new medium

New digital platforms which we use frequently these days, offer an opportunity for the Welsh language to play a wider role in everyday life.

Researchers at Bangor University are interested to find out how people use the language within digital platforms, and are therefore carrying out two surveys that are available to the public.

Publication date: 5 October 2016

Disappearing rice fields threaten more global warming

All over China, a huge change has been taking place without any of us noticing. Rice paddies have been (and are being) converted at an astonishing rate into aquaculture ponds to produce more protein for the worlds growing populations. This change risks creating an unexpected impact on global warming.

International researchers, including Prof Chris Freeman from Bangor University, have found conversion of paddy fields to aquaculture is releasing massive amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. 

Publication date: 4 March 2019

DNA analysis finds that type of grass pollen, not total count, could be important for allergy sufferers

As the winter cold is replaced by warmer temperatures, longer days and an explosion of botanical life, up to 400m people worldwide will develop allergic reactions to airborne pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. Symptoms will range from itchy eyes, congestion and sneezing, to the aggravation of asthma and an associated cost to society that runs into the billions.

This article by Simon Creer, Professor in Molecular Ecology and Georgina Brennan, Postdoctoral Research Officer, at the School on Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 16 April 2019

DNA pinpoints river animals in the here-and-now

New research proves that environmental DNA survives for less than two days in small fast-flowing rivers and so provides highly localised and current information on species composition.  This is crucial new evidence as biologists turn increasingly to new DNA sampling techniques to assess aquatic ecosystem health.

Publication date: 2 February 2018

Does a new era of bleaching beckon for Indian Ocean coral reefs?

Despite extensive media coverage, campaigns and scientists’ warnings, still the world is not fully aware of what coral bleaching is and why it is happening. Mention bleaching and some think that it is the death of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral, but the problem is much more widespread. 

This article by Ronan Roche, Research Fellow, Bangor University and John Turner, Professor & Dean of Postgraduate Research, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 10 March 2017

Don't make a mistake; don't make a mistake; DOH!

Athletes at the Olympic Games will strive to perform to their potential under intense pressure this summer. Each one will be trying to win a gold medal and concentrating on not making any mistakes. However, researchers at Bangor University’s Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) have revealed that some performers are likely to make a mistake that they least want to.

Publication date: 2 May 2012

Double fish production while preserving biodiversity – can it be done?

Bangor University is involved in new consortium to establish National Aquaculture and Development Centre (NADC) in Tanzania to help tackle poverty and undernutrition. 

Tanzania, perhaps best known for safaris over its vast open plains, has ambitious plans for diminutive freshwater wildlife with enormous, untapped potential.  

Tilapia, second only to carp as the world’s most frequently farmed fish, live in huge numbers in the Great Lakes (Victoria, Tanganyika, Malawi/Nyasa) that cover six percent of the country. The lakes are considered a global biodiversity hotspot – one of only 25 worldwide - due to the hundreds of species of cichlid fish, including some of the 30-odd known subspecies of tilapia that are found in Tanzania.  

However, Tanzanians eat on average only 8kg of fish per year, less than half the international average of 17kg. Around a third of children under five are deficient in iron and vitamin A, contributing to stunting, while about a third of women between 15-49 years old are deficient in iron, vitamin A and iodine. 

Publication date: 11 January 2017

Do you know what’s in your fish fingers? It’s in the genes…

DNA detection tools are revolutionising the way that global fish stocks are being protected and identified.  It is now possible to identify a fish species at any point from the net to a breaded product in the freezer, and these tools are powerful enough to reveal where the fish was caught, or what group of fish it belonged to.

Publication date: 18 July 2016

Dr Coetzer shortlisted for BPS Book of the Year 2016

Dr Coetzer, who holds a joint appointment with Bangor University and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has had his book ”Working with Brain Injury” shortlisted for the prestigious British Psychological Society Book Awards 2016. Dr Coetzer’s lectures on the MSc Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology and that fact that his book is nominated in the ‘Practitioner’ category is a excellent illustration of the exposure to modern neuropsychology practice that Clinical Neuropsychology MSc students get at Bangor.

Publication date: 16 August 2016

Dr Eirini Sanoudaki to give a guest lecture at University of Essex

Dr Eirini Sanoudaki has been invited to give a lecture at the University of Essex, as part of the Department of Language and Linguistics seminar series, on 5th March.

Publication date: 23 February 2015

Dr Eirini Sanoudaki to give guest lecture at UCL

Dr Eirini Sanoudaki has been invited to give a lecture at UCL, as part of the Developmental Science Seminar Series. on 23rd March. 

Publication date: 11 March 2015

Dr Hayley Roberts appointed as Royal Commissioner

Bangor Law School is delighted to announce that Dr Hayley Roberts has been appointed as a Royal Commissioner for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Commissioners are appointed by HM The Queen, on the advice of the Welsh Government and the Secretary of State for Wales, under a Royal Warrant. 

Publication date: 4 April 2019

Drinking sugar-sweetened soft drinks leads to fat gain

New research from Bangor University has shown that regularly drinking sugar sweetened soft drinks can increase fat gain, inhibit fat metabolism, and increases blood glucose in your body.  So if you’re thirsty and think of reaching for a sugary soft drink- don’t - it can compromise your long-term health. Reach for water instead.

Publication date: 20 July 2012

Dr Jochen Eisentraut awarded a British Academy International Partnership and Mobility grant

Dr Jochen Eisentraut, a part-time lecturer in Music, has been awarded a British Academy International Partnership and Mobility grant.

Publication date: 23 August 2013

Dr Koen Bartels leads knowledge exchange visit to Amsterdam

Dr Koen Bartels, Lecturer in Management Studies, recently led a knowledge exchange visit by members of Tree House Liverpool CIC to City District Amsterdam-West in the Netherlands.

Publication date: 18 October 2016

Dr Koen Bartels presents research at top UK and international universities

Dr Koen Bartels, Lecturer in Management Studies, has been invited to give talks about his research at the internationally renowned Tilburg University and University of Sheffield.

Publication date: 9 May 2016

Dr Lucy Huskinson, co-Chair of international conference, at Yale University, co-sponsored by Yale Divinity School

Dr Lucy Huskinson is co-Chair (with Dr Joe Cambray, former President of the IAAP) of the Program Committee for the international conference, Psyche, Spirit, and Science: negotiating contemporary social and cultural concerns, July 9-12, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Publication date: 27 January 2015

Dr Marcel Stoetzler made an Honorary Research Fellow by the Pears Institute

Dr Marcel Stoetzler, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Bangor, has become an Honorary Research Fellow with the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck College, University of London.

Publication date: 14 February 2017

Dr. Marco Tamburelli awarded Santander Early Career Scholarship

Marco Tamburelli has been awarded the Santander Early Career Scholarship.

Publication date: 28 March 2012

Dr. Marco Tamburelli to speak to teachers in Milan about bilingual education

In March, Dr. Marco Tamburelli will be talking to teachers and educators in Milan about bilingual education at the “Our Multilingual Schools: Opportunities and Challenges” conference.

Publication date: 23 February 2015

Dr Martina Feilzer chairs major Probation symposium

Dr Martina Feilzer, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, recently chaired and co-organised a symposium on ‘Probation and Offender Management: the prospects and pitfalls of marketisation’.

Publication date: 26 February 2014

Dr Martina Feilzer delivers keynote speech at Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice conference

Dr Martina Feilzer, Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice, recently delivered a keynote speech at a major Welsh conference.

Publication date: 27 May 2015

Dr McDermott Rees named runner-up of the Rene Cassin Thesis Prize

Every year, the International Institute of Human Rights awards the Rene Cassin Thesis Prize to the author of the best doctoral thesis in the field of human rights law completed anywhere in the world in the previous year. This year, they jury have decided to award the 'special mention' - i.e. 2nd prize - to Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees for her thesis entitled ‘The Right to a Fair Trial in International Criminal Law’.

Publication date: 29 May 2014

Dr Paddy Murphy is researching cures for malaria using Welsh Daffodils

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Publication date: 5 September 2016

Dr Ru Xie awarded funding toward joint project with Goethe University

Dr Ru Xie has been awarded a scholarship worth £1,000 to pursue a joint research project with Goethe University in Germany.

Publication date: 10 June 2014

Dr Stefan Machura elected to International Sociological Association research board

Stefan Machura, Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, has been recently elected to the board of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Sociology of Law.

Publication date: 20 August 2014

Dr. Thora Tenbrink makes headlines on Cambridge Extra with new article in Language and Cognition

Dr. Thora Tenbrink has written a new article on Cognitive Discourse Analysis which has made the headlines on Cambridge Extra this week. For more information, see here.

Publication date: 24 March 2015

Dr Tony Dobbins goes on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thinking Allowed’

Dr Tony Dobbins, Reader in Employment Studies at Bangor Business School, participated in BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thinking Allowed’ in Broadcasting House on Wednesday, December 10th. Tony was invited on to discuss his labour market paper recently published in the journal, Work Employment and Society.

Publication date: 11 December 2014

Drug Delivery workshop at the School of Chemistry

The workshop will be held on the 6th and 7th of August 2015 at The Orton Lecture Theatre, School of Chemistry, Bangor University.

Publication date: 11 March 2015

Early Christian Irish and Scots ‘first-footers’ in Iceland

The first Icelandic inhabitants were not Vikings or Scandinavians, but early Irish or Scottish people, newly published archaeological work reveals. The Icelandic people have long had an interest in the early settlers who founded their nation, one of youngest islands to be inhabited worldwide, and have held that their forbearers, the island’s first inhabitants, were Vikings.

An article "Viking beaters: Scots and Irish may have settled Iceland a century before Norsemen" has been published on The Conversation (23/05/15). It was written by Kristjan Ahronson. 

Publication date: 25 May 2015

Early research findings show Wales' Child & Adolescent Health falling short of standards

Wales’ Child and Adolescent Mental health services fall short of standards according to early research findings (17 November).

The findings were reported at the launch of Observatory@Bangor, the North Wales branch of the Wales Observatory on the Human Rights of Children and Young People, based at Bangor University Law School.

Publication date: 17 November 2015

ECB enlists Bangor University scientists to help with cricket talent testing

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has turned to sports scientists at Bangor University to assist them in creating a talent forecasting model to help identify future generations of world-class cricketers.

The aim of the research project between the ECB and the University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences is to validate a model for predicting cricket talent. This will be used to help selectors and coaches assess and identify promising young players and increase their conversion rate into successful international cricketers.

Publication date: 9 March 2011

Economy Secretary visits BioComposites Centre

The Welsh Government’s Economy and Transport Secretary, Ken Skates visited Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre recently to see examples of the centre’s collaborative research.

Publication date: 1 August 2018

Edible crabs won't cope with the effects of climate change on seawater – new study

We are only just beginning to learn how aquatic organisms will respond to climate change, and the effect that this will have on their communities and ecosystems. One way to find out more is to look at whether species will be able to compensate for changes in their environment. Particularly if they can survive any immediate fluctuations in temperature, and reductions in ocean pH brought about by increasing levels of atmospheric CO₂.

This article by Nia Whiteley, Reader in Zoology (Aquatic), at the School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 23 October 2018

Editions by Bangor scholar performed in the Czech Republic

Rare gems by Jacobus de Kerle (1531/2-1591) could be heard in concerts in Brno (St Leopold’s, 4 April) and Rajhrad Monastery (6 April), devoted to works by composers from the Imperial Chapel. Under the expert direction of Vladimír Maňas (Masaryk University Brno), Ensemble Versus (with guests Martina Komínková (flute), Richard Šeda (cornetto and flutes) and Tomáš Lajtkep (tenor and bass trombone) performed Kerle’s motets Media vita and Adoramus te Christe, both edited by Christian Leitmeir, the leading authority on the Flemish composer.

Publication date: 24 June 2014

Effective communication and engagement with businesses critical to making Wales’ new tax system a success, suggests new report

Improving and developing business understanding of the new landscape of Welsh taxation is vital to its success as tax devolution continues to evolve according to a new report released today by FSB Wales (Federation of Small Businesses).

The report authored by Bangor University Business School academics Dr. Helen Rogers and Sara Closs-Davies and supported by Bangor University’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account looks at the landscape of new Welsh taxation and focuses on the experience to-date of Land Transaction Tax.

Publication date: 20 March 2019

Eisteddfod success for Linguistics staff members

Three of our staff members won first prizes in choirs in the National Eisteddfod competition of Wales in August.

Publication date: 19 October 2015

Elite Sport; have you got what it takes?

Research in School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences has partnered closely with England and Wales Elite Cricket squad. 

Publication date: 5 November 2018

Eminent engineer launches Pontio Innovation

One of the UK's most eminent engineers, Professor Sir John O'Reilly was at Bangor University recently (28 January) to launch Arloesi Pontio Innovation.

Sir John O’Reilly was most recently Director General of Knowledge and Innovation for the UK Government. He is a former Head of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Bangor University. He then became Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University.

Publication date: 11 January 2016

Emotions: how humans regulate them and why some people can't

Take the following scenario. You are nearing the end of a busy day at work, when a comment from your boss diminishes what’s left of your dwindling patience. You turn, red-faced, towards the source of your indignation. It is then that you stop, reflect, and choose not to voice your displeasure. After all, the shift is nearly over.

This may not be the most exciting plot, but it shows how we as humans can regulate our emotions.

This article by Leanne Rowlands, PhD Researcher in Neuropsychology, at the School of Psychology is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 19 October 2018

Employability: not just about getting a graduate job...

The College of Health and Behavioural Sciences Careers & Employability fair was held recently at Reichel Hall to give students advice on securing long-term employment, applying for jobs, and realising their career potential.

Publication date: 25 November 2016

Engineering at Bangor wins £500k for CLARET project

A unique new facility has opened at Bangor University.  The Centre, the first of its kind in Wales, will enable businesses to test a huge range of plastic electronics, space-related equipment and solar cells.

Publication date: 22 January 2014

Enhanced research reporting method to improve patient care

Patients could benefit from improved care and outcomes thanks to new research reporting guidance developed from a study that Bangor University researchers contributed to.

Experts have developed an approach that enables better reporting of findings from the combination of qualitative studies such as information garnered from patient interviews and focus groups.

The study has led to the creation of the first-ever tailored reporting guidance for the methodology, known as meta-ethnography. It will give researchers and healthcare bosses greater confidence in the findings of qualitative studies and, ultimately, aid the improvement of patient care and services.

Publication date: 17 January 2019

Enhancing food security in Ethiopia: The role of agroforestry

A short film produced by Bangor University and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has just been released and is available on YouTube.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Enigmatic Eliseg reveals its secrets

An Open Afternoon between 2-5 on Saturday 8 September will give the public an opportunity to find more about the third season of excavations at the Pillar of Eliseg, a ninth-century AD stone monument which stands on a prehistoric mound near Valle Crucis Abbey Llangollen, in north-east Wales. Archaeologists from Bangor and Chester Universities are returning to carry out a third season of excavations at the site between 26 August -16 September 2012.

Publication date: 22 August 2012

EPSRC Grant Win

Professor Martin Taylor’s group in Electronic Engineering have recently won an EPSRC grant to investigate the fabrication of a new type of Charged Coupled Device, CCD.

Publication date: 5 November 2012

Erasmus + Application on the theme of Radicalisation and Deradicalisation Strategies

A planning meeting for an Erasmus + funding application on the theme of ‘Radicalisation of Young People in Europe: Strategies of Deradicalisation’, was attended by Dr Hefin Gwilym, on behalf of the School of Social Sciences, at the Georg-Simon-Ohm University, Nuremberg, on 15th November. Preventing the radicalization of young people and enhancing their active citizenship are important European wide topics at the moment.

Publication date: 12 December 2016

Ernst & Young consultants conduct ‘Autonomous Everything’ workshop with BBS students

Bangor University alumnus Peter Bellamy, who now works for leading worldwide consultants Ernst & Young in New York, recently returned to Bangor Business School to deliver a workshop to business students on ‘Autonomous Everything’.

Publication date: 14 November 2017

Erosion of traditional ‘taboos’ threatens Madagascar’s lemurs

Madagascar is world famous for its unique animals, many of which are protected by law, but recent research has demonstrated that illegal hunting of these protected species may be widespread and pose an urgent threat the country’s globally important biodiversity.

Research by a team from Bangor University and the Malagasy organization Madagasikara Voakajy, reported in the online scientific and medical research journal, PLOS ONE  suggests that hunting of protected species in eastern Madagascar is increasing due to rapid social change, as appetites for meat increase and traditional taboos protecting the species, especially lemurs, become less powerful.

Publication date: 15 December 2011

ESRC DTP Collaborative PhD

Bangor University, School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences, supported by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC Wales DTP) and in collaboration with UK Sport, invites applications for a fully funded PhD studentship to commence in October 2017

Publication date: 29 November 2016

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account grants awarded to College academics

The Director of Research is delighted to announce the success of several colleagues across the College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences who have secured ESRC Impact Acceleration Account grants.

Publication date: 18 October 2016

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account grant to fund collaborative project with North Wales Police

 

Innovation and learning within North Wales Police will be the focus of a new collaborative project led by Bangor Business School, thanks to the award of a major research impact grant.

Publication date: 7 March 2016

ESRC Small Grant Awarded

Dr Simon Cottee has been awarded an ESRC small grant to undertake a research project on the experiences and challenges of ex-Muslims living in Britain.

Publication date: 19 April 2011

Ethiopian ‘Church Forests’ are a crucial resource deserving of world heritage status

Nearly all of the natural forest cover has been lost in the highlands of Ethiopia, except for small areas of sacred forest surrounding the many individual churches of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church.

The first study to assess the conservation value of these forests has shown that the Ethiopian ‘church forests’, as they are known, play a crucial role in the protection of many species in this global biodiversity hotspot. Although these forests are managed individually, together they form an important network of habitats spread right over the vast area of the central and northern highlands of Ethiopia.

Publication date: 7 March 2016

EU-backed project helps maximise the potential of Welsh businesses in the green economy

Economy Minister, Edwina Hart, today (15 May) launched the next phase of a project aimed at helping businesses in West Wales and the Valleys become more sustainable and support the low carbon economy.

The WISE Network is a collaborative project between Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea universities that enables businesses across the region to take full advantage of the growth in the green economy.

Publication date: 15 May 2013

European tourists to Wales to have new window on the past

European tourists visiting Wales will be able to read historical accounts of visits to Wales through the ages via a new portal to be completed next year.

Publication date: 12 June 2017

EuroVisions How others have viewed Wales

Have you ever wondered how others see us? A new public exhibition, drawing on research at Bangor University’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures, looks at how European visitors – including explorers, tourists and refugees – have viewed Wales since the mid-eighteenth century. The exhibition at Bangor’s new Storiel is called EuroVisions: Wales through the Eyes of European Visitors, 1750-2015 and runs from April to 2 July.

Publication date: 29 April 2016

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

Exercise can fast-track your workplace well-being - here's how

Exercise has been found to reduce stress, increase positive mooddecrease anxiety and alleviate depression. But you may not know that the emotional well-being associated with exercise is also linked to key attributes that can help us while we work.

This article by Rhi Willmot, PhD Researcher in Behavioural and Positive Psychology at the School of Psychology is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 17 January 2019

Exercise training alone does not lead to weight loss in females in the medium term

New research from Bangor University has shown that exercise training alone does not lead to weight loss in women.

Publication date: 15 November 2017

Experience Medieval worship at St Teilo’s Church

Step into the Medieval Church of St Teilo’s next week (Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th  11.30 & 4.00) and you will experience, as closely as possible, the sights and sounds that accompanied our Medieval ancestors at prayer. The rare and unusual services take place at the reconstructed medieval decorated church of St Teilo at St Fagans: National History Museum of Wales.

Publication date: 9 September 2011

Experts of the future brought to Wales

The establishment of a Doctoral Training Centre will allow 33 new postgraduate studentships to be offered every year in Wales for the next five years.

 

The postgraduates will be trained in a range of important disciplines, including social policy, psychology, economics, environmental planning and linguistics.

Publication date: 4 February 2011

Exploring the economics of sight-saving technology

Over two million people in the UK are living with sight loss. This will double to nearly four million people by 2050 as the population ages and underlying causes like obesity and diabetes increase. This places huge pressure on NHS eye care services. 

The 2016 Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) report highlighted that sight loss is estimated to cost over £28 billion to the UK economy.

Research into new sight-saving technology could improve the lives of people at risk of sight loss and provide saving to the NHS and wider economy.

Two researchers from Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation CHEME,  are co-investigators on the optical coherence tomography (OCT) study, which has been awarded £1.3 million of funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme. 

Publication date: 23 November 2017

Explosives detection research being conducted at Bangor University

Scientists at the School of Chemistry in Bangor University are working on novel sensor technology which will, it is hoped, soon be trialled in airports.  The group at the School of Chemistry in Bangor is working as part of a European consortium called Nanosecure.  The group consists of 26 partners both academic and industrial all working towards an integrated system which will detect airborne explosives, narcotics, chemical and biological agents.  The system will also be able to decontaminate the air from chemical and bio agents should some be detected.  It will do this by integrating with a building’s air-conditioning units.  One of the partners in this consortium is Schiphol Airport where it is hoped the units will be trialled.

Publication date: 8 November 2010

Extension of deadline for ASCC PhD Studentships

We are pleased to announce that the deadline for the All-Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration Academy (ASCCA) PhD Studentships has now been extended. Those wishing to apply must submit their completed application by the new deadline which will now be Monday, 30th September 2013.

Publication date: 19 September 2013

Extinct Elephant Seal population reveals an evolutionary ‘time-machine’

Genetic diversity within isolated populations can occur quite rapidly in evolutionary terms, according to findings of a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B (available online 29.1.14 http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.3078).

Publication date: 29 January 2014

Extremes Research Group attend prestigious international conference

Dr. Jamie Macdonald and his PhD student, Dr. Naushad Junglee, have had four abstracts accepted for presentation at the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2012, the world’s premier nephrology meeting.

Publication date: 12 September 2012

Extremes Research group to investigate altitude illness in Himalayan expedition

This week, academics from Bangor University will lead an expedition to the Himalayas as part of a research project to investigate altitude related illness. Researchers Dr Samuel Oliver and Dr Jamie Macdonald, PhD student Gabriella Rossetti and undergraduate Sport Science student James Pollard  - all from Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences - will be part of the 55-strong team comprising of medical doctors, scientists and mountain rescuers, who will embark on the expedition on the 20th March, returning on the 25th April.

Publication date: 19 March 2015

Extremes Research Group to the Himalaya in 2013?

Drs. Jamie Macdonald and Sam Oliver are in discussion with leaders of the next Medic Journey Expedition to Mera Peak, Himalaya, 2013.

Publication date: 12 September 2012

Extreme weather in Europe linked to less sea ice and warming in the Barents Sea

This article by Yueng-Djern Lenn, Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography, Benjamin Barton, PhD Researcher, School of Ocean Sciences and Camille Lique, Research scientist in physical oceanography, Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer) was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 30 August 2018

Facial cosmetics have little effect on attractiveness judgments compared with identity

The idea that cosmetics make you more attractive is all around us. The internet features thousands of tutorials on how to apply makeup, fashion magazines comment on different makeup styles of celebrities, and many women feel they wouldn’t leave the house without it. This simple, day-to-day behaviour has also been the subject of scientific inquiry, with many studies finding that not only are women rated as more attractive with makeup, but also as healthier, more competent, and more likeable.

Publication date: 28 January 2015

Fact Check: Do six million people earn less than the living wage?

I’m angry and fed up with the way in which six million people earn less than the living wage.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, interviewed on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on April 23.

To assess this claim by Jeremy Corbyn, distinguishing various low-wage floors is important. In 2017, the Living Wage Foundation’s higher voluntary Real Living Wage (RLW) is £9.75 an hour in London, £8.45 elsewhere, based on a calculation of living costs.

The government’s compulsory wage floor is lower and covers all employees. For employees aged 25 and over, it’s called the National Living Wage (NLW) and is £7.50 per hour. For younger employees, it’s called the National Minimum Wage, and ranges from £3.50 to £7.05.

Publication date: 27 April 2017

'Facts are not truth': Hilary Mantel goes on the record about historical fiction

In a recent talk at the Hay literary festival, Cambridge historian and biographer John Guy said he had seen an increasing number of prospective students citing Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning historical novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, as supporting evidence for their knowledge of Tudor history.

This article by Michael Durrant, Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, School of English Literature,was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 13 June 2017

Family habit of inheriting volunteer roles could help small charities

Though many of us live increasingly busy lives, the number of those actively involved in volunteerism in the UK is growing. In fact, every year more than 21m people volunteer at least once. But for many people, volunteering is not just a one off, or infrequent thing. In fact, it can be a legacy, a form of tradition which is often passed down through family generations.

This article by Stephanie Jones, PhD student at the School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, is republished from The Conversationunder a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 30 October 2018

Fantastic Job Opportunity

Applications are invited for the above fixed term, full time post working in the School of Chemistry.

Publication date: 29 January 2018

Ffordd Pawb/ Coherent Connections- an innovative project comes to Bangor

Psychology students at Bangor University are getting involved in an innovative international project which could provide creative new solutions for complex modern problems faced in Bangor, as well as by other communities.

Publication date: 11 October 2016

Final Year Biomedical Science Student Makes Break-Through Cancer Discovery

A long standing enigma in cancer biology is how the cell growth regulator Cdc2 can be active and inactive at the same time. Human cells stop dividing in the presence of genetic damage by inactivating Cdc2, but they also need active Cdc2 to remove the genomic defects.

Publication date: 2 July 2015

Finding new ways to identify and treat the most challenging brain cancers

A large European research collaboration is bringing new technology to bear to combat two of the most aggressive brain cancers.

The research project combines the expertise of leading biologists and electronic engineers to develop innovative microtechnology devices that will ultimately be able to identify and treat Glioblastoma multiforme and Medulloblastoma cancer stem cells.

Publication date: 19 February 2018

First cohort of Sport and Exercise Psychology graduates - 13 July 2015

Publication date: 20 July 2015

First count your species- Scientists urge better information before further conservation decisions are made in Australia

Arguments have raged about whether or not dingoes should be culled and how far they are useful in safeguarding threatened smaller fauna, as they prey on the larger cats and foxes.   While the Australian wildlife services are spending thousands on other means of controlling non-native species, without achieving great results, there is evidence that maintaining dingo numbers benefits the smaller mammals.

A paper in the Journal of Applied Ecology (doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12250 published Friday 10 April) urges all the participants in what has been, at times, a heated debate, to lay down their differences and get back into the field to collate the robust data necessary to provide certainty for management action.

Publication date: 9 April 2014

First ever Bangor University prestigious 125th anniversary research scholarship completed

Marco Giudici, 29, from Milan, recently completed his 125th anniversary research scholarship in History. Marco, who now lives in Hitchin, Hertforshire, is the first to complete one of the 125th anniversary research scholarships from Bangor University.

Introduced to mark the 125th Anniversary of Bangor University, the Anniversary Research Scholarships are part of the University’s programme of postgraduate expansion. They aim to attract outstanding students who wish to study in this dynamic and research focused university.

Publication date: 26 February 2013

First Global Study: Seagrass beds can store twice as much carbon as forests

Globally threatened seabed areas are hotspots for carbon storage according to a paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience this week (20.5.11 doi:10.1038/ngeo1477 ). The study “Seagrass Ecosystems as a Globally Significant Carbon Stock” is the first global analysis of carbon stored in seagrass meadows.

Publication date: 22 May 2012

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

First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music

Bangor University’s School of Music is proud to host the First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music (4 – 7 September 2017).  We will be welcoming prominent speakers and musicians from a range of backgrounds, including academics, practitioners, funders, broadcasters, journalists and other professionals.

Publication date: 23 August 2017

First investigation of eye-tracking in Electronic Gaming Machine play

New research, funded by GambleAware used eye-tracking to investigate how machine players pay attention to Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM) displays in local bookmaker offices.

The research, conducted by Professor Robert Rogers and colleagues at Bangor University's School of Psychology is the first study to use eye-tracking to improve our understanding of how machine players pay attention to roulette and slot games in commercial settings. The study describes the distribution of visual attention towards the game features of roulette and slots, and offers methodology for studying and optimizing the timing, placement and content of harm-minimisation messaging. The data show that problem gamblers look less often at the roulette wheel while placing bets and while it spun, compared to non-problem gamblers, and tended to look away from the machine more frequently. By contrast, in slot games, problem gamblers looked more frequently at amount-won messages.

Publication date: 26 April 2017

First textbook on ocean renewable energy published

A potential source of renewable energy surrounds us – the ocean – a vast natural resource that could potentially meet all of the world’s growing demand for electricity several times over.

With recent investments, R&D, and academic research into ocean renewable energy, it was considered timely to produce a textbook on the fundamentals of ocean renewable energy. This book, published by Bangor University ocean energy expert Dr Simon Neill, in collaboration with Dr Reza Hashemi at the University of Rhode Island, is the first published in this new topic.

Publication date: 28 June 2018

Five brain-boosting reasons to take up martial arts – at any age

This article by Ashleigh Johnstone, PhD researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise? Researchers have already shown that jogging can increase life expectancy, for example, while yoga makes us happy. However, there is one activity that goes beyond enhancing physical and mental health – martial arts can boost your brain’s cognition too.

Publication date: 8 May 2018

Five-country survey of carers highlights continuing delays in dementia diagnosis across countries

Today, at the 27th Alzheimer Europe Conference in Berlin, Prof. Bob Woods (Bangor University, Wales, United Kingdom) presented the top line results of a five-country survey on the experience of 1,409 carers of a diagnosis of dementia.

Publication date: 3 October 2017

Flagship civil society research centre enjoys official inauguration

The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) will celebrate the launch of its flagship WISERD Civil Society Research Centre on Thursday 5th February, 2015. WISERD has received funding in excess of £10 million to found a national research centre which will undertake a five year innovative and far-reaching research programme of policy relevant research addressing Civil Society in Wales, the UK and Internationally. This funding includes £7 million from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and a further £3m from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea Universities. WISERD Civil Society is a collaborative venture, involving researchers from across twelve UK Universities and a range of international partners.

Publication date: 4 February 2015

Flexible and omnipresent Baboons could be at risk

Despite being so commonplace in some regions of Sub-Saharan Africa that baboons can be considered pests to some communities, new research shows that half the six species of baboons present in the region could be at risk by mid-century.

A recent paper in the Journal of Biogeography reveals that baboons, most of which are in the ‘of Least Concern’ category on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, could struggle for survival under future climate conditions.

Publication date: 16 May 2019

Flushed with success: How the National Trust plans to stop energy going down the drain.

Over the past 18 months the National Trust has spent almost half million pounds at Penrhyn Castle on projects to create sustainable energy and hot water - yet much of this energy goes to waste - simply flushed down the drain.

To combat this the team at Penrhyn Castle, in collaboration with Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin, are embarking on an exciting new heat recovery project to make use of the huge amount of hot water that usually goes, quite literally, to waste.

Publication date: 17 April 2018

Food banks are becoming institutionalised in the UK

I was one of 58 academics, activists and food writers who published a stark open letter warning against food banks becoming institutionalised in the UK. We believe the country is now reaching a point where “left behind people” and retailers’ “leftover food” share a symbiotic relationship. Food banks are becoming embedded within welfare provision, fuelled by corporate involvement and ultimately creating an industry of poverty.

This article by Dave BeckPostdoctoral Teaching FellowBangor University  is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 2 April 2019

Food Dudes has spun out

Over the past ten years the Food Dudes programme at the School of Psychology has gone from strength to strength – winning grants, accolades, and awards around the world. In the process, it has improved the eating habits and health of hundreds of thousands of kids.  And recently, leading the school’s drive toward commercialisation, the programme has become its own spin-out company -  Food Dudes Health Ltd (FDH).

Publication date: 1 June 2012

Footballers’ voices: gambling and addiction in football

Media reports have highlighted gambling problems amongst a minority of professional footballers. New research, published in Addiction Research Theory, has revealed how some players could develop difficulties with their gambling, and what can be done to help them seek treatment.

Footballers with a range of professional experiences, who have experienced gambling problems, were interviewed as part of research by Bangor, London and Oxford universities. The researchers had direct access to the players to learn about their experiences of gambling and how and why their gambling became a problem.

Publication date: 19 August 2016

Forest conservation approaches must recognise the rights of local people

Until the 1980s, biodiversity conservation in the tropics focused on the “fines and fences” approach: creating protected areas from which local people were forcibly excluded. More recently, conservationists have embraced the notion of “win-win”: a dream world where people and nature thrive side by side.

This article by Sarobidy Rakotonarivo, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Stirling and Neal Hockley, Research Lecturer in Economics & Policy, Bangor University  was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 9 August 2017

forestry@bangor Triumph in National Forestry Student Competition

Bangor Forestry Students Association (BFSA) were awarded £4,000-worth of the latest forestry technology at the recent National Forestry Student Conference, held at Moulton College in October 2017. 

Publication date: 10 November 2017

Forget Jon Snow, watch the young women to find out how Game of Thrones ends

For Game of Thrones fans, the current series has been a bit of a mystery. As the television writers have picked up the storyline where author George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels ended, there is, for the first time, no original text to refer back to.

 

This article by Raluca Radulescu, Professor of Medieval Literature and English Literature, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 25 August 2017

Forging new research talent

The search is on for the next generation of talented researchers building their careers in Wales.

Welsh Crucible, the development scheme for the nation’s research leaders of the future, is recruiting for this summer’s capacity-building programme.

Publication date: 8 February 2012

“For services to tackling poverty abroad and to education in Derby”

Dr Daljit Singh Virk, a Senior Research Fellow at Bangor University is to receive the OBE.

The award recognises the impact of Dr Virk’s scientific contributions as geneticist and plant breeder as well as his leading role in establishing the Sikh faith Akaal Primary School, in Derby in 2015. The free school was established under the Academies Act.

Dr Virk has been at the heart of one of Bangor University’s most impactful research projects, which has contributed to improved food security and livelihoods for millions of households in some of the most impoverished countries.

Publication date: 8 January 2019

ForTANK launches its first quarterly outlook

ForTANK (www.fortank.com), a think tank aiming to advance efficient and informed governance through effective forecasting and foresight that was recently launched and involving many Bangor academics, has just published its first quarterly outlook.

Publication date: 2 June 2016

Four North Wales schools complete the Modern Foreign Language Student Mentoring Scheme

Bangor University School of Modern Languages and Cultures held on 26th May an award and recognition ceremony for the four local schools in North Wales that benefited from a new Welsh Government initiative to encourage modern language learning.

