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2010 Llew Rees Memorial Prize winner announced

The highest Sporting Award at Bangor University, the Llew Rees Award, presented to the most outstanding sportsman or woman from among the student body has been awarded this year to Postgraduate Sports Science PhD student Vicky Gottwald.

National league Basketball player, Vicky, of Grove, Oxfordshire has received a cash prize of £750 in order to advance her performance.

Publication date: 21 September 2010

35 Bangor University students to trek Kilimanjaro in aid of Mind

35 Bangor University students will be trekking up Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, in aid of the mental health charity Mind.

Publication date: 30 August 2019

60th anniversary of the climbing of Everest – Bangor University’s continued involvement

Being so close to Snowdonia, it is unsurprising that Bangor University is indistinguishably linked with climbing Mount Everest. Mallory and Irvine were regulars to Snowdonia’s mountains before their unsuccessful attempt on Everest in 1924. The successful expedition that reached the summit on 29th May, 1953 also met regularly before their departure for Nepal, staying in the shadow of Snowdon itself.

Publication date: 28 May 2013

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

Adventure and Beyond: Annual North Wales Tourism Conference, 2018

As thrill seekers head to north Wales, the ‘capital’ of adventure tourism, Bangor University’s Pontio Innovation Centre and Go North Wales, co-host the annual North Wales Tourism conference in Pontio on 6 December. The title of the conference is “Adventure and Beyond”.

Keynote speakers are include Lord Ellis- Thomas, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, television presenter, Kate Humble,  writer and public speaker, John Thackara as well as Yangtze River Walk adventurer and extreme athlete, Ash Dykes, from North Wales, who will join by video conference.

Publication date: 30 November 2018

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

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 Grand Slam for Rhun

School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences student has had a highly successful first year at Bangor University.

Publication date: 14 April 2016

Alaska Climbing Challenge for Bangor Students

Two Bangor University students could be the youngest pair ever to climb the classic Cassin Ridge on Denali’s South Face in Alaska.

Publication date: 23 August 2012

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

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

Assisting local adventurer on an endurance mountain challenge

A number of staff at the School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences (Dr Ross Roberts, Dr Stuart Beattie, Dr James Hardy, Dr Eleri Jones, Dr Anthony Blanchfield, Dr Andy Cooke and Kevin Williams) have been helping a local adventurer on a classic North Walian mountain challenge.

Publication date: 4 November 2019

A visit to the European Athletics Championships results in exciting student research!

Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences Undergraduate, Masters, and now PhD Researcher, Libby Steele, has recently returned from the European Deaf Athletics Championships, which took place in Germany. The purpose of the visit was to view current practices around race starting systems.  

Publication date: 30 January 2020

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

Bangor Alumnus returns from Canadian Climbing Expedition

An experienced professional mountaineer and Bangor University alumnus has recently returned from a challenging expedition in the breathtakingly beautiful Canadian Rockies.

Publication date: 5 October 2015

Bangor leads the field for Welsh-medium higher education provision

According to the latest figures, Bangor University is still leading the field in terms of its Welsh-medium provision. More students study the majority of their courses through the medium of Welsh at Bangor than at any other Welsh university.

Publication date: 15 August 2016

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’s elite athletes awarded Sports Scholarships

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area.

These Sports Scholarships are awarded to recognise and support sporting excellence and achievement. They are aimed at helping talented and high performance students to combine their academic study and sporting performance to assist them in achieving their full potential.

Publication date: 6 December 2018

Bangor’s elite athletes awarded Sports Scholarships

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area.

Publication date: 10 December 2015

Bangor’s elite athletes awarded Sports Scholarships

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area.

Publication date: 9 December 2016

Bangor’s elite athletes awarded Sports Scholarships

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area. These Sports Scholarships are awarded to recognise and support sporting excellence and achievement. They are aimed at helping talented and high performance students to combine their academic study and sporting performance to assist them in achieving their full potential.

Publication date: 13 January 2015

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’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 Students triumphant at English Weightlifting Championships

Two Bangor University students won gold and silver medals at the 2015 English Weightlifting Championships in Castleford, West Yorkshire recently.

Publication date: 5 March 2015

Bangor Takes On The UK Challenge

Early in July, the UK Challenge (https://www.ukchallenge.co.uk) took place in North Wales and was hosted by Bangor University.

Publication date: 16 August 2019

Bangor University Alumna needs your vote

A Bangor University Alumna is attempting to impress Virgin boss, Sir Richard Branson with her business idea.

Publication date: 1 May 2015

Bangor University Alumnus named as new performance director for short track speed skating

A Bangor University alumnus has been named as the new Performance Director for Short Track Speed Skating where he will look to help Team GB achieve success heading into the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games and beyond.

