Author: Darby Higgins

News Editor | 19-20 Secretary | 19-20

The national flower of Wales has found a new role this St David’s Day – 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. Plant extracts have the potential to improve growth performance and health, as well as decrease methane produced by enteric fermentation – a digestive process that sees carbohydrates broken down by micro-organisms. However, the effects of feeding plant…

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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 earlier this month. 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. Known as the ‘North West Nuclear Arc’, the area of north Wales and North West England is one of few regions in the world with a nuclear industry covering the full life-cycle, and with…

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Bangor University is to take part in a 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. The students will be trained at 16 new Centres for Doctoral Training (CSTs) based at 14 UK universities with 300 partners, including AstraZeneca, Google and Rolls-Royce, and NHS trusts. Project partners…

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Bangor ‘Runderpants’ returns for a second year, with the organisers promising it’s going to be even bigger and better this year. The event is being organised by Bangor University’s RAG (Raising and Giving_ and involves a one mile run in their underwear, or over their clothes, to raise money for Nerve Tumours UK, who support people who have Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumours to develop anywhere in the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Taking place on 30th March, the charity run starts at Porth Penhryn, down Beach Road and ending at Bangor Pier. After…

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Britain’s Got Talent star Gruffydd Wyn is backing the Anglesey event which bridge’s the gap between lifesaving cancer research fundraising and fun. The BGT finalist is calling on local people to take part in the North West Cancer Research Menai Bridge 5k or 10k ‘your way’ event. The classical singer will officially launch the fun-filled day on Sunday, March 24. Cash raised will go towards the Bangor North West Cancer Research Institute, which is supported by the North West Cancer Research charity. So far, the charity has invested £5,000,000 to the Institute since 2003, and has helped to secure over…

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“River Custodians” are being recruited to raise the drawbridge around Anglesey and protect the island’s wildlife from a foreign invader. Volunteers are needed for a new project organised by regeneration body Menter Môn to safeguard Anglesey’s endangered water vole from the rapacious American mink. Without intervention, the mammal could become extinct on Anglesey and minks could also devastate the island’s wetland and wading birds. Years of mink trapping has shown the island is still largely free of the non-native predator and Menter Môn’s initiative aims to keep it that way. Working with communities on both sides of the Menai Strait,…

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Bangor University Psychology PhD student Kohinoor Darda has entered an international competition which allows her to explain what her Phd is about. Kohinoor said: “In the last couple of years, a lot of people have asked me what my PhD is all about. It’s always a challenge explaining my PhD to those outside the discipline of social/cognitive neuroscience. But I found the perfect way to avoid jargon and tell people what I work on when I came across the “Dance your PhD” contest jointly organised by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Science Magazine.” The contest…

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For the second year in a row, a Bangor graduate has won a British Education Award. Mark Barrow, who graduated from Bangor University earlier this year, won the Wales Graduate category of these increasingly prestigious awards, which celebrate individuals who have excelled within the UK education system. Mark Barrow from Saddleworth, Oldham, graduated with a First Class Honours degree in History with Journalism, attaining a mark of 84%. Mark, received his Award at a Ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester. Mark follows Bangor graduate Maisie Prior who won last year’s Higher Education category. He said: “I am naturally delighted…

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Siân Pierce, a Human Geography lecturer at Bangor University, who says she finds people “endlessly fascinating”, has been awarded an Inspire! Tutor Award after watching thousands of her students graduate in her more than 20 years. The awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional tutors and mentors in Wales who have shown outstanding passion and commitment to encourage, support and teach other adult learners to pursue their goals and transform their lives, whether it’s in their community or the workplace. Run by Learning and Work Institute, with support from the Welsh Government, the awards reward outstanding individuals whose commitment, knowledge and…

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A Bangor University Masters student’s work has peaked the interest of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Dr Ephraim Kisangala, a Commonwealth Scholarship student from Uganda recently met the Duchess at a reception in London. 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. Ephraim says: “I was invited to the event and considered whether I should attend – it was only two days before that we were…

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The Welsh Government has identified the need to recruit and retain inspirational leaders in order to deliver its educational mission. As a result, a clear pathway for developing leadership from middle leaders to executive headteachers has been devised. Bangor University and University Wales Trinity Saint David’s (Yr Athrofa) won the tender to accredit the National Consortia’s Leadership programmes, with teachers having the opportunity to gain accreditation ranging from a PGCert through to a doctoral qualification. The first programme to be endorsed by the National Educational Leadership Academy, and jointly validated by Bangor University and University Wales Trinity Saint David’s (Yr…

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The proposal of building a new tunnel under the Menai Strait to carry electric cables from Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant, has potential to give geologists the opportunity to study ancient rock formations on the bed of the Strait. The new tunnel, which could be opened in the mid-2020s, would see cables laid to carry energy from Wylfa Newydd to the mainland. Dr Mike Roberts, from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, told ‘Good Morning Wales’ listeners how geology and marine geology surveyors are benefiting from samples from under the Menai Strait. Drilling by National Grid has gone 50m into the…

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Bangor University’s Pontio Innovation Centre and Go North Wales will be co-hosting the annual North Wales Tourism conference in Pontio on 6 December. The title of the conference is “Adventure and Beyond”. Keynote speakers 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. “North Wales is already a top adventure travel destination” said John Thackara. “This event is about connecting visitors with the social, cultural and natural assets of North Wales in new ways”. Described by…

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Staff and students from Bangor Business School were invited to this year’s CPA Australia Future Leaders’ Luncheon; an exclusive event held in London. Dr Annika Beelitz (lecturer in accounting) attended the Future Leaders’ Lunch at the Sofitel London St James in October alongside top-performing Bangor Business School students Raja Asad and Rebecca Molloy. The event was a fantastic opportunity to connect business leaders with young leaders of the future. An exclusive panel of business leaders all spoke about their respective career journeys, their experiences, and how to build a successful career. The panel discussion included four senior executives from a…

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Across North Wales, barbers – including Kai’s Barbers in Bangor – will be given help to assist in saving lives while giving a ‘short back and sides’ as part of a new drive to raise awareness of men’s mental health and the male suicide rate. Hairdressers across the region are set to receive training in spotting warning signs of mental health issues in their customers, along with practice guidance on how to listen, give helpful advice, and signpost to support services. Having been launched on International Men’s Day (19 November), the initiative aims to raise awareness of the tragedy of…

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Bangor University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes has announced that he is planning on retiring next August after nine years in charge. Professor Hughes is only the seventh Vice-Chancellor in the University’s 135-year history. The University will shortly be advertising for a successor. Bangor University’s Chair of Council, Marian Wyn Jones said: “I am extremely grateful to Professor Hughes for his remarkable contribution. He has overseen tremendous change at the University and has always ensured that students remain at the heart of everything we do.” Under Professor Hughes' leadership, Bangor University saw a number of major developments including: the new…

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