Publication date: 28 June 2016

Free school meal funds help pay for school trips too – but self-imposed stigma stops parents claiming

Each and every one of us define success in our way. But in schools, it is mostly limited to a grading system, with pupils who achieve better marks considered to be more of a “success”. The barriers to this success are not just natural intelligence, or lack of hard work, however, they come from a variety of different places.

For our recently published study, we looked at how poverty and educational attainment are linked in rural Wales. We spoke to children, teachers and other key stakeholders to explore the problems that they experience and perceive. We also looked at national, regional and local plans and policies for combating poverty and increasing educational attainment in pupils.

This article by Gwilym Siôn ap Gruffudd, Lecturer/ Researcher in Education, School of Education and Human Development, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 6 September 2018

Free seminar: Co-production and Social Care – translating the Wellbeing Agenda into Practice

Free seminar event organised by the All Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC) and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)

Publication date: 30 April 2014

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

From Geoffrey Chaucer to Jeff Sessions, misspeaking is when you lie about lying

When US attorney-general Jeff Sessions told his confirmation hearing he had not had any communication with any Russians during the presidential election campaign, only for it to turn out that he had twice met with the Russian ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, he was apparently “misspeaking”. So that’s ok then. 

But maybe not – while “misspeak” undoubtedly has the innocent connotation of “speaking incorrectly” or even “mispronouncing”, it is a sad reflection on contemporary life that whenever a politician uses a word, no matter how blameless the context might appear, people are less and less inclined to take the meaning of that word at face value.

This article by John Olsson, Lecturer in Law and Criminology, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 6 March 2017

From glass case to cyber-space:Chaucerian Masterpiece Goes Global

Bangor University and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, have collaborated on a project to bring one of the jewels of English literature, kept at the National Library, freely available to all. The Hengwrt copy of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, produced in London at the close of the fourteenth century and believed to be the earliest existing version of this work, is now fully digitised, and accessible by global users via the Library’s website.

Publication date: 15 May 2014

Fully funded +3 PhD in Bilingualism

Applications are invited for a three-year fully funded PhD studentship within the School of Education, Linguistics or Psychology at Bangor University. The studentship will commence from October 2016 and is funded through a combination of the ESRC Wales DTC and internal funding. The successful candidate will benefit from a rich inter-disciplinary environment sustained in the wake of the ESRC funded Centre for Research in Bilingualism which has now become a centre run by Bangor University. Bangor is a friendly and affordable university town, with good transport links, located in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.

Publication date: 27 May 2016

Fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship

Bangor University (School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences), Cardiff Metropolitan University (Cardiff School of Sport), and Swansea University (College of Engineering: Sport and Exercise Science), supported by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, invite applications from exceptional candidates for PhD study with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship in the area of the social science of sport and/or exercise. 

Publication date: 29 November 2016

Fully-funded KESS Research Masters: closing date 29/01/14

Applications are now open for a fully-funded KESS Research Masters based at the School of Social Sciences, Bangor.

Publication date: 9 January 2014

Fully-funded PhD Studentship: 'Local Forms of Civil Society in Societies in Transition'

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship, funded by WISERD within the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University, beginning 1st October 2015. 

Publication date: 14 April 2015

Fully-funded PhD Studentship: WISERD Civil Society

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship, funded by WISERD within the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University, beginning 1st October 2015 or soon thereafter.

Publication date: 14 July 2015

Fully-funded PhD Studentship: WISERD Civil Society

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship, funded by WISERD within the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University, beginning 1st October 2015.

Publication date: 6 January 2015

Funded internship opportunity at the Meillionydd excavation

As part of the Bangor University Undergraduate Internship Scheme 2014-15 the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology offers an internship at the excavations conducted for The Meillionydd Project from 01-29/06/2014 at the double ringwork enclosure of Meillionydd, near Rhiw, on the Llŷn peninsula in northwest Wales.

Publication date: 20 April 2015

Funded opportunities to build relationships with external partner organizations

Strategic Insight Programme (SIP)

Application Deadline:
Friday 4th May 2012

Bangor University is pleased to announce that applications for the Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) in Bangor are now open.

Publication date: 16 April 2012

Funded PhD studentship: Lean, Efficient and Sustainable Operations in the Healthcare Diagnostics Industry (closing date 12th September 2014)

Applications are invited for a three-year industrial research PhD studentship in Operations Management and Operations Research in a healthcare diagnostics manufacturing environment. The studentship is funded by The College of Business, Law, Education & Social Sciences and Siemens Healthcare & Diagnostics

Publication date: 4 September 2014

Funding boost for the National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research

Bangor, Swansea and Cardiff Universities have recently won £2,249,927 funding from Health and Care Research Wales (formerly NISCHR) to lead the National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research (NCPHWR), an all Wales Research Centre.

Publication date: 27 May 2015

Funding to develop dementia researchers

In Wales there at 45,000 people living with dementia and the cost of illness has been estimated at £1.4 billion per year. The highest part of this cost is unpaid care by family and friends. Support services can be fragmented and difficult for people to access across health and social care sectors. Poor transport links and the risk of carers feeling more isolated and unsupported are particular challenges for rural areas.

Researchers at Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences have been awarded over half a million pounds in funding to undertake fellowships in dementia research. These fellowships, funded by Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales, aim to build capacity in health and social care research by supporting individuals to become independent researchers and to undertake high-quality research projects’.

Publication date: 30 August 2017

Funding to develop dementia researchers

In Wales there at 45,000 people living with dementia and the cost of illness has been estimated at £1.4 billion per year. The highest part of this cost is unpaid care by family and friends. Support services can be fragmented and difficult for people to access across health and social care sectors. Poor transport links and the risk of carers feeling more isolated and unsupported are particular challenges for rural areas.

Researchers at Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences have been awarded over half a million pounds in funding to undertake fellowships in dementia research. These fellowships, funded by Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales, aim to build capacity in health and social care research by supporting individuals to become independent researchers and to undertake high-quality research projects’.

Publication date: 30 August 2017

G8 summit announces £4 million research project about improving life with dementia

Researchers at Bangor University have been awarded £4 million to lead the ‘Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active life: Living well with dementia’ (IDEAL) project. The study will be carried out in collaboration with Cardiff University, Brunel University, the London School of Economics, King’s College London, Sussex University, the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), the Alzheimer’s Society and Innovations in Dementia CIC.

Publication date: 11 December 2013

Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2015

to embrace a woman is to embrace a sack of manure’  Odo of Cluny

On the 7-9 January 2015, Bangor University will be hosting a conference which will  explore the relationship between medieval women and dirt from the perspective of a variety of different disciplines.

Publication date: 27 November 2014

Generation Beth reveals that Wales’ youth value their vote and feel European

S4C are calling on the young people of Wales to share their experiences as part of an interactive European project. Lecturer Dr. Cynog Prys and a doctoral student Shân Pritchard of the School of Social Science, have been invited to discuss and analyse the finding of the project that has partners in in 12 European countries.

This innovative project, called 'Generation Beth' is an evolution of a highly successful survey conducted in France in 2013 called 'Generation quoi'. This time, 12 countries, including Wales have joined France to create a truly European event. The project is led in Wales by S4C and the production company Cwmni Da.

Publication date: 6 May 2016

Getting to the heart of the matter

n a research project for the ESRC Public Services Programme, co-funded by the General Medical Council (the regulatory body for doctors), Dr Mark Exworthy and Professor Jonathan Gabe from Royal Holloway-University of London, and Ian Rees Jones from Bangor University, explored the impact of disclosure of death rates on cardiac surgeons. In 2009, they undertook an in-depth study at the micro level of a surgical unit, the meso level of the hospital in which the unit was based and the local Primary Care Trust, and the macro level of the regulatory environment. The research explored the connections between clinical professionals, managers and regulators.

Publication date: 4 March 2011

Getting Welsh GPs to act more quickly on cancer symptoms

A research project at  Bangor University will look at early cancer diagnosis - a priority area for the Welsh Government, as late presentation of cancer is thought to significantly contribute to the relatively poor survival of Welsh cancer patients compared to the rest of the UK.  The award had been made to Professor Richard Neal from the University's North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research, himself a practicing G.P and a world-leader in the field of early cancer diagnosis.

Publication date: 1 March 2016

Giving the community an opportunity to hear about the latest research on Managing Long-Term Conditions

A lecture focusing on Managing Long-Term Conditions, takes place at Venue Cymru  at 6pm on 17th January. The lecture series is free to attend, open to the public and includes refreshments, networking opportunities and a certificate of attendance. 

Publication date: 11 January 2012

Global decline of large herbivores may lead to an “empty landscape,” scientists say

The decline of the world’s large herbivores, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, is raising the specter of an “empty landscape” in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Many populations of animals such as rhinoceroses, zebras, camels, elephants and tapirs are diminishing or threatened with extinction in grasslands, savannahs, deserts and forests, scientists say.

Publication date: 2 May 2015

‘Golden thread’ should be sought to support region’s economy

One of the main thrusts of a new scoping report on the north Wales economy suggests that regional stakeholders are seeking to ensure that a 'golden thread' runs through the supply chain to enable local small firms to benefit from incoming economic opportunities.

The report also identifies that Welsh Government have the opportunity, through the potential for devolved powers on procurement rules, to ensure quality jobs and good terms and conditions for workers on inward investment projects.

Publication date: 7 July 2017

Golf: the neuroscience of the perfect putt

Sports fans across the world watched the American golfer Tiger Woods roll in a putt to win the PGA tour’s season ending Tour Championship on September 23. His victory caps a remarkable comeback from personal struggles and injuries that caused him to plummet to 1,199 in the world rankings less than a year ago, and restores him as one of the world’s best.

This article by Andrew Michael Cooke, Lecturer in Performance Psychology,  at the School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 28 September 2018

GPs refer Eighty per cent of suspected Cancers after two visits

MORE THAN eighty per cent of patients suspected of having cancer are being referred by their GP in the first two consultations, with more than half being sent to see a specialist at the first appointment, according to new research published in the British Journal of Cancer today (Friday).

Publication date: 8 February 2013

Grant success: 'Insular Books: Vernacular Miscellanies in Late Medieval Britain'

Research network secures funding for its first conference, held at and funded by the British Academy (London, 21-23 June 2012).

Publication date: 26 March 2012

Grant to fund research into Welsh bank closures

Banks have closed over 600 UK branches in the past year, but how does the Welsh figure compare to this?

That’s the question that Bangor Business School’s Dr Edward Jones will set out to answer, thanks to a research grant awarded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Publication date: 8 August 2016

Green light for marine renewables?

Farms of ‘underwater windmills’ could affect how sand moves around our coastal seas, affecting beaches, sand banks and ultimately the risk of flooding, according to Bangor University oceanographer Dr Simon Neill.

Publication date: 15 September 2011

Ground-breaking healthcare research showcased

Ground-breaking research which is set to improve healthcare in Wales and the UK was showcased at Bangor University today (Thursday 2 July).

Three projects in particular were given prominence, during a visit by Welsh Government Health Minister Mark Drakeford to the University’s College of Health & Behavioural Sciences, due to their potential to impact on services and patients.

Publication date: 2 July 2015

Growing oil palm for biofuels can’t save our climate

Growing oil palm to make ‘green’ biofuels in the tropics could be accelerating the effects of climate change, say scientists.

Publication date: 31 January 2013

Handwriting in Children with Dyslexia and DCD: A Workshop for Practitioners

The School of Psychology’s Bangor Literacy Lab, led by Dr. Markéta Caravolas, recently held a workshop funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Impact Acceleration Account

Publication date: 30 May 2017

Happy 100th birthday, Mr President: how JFK's image and legacy have endured

This article by Gregory Frame, Lecturer in Film Studies, School of Creative Industries & MediaBangor University, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

John F Kennedy was born 100 years ago on May 29, 1917. While the achievements of his presidency and the content of his character have been subjects of contestation among historians and political commentators since the 1970s, there is little question regarding the enduring power of his image. As the youngest man to win election to the presidency, entering the White House with a beautiful wife and young children in tow, he projected the promise of a new era in American politics and society.

Publication date: 26 May 2017

Hard to fish areas of the seabed may act as refuges for endangered skate

Marine scientists working in the Celtic Sea have discovered a natural refuge for the critically endangered flapper skate. Many elasmobranchs (sharks, rays and skates) are highly vulnerable to over-fishing, but a new paper in the open access journal PLOS ONE shows that small areas of the seabed that experience below-average fishing intensity can sustain greater populations of these species.

Publication date: 15 November 2012

Harnessing our Welsh sunshine

In Wales, we receive on average, 1,390 sunshine hours each year, which could potentially be converted to electricity. If we could capture and convert a small fraction of that, we would need no other source of generation to meet all our energy needs.

The technology to capture this energy is photovoltaics, which harnesses the sun’s rays and converts the energy into electricity which can then be used locally or fed into the national grid.

Publication date: 2 September 2013

Harvesting environmental data with an app

Cambodia has one of the most rapidly developing economies on earth. The country is moving from a rural to an industrial and urban economy at great speed, but its government is also eager to be sustainable and not to lose valuable reserves of natural resources, in its drive to develop.

New research by social and environmental scientists at Bangor University, (Wales, UK); New York University (USA) and a Cambodian NGO, Keosothea Nou (Society for Community Development, Cambodia), one of 13 new projects funded under the ESRC Transformative research call, will provide an overall snapshot of the country’s environmental resources, and how they are used by different individuals. This information will help the government to develop sustainable policies for the energetic country.

Publication date: 23 October 2018

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

Head of School appears on BBC’s 'Dragon’s Eye'

On 28th June at 11:35pm, Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of Bangor Law School and Director of the Winning in Tendering project, appeared on BBC One’s Dragon’s Eye, the weekly Welsh politics programme.

Publication date: 1 August 2012

Head of School leads discussion on improving Welsh Public Procurement at Institute for Welsh Affairs Conference

Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of Bangor Law School, was invited to lead a discussion at the Institute for Welsh Affairs Conference on improving Welsh Public Procurement, alongside Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, Jane Hutt AM, in Cardiff on 5th November 2012.

Publication date: 13 December 2012

Head of School Opens exciting new exhibition at Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery

Professor Helen Wilcox, Head of the School of English Literature at Bangor University, officially opened the ‘Cataloguing the Other Delights’ exhibition by Emma Hobbins at Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery last Saturday.

Publication date: 27 April 2015

Health and Medical Research Showcase

Bangor University and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) held their first open Joint Research Showcase recently. The event showcased current research interests across the two organisations and sought to create opportunity for greater research collaboration in the region. Over 110 delegates were registered for the conference and 50 research abstracts were submitted for the event which included a poster conference. 

Publication date: 7 October 2015

Health and Well-being Event

It is widely recognised that people with learning disability face inequalities in healthcare, experience poorer health than their non-disabled peers and face barriers to accessing timely and appropriate services. 

Publication date: 25 May 2016

Health Economics for Public Health Practice & Research – Short Course March 2015

This new short course builds on 20 years of our experience in teaching health economics to public health practitioners and those undertaking research in public health. More details…

Publication date: 17 December 2014

Health Services & Implementation Research Professor appointed Director of NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research Programme

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone, of Bangor University has been appointed director of the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the largest funding body for applied health research in the UK. Prof Rycroft Malone follows Professor Ray Fitzpatrick when he steps down from his role leading the HS&DR Programme at the end of October 2015.

Publication date: 26 November 2014

Healthy eating for Denbighshire special schools

Denbighshire Council has become the first Council in Wales to pilot the successful and innovative Food Dudes healthy eating programme. The programme was launched in January in two Special Schools, Ysgol Tir Morfa in Rhyl and Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn in Denbigh, where it has been really well received by the staff, parents, and children.

Publication date: 21 August 2014

Helpful app for people with dementia

Bangor University is providing expertise to support the development and effectiveness of ‘Book of You’, an ‘app’ being welcomed as having the potential to revolutionise reminiscence therapy for people with dementia.

Publication date: 21 April 2015

Help in a Blizzard

Special jackets made in Wales could help keep Welsh athletes warm when the competition hots up in Glasgow.

Publication date: 22 July 2014

Helping local company who have developed and won the market for outdoor survival products

Working with Dr Sam Oliver and PhD student Jenny Brierley of the University’s Extremes Research Group, Derek Ryden of Blizzard Protection Systems Ltd. has been able to commission tailored research that measures exactly how good the products are. The University has been researching how effective the innovative material is in directing escaping body heat back into the body, preventing or delaying the onset of hypothermia in extreme conditions.

Publication date: 9 November 2011

Hen Blant Bach wins Silver in International Film & Television Award

A programme, of which Bangor University was an integral part, has won a Silver Award in the 2018 New York Festivals International Film and Television Awards.

Hen Blant Bach, a production by Darlun production company won the Award in the Community Portraits documentary category. The series was a new factual format for S4C, and followed the social experiment which brought older people and nursery children together to share their day care. The programmes documented the transformative positive effects that can be brought about by bringing these two groups together.

Publication date: 12 April 2018

Hen harriers and red grouse: Finding common ground in a persistent conflict

A conflict between those working to conserve numbers of hen harriers and those maintaining commercial shooting of red grouse in the English uplands has existed for decades with little sign of progress. Drawing on work conducted in psychology, a new study published recently in the journal People and Nature investigated the underlying values that shooters and conservationists hold that make it so hard to find shared solutions.

Publication date: 21 December 2018

High Anxiety - beating fear is the key to extreme sports appeal

Sport Psychologists within the School are now recognised world-leaders in establishing the psychological motivations for taking part in extreme sports. 

Publication date: 13 December 2011

Higher use of general health care services throughout adult life linked with traumatic childhoods

Experiencing physical, sexual or emotional abuse as a child, or other stresses such as living in a household affected by domestic violence, substance abuse or mental illness, can lead to higher levels of health service use throughout adulthood.

research paper in the Journal of Health Service Research & Policy provides, for the first time, the statistical evidence showing that, regardless of socio-economic class or other demographics, people who have adverse childhood experiences use more health and medical services through their lifetime.

Publication date: 12 July 2017

High-Flying Geese take low profile over Himalayas

A study published this week (31 October 2012) in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences has tackled the long-standing problem  of assessing the actual altitude and migration path of Bar-headed geese crossingthe Himalayas using state of the art satellite tracking technology. Scientists from Bangor University and an international team of collaborators recorded highly accurate GPS (Global Positioning System) locations from 42 individual geese as they migrated.

Publication date: 31 October 2012

High-res data offer most detailed look yet at trawl fishing footprint around the world

About a quarter of the world's seafood caught in the ocean comes from bottom trawling, a method that involves towing a net along the seabed on continental shelves and slopes to catch shrimp, cod, rockfish, sole and other kinds of bottom-dwelling fish and shellfish. The technique impacts these seafloor ecosystems, because other marine life and habitats can be unintentionally killed or disturbed as nets pass across the seafloor.

A new analysis that uses high-resolution data for 24 ocean regions in Africa, Europe, North and South America and Australasia shows that only 14 percent of the overall seafloor shallower than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) is trawled. Most trawl fishing happens in this depth range along continental shelves and slopes in the world's oceans. The study focused on this depth range, covering an area of about 7.8 million square kilometers of ocean.

Publication date: 9 October 2018

‘High-yield’ farming costs the environment less than previously thought – and could help spare habitats

New findings suggest that more intensive agriculture might be the “least bad” option for feeding the world while saving its species – provided use of such “land-efficient” systems prevents further conversion of wilderness to farmland.

Agriculture that appears to be more eco-friendly but uses more land may actually have greater environmental costs per unit of food than “high-yield” farming that uses less land, a new study has found.

There is mounting evidence that the best way to meet rising food demand while conserving biodiversity is to wring as much food as sustainably possible from the land we do farm, so that more natural habitats can be “spared from the plough”.   

Publication date: 14 September 2018

Historic wrecks to assist Wales’ marine renewable energy future

Historic wrecks around Wales’ coastline, such as that of a German submarine sunk 10 miles off Bardsey Island at the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula on Christmas Day 1917, are to play a part in assisting Wales’ growing marine renewable energy sector.

Over the next two years, marine scientists from Bangor University will be surveying the coast of Wales as part of the ERDF-funded SEACAMS2 project led by the University in partnership with Swansea University. The researchers at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences and Centre for Applied Marine Sciences are undertaking collaborative research, including marine surveys, to support the sustainable growth of the marine renewable energy sector in Wales. 

Publication date: 8 September 2018

Hitachi-GE, Imperial and Bangor University developing UK and Welsh BWR expertise

Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Imperial College London and Bangor University, enhancing its commitment to support Welsh and British expertise.

Publication date: 31 October 2016

'Hong Kong's War Crimes Trials': seminar and book launch

On Friday 28 March 2014, the Bangor Centre for International Law (BCIL) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Rights and Justice held a joint peer-review event in Hong Kong to launch Professor Suzannah Linton’s book on Hong Kong’s War Crimes Trials (Oxford University Press).

Publication date: 7 April 2014

Hot bath after exercise improves performance in the heat

New research from Bangor University shows that taking a hot bath after exercise for 6 days reduces both resting and exercising body temperature and improves running performance in the heat. Prof Walsh, whose team lead the work, said “for sports people who compete in the heat, the new mantra should be: "train-cool, bathe-hot".

Publication date: 11 December 2015

Hot baths help to prepare Team Wales for the heat of the Australian Commonwealth Games

With temperatures predicted to exceed 30°C on the Gold Coast of Australia the Commonwealth Games will place considerable heat strain on competing athletes.

In preparation for the heat, Team Wales athletes have been plunging into hot baths after their usual training. Rob Condliffe, a physiologist at Sport Wales Institute who is helping to prepare Team Wales athletes for the Commonwealth Games says, “The hot bath is an extremely practical evidence-based approach to heat acclimation”. 

Publication date: 26 March 2018

How babies became the baked beans of the childcare world

Most of us are used to seeing crazy bargains when we go into the local supermarket, with items such as baked beans, bananas or milk being sold at a price that seems far below what they must cost to grow/make and sell. It’s a well-tried method – “loss leaders” are used to draw us into shops where we are also enticed to buy non-discounted items. So, unless we only plan to eat baked beans, our shopping basket usually gives the retailer an overall profit by the time we get to the checkout.

This article by David DallimoreWISERD Researcher, at the School of Social Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 30 May 2018

How did the moon end up where it is?

Nearly 50 years since man first walked on the moon, the human race is once more pushing forward with attempts to land on the Earth’s satellite. This year alone, China has landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the moon, while India is close to landing a lunar vehicle, and Israel continues its mission to touch down on the surface, despite the crash of its recent venture. NASA meanwhile has announced it wants to send astronauts to the moon’s south pole by 2024.

This article by Mattias Green, Reader in Physical Oceanography, School of Ocean Sciences and David Waltham, Professor of Geophysics, Royal Holloway is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 25 April 2019

How do Welsh universities advance the world around us?

Today marks the launch of a new portal – www.researchwales.ac.uk – that will showcase some of the shining examples of how Welsh universities advance the world around us.   Among the research being showcased are excellent examples of research work by Bangor University’s academics, these include the following examples.

Publication date: 2 December 2014

How football’s richest clubs fail to pay staff a real living wage

This article by Tony DobbinsBangor University Byusiness School and Peter ProwseSheffield Hallam University, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

English football’s top flight, the Premier League, dominates the sporting world’s league tables for revenue. Star players, managers and executives command lucrative wages. Thanks to the biggest TV deal in world football, the 20 Premier League clubs share £10.4 billion between them.

Publication date: 30 March 2017

How forests recover rapidly on logging roads in the Congo Basin

Large areas of tropical forest worldwide are used for selective logging which requires extensive road networks to access trees harvested for timber. It is well documented that building roads into intact forest can have consequences for forest ecosystems. This is because they lead to fragmentation and facilitate access for people which can lead to long-term forest degradation or deforestation.

This article by John Healey, Professor of Forest Sciences, Bangor University and Fritz Kleinschroth, PhD Graduate and Researcher at CIRAD, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 6 June 2016

How hot is your mangrove?

Ocean Sciences and Qatari researchers examine what sustains mangroves on desert coastlines, where nutrient input from rainfall cannot be what drives mangrove production. Broadcast by Qatar National Television, December 2016. Narrative in Arab, with interviews in English. Beautiful footage of arid mangroves.

Publication date: 19 December 2016

How Humans/children develop social skills: €1.5M ERC funding to examine the Cognitive Neuroscience behind the development of a “Social Brain”

Humans are inherently social creatures and our understanding of the world is shaped from the very beginning by the social interactions we observe and engage in. As a consequence, we are truly excellent at extracting information from social scenes. We can quickly discern if two people are cooperating or competing, flirting or fighting, and helping or hindering each other. Most important of all, we swiftly learn a great deal about people from observing their interactions with others – even a brief interaction give us important clues about their personality, their social abilities and their current mood. How does this remarkable skill develop? What are its brain bases? How is this kind of “social interaction perception” related to real-world social ability and social learning across development?

Publication date: 15 November 2016

How jobs figures mask bogus self-employment in the shadow economy

The UK has posted disappointing jobs data. Unemployment rose slightly for the first time in seven months, by 21,000 to 1.7m. It is still at a respectable rate of 5.1% and employment remains very high at 74.1%. But the figures need unpicking to identify the problems that lie beneath the surface of the country’s economy, despite months of positive headlines.

This article by Tony Dobbins, Professor of Employment Studies, Bangor UniversityAlexandra Plows, Research Fellow, Bangor University, and Howard Davis, Professor of Social Theory & Institutions, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 20 April 2016

How King Arthur became one of the most pervasive legends of all time

This article by Raluca Radulescu, Professor of Medieval Literature and English Literature, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

King Arthur is one of, if not the, most legendary icons of medieval Britain. His popularity has lasted centuries, mostly thanks to the numerous incarnations of his story that pop up time and time again.

Publication date: 3 February 2017

How much protection is enough?

Protection of marine areas from fishing increases density and biomass of fish and invertebrates (such as lobster and scallops) finds a systematic review published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Evidence. The success of a protected area was also dependent on its size and on how it was managed, however even partial protection provides significant ecological  benefits.

Publication date: 28 February 2013

How operational deployment affects soldiers' children

So many of us have seen delightful videos of friends and family welcoming their loved ones home from an operational tour of duty. The moment they are reunited is heartwarming, full of joy and tears – but, for military personnel who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan post 9/11, their time away came with unprecedented levels of stress for their whole family.

Military personnel faced longer and more numerous deployments, with short intervals in between. The impact of operational deployments on military personnel’s mental health is well reported. Far less is known, however, about how deployment affects military families, particularly those with young children.

This article by Leanne K Simpson, PhD Candidate, School of Psychology | Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 23 June 2017

How our unconscious visual biases change the way we perceive objects

 As the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But while we can appreciate that others might hold different opinions of objects we see, not many people know that factors beyond our control can influence how we perceive the basic attributes of these objects. We might argue that something is beautiful or ugly, for example, but we would be surprised to learn that the same object is perceived as a sphere by one person but as a cube by another.

This article by Beverley Pickard-Jones, PhD Researcher, at the School of Psychology is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 15 January 2019

How penguins use bubbles to 'take to the air'

A  suggestion by Bangor University Professor Roger Hughes of the School of Biological Sciences, that bubble trails seen in footage of emperor penguins swimming to the sea surface are produced to reduce drag is published in the November 2012 edition of National Geographic. Roger Hughes's intriguing idea while watching penguins on TV originally led to a research paper revealing just how the penguins could manage this. Collaborators at University College Cork and the Technical University of Denmark showed that ‘lubrication’ provided by tiny air bubbles released from under the feathers could allow penguins to gain enough speed to leap out of the water and onto the ice shelf.

Publication date: 22 October 2012

How personality affects sporting achievement

At the highest level of sporting performance, the difference between winning and losing may have more to do with your personality than your sporting prowess.

To achieve ‘Gold’, athletes need to be able to perform at a high level while under an immense amount of pressure. The key to success is the combination of the highest level of athletic performance and the ability to perform while also under great personal stress.  While some individuals thrive under pressure, others will ‘choke’ and fail to perform as well as in training - when the stress is reduced.

Publication date: 2 May 2012

How Pokemon Go turned couch potatoes into fitness fanatics without them even realising it

Pokemon Go, the latest version of the Pokemon game has been hailed for increasing physical activity in a group of individuals that have traditionally been seen ascouch potatoes. Since 1980, worldwide obesity has doubled. Likewise, people are spending more time sitting down. Pokemon Go is undoubtedly a great tool for boosting physical and mental health, and could probably claim to be the most successful health app on the market without even trying to be. But why is it so motivating for some, and how can we harness this power to change other behaviours?

Publication date: 11 August 2016

How should top athletes acclimatise for heat?

Top athlete preparing to compete in a hot climate have to acclimatise in order to achieve their peak performance in hot climates. They currently do this by moving to the country ten to 14 days in advance or by training in a climate chamber.

In recently published research, Prof Neil Walsh and his team at Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences have shown that taking a hot bath after exercise in temperate conditions for six days can trigger changes in the body which mimic how the body adjusts to hot weather.

Publication date: 11 August 2016

How sports science research feeds into medical care

Three articles by researchers at Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences appear in the latest issue of Arthritis Care and Research, an international journal published by the American College of Rheumatology. The latest edition is a special issue containing 18 articles focussing on state-of-the-art research on muscle and bone in the rheumatic diseases.

Publication date: 18 January 2012

How the brain prepares for movement and actions

Our behaviour is largely tied to how well we control, organise and carry out movements in the correct order. Take writing, for example. If we didn’t make one stroke after another on a page, we would not be able to write a word.

This article by Myrto Mantziara, PhD Researcher, School of Psychology, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 July 2019

How the ‘Santa lie’ helps teach children to be good little consumers

It’s that time of year – the season when parents, schools and retailers sell one of the most magical lies to children: Santa Claus. But far from being a harmless way to fire children’s imagination at Christmas, the “Santa lie” undermines children’s understanding of the world, their savviness and their real imagination in favour of wrapping them up in cotton wool and consumerism.

This article by Anne-Marie Smith, and Nia Youngboth of the School of Education was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 20 December 2016

How the snake got its venom

The venom of advanced snakes is a mixture of dozens of different proteins and is an example of an evolutionary innovation – a novel trait that has arisen in a particular animal group and which has contributed to their success. Understanding how these innovations come about is vital to understanding larger patterns of animal evolution and can shed important light on the genetic basis of differences between species, with clear implications for the effectiveness of treatment of victims of bites by venomous snakes, where venom composition varies both within and between species.

Publication date: 11 August 2014

How to achieve the best outcomes in bilingual education

With this years’ National Literacy and Numeracy tests for primary school children aged 6-14 across Wales just about complete, experts will be discussing the best way to educate children in a bilingual setting at a major international conference on Bilingualism in Education and will be making recommendations on how to ensure that the highest standards are achieved by children in all of their languages.

Bangor University is hosting the International Conference on Bilingualism in Education June 10th – 12th 2016.  This event, sponsored by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, draws together researchers and practitioners from a range of countries to discuss developments and best practice in bilingualism in education. 

Publication date: 31 May 2016

How to achieve the best outcomes in bilingual education

With this years’ National Literacy and Numeracy tests for primary school children aged 6-14 across Wales just about complete, experts will be discussing the best way to educate children in a bilingual setting at a major international conference on Bilingualism in Education and will be making recommendations on how to ensure that the highest standards are achieved by children in all of their languages.

Bangor University is hosting the International Conference on Bilingualism in Education June 10th – 12th 2016.  This event, sponsored by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, draws together researchers and practitioners from a range of countries to discuss developments and best practice in bilingualism in education. 

Publication date: 6 June 2016

How to help people with dementia retain the power of choice

Deterioration in the ability to produce complex speech or understand what people are asking, can make it difficult for people with dementia to make choices in conventional ways. It can be simple things like deciding which clothes to wear, or what to have for dinner. But when a person is in the more advanced stages of dementia, and may not be able to speak at all, it can be difficult for those caring for them to work out what their preferences would be.

To help the estimated 280,000 people with dementia who are living in UK care homes, family members are often asked what their loved ones would prefer and notes are made by staff. But we know that people’s preferences can change, sometimes on a daily basis, and are hard to predict even by people who know them really well.

This article by Rebecca Sharp, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Zoe Lucock, PhD researcher at the School of Psychology is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 15 November 2018

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.

Read the original article.

Publication date: 25 September 2015

How trillions of tiny solar panels could power the internet of things

This article by Jeff Kettle ‎Lecturer in Electronic Engineering,  was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 9 November 2015

How we're using ancient DNA to solve the mystery of the missing last great auk skins

On a small island off the coast of Iceland, 173 years ago, a sequence of tragic events took place that would lead to the loss of an iconic bird: the great auk.

This article by Jessica Emma Thomas, PhD Researcher, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 10 July 2017

How will interacting with robots affect us? £1.5m ERC Grant

Robots and other types of artificial agents, such as avatars, are set to become increasingly commonplace in the near future - we’ll interact with them in workplaces, public spaces, and our own homes, as well as in education, health and care settings. Technologists have worked hard to develop useful machines to perform complex tasks in social settings, such as lifting patients from hospital beds, providing companionship for individuals with depression or dementia, or teaching children algebra.. But do we know whether long-term interactions with such robots might have any effect on us?

Publication date: 17 March 2016

How your brain picks the right word?

Research from Dr Gary Oppenheim of the School of Psychology’s Language Production Laboratory, is working to reveal the "algorithms and architectures" behind vocabulary and he has built a computer system which aims to mimic human word production and "learns as it speaks”.

Publication date: 7 April 2016

How your choice of afternoon tipple could help save the rainforest

It’s the season for a cold afternoon ‘gin & tonic’ on ice. We may question the health impact of one too many, but what is the environmental footprint of that classically delicious aperitif? An international team of researchers teamed up with a pioneering distillery manager to answer this question in a study published in the scientific journal Environment International.

Publication date: 10 July 2019

HPC Wales at Bangor

Bangor University are a partner in the High Performance Computing Wales (HPC Wales) project, a £40M pan-Wales project (part funded by the Welsh Government’ ERDF and ESF Convergence programmes for West Wales and the Valleys and the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) that is building a state-of-the-art high-performance computing infrastructure across the universities in Wales, to deliver research innovation, high-level skills development and transformational ICT for wide economic benefit.