Publication date: 21 December 2015

Bangor University and WRU collaboration to help develop North Wales coaching workforce

Students at Bangor University will be offered the chance to be part of the North Wales rugby coaching workforce thanks to a collaboration between Bangor University and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

Publication date: 26 September 2016

Bangor University assists with Physical Education A Level revision

25 A Level pupils from Anglesey schools, Ysgol Tryfan, Ysgor Friars, Ysgol Y Berwyn and Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen came together to participate in a bilingual physical education revision day at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 24 May 2016

Bangor University Awards Peer Guides of the Year 2014

Victoria Allen and Joe Barnett have been named Peer Guides of the Year 2014 at Bangor University in recognition of the fantastic support that they both have provided to first year students at the University.

Publication date: 1 May 2014

Bangor University awards three ‘Women in Science’ scholarships

Bangor University has awarded its ‘Women in Science’ scholarships to three outstanding female students: Emily Louise Dunn, Emily O’Regan and Kathryn Howard. All three were undergraduate students at Bangor and graduated with First Class Honours in July 2016. The scholarships, which cover the full course fees, will enable the talented and enthusiastic students to continue their studies and are now enrolled in postgraduate research courses at Bangor.

Publication date: 3 January 2017

Bangor University contributes to Welsh Institute of Performance Science

Lecturers from the School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science at Bangor University are to play a key role in providing research support for Elite Welsh athletes to fulfil their medal hopes ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

As part of the newly formed Welsh Institute of Performance Science (WIPS), Drs Sam Oliver, Stuart Beattie, and Anthony Blanchfield from SSHES have been appointed as research leads for environmental physiology, coaching science, and performance physiology respectively to support Sport Wales in providing practical innovative performance strategies for elite Welsh athletes and support staff.

Publication date: 4 February 2016

Bangor University dominates Snowdonia Marathon Eryri

Bangor University dominated the Snowdonia Marathon Eryri with a current student winning the Women’s category and a local graduate winning the Men’s category.

Publication date: 30 October 2013

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 hosts first ever PSA Women’s Squash event

Bangor University’s Sport Centre, Canolfan Brailsford, welcomes its first ever professional women’s squash event this week, with five days of intense action kicking-off on Wednesday 20 June and culminating in the $5000 final on Sunday.

Publication date: 19 June 2018

Bangor University Mountain Runner to represent GB

A Bangor University student has recently been selected to represent Great Britain in the European Mountain Running Championships in Slovenia and the World Championships in Italy in July.

Publication date: 29 June 2017

Bangor University opens new Physical Activity for Health and Well-Being Centre labs

Bangor University has invested £1m in a new state-of-the-art facility, the newly-named (Canolfan PAWB Centre) at its internationally recognised School of Sport Health & Exercise Sciences.

Two new exercise physiology laboratories, which research the functioning of the human body and a large new teaching laboratory will extend and complement the School’s existing teaching and research resources. These address the range of health benefits from exercise and physical activity and also investigate performance, sport and extreme environments.

Publication date: 14 March 2017

Bangor University rated Gold

Bangor University has been awarded the Gold standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, and is the only University in Wales to achieve this standard.

The framework assesses universities against a range of criteria and is part of the UK government’s plans for raising standards in higher education. It also gives students more information so that they can make the most informed decisions when deciding which university to attend.

Publication date: 22 June 2017

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 set for another busy National Eisteddfod week at Llanrwst

Bangor University is proud to be taking part again this year at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst.

As well as contributing to activities the on the Maes, there will also be buzz on the University's stand again this year.

Publication date: 1 August 2019

Bangor University’s satisfied students

Bangor University continues to rise in popularity among its students. The University again retains its place at 14th in the UK and is second in Wales in a new university experience survey (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016).

Publication date: 17 March 2016

Bangor University student and staff selected for the European Weightlifting Championships 2016

A Bangor University student and a staff member have been selected to represent GB in the upcoming European Weightlifting Championships that will be held in Førde, Norway from April 10-16.

Publication date: 29 March 2016

Bangor University Student becomes one of the youngest ever to become Japanese Jiu Jitsu second degree black belt

A Bangor University student has become the fourth woman in the world, and one of the youngest ever to be graded as a second degree black belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu.

Publication date: 18 July 2016

Bangor University student crowned Junior British Hill Climb Champion 2019

First-year Sports Science student, Chris Mann, has been crowned the Junior British Hill Climb Champion 2019.

Publication date: 31 October 2019

Bangor University student returns from football coaching programme in South Africa

A Bangor University student has returned from a football coaching programme in South Africa realising that he ‘can make a big difference to people’s lives’.

Publication date: 7 May 2018

Bangor University students assist new Amlwch football team

As we look forward to this summer's European Championships, two Bangor University students have been assisting a new football team in Amlwch for a new series on S4C.

