Author: Finnian Shardlow

Editor 2018-19 Deputy Editor 2017-18 Music Editor 2015-17

Still struggling to grasp the various controversies that