Publication date: 2 May 2012

HRH Prince of Wales notes shining example of best practice in sustainable management on expansion of the Cayman Islands Marine Protected Areas

Bangor University working in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy have assisted the Department of the Environment to expand the Marine Parks system in the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, through projects funded by the DEFRA Darwin Initiative. 

The expansion of Cayman’s existing marine parks was approved by the Cabinet and announced during the visit of His Royal Highness, Prince of Wales, on 28th March.  The Environment Minister indicated that “This expansion will serve to protect our local marine stocks, as well as the crucially important coral reef network surrounding our Islands for generations to come.”

Publication date: 4 April 2019

Human cancer therapies successfully treat tumor-ridden sea turtles

Therapies used to fight human cancers successfully treat genetically similar tumors in sea turtles, a new study shows. In fact, turtles can survive their own tumors and help scientists better understand human cancers.

A disease, known as Fibropapillomatosis, has been rapidly spreading to sea turtles around the world. With the fibropapillomatosis virus come large tumors growing on sea turtles’ bodies and, for some turtles, death.  

Publication date: 7 June 2018

I bet you wish this story was NOT about you: cheating in sport

What drives professional sportspeople to break the rules of their sport in the hope that they won’t get caught – and in the hope that it will bring glory to them and their team?

It’s all down to character type, according to researchers at Bangor University’s Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP).

Publication date: 16 October 2016

ICC expands definition of war crimes to cover combatants in the same armed forces

The international law of armed conflict seeks to protect civilians and those no longer taking part in hostilities from the worst effects of war. Serious violations of these laws covering armed conflict situations constitute war crimes. War crimes are a particular category of international crime, which can be tried by international criminal tribunals, like the International Criminal Court (ICC).

This article by Yvonne McDermott, Senior Lecturer in Law, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 23 January 2017

Identifying Reptiles at Risk

Dr Anita Malhotra of Bangor University's School of Biological Sciences is one of 200 leading reptile experts who has co-authored a paper assessing the extinction risk of 1,500 randomly selected reptiles from across the globe.

Publication date: 27 February 2013

Identifying the mechanisms that affect changes in snake venoms

Every year, snakebites kill up to 90,000 people, mostly in impoverished, rural tropical areas. This statistic is surprising when one considers that antivenoms are available, however, the truth is that the efficacy of antivenom is largely restricted to the snake species that was used in manufacture, and they are often ineffective in treating snakebite by different, even closely related species.

Writing in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United states of America doi.10.1073/pnas. 1405484111) Dr Nicholas Casewell and Wolfgang Wüster of Bangor University  and colleagues identify the mechanisms by which the variations in venom occurs between related snake species and also the significant variations in venom toxicity that occurs as a result.

Publication date: 10 June 2014

Impact and Innovation at Bangor University

Bangor University has rewarded its finest and most innovative academics at the University’s second annual Impact & Innovation Awards.

These Awards recognise outstanding research and enterprise activities from across the institution, which have succeeded in benefiting the wider economy and society.

Publication date: 11 July 2014

Impact of Bangor University research on London 2012 highlighted in new report

Universities Week (30 April – 7 May) report shows impact of universities’ research and sport development around the Olympic and Paralympic Games and UK sports industry.

Publication date: 12 September 2012

Important piece of Health Service Improvement research begins

An important new piece of research about the best ways to incorporate patients and service users’ opinions to improve the Health Services has begun in earnest at Bangor University this week.

Publication date: 13 May 2013

Improbable vision

Publication date: 6 November 2018

Improved financial regulation deters misconduct, study finds

Improved regulation has deterred a greater amount of financial misconduct in the UK since the global financial crisis, according to new research published today by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and others including ourselves.

Since the crisis of 2007, there has been increased awareness of the risks posed by the conduct of financial institutions and their employees. More incidents of financial misconduct have been investigated, with regulators applying increasingly large fines and demanding the repayment of profits.

Publication date: 24 May 2018

Improved monitoring of endangered Ganges river dolphin revealed in paper by Bangor student

A new study (7th of May) reveals a method to improve the monitoring of the endangered Ganges river dolphin – one of only four remaining freshwater cetaceans since the Yangtze River dolphin became extinct in 2007.

Research author, Nadia Richman, is a scientist at the Royal Zoological Society and also a PhD students at Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography.

Publication date: 8 May 2014

Inaugural Duncan Tanner memorial lecture

Devolution in the aftermath of the Scottish referendum: some observations from Chinese scholars

Professor Zhanpeng Wang, Beijing Foreign University

Publication date: 25 February 2015

Increasing Broadband capacity two thousand-fold - for the same price

Could you use a broadband service that is two thousand times faster, but costs you the same?  A revolutionary “future-proof” technology, first proposed by Bangor University, is the front-runner in satisfying future demand for dramatically increased internet speeds and capacity.

Publication date: 5 November 2012

Independence Day: what alien invasions tell us about current global politics

When Soviet communism disintegrated, political scientist Francis Fukuyama famously declared that it was “the end of history”. He argued that Western liberal democracy and capitalism had triumphed as the world’s only viable system, and though humanity would still face bumps in the road, the ultimate progression to this eventuality for all nations would prove inevitable, even if it took many years.

This article by Gregory Frame, Lecturer in Film Studies, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 27 June 2016

Independent music labels are creating their own streaming services to give artists a fair deal

Music streaming services are hard to beat. With millions of users – Spotify alone had 60m by July 2017, and is forecast to add another 10m by the end of the year – paying to access a catalogue of more than 30m songs, any initial concerns seem to have fallen by the wayside.

But while consumers enjoy streaming, tension is still bubbling away for the artists whose music is being used. There is a legitimacy associated with having music listed on major digital platforms, and a general acknowledgement that without being online you are not a successful business operation or artist.

This article by Steffan Thomas, Lecturer in Film and Media, at the School of Creative Studies & Media was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 18 August 2017

Independent research programme will evaluate the Welsh Medium Education Strategy

A research team that includes three lecturers from the School of Education has won a £275,000 tender from the Welsh Government towards an evaluation of the initial development of the Welsh Medium Education Strategy launched in April 2010.

Publication date: 17 December 2012

Inherent racism within bank credit systems reduces access to credit for ethnic minorities

As we await the publication of a government report into racism in British banks’ lending practices, research by one leading banking expert suggests that racism is rife and appears inherent in the bank lending system, and has existed through the ‘boom’ years as well as during the current and recent financial crises.

Publication date: 29 July 2013

Innovation in Armed Forces training

A project which has transformed recruitment training in the British Army and led to changes in the delivery of training across all three UK Armed Forces, has been highlighted at Bangor University recently, by winning one of the University’s first Enterprise and Impact Awards.

Publication date: 6 November 2013

Insight into snake venom evolution could aid drug discovery

Natural Environment Research Council press release

UK-led scientists have made a discovery about snake venom that could lead to the development of new drugs to treat a range of life-threatening conditions like cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.  Most venom contains a huge variety of lethal molecules called toxins, which have evolved from harmless compounds that used to do different jobs elsewhere in the body. These toxins target normal biological processes in snakes’ prey such as blood clotting or nerve cell signalling, stopping them from working properly.

Publication date: 19 September 2012

Inspiring Research

Several of the poems in Siôn Aled’s new collection, Meirioli, were inspired by his experiences while conducting research with the School of Education at Bangor University into the factors influencing school pupils’ social use of Welsh.

Publication date: 3 August 2018

Insulin pumps are no better – but are more expensive – than injection devices for children in the first year after diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes

Dr Colin Ridyard and Professor Dyfrig Hughes from the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) led the health economic analysis of a recently published study investigating whether insulin administered using infusion pumps was more effective and cost-effective than using injections in babies, children and young people who had just been diagnosed with type I diabetes.

Publication date: 13 September 2018

International Addiction Experts head to Bangor University for Conference

International experts on addiction will be heading to Bangor University between 7 and 10 May to participate in a European conference on addictive behaviours being hosted by the University’s School of Psychology.

Publication date: 27 April 2015

International delegates attracted to Bangor University’s Health Services Research Summer School

Delegates from as far as Canada, Qatar, Italy and Denmark attended Bangor University School of Healthcare Sciences residential summer school held recently.

Publication date: 2 August 2017

International Flavour to 7th Visceral Mind Summer School

The Visceral Mind Summer School, in the School of Psychology at Bangor University this September again attracted a large number of very highly qualified and motivated applicants from all over the world for the 50 available places. The summer school, now in its 7th year, continues to be popular with ambitious young researchers keen to share in Bangor Psychology’s world leading expertise in the field of cognitive neuroscience. It was founded with the support of the James S McDonnell foundation and now runs with the support of Bangor’s School of Psychology. The primary aim of the course is to redress an inadequacy of neuroanatomical knowledge in young neuroscientists and give students the opportunity to experience the working with directly with Human Brain specimens.

Publication date: 16 September 2016

International funding for environmental policies based on weak evidence

Tropical deforestation contributes to climate change, destroys biodiversity and can harm the interests of local people. Community Forest Management (CFM) has been promoted as providing a potential win-win solution (conserving forests while benefitting local communities) and global funders have invested billions of dollars in CFM programmes in developing countries. A study published this week, however, highlights the lack of evidence upon which such investments are made and calls for improved evidence collection in the future.

Publication date: 28 September 2011

International recognition for Food Dudes

The Bangor University academics behind the highly successful Food Dudes programme, which encourages healthy eating choices in young children and their families, are to receive an award for the way that they have adapted their scientific knowledge for a very practical purpose.

Publication date: 11 August 2011

International workshop on Ocean Mixing and Sediment Transport, Guangzhou, China

A workshop on Ocean Mixing and Sediment Transport in the ocean was jointly organised by Sun Yat-Sen University and Bangor University. The workshop was attended by over 150 scientists from across the global.

Publication date: 23 September 2016

International Year of Light Celebration Lecture

Publication date: 15 October 2015

Introducing modern morality plays on BBC Radio 3

Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in medieval literature at Bangor University’s School of English Literature is to be heard introducing a series of five modern morality plays this week (15-19 February, 2016) on BBC Radio 3. Covering moderation, envy, pride, wrath and justice, the five plays inspired by the genre of medieval morality drama explore how far contemporary attitudes to sin and virtue have changed.

Publication date: 15 February 2016

Investigating Elizabethan England from a European Perspective

A literature professor at Bangor University has been awarded a Fellowship more usually awarded to the sciences. Marie Curie Fellowships are among Europe’s most competitive and prestigious awards and are aimed at fostering interdisciplinary research, innovative academic training and international collaborations.

Professor Andrew Hiscock, who specialises in Elizabethan literature and its place within a wider European context, has been awarded the Fellowship which will see him joining the multidisciplinary team of renaissance researchers at Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier for two years.

Publication date: 10 May 2016

Investigating vital issues for the future of the Welsh language

A new research project is underway which will investigate why children who are attending Welsh-language schools may be reluctant to use the language outside of school. The research will be conducted by Dr Siôn Aled Owen based at Bangor University.

Publication date: 28 May 2014

Investing in the workforce for older people’s health services –start of an important research study

The School of Healthcare Sciences is leading on an important research study funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Programme. This project is investigating what workforce development interventions are more likely to work to ensure a knowledgeable and skilled support workforce for older people in health and social care settings.

Publication date: 21 November 2013

Investors not impressed by impression management, according to Bangor Business School research

The practice of awarding hefty bonuses to employees within the Banking industry at a time of global Banking crisis has caused widespread controversy. Bank employees had grown accustomed to receiving substantial annual cash bonuses, and such bonuses in a period of recession became highly unpopular amongst the public in general. Banks have been seeking alternative methods of rewarding employees, including the award of ‘share option compensation’.

Publication date: 11 April 2011

Iraqi PhD students complete unique enhanced training programme

Bangor Law School is honoured to host a large contingent of PhD students from Iraq. In order to support our students more effectively, the School recently organised a special event for Iraqi PhD students to present their work before an audience of fellow Iraqi students, academic staff and an invited expert, Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi, of the Law School at Pittsburgh University.

Publication date: 11 July 2012

Irish Ambassador visits Bangor University

Bangor University hosted Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK recently and showcased some of the ongoing research collaborations between Bangor and Irish partner institutions.

Publication date: 13 July 2017

Is a trend for pink chicken livers making us sick?

People are being warned to take the current trend for ‘pink’ chicken liver recipes with a pinch of salt. Research from Bangor, Manchester and Liverpool universities found that a current trend to serve ‘rare’ chicken livers is potentially exposing the public to the risk of campylobacter food poisoning.

Publication date: 30 August 2016

Is fishing with electricity less destructive than digging up the seabed with beam trawlers?

While many people may be interested in the sustainability and welfare of the fish they eat, or the health of the environment, fewer probably worry about the effect that trawl fishing – which accounts for 20% of landings – has on the ocean.

This article by Michel Kaiser, Chair of Marine Conservation Ecology, School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 8 January 2018

Is talking to yourself a sign of mental illness? An expert delivers her verdict

Being caught talking to yourself, especially if using your own name in the conversation, is beyond embarrassing. And it’s no wonder – it makes you look like you are hallucinating. Clearly, this is because the entire purpose of talking aloud is to communicate with others. But given that so many of us do talk to ourselves, could it be normal after all – or perhaps even healthy?

This article by Paloma Mari-Beffa, Senior Lecturer in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Psychology, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 3 May 2017

Is there a cashless society? Professor Batiz-Lazo appears on BBC World News

Professor Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Professor of Business History and Bank Management at Bangor Business School, appeared on BBC World News on 24th July 2013.

Publication date: 26 July 2013

It’s not just “because it’s there”

Mountaineer George Mallory may have quipped that people climb Everest ‘because it’s there’. In fact, the reasons why people seek extreme sports such as high altitude mountaineering are far more complex. Sport psychologists at Bangor University are recognised world-leaders in establishing the psychological motivations for taking part in extreme sports.

Publication date: 29 December 2011

Join Bangor academics for a Twitter roundtable chat on payment trends

What are the payment trends set to affect retailers in 2015? That’s what a Twitter roundtable chat aims to discover this Wednesday (25th February 2015).

Publication date: 23 February 2015

Joint statement on the return of midwifery students to the maternity service at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Bangor University recognise that excellence in the education and training of midwives is important for two key reasons. Firstly, we will secure the midwifery workforce of the future. Secondly, providing placements for midwifery students can contribute to the general culture of learning and development within midwifery services. In 2015, student midwives were temporarily withdrawn from the maternity service in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd following concerns raised by stakeholders. We have been committed to returning midwifery students to the service. We agreed to jointly re-evaluate the suitability of the service as a placement area for midwifery students.

Publication date: 8 September 2016

Joint statement on the return of midwifery students to the maternity service at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Bangor University recognise that excellence in the education and training of midwives is important for two key reasons. Firstly, we will secure the midwifery workforce of the future. Secondly, providing placements for midwifery students can contribute to the general culture of learning and development within midwifery services.

Publication date: 23 February 2017

Joint working to help tackle anti social behaviour

A collaborative project between North Wales Police and other partners, which is aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and crime has now gone live in two areas.  Working with Bangor University and the National Police Improvement Agency, North Wales Police have reviewed their current approaches in tackling anti-social behaviour.

Publication date: 17 January 2013

Keep a stiff upper lip when facing ill-health

People who can put on a brave face during adversity are better able to bounce back from illness, according to research conducted at Bangor University.

A positive outlook on life that fosters a sense of resilience could help you bounce back from the challenges of ill-health. 

Research examining how people respond to the various challenges of the ageing
process, found that psychological resilience is the key for maintaining mental well-being when dealing with serious complaints such as arthritis, diabetes and heart conditions in later life.

Publication date: 6 January 2011

KESS II supporting efforts to develop gel for chronic diabetic wounds

Diabetics' wounds are more difficult to manage than those of the general population and often can heal more slowly and in worse cases lead to amputation, due to elevated blood glucose levels and poor circulation.

Publication date: 16 August 2016

KESS PhD student presents poster at Intellectual Disabilities conference

Daron Owens, who is in her first year of a PhD KESS ll studentship, recently presented a poster outlining the method for her first piece of work - a systematic literature review – at the Research in Intellectual Disabilities conference in Glasgow. Daron is exploring the experiences of people with a learning disability in the early stages of the new Social Services and Wellbeing Act (2014) Wales.

Publication date: 21 December 2016

King Arthur back home in Wales – thanks to Guy Ritchie

This article by Raluca Radulescu, of the School of English Literature was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

King Arthur is back at his mythical home – Wales. Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur is currently being filmed in Snowdonia, starring Charlie Hunnan opposite villain Jude Law. This in the same week that Bangor University’s rare books collection boasts the extension of its Arthurian archive after a generous donation from Flintshire County Library.

Publication date: 20 April 2015

Knowing how and where to look reduces driving risks

Training young and new drivers so that they pay attention to their peripheral vision could reduce road traffic accidents. Road traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death globally and young novice drivers are the most likely to be involved.

Publication date: 21 February 2018

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS II) Awards in the School of Social Sciences

We are pleased to announce that the School of Social Sciences has been awarded two KESS scholarships: one 12 months Masters by Research grant and one three year PhD grant. KESS projects provides opportunities for funded PhD and Masters by Research students in collaboration with a company partner.

Publication date: 18 February 2016

Landfill sites: not just a load of rubbish

Far from being a load of rubbish, landfill sites should be considered one of the great untapped resources in the search for new enzymes for biotechnology, and could fuel more efficient biofuel production.

A new research paper in mSphere (DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00300-17) by biologists at Bangor and Liverpool universities has for the first time identified the enzymes which degrade natural materials such as paper and clothing in landfill sites.

Publication date: 22 August 2017

Large, violent animal packs impacted the ecosystems of the Pleistocene, team of scientists reports

Dr Matt Hayward, Senior Lecturer in Conservation in the College of Natural Sciences at Bangor University was part of a team that has identified the critical role that large predators play in controlling herbivores in ecosystems.

Publication date: 27 October 2015

Launch of €1.8 million Network to develop the Solar Energy Sector in Ireland and Wales

A new €1.8 million initiative to help develop and sustain employment in the economically important Solar Energy (photovoltaic or PV) sector has just been launched by a consortium of Higher Education Institutes, from Wales and Ireland. The ‘Wales Ireland Network for Innovative Photovoltaic Technologies’ (WIN-IPT) is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Programme 2007-13.

Publication date: 25 October 2012

Law School Head invited to lead discussion at Institute for Welsh Affairs Conference on improving Welsh Public Procurement, alongside Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, Jane Hutt AM, Welsh Government”, Cardiff, November 5th 2012

Professor Cahill critiqued John McClelland’s report on how to maximise the Welsh pound in public procurement in Wales at the IWA on Nov 5th 2012.  The main findings of John McClelland’s very well written report is that, although the Welsh Government has developed excellent policies in public procurement, unfortunately, the Welsh Government procurement policies are not being fully accepted and implemented by a significant minority of public sector organisations in Wales.

Publication date: 21 December 2012

Law School’s ICPS gears up for annual Procurement Conference

Final preparations are underway for a major international conference organised by Bangor Law School’s Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies.

Publication date: 11 March 2014

Leading experts share latest Mindfulness research

World-leading researchers into mindfulness will gather to present and consider ground-breaking research in this emerging field this week (3-7.7.15).

Organised by experts at Bangor University’s pioneering Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice, at the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, the event will discuss how mindfulness can bring benefits to individuals and society.

Publication date: 1 July 2015

Leading German business newspapers cover research by Bangor academic

The article “Does it pay to have friends? Social ties and executive appointments in banking”, jointly authored by Dr Klaus Schaeck from Bangor Business School with his colleagues Allen Berger (University of South Carolina), Thomas Kick (Deutsche Bundesbank), and Michael Koetter (University of Groningen), has received widespread media coverage by two leading business newspapers in Germany, Handelsblatt and Wirtschaftswoche.

Publication date: 26 March 2012

LEAD Wales programme supports the growth of Welsh businesses

LEAD Wales, a project based at the Universitys Business School,  is well placed to play a leading role in supporting the growth of Welsh businesses, according to research published today (Tuesday 30 October).

Publication date: 30 October 2012

Learning the ‘rhythm’ of a language helps language learners become fluent

As Wales faces a decline in the number of Welsh speakers, it’s even more important that Welsh learners make the transition from second language learners to become fluent Welsh speakers.

One identified obstacle to ‘fluency’ is Welsh learner’s difficulty in replicating the sound of Welsh- not only the ‘ll’ ‘ch’ and other sounds unfamiliar to the English ear, but also the stress and rhythm of the language, which is different to that of English, and other languages.

Publication date: 2 December 2014

Leave your comfort zones behind you! Postgraduate ‘Beyond Boundaries 2011 – Transition’ Conference

Now in its fifth year, the latest Beyond Boundaries (BB)  conference brought together Bangor postgraduate students from across disciplines for a fascinating and valuable experience of engagement with non specialists. Organised by the Research Students’ Forum (RSF) and supported by the Academic Development Unit and Vice-Chancellor’s office, BB again provided that rare but essential opportunity to go beyond the actual ‘nose to screen’ research and share our experiences.

Publication date: 28 January 2011

Lecturer Alys Conran’s debut novel named Wales' Book of the Year 2017

Creative Writer and Lecturer Alys Conran is the stand- out winner at this year’s Wales Book of the Year/ Llyfr y Flwyddyn, winning a hat-trick of Awards, scooping not only the one of the main prizes, the English Book of the year Award, a specially commissioned trophy designed and created by the artist Angharad Pearce Jones, and a £4000 prize, but also winning the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award English fiction Award and the People’s Choice Award, all for her debut novel Pigeon.

Publication date: 14 November 2017

Lecturer publishes unconventional textbook

Marcel Stoetzler, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, has just published his new book, Beginning Classical Social Theory, with Manchester University Press.

Publication date: 29 August 2017

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Teaching & Research - 2 posts)

The School of Psychology at Bangor University is seeking to appoint candidates with significant early-career potential, or established track record of research excellence, in any area of Psychology.

Publication date: 19 February 2013

Lecturer wins national award for mooting research

Stephen Clear, Lecturer in Law and Bangor Law School's Mooting Coordinator, has been awarded the prestigious Stan Marsh Prize at this year’s Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference, which took place at Portsmouth University earlier this month. Stephen scooped the award for his poster presentation entitled: "Is This the Real Life, Is This Just Fantasy? Mooting, Employability and Expectations."

Publication date: 27 April 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

Let’s produce really tasty, outdoor-grown tomatoes in Wales and the UK

One not-for-profit organisation, the Sárvári Research Trust, is working with experts at Bangor University to develop new  outdoor-grown tomato crops for horticulturists in the UK. The aim is to develop a commercially viable new strain of hardy tomato that would be resistant to late- blight, the disease or organism that usually spells disaster for any outdoor grown tomato crop. The same organism has caused potato blight that resulted in the Irish potato famine.

Publication date: 10 September 2013

Life for the Cherokee and the history of the Trail of Tears

In a three-part series on S4C, Professor Jerry Hunter travels to America to learn more about the history of Welshman Evan Jones and the Cherokee community of today. Evan Jones a'r Cherokee starts on Wednesday, 23 March.

Publication date: 18 March 2016

Life is out there: The benefits of outdoor activities

The most recent figures from the Welsh Government show that outdoor activity tourism in Wales is worth £481 million. Outdoor activity providers such as Surf-Lines need to continue to attract visitors and locals.

The number of people regularly involved in outdoor activities has grown in the last thirty years, and researchers have reported increases in self-esteem and other positive outcomes as benefits of taking part. In other words, taking part in outdoor activities provides significant psychological and long-lasting benefits. Surprisingly, researchers still do not understand why and how these benefits occur.

Publication date: 6 November 2014

Life-saving technology one step closer with work from Chemists at Bangor University

A recently published paper outlines the results of a Welsh Government funded research project that takes the world a step closer to swift and easy diagnosis of Tuberculosis (TB).

TB is one of the world's deadliest diseases. Just two years ago, 10.4 million people around the world became sick with TB and there were 1.8 million TB-related deaths worldwide.  In 2015, 35% of HIV deaths were due to co-infection with TB.

Chemists at Bangor University have been working to develop quick and easy to use diagnosis kits that can be used to give an instant result (currently blood samples from the patient have to be sent to a laboratory, which takes far too long). 

Publication date: 18 August 2017

Life's purpose rests in our mind's spectacular drive to extract meaning from the world

What is the purpose of life? Whatever you may think is the answer, you might, from time to time at least, find your own definition unsatisfactory. After all, how can one say why any living creature is on Earth in just one simple phrase?

This article by Guillaume Thierry, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 4 September 2018

Ligue 1: France gets its first female top flight football referee, but the federation scores an own goal

As the end of the 2018-19 football season approaches, a match between Amiens and Strasbourg in France’s Ligue 1 would normally attract little attention. However, Sunday’s game has already created headlines as Stéphanie Frappart will become the first ever woman to act as a main referee in the top tier of French men’s football.

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

Publication date: 25 April 2019

Link between Dry Eye Disease and dehydration established

Health scientists at Bangor University have for the first time established a link between dry eye disease and dehydration.

Dry eye disease (DED) is a condition which can cause extreme discomfort and lead to eye damage.  While difficult to establish the full costs of this condition to healthcare and society in the UK, it is estimated that current prescription treatments such as eye drops cost the NHS £32 million per year (in England alone).  Because many individuals suffering from DED self-treat by buying over-the-counter medications (e.g. artificial tears) the true cost of DED is likely to be significantly higher. This new link suggests that ensuring DED sufferers are fully hydrated could alleviate DED symptoms.

Publication date: 5 October 2012

Livelihood projects designed to compensate for the local costs of conservation may not be reaching the right people

Conservation of tropical forests is widely recognised as a good thing: these forests lock up carbon which reduces the effects of climate change, contain biodiversity found nowhere else on earth, and influence local availability of water. However conservation can also have negative impacts on local people. New research shows that compensation schemes introduced to reach the poorest and most vulnerable are not always benefiting those they are meant to help.

Publication date: 27 January 2016

Live Webinar: The Most Important Events (and Surprises) in the ATM's History

Professor Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo will host a live webchat with Tom Harper, his co-author on Cash Box, on Tuesday 30 July 2013.

Publication date: 18 July 2013

London Centre hosts first ever CIMAC conference

Bangor Business School London Centre hosted the first ever conference by CIMAC (the Centre for Impression Management in Accounting Communication) on Friday, 6th June.

Publication date: 29 July 2014

Longest-lived animals reveal climate change secrets

Researchers at Bangor University have used some of the world’s longest-lived animals to look at how the North Atlantic Ocean has affected our climate over the past 1,000 years.

Publication date: 12 June 2012

Longest-living animal gives up ocean climate secrets

Analysis of the quahog clam reveals how the oceans affected the climate over the past 1000 years

A study of the longest-living animal on Earth, the quahog clam, has provided researchers with an unprecedented insight into the history of the oceans.

Publication date: 6 December 2016

Looking at how our brain assesses bargains

It turns out that we may not be as good at bargain hunting and taking advantage of supermarket ‘offers’ as we think. That’s according to early results from a study which brain-scanned people undertaking a ‘virtual’ supermarket shopping trip to buy party-food.

Publication date: 21 December 2013

Looking into a dancer’s brain

Dance and psychology come together at Bangor University this week (14 + 15 February 2012). In an exciting boundary crossing piece of research, Dr. Emily Cross, a psychologist at Bangor University, will be working with internationally renowned contemporary dancer Riley Watts to study what happens in our brains when we watch complex movements.

Publication date: 15 February 2012

Looking to the future: Dementia and Imagination at the Utopia Fair

Dementia and Imagination, an exciting Bangor University led project which gives people with dementia an opportunity to get involved in art, will be one of a number of stall holders at Somerset House for their UTOPIA 2016 Fair.

UTOPIA 2016 is a collaboration between three London neighbours: Somerset House, Kings College, London and the Courtauld Institute and Gallery, in partnership with the British Library, the AHRC, the British Council, London School of Economics and Politics, M-Museum in Leuven, Guardian Live and Verso.

Publication date: 24 June 2016

'Love your body' to lose weight

New research published by BioMed Central's open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity shows that improving body image can enhance the effectiveness of weight loss programs based on diet and exercise.

Publication date: 21 July 2011

'Love Your Body' to Lose Weight

New research involving SHES senior lecturer Dr David Markland shows that improving body image can enhance the effectiveness of weight loss programmes based on diet and exercise.

Publication date: 18 July 2011

Low Cancer Survival in UK linked to delays in referring patients for tests

Researchers based in the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research in Wrexham have recently completed their involvement in a new in-depth study of cancer that could pin-point ways to improve cancer survival rates in Wales.

Publication date: 12 June 2015

Lowest Diabetic Foot Amputation Rates in the World

Thanks in large part to Prof. Dean Williams, who is both Head of the School of Medical Sciences at Bangor University and a leading surgeon at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor is leading the way in diabetic foot care with the lowest amputation figures in the world. In 2014 there were no amputations at the hospital in Bangor, even though it’s a known risk for people with diabetic foot disease, and the commonest cause for their hospital admission. The importance of this for those affected can’t be exaggerated and the BBC News Website features one patient whose story is typical of the positive outcomes being achieved.

Publication date: 16 September 2016

Lynette Roberts: Welsh poet who fused touch and sight into sound

The name of Lynette Roberts may not be the first that springs to mind in the history of Welsh writing in English, possibly because her futuristic poetry of World War II still sounds new and strange. In her epic poem Gods With Stainless Ears she imagines postwar humans in a technologised, ecologically damaged landscape:

This article by Zoë Skoulding, Reader in English at the School of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 2 January 2019

Madagascar: fear and violence making rainforest conservation more challenging than ever

"People are too afraid to return to the village so they are sleeping in the forest or have left altogether. They have lost their stored grain and all their belongings. I don’t know how they will get by."

These are the words of Riana*, a young woman from Bevoahazo, a tiny village in the eastern rainforests of Madagascar. Bevoahazo sits on the edge of Ranomafana National Park in a UNESCO world heritage site teeming with endangered and endemic species. Security in the area has been deteriorating over the last few years but things have escalated recently.

This article by Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science at the School of Natural Sciences, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 5 December 2018

Major AHRC Grant awarded to PRoMS – 'The Production and Reading of Music Sources, 1480-1530'

Music manuscripts and printed editions from the 'Golden Age' of polyphony are to come under close scrutiny in a three year research project.

Publication date: 13 August 2012

Major AHRC Grant awarded to PRoMS – 'The Production and Reading of Music Sources, 1480-1530'

Music manuscripts and printed editions from the 'Golden Age' of polyphony are to come under close scrutiny in a three year research project.

 

The Renaissance period has bequeathed upon us an unrivalled richness of musical sources. Manuscript from across Europe have survived - providing a breadth of examples from the large and highly decorated to the very small and unadorned copies of musical notations.

Publication date: 31 May 2011

Major Coffee chain’s interest in Biobased and compostable plastic coffee cup lids

With 2.5 billion takeaway coffee cups being used in Britain each year, there are almost as many plastic lids being thrown away.

Scientists are working with industry in to develop a new compostable plastic, which will withstand the hot liquids and can be specially moulded for coffee cup lids.

Publication date: 20 April 2018

Major European Grant Success for Law School

Bangor University Law School’s Professor Dermot Cahill and Ceri Evans have just successfully led a €4 million research grant bid (the WIT project), a collaboration with Dublin City University’s Strategic Procurement Unit led by Paul Davis of DCU Business School. This major award, announced last week against stiff international competition, will be funded until the end of 2013 by the European Union’s Ireland/Wales INTERREG Innovation & Competitiveness programme. Bangor University Law School will be the Lead Partner.

Publication date: 15 October 2010

Major European Grant Success for Law School

Bangor University Law School’s Professor Dermot Cahill and Ceri Evans have just successfully led a €4 million research grant bid (the WIT project), a collaboration with Dublin City University’s Strategic Procurement Unit led by Paul Davis of DCU Business School.

Publication date: 18 April 2011

Major Festival of Behaviour Change announced

Behaviour change is widely recognised as an essential tool for public services and organisations responding to the considerable contemporary social and demographic changes we are experiencing in Wales, and beyond.

A major Festival of Behaviour Change (#BehFest16) running for two weeks between 9-20 May at Bangor University, will showcase the latest thinking in applied behaviour change science, to individuals and organizations interested in learning about, designing, and implementing some of these behaviour change techniques for the benefit of their organisations or of the public at large.

Publication date: 27 April 2016

Major grant awarded to ‘smART cities and waste’ project

Dr Alexandra Plows has been awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council network grant worth £37,449 towards the ‘smART cities and waste’ project.

Publication date: 18 February 2016

Majority favours assisted dying

New international research reveals that the majority responding to questions about assisted suicide, are in favour.  This contrasts with a recent review of research that suggests that UK doctors consistently oppose euthanasia.

The results, drawn from the views of over 62,000 people who contributed views to a large number of research papers on the subject from different countries, reveals for the first time, that people from very different backgrounds and experience, on the whole, share similar views on this topic.

Publication date: 5 November 2012

Major marine science boost for North Wales

A major £23.6m investment to grow Wales’ growing marine sector by increasing collaborative research projects between business and universities has been announced today (Weds 8th Sept) by Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones.

Bangor University’s SEACAMS (Sustainable Expansion of the Applied Coastal and Marine Sectors) project has been given the go-ahead following EU backing of £12.6m from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government. 

Publication date: 8 September 2010

Major Prize Award Shortlist for poet of disappearing sounds

An internationally renowned poet, whose work is already translated into 18 languages, has been shortlisted for a major poetry prize.  is shortlisted for The Poetry Society's Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry.

Publication date: 17 March 2014

Major report identifies significant gaps and weaknesses in children’s health information

Children and young people who have chronic health conditions or need operations don’t always have access to the high-quality, child-friendly information they need to understand what is happening to them. That is the key finding of a three-year study funded by the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation (NIHR SDO) programme and led by Bangor and Cardiff Universities.

Publication date: 5 December 2011

Making Data Available for Research

SAIL and NWORTH Agree Strategic Collaboration

SAIL (Secure Anonymised Information Linkage) and NWORTH (The Bangor Clinical Trials Unit, part of the University’s School of Healthcare Sciences) have agreed to work together in a collaborative partnership. SAIL is a Wales-wide research resource focused on improving health, well-being and services

Publication date: 13 November 2015

Making full use of plant resources

Ivy, which grows abundantly in Wales, is just one of a range of plants being investigated for the fine chemicals and other valuable extracts and fibres that they contain. These materials are being explored in a biorefinery on Anglesey which could provide a model for future rural employment. The  research is looking for  viable replacements for current products and ingredients currently derived from crude oil, which are used across the manufacturing and construction industry.