Publication date: 22 May 2016

Bangor University Students attend UEFA Champions League Final Screening

Two Bangor University students were selected for an exclusive leadership training recently and enjoyed the screening of the Champions League final game as part of Bangor University’s partnership with Santander Universities.

Publication date: 3 June 2019

Bangor University students awarded prestigious Drapers’ Company medals

Bangor University students were presented with the Drapers’ Medals recently. The Drapers’ Company is one of the historic Livery Companies of the City of London, and now a philanthropic organisation. The Drapers’ Company kindly donates two medals each year to be awarded to outstanding postgraduate students.

Publication date: 8 April 2019

Bangor University student selected for GB Women’s Ultimate Squad

A Bangor University student has been selected for the GB Ultimate Women’s squad to prepare for the World Ultimate & Guts Championships (WUGC) which will be held in London on 18-25 June.

Publication date: 26 February 2016

Bangor University student selected for Wales U20 Rugby team

A Bangor University Sport Science student has been selected for the Wales U20 international team for the up and coming 6 Nations Championship Rugby Union Tournament.

Publication date: 4 February 2016

Bangor University student selected for Welsh Universities Rugby League Team

A Bangor University student has been selected to play for the Welsh Students Rugby League team for the forthcoming Four Nations competition, which is to be played at Edinburgh University from June 22-30.

Publication date: 14 June 2019

Bangor University student selected for Welsh Universities Rugby Union Team

A Bangor University student has been selected to play for the Welsh Students Rugby Union team this season.

Publication date: 22 April 2015

Bangor University students selected for the Welsh Universities Football squad

Two Bangor University students have been selected to play for the Welsh Universities football team in representative international friendly matches against Ireland and Scotland Universities.

Publication date: 27 March 2015

Bangor University student to lead uncharted river expedition

A sports science student from Bangor University has been selected to lead the UK’s finest white-water kayakers in an extended trip to discover new stretches of world class waters.

Publication date: 15 January 2015

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

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

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

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

Celebrating Excellence amongst first year students

Award-winning first year students have had their achievements recognized at a prize giving ceremony.

The annual Bangor University Entrance Scholarship Presentation evening saw prizes totalling £138,000 awarded to some of the University’s brightest first year students.

Publication date: 27 November 2014

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

Chris Coleman visits Bangor University to receive Honour

Chis Coleman, Wales’ national football team manager joins Bangor Business School graduating students to receive an Honorary Fellowship, marking Wales’ outstanding achievement at Euro 2016, when the national team reached the semi-finals in an historic and memorable campaign.

Publication date: 17 July 2017

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

Contribution to sport and exercise science rewarded

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) is pleased to honour Stuart Beattie, Lecturer in Sport Psychology at Bangor University’s School of Sport Health & Exercise Sciences and a member of the Institute of Elite Performance, with a BASES Fellowship in recognition of esteemed professional achievement, skills, knowledge and service to BASES and the sport and exercise science community.

Publication date: 30 September 2016

Creating a Surfing Centre of Excellence in Snowdonia

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

Publication date: 2 September 2015

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

Designing for people living with dementia

For ten years, Enterprise by Design has worked with different companies across North Wales, mostly focused in the adventure tourism sector. This year, student teams had a rewarding and challenging brief over the 10 week process, creating memorable experiences for dementia visitors to North Wales.

This year’s finale, held in Pontio recently, saw a wide variety of product ideas from undergraduate teams made up across PsychologyComputer Science & Electronic EngineeringBusinessProduct DesignMusic & Media, and Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences. The goal for 2019’s team was to create a product or service that would make North Wales more memorable to dementia tourists.

Publication date: 24 May 2019

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

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

Does social media influence your physical activity levels?

As concerns are being raised about how social media influences young people’s perceptions of their body image, sports scientists at Bangor University as asking whether and how social media affects our participation in physical exercise, and who and what are the motivators?

Surprisingly little research has been published on how social media affects participation in exercise, and yet there are numerous influencers, coaches and participants sharing their tips and triumphs to be found on various social media platforms. Could social media also be acting as a positive influencer, encouraging some to participate in physical exercise or to have a healthier body image?

Publication date: 20 August 2019

Don’t Miss, Don’t Miss, D’oh! Why and when do you do the very thing you were trying to avoid?

Speaker: Dr Matthew Barlow, Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance, Bangor University.

Matthew would also like to acknowledge his colleagues Tim Woodman and Recep Gorgulu.

Publication date: 1 March 2016

Do you value exercise?

Exercise has many health benefits but, surprisingly, only a small minority is really physically active to an appropriate level.

Publication date: 23 July 2020

Drapers’ Medals Awarded to outstanding students

Two students at Bangor University have been awarded prestigious Drapers’ Medals recently.