The research and development work to provide new sources of fine chemicals and other materials is being done by a leading Centre at Bangor University. The focus of the BioComposites Centre’s work is on finding new uses for valuable natural resources, which we’re currently either ignoring completely, throwing away. 

Publication date: 12 November 2013

Mapping Australia’s tidal energy potential

School of Ocean Sciences researchers helping to develop a dynamically coupled wave-tide computer model of the Australian tidal energy resource. AREA is a $2.49 million 3 year project to map the tidal energy resource of Australian waters.

Publication date: 17 July 2017

Martial arts can improve your attention span and alertness long term – new study

Martial arts require a good level of physical strength, but those who take up training need to develop an incredible amount of mental acuity, too.

Mental strength is so important to martial arts that researchers have found karate experts’ stronger punching force may be down to a better control of muscle movement in the brain, rather than increased muscular strength. Other studies have also found that children who practice Taekwondo improved in maths test scores, and behaviour.

This article by Ashleigh Johnstone, PhD Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience, at te School of Psychology was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 20 February 2018

Masculine features support ‘extreme male brain’ theory of autism spectrum disorder

Recent research from Bangor University has revealed a new spin to a long-standing theory of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

The ‘extreme male brain’ theory proposed by Simon Baron-Cohen, speculates that ASD is a consequence of elevated pre-natal testosterone levels. In a study recently published in the journal, Clinical Psychological Science, Naomi Scott and colleagues at Bangor University’s School of Psychology investigated the possible implications this has for a physical appearance associated with ASD.

Publication date: 10 December 2014

Measuring success of peatland restoration

Bangor University are assisting the National Trust in an ambitious project to restore Wales’s second largest peat upland and a European-designated special conservation area.

A 400 mile network of ditches on the Migneint between Ffestiniog and Llanrwst will over time be filled in to restore the area to its natural state. Cut over centuries to improve drainage and provide more land for farming and grouse shooting, the ditches are possibly contributing to the release of carbon.

Publication date: 7 February 2011

Medical education in north Wales

Bangor University has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement that it plans to expand medical education across Wales, which includes new opportunities to study in north Wales.

From 2019, through collaboration between Cardiff and Bangor Universities, students will be able to undertake the entirety of their undergraduate medical degree in north Wales.

Publication date: 9 July 2018

Medical Sciences PhD student awarded Excellence Achievement Award by the Saudi Arabian Ambassador

Othman Alzahrani, a 3rd year PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics was one of just 78 (of the 15000 Saudi students in the UK) to be awarded an Excellence Achievement Award from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In recognition of this distinction Othman’s name will be engraved on the roll of honour board in the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London. The award ceremony was held at the Saudi Embassy in London recently and Othman is pictured here receiving his certificate from HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the Saudi Ambassador to the UK. 

Publication date: 10 October 2016

Medievalism Transformed: the annual postgraduate conference reaches its 10th year

11th Annual ‘Medievalism Transformed’ Conference, 12th-14th June 2015

Publication date: 2 March 2015

Medieval Music Theory in Context workshop, July 2012

Second Workshop on Medieval Music Theory at Bangor University.

Publication date: 5 September 2012

Megadiverse hotspots under threat from logging

Areas currently facing the highest deforestation rates on our planet, have been identified as having been particularly important in the evolutionary history of the ‘megadiverse’ biodiversity of Southeast Asia.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Melting ice sheets will have global impact on ocean tides

Whilst it is widely accepted that sea level is rising because of the melting of the massive sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica, a new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017JC013109/abstract), by scientists at Bangor University in collaboration with Harvard and Oregon State Universities in the US, and McGill University in Canada, shows that the impact of the melting of these ice sheets will go far beyond just changing water levels. It could have further reaching impacts on global climate.

The new results show that sea level does not increase uniformly across the globe in response to melting of the polar ice sheets. In fact, sea level changes in response to ice loss are highly spatially variable, especially close to the retreating ice sheets. The new results, which are obtained with a numerical model of the global tides, show that the tidal changes due to ice sheet collapse and associated sea level changes will be highly variable and affect a number of different important processes. 

Publication date: 8 November 2017

Menai Science Park makes planning progress

Bangor University is delighted that Menai Science Park Ltd has received outline planning approval from Anglesey Council for the bespoke M-SParc development.

Publication date: 18 May 2015

Metamaterial: Perfect Absorber Seminar

Professor Vu Dinh Lam, Head of Metamaterial Group, Vice-Director of Institute of Materials Science (IMS), Vietnam Academy of Sciences and Technology (VAST), will be visiting the school of Electronic Engineering on Monday 22nd February, to deliver a seminar on metamaterial perfect absorber which will be held at 10.20 am in the library reading room on the second floor of the Dean Street Building.

Publication date: 19 February 2016

Micro-gels in Arctic and Antarctic pack ice

Since 2006 Professor Graham Underwood & Dr Shazia Aslam from  the University of Essex and Professor David Thomas from Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences have led several projects (funded by the Natural Environment Research Council) to study the production of micro-gels, and their widespread importance to the frozen realms of the worlds oceans. They teamed up with colleagues from Australia and Canada to collect and analyse ice cores from both the Arctic and Antarctic. Seven years on, and many frozen trips later they are publishing a rather surprising finding – They, and their co-workers found that there is a strong relationship - spanning ice from both the Arctic and Antarctic - between the physical nature of the ice, the amount of microbiology it contains and the concentrations of gels.

Publication date: 10 September 2013

Micro-hydropower electricity generation could save the water industry millions

New research findings from Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin have highlighted the potential for further cost savings from micro-hydropower. Savings of up to an additional £1m a year in Wales alone could help keep water bills down.

Publication date: 20 August 2015

Microplastic pollution widespread in British lakes and rivers - new study

New research by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth has found microplastic pollution in some of Britain’s most iconic and remote rivers and lakes.

The study, believed to be the first of its kind, looked at ten sites - including lakes in the Lake District, waterways in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, a wetland and Welsh reservoir - and found microplastics in all of them.

Publication date: 7 March 2019

Microscopic marine biodiversity mirrors larger life

Distribution of microscopic plants and animals in our oceans mimics the distribution pattern of larger land-based plants and animals, research reveals.

Publication date: 23 September 2014

Midwifery reaches Stage 1 of the UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative University Accreditation

The Bachelor of Midwifery programme at Bangor University has reached “Stage 1” of their journey towards achievement of UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) University accreditation. They are keen to be the first midwifery programme in Wales to achieve full accreditation.

Publication date: 12 May 2016

Migrating bats use the setting sun

Bats weighing no more than 6 grams, migrating over a thousand miles from the Baltic to Britain, could be the key to revealing how migrating mammals navigate.

We know more about how birds and reptiles and fish navigate than we do about mammals such as whales or wildebeest, but one part of the puzzle is revealed in the latest edition of Current Biology.

Publication date: 12 April 2019

Migrating birds use a magnetic map to travel long distances

Birds have an impressive ability to navigateThey can fly long distances, to places that they may never have visited before, sometimes returning home after months away.

Though there has been a lot of research in this area, scientists are still trying to understand exactly how they manage to find their intended destinations.

This article was by Richard Holland, Senior Lecturer in Animal Cognition, School of Biological Sciences, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 18 August 2017

Mindfulness-based contribution to improving health and well-being in Wales receive attention of Senedd members

Assembly Members and health and care professionals were invited to a reception at the Senedd in Cardiff today (3.12.13) to hear how innovative approaches to health and well-being  are being rolled out in Wales and elsewhere as a result of work by Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.

Publication date: 3 December 2013

Mindfulness in Society Conference: delivered by Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice

Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice hosted a scientific conference in March 2013 in Chester entitled ‘Mindfulness in Society’. It was a three day conference with additional pre and post conference day long institutes.

Publication date: 17 April 2013

Mind the gap: Differences in attitudes to health and health improvement across Welsh society

A new report by Public Health Wales and Bangor University highlights stark differences in health-related opinions between people in Wales depending on their age and employment, and how they live their lives.

People who said they feel healthy were more likely to agree (59 per cent) that the NHS should spend less on treating illness and more on preventing it than those who said they feel less healthy (46 per cent) - who may feel a greater need for health treatment.

Publication date: 13 March 2019

Mind the Gap: Mindfulness tops agenda as Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health visits Bangor University

The Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger spent the afternoon at Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) to meet with their team and discuss mindfulness in society.  Afterwards Ms. Berger introduced the Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Oliver Turnbull’s Public Lecture on Neuroscience for Psychotherapists.

Publication date: 20 January 2016

Minister breaks ground for ground-breaking development

Menai Science Park (M-SParc) took a leap forward in the construction of Wales’ first dedicated Science Park this week, with the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Minister Ken Skates attending the site on Anglesey to break the ground.

Publication date: 31 October 2016

Minister visits Bangor University’s School of Electronic Engineering

The Welsh Government’s Minister for Skills & Science, Julie James AM, visited Bangor University’s School of Electronic Engineering on Thursday (16 Feb). During the visit, the Minister was taken on a tour of the school’s state-of-the-art laboratories and was given a demonstration of the work undertaken by Professor Jianming Tang and his Optical Communications Research Group (OCRG).

Publication date: 17 February 2017

Mixing waters up in the Southern Ocean

The Southern Ocean encircles Antarctica and plays a key role in controlling the global climate. It is here that ocean currents return from the abyss to the surface, closing the global ocean overturning circulation. This circulation drives the poleward transport of heat, which is critical to the relatively mild weather here in the UK.

New research by Bangor University and the National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, has for the first time identified a new process that contributes to this upwelling of abyssal water, a key component of the global overturning circulation.

Publication date: 1 December 2014

Mobile app helping chemotherapy patients stay safe during treatment at Ysbyty Gwynedd

Doctors at Ysbyty Gwynedd are testing a smart phone app as part of a clinical trial to help patients stay as safe as possible during their chemotherapy treatment.

Patients who have been invited to take part in the ‘Keep Me Safe’ trial are using the app to help them take the right steps if any complications occur during their treatment.

Publication date: 20 May 2019

Modern archaeology to reveal Eliseg’s secrets

Archaeologists from Bangor and Chester universities begin a  second season of excavations (4 – 16 September 2011) at the Pillar of Eliseg, a ninth-century AD stone monument which stands on a prehistoric mound near Valle Crucis Abbey Llangollen, in north-east Wales.  There will be an open afternoon at the archaeological site on Friday 16 September, between 3 – 6pm.

Publication date: 31 August 2011

Modern Languages at Bangor to host The GDR Today III

Bangor University is delighted to be hosting the third in a series of postgraduate conferences, entitled The GDR Today, on 6-7 April 2017. 

Publication date: 10 March 2017

Modern Languages celebrates AHRC success

The School of Modern Languages has been two prestigious Early Career Fellowship by the AHRC for 2011. This success is particularly notable as it is very unusual for a school to be awarded two such Fellowships in the same year.  The successful recipients, Dr Helen Abbott and Dr Anna Saunders, will take up their Fellowships in January 2011. Head of School, Professor Carol Tully said ‘We are extremely proud of the work being undertaken by colleagues and these awards are an indication of the quality of research the School is able to boast.’

Publication date: 24 November 2010

Monumental arts project changing perceptions in Welsh care homes

An arts participatory project involving 122 care homes across Wales (nearly 20% of the total) has brought fundamental changes to the way staff view some of their most vulnerable residents.  This was one of the key findings of an evaluation of Age Cymru’s cARTrefu project and presented to ministers and AMs at a special celebration in the Senedd today (Tuesday 10 October 2017).

Publication date: 10 October 2017

More experiments may help explore what works in conservation

All over the world, countless conservation projects are taking place, attempting to achieve aims from reducing habitat loss, to restoring populations of threatened species. However there is growing awareness that conservationists have not always done a good enough job at evaluating whether the things they do really work. But our new study shows that simply experimenting could change this.

This article by Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science, School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 5 November 2018

More in depth data is required to reveal the true global footprint of fishing

There has been a lot of debate recently on the extent of the global fishing footprint. A recent paper claimed that fishing affects 55% of the world’s oceans. Given that many people in the developing world rely on fish as their main source of protein, and the increasing preference for luxury fish products in countries such as China, such statistics might seem plausible.

This article by Michel Kaiser, Honorary Professor, School of Ocean Sciences, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 23 October 2018

More than eight in ten men in prison suffered childhood adversity – new report

Childhood adversity linked to more times in prison, violent offending and a history of time in youth offender institutions

Male prisoners are much more likely than men in the wider population to have suffered childhood adversities such as child maltreatment or living in a home with domestic violence, according to a new report by Public Health Wales and Bangor University.

Publication date: 29 April 2019

MOVE - Putting Research into Practice

Haemodialysis patients can now increase their physical activity while receiving lifesaving treatment, thanks to a new website developed by exercise specialists.

Exercise Physiologists, Dr Jennifer Cooney and Dr Jamie Macdonald from Bangor University’s PAWB Centre in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences put their research into practice by creating MOVE, a website and resources which help people with kidney disease feel better by moving more, despite having to spend a large amount of time being sedentary while receiving their essential lifesaving treatment. 

Publication date: 9 April 2019

Moving from children’s to adult palliative care services: Gap is still too wide for young people with life-limiting conditions to negotiate

The differences between children’s and adult palliative care services are too wide for young people with life-limiting conditions to negotiate, according to research by Bangor University. Commenting on the findings, the researchers call for adult palliative care services to extend their scope to better meet the needs of young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Publication date: 21 October 2014

Moving from children’s to adult palliative care services: Gap is still too wide for young people with life-limiting conditions to negotiate

The differences between children’s and adult palliative care services are too wide for young people with life-limiting conditions to negotiate, according to research by Bangor University. Commenting on the findings, the researchers call for adult palliative care services to extend their scope to better meet the needs of young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

The research team brought young people with life-limiting conditions, parents and professionals from children’s and adult palliative care services together to share their experiences of transition.

Publication date: 21 October 2014

MSc Tropical Forestry students publish findings from their research in Ghana

A group of MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning) students from Bangor University have had their research published in a leading scientific publication, the International Forestry Review, the journal of the Commonwealth Forestry Association

Publication date: 11 October 2017

Multi-national conference enables positive debate about child migration issues

The Children Displaced Across Borders project is an initiative of the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People (Bangor and Swansea Universities), the Centre for Migration Policy Research (Swansea University) and the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston.

A conference was held in Swansea and Houston Universities on 18-19 November 2016, sponsored in part by a Bangor University ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Impact Grant.

Publication date: 30 November 2016

Nathan Abrams has been awarded an AHRC fellowship to take forward his research on Stanley Kubrick

Nathan Abrams has been awarded an AHRC fellowship to take forward his research on Stanley Kubrick.

Publication date: 11 November 2011

National Assembly for Wales pilots Academic Fellowships with Bangor University

Two Bangor University academics are to share their expertise to enable Assembly Members to develop policy and practice for the benefit of the people of Wales.

Dr Alexandra Plows of Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences and Dr Catrin Hedd Jones of the School of Healthcare Sciences will spend time working on specific projects alongside the Assembly’s Research Service under new Academic Fellowships being piloted by the National Assembly for Wales.

Publication date: 29 March 2017

Nation, Class and Resentment

Bangor University sociologist and lecturer Robin Mann discusses the differences in the way that national identity is expressed in Wales, Scotland and England, and how national identity  affects attitudes towards current issues such as Brexit and immigration in a unique comparative study, just published.

Publication date: 27 February 2017

Nature’s Backbone at Risk

The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened. However, the situation would be worse were it not for current global conservation efforts, according to a study launched today at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD, in Nagoya, Japan.

Publication date: 27 October 2010

NERC-funded Envision Doctoral Training Partnership

Bangor University is a member of the prestigious NERC-funded Envision Doctoral Training Partnership (http://www.envision-dtp.org/), together with the Universities of Lancaster and Nottingham, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, British Geological Survey and Rothamsted Research.  

Publication date: 15 December 2015

Networking event in Manchester, 6th of November

SASHI co-investigators and associates met with others interested in developing suicide and self harm research in Manchester to identify important research questions and discuss future opportunities.

Publication date: 16 November 2018

New €7m EU investment in Wales and Ireland’s fisheries industry

Around €5.5m of EU funds will support the Bluefish marine science partnership, which will investigate the effects of climate change in the Irish Sea on the sustainability of fish and shellfish.

Led by Bangor University, in partnership with Irish and Welsh organisations, the project will assess how climate change is affecting the health of fish stocks, the migratory movement of commercial fish, and risks from new non-native species.

Publication date: 6 March 2017

New Ashoka rice variety brings food security to millions

Around a million smallholders and their families in east and west India are enjoying greater food security thanks to work by researchers at Bangor University in Wales.

Food security is a phrase that’s bandied about, but increasing food security can have real impact on people’s lives, and can come about by different means.

Publication date: 18 December 2015

New concept could lead to energy-efficient water supply technology

The water industry, their consumers and the environment could benefit from a new research project to assist the industry to cut its energy bills.

Researchers from Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin have identified a way of using water pressure within the water storage system to generate renewable energy. That energy can then be used by the water industry and sold to the grid.

Publication date: 8 June 2011

New DNA Sequencing reveals hidden communities

Half a bucket full of sand from an unassuming beach in Scotland has revealed a far richer and more complex web of microscopic animals living within the tiny ‘ecosystem’ than have previously been identified.

Publication date: 19 October 2010

New drugs may be better at preventing stroke

New oral anticoagulants that have been approved by NICE are at least as effective, and may be more effective at preventing strokes in people with atrial fibrillation than the widely used drug warfarin. This finding published in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (DOI: 10.1038/CLPT.2013.83) may help to inform decisions about treatment options for different patients who are at risk of strokes.

Publication date: 26 April 2013

New EU project to help grow the fisheries industry in Wales and Ireland

More than €1m of EU funds will be invested in a new project to support the growth of the shellfish industry in Wales and Ireland.

The Irish Sea Portal Pilot will investigate patterns of movement of shellfish in the Irish Sea to help reduce the costs of locating shellfish seed and help increase the volume of mussels and shellfish available to the industry.

Publication date: 21 February 2017

New extreme micro-organisms found in Siberian soda lake

Professor Peter Golyshin of the School of Biological Sciences, and expert in environmental genomics of microorganisms is the only UK author and participant in research which has discovered a new class of micro-organisms (archaea) that live in the extreme environment of a Siberian alkaline soda lake. What makes this discovery ground-breaking is that these micro-organisms can convert organic material directly into methane under such extreme conditions.

Publication date: 26 May 2017

New information makes it easier to ‘Think global, act local’ when conserving coral reefs

Coral reefs provide vital resources, acting as both feeding grounds for fish stocks and natural barriers protecting vulnerable coastlines, among other essential ecosystem services.

But they’re under increasing threat of ‘bleaching’ – when the symbiotic algae that live within the coral are expelled due to warmer sea temperatures, starving the coral of photosynthetic energy and weakening the viability of the whole coral reef structure in the process.

Publication date: 6 February 2017

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

New innovation receives Meterological Society Award

The Royal Meteorological Society’s Vaisala Award for Weather Observing and Instrumentation for 2018 has been awarded to Professor Tom Rippeth and his research team at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences.

Prof Rippeth is interested in how different water masses mix within our oceans and how the mixing of waters of different temperatures and salinity drives and affects global climate and weather patterns.

Publication date: 24 May 2019

New insight into motivation of farmers to plant trees

The research of former Bangor University PhD student Syed Rahman features in a new high-profile blog published by the prestigious Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). 

Publication date: 14 May 2018

New long-range micro backpacks for bees could provide vital information

Harnessing the bee’s own electrical energy is the solution proposed by an exciting new project to create a lightweight and long range bee-tracking device.

Bee populations, our vital crop and fruit pollinators, are in serious decline; their survival faces challenges on several fronts, insecticides and varroa mites to name a few.

Publication date: 14 December 2015

New means of safeguarding world fish stocks proven

Powerful and versatile new genetic tools that will assist in safeguarding both European fish stocks and European consumers is reported in Nature Communications (DOI 10.1038/ncomms1845 22/05/12). The paper reports on the first system proven to identify populations of fish species to a forensic level of validation.

Publication date: 22 May 2012

New more efficient method of sampling biodiversity showcased in major UK estuaries

Two of the UK’s major estuaries have proved to be a successful testing-ground for an effective new method of ‘health-checking’ aquatic biodiversity, which could lead to faster and more efficient sampling for other sites.

“Bio-monitoring” or assessing the impacts of human activities in the natural environment is often achieved by monitoring biological diversity.  Existing methods rely on manual identification, but that takes time, resources and often focuses on larger creatures, that sometimes may not be able to reflect accurately the health of particular habitats.

Publication date: 9 February 2015

New MSc in Dementia Studies draws on academic and clinical expertise

The development of a new MSc in Dementia Studies this academic year represents an exciting opportunity for clinical staff involved in dementia care, both in the community and in hospital settings across North Wales, the UK and internationally. It was developed through partnership work between Bangor University, BCUHB and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. The MSc in Dementia Studies starts from the viewpoint of people living with dementia and then explores areas of clinical practice and research from this stance throughout the course, exploring important issues that confront people living with dementia and the best approaches to delivering excellent care.


Publication date: 30 August 2016

New NE African records of ancient climate support early dates for initial human dispersal Out of Africa

The origin and population expansion of anatomically modern humans (AMH) continues to be a much-debated area of research. 

The previously established consensus is that humans originated on the African continent, in the area of the East African Rift Valley, and subsequently migrated “Out of Africa” around 70,000 years ago.  But there are a host of authors that suggest differently; with some of the more recent genetic evidence as well as somewhat limited archaeological evidence suggesting a much earlier date for the migration - around 120,000 to 130,000 years ago. 

Against this back-drop, there is surprisingly little direct evidence of what the climate was like in East Africa over this time, yet it is acknowledged that this influences patterns of human migration.

Newly published research in Scientific Reports aims to plug this hole in our knowledge.

Publication date: 24 January 2018

New perspectives on Wales at North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History Conference

International academics and students of Welsh history converge on Bangor University this week (25th to the 27th of July), as the University hosts the 12th biennial North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH) Conference of 2018

Publication date: 24 July 2018

New report urges governments to review the duty of collective worship in schools

The vast majority of state schools in the UK are required by law to organise acts of daily collective worship (England, Northern Ireland, Wales) or religious observance (Scotland) for their pupils. The majority of collective worship acts during any school term must be of a 'wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’, be concerned with ‘reverence or veneration paid to a divine being or power’ and ‘accord a special status to Jesus Christ’.

A multidisciplinary research team led by Dr Alison Mawhinney (Bangor Law School) has examined this duty and, at an international conference held this month, launched a report which urgently recommends that governments in the UK re-examine the obligation. 

Publication date: 25 November 2015

New Research Aims to Revolutionise Pollen Forecasting

A team of researchers are developing a new generation of pollen monitoring which they hope will lead to improved forecasts for thousands of the UK population suffering from summer allergies.

Publication date: 20 October 2015

New research as tech companies get emotional

Games, smart TVs, phones and social networks that analyse and respond to user’s emotions will be the subject of new research by a senior lecturer at Bangor University.

Publication date: 1 June 2015

New research at Bangor University helps shed light on the possibility of past life on Venus

Whilst today Venus is a very inhospitable place, with surface temperatures hot enough to melt lead, geological evidence, supported by computer model simulations, indicate it may have been much cooler billions of years ago and had an ocean, and so have been very similar to Earth.

Publication date: 22 May 2019

New research centre to help shape services for Children and Families in Wales

Building on research that has shown how programmes for infants, young families and teachers across Wales, support children’s social and emotional development, a new research centre should provide further answers that will continue to help the Welsh Assembly Government shape services for children and families in the future.

 

The Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention (CEBEI) will be launched by Huw Lewis AM, Deputy Minister for Children on Wednesday 9 March at the Incredible Years Wales Annual Conference in Cardiff.

Publication date: 9 March 2011

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

New research project addresses national priorities in combating the threat of tree diseases

New diseases are posing significant risks to tree health and plant biosecurity.UK Government Research Councils, DEFRA, Forestry Commission and Scottish Government, are together investing £7M to fund seven new projects to help address threats to UK forests, woods and trees.

Bangor University is a partner in one of these projects in collaboration with the Universities of Stirling and Cambridge and the Forest Research agency.  The project titled “Modelling economic impact and strategies to increase resilience against tree disease outbreaks”  will address “the protection and enhancement of public benefits, including biodiversity and ecosystem services (…) building resilience in woodlands, and wider landscapes”, which are the key recommendations that have just been made by the House of Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, specifically.  It will also make a substantial contribution the Committee’s call for “long-term research and development work that focuses on preparation for future plant health threats in order to ensure an effective response in the UK”.

Publication date: 26 March 2014

New research shows how nutrient management can improve farm profitability and agricultural impacts on the environment

Large increases in the price of fertiliser and pressure on the agricultural industry to reduce its contribution to water pollution mean that making best use of nutrients has never been more important. This was the focus of research conducted on farms across Conwy by scientists from the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography at Bangor University. The findings have just been published in a leading academic journal, “Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment”.

Publication date: 18 March 2014

New R.S.Thomas Manuscripts for University Collection

New R.S.Thomas Manuscripts for University Collection.

Publication date: 19 September 2011

New ‘Safe Operating Spaces’ set to sustain world’s coral reefs

Leading coral reef science experts call for new ’safe operating spaces’ to be agreed to ensure the survival of valuable coral reefs for the future.

In a review article published this week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, (Guiding coral Reef Futures in the Anthropocene doi 10.1002/fee.1427), which draws together all the latest knowledge on coral reefs, the scientists argue that, globally, we should agree ‘safe operating spaces’ or buffers in order to ensure survival of coral reefs.

Publication date: 3 November 2016

New species of viper identified

A group of Bangor University scientists have featured in the National Geographic this weekfollowing their discovery of two new species of snake in Southeast Asia.

Publication date: 29 March 2011

New study aims to give children with autism the best start in life

A ground-breaking new study has been launched understand how to support families affected by autism as soon as they receive their diagnosis.

The trial funded by autism research charity Autistica, will test whether offering the Incredible Years® parent supporting programme to families very soon after their child is diagnosed can result in long-term benefits.

Publication date: 20 October 2016

New study calculates alcohol cancer risk in cigarette equivalents to help communicate risk

The well-established link between cancer and tobacco may provide a way to help communicate the links between moderate levels of alcohol and cancer, and raise public awareness of alcohol-associated cancer risks, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.   

A team of researchers at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and University of Southampton have estimated the risk of cancer associated with drinking moderate levels of alcohol, and compared this to the risk of cancer associated with smoking.

Publication date: 28 March 2019

New study leads to calls to review past studies of brain differences between people with ASD and the general population

To better understand the underlying causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), psychologists have been using brain scanning to compare brain structures in people with ASD and the general population....

The latest research, led by Dr Kami Koldewyn, has now revealed how head movement during the scanning process can affect the results.

Publication date: 28 January 2014

New study models the proposed reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx to Scotland

Experts have used an innovative approach to model the proposed reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx to Scotland.

Researchers used state-of-the-art tools to help identify the most suitable location for lynx reintroduction in Scotland – and how this choice might affect the size of a population and its expansion over subsequent decades. Significantly, they believe their model will inform and enhance decision-making around large carnivore reintroductions worldwide.

Publication date: 29 March 2019

New study to assess safe staffing levels on hospital wards

Bangor University researchers will be working with the University of Southampton on a new study to assess the implementation, impact and costs of safe staffing policies for nursing in acute trusts.

Publication date: 19 May 2016

New styles of strikes and protest are emerging in the UK

The image of strikers picketing outside factory gates is usually seen as something from the archives. Official statistics show an almost perennial decline in formal strikes. In the month of January 2018 there were 9,000 recorded working days lost due to strikes – a tiny fraction of the 3m recorded in January 1979.

This article by Emma Sara Hughes, PhD Candidate in Employment Relations, Bangor University and Tony Dundon, Professor of HRM & Employment Relations, University of Manchester was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 10 April 2018

New understanding of venom could open door to more effective antivenoms

New research, which disproves the theory that venom evolved just once in reptiles, could also lead to new medical treatments to counteract snakebite.

Publication date: 15 December 2014

New WHO recommendations: Optimizing health worker roles through task shifting

The World Health Organization’s recommendations on optimizing the roles of health workers aim to help address critical health workforce shortages that slow down progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers can significantly improve both access and cost-effectiveness – for example by training and enabling ‘mid-level’ and ‘lay’ health workers to perform specific interventions otherwise provided only by cadres with longer (and sometimes more specialized) training. 

Publication date: 18 December 2012

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

Nominations for the Drapers Medal 2017/18

Publication date: 28 November 2017

North Wales and the North West of England leads the UK in securing clean energy

North Wales and the North West of England are the key areas for the development of nuclear research and engineering in the UK, according to a UK Government commissioned Audit report published today.

The report shows that nowhere else in Europe has such a concentration of nuclear expertise, with unparalleled access to a world-renowned skills base and pioneering expertise in nuclear research and development.

Publication date: 8 March 2019

North West Cancer Research earmarks multi-million pounds’ worth of cancer research funding at Bangor University

A charity dedicated to funding life-saving cancer research in North Wales has announced it will contribute £1.34 million to advancing cancer research at Bangor University.

Publication date: 14 September 2017

Not so sexy salmon

New research reveals that farmed salmon have smaller ‘jaw hooks’ or ‘kype’- a secondary sexual trait, likened to the antlers of a stag, making them less attractive to females than their wild salmon cousins.

This new finding published in the peer–reviewed science journal Royal Society Open Science, implies that farm-bred salmon are less sexually attractive than their wild brethren, and that despite only being bred in captivity since the 1970’s, within some 12 generations, that they are already diverging from wild salmon.

Publication date: 30 April 2019

Nursing at Bangor University goes from strength to strength but a limited number of places will be available during clearing

Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences has performed very well in recent University league tables whilst its Wrexham campus continues to benefit from further investment. The School was also delighted to recently be awarded a considerable uplift in funded student places from the Welsh Government meaning that its excellent courses, based at both Bangor & Wrexham campuses have additional spaces for September 2016 and April 2017 entry.

Publication date: 15 August 2016

Obese people enjoy food less than people who are lean – new study

Global obesity rates have risen sharply over the past three decades, leading to spikes in diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. The more we understand the causes of obesity and how to prevent it, the better.

We are interested in understanding reward-driven eating. Laboratory experiments have shown that obese people are less rewarded by food than people who are lean. We wanted to know if this held true when people were in a more natural environment – that is, going about their everyday lives.

This article by Hans-Peter Kubis, Director of the Health Exercise and Rehabilitation Group, School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 25 May 2018

Ocean acidification will increase the iodine content of edible seaweeds and their consumers

Evidence is rapidly accumulating that ocean acidification and elevated temperatures will have catastrophic consequences for marine organisms and ecosystems. In fact, it is something we are already witnessing. Coral reefs are bleaching, while snails and other calcifying marine organisms struggle to build their shells, scales and skeletons and juvenile marine animals even struggle to navigate to suitable habitats.

This article by Georgina Brennan, Postdoctoral Research Officer, School of Natural Sciences; Dong Xu, Associate Researcher, Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, and Naihao Ye, Professor, Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 7 December 2018

Ocean Mixing Experts head for Bangor

Experts in Ocean Mixing from across the planet are heading to the Marine Centre Wales at Bangor University for an International workshop on “Ocean Mixing” (11th – 13th July).

The scientists from as far afield as the US, China and Russia, as well as continental Europe and the UK, will be discussing global efforts to improve understanding of the processes which stir up the oceans and how those processes should be represented in weather and climate forecast models.  

Publication date: 11 July 2017

Ocean Oases: How islands support more sea-life

A 60 year-old theory to explain why seas surrounding islands and atolls are particularly productive has just been proven by a marine biologist from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Science, working with a colleague at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Publication date: 16 February 2016

Ocean Sciences on BBC radio Wales: invasive species and coastal protection by salt marshes

Dr Katherine Griffith and Dr Martin Skov were interviewed for the 10th of March ‘Science Café’ programme on Radio Wales, as part of the preparations for the Bangor Science week.

Publication date: 11 March 2015

Older people helping to grow the Welsh economy

With more people living and working in Wales past the age of 65 years, the contribution that they make to the Welsh economy is growing.

So say health economists from the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) at Bangor University in their report Living well for longer: The economic argument for investing in the health and wellbeing of older people in Wales launched today (30 July 2018).

Publication date: 30 July 2018

On a wild goose chase after the world’s highest migrant

The remarkable achievements of the world’s highest flying geese have been revealed by researchers from Bangor University and are reported in the prestigious American scientific journal:  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Publication date: 31 May 2011

‘Once in a lifetime’ rainforest research trip

Six days after getting married, lecturer Simon Willcock left his wife for a once in a lifetime trip to a ’lost world’- an isolated rainforest atop a large outcrop of volcanic rock in Mozambique.

A lecturer in Environmental Geography at Bangor University, since his PhD Simon has worked with a network of leading scientists whose interest include the study of remote and undisturbed rainforests.

Publication date: 19 June 2018

One day Workshop: Sensors and sensing technologies for effective land management: production agriculture and the environment

Publication date: 26 April 2016

One of ten UK projects selected for Award

An academic at Bangor University’s School of Chemistry is one of ten British academics involved in British-Israeli research projects selected to receive funding through the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership, BIRAX.  The announcement of Awards to projects which tackle global challenges in Energy and the Environment was made recently by British Foreign Secretary William Hague at an event hosted by Britain’s ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould, celebrating scientific collaboration between the UK and Israel.  He hailed science as “one of the cornerstones of the relationship between Britain and Israel” and added “both are countries that have built up our economies and our identity through being leaders in science and technology”

Publication date: 6 December 2010

One of ten UK projects selected for Award

An academic at Bangor University’s School of Chemistry is one of ten British academics involved in British-Israeli research projects selected to receive funding through the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership, BIRAX.  The announcement of Awards to projects which tackle global challenges in Energy and the Environment was made recently by British Foreign Secretary William Hague at an event hosted by Britain’s ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould, celebrating scientific collaboration between the UK and Israel.  He hailed science as “one of the cornerstones of the relationship between Britain and Israel” and added “both are countries that have built up our economies and our identity through being leaders in science and technology”

Publication date: 29 November 2010

One small change of words – a giant leap in effectiveness!