The Medals were awarded by the Drapers’ Company, one of the historic Livery Companies of the City of London, and now a philanthropic organisation. A handful of medals are awarded each year. The Awards are made to outstanding students, based on academic achievement and engagement with the academic community both at the University and internationally, as well as cultural and social contribution through scholarship, impact of research, pastoral support and mentoring.

Publication date: 6 June 2013

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

Dunn deal! Emily heads to World Championships in Australia

A Bangor University student will represent Great Britain at a prestigious cycle road race in Australia in September, following an impressive display at the Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo in June.

Publication date: 11 July 2016

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

ECB-funded Sports Science PhD awarded Best in the UK from the British Psychological Society

Cutting-edge PhD research by Leonie Webster has, not only been awarded Best PhD Thesis of 2019 from The British Psychological Society, already directly influenced and enhanced the training of professional coaches in the UK.

The School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences (SSHES) has forged a highly effective relationship with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for in excess of a decade. In fact, despite being based in Loughborough, when the ECB want assistance with talent development and psychology related matters, they call Bangor University.

Publication date: 4 February 2020

Eight myths about women on the military frontline – and why we shouldn't believe them

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

Although women have proven themselves capable in frontline combat situations – most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan – sceptics argue that this does not demonstrate they are capable of the dirty, exhausting, terrifying and chaotic job that is offensive close combat.

Many myths, based on stereotype and perpetuated by a minority of “old and bold” military personnel, are historically unfounded. However, the findings do not seem to be filtering though – and popular opinion still believes that women are incapable of serving in ground close combat roles. It is time to put these myths to bed once and for all:

Publication date: 1 April 2016

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

Emily goes the distance in Australia

A Bangor University student has earned herself an international ranking of 24th following an impressive display at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Australia last month – and this despite only taking up cycling in 2013.

Publication date: 26 October 2016

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

Emyr courts further squash success

A Bangor University Sports Scholar currently in his first year at the School of Sports, Health and Exercise Science, continues to make strides on the professional squash circuit following a number of impressive wins recently.

Publication date: 17 November 2017

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

Exercise alone does not lead to weight loss in women – in the medium term

This article by Hans-Peter Kubis, Director of the Health Exercise and Rehabilitation Group, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 23 November 2017

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

Ex SHES student wins Snowdonia Marathon

Rob Samuel, a SHES MSc student from 2009 to 2010, won the 2011 Snowdonia Marathon on a wet and windy Saturday, 29 October.

Publication date: 1 November 2011

Extreme athletes gain control through fear, and sometimes pay the price

Originally published on The Conversation by Tim Woodman, Professor and Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University, Lew Hardy, Emeritus Professor, Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance at Bangor University and Matthew Barlow, Post-Doc Researcher in Sport Psychology at Bangor University. Read the original article.

Publication date: 22 May 2015

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

FfitCymru and Bangor University getting the nation fit and healthy

Bangor University’s expertise will be seen on S4C over the next few weeks as an innovative new show, FfitCymru, is broadcast. The show will follow 5 member of the public as they introduce significant changes to their lives in order to lose weight and develop their fitness. What sets this show apart from countless other similar programmes is that viewers will be able to choose and follow whichever participant they identify with the most and then follow the same fitness regimes and utilise the same recipes so that they too benefit.

Publication date: 10 April 2018

FFIT Cymru returns for second series – and Mared leads the way!

One of S4C’s most popular shows from last year, FFIT Cymru, is returning for a second series in April and Bangor University’s involvement with the Cwmni Da production is set to be even greater this time around, with a student from the School of Welsh and Celtic Studies chosen to be one of the series’ inspirational ‘leaders’.

Publication date: 27 March 2019

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

Publication date: 20 July 2015

Former Professional Footballer graduates

A former professional footballer who came back home to North Wales to study at Bangor University is graduating this week.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Four New Lecturers Appointed to Bangor University

For the fourth consecutive year, the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has appointed individuals to work in various areas at Bangor University in order to increase the Welsh medium provision.

Publication date: 26 September 2014

Fourth Bangor Science Festival is on the horizon

Planning for the fourth annual Bangor Science Festival is well under way and the 2014 Festival is certainly shaping up.  The Science Festival will be held during National Science and Engineering Week from Friday 14th March and Sunday23rd March 2014.

Publication date: 28 January 2014

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

Gavin Chosen to Play for Wales Universities Football Team

As the likes of Bale, Ramsey and Hennessey prepare for the forthcoming UEFA Euro 2016 football championships in France, Bangor University student Gavin Lloyd-Jones will also be aiming for the back of the net as a member of the Wales Universities football team.

Publication date: 4 April 2016

Get in the Endurance Zone! EEG neurofeedback improves cycling performance

Francesca Mottola, a PhD researcher from the School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University, has won second prize in the Young Researchers award at the FEPSAC International Congress for her innovative work on neurofeedback and exercise performance. 

Publication date: 31 July 2019

Graduation time for Olympic Weightlifter

One of Bangor University’s elite athletes is celebrating a different kind of achievement this week and has swapped the medal podium for the graduation stage.

Publication date: 19 July 2017

Graduation time for prizewinning Flintshire student

Three years have flown by for a hard working Bangor University student who graduates with a first-class honours degree this week.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Great Heritage Funding crucial to world leading hypoxia research at Bangor

In collaboration with Dr Jamie Macdonald and Sam Oliver at the School of Sport and Exercise Science, Dr Paul Mullins from the School of Psychology has been studying the effects of hypoxia on cerebral physiology for the past 7 years. In this time, they’ve have had two very successful PhD students, and some ground-breaking discoveries about how the human brain copes with lowered oxygen availability. Research of this type is extremely important to understand what happens in the brain during periods of hypoxic exposure weather due to clinical complications, or because you are a climber at the top of the world up a mountain.

Publication date: 4 October 2018

Ground breaking work between the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences and the ECB supports England’s high performance cricket

The cricket season is in full swing (no pun intended), the England men have just won the world cup and enter their battle for the ashes as favourites!  England cricket is in a good place, Why? Perhaps because behind the scenes the ECB see the value in science and their drive for science and evidence based practice is high.

Publication date: 31 July 2019

Hannah Takes Gold in Austria

A Bangor University Sports Scholarship recipient recently won a gold medal in the 12th International European Weightlifting Grand Prix Vienna, Austria.

Publication date: 28 May 2015

Head of School Jamie Macdonald speaking at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff

Jamie Macdonald, Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University, joined The Physiological Society, Assembly Members, Sport Wales, and Public Health Wales for a celebration event and group panel discussion at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff.

Publication date: 5 February 2020

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

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

Highly Acclaimed Research Grant for Coleg Scholarship Holder

A PhD student at Bangor University, who is also a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol research scholar, has won a highly acclaimed research grant worth €5,000 from the European Hydration Institute (EHI).

Julian Owen,  a student at the University’s School of Sport Health & Exercise Sciences Bangor University, is currently researching the subject of Human Physiology.

Publication date: 22 March 2012

Hitting the peaks and finding a cause – Search & Rescue member Harriet graduates from Bangor University

Bangor University’s unrivalled location, between the mountains and the sea, has undoubtedly allured many of its students to explore its beautiful, rugged and wild terrain. One student however, has taken her love of the outdoors to the next level by qualifying as a Lowland Rescue Search Technician during her last year of study.

Publication date: 18 July 2018

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 do we prepare cricketers for the pressure of performance on the pitch?

In July 2019 the England Men’s cricket team won the World Cup, and on Sunday 25th August 2019 Ben Stokes steered the team to a record run-chase to delivery victory against Australia in the 3rd Ashes Test Match.

Ground-breaking individualised training programmes are helping the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to prepare their players to face the pressure of performing on the pitch, and were a key factor in the England Mens teams’ recent world cup success.

Publication date: 27 August 2019

How machine learning is improving English cricketers

Innovative machine learning may seem light years away from first class test cricket, but it was the introduction of machine learning which enabled experts at Bangor University to reveal to the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) the factors which can lead to developing county or international world-class cricketers.

Publication date: 2 September 2019

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 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

Howszat!- Bangor & the ECB expand their ground breaking cricket training program

As the cricket season builds up steam Bangor University’s School of Sports, Health & Exercise Sciences, in collaboration with the English and Wales Cricket Board, is launching a new training programme that is the first of its kind.

Publication date: 3 July 2017

How to help the women and girls rescued from Islamic State

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

Publication date: 23 February 2016

Hypoxia - novel finding turns brain function on its head

The brain is a hungry organ. To fuel brain activity, brain blood flow increases to provide oxygen and nutrients. This matching of blood flow to brain activity is called ‘neurovascular coupling’ and is assumed essential to maintain brain function.

Publication date: 3 July 2020

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

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

Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis research acknowledged in the US

A paper written by Prof. Andrew Lemmey (School of Sports Health & Exercise Sciences) titled “Tight control of disease activity fails to improve body composition or physical function in rheumatoid arthritis patients”was adjudged the most popular article on rheumatoid arthritis in 2016 by Rheumatology Advisor (U.S. weekly newsletter which cherry-picks and summarises articles from all the major international rheumatology journals).

Publication date: 10 February 2017

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

Inspiring for Peak Performance

Behind every successful Olympic athlete, he or she will have their coach supporting them every step of the way towards their goal of bringing home an Olympic medal. Researchers from the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) at Bangor University have been conducting research into the motivational effects of coaching and leadership in various settings so that they can better understand the factors that underpin effective coaching and leadership.