Hot on the heals of the dryland systems paper in Food Security comes this paper in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability about a new co-learning paradigm that addresses fine scale variation in context  by embedding research 'in' development.

Publication date: 12 December 2013

One step closer to the supermarket for project seeking to convert Welsh grass into sustainable food packaging

Prototype trials are underway for a university and industry-led project to convert Welsh ryegrass into sustainable food packaging.

Publication date: 19 November 2013

On her first birthday, Princess Charlotte already knows much about language

Princess Charlotte, the youngest member of the British Royal Family, is turning one. While there will be plenty of focus from sections of the mainstream UK media on the official picturesreleased by the palace, much has been going on behind the scenes. Many infants say their first word around the time of their first birthday and for most people, this is when language learning really starts. But by the time Charlotte says her first word, she actually already knows a lot about language.

This article by Anouschka Foltz, Lecturer in Psycholinguistics, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 3 May 2016

Open call for proposals for Research Development Groups

The All-Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC) has an open call for proposals for Research Development Groups (RDGs). The purpose of the RDGs is to increase social care research capacity and outputs in Wales. RDG funds are available specifically to enable groups to write and submit bids for large scale research projects.

Publication date: 6 March 2014

Opening of new Bangor University biotechnology research centre

A research centre that will discover new enzymes with the potential to transform the efficiency of biotechnology industries has just been opened in the presence of research scientists from across Europe, industry representatives and officials from the Welsh Government.

Publication date: 16 October 2018

Open lecture on the Creation of the Czech vernacular liturgy in Budapest

Hana Vlhová-Wőrner gave on 9. 11. 2015 in Budapest, the Calvinist Reformed Church (Budai Református Egyházkőzség), an open lecture on the creation of the Czech vernacular liturgy in the early fifteenth century. 

Publication date: 10 November 2015

Opportunity knocks for UK's Supreme Court to become more diverse

This article by Stephen Clear, of Bangor University Law School,was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

The UK judiciary has a long history of fairness, integrity and soundness of judgement – but not diversity.

In theory, the balance of judges’ ethnicity, gender and background should reflect society. Although there have been moves to improve diversity in the profession, the vast majority are still whitemiddle-classprivate-schooledOxbridge-educated men.

Publication date: 14 February 2017

OPSWISE – Improving the care of older people

A study led by Bangor University has provided a fresh insight into how health services for older people are carried out.

Publication date: 18 March 2016

Our Planet is billed as an Attenborough documentary with a difference but it shies away from uncomfortable truths

Over six decades, Sir David Attenborough’s name has become synonymous with high-quality nature documentaries. But while for his latest project, the Netflix series Our Planet, he is once again explaining incredible shots of nature and wildlife – this series is a little different from his past films. Many of his previous smash hits have portrayed the natural world as untouched and perfect, Our Planet is billed as putting the threats facing natural ecosystems front and centre to the narrative. In the opening scenes we are told: “For the first time in human history the stability of nature can no longer be taken for granted.”

This article by Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science, School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 5 April 2019

Over consumption of sugary drinks dull our taste buds and our enjoyment

If your children are thirsty, encourage them to drink water- that would be the clear health message from research into taste preferences at Bangor University.

Publication date: 9 June 2011

Oxford Award for Bangor Professor

Tony Bushell, Professor of German in Bangor’s  School of Modern Languages, has been awarded a  prestigious visiting scholarship by St. John’s College, Oxford to complete a study devoted to the rhetorics of Austrian identity.

Publication date: 26 April 2012

Paper named as one of the most cited ever in 'Business History' journal

A paper by a Bangor Business School academic is the third most cited article to have been published in leading industry journal ‘Business History’.

Publication date: 22 October 2012

Paris climate agreement enters into force: international experts respond

The Conversation asked a panel of international experts to give their view on the significance of the agreement coming into force. Among the invited contributors is Professor Julia Jones, Professor of Conservation Science at the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography.

Publication date: 4 November 2016

Participant Appreciation Day

NeuroSKILL hosts research participant appreciation day at Bangor University

The NeuroSKILL program hosted an appreciation day for community members who have participated in psychology research at Bangor University on August the 29th.  Patients and members of the local community who have been participants in research studies were welcomed to the Brigantia Building today, and through a series of informative talks by researchers and students at Bangor University told about some of the research taking place, and the results of these studies.

Publication date: 10 September 2014

Patients with mouth and oesophageal cancers take longer to seek help from GP

PEOPLE with cancers of different parts of the mouth (oropharyngeal) and the oesophagus are waiting longer between first noticing a symptom and going to their GPs compared to patients with other types of cancers, according to research* published in the International Journal of Cancer, today (Tuesday).

Publication date: 11 February 2014

People Anticipate Others’ Genuine Smiles, But Not Polite Smiles

Smile and the world smiles with you – but new research suggests that not all smiles are created equal. The research shows that people actually anticipate smiles that are genuine but not smiles that are merely polite. The differing responses may reflect the unique social value of genuine smiles.

Publication date: 12 June 2013

People with dementia gain from learning self-management skills

People with early-stage dementia benefit when they are empowered to manage their own condition, a study led by researchers at the University of Exeter has found.

Research involving Bangor University and published in the journal International Psychogeriatrics, found that attending weekly ‘self-management’ group sessions which encouraged socialisation, discussion, problem solving and goal setting fostered independence and promoted social support amongst people with dementia.

Publication date: 25 January 2016

Peter Huxley to continue as Visiting Research Fellow at LEWI

Professor Peter Huxley of the Centre for Mental Health and Society has been awarded visiting research fellow status of the David C Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI) for a further two years.

Publication date: 23 June 2017

Pharmaceutical companies are profiting from rare diseases

Incentives intended to stimulate the development of more treatments for rare diseases are being exploited to boost the profits of pharmaceutical companies, new research led by Bangor University shows.

Publication date: 22 October 2016

PhD Anniversary Research Bursaries available

Bangor Law School is offering 2 PhD Anniversary Research Bursaries worth £7,000 per annum.

Publication date: 31 May 2012

PhD Opportunities

PhD candidates are sought for the following projects in the School of Biological Sciences. 

Publication date: 19 October 2017

PhD scholarships available for Chinese graduates

Bangor University is working with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to offer up to 10 scholarships to enable talented Chinese students to undertake fully funded PhD programmes at starting in 2013-14.

Publication date: 27 June 2012

PhD student Adam Pearce's translation of Daniel Owen's short stories published

Adam Pearce, a 125th Anniversary Ph.D. Student in Bangor’s School of Modern Languages, is the translator of a recently-published collection of short stories entitled Fireside Tales by Daniel Owen, widely regarded as the father of the Welsh novel.

Publication date: 15 March 2012

PhD student Izaddin Rasool published in The Sociological Review

An article by PhD student Izaddin Rasool has been published in The Sociological Review, one of the world’s leading journals for sociological research.

Publication date: 24 February 2015

PhD Studentship

Bangor University’s School of Welsh is part of a Celtic Studies consortium that includes twelve academic departments throughout the UK.

Publication date: 15 December 2017

PhD studentships for October 2012

Bangor Business School is inviting applications for Research Bursaries starting in October 2012. This provides three years of support for full-time PhD study.

Publication date: 12 April 2012

PhD Studentships for September 2015

Bangor University Business School invites applications from suitably qualified individuals wanting to pursue doctoral studies. We are offering PhD Studentships for research projects across a number of disciplines.

Publication date: 26 March 2015

PhD Studentships for September 2016

Bangor Business School invites applications from suitably qualified individuals wanting to pursue doctoral studies. We are offering PhD Studentships for research projects in the disciplines of Financial Studies and Business Management

Publication date: 22 March 2016

PhD Studentship - Sympathetic activation during hypoxia

Applications are invited for a three-year, full-time PhD studentship funded by the School of Sport and Exercise (SHES), Bangor University, as part of the Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and Exercise(IRESE) research collaboration between SHES and the Cardiff School of Sport (CSS), Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Publication date: 16 June 2016

Phil Harper- Novel Anticancer Prodrugs

Cancer is a disease which can affect anybody worldwide. There approximately 200 different types of cancer which are known to affect humans, including common cancers such as lung cancer and breast cancer and other less common forms such as cancer of the pancreas.

Publication date: 4 February 2015

Phosphorus is vital for life on Earth – and we're running low

Phosphorus is an essential element which is contained in many cellular compounds, such as DNA and the energy carrier ATP. All life needs phosphorus and agricultural yields are improved when phosphorus is added to growing plants and the diet of livestock. Consequently, it is used globally as a fertiliser – and plays an important role in meeting the world’s food requirements.

This article by Vera Thoss, Lecturer in Chemistry at the School of Chemsitry was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 15 March 2017

Pioneering research into benefit of computer games to treat Parkinson’s Disease

North Wales neuroscientists are researching the potential benefits of brain stimulating computer games in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.

The study is being led by researchers at Bangor University’s School of Psychology with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) and neurological experts at the Walton Centre in Liverpool.

They are studying the effects of touch screen “spatial reasoning games” on the part of the brain used to control movement in Parkinson’s patients.

Publication date: 25 April 2017

Planet Earth's adventure into cities cements its position as a pioneer of environmental film

With its depiction of sublime landscapes and unique creatures in a manner unsurpassed by other documentary series, Planet Earth II has been wowing millions over the last six weeks. Conversations overheard on the bus or in the supermarket queue have frequently featured prancing flamingos or those infamous snakes: a whole new generation have been introduced to the wonders of the natural world.

Planet Earth first debuted ten years ago, as Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth attempted to engage the public on the urgency of solving global warming. Meanwhile, David Attenborough was fascinating Planet Earth’s audience with stories about endangered species and remote places – trying to raise environmental awareness with a very different approach.

Publication date: 9 December 2016

Plants to Products – From Concept to Commercialisation

A half day seminar on product commercialisation and Intellectual Property (IP) rights
Tuesday, 23rd April 2013
Neuadd Reichel, Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor Gwynedd, LL57 2TR
08.30am – 1.00pm
Lunch buffet and refreshments. Parking available

Download more information on the seminar here

Publication date: 8 April 2013

Policy action called for to prevent gambling harm

Academics are calling for a radical overhaul of the UK gambling laws including a tax on the industry to prevent gambling harms and support those with gambling problems, in a paper published today (Thursday 9 May 2019).

As gambling is increasingly being recognised as a public health issue, the academies say major investment is needed to alleviate the growing economic burden on society.

Publication date: 9 May 2019

Poorer children priced out of learning instruments but school music programmes benefit the wider community

Years of austerity in the UK have bitten away at school budgets, and the arts have suffered heavily. Schools can no longer afford to employ teaching assistants, so it is little wonder that local authorities have cut school music funding.

Schools are responsible for their own budgets, and musical instrument lessons that were traditionally subsidised by councils have been cut down in some districts. Now, the Musicians’ Union has found that children living in the poorest areas are no longer getting the exposure to music and the arts that they so often only get in school. With parents being asked to subside instrument lessons, 41% of low-income families have said that they cannot do so due to their limited household budget.

This article by Eira Winrow, PhD Research Candidate and Research Project Support Officer and Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, Professor of Health Economics, at the Centre for Health Economics and Medicinces Evaluation is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 13 November 2018

Positive psychology helps brain injury survivors recover with a better outlook on life

In the UK alone, nearly 350,000 people are admitted to hospital each year with an acquired brain injury, caused by anything from road traffic accidents, falls, and assaults, to vascular disorders such as strokes. And this number is growing.

This article by was Leanne Rowlands, PhD researcher in Neuropsychology, at the School of Psychology was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 15 February 2018

Potential 'hot-spots' for sea ice melting identified in the Arctic Ocean

The Arctic region is warming up twice as fast as the rest of the planet. This rapid temperature increase has caused record-breaking seasonal retreat in Arctic Ocean sea ice in recent years. The latest minimum recorded was set in September 2012, while the sea ice cover in September 2016 tied with 2007 for the second lowest extent ever recorded. And it’s not just coverage that’s the problem, sea ice is also thinning, with a current average thickness of 3.2m in the Central Arctic.

Publication date: 26 October 2016

Potential solution to financial services mis-selling raised by Bangor Academic

In a week where we have observed yet another financial services mis-selling case are there any solutions to this perennial problem of financial regulation? While the recent movement to remove commission in the sales of retail investments may assist this problem, an article published this month by a Bangor academic suggests more fundamental change to how we regulate the development of financial services products is required.

Publication date: 4 January 2012

Prestigious Award for Honorary Professor

Prof. John Duncan (Cambridge) who is a honorary member of staff in Bangor's Psychology department has won the prestigious Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science for his innovative, multidisciplinary research into the relationships between psychology, behaviour and intelligence on the one hand and neural processes on the other

Publication date: 21 March 2012

Prestigious British Academy Award for Bangor Lecturer

Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira, from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, has been awarded almost £90,000 to embark on a project that would make a case for studying contemporary Spanish culture and politics from a postcolonial perspective.

Publication date: 18 May 2015

Prestigious European history research grant for Bangor historian

Dr Katharine Olson, lecturer in medieval and early modern history at Bangor, has recently been awarded a prestigious Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant for Research in European History by the American Historical Association

Publication date: 25 September 2012

Prestigious Impact Accelerator Account to benefit economic and social research exchange

A major award to Bangor University is set to increase the way in which the University shares economic and social sciences research for the benefit of society as a whole.

Bangor University has been awarded over £670,000 by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) one of the major research awarding bodies in the UK.

Publication date: 16 March 2015

Prestigious International Fellowship for promising young researcher

A post-doctoral researcher at Bangor University’s School of Natural Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious  European Commission Horizon2020 funded Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellowship.

The fellowship, which allows for international mobility and knowledge exchange will enable Dr Karina Marsden of Bethesda to spend two years working in The University of Melbourne, Australia, before returning to Bangor University for the final year of her research project.  It was awarded following a successful joint application by Bangor and Melbourne universities.

Publication date: 15 October 2018

Prestigious Research Fellowship awarded to Bangor Archaeologist

A prestigious three year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship has been awarded to Professor Nancy Edwards, School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology

Publication date: 14 January 2015

Prestigious visiting research scholarship awarded to Bangor philosopher

Dr Lucy Huskinson, Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Religion, has been awarded a prestigious Mythos grant of $4500 to further her research into the phenomenology of architecture and urban design at the Opus Archives and Research Center, in Santa Barbara, US.

Publication date: 6 March 2013

Pristine Antarctic fjords contain similar levels of microplastics to open oceans near big civilisations

In the middle of the last century, mass-produced, disposable plastic waste started washing up on shorelines, and to be found in the middle of the oceans. This has since become an increasingly serious problem, spreading globally to even the most remote places on Earth. Just a few decades later, in the 1970s, scientists found the same problem was occurring at a much less visible, microscopic level, with microplastics.

This article by Alexis Janosik, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of West FloridaDavid Barnes, Data Interpretation Ecologist, British Antarctic SurveyJames Scourse, Professor of Physical Geography, University of Exeter, and Katrien Van Landeghem, Senior Lecturer in Marine Geology, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 16 July 2018

Prof David Crystal awards best first year Linguistics and English Language Student with prize

Gemma Hutchinson, winner of the David Crystal Prize for best first year student 2013/14 received her award on the School of Linguistics and English Language’s annual David Crystal Day on 4th February 2015.

Publication date: 16 February 2015

Prof Dean Williams influences NICE Guidelines

Diabetic foot disease is an ever increasing problem and a major burden on healthcare provision worldwide. Foot ulceration is associated with serious complications including loss of limb that have devastating personal and socio-economic implications. The cost of diabetic foot care in England in 2010–2011 was estimated at £580m.

Publication date: 8 December 2015

Prof. Emily Cross at the European Research Council’s 10 Year Celebrations

Professor Emily Cross of Bangor University’s School of Psychology was invited to talk at the European Research Council’s 10 Year Celebrations Conference recently, where she shared the stage with some of Europe’s most eminent researchers.

Publication date: 24 March 2017

Professor Angharad Price named Best Playwright in the Welsh Language

Congratulations to Professor Angharad Price from Bangor University’s School of Welsh who was named Best Playwright in the Welsh Language in the Wales Theatre Awards 2017 held last Saturday (25 February 2017) in Swansea’s Taliesin Arts Centre. 

Publication date: 27 February 2017

Professor Bernardo Batiz-Lazo attends PayTech 2016

Professor Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Professor of Business History and Bank Management, recently presented a paper at the PayTech 2016 conference at Warwick Business School.

Publication date: 9 February 2016

Professor Bernardo Batiz Lazo awarded research grant worth £15,000

Professor Bernardo Batiz-Lazo has been awarded a research grant worth £15,000 for a study of payment systems across three countries.

Publication date: 15 May 2013

Professor Dermot Cahill speaks to BBC Radio Wales about Procurement Week

Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of Bangor Law School, was interviewed by BBC Radio Wales last Thursday, 22nd March 2012. He spoke about the Institute of Competition and Procurement Studies’ first ever Procurement Week, which takes place at Bangor University this week (27th-30th March). 

Publication date: 27 March 2012

Professor listed among world’s most influential researchers

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone, Professor of Health Services & Implementation Research at Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences has been ranked among the world’s most influential researchers.

One significant and important measure of academic research is how often academic research papers are cited or referenced in other academic articles. Prof Rycroft-Malone’s work is listed in the newly published Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers 2014 list, which represents the world’s leading scientific minds.

Prof Rycroft-Malone is among over three thousand researchers from across the globe earning the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators℠ as Highly Cited Papers-ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, which has been judged by peers to be of particular significance and earning them the mark of exceptional impact.

Publication date: 26 June 2014

Professor Peter Huxley appointed to Health and Care Research Cymru board

Peter Huxley, Professor of Mental Health Research, in the Centre for Mental Health and Society, has been appointed as a board member for Health and Care Research Cymru.

Professor Huxley will represent the Senior Research Leader group, bringing with him to the role many years’ experience and expertise in the field of social care and mental health. 

Publication date: 20 October 2015

Professor Peter Huxley presents social inclusion research findings to Hong Kong mental health service providers

Peter Huxley, Professor of Mental Health Research, in the Centre for Mental Health and Society has shared the findings of his ESRC-funded project at a workshop in Hong Kong.

Publication date: 20 October 2015

Professor Ray Karl captures over £575,000 in collaborative grant success

Professor Ray Karl, who is Professor of Archaeology and Heritage at Bangor University, is joint leader of a project entitled 'Co-production of alternative views of lost heritage' which has secured a grant worth c. £575,000 under the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s ‘Connnected Communities’ call. 

Publication date: 9 September 2013

Professor unveils the hidden story of Kubrick’s erotic final film

A Stanley Kubrick expert at Bangor University has published a new book uncovering the hidden story of the director’s controversial final film, Eyes Wide Shut.

Titled Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film, it is the first book to explore in detail Stanley Kubrick’s last movie, which raised eyebrows with its sexually charged material.

Publication date: 4 July 2019

Professor Vyv Evans discusses whether emojis can be construed as language

For The Guardian newspaper this week, Professor Vyv Evans discusses whether emojis can be construed as language.

Publication date: 16 February 2015

Professor Vyv Evans to take part in Edinburgh International Science Festival debate

Professor Vyv Evans will be taking part in a 90 minute debate at this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival on April 15th 2015 at 8pm.

Publication date: 16 February 2015

Prof. Peter Huxley appointed to Health and Care Research Wales Senior Research Leaders Group

Congratulations to Professor Peter Huxley, who has been appointed to the Health and Care Research Wales Senior Research Leaders Group.

Publication date: 5 April 2016

Project gives Welsh-speaking throat cancer sufferers a voice

A Welsh Government-supported project to help Welsh speakers who are at risk of losing their voice to continue to communicate in their native language has received a visit from Minister for the Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan.

Publication date: 31 January 2018

Project to scour 'microbial dark-matter' for new biotechnology resources : HORIZON 2020-funded Project ‘INMARE’ begins

In the first award to Bangor University from the major EU Horizon 2020 Program research funding stream, Prof Peter Golyshin will lead an international consortium of more than 20 partners from academia and industry from 12 countries, including leading multinational industrial partners, will work on a four year EUR 6M collaborative project. The project will mine for and use newly discovered microbial enzymes and metabolites, in particular for the targeted production of fine chemicals, environmental clean-up technologies and anti-cancer drugs.

Publication date: 20 April 2015

Protecting the amazing Chagos archipelago - Blog

Publication date: 21 March 2013

Prudent Health and Behaviour Change: How behaviour science can impact the NHS

The Wales Centre for Behaviour Change (WCBC) at Bangor University recently presented to NHS staff from across Wales on how behaviour science can impact the NHS, and promote the Prudent Health model something the WCBC has been involved in previously (see here and here)

Publication date: 5 May 2015

Psychological principles could explain major healthcare failings

A paper in the BMJ’s Journal of Medical Ethics breaks new ground by using psychological approaches and insights to review major health crises within the NHS.

Despite several complex and high profile inquiries into major healthcare failings in the NHS, mistakes reoccur and failings in patient safety continue. While inquiries describe what went wrong in each case, questions of how and why such failures happened remain unanswered.

In the research paper, Dr Michelle Rydon-Grange who has just qualified as a Clinical Psychologist at the School of Psychology, applies psychological theory to find new understandings of the causes that lead to catastrophic failures in healthcare settings.

Publication date: 15 October 2015

Psychologists reveal how emotion can shut down high-level mental processes without our knowledge

Psychologists at Bangor University believe that they have glimpsed for the first time, a process that takes place deep within our unconscious brain, where primal reactions interact with higher mental processes. Writing in the Journal of Neuroscience (May 9, 2012 • 32(19):6485– 6489 • 6485), they identify a reaction to negative language inputs which shuts down unconscious processing.

Publication date: 9 May 2012

Psychology workshop leads to the development of an all-Wales network for research on prevention of age-related cognitive decline and disability

On the 27th October 2011 the School of Psychology hosted a workshop to discuss the prevention of age related disability and dementia (organised by Prof Linda Clare). The workshop was well attended by academics, health professionals and representatives from voluntary sector organisations and local government.

Publication date: 23 November 2011

Putting poverty under the spotlight

Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences is combining discussion and drama to put the spotlight on poverty at a public event on Wednesday 8 November.

Poverty: Local, National and International’ will showcase pioneering research from academics and students at the School, which shows how poverty affects people's identities and shapes their lives. The event forms part of a week of the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council Festival of Social Sciences public engagement activities.

Publication date: 30 October 2017

Quantifying melting glaciers’ effect on ocean currents

A team of scientists from Bangor University and the University of Sheffield have used a computer climate model to study how freshwater entering the oceans at the end of ice-ages 140,000 years ago, affected the parts of the ocean currents that control climate. This is the first study of this kind for the time period.

Publication date: 20 May 2011

Quantifying the environmental cost of fishing on the seabed

Trawling contributes 20% of the global landings of fish caught at sea, hence it is an essential means of providing food for millions of people.

Bottom trawling is used to catch fish and shellfish that live in or near the seabed. Despite its importance, bottom trawling causes variable amounts of physical and biological change to seabed habitats, and can induce structural and functional changes in seabed communities. Understanding the ecosystem consequences of trawling is important so that we can reduce negative impacts on the seabed through appropriate management measures.

Publication date: 18 July 2017

‘Queenie’ scallops win Award with assistance from Bangor University

Support and advice from Bangor University’s renowned School of Ocean Sciences has assisted the Isle of Man ‘Queenie’ fishery to win the prestigious Billingsgate Sustainable Fisheries Award. And the future looks bright for the Isle of Man fishing industry. Once in decline, the now sustainably fished ‘queenie’ fishery is providing a high value product sought after by best restaurants around the UK.

Publication date: 14 February 2011

Raising a glass to the holidays

Asking people about what they drink on holidays and other special occasions shows we drink around the equivalent of 12 million more bottles of wine a week than we previously thought in England. Previous surveys on alcohol consumption have not accounted for all the alcohol that is sold. Research, funded by Alcohol Research UK and published in the open access journal BMC Medicine, appears to have found many of these ‘missing units’.

Also published today, an article "England's missing booze: 12 million more bottles drunk per week than previously thought" has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Christine Griffin at University of Bath and Mark Bellis at Bangor University

Publication date: 22 May 2015

Rapid change in coral reefs prompts global calls for a rethink

Coral reef experts from around the world are calling for an urgent re-evaluation of our climate goals in the light of increasing evidence of unprecedented speed of change to these fragile ecosystems.

Coral reefs, which have functioned relatively unchanged for some 24 million years, are now going through profound changes in their make-up.

Publication date: 6 June 2019

Rare woodland wildlife at risk because of 50-year-old tree felling rules

This article by Craig Shuttleworth, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, at the School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article

In the UK it is illegal to deliberately kill or injure red squirrels, disturb them while they are using a nest, or destroy their nests. Yet, although the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act provides these protections, there is a legal anomaly in England and Wales – one that can potentially undermine the conservation of the red squirrel, along with every other rare and endangered forest plant or animal species. Although rare woodland species are protected, the habitat they dwell in is generally not.

Publication date: 30 November 2018

Reaching out to reduce self-harm and suicide

While self-harm and suicide in European and American populations are well researched and the risk factors understood, much less is known about these behaviours in South Asia, where rates are very high.

Bangor University’s Centre for Mental Health and Society has been awarded a prestigious Research Council UK Global Challenges Research Fund grant to work with colleagues in India and Pakistan to address these issues. The project will be equipping local researchers with the skills they need to develop long-term programmes to reduce death, disability and distress.  The Capability Grant award is a key component in the UK Aid strategy to grow both the research base in the UK and strengthen capacity overseas. The aim is to address research challenges which respond to the expressed needs of developing countries.

Publication date: 21 July 2017

Realising the Circular Economy (CE)

“Learn how to see, realise that everything connects to everything else” Leonardo de Vinci

Businesses are largely shaped by two important events in human development history; 1) industrial revolution and 2) globalization. Societies evolved, economic development brought prosperity but at the expense of nature and its finite resources (Cain and Hopkins 2016; McDonough and Braungart 2002; Allen 2003). 

Publication date: 15 July 2019

Real World Impact of Bangor Research

Research carried out by Bangor University is helping a leading charity to get its powerful message across to young people. The Alcohol Education Trust, a National Charity based in Dorset that supports 1500 school and 700 youth organisations, launched its online learning zone, ‘talk about alcohol’, on 10th June. Research carried out at Bangor has shown that online gaming and having fun in the classroom environment can lead to young people staying safe around alcohol. 

Publication date: 16 June 2016

Recent advances in understanding coral resilience to rising sea surface temperatures are an essential component of global efforts to safeguard coral reefs

A review of the literature points to the importance of reducing global carbon dioxide emissions in addition to protecting or augmenting resilience mechanisms in the face of increased frequency of climate change impacts.

Publication date: 22 January 2018

Recognition of teaching

Dr Anouschka Foltz and Dr Eirini Sanoudaki became Fellows of the Higher Education Academy through the Aberystwyth-Bangor Scheme for Recognising CPD in Teaching and Supporting Learning.

Publication date: 19 October 2015

Recreated ‘Medieval’ Organ to complement Medieval Church

An unique musical instrument is being unveiled at St Fagans National History Museum on 8-9 April. The highly decorated organ, which has quite a different sound to the modern church organ, recreates the now lost medieval organ.

Publication date: 1 April 2011

Reefs that experience high frequency temperature variability most likely to resist coral bleaching

As scientists and conservationists race to work out the best way to conserve the world’s coral reefs, a new study reveals why some reefs appear to be more resistant to coral bleaching during ocean warming events and calls for higher-resolution data to be collected.

Publication date: 30 April 2018

Replanting oil palm may be driving a second wave of biodiversity loss

This article  by Simon Willcock, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography, Bangor University and Adham Ashton-Butt, Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Hull is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

The environmental impact of palm oil production has been well publicised. Found in everything from food to cosmetics, the deforestation, ecosystem decline and biodiversity loss associated with its use is a serious cause for concern.

Publication date: 13 May 2019

Research by Canolfan Bedwyr’s Language Technologies Unit informs European agenda

Research and expertise by Canolfan Bedwyr's Language Technologies Unit were referenced the European Parliament recently, as Plaid Cymru's European MP, Jill Evans, credited the work of the Unit as being at the forefront of minority language technology. The MEP presented findings of the recommendations made by the Digital Language Diversity Project (DLDP) in its report on ensuring linguistic equality in the fields of digital technology. Following the speech by Jill Evans MEP, the head of the Language Technologies Unit, Delyth Prys, and the Unit's Chief Software Engineer, Dewi Bryn Jones, were invited to speak at a conference on language technologies and digital equality within a multilingual Europe.

Publication date: 4 October 2018

Research Creates BBC Radio series for Remembrance Week

Researching conflict reporting has led to the producing of a documentary series which is being broadcast on BBC Radio Wales this month as part of their season of Remembrance programmes.

Publication date: 10 November 2011

Researchers meet in Ireland to discuss impacts of climate change to Irish Sea shellfisheries

SUSFISH researchers from Wales and Ireland recently met at University College Cork to discuss the impacts of climate change to commercial shellfish productivity in the Irish Sea.  Bangor University is leading this collaborative project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which brings together experts from Bangor, Aberystwyth and Swansea Universities in Wales and the University College Cork in Ireland.

Publication date: 11 May 2012

Researchers reveal that sharks are hygienic

Scientists at Bangor University have shown for the first time, that sharks visit shallow tropical reefs or ‘seamounts’, to benefit from  cleaning services and rid themselves of cumbersome parasites.  The strategy is risky however, since by being there, they become vulnerable to interference from human activity.

Publication date: 15 March 2011

Researchers reveal that thresher sharks use tail-slaps to hunt

Scientists have shown that thresher sharks hunt schooling fish by bullwhipping their tails hard enough to maim and kill several prey at once, according to research published in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Dr Simon Oliver, Dr John Turner and Tim D’Urban Jackson from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, and Klemens Gann and Medel Silvosa of the Thresher Shark Research and Conservation Project in the Philippines.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Research Excellence Framework 2014: Results Overview

Periodically the UK government sponsors a process, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) that grades the research activity in all UK Universities, the most recent results have now been released for REF 2014.

Publication date: 23 January 2015

Research for Business and the Business of Research. A public lecture not to be missed!

Research for Business and the Business of Research

George Buckley Chief UK Economist, Deutsche Bank.
Stephenson Room, George Building, Normal Site.  6pm for 6:15 start

A Public Lecture not to be missed!

Publication date: 24 April 2012

Research Funding Opportunities

The All-Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration Academy (ASCCA) is pleased to announce funding for two PhD Fellowships in Social Care to commence in 2014. Applications are invited from eligible social care practitioners, managers and educators.

Publication date: 3 March 2014

Research helps net £90 million for schools

Research from Bangor University showing the effectiveness of extra funding to schools has enabled the Welsh Government to increase funding levels to schools in order to tackle poverty in Wales.

The collaborative research commissioned by GWE and ERW, two school improvement services providers, provided Welsh Government with evidence on which to base its decision to increase funding to schools under the Pupil Development Grant funding by a further 90 million in 2018-19.  Educationalistspsychologistssocial scientists, and legal experts who have amassed vast experiences of working with schools, pupils and children, worked together to conduct a comprehensive review of how poverty could be affecting educational achievement in Wales.

Publication date: 30 April 2018

Researching changes to our Arctic Ocean

Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences is leading one of 12 major research projects to have successfully bid to carry out crucial research in one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet- the Arctic.

The joint-funding for the work comes to the University from the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the Changing Arctic Ocean project.

Dr Yueng-Djern Lenn, a Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography at the School of Ocean Sciences is to lead the new three-year research project with partners and collaborating institutions. The aim is to increase understanding of how changes within our oceans might affect the quantity of phytoplankton produced in the Arctic Ocean.

Publication date: 3 July 2018

Researching the kingfisher’s iconic hydrodynamic design

Renowned for their noiseless dive, the kingfisher’s iconic beak-shape has inspired the design of high speed bullet trains. Now scientists have tested beak-shape among some of the birds’ 114 species found world-wide, to assess which shape is the most hydrodynamic.

Avian biologist, Dr Kristen Crandell and third year undergraduate student, Rowan Howe, of Bangor University, created 3d printed models of the beak shapes of several of the diving kingfisher species, at the University’s Pontio Innovation Centre.

Publication date: 15 May 2019

Research methods that find serial criminals could help save tigers

A geographic profiling tool used to catch serial criminals could help reduce the casualties of human-tiger conflict, according to scientists who collaborated on an innovative conservation research study.

Publication date: 28 August 2018

Research on effectiveness of Mindfulness reaches conclusion phase

Researchers at Bangor and Oxford Universities are drawing together the results of a major 5 year study, the results of which will be revealed later this year, into how effective the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy programme can be in reducing the incidence of depression and suicidality for people with recurrent suicidal depression.

Publication date: 3 January 2012

Research on the use of Welsh presented at International Conference on Bilingualism in Education

Dr Rhian Siân Hodges and PhD student Sioned Wyn Williams have presented the results of their research on the use of Welsh within the community at Bangor University’s first International Conference on Bilingualism in Education last week.

The pair, who are both supported by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, undertook the research project – ‘Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned’ (‘Using Welsh in the Community’) – on behalf of the Welsh Government.

Publication date: 14 June 2016

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

Research Presentations at ECB

At the beginning of October Ben Jones is presenting his PhD proposal at the ECB's biannual academy directors conference at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Publication date: 5 October 2015

Research project from Bangor University celebrated as Big Idea for the Future

Research selected for leading national report  

Groundbreaking work from Bangor University has been chosen as one of the most important research projects currently taking place in universities, with the publication today of the Big Ideas for the Future report.

Publication date: 16 June 2011

Research project to explore impacts of estates on the communities of the Ogwen Valley

Bangor University’s Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates has received a grant of £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to work with the communities of the Ogwen Valley in Gwynedd to explore the lives and experiences of those generations of people who lived and worked on the Penrhyn estate during the course of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Publication date: 22 January 2018

Research search for ‘invisible’ carers

There are thought to be over 70,000 people with a learning disability living in Wales today and yet only 12,000 or so are known to social services. This would, therefore, appear to indicate that many tens of thousands of people with a learning disability are living with family carers. 

Publication date: 13 March 2013

Research Student Conference 8th Oct

Publication date: 20 September 2012

Research to further increase resilience and sustainability of the UK food system

Bangor University is to receive and manage a portion of the UK’s Global Food Security programme- funding of £4.9 million for interdisciplinary research to increase the resilience and sustainability of the UK food system.