Publication date: 19 June 2012

Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) – Telegraph article

The sibling effect in international cricket from a study by Benjamin Jones, SSHES postgraduate student. 

Publication date: 22 January 2019

International Placement with Philips Healthcare for SHES Student

After finishing the third year of her bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology Katarina Kylisova, who came to Bangor from the Czech Republic decided to participate in Erasmus+ International Exchange internship programme available at Bangor University and further broaden her horizons. 

Publication date: 10 July 2020

IPEP’s Lauren Mawn supporting No 1 ranked Super G skier Zac Pierce

Over the last year Zac Pierce has been receiving sport psychology support from IPEP’s Lauren Mawn.

Publication date: 3 November 2011

Jessica converts passion for sports into rugby research

A student who applied to study at Bangor University through the UCAS Extra service after changing her chosen area of study graduates today with First Class honours.

Publication date: 17 July 2019

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 Transfer Partnership Awarded Certificate of Excellence

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Bangor University and Isle of Anglesey County Council which ran from 2007 to September 2010 has been awarded the highest grade of 'Outstanding' by the KTP Grading Panel for its achievement in meeting KTP's objectives.

Publication date: 2 February 2012

Law graduate scoops prestigious sporting prize

Bangor University’s Sport and Leisure department have awarded this year’s Llew Rees Memorial Prize to Law student Benjamin Pritchard.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

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

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

Llew Rees Memorial Prize awarded to up and coming rugby player

Bangor University has awarded its annual Llew Rees Memorial Prize to one of Wales’ up and coming rugby players.

Publication date: 27 May 2016

Local students awarded for their contribution to university life

Two local students have won Peer Guide Awards at Bangor University this year.

Bangor University’s innovative Peer Guiding scheme enables second and third year students to support new students. It has been running for over 20 years and is one of the ways in which the University ensures a supportive environment for its students.

Publication date: 26 March 2019

'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

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

Making the game of golf ‘Plane Easy’

Despite the health benefits of regular light to moderate exercise, levels of physical activity in adults in Wales continue to be poor. Golf has the potential to fill that gap and deliver numerous benefits; however participation in the sport has been in decline over recent years. This is something that local golf coach Matthew Wharton (of The Golf Performance Studio, Bangor) a Bangor University alumnus is trying to address with his “Plane Easy” golfing method.

Publication date: 9 December 2014

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

New partnership to develop North Wales rugby talent

Talented young rugby players could realise their dream of playing for Wales thanks to a nurturing new partnership between Bangor University and Rygbi Gogledd Cymru (RGC). Through Bangor University’s sports scholarships for elite athletes, seven students who play for RGC, the regional rugby side for north Wales, have been able to progress into higher education whilst being able to continue to play rugby at high level.

Publication date: 24 February 2016

Nominated for Volunteer of the Year; evidence that lecturers don’t always get paid to teach…

James Hardy, senior lecturer in sport psychology, has been shortlisted for Volunteer of the year at this Saturday’s North Wales Gymnastics Awards

Publication date: 25 January 2019

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

Olivia’s Commonwealth Challenge

Olivia Orchart, a student at Bangor University, is currently representing the Wales in the Commonwealth Fencing Championships (CFC10) in Melbourne, Australia.

Publication date: 28 September 2010

Online Survey – Performance Psychology Distance Learning Masters Degree

The School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences is investigating options for a Masters (MSc) distance learning course in “Performance Psychology”.  

Publication date: 19 May 2017

PhD Studentship in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Applications are invited for a three-year, full-time PhD studentship funded by the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University. The successful candidate will be supervised by Jamie Macdonald PhD and Aamer Sandoo PhD from the Physical Activity for Health and Wellbeing Centre (Canalfon PAWB Centre).

Publication date: 8 January 2018

PhD Studentship in Sport Psychology

Applications are invited for a three year, full time PhD studentship funded by the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr James Hardy (co-supervised by Dr Ross Roberts and Prof Tim Woodman) from the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP). 

Publication date: 16 May 2017

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

PhD student to be Special Olympics GB Technical Advisor

Niamh Reilly selected as the Special Olympics Great Britain Technical Advisor for the Motor Activity Training Programme (MATP).

Publication date: 12 September 2012

Prizewinning student gets ready for PhD

Hard work and determination has paid off for a Bangor University student who graduates this week, scooping a top prize in the process.

Publication date: 11 July 2016

Pupils get taste of Uni Life

Almost 50 pupils from schools and colleges throughout North Wales got to experience university life for themselves at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 11 July 2018

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

Rugby League refereeing role for student Adam

Adam Johnson, a current 3rd year SSHES student, is beginning to make a name for himself in the world of Rugby League refereeing.

Publication date: 19 December 2018

Rugby success for University Sport Student

A student from the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences is looking forward to winning his first cap for his country.

Ben Stelmaszek , 21, who was brought up in Manchester, is currently studying a degree in Sport, Health and Physical Education. He has been selected for the Wales Rugby League Student squad to take place in a home countries tournament being held at Nottingham University from April 12th to April 18th.

Publication date: 8 April 2014

Santander supports Bangor University Women Football talent in getting ahead(er)

Magi Hughes and Charlotte Walker from the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University embarked on a trip of a lifetime to Barcelona’s legendary Camp Noustadium in March as part of Santander UK’s initiative to support female talent in both their sporting and professional lives. 

Publication date: 6 June 2019

Satisfied students place Bangor University among top UK universities

Bangor University’s students have again given the University a resounding testimonial in the annual National Student Satisfaction survey, placing the University eighth among the UK’s non-specialist universities in the UK and second among Welsh Universities.

The news follows hard on the heels of the University’s recent success in being awarded a Gold Standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, the only Welsh university to achieve this standard.

Publication date: 9 August 2017

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

SHES Basketball Team Maintains its Winning Ways

Following on from their success in 2009 (see below), the School's five-a-side team of staff and PhD students again triumphed at the Interdepartmental Basketball competition 2010.

Publication date: 30 August 2010

SHES Graduate Excels in the Bangor Employability Award

Graduate Jordan Thomas has achieved a fantastic 1,270 points in his Bangor Employability Award whilst studying a BSc Sport, Health and PE degree with us. 

Publication date: 28 July 2017

SHES Olympic Torch Bearer

Jamie Lee Turley, a Year One Sports Science (Outdoor Activities) student has been selected to carry the Olympic torch in its round Britain relay.

Publication date: 15 February 2012

SHES PhD selected for Special Olympics 2011 Delegation

School of Sport, Health and Exercises Sciences (SHES) PhD student,  Niamh Reilly, has been selected as a Student Delegate for the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens this June.

Publication date: 1 November 2011

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 PhD supports England U-19 Cricket Team on Bangladesh Tour

ECB funded PhD student, James Bell, will be travelling with the England U-19 cricket team on their upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Publication date: 16 January 2012

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 Prof’s article rated the most popular rheumatoid arthritis in 2016

Congratulations to Prof Andy Lemmey et al whose paper has been listed as the most popular article: ‘Tight control of disease activity fails to improve body composition or physical function in rheumatoid arthritis patients’ (Rheumatology  2016 55(10):1736-1745) on rheumatoid arthritis in 2016 by Rheumatology Advisor. 

Publication date: 9 January 2017

SHES Research helps local company become market leaders

Bethesda-based Blizzard Protection Systems Ltd, are market leaders in the field of out-door thermal survival products partly thanks to research carried out by Dr Sam Oliver and PhD student Jenny Brierley of the University’s Extremes Research Group.

Publication date: 9 November 2011

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

SHES sign an MoU Chengdu Sport University to foster academic and research links in China

The School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chengdu Sport University. Chengdu Sport Universityis ranked 4th of the sports universities in China and focuses on areas such as Physical Education, Sports Rehabilitation and Health, Athletics, Martial Arts, Economics & Management and Sports Medicine. 

Publication date: 2 April 2019

SHES Students Receive Scholarships Awards

Three Year One students just starting their studies with the School got off to a flying after being successfully awarded various Scholarships from the University.

Publication date: 1 December 2011

Smashing down the hurdles – Libby graduates with a first-class Sport & Exercise Psychology degree

Libby Steele, 21, from Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire graduates with a first-class BSc Sport and Exercise Psychology degree this week after playing a key role in developing a new starting system for deaf athletes.

Publication date: 18 July 2018

Sport Psychology Researchers on BBC Radio Wales

Sport psychology researchers from the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance within the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences interviewed about the cutting edge research being conducted within the grouph on BBC Radio Wales' Science Cafe. Click here to here the clip.

Publication date: 14 March 2012

Sports psychologist urges Pakistan to give Aussies tit-for-tat dose

Taimoor Ali Khan, a former first-class player who played for Islamabad in the 1990s, has been based in the UK since 1999 and did his MBA and MSc in Elite Performance Sport Psychology at the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. 

Publication date: 9 January 2017

Sports Science PhD – Awarded Best in the UK from the British Psychological Society!

The School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences (SSHES) has forged a highly effective relationship with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for in excess of a decade.

Publication date: 30 January 2020

Sports science students come to Bangor to learn the latest

Sports science students from across the UK will be visiting Bangor University this week (22-23 March) to share their knowledge and hear from leading experts in the field at the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences annual Student Conference.