Over 1.5 million has been awarded to Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography. Under the lead of Professor Paul Withers, a world-leading interdisciplinary team of biophysical and socio-economic scientists, together with a wide range of UK stakeholders, will investigate how to make the best sustainable use of phosphorus, a finite global resource, in the UK food system.

Publication date: 25 October 2017

Research Visions: A photography competition for Staff and Postgraduate Researchers

Publication date: 13 November 2017

Responding to adverse childhood experiences - An evidence review

Public Health Wales’ Policy, Research and International Development directorate in conjunction with the Public Health Collaborating Unit at Bangor University, has produced a new report ‘Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences’.

The new report, developed by Dr Lisa Di Lemma, examines evidence across a variety of programmes responding to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).  The report looked at programmes and interventions for 11 individual ACE types, and ACEs as a collective term, to identify common approaches across programmes.

Publication date: 16 May 2019

Response to the Reid report on research and innovation

Following today’s publication of Professor Graeme Reid’s review of Government-funded research and innovation in Wales, Bangor University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research & Impact, Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone said: “Wales has a number of strengths in research and innovation and it’s important that we continue to support existing areas of excellence, as well as develop and nurture new areas of expertise.

Publication date: 6 June 2018

Revealing what lies beneath...

Have you ever looked out to sea from somewhere on the Welsh coast and wondered how that view would seem if the water was somehow magically taken away?  Well, thanks to recent results from a Bangor University project called SEACAMS, part financed through the Welsh European Funding Office, this has become a reality for some iconic coastal locations across Wales.

Publication date: 28 April 2016

Reviewing bioenergy resources for construction and other non-energy uses

Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre (BC) has been selected to lead a consortium to deliver a review on ‘The potential for using bioenergy resources for construction and other non-energy uses’ for the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), a non-governmental advisory body. This review will feed into the updated Bioenergy Review 2018, which will be published by the CCC in the autumn.

Publication date: 8 February 2018

Rhinos should be conserved in Africa, not moved to Australia

This article by Matt Hayward, Senior Lecturer in Conservation, at the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Rhinos are one of the most iconic symbols of the African savanna: grey behemoths with armour plating and fearsome horns. And yet it is the horns that are leading to their demise. Poaching is so prolific that zoos cannot even protect them.

Publication date: 27 April 2017

Rocky platforms dissipating wave energy – a new option for coastal defence?

Communities across Wales are coming to terms with the very real threat of coastal flooding as the Welsh Government announces that as many as 48 areas have been identified where coastal defences will not be maintained in the long term.

With that stark reality in mind, scientists in Wales are contributing their expertise to obtain a clearer picture of the waves and storm surges hitting our coasts, so that they can gain a greater understand of the energy within waves and how a wave’s power can be dissipated.

Publication date: 25 November 2014

Roller Coaster migratory flights of geese give unique insights into bird physiology and biomechanics at high altitudes

An international team of scientists studying the migratory biology of bar-headed geese (Anser indicus), during their high altitude flights across the Tibetan plateau and Himalayan Mountains, have revealed how these birds cope with flying in the relatively low-density mountain atmosphere.

Publication date: 16 January 2015

Roller-coaster soaring flights of frigatebirds negotiate the doldrums of the tropical Indian Ocean

An international team of scientists, led by Professor Henri Weimerskirch of Chize Centre for Biological Sciences, CNRS in France, with collaboration from Dr. Charles Bishop, Bangor University in the UK, studied the movement ecology of great frigatebirds (Fregata minor). 
Their paper: Frigate birds track atmospheric conditions over months-long trans-oceanic flights, is published in Science today (1st July).

Publication date: 1 July 2016

Rolling dice reveals level of illegal badger killing

A little-used method for estimating how many people are involved in sensitive or illegal activities can provide critical information to environmental policy makers involved in the proposed badger culling scheme in England, according to new research.

“Innovative techniques for estimating illegal activities in a human-wildlife-management conflict”, a paper written by a research team from Bangor University, the University of Kent and Kingston University, has revealed - for the first time - the estimated rate of illegal badger killing.

Publication date: 17 January 2013

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

Royal Support for Scaling Up Collaborative Coral Reef Conservation

Recently, HRH The Prince of Wales, drew attention to the economic drivers behind coral reef degradation and the investments required to ensure the long-term health of these vital marine habitats.  Professor John Turner and Dr Gareth Williams from the School of Ocean Sciences were among an invited audience of UN envoys, ambassadors, financiers, conservationists and reef managers to raise the urgency of scaling up resilience and recovery of the world’s coral reefs, with a particular focus on the role of the private sector and philanthropy.

Publication date: 1 March 2018

R.S. Thomas Festival, Aberdaron & Bangor

The annual festival celebrating the work of R.S. Thomas and his artist wife Mildred ‘Elsi’ Eldridge is to be held in his last parish at Aberdaron, at the tip of the Llŷn, on 29 June -1 July.

Professor Tony Brown, co-director of Bangor University’s R.S. Thomas Research Centre has been involved with the festival for some years. 

Publication date: 11 June 2018

Sacred sites have a biodiversity advantage that could help world conservation

Since the dawn of history, human societies have ascribed sacred status to certain places. Areas such as ancestral burial grounds, temples and churchyards have been given protection through taboo and religious belief. As many of these places have been carefully managed for many years an interesting side effect has occurred – the sites often retain more of their natural condition than surrounding areas used for farming or human habitation. As a result, they are often called “sacred natural sites” (SNS).

This article by John Healey, Professor of Forest Sciences, Bangor UniversityJohn Halley, Professor of Ecology, University of Ioannina, and Kalliopi Stara, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Ioannina was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 17 May 2018

Sacred values are crucial for conservation of remaining forests in Ethiopia

Forests that are sacred to local people are less likely to suffer deforestation according to results of research by Bangor University.

Publication date: 4 February 2015

Safeguarding our natural resources – how do decision-makers decide?

Human activities are increasingly threatening the very elements that we need for our own survival, from clean water from forests, to ensuring the survival of crop-pollinating insects.

Scientists call these naturally occurring aspects on which we rely ‘ecosystem services’ and many governments are shifting their conservation policies to take these vital ‘ecosystem services’ into consideration.

Scientists are rushing to create ‘models’ which can predict both the availability of these services, sometimes as basic and intrinsic as water, grazing or land for crop growth and the demand for them.

There are now many such models- but they need validating- checking against reality, so that decision-makers know which model would be most suitable for their needs.

Publication date: 24 April 2019

Safeguarding seafood by managing our seas

The increasing concerns about ‘food security’ for the UK, alongside dwindling public investment in fisheries research has led some to question how we can meet future knowledge needs to sustainably manage our seas.

Scientists at Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences argue that despite their economic importance to the UK fisheries sector, not enough is known about scallop fisheries in the UK.

Publication date: 18 February 2014

Safety=Design: Saving thousands of lives and millions of pounds

A project launched in collaboration with Bangor University has the potential of saving thousands of lives by simplifying the way symptoms are identified by healthcare staff and patients.

Publication date: 30 March 2016

Santander Early Career Researcher Scholarship

Early Career Researchers currently employed at Bangor University may be eligible to apply for a  12-month scholarship of £5,000. Full details can be found here.

Publication date: 26 January 2012

Santander Mobility Scholarships

Closing date for applications is July 12th.  Click here for more details. 

Publication date: 27 June 2012

Santander supports language research

A Santander Scholarship enabled Robat Trefor, a PhD student from the School of Welsh, to visit the Basque Country recently, and he was accompanied by Professor Peredur Lynch, his research supervisor and Head of School.

Publication date: 27 March 2012

Sarah Nason delivers judicial review paper at Cambridge University conference

Lecturer Sarah Nason has delivered a paper, 'Judicial review as proportionate justice', at the inaugural University of Cambridge Public Law Conference.

Publication date: 22 September 2014

Saving millions by giving babies in Wales the best start in life

Investing in programmes and services promoting the best start in life for our infants and children could deliver financial savings over the short and long term in Wales.

So argue health economists at the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) at Bangor University in their report “Transforming Young Lives – The Economic Argument for Investing in Early Years” launched today (13th October 2016). CHEME is part of the University’s School of Healthcare Sciences and contributes to the Bangor Institute for Health & Medical Research (BIHMR) which brings together health research across the University.

Publication date: 13 October 2016

Saving our scallops: Arran reserve reveals marine protection works

An article by Bryce Stewart, University of York and Leigh Howarth, of our School of Ocean Sciences on The Conversation.

Last summer, on the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland, we watched an excited young lad walking down to the water’s edge, fishing rod in hand. Sadly, his chances of catching anything were slim to remote.

 

Publication date: 15 April 2015

Scallop Association funds collaborative project to help define English Channel Scallop fishery

A new industry-funded PhD research project is now underway at Bangor University to help improve understanding of the scallop fishery in the English Channel.

Publication date: 12 December 2011

School of Psychology Annual Newsletter – Research with Impact

Publication date: 18 July 2012

School pupils synthesise drugs at Bangor

100 school pupils from north Wales and the North West of England took part in two days of Pharmaceutical chemistry at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 1 July 2014

Science Park preferred site announced

Menai Science Park has today announced that a 50 acre site at Gaerwen is the preferred location for the new Science Park to serve North West Wales. The site, currently owned by the Isle of Anglesey County Council was one of three sites on the island shortlisted by the Science Park project team.

Publication date: 25 September 2013

Scientific first: Thresher sharks hunt with their tails

It has long been suspected that thresher sharks hunt with their scythe-like tails but how has been poorly understood.

Publication date: 11 July 2013

Scientists assess hydration potential of different drinks

Scientists at the universities of Stirling, Loughborough and Bangor are calling for the creation of a beverage hydration index to help people understand how different drinks can keep you hydrated.

A recent research trial which tested the effects of 13 commonly consumed drinks on urine output and fluid balance, found several fluids were retained in the body for the same time, or longer, than water.

Publication date: 1 June 2016

Scientists at work: tackling India's snakebite problem

This article by Anita Malhotra, Senior lecturer in ecology and evolutionary genetics at the School of Biological Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. 

Gerry climbs up to the veranda of our tribal longhouse with a snake bag held out in front of him. “Now don’t get too excited, but I’ve just caught a Kaulbacki,” he says, looking pleased but exhausted from a long hike and a six-metre climb up a tree. We gape, hardly able to believe that we have finally found this rare snake alive after four years of intensive searching.

Kaulback’s pit viper, first discovered in 1938 by British explorer and botanist Ronald Kaulback in northern Burma, is one of the largest pit vipers in Asia. On top of that, according to local reports, its bite is lethal. Despite being a co-author on the most recent paper on the species, I had never before seen a living specimen – few scientists have.

Publication date: 27 July 2015

Scientists call for action to tackle the threat of invasive tree species to a global biodiversity hotspot

An invasive Australian tree is now posing a serious threat to a global diversity ‘hotspot’ according to new collaborative research between Landcare Research in New Zealand, the Universities of Cambridge (UK) Denver (US) and Bangor University (UK).

This species, Pittosporum undulatum, known locally as mock orange, was introduced to a botanic garden in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica in the late 19th century. As its local name suggests, this fast-growing, glossy-leaved tree has bright orange fruit which open to reveal small, sticky, sugary-coated seeds. These are widely dispersed by native Jamaican bird species and it has been invading new habitats at a high rate. At first, the species took over land abandoned from the cultivation of coffee and tree crops, but more recently it has expanded into the natural forests of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. This invasion was accelerated by the damage caused to the forests by Hurricane Gilbert 29 years ago, and it is likely to be further advanced by future major hurricanes.

Publication date: 2 January 2018

Scientists call for more research on how human activities affect the seabed

A group of UK scientists, co-ordinated by the University of Southampton, has published extensive research into how industry and environmental change are affecting our seafloors, but say more work is needed to help safeguard these complex ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people for the future.

Publication date: 25 September 2017

Scientists can now predict coral feeding habits from space

New research has revealed that tropical corals living in more productive waters take advantage of the increased food availability and that these feeding habits can be predicted from satellites orbiting our planet.

Publication date: 18 October 2018

Scientists predict sea states for renewable energy

Tidal and wave technology is finally coming of age and the UK leads the world in the development of this vital renewable energy resource. Bangor University is playing a crucial role in this: as the industry moves towards large-scale commercialisation, experts at the University’s Centre for Applied Marine Sciences are working to maximise the operational efficiencies of energy-generating devices.

Publication date: 11 December 2013

SCSM researcher awarded prestigious place on the Welsh Crucible leadership scheme

SCSM's Astrid Ensslin has been awarded a place on the prestigious HEFCW-funded Welsh Crucible 2012 scheme.

Publication date: 11 April 2012

Sea urchins from Antarctica show adaptation to ocean acidification

A study of sea urchins from the Antarctic Peninsula has revealed an ability to adapt to changing conditions such as rising sea temperature and acidification. Writing in the Journal of Animal Ecology the authors set out to answer important and fundamental questions on how life in the ocean will respond to projected changes in the coming decades.

Despite evidence of increasing acidification of the world’s oceans, questions remain over whether marine species will be able to adapt to these changing conditions. This latest study, led by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey and Bangor University, is one of the longest ever conducted.

Publication date: 9 December 2014

Second body clock discovered in the speckled sea louse

Separate timing mechanism presents an exciting new perspective on how organisms define biological time

The diminutive speckled sea louse (Eurydice pulchra) boasts two body clocks, one for night and day and another for the ebb and flow of the tide, according to research published today, Thursday 26 September.

Writing in the journal Current Biology, researchers from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cambridge and Leicester Universities have confirmed the existence for the first time of a distinct and independent circatidal body clock that follows the 12.4 hour cycle of the tide.

Publication date: 27 September 2013

SECOND CALL for PhD Studentships for September 2016

Bangor Business School invites applications from suitably qualified individuals wanting to pursue doctoral studies. We are offering PhD Studentships for research projects in the disciplines of Financial Studies and Business Management.

Publication date: 1 September 2016

Seeds of hope emerge across the world’s drylands

Drylands occupy 40% of the earth’s land area and are home to 2.5 billion people – nearly a third of the world’s population. People in dry areas are forced to contend with severe environmental degradation and increasing climate variability, aggravated by amongst the highest population growth rates in the world. A groundbreaking paper heralding a new integrated systems approach to agricultural research in the drylands, was published in the journal Food Security recently (18.11.13).

Publication date: 19 November 2013

Seeing the invisible: visible light superlens made from nanobeads

A paper in Science Advances (12 August) provides proof of a new concept, using new solid 3D superlenses to break through the scale of things previously visible through a microscope.

Illustrating the strength of the new superlens, the scientists describe seeing for the first time, the actual information on the surface of a Blue Ray DVD. That shiny surface is not as smooth as we think. Current microscopes cannot see the grooves containing the data- but now even the data itself is revealed

Publication date: 13 August 2016

Seminar: Soft Optical and Electronic Materials: Development of Conjugated Polymers and Supermolecular Machines

This seminar will be of interest to anyone working in photovoltaics, organic electronics, organic chemistry and supermolecular chemistry. Held by: Prof Masaki Horie, Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan. On Friday 12th July, 1pm-2pm, Seminar Room 211, School of Electronic engineering, Dean street.

Publication date: 25 June 2013

Senedd Research publishes new briefing paper by Bangor academic

A new briefing paper on Early Child Education and Care (ECEC) written by Dr David Dallimore of the School of Health Sciences has been published by the National Assembly of Wales’ Senedd Research Service. This briefing is the first in a series of three, providing a quick guide to early childhood education and care (ECEC). It introduces the concept of ECEC, sets out evidence for different approaches to ECEC and relates this to current policy in Wales.

Publication date: 28 May 2019

SENRGy lead international collaborations to grant success

Researchers in Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) have recently secured two major grants, paving the way for collaborative research based in south-east Asia.

Publication date: 5 June 2015

SENRGy staff train Agroforestry researchers in Northern Ethiopia

Publication date: 11 July 2012

Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment

Director Appointed to the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment

Publication date: 24 February 2014

"Seren" on Bangor's Polar Symposium

Publication date: 20 February 2013

Shedding New Light on a First World War Classic

On Monday, 28 July, to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the First World War, Professor Gerwyn Wiliams will be presenting a documentary which attempts to reassess one of the best novels written about the 1914-18 international conflict.

Publication date: 22 July 2014

SHES PhD Students Help Organise the Inaugural Pan-Wales Postgraduate Conference

The inaugural Pan-Wales Postgraduate Conference in Sport and Exercise Sciences, held on Friday 21st April at Swansea University's stunning Bay Campus, was a huge success. 

Publication date: 24 April 2017

SHES Post-Doc Gives Key Note address at the International Society for Skiing Safety

Dr Matt Barlow has recently delivered a key note presentation at the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR SKIING SAFETY, 22nd ISSS Congress held between 17 – 22 April in Innsbruck, Austria. Matt’s talk was titled "Motives for participation in high risk sport."

Publication date: 28 April 2017

SHES Research Highlighted as Excellent

Research by Dr Stuart Beattie et al has been highlighted as an excellent example of a piece of research by the editor of the journal, Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (SEPP).

Publication date: 6 March 2017

Shubha Sreenivas bagged the prize for the best poster at the Mental Health Research in North Wales Conference

Shubha Sreenivas bagged the prize for the best poster at the Mental Health Research in North Wales Conference, 29th Sep 2015, at Technium OpTIC Centre, St Asaph.

Publication date: 1 October 2015

Significant barriers to timely diagnosis of dementia and access to post-diagnostic support found across five European countries

Significant barriers to timely diagnosis of Alzheimer have been found across Europe, according to a report presented today at the European Parliament.

The findings of the five-country study funded by Alzheimer Europe and led by Prof Bob Woods of Bangor University’s College of Healthcare Sciences identified the following:

Publication date: 26 June 2018

Significant Composition appears on CD

A major orchestral piece composed by Guto Pryderi Puw is included on the latest CD by celebrated violinist, Madeleine Mitchell.

Acclaimed as one of the foremost Welsh composers, Guto Pryderi Puw is also Head of Composition and Senior Lecturer at Bangor University’s School of Music and was commissioned by Madeleine Mitchell to write a concerto to be premiered at the Bangor Music Festival in 2014. The work, Violin Concerto - Soft Stillness was inspired by quotes taken from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice to mark the author’s 450th anniversary year.  

Publication date: 23 October 2017

Signposts for improving cancer survival rates in Wales

The findings of a new in-depth study of cancer could pin-point ways to improve cancer survival rates in Wales.
The results of the latest International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP) study revealed today in the BMJ Open is the first to show that GP’s readiness to investigate for cancer – either directly or by referral to secondary care – correlates with cancer survival. In addition, the survey reveals that GPs in the UK and within Wales, were less likely in an on line survey using examples of clinical cases, to refer or investigate patients with possible cancer symptoms when they first present, compared with the other countries in the study: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Publication date: 28 May 2015

Simple precautions could reduce risk of E coli O157 in the environment say researchers

Researchers investigating the risk of E coli O157 in the countryside as part of the UK research councils’ Rural Economy and Land Use Programme, say that simple measures and coordinated action from the relevant authorities could play a major role in keeping children and other vulnerable groups safer.

Academics from the universities of Aberdeen, Bangor and Manchester and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, have been researching how the bacterium behaves in the rural environment, and the part that farmers, abattoirs and the public could play.

Publication date: 24 January 2012

Simple structured discussions and word games beneficial for people with dementia

Activities as simple as structured discussion groups and word games can benefit memory and thinking for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, according to a systematic review lead by Professor Bob Woods, of the Dementia Services Development Centre Wales, Bangor University. The review also found that well-being also improved as a result.

Publication date: 15 February 2012

Six common misconceptions about meditation

Dusana Dorjee, Bangor University Meditation has been hailed as a way to boost mental health, help chronic pain, reduce stress and build a new appreciation for the world around us. 

Publication date: 19 March 2018

Slavery is a crime – it shouldn’t be up to consumers to fight it

‘Slavery is not a consumer choice. It is a crime against humanity.’ So writes Dr Nicola Frith, Lecturer in French and a specialist in Francophone Postcolonial and Slavery Studies at Bangor University's School of Modern Languages.

Publication date: 4 July 2014

Smoking may protect against Parkinson's disease – but it's more likely to kill you' has been published on The Conversation

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Publication date: 21 June 2016

Snacking and BMI linked to double effect of brain activity and self-control

Snack consumption and BMI are linked to both brain activity and self-control, new research has found.

The research, carried out by academics from the Universities of Exeter, Cardiff, Bristol, and Bangor, discovered that an individual’s brain ‘reward centre’ response to pictures of food predicted how much they subsequently ate. This appeared to have more effect on the amount they ate than their conscious feelings of hunger or how much they wanted the food.

Publication date: 26 July 2012

Snake venom can vary in a single species — and it’s not just about adaptation to their prey

Few sights and sounds are as emblematic of the North American southwest as a defensive rattlesnake, reared up, buzzing, and ready to strike. The message is loud and clear, “Back off! If you don’t hurt me, I won’t hurt you.” Any intruders who fail to heed the warning can expect to fall victim to a venomous bite.

But the consequences of that bite are surprisingly unpredictable

Publication date: 21 March 2019

Social class a barrier to successful ageing

Research by Ian Rees Jones, Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, has shown that improving access to education and housing and increasing people’s material circumstances through income and pension levels could have a more profound effect on the health of the population than interventions aimed at changing an individual’s health behaviours.

Publication date: 19 April 2011

Social Policy lecturer presents at major Social Work conference

Hefin Gwilym, Lecturer in Social Policy, recently delivered a presentation at the ‘Social Work without Borders: Building an International Community of Practice’ Conference at the University of Lincoln.

Publication date: 26 February 2014

Social Science research improves quality of life and care for people with dementia

Research by Bangor University, which was carried out in several care homes in north Wales, is featured in a booklet launched in the House of Commons on Tuesday 15 March.

The latest issue of the Campaign for Social Science’s ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences’ briefings focuses on a number of research projects on dementia at universities in the UK.

Publication date: 14 March 2016

Social Sciences staff make a knowledge exchange visit to India

Staff from the School of Social Sciences accompanied a group from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board on a knowledge exchange visit to India earlier this year.

Publication date: 6 March 2013

Social Work students attend conference on child poverty

A conference on the theme of 'Child Poverty' was held in January at Cardiff University. It was supported by Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and attended by 11 students and staff from Bangor (this is a report by the students).

Publication date: 11 April 2016

Solving how a complex disease threatens our iconic oak

Latest scientific methods reveal multi-bacterial cause of stem bleeding in acute oak decline and pioneer novel methods for analysing the causes of complex plant diseases

Team work between Forest Research, Bangor University and others has for the first time, tracked down the cause of the stem bleeding symptoms of this newly identified threat to the native oak.

Publication date: 24 October 2017

Solving one of the great mysteries surrounding the moon

Dr Mattias Green of Bangor University, in collaboration with researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, have netted a research grant worth £520K from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to tackle a major question in the understanding of the history of the moon.

Publication date: 2 April 2019

Some lizards have green blood that should kill them – and scientists can't work out why

If you were to see certain New Guinea skinks lose their tails, you’d notice that their blood isn’t the usual red colour we’re used to but rather a virulent shade of green. What’s even more bizarre is that the substance that’s responsible for the green colour of the lizards’ blood (and bones, tongues, muscles and mucous membranes) would be toxic in other animals if they carried it in such large amounts.

Exactly why these skinks are filled with this toxic substance and why it doesn’t kill them is something of a mystery. But new research published in Science Advancesmakes an important step towards answering these questions.

This article by Dr Anita Malhotra, Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics, School of Biological SciencesBangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 17 May 2018

Some of the world’s poorest people are bearing the costs of tropical forest conservation

Global conservation targets should not be met at the cost of the world’s poor. The first study to evaluate a policy aiming to compensate local people for the costs of conservation has revealed that, despite good intentions, the poor have lost out.

Tropical forests are important to all of us on the planet. As well as being home for rare and fascinating biodiversity (like the lemurs of Madagascar), tropical forests lock up enormous amounts of carbon helping to stabilise our climate. However tropical forests are also home to many hundreds of thousands of people whose lives can be affected by international conservation policies.

Multilateral donors such as the World Bank have made clear commitments that those negatively impacted by their projects should be compensated. This includes those affected by conservation projects such as those intended to slow climate change by preventing tropical deforestation (a scheme known as REDD+ or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). Researchers have, for the first time, studied one such compensation scheme in depth and revealed it to be inadequate.

Publication date: 5 July 2018

Sound and vision piece inspired by dyslexia to feature on Radio 4 All in the Mind programme

A new sonic art work inspired by dyslexia and the science behind dyslexia is to be covered by Radio 4’s flagship All in the Mind programme, which explores the limits and potential of the human mind. The programme will be broadcast on Tuesday 18 December at 9.00pm and repeated on Wednesday 19 at 3.30 and will be available online after the first broadcast.

Publication date: 14 December 2012

Sourcing sustainable Irish Sea mussels

When the UK’s largest exporting mussel fleet heads out to sea later this month, it will be in search of valuable seed mussels that they will then bring back to the Menai Strait to grow on before collection for export.

If a new Irish Sea research project is successful, this may be one of the last times the fleet need to set out from Bangor’s Port Penrhyn to search for seed mussels.

Publication date: 17 March 2017

Spider silk: Mother Nature’s Bio-Superlens

Hot on the heels of a paper (Sci. Adv. 2 e1600901,2016) revealing that a team at Bangor University’s School of Electronic Engineering has used a nanobead-derived superlens to break the perceived resolution barrier, the same team has achieved another world first: using spider-silk as a superlens to increase the microscope’s potential.

Publication date: 19 August 2016

SSHES finish in top 10 for UK Sport Science departments

The Times Good University Guide has listed SSHES as one of the best Sports Science departments in the UK. The guide encompasses a large array of important metrics when ranking departments, including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend and university drop-out rates.

Publication date: 23 September 2014

Staff & students race Dragons to raise money for St David’s Hospice!

The School of Healthcare Sciences had a fantastic day as they descended onto the once peaceful but always beautiful Lake Padarn in Llanberis for the St. David’s Hospice Dragon boat challenge.

Publication date: 6 July 2017

Starfish can see in the dark (among other amazing abilities)

If you go down to the shore today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Many will have witnessed the presence of a starfish or two when visiting the seashore or a public aquarium. Starfish come in an exciting range of colours and sizes, but have you ever given a thought to how this multi-armed wonder manages to exist in our oceans when it’s so unlike the other animals we know?

This article by Coleen Suckling, Lecturer in Marine Biology, at the School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 16 February 2018

‘State of nature’ important in determining the impact of climate change

Current models of how vegetation will react to climate change do not consider the state of the vegetation - whether it is mature and stable, or already responding to some disturbance event.

New research from one of the world’s longest running climate change experiments, which is funded by the European Commission (EU-FP7 INCREASE infrastructure) and led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and European partners, including Bangor University was published today in Nature Communications (24th March 2015, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7682). The research suggests that for shrublands, the time since the last disturbance of the ecosystem affects its response to future climates and should be considered when predicting ecosystem responses to climate change.

Publication date: 24 March 2015

State of the Art Research Facility assists ‘Green’ industry

A £1M industrial facility, operated by the BioComposites Centre (Bangor University) on the Llangefni Industrial Estate at Mona, has been helping local companies test new eco-friendly alternatives to existing products.

Publication date: 28 June 2012

Stephen Clear wins SLS poster prize

Congratulations to lecturer Stephen Clear, who has been announced as joint winner of the Society of Legal Scholars’ poster prize.

Publication date: 26 September 2014

Step taken on the road towards a more effective TB vaccine

Tuberculosis kills more people than any other infection and is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. The results of a collaboration between researchers from Bangor University led by Professor Mark Baird and Dr Juma’a Al Dulayymi, and Southampton University, led by Dr Salah Mansour, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA could drive new advances in vaccine development for tuberculosis through the intelligent design of novel lipid based therapies.

Publication date: 21 November 2017

Sticky mud and biological goo hold key to predicting coastal erosion

Scientists have taken a huge step towards developing a more reliable way of predicting how climate change will impact estuaries and coastal environments.

Working as part of a collaborative project, led by Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, to assess how fine materials such as mud and sand are moved by water currents around our coastline, and how this movement could change as the result of climate change, Professor Dan Parsons, of Hull University, has pinpointed key ingredients currently missing from the models which help scientists and engineers predict the way coasts and estuaries will be shaped in the future.

Publication date: 29 February 2016

Sticky Stuff - Ocean Sciences Research Grant to study ripples on mudflats and beaches

Sand and mud banks form important barriers around our coastline. Researchers at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences are to lead a major research project to assess how these fine materials are moved by water currents around our coastline, and how this movement could change as the result of climate change

Publication date: 11 October 2011

Student project shows it is safe to eat roadside Blackberries

It is the time of year when many people pick fruit such as blackberries from roadsides. However, some fear that roadside soft fruits may contain high levels of heavy metals due to vehicle emissions.

A scientific study undertaken by student James Slack, of County Durham, as part of his degree in BSc Conservation & Forest Ecosystems at Bangor University, aimed to determine whether this was true.

Publication date: 9 September 2013

Student research on freshwater microplastics hits the headlines

Research conducted by students at Bangor University, working with Friends of the Earth, has attracted global media attention.

Bangor University was commissioned by the environmental organization, to measure the amount of plastics and microplastics in British lakes and rivers- and what they found was widely reported in print and broadcast media across Britain and beyond.

Publication date: 3 April 2019

Students compete for prestigious KESS Annual Award 2013

The ESF funded KESS (Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship) Project held its Annual Awards Evening at Techniquest in Cardiff Bay on the 12th September, inviting students, academics and companies from across Wales to take part in a research presentation challenge.

The pan-Wales KESS project enables students, academics and companies to work collaboratively on a research project that is tailored to the company’s needs.

Publication date: 2 October 2013

Students from across the world take part in 3rd Annual Visceral Mind Summer School at Bangor University

The Visceral Mind Summer School, running in the School of Psychology at Bangor University, attracted over 140 highly qualified applicants for the 40 available places. The summer school, now in its 3rd year, has proven popular with ambitious young researchers keen to share in Bangor Psychology’s world leading expertise in the field of cognitive neuroscience. The primary aim of the course, which is supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation, is to redress an inadequacy of neuroanatomical knowledge in young neuroscientists, caused at least partially, by the limited availability of human brain tissue for providing this training to students outside the US.

Publication date: 10 September 2012

Study connects the dots between the genes

"Study connects the dots between genes, brain, and human behaviour
An international collaboration maps genetic markers of brain development in people with Williams syndrome
 
Establishing links between genes, the brain, and human behavior is a central issue in cognitive neuroscience research, but studying how genes influence cognitive abilities and behavior as the brain develops from childhood to adulthood has proven difficult.

Publication date: 9 December 2013

Study examines number of GP visits before cancer patients are referred to specialists

Study examines number of GP visits before cancer patients are referred to specialists

Patient information reveals women, young people, ethnic minorities and people with less common cancers have the highest number of pre-referral consultations

Publication date: 24 February 2012

Study finding evidence of the importance of early parenting interventions wins International Pediatrics Conference award for PhD Student

Ms Syeda Fardina Mehrin (Dina),  a research investigator at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh and a PhD student working with Dr Henningham recently received the International Developmental Pediatrics congress research award for her work on “Long-Term Effects Of Psychosocial Stimulation On The Behavior Of Malnourished Children Who Participated In A Previous Study Of Psychosocial Stimulation."

Publication date: 29 January 2018

Study reveals long time scale of recovery for marine sea fans and other species

Pink seafans, Ross corals and white sea squirts could take up to 20 years to recover after an area of the seabed was closed to scallop dredging, according to predictions by a team of scientists at Bangor University.

Publication date: 26 January 2018

Study reveals US turtles’ movements

A study of the movements of an entire sub-population of marine turtle has been conducted for the first time. The study confirms that through satellite tracking we can closely observe the day-to-day lives of marine turtles, accurately predicting their migrations and helping direct conservation efforts.

Publication date: 24 June 2011

Study shows the economic impact of Welsh universities is powering the economy in all parts of the nation

A newly updated study by higher education experts shows that universities in Wales are playing a crucial role in powering the Welsh economy. Welsh universities, together with the expenditure of off-campus spending by students and visitors, generated £4.6 billion of output in Wales. The higher education sector is shown to be one of Wales’ most valuable industries, creating tens of thousands of jobs and stimulating other economic activity in local communities, as well as the wider Welsh economy.

Publication date: 20 October 2015

Study to conserve genetic resources of wild tilapia for the future of fish farming

With world fish stocks dwindling, tilapia farming is a global success story, with production tripling this millennium.

This is now a $7.6bn industry, producing 4.5million tonnes of affordable high-quality fish every year. And it is sustainable, because unlike the salmon and sea bass we grow in Europe, tilapia don’t need to be fed lots of other fish caught from the oceans, but largely eat vegetable material and farmyard waste. Although now cultured throughout the world, tilapia originally come from Africa.

Publication date: 16 March 2015

Successful Bid for National Welsh College (Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol) Grant (2012-2015)

Prestigious grant awarded to Dr. Enlli Thomas (Education) and Dr. Peredur Davies (Linguistics).

Publication date: 5 October 2011

Successful conclusion to Sustainable Fisheries Resources Project

A three year data gathering project to help Welsh fishers work sustainably culminated with a presentation at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 3 June 2015

Successful workshop on careers in the Nuclear industry

Over 70 students from a range of disciplines including engineering, chemistry, environmental science, business, law, psychology and geography came together at a workshop held recently at Bangor University to learn about careers in the nuclear industry. The workshop was held in partnership with Horizon Nuclear Power, National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN), and the Nuclear Graduates Programme.  

Publication date: 12 May 2015

Supporting the reds!

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography and School of Biological Sciences are working with partners to support the reintroduction of red squirrels to the Ogwen Vally in nearby Bethesda, Gwynedd.

Publication date: 12 June 2017

Taboo: working for the East India Company could make you rich ... or dead

This article by Lowri Ann Rees, Lecturer in Modern History, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

BBC1’s latest historical drama certainly brings something different to the table. Taboo is dark, menacing, violent and at times shocking. In episode one we see James Delaney (played by Tom Hardy at his swaggering best), thought long dead and gone, suddenly return home from his travels overseas. His arrival is dramatic, to say the least. As he comes bursting through the church doors in the middle of his late father’s funeral service, the congregation is shocked to see the returned son.