Publication date: 18 March 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

Strong Bangor University contingent at 2018 Commonwealth Games

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

Publication date: 7 December 2017

Stuart Beattie discusses ‘Mind Games’ on Radio Wales

Dr Stuart Beattie was on Radio Wales this morning (8.2.17) discussing ‘Mind Games’ and comments Eddie Jones made about the upcoming Wales vs. England match.

Publication date: 8 February 2017

Student Darryl successfully defends his World Championship title

A student who has held world Championship Kickboxing titles since 2009 is to be congratulated on again successfully defending his World Kickboxing Championship title.

Publication date: 10 October 2013

Successful 2nd Pan Wales Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences PhD conference

Bangor recently hosted the 2nd Pan Wales Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences PhD conference and welcomed over 50 PhD researchers from across Wales. The conference was developed as a result of the desire to increase collaborative research within Sport, Health and Exercise Science within Wales, as well as the highly successful ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Pathway in Sport and Exercise Science.

Publication date: 8 June 2018

Taking a hot bath after exercise improves performance in the heat

This article by Professor Neil WalshSchool of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 10 December 2015

‘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

The Appliance of Science!

Bangor University’s Science Festival is back for its seventh year and welcomes everyone to explore and discuss science through talks hands-on activities exhibitions demonstrations - all free to attend.

Publication date: 16 February 2017

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 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

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

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

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

This is what happens to footballers' brains when they miss penalties

This article by Recep Gorgulu Researcher of Sport Psychology, Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance and Tim Woodman Professor and Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 25 June 2016

Three receive funding to study doctorate degrees through Welsh

Three new Bangor University students are among the nine to receive funding from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to enable them to follow a doctorate degree through the medium of Welsh over the next few years. The three are among nine Scholarship winners announced and join another nine students at Bangor University, who are already studying under the scheme.

Publication date: 9 October 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 Marks for SHES in the National Student Survey

SHES maintained its record for high levels of student satisfaction this year with the publication of the National Student Survey results putting us in the top ten Sport Science Schools.

Publication date: 20 October 2011

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

Unearthing England’s Next World Cup Stars

Whilst the ecstasy of England’s recent World Cup success of the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is still fresh in the mind, efforts to prepare the next generation of England cricketers for future success are already well underway at Bangor University.

Publication date: 29 July 2019

University Congratulates Commonwealth Athletes

Bangor University took the opportunity recently to congratulate those members of Wales’ successful Commonwealth Games squad connected with the University.

Publication date: 2 May 2018

University transfer for rugby player

A keen rugby player with a promising future has recently started studying at Bangor University.

James Lang from Surrey was studying Sport Science in St Mary’s University in Twickenham, when he was approached by Rupert Moon, Welsh Rugby Union General Manager for the North Wales development region.

Publication date: 4 November 2014

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 the Welsh language in sport

A Bangor University academic was invited to present at the Welsh language Commissioner’s launch event for a new pack 'Welsh: give it a go!' which is a guide for using the Welsh language in sport.

Publication date: 27 May 2016

Vodafone Scholarship allows SHES student to strengthen the existing Partnership with Mencap Cymru

Jade Mottley, a Year 3 Sport Science student with the School has been successful in obtaining a student scholarship from Vodafone that gives her the opportunity to work with charity Mencap Cymru.

Publication date: 13 February 2012

Volunteering is a way of life for Elan

Eighteen year old Elan Môn Gilford, from Llanfairpwll, a first year Sports, Health & Exercise Science student is one of only 20 people worldwide to have received a Diana Legacy Award for her volunteering.

The Diana Award is given out in Diana, Princess of Wales’ name to young role models who are selflessly transforming the lives of others. The Award recognises young people who are going above and beyond their daily lives to create and sustain a positive change.

Publication date: 13 October 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

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’s in your blood?

An expert from the University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Science has been taking part in a new series on S4C, Yn y Gwaed, beginning Thursday, 12 September at 8.00.

The series aims to help a handful of young people discover their calling. Professor Tim Woodman will compose a psychological profile of the individuals in order to assess their psychological strength. , while others assess their family history to identify the skills and talents that lie in their blood. Historian Eilir Ann Daniels in Aberystwyth will shed new light on the family history of the individuals. By marrying their psychological makeup with their family history, they will then suggest ideal areas of work for that individual.

Publication date: 5 September 2019

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

Women in Science Scholarships Awarded

Two ‘Women in Science’ Scholarships have been awarded to outstanding Bangor University students – Hannah Davies and Lily Stokes. Both were undergraduate students at Bangor and graduated with First Class Honours in July 2017. The scholarships, which cover the full course fees, will enable the talented and enthusiastic students to continue their studies and the recipients of these scholarships are now enrolled in postgraduate research courses at Bangor.

Publication date: 26 March 2018

Young Sports Ambassador graduates

An Olympic Torchbearer and Commonwealth Games Baton Bearer proudly graduated from Bangor University this week.

Publication date: 10 July 2014