A key player in this intriguing story is the East India Company. What started as a trading company in 1600 became a powerful imperial interest, with substantial commercial and political influence which ruled over India from the late 18th century. Tales of misconduct, dishonest dealings and exploitation abounded. The famous impeachment trial of Warren Hastings during the 1780s and 1790s reinforced contemporary perceptions of a corrupt and unscrupulous organisation.

Publication date: 10 February 2017

Tanzania to adopt new policies to safeguard fish stocks

The Tanzanian Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries is to adopt recommendations for conserving the unique genetic diversity of tilapia for food security.

The recommendations are based on the findings of research led by Prof George Turner at Bangor University's School of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with colleagues at Bristol University, the Earlham Institute at Norwich and at the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (Tafiri), funded by the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Publication date: 8 October 2018

Teaching students to survive a zombie apocalypse with psychology

In this article originally published on The ConversationJohn A Parkinson, Professor in Behavioural Neuroscience, and Rebecca Sharp, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, both of  the School of Psychology, describe hhow and why they 'gamified' an undergraduate course in behavioural psychology. 

Read the original article

 

Publication date: 22 May 2017

‘Team Anglesey’ have specialist support for the Island Games!

With Island Games fever ready to hit North Wales when the 2019 Gibraltar Island games begin on Saturday 6th July, the School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University have teamed up with Ynys Môn Island Games Association to provide expert support to Island games athletes in their pursuit for success at the games.

Publication date: 28 June 2019

Teaming up for cheaper energy from ocean tides

Oceanographers at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences are launching a major project to study tidal turbulence at the Menai Strait in Wales. Just how can this project help reduce development costs, leading to cheaper energy from the tides?

Ocean energy represents a vast and largely untapped renewable energy resource. The global market for marine energy has been estimated to be worth around £76 billion between 2016 and 2050, according to numbers released by the Carbon Trust.

To access this source of energy, oceanographers at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences have been awarded two major grants totalling £230k to study ocean turbulence. The aim is to help improve the design and operation of tidal energy capture devices.

Publication date: 25 April 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

Tech firms want to detect your emotions and expressions, but people don't like it

As revealed in a patent filing, Facebook is interested in using webcams and smartphone cameras to read our emotions, and track expressions and reactions. The idea is that by understanding emotional behaviour, Facebook can show us more of what we react positively to in our Facebook news feeds and less of what we do not – whether that’s friends’ holiday photos, or advertisements.

This might appear innocuous, but consider some of the detail. In addition to smiles, joy, amazement, surprise, humour and excitement, the patent also lists negative emotions. Possibly being read for signs of disappointment, confusion, indifference, boredom, anger, pain and depression is neither innocent, nor fun.

This article by Andrew McStay, Reader in Advertising and Digital Media, School of Creative Studies & Media Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 27 June 2017

Tenovus Funded PhD Studentship

Patient choice in prostate cancer hormone treatment (Continuous androgen deprivation vs intermittent androgen deprivation)

Publication date: 15 June 2015

Tens of thousands of dead fish just washed up on a Cornish beach – here's why

This article by Prof Michel KaiserSchool of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

It must have been an incredibly morbid sight. Walkers on Marazion beach in Cornwall, at the south-western tip of mainland Britain, recently discovered tens of thousands of dead fish had been washed ashore overnight. One eyewitness told the Plymouth Herald the fish stretched “as far as the eye could see”.

People speculated that pollution or natural predators such as dolphins or porpoises chasing the fish ashore may be to blame. But a much simpler explanation soon unfolded when the Cornish Sardine Management Association said that one of its vessels had been fishing close inshore and had had to release one of its catches for safety reasons.

Exactly what happened in this case remains unclear. But why would a ship ever need to dump fish for safety reasons? After all, catching lots of fish is surely the entire point. In any case, a European Union discard ban was first implemented in 2015 in order to stop this sort of thing.

Publication date: 22 December 2016

Testing an effective Anti-bullying programme for Wales

A research centre at Bangor University, which has been instrumental in researching and introducing new and innovative services for children and their families that have been adopted across Wales, is now turning its attention to the problem of school bullying.

Publication date: 23 October 2013

Testing the water… Chemists check metal levels in drinking water.

Teams of young Chemists from schools in north and mid Wales and the borders played the role of forensic chemists in analysing the metal content of water samples as they competed in the regional final of the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst Competition at Bangor University recently. 

Publication date: 1 July 2014

The African lion: what faster decline of apex predator means for ecosystems

This article by Matt HaywardSenior Lecturer in Conservation in the College of Natural Sciences, was originally published on The ConversationRead the original article.

There is nothing as awe-inspiring as watching the brutal power of a lion capturing its prey. At close range, their throaty roars thump through your body, raising a cold sweat triggered by the fear of what these animals are capable of doing now, and what they once did to our ancestors. They are the most majestic animals left on our planet, and yet we are currently faced with the very real possibility that they will be functionally extinct within our lifetime.

Publication date: 27 October 2015

The alcohol harm paradox explained

New research from a collaboration including Bangor University, Liverpool John Moores University and Alcohol Research UK explains why people in deprived communities have higher levels of alcohol-related ill health than people in non-deprived communities, despite drinking the same amounts of alcohol – the alcohol harm paradox. 

Publication date: 18 February 2016

The arts can enhance relationships between dementia care staff and care home residents

The arts have been shown to affirm dementia care staff skills and confidence, enabling meaningful exchanges with residents that can be creative, ‘in the moment’, spontaneous and improvised.

A partnership between Bangor University’s DSDC Wales Research Centre (the research group from Ageing & Dementia at Bangor in School of Health Sciences), Dementia PositiveTenFiveTen Consultancyand Flintshire County Council Social Services resulted in an 18-month research project which developed and tested Creative Conversations, an art-based staff development programme for the dementia care workforce.

Publication date: 1 April 2019

The ATM at 50: how a hole in the wall changed the world

Next time you withdraw money from a hole in the wall, consider singing a rendition of happy birthday. For on June 27, the Automated Teller Machine (or ATM) celebrates its half century. Fifty years ago, the first cash machine was put to work at the Enfield branch of Barclays Bank in London. Two days later, a Swedish device known as the Bankomat was in operation in Uppsala. And a couple of weeks after that, another one built by Chubb and Smith Industries was inaugurated in London by Westminster Bank (today part of RBS Group).

This article by Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Professor of Business History and Bank Management, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 26 June 2017

The Celts are coming! Bangor set to welcome International Congress

Bangor University will welcome the XVIth International Congress of Celtic Studies between 22-26 July, with guest speakers from across the globe headlining a packed agenda of talks, seminars and field visits.

Held once every four years, the Congress is the main international forum for experts in the field of Celtic Studies and its first visit to Bangor will be a notable event for the institution. So far, around 400 delegates from no fewer than 25 countries, and representing over 100 academic institutions and organisations, have registered to attend the Congress at Bangor. The Congress at Bangor has received financial support from the Learned Society of Wales and Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Publication date: 8 July 2019

The close link between BCUHB & SSHES highlighted at Canolfan PAWB Centre Launch

Last week saw the launch of the Canolfan PAWB Centre on the Normal site. It is a new £1m state-of-the-art facility for the enhancement of research and teaching in Health, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Bangor University.

Publication date: 21 March 2017

The English language is the world's Achilles heel

English has achieved prime status by becoming the most widely spoken language in the world – if one disregards proficiency – ahead of Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. English is spoken in 101 countries, while Arabic is spoken in 60, French in 51, Chinese in 33, and Spanish in 31. From one small island, English has gone on to acquire lingua francastatus in international business, worldwide diplomacy, and science.

This article by Guillaume Thierry, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 4 April 2018

The future of agriculture in Wales: the way forward

Dr Prysor Williams, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management at the University’s School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography is one of the authors of a report on the vision for Welsh agriculture, launched by Welsh Government today (27 November 2017).

Amaeth Cymru the future of agriculture in Wales: the way forward, has been authored by Amaeth Cymru, a group whose membership covers a spectrum of interests, including farming unions, levy bodies, government, academics and industry experts.

Publication date: 27 November 2017

The Geographical Society presents....'Annually-resolved records of marine climate change from the longest-lived animals on Earth'

We're delighted to present the first of the 'Geog. Soc. Academic Talks' series with Professor James Scourse. We hope to see as many of you as possible, for what will undoubtedly be a riveting and engaging talk.

Publication date: 20 November 2013

The Heritage Environment Group

The Heritage Environment Group (HEG) is a body which advises the Welsh Assembly on the historic environment of Wales, and in November 2013 it met at Bangor University.  Several members of the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology are participants on the HEG, led by Professor Ray Karl.

Publication date: 19 December 2013

The ICPS Team Go Stateside!

In August 2012, three members of staff from the Winning in Tendering (WiT) project and the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS) – Dr Pedro Telles, Dr Ama Eyo, and Ceri Evans – travelled to Seattle, USA, to deliver papers at the 5th International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC). The papers were selected for presentation by a select panel of specialist reviewers, tasked with reviewing over three hundred abstract submissions. 

Publication date: 22 November 2012

The Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates at large

Publication date: 18 May 2015

The international Conference, City Margins, City Memories, April 7-8, 2014.

The School of Philosophy and Religion in collaboration with the School of Modern Languages at Bangor University have organised the international interdisciplinary conference, City Margins, City Memories, to be held April 7-8, 2014 at the University of London School of Advanced Study, Senate House London.

Publication date: 5 November 2013

The last chance for Madagascar’s biodiversity

Scientists from around the world have joined together to identify the most important actions needed by Madagascar’s new government to prevent species and habitats being lost for ever.

In January, Madagascar’s recently-elected president, Andry Rajoelina, began his five-year term of office. A group of scientists from Madagascar, the UK, Australia, the USA and Finland have published a paper recommending actions needed by the new government to turn around the precipitous decline of biodiversity and help put Madagascar on a trajectory towards sustainable growth.

Publication date: 29 April 2019

The latest developments in solar energy to be highlighted at Bangor University

Bangor University's School of Electronic Engineering will host to the Solar Energy Society’s PVSAT 13 (Photovoltaic Science, Application and Technology) conference this month (5-7 April), bringing together the brightest and best scientists in the field of solar for the most important conference on solar energy research in the UK.

Around 5% of our electricity is produced from solar energy in the UK, with a 25% increase in solar energy production in recent years and a constantly reducing production cost, solar is one of the cheapest forms of energy production so the future looks bright for solar. It remains a popular research area in the science and engineering sector of UK universities.

Publication date: 3 April 2017

The launch of a 'unique reference book on Welsh music'

On Thursday, September 27th, at Powis Hall, Bangor University, an event was held to mark the launch of a new and highly significant volume on music in Wales. Cydymaith i Gerddoriaeth Cymru (‘Companion to the Music of Wales’) is an authoritative encyclopedia that covers all aspects of music in Wales from the 6th Century to the present day and is the result of a collaborative project between the School of Music and Media at Bangor University and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Publication date: 28 September 2018

The men who impersonate military personnel for stolen glory

This article by Leanne Simpson, PhD Candidate, School of Psychology | Institute for the Psychology of Elite PerformanceBangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

In 2009, a 61-year-old man joined an annual Remembrance Day parade wearing an impressive array of medals. So impressive in fact that an expert said their awarding would have made him “world famous – and some sort of Rambo character”. After he was tracked down, the man, later named as Roger Day, claimed his medals were “pukka” but his story was denounced by military personnel and the public alike

Publication date: 7 November 2016

The neuroscience of erogenous zones

Our erogenous zones are a little odd. There are certain areas of our bodies, which if touched gently, create erotic feelings, while other adjacent body parts do not. For example a woman may enjoy having her neck or ear lobe stroked, but not her cheek or forehead. Why is that?

Publication date: 10 September 2013

The #nomakeupselfie phenomenon

A psychologist at Bangor University has been fascinated by the the #nomakeupselfie social media phenomenon seen on social media this week.

Publication date: 21 March 2014

‘The Origins of the Cashless Society’ wins Best Paper award

A research paper co-written by a Bangor Business School academic has won a prestigious award.

“The Origins of the Cashless Society: Cash Dispensers, Direct-to-Account Payments and the Development of On-Line Real Time Networks, C. 1965-1985”, written by Professor Bernardo Batiz-Lazo (Bangor), Tobias Karlsson (Lund University) and Björn Thodenius (Stockholm School of Economics) was jointly awarded the James Soltow Award for Best Paper as published in Essays in Economic and Business History in 2014.

Publication date: 1 October 2014

The oyster is their world- now they want you to consider the oyster

Aquaculture experts at Bangor University are hoping to initiate a sea-change in how oysters are considered and consumed at an international Oyster Symposium being held at the University (11-14 September). They hope that the event will encourage a rapid but sustainable increase in oyster production and consumption- at home and at oyster bars here in Wales and elsewhere.

Publication date: 30 August 2017

The part–time way to post-graduate education

In these tougher times, studying for a postgraduate degree part-time while remaining at work is an option at Bangor University.

Bangor University’s next Postgraduate Courses Fair takes place on Friday 18 February 2011 between 12.30 – 2.30. Anybody interested in postgraduate study at Bangor is most welcome to attend, and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the many different postgraduate programmes that are currently available. Pre-register for the event online via the University’s website at: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/pgfair/contactus.php.en

Publication date: 16 February 2011

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

The Psychology of Shopping

Students on the Consumer Psychology with Business degree were recently treated to a practical insight into the psychology of shopping by Mr Philip Adcock, who is one of the world's experts on how people shop.

Publication date: 7 March 2012

The quiet battle to save multilingualism in Europe

This article by Marco Tamburelli, of the School of Linguistics & English Language,  Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

It is now well known that growing up with two or more languages brings a wealth of cognitive advantages. Multilingualism is not only a laudable achievement in a tolerant society, it is also of great social benefit to individuals. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that bilinguals are better at focusing their attention, they are less easily distracted, they have increased mental flexibility, and show slower rates of mental decline in old age.

Publication date: 9 May 2016

There are no two ways about it, grey squirrels are bad for the British countryside

According to some animal rights groups the grey squirrel is a victim of circumstance. They say it has been made a scapegoat for regional red squirrel population extinctions and claim that loss of the reds is caused entirely coincidentally by habitat change. They suggest the true facts are being hidden and scientific research being intentionally misinterpreted.

This article by Craig Shuttleworth, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 6 April 2017

There may be more influencing your exercise endurance than you think

Now that we’re in to February, are you struggling to stick to your New Year’s resolution exercise plan? There may be more to your success or failure than meets the eye.

Researchers at Bangor University and the University of Kent have found that being shown positive or negative images subliminally, or so fleetingly that you’re not even aware of having seen them, had an effect on when individuals reached their point of exhaustion while exercising.

Publication date: 6 February 2015

Theresa May was right to reimpose collective ministerial responsibility – it's the only way to govern

It lasted for 48 hours. Two days after Theresa May told Conservative ministers that they must adhere to the convention of collective responsibility and support the agreed Brexit plan, the prime minister had to accept the resignation of her Brexit secretary, David Davis, and foreign secretary, Boris Johnson.

In his resignation letter, Davis wrote that he did not support the new agreed strategy and was following the collective responsibility convention in resigning.

Collective responsibility only concerns ministers in government serving within the cabinet. Dating back to the 18th century, it is a constitutional convention which holds that members of the cabinet should support all governmental decisions. While it’s a convention rather than a legal requirement, ministers are nonetheless expected to show a “united front” for all government actions and policies.

This article  by Stephen Clear, Lecturer in Law, School of Law, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 10 July 2018

The School of Chemistry visits the Headquarters of the RSC in London

The School of Chemistry will be attending the RSC Meet the Universities event in London on the 28th June 2014. 

Publication date: 17 June 2014

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

The Toddlers who took on Dementia

“The Toddlers who Took on Dementia” is a BBC Wales documentary that follows three days of planned activities which aimed to examine what happens when nursery children come together with people living with Dementia.

Publication date: 21 May 2018

The truth about the links between military service and crime

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Publication date: 28 April 2016

The truth about the links between military service and crime

This article by Leanne K Simpson, PhD Candidate, School of Psychology | Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

The transition back to civilian life is a challenging period for military personnel – particularly when coupled with one or more of the well-publicised problems faced by veterans, including mental health issues, skills translation and the stigma surrounding military service.

In addition, there are several myths regarding the apparently inevitable transition from military service to a life of crime. These are, at best, unhelpful.

Publication date: 27 April 2016

The Visceral Mind Summer School

The Visceral Mind Summer School (in the School of Psychology, Bangor University) this September again attracted a large number of very highly qualified and motivated applicants.

Publication date: 18 September 2018

The vision of a new North Wales coast to harness power, protect the shoreline and boost tourism

Just imagine a major wall off the North Wales coast stretching from Llandudno, out to sea and then back to land near Prestatyn: sailing dinghies and wind surfers enjoying the calm waters within, thriving tourism, and support industries and local communities alleviated from the threat of coastal flooding.

Publication date: 4 April 2016

The Welsh Language and Volunteering

Research by Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences and Wales Council for Voluntary Action has underlined how important it is to have a healthy voluntary sector that can meet the needs of a bilingual Wales. The research, conducted on behalf of the Welsh Language Commissioner, draws attention to the importance of attracting bilingual volunteers to offer activities and provide services to the public in Wales. The work has also highlighted potential areas of improvement on current provision and opportunities.

Publication date: 23 July 2014

Think twice about who you chose as leader: narcissists are initially appealing but don’t deliver in the long term

From events such as the Rugby World Cup to party politics, coaches, captains and party leaders are in the spotlight.

Leadership is an important aspect of everyday life as well, and we all choose leaders or at least, work with leaders.  For example, we know who is “boss” in the workplace, who is “captain” at Sunday footie, and who at home is “in charge”.

Publication date: 21 October 2015

Third of people in Wales use digital technology to self-diagnose – new report

More than a third of people in Wales (34 per cent) use digital technology to self-diagnose health conditions, whilst only 14 per cent make a healthcare appointment online.

These insights are from a novel survey exploring how people in Wales use digital technology to support and monitor their health, by Public Health Wales and Bangor University.

Publication date: 30 May 2019

Three Bangor research projects among top 20 contributing towards development

No fewer than three research projects at Bangor University have been selected from nearing 7,000 submissions to be included among the top 20 most impressive examples of UK research contributing to development.  

Publication date: 9 October 2015

Three new Bangor academics among Sêr Cymru talent welcomed by Minister

Three new Bangor University academics were among the latest tranche of international research Fellows and Chairs welcomed to Wales at a special reception in Cardiff last night [27 February 2017] to celebrate Sêr Cymru investments and the start of the second phase of the programme.

Publication date: 28 February 2017

Through revolutionary methods . . . ? A conference to evaluate five decades of language campaigning.

On Friday and Saturday 16-17 November, the School of Welsh at Bangor – in conjunction with Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Welsh Politics (and with the financial support of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol) – will host a major interdisciplinary conference in order to evaluate the influence of more than fifty years of language campaigning on the political and cultural life of Wales.

Publication date: 13 November 2012

Tidal range power plants hold potential for electricity generation

In theory, one third of global electricity needs could be provided by the world’s tidal range, according to a new comprehensive state-of-the-art review of tidal range power plants.

Publication date: 21 May 2018

Tides stir up deep Atlantic Heat in the Arctic Ocean

Researchers have identified how warm Atlantic water that is flowing deep into the Arctic Ocean is mixing with colder waters above to contribute to sea-ice loss in the Arctic. The results, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience (16.2.14 10.1038/ngeo2350 ), show that tidal flows in the Arctic are causing deep, warm water (originating from the Gulf Stream) to mix with cold, fresh water lying above, in turn contributing to melting the floating sea-ice.

Publication date: 16 February 2015

Tiny organisms could change the face of coastal science

New scientific research published in the journal Nature Communications, led by researchers at Bangor University in collaboration with scientists from the National Oceanography Centre Liverpool and the Universities of St. Andrews, Hull, Leeds and Plymouth, has discovered that ‘sticky’ sugars produced by micro-organisms have a remarkably large effect on the movement of sand and mud in aquatic environments.

Publication date: 6 February 2015

Too many sugary drinks can dull taste buds and enjoyment

New research undertaken by Dr Hans-Peter Kubis and his team, has shown for the first time that overweight and obese people have a dulled sensitivity to soft drinks but enhanced subconscious liking of sweet as a taste.

Publication date: 8 June 2011

Top 10 places Bees love to live

A new scientific report featuring research by Bangor PhD student Laura Jones.

Publication date: 22 February 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

Train to Teach - Information Seminar

Find out more about a career as a secondary school teacher during our Information Seminar where tutors from the Secondary Teacher Training team will be on hand to answer your queries.

Publication date: 11 February 2015

TransForm - Telling new stories about body image

Bibliotherapy is the idea that we can use stories about other people to help us think differently and more positively about our own concerns. Bringing bibliotherapy into the 21st Century, this project explores how we might use digital fictions online story-games to support young women in developing frameworks for more positive thinking regarding their body
image.

Publication date: 28 June 2013

Translating public health economics research into policy and practice

A public health economics expert has highlighted research suggesting that investing in early years has the potential to save millions of pounds across public sectors in Wales, to the National Assembly for Wales ’Children, Young People and Education Committee consultation on the ‘First 1,000 Days’ .

Publication date: 6 February 2017

Trash to cash: killing two birds with one stone in Bangladesh

Municipal waste can be used to provide a valuable source of nutrients for intensively farmed soils in Bangladesh- with the effect of both improving agriculture and crop yields and removing unhygienic waste materials from city streets.

Publication date: 22 March 2012

Trawling makes for skinny flatfish

Trawling the seabed doesn’t just remove some of the fishes living there; it also makes some of the survivors thinner and less healthy by forcing them to use more energy finding less nutritious food.

That’s the conclusion of a new paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, based on the work Dr Andrew Frederick Johnson undertook while studying for his PhD at Bangor University. “We already knew that some species of bottom-dwelling fish in trawled areas were skinnier than those elsewhere, based on earlier work by Dr Jan Geert Hiddink (2011, Journal of Applied Ecology), but until now it was assumed this was because they couldn’t find enough food and went hungry”.

Publication date: 11 December 2014

Trial to answer dilemma of treating childhood epilepsy

One of the largest ever clinical trials in children with epilepsy, which has just been launched, aims to find out which treatment approach works best for children and their families. The nationwide CASTLE trial, led by Professor Deb Pal from King’s College London and Professor Paul Gringras from the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, and in collaboration with Professor Dyfrig Hughes from Bangor University, is one of the only trials to compare antiepileptic drugs against active monitoring with no medication.

Publication date: 28 March 2019

True cost of gambling underestimated, say new publications

The current focus on individual ‘problem gamblers’ fails to take into account the full health and social cost of gambling because it overlooks the wider impact on families, friends and communities, according to new work published today.

The joint work by Bangor University, Public Health Wales, Heather Wardle Research and Swansea University also shows that problem gambling rates are highest in the most deprived communities of Wales

Publication date: 29 January 2019

Trump stranger than fiction, says lecturer up for prestigious book award

As the United States gears up for another Presidential Election, a Bangor University Lecturer’s book on the mythology of American Presidents has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Publication date: 25 February 2016

Trump's victory shows that people don't always vote for what is best for their wallet

One of the supposed attractions of a first-past-the-post electoral system is that political leaders have to embrace the centre ground to win. Donald Trump’s victory has turned that on its head – and with it the assumption that voters will make rational choices based on what is best for their own circumstances, and without regard for how others fare.

This article by Shanti P Chakravarty, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Bangor University Business School was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 15 November 2016

Two forestry@bangor alumni recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to forestry

Two forestry@bangor alumni, Graham Taylor (BSc Forestry and Soil Science 1990), and Geraint Richards (BSc Forestry 1992), have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to forestry in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Graham has been awarded an MBE for service to forestry, whilst Geraint has been awarded the MVO (Member of The Royal Victorian Order).

Publication date: 4 July 2017

Two prestigious RCBC awards for Bangor’s Institute for Health and Medical Research

BIHMR is delighted that Robert Goldsmith, NHS Physiotherapist based in Cardiff, and Patricia Masterson-Algar, a rehabilitation postgraduate researcher in Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences, have both been successful in attracting Welsh Government RCBC Wales funding aimed at increasing collaboration and research capacity in nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions across Wales.

Publication date: 14 June 2017

Two world-renowned documentary makers come to Bangor

Two world-renowned documentary makers will be amongst the speakers at the biannual Cyfrwng conference at Bangor University this week.

Publication date: 22 July 2014

Uganda fails to fill its honey-pot

Despite the large economic potential for honey production, many beekeepers in Uganda fail to produce and market enough honey to make a living from it.  

Researchers comparing the household economies of marginal farmers in Uganda, have found that honey adds to the household income of many beekeepers yet this impact is still limited. Beehives were donated to poor households in the communities for them to improve their livelihoods given the lack of alternative income generating activities and the adverse effects of climate change on their traditional agricultural production.

Publication date: 7 March 2017

UK and Germany combine forces to fund crucial Arctic science

Natural Environment Research Council- changing Artic Ocean Media release

For the first time, the UK and Germany have joined forces to investigate the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean.

The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have jointly invested almost £8 million in 12 new projects to carry out crucial research in one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet. The new projects start today and join the existing NERC Changing Arctic Ocean research programme, which aims to better understand – and predict – changes to the Arctic marine environment and ecosystems.

Publication date: 3 July 2018

UK-China Centre for Public Procurement Law Research

On July 1, 2014, Bangor University and CUPL, China's largest Law university, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to launch a new joint procurement law research centre, the Centre for Public Procurement Law Studies. The Centre will engage in joint research into a field of major significance not just for UK-China relations, but also for the global economy, as China's public procurement market contemplates to what degree should they open up to foreign competition in the years to come.

Publication date: 8 August 2014

UK criminal justice is at breaking point after years of unstable leadership

The criminal justice system in England and Wales is failing victims and witnesses to such an extent that MPs say it is now “close to breaking point”. Years of budget cuts and changes have led to a justice system that is in meltdown.

With such a crisis at hand, one would expect some kind of “strong and stable” leadership from the UK government.

This article by Stephen Clear, Lecturer in LawBangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 14 February 2018

UK Gov’s Environment Minister visits Bangor University

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography hosted a visit by Dr Thérèse Coffey MP recently, who took part in roundtable discussions with staff and students involved in the school’s forestry programmes.

Publication date: 20 October 2017

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

UK on verge of steep lung disease rise in young adults - due to heavy spliff smoking?

The UK needs to be prepared for a steep rise in the number of young  adults affected by a severe form of lung disease due to their regular cannabis and tobacco use - lung specialists will tell the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting on Wednesday 3rd December.

Publication date: 10 December 2014

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

Uncoupling the link between snake venom and prey

What was fast-becoming received wisdom among herpetologists, namely that snake venom composition normally reflects the variety of their prey, has been disproved in one common species of North American rattlesnake.

Many recent studies had identified links between the type of prey and the type of venom that had evolved in venomous snake species world-wide. This was thought to reflect natural selection to optimise venom for different prey, and sometimes evolutionary ‘arms- races’ between snake and prey species.

Publication date: 13 March 2019

Understanding the conditions that foster coral reefs' caretaker fishes

This article by Adel HeenanNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationAndrew HoeyJames Cook UniversityGareth J. WilliamsSchool of Ocean Sciences Bangor University, and Ivor D. WilliamsNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Coral reefs are among the most valuable natural assets on Earth. They provide an estimated US$375 billion worth of goods and services every year, such as supporting fisheries and protecting coasts. But reefs face many stresses and shocks, from local threats like overfishing, habitat damage and pollution to the global impacts of climate change. Many scientists are working to identify management strategies that can effectively buffer reefs against the array of threats that challenge them.

Publication date: 30 November 2016

Understanding what makes cricketers super-elite

In this research project funded by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Prof Lew Hardy and Dr Gavin Lawrence, along with PhD student Ben Jones are conducting a detailed examination of the biographical development of cricketers who differ in their expertise levels; 'super-elite' and elite players. Specifically, they will be examining the extent that which practice and training histories, along with demographic factors influence the pathway to the top.

Publication date: 5 October 2015

Underwater-world software developed for launch of new Samsung Gear VR mobile device

Bangor University Lecturer Dr Llyr Ap Cenydd from the School of Computer Science has been working on a top secret project with Samsung and Oculus to develop an app called “Ocean Rift” that is expected to launch alongside  the new Samsung Gear VR mobile device.

Publication date: 30 October 2014

Unique Positive Behavioural Support course starting in September 2016

Bangor University is launching its Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) postgraduate program this September, making it the first of its kind in the UK.

Publication date: 30 June 2016

Universities must look at local employment markets when building their graduates' skills

Students are often reminded that a degree is “not enough”, and that they will also need “employability skills” – a complex combination of personal attributes, discipline-specific knowledge and generic talents – to succeed after university. They are encouraged while studying to develop skills such as problem solving, self-management and the ability to work as part of a team.

This article by Teresa Crew, Lecturer in Social Policy, School of History, Philosophy & Social Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 4 October 2018

University Launches £3.2 million Project Set to Boost Economic Growth

Bangor University Law School has officially launched a £3.2 million project that is set to encourage economic growth in Wales and Ireland.

Publication date: 18 July 2011

University Launches £3.2 million Project Set to Boost Economic Growth

Bangor University Law School has officially launched a £3.2 million project that is set to encourage economic growth in Wales and Ireland.

Part-funded by the EU’s Ireland/Wales Cross Border Programme, the Winning in Tendering project aims to transform smaller suppliers’ ability to win contracts and ensure home-grown organisations win a greater share of public sector business.

Publication date: 13 July 2011

University partnership pays long-term benefits for innovative company

One of Wales’ innovative medical supplies companies can trace a period of exponential growth which saw the company turnover increase by 400% and grow from 5 to 65 employees, to a critical partnership with Bangor University.

Publication date: 4 March 2014

University researchers seek feedback from older carers of people with dementia

People aged 65 and over who have experience of looking after somebody with dementia can contribute towards research currently being carried out by academics at Bangor University.  Health economists there are investigating the economic demands of caring for people with dementia. The results of their research will contribute towards shaping health and social care policies across the UK.

Publication date: 15 December 2011

University research showcased at event celebrating social sciences in society

Case studies from Bangor University are featured in a new publication which celebrates research undertaken by social science researchers in Wales. ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences 10: Wales’ is published by the Academy of Social Sciences as part of its Campaign for Social Science.

The publication comprises 14 case studies of research carried out by Welsh institutions which have influenced national and international governments, as well as highlighting the benefits of social science research on public policy.

Publication date: 27 November 2015

University to stem decline of RE teachers

Bangor University is to contribute towards increasing the number of teachers available to teach Religious Education and improve the teaching materials available to both teachers and students.

Religious Education has been facing a crisis in recent years, with teachers feeling increasingly underqualified to teach an ever-changing syllabus at GCSE and A level, while recruitment of new graduates as subject teachers is failing to keep up with demand.

A new three-year project at the University’s School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences will collate and develop new teaching materials for use by both teachers and students and encourage more current university students to become subject teachers.

Publication date: 7 November 2018

Unpublished Poems by R.S. Thomas come to light

A collection of previously unpublished poems by the major Welsh poet R.S. Thomas has just been published under the editorship of Professor Tony Brown (School of English Literature) and Professor Jason Walford Davies (School of Welsh), the Co-directors of the University’s  R.S. Thomas Research Centre, the major archive of the poet’s work.

Publication date: 3 November 2016

Unused £321m trapped on dormant Oyster cards – and time may be running out to get it back

It is 15 years since Transport for London (TfL) launched the Oyster card on London’s buses and tube trains, but Oyster hasn’t had a very happy birthday.

Instead of cake, candles and raised glasses, news broke that money trapped on dormant Oyster cards amounts to £321m, a princely sum that has effectively been loaned, interest-free from the public to TfL. This “mountain of cash” exists as credit on cards that haven’t been used for at least a year – either lost, damaged, abandoned, or stashed away.

This article by Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Professor of Business History and Bank Management, and Prachandra Shakya, PhD Candidate; both of Bangor Business School, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 17 July 2018

Unused energy sources could contribute to farm sustainability

Parts of the British agriculture industry could be generating their own energy from a source right under their noses and make a valuable contribution to wider society while they’re at it.

That‘s the conclusion of a PhD conducted by John Walsh, a student at Bangor University in conjunction with Fre-energy Ltd, a company based outside Wrexham, north Wales.

Publication date: 7 June 2013

Urgency scientific expedition to assess climate induced death of coral reefs

A team of scientists led by a Bangor University professor have recently returned from a scientific expedition to the remote and largely uninhabited Chagos Archipelago in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).

Publication date: 12 May 2017

USA Presidential Elections Outlook

Academics from Bangor Business School and Bangor Law School have written a series of articles on the forthcoming USA presidential elections. Click on a link to read the article in full.

Publication date: 11 October 2016

US Award for Expert in Ageing

An internationally recognised expert on ageing and dementia, Professor Bob Woods of Bangor University, is to be the first international recipient of an American Award on Thursday 13 October 2011.

Publication date: 12 October 2011

Using cognitive neuroscience to understand social brain functions

Prof Giuseppe di Pellegrino, of the University of Bologna, is visiting Bangor University for one year thanks to a grant from The Leverhulme Trust’s visiting professorship scheme. His visit will contribute to the development of the recently established social neuroscience research group in the School of Psychology at Bangor.

Publication date: 28 January 2016

Using ‘self-talk’ as part of your endurance sport training? Here’s what you need to know

New research suggests how you can get the edge over your competitors in endurance sport

You have probably caught yourself muttering some encouragement to yourself, perhaps when you were  facing a particularly difficult physical challenge, or experiencing some sort of stress; “Come on, you can do this!” or “I know I can do this!”

Sports psychologists have now found that speaking to yourself in the second person: “You need to dig deep!”, is actually more effective than  speaking to yourself in the first person, “I need to dig deep!”

Publication date: 9 July 2019

Using Welsh within the community

As part of an evaluation of the Welsh Government’s Welsh Language Strategy, Dr Rhian Hodges and Dr Cynog Prys, of Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences conducted a research study into the opportunities to use Welsh in six communities in Wales. The Welsh Language was found to be in a fragile state within the communities studied: Cardigan, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Llanrwst, Porthmadog and Ammanford. Despite this, evidence of the use of Welsh was found in the communities, along with a desire to have more varied opportunities to use Welsh within daily life (i.e while shopping or receiving Public Services).

Publication date: 9 October 2015

US visit to research Kubrik- possibly the greatest post-war American Film Director

Dr Nathan Abrams, a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Bangor University’s School of Creative Studies & Media, has won a prestigious highly-competitive, and internationally-recognised Dorot Foundation Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

Publication date: 19 June 2013

Veillance

Veillance is the result of a two-year collaborative project between academics, Dr Gillian Jein (PI), Professor Vian Bakir (Co-I) and Dr Andy McStay, with the artist and Pontio designer in residence, Ronan Devlin and his creative team.

Publication date: 8 March 2017

Venom development revealed by first genome sequencing of King Cobra

Scientists studying snake venom have for the first time sequenced the entire genome of a venomous snake, the King Cobra, and confirmed a previously proposed but poorly documented hypothesis explaining how snake venom is produced and what led to the great complexity of venoms consisting of dozens of individual toxins.

Publication date: 4 December 2013

Violence prevention ‘Toolbox for teachers’ to reduce aggression among children and violence against children in Jamaican preschools

A  suite of strategies for teachers, aimed at preventing the early development of antisocial behaviour and increasing young children’s social-emotional competence, is to be rolled out and further tested in a four-year study in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston.

Publication date: 13 October 2014

Virtual Learning iPad app to help train future neurosurgeons

A new mobile ‘app’, downloadable free of charge, will assist with the training of future neurosurgeons, and is just one of a stream of programmes being developed, adapting visual computing and three dimensional realities to provide cost-effective virtual learning for a range of medical procedures.

Publication date: 8 January 2013

Virtual Reality enables you to swim with sharks - in Welsh!

"Ocean Rift", one of the world’s most popular Virtual Reality programmes is the first to be available in Welsh for use with VR headsets. (English version here).

Created by Dr Llŷr ap Cenydd, a lecturer at Bangor University’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, Ocean Rift was one of the first programmes to be released alongside the Samsung Gear VR headset, and has become one of the most popular with an estimated 2.5 million downloads since 2013.

Publication date: 28 November 2018

Visiting Scholar from the University of Helsinki to give lectures in the School

Dr Elizabeth Peterson from the University of Helsinki will be visiting the School from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th February.

Publication date: 23 February 2015

Visit of Professor Vera Trappmann to the School of Social Sciences on an Erasmus Teaching Exchange

Professor Vera Trappmann of Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany, will be visiting the School on an Erasmus Teaching Exchange during the week beginning 18 March.  She is a Professor of Sociology and European Societies and her comparative research deals with labour relations, welfare and corporate social responsibility in Western, Central and Eastern Europe.

Publication date: 14 March 2013

Wales-Ireland co-operation sees launch of BlueFish Project

Researchers, industry representatives and commercial producers from both sides of the Irish Sea congregated in Bangor University on Tuesday to officially launch the BlueFish Project, a collaboration between Wales and Ireland that will examine the effect of climate change on fish and shellfish sustainability in the Irish Sea.

Publication date: 28 September 2017

Wales joins the Finns in beating the bullies

An anti-bullying programme being rolled out to schools by Bangor University, the only Centre in the UK licensed to introduce the programme, is helping schools to reduce and deal with bullying.

Developed and evaluated in Finland, with extensive funding from the Finnish government, the KiVa anti-bullying programme is proven to reduce bullying in schools there - and early indications suggest its effectiveness in Welsh schools as well.

Publication date: 2 February 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

Wales punches above its weight in terms of research outputs, efficiency and impact

Wales’s use of research inputs is highly productive and efficient, outranking most comparator countries of a similar size, according to an independent report launched today (6.2.14).

Commissioned by the Welsh Government, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and Welsh universities, the ‘International Comparative Performance of the Welsh Research Base 2013’, carried out by Elsevier, examined the research base of universities, research institutes, industry and the NHS in Wales and compared their publication rates and impacts with competitor countries in order to demonstrate the benefits and return of public investment in university research.

Publication date: 7 February 2014

Wales's tourism problem is down to a disconnect with its own people

Wales is a country bursting with ancient culture and beautiful landscapes. It is home to a vibrant people, who are intensely proud of their heritage. It sounds like the perfect place for many a traveller to visit – so why then, has it long struggled to attract foreign tourism?

This article by Euryn Rhys Roberts, Lecturer in Medieval and Welsh History, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 14 August 2018

Want to become self-compassionate? Run a marathon

Unsurprisingly, running a marathon is tough. It takes months of training before runners even make it to the starting line and this preparation can, at times, feel like punishment. The marathon runner in training can often be found limping around with blisters, sore muscles and blackened or lost toenails. Not, perhaps, an image we might naturally associate with the idea of “self-compassion”.

A relatively new concept, self-compassion has been hailed as a more robust alternative to self-esteem. While compassion refers to the demonstration of sympathy and concern for others in times of suffering, self-compassion entails showing this same understanding to ourselves.

This article by Rhi Willmot, PhD Researcher in Behavioural and Positive Psychology, at the School of Psychology, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 3 November 2017

Want to develop 'grit'? Take up surfing

My friend, Joe Weghofer, is a keen surfer, so when he was told he’d never walk again, following a 20ft spine-shattering fall, it was just about the worst news he could have received. Yet, a month later, Joe managed to stand. A further month, and he was walking. Several years on, he is back in the water, a board beneath his feet. Joe has what people in the field of positive psychology call “grit”, and I believe surfing helped him develop this trait.

This article by Rhi Willmot, PhD Researcher in Behavioural and Positive Psychology, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 20 July 2017

Want to stay mentally healthy in older age? Stimulate your brain in early life

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life, according to new research.

The large-scale investigation published in the journal PLOS Medicine and led by Prof Linda Clare of the University of Exeter, recently of Bangor University’s School of Psychology used data from more than 2,000 mentally fit people over the age of 65, and examined the theory that experiences in early or mid life which challenge the brain make people more resilient to changes resulting from age or illness – they have higher “cognitive reserve”.

Publication date: 24 April 2017

Waste-biogas is at least ten times more effective than crop-biogas at reducing greenhouse gas emissions

In a paper just released in the leading bioenergy journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy, researchers from Bangor University and the Thünen Institute in Germany conclude that crop-biogas and liquid biofuels are at best inefficient options for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, per hectare of land used and per £ public subsidy required. At worst these options could actually lead to higher global GHG emissions owing to indirect land use change caused by displacement of food production. In comparison, waste-biogas and Miscanthus (woody grass) heating pellets achieve at least ten times more GHG mitigation per tonne of dry matter biomass and per hectare of land used, respectively, leading to cost-effective GHG mitigation.

Publication date: 26 February 2015

Welcome to Professor Mike Hammond, Visiting Research Fellow for this semester

We are pleased to welcome Professor Mike Hammond as a Visiting Research Fellow for this semester.

Publication date: 12 October 2011

Welsh children’s report to United Nations is a first

School pupils from three primary schools across north Wales (Beaumaris Primary School, Southdown Primary School, Buckley and Hiraddug Primary, Dyserth)  were invited by Bangor University’s Law School to formally launch their report "Lleisiau Bach Yn Galw Allan / Little Voices Shouting Out" (17th November). This is the first time the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has received a report drawn up by 7-11, based on their own research.

Publication date: 17 November 2015

Welsh Crucible Roadshow

Publication date: 19 January 2017

Welsh Crucible Roadshow

Publication date: 19 January 2017

Welsh Food Banks on the increase

Wales now has 157 foodbanks which support people at risk of not being able to feed themselves and their families (data collected July 2015) compared to 16 in 1998.

These new statistics come from a research project by Bangor University Social Sciences PhD student David Beck.

Publication date: 14 March 2016

Welsh Government report highlights the importance of Bangor’s new Health and Medical Research Institute

In the recent report “ Delivering Science for Wales 2015-16” the annual report on the Welsh Governments science strategy describes the launch of the new Bangor Institute of Health & Medical Research (BIHMR) in February as on of the years highlights. 

Publication date: 29 April 2016

Welsh Medium Postgraduate Scholarship: Social Policy

The School of Social Sciences at Bangor University is offering a Welsh medium postgraduate scholarship in the field of Social Policy to start 1 October 2011. This scholarship is funded by Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.  Funding is available for up to five years, including three/four years as a doctorate research student and an additional year as a teaching fellow. The postgraduate scholarship will include the university’s tuition fees (the current rate for home/EU students is £3,466) and also a maintenance grant (the current rate is £13,590 a year). Applications are invited from prospective researchers with a background in social sciences and who have an interest in health policy in Wales since devolution. The successful candidate will also need to undertake some Welsh medium teaching in the School of Social Sciences as one of the scholarship’s conditions. The final year of the scholarship will be considered a fellowship year when the teaching commitments will increase.

Publication date: 31 August 2011

Welsh people want more done to prevent illness and improve their health - even if it means spending less on healthcare

53 per cent of people in Wales agree that more money should be spent on preventing illness and less on treating it. Only 15 per cent disagreed.

The national Stay Well in Wales survey, run by Public Health Wales and Bangor University, found that the Welsh public have a strong preference for more public health regulation and intervention.

Publication date: 16 February 2018

Welsh play a part in dementia research

Dementia numbers in the UK have been in decline over the past 20 years according to results from a large research study which reported earlier this year. Figures in the report from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study suggested that the figures for England, if applied to the whole UK, imply  that there are 214,000 fewer cases of dementia than predicted. That would also mean that there are currently around 670,000 people living in the UK with dementia, rather than the estimated number of 800,000 - 900,000.

To help understand the situation in Wales, Bangor University is leading the Welsh version of this research. The researchers intend to announce specific statistics for dementia rates for Wales next summer. 

Publication date: 5 November 2013

Welsh politicians learn about vital cancer research work at Bangor

The cutting edge research work on cancer being carried out in the School of Medical Sciences was highlighted to senior Plaid Cymru politicians during a recent visit to the North West Cancer Research Institute.

Publication date: 22 January 2016

Welsh Professor wins people’s choice Award

A volume of poetry written by a Bangor University Welsh Professor has won the golwg 360 Barn y Bobl prize (Welsh people’s choice award) at the glittering 2018 Wales Book of the Year Awards.

Caeth a Rhydd by Peredur Lynch, Professor in Welsh had been shortlisted in the Welsh language Poetry category. Professor Peredur Lynch completed his first poetry volume while on a sabbatical at Harvard University’s Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures.

Publication date: 27 June 2018

Welsh schools teach pupils to be bilingual, not restrict their education

Being a Welsh-English bilingual isn’t easy. For one thing, you hear that encouraging others to learn your language is detrimental both to their education and wellbeing. For another, to speak a minority language such as Welsh you need to constantly make the effort to be exposed to it and maintain your bilingualism.

This article by Peredur Webb-Davies, Senior Lecturer in Welsh LinguisticsBangor University  was originally published on The Conversation.


Publication date: 23 June 2017

Welsh universities announce new national supercomputing research facility

A new £15m supercomputing programme of investment has been announced by universities across Wales.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, ‘Supercomputing Wales’ will enable the country to compete globally for research and innovation that requires state-of-the-art computing facilities to simulate and solve complex scientific problems.

Publication date: 28 April 2017

We need your Welsh!

Work to capture everyday words and phrases used by Welsh speakers is about to get underway with the launch of a specially designed app.

Welsh speakers from all walks of life will be able to record their conversations to form part of the Corpws Cenedlaethol Cymraeg Cyfoes (CorCenCC) project...

Publication date: 15 February 2017

We opened up all our data on coral reefs – more scientists should do the same to protect habitats

Coral reefs are critically important to the world but despite the ongoing efforts of scientists and campaigners, these stunningly beautiful ecosystems still face a variety of threats. The most pervasive is, of course, climate change, which is putting their very future in jeopardy.

This article by Adel Heenan, Postdoctoral fellow, School of Ocean SciencesBangor University and Ivor D. Williams, Coral Reef Ecologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 29 January 2018

We're mapping wartime shipwrecks to explore the past – and help develop green energy projects

Wartime shipwrecks such as the USS Juneau – recently discovered in the Pacific Ocean by philanthropist Paul Allen and his team – are of great interest to both military historians and the general public. 

Many such wrecks lie in extremely deep, relatively clear waters and are the legacy of naval battles fought far out to sea. But some of the technologies and methods that are being used to locate and identify such sites are now being employed by scientists in shallower, sediment-rich UK waters for similar – and very different – purposes.

This article by Michael Roberts, SEACAMS R&D Project Manager, Centre for Applied Marine Sciences, at the School of Ocean Sciences, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 27 March 2018

We're working on a more accurate pollen forecasting system using plant DNA

Most people enjoy the warmer, longer days that summer months bring – but plant allergy sufferers will have mixed emotions. Roughly one in five Europeans suffers from allergic reactions to tree, grass and weed pollen causing pollinosis, hay fever and allergic asthma.

This article by Simon Creer, Professor in Molecular Ecology, School of Biological Sciences and Georgina Brennan, Postdoctoral Research Officer, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 21 June 2018

We tracked coral feeding habits from space to find out which reefs could be more resilient

Coral reefs are an invaluable source of food, economic revenue, and protection for millions of people worldwide. The three-dimensional structures built by corals also provide nourishment and shelter for over a quarter of all marine organisms.

i,But coral populations are threatened by a multitude of local and global stressors. Rising ocean temperatures are disrupting the 210m-year-old symbiosis between corals and microscopic algae. When temperatures rise, the coral animal becomes stressed and expels its algal partners, in a process known as coral bleaching.

This article by Michael D. Fox, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California San DiegoAndrew Frederick Johnson, Researcher at Scripps Insitution of Oceanography & Director of MarFishEco, University of California San Diego, and Gareth J. Williams, Lecturer, Marine BiologyBangor University is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 22 October 2018

We've located the part of the brain which understands social interactions

The ability to quickly detect and recognise the purpose of a social interaction is as indispensable today as it would have been to our ancient ancestors – but how does the brain do it?

This article by Jon Walbrin, PhD Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience, at the School of Psychology, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 20 March 2018

What 500-year-old clams can tell us about climate change

You probably don’t think clams are the most exciting animals on the planet. But anyone who dismisses these marine bivalve molluscs surely cannot be aware of just how important they actually are. Without knowing it, they have taught us so much about the world we live in – and how it used to be.

Publication date: 7 December 2016

What causes marathon-runners and other extreme sport enthusiasts to catch colds?

Participants in this year’s Snowdon Marathon (28 October), described as one of Europe’s toughest, have been invited to help with research at Bangor University’s School of Sport Health & Exercise Sciences.

Exercise physiologists at the School want to identify why some runners appear to be more susceptible to falling ill or feeling poorly after running a marathon or taking part in other endurance activities, while others remain well.

Publication date: 28 October 2017

What causes mass whale strandings?

This article by Peter Evans, Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Around 600 pilot whales recently became stranded on a New Zealand beach, around 400 of which died before volunteers could refloat them back into the sea. Sadly, this kind of mass whale stranding has occurred since human records began, and happens somewhere in the world on a regular basis.

Publication date: 15 February 2017

What does Citizenship mean in Europe?

In an exciting collaboration between Bangor University Law School and the European School of Law (based at Toulouse University), a PhD Workshop on the broad theme of “Citizenship” will take place in Bangor on Thursday/Friday, 3rd and 4th May 2018. This year’s workshop builds on European School of Law PhD workshops held in Toulouse in 2016 and Barcelona in 2017. 

Publication date: 13 April 2018

What does gathering from the seashore mean to the modern hunter gatherer

Liz Morris-Webb, a researcher at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences is looking for people who gather from the seashores of Wales to take part in her research.  If you forage for food, bait, money, education, medicine, research or something more unusual, you can take part.

Publication date: 5 December 2018

What happened to ‘Food Miles?

Some years ago we were being advised to buy UK-grown fresh produce to avoid the ‘food miles’ associated with importing air-freighted fruit and vegetables due to concerns over how this was contributing to the release of CO2 emissions. But it seems that that these concerns were far too simplistic. A true assessment of the ‘footprint’ of foodstuffs requires an audit of every aspect of the associated activities, from sowing the seed to consuming the produce.

Publication date: 31 October 2014

What language tells us about changing attitudes to extremism

The words “extreme”,“extremist” and “extremism” carry so many connotations these days – far more than a basic dictionary definition could ever cover. Most would agree that Islamic State, the London Bridge and Manchester Arena attackers, as well as certain “hate preachers” are extremists. But what about Darren Osbourne who attacked the Finsbury Park Mosque? Or Thomas Mairwho murdered Labour MP Jo Cox? Or even certain media outlets and public figures who thrive on stirring up hatred between people? Their acts are hateful and ideologically-driven, but calls for them to be described in the same terms as Islamic extremists are more open to debate.

This article by Josie Ryan, PhD Researcher,  at the School of Linguistics & English Language, Bangor Universitywas originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 1 September 2017

What planet Earth might look like when the next supercontinent forms – four scenarios

The outer layer of the Earth, the solid crust we walk on, is made up of broken pieces, much like the shell of a broken egg. These pieces, the tectontic plates, move around the planet at speeds of a few centimetres per year. Every so often they come together and combine into a supercontinent, which remains for a few hundred million years before breaking up. The plates then disperse or scatter and move away from each other, until they eventually – after another 400-600 million years – come back together again.

This article by Mattias Green, Reader in Physical Oceanography, Bangor UniversityHannah Sophia Davies, PhD Researcher, Universidade de Lisboa , and Joao C. Duarte, Researcher and Coordinator of the Marine Geology and Geophysics Group, Universidade de Lisboa is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 27 November 2018

What prevents us from standing for the Assembly?

Researchers in Bangor University's College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences have been awarded a prestigious research contract by the National Assembly for Wales’ Independent Remuneration Board to identify and research barriers that may inhibit persons from otherwise putting their names forward for election to the Assembly.

Publication date: 5 June 2014

What seabirds can tell us about the tide

When the UK's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) set out to tag razorbills, their aim was to track their behaviour and movements along the coast of North Wales. The tag data revealed that, at night, these seabirds spent a lot of their time idle on the sea surface. "We saw this as an opportunity to re-use the data and test if the birds might be drifting with the tidal current," says Matt Cooper, a Master of Oceanography graduate from Bangor University in Wales. It turns out they were, according to a new study led by Cooper that shows the potential of using seabirds to measure ocean currents. The results are published today in the European Geosciences Union journal Ocean Science.

Publication date: 29 November 2018

What’s in the soil beneath our feet?

A Canadian student with Welsh roots, is breaking new ground in his research to assess exactly what lives in the Welsh soil beneath our feet.

PhD student Paul George who is studying at Bangor University’s School of Natural Sciences and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH),  has his research published today (7 March 2019) in Nature Communications.

Publication date: 7 March 2019

What’s the best way to assist children with diabetes to look after themselves?

A new study co-led by Bangor University and Cardiff University with a team of experts from across the UK is seeking to establish the best way of presenting information in order to help children and young people with type 1 diabetes look after themselves.

Publication date: 14 February 2011

What Theresa May could learn from Ted Heath about how to respond to a humanitarian crisis

In the first seven months of 2016 more than 3,000 people died seeking asylum in Europe and refugees are still seeking sanctuary from war-torn countries such as Libya, Syria and Iraq.

This article by Peter Shapely, Reader and Head of History, Welsh History and Archaeology, Bangor University and Marc David Collinson, PhD researcher in History Bangor University appears in The Conversation, read the original article.

Publication date: 4 October 2016

What you see is what you get? Bangor academics to research impression management by business organisations

‘Impression management’, or how organisations control the way how they are perceived by the public, will be the focus of cutting-edge research undertaken by a new centre at Bangor University.

Publication date: 27 March 2012

What you see is what you get? Bangor academics to research impression management by business organisations

‘Impression management’, or how organisations control the way they are perceived by the public, will be the focus of cutting-edge research undertaken by a new centre at Bangor University.

Publication date: 14 June 2012

When heat casts a healing spell over cancer

Thomas Turner, a recent Cancer Biology graduate from Bangor University, and Dr Thomas Caspari, a researcher based in the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University published one of the first comprehensive reviews of  using heat in cancer treatment in Open Biology, the Royal Society's fast, open access journal.

Publication date: 18 March 2014

When languages die, we lose a part of who we are

This article by Anouschka Foltz, Lecturer in Psycholinguistics, at the School of Lingusitics & English Language was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.


The 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) is in full gear and climate change is again on everyone’s mind. It conjures up images of melting glaciers, rising sea levels, droughts, flooding, threatened habitats, endangered species, and displaced people. We know it threatens biodiversity, but what about linguistic diversity?

Publication date: 9 December 2015

Where did the idea of a cashless society come from?

The concept of a "cashless society" is now getting increased attention as countries such as Sweden try to move away from bills and coins whereas in the UK there has been a failed attempt by banks to do without paper cheques. In a Bangor Business School Working Paper, Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo, of the Business School, along with Thomas Haigh of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; The Haigh Group and David Stearns, of  Seattle Pacific University document,  the ‘cashless’ idea actually originated first in the world of business and only later moved into the realm of fiction.

Publication date: 11 April 2012

Where did the idea of a cashless society come from?

The concept of a "cashless society" is now getting increased attention as countries such as Sweden try to move away from bills and coins whereas in the UK there has been a failed attempt by banks to do without paper cheques. In a Bangor Business School Working Paper, Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo of the Business School, along with Thomas Haigh of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; The Haigh Group and David Stearns, of Seattle Pacific University document that the ‘cashless’ idea actually originated first in the world of business and only later moved into the realm of fiction.

Publication date: 2 April 2012

Where do antibiotic resistant microbes come from?

The increasing threat from antibiotic resistant microbes is sufficient to cast the world back into the dark-ages of medicine according to Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking at the launch of an inquiry last year.

It is estimated that microbial strains that are resistant to drugs are responsible for 5,000 deaths a year in the UK and as many as 25,000 in Europe.

One academic from Bangor University is contributing to the battle against antibiotic resistance, and is researching on several ‘fronts’, including developing a quick and efficient test that would identify bacterial strains that carry antibiotic resistant genes.

Publication date: 29 January 2015

Why alcohol makes some people violent

National study examines dangers of adults with traumatic childhoods drinking heavily

Heavier drinkers are much more likely to be involved in violence if they have suffered high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEsi), according to a new study. 

Publication date: 7 December 2018

Why are we getting these warm wild winds?

Is there a cold winter on the way?

Whilst our weather has warmed in the last couple of days with the arrival of mild westerly winds from the Atlantic, there are indications further afield which may point to a cold winter for Wales.

Scientists monitoring ocean conditions over the tropical Pacific Ocean have detected a warming of the surface water which is a strong indicator of the onset of a major global climate event, known as an “El Nino”.

Publication date: 29 November 2018

Why does the growth of food banks matter?

This article by Dave Beck, PhD Researcher at the School of Social Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

In the last 50 years, we have observed a number of subtle, yet substantial revolutions in the way we approach our choices over food. One of the earliest revolutions saw us shift from shopping little and often with local producers – and investing in the local economy – to being swayed by the “stack ‘em high, sell 'em cheap” rhetoric, sold by supermarkets and the international economy.

Publication date: 19 April 2016

Why EU rules risk making Italy's banking crisis a whole lot worse

This article by Philip Molyneux, Professor of Banking and Finance, Bangor University Business School was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

In the wake of the Italian constitutional referendum, the country’s banking crisis is going from bad to worse. The European Central Bank (ECB)‘s decision to refuse an extension to Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena to raise €5 billion (£4.2 billion) has left the country’s third-largest bank facing a government bailout that looks likely to inflict severe pain on many ordinary Italian savers.

As if that were not enough, Italy’s biggest bank, UniCredit, announced a restructuring plan that requires a capital raising of €13 billion in the first three months of next year. Given the torrid time Monte dei Paschi has had trying to find sufficient private backing, will UniCredit need help from the Italian taxpayer, too?

Publication date: 15 December 2016

Why foraging for free is food for the soul

 In the past few years, there’s been a resurgence in the idea of foraging for food. The practice of hand gathering plants and animals for bait, money or the table has long taken place, but more recently top chefs have been popularising the idea, while urban foragers have told of the lengths they go to to find wild food in big cities.

This article by PhD candidate at the School of Ocean SciencesElisabeth S. Morris-Webb, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 10 January 2019

Why Holocaust jokes can only be told by a Jewish comedian

When Larry David joked about chatting up women in Nazi concentration camps recently he caused a minor storm of outrage.

David has joked about the Holocaust before. In the comedy show he co-created, Seinfeld, an entire episode is devoted to Schindler’s List. In his own show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, he plays Wagner (a favourite composer of Adolf Hitler) to a co-religionist who accuses him of being a self-hater. He invites a cast member of the reality show Survivor to meet a Holocaust survivor and they proceed to argue over who had it worse off. Many suggested David’s jokes weren’t in good taste, that he had crossed a line this time. But had he?

This article by Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film Studies at the School of Ctreative Studies & Media was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 9 November 2017

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

Why scrapping the €500 note may not help counter terrorism

The president of the European Central Bank has said that the bank is considering scrapping the €500 note as the big bill is being increasingly seen as “as an instrument for illegal activities”, according to ECB president, Mario Draghi. But there is little proof that scrapping the €500 note will improve chances of clamping down on nefarious transactions.

An article by Bernardo Batiz-LazoProfessor of Business History and Bank ManagementBangor University and Marybeth Rouse, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 1 March 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

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.

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Publication date: 12 February 2019

Why Wales was right to say yes to the UK's Brexit Bill

Both Wales and Scotland have acknowledged the need to prepare UK laws for EU withdrawal, yet they have taken very different stances on how this can be achieved. While the Welsh Assembly has agreed to the UK government’s proposed Brexit Bill, the Scottish parliament has said no.

This article by Stephen Clear, Lecturer in Law, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 18 May 2018

Why we explored an undisturbed rainforest hidden on top of an African mountain

Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing – a hidden rainforest, protected by a steep circle of rock. Though the mountain was known to locals, the forest itself remained a secret until six years ago, when Professor Julian Bayliss spotted it on satellite imagery. It wasn’t until last year, however, that he revealed his discovery, at the Oxford Nature Festival.

We recently visited the 700 metre-high mountaintop rainforest in an expedition organised by Bayliss, in collaboration with Mozambique’s Natural History Museum and National Herbarium. As far as anyone knew (including the locals), we would be the first people to set foot there (spoiler: we weren’t).

This article by Simon Willcock, Lecturer in Environmental Geography, Bangor University and Phil Platts, Research Fellow, University of York was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 29 June 2018

Why we should give prejudiced students a voice in the classroom

In the space of a few years, Britain’s political landscape has changed. Now, generally, young people are proportionately more likely to have socially liberal and socialist views, and want to remain part of the EU. Meanwhile, older demographics proportionately voted for Brexit, and were said to be largely responsible for voting the Conservatives into office in 2017.

This article by Corinna Patterson, Lecturer in Sociology, at the School of History, Philosophy and Social Science is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 3 October 2018

Why we taught psychology students how to run a marathon

This article by , PhD Researcher in Behavioural and Positive Psychology, Bangor University, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Mike Fanelli, champion marathon runner and coach, tells his athletes to divide their race into thirds. “Run the first part with your head,” he says, “the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.” Sage advice – particularly if you are a third year psychology student at Bangor University, preparing for one of the final milestones in your undergraduate experience: running the Liverpool Marathon.

Publication date: 14 September 2017

Widespread giant African cobra revealed to be five distinct species

Cobras are among the most widely known venomous snakes, and yet a new research paper (ZOOTAXA 1 August 2018   http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4455.1.3) has revealed that what was thought to be a single widespread cobra species, the forest cobra, is, in fact, made up of five separate species. Two of these species, the Black Forest Cobra and the West African Banded Cobra, are new to science and are first named in this paper.

Publication date: 2 August 2018

Wild plants threatened by collection for sale could be grown commercially providing new income streams, report finds

Wild plants threatened by collection for sale could be grown commercially providing new income streams, report finds Exotic palm leaves in your Mother’s Day bouquet may have come from forests in Belize or Guatemala, central America. Export for the flower arranging industry threatens the survival of some of these palms in the wild

Publication date: 15 March 2012

Winning a penalty shootout takes mental toughness: luckily, that can be taught

The dreaded, game-deciding penalty shootouts have begun. After 120 minutes of physically and emotionally draining play, players must line up and one by one take the goalie on from the spot. Heroes and villains are made with penalties, and anyone watching – whether or not they’re supporting one of the teams involved – would sympathise with the players involved.

Publication date: 1 July 2014

Winning in Tendering Project Manager Interviewed on BBC Radio Wales

On November 8th 2012, Winning in Tendering Project Manager Gary Clifford was invited by BBC Radio Wales’ Wales at Work programme to discuss the latest figures relating to Wales’ public expenditure.

Publication date: 28 November 2012

‘WINSS’ of €2.6 million for science careers in Ireland and Wales Job Sustainability Programme

A €2.6 million project to develop and sustain jobs in the sector at the interface between chemistry and life sciences has been announced. Funded under the Ireland Wales 2007-2013 INTERREG IVA programme and managed in Wales by Bangor University’s School of Chemistry. The “Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills” (WINSS) will assist companies that work across chemistry, life sciences and material sciences. The project will provide a range of specialist skills training to develop the expertise needed by the sector.

Publication date: 14 December 2011

WISERD Immigration Study makes the news

A Welsh Government funded study carried out by researchers at Bangor University, as part of WISERD (The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods), has provided new data on what people in Wales think about immigration and how this compares to other parts of the United Kingdom.

Publication date: 3 July 2012

WISERD Immigration Study makes the news

A Welsh Government funded study carried out by researchers at Bangor University, as part of WISERD (The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods), has provided new data on what people in Wales think about immigration and how this compares to other parts of the United Kingdom.

Publication date: 3 July 2012

WISERD Lecturer discusses patterns of migration to Wales on BBC Radio Cymru

Dr Robin Mann, Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and WISERD at Bangor University, took part in the BBC Radio Cymru programme Taro'r Post, to discuss migration to Wales.

Publication date: 10 June 2014

Wonky veg and ugly fruit are making a comeback – here's why

Rhi WillmotPhD Researcher in Behavioural and Positive Psychology, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Do the same rules that govern human attraction also apply to our choices of fruit and vegetables? Plenty of evidence suggests we do look for similar traits in both people and produce, and our perceptions of food are clearly affected by what it looks like.

Each year we waste 1.3 billion tonnes of food worldwide, a third of the total produced. This unbelievable figure is partly made up of “ugly” fruit and vegetables – those that are perfectly edible but rejected by supermarkets due to their blemished skin or unusual shape.

Publication date: 15 February 2016

“Wood isn’t good – it’s brilliant!”

Over 50 delegates attended a seminar at Bangor University recently, which focussed on helping Welsh businesses to work with and produce innovative and energy-efficient building materials.

Publication date: 7 January 2014

Working to safeguard the public against viruses and antibiotic resistant bacteria

Scientists working to reduce risk the risks to the public from exposure to viruses and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the water environment are meeting to share their research and discuss next steps today (14 March at the Royal Geographic Society, London).

Publication date: 14 March 2018

Work on novel proteins has potential to suppress cancerous tumour formation

Dr Chris Staples, of Bangor’s North West Cancer Research Institute in the School of Medical Sciences has recently published an article in the prestigious scientific journal “Cell Reports” on the identification of a novel potential tumour suppressor. Chris is working on several novel proteins, which prevent accumulation of DNA damage in human cells, and thus potentially suppress tumour formation with exciting implications for developing new and effective treatments.

Publication date: 10 October 2016

World record semiconductor performance set to enable the internet of things

Flexible electronics for the internet of things are now a reality thanks to new technology created by North Wales company SmartKem Ltd, with the help of scientists at Bangor University

Scientists at the School of Electronic Engineering have been testing SmartKem’s semiconductor material truFLEX® and have demonstrated operating in electronic form at the frequencies required to make high-speed flexible electronics a reality.

Publication date: 6 May 2016

World’s largest ever fishing impact study brings hope for Cardigan Bay Scallop fishermen

Scientists from Bangor University, working together with the Welsh Fishermen’s AssociationWelsh Government and Natural Resources Wales have published their findings from the world’s largest ever fishing impact study, funded in part by the European Fishery Fund.

Publication date: 13 August 2015

World War One U-boat partnership project gets green light from Heritage Lottery Fund for Wales’ Year of the Sea, 2018

The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced a grant of £409,700 for the Royal Commission’s partnership project: Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast, 1914-18.  Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, over the next two years the project will use the latest imaging techniques to reveal underwater wrecks from the Great War, and will support coastal communities around Wales to tell their previously untold stories about the Great War at Sea.

Publication date: 15 November 2017

Would seasonal forecasting enable us to cope with our changing weather?

We’ve experienced an exceptionally wet and windy winter, and while our weather forecasters are far better at telling us what to expect in the next two or three days, they still struggle with long range seasonal forecasting.

Work conducted since the 1970’s at Bangor University has contributed significantly to the models used by climate forecasters and others. The work has focused on understanding marine turbulence in the last two decades. The Ocean Physics group at the School of Ocean Sciences  have won over £6 million in research funding to further their work since 2007.

Publication date: 28 February 2014

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

You are more likely to deny the truth in your second language

Whether you’re speaking in your native tongue, or in another language, being understood and believed is fundamental to good communication. After all, a fact is a fact in any language, and a statement that is objectively true should just be considered true, whether presented to you in English, Chinese or Arabic.

However, our research suggests that the perception of truth is slippery when viewed through the prism of different languages and cultures. So much so that people who speak two languages can accept a fact in one of their languages, while denying it in the other.

This article by Manon Jones, Senior Lecturer  at the School of PsychologyBangor University and Ceri Ellis, Research Associate, University of Manchester was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 9 January 2018

Young Food Dudes Lead the Way for Healthy Nurseries

An exciting new programme to establish good eating habits in very young children received the top Health Research Award from LARIA (Local Authorities Research Intelligence Association), at an awards ceremony in Manchester University.

Publication date: 17 September 2013

Zebrafish and humans have new biomedical friend in the spotted gar

The genome of a slowly evolving fish, the spotted gar, is so much like both zebrafish and humans that it can be used as a bridge species that could open a pathway to important advancements in biomedical research focused on human diseases.

Publication date: 9 March 2016

Zimbabwe ditches its dollar in the end of an economic era

On June 15 the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe took the last step in the process of ditching its currency. Zimbabwe dollars will be decommissioned at a rate of 35 quadrillion per US dollar (that’s Z$35,000,000,000,000,000 for US$1). Any remaining Zimbabwe dollars in circulation after September 30 2015 will be officially, as opposed to practically, worthless.

An article by Bernardo Batiz-Lazo Professor of Business History and Bank Management at Bangor University originally published on The Conversation

 

Publication date: 15 June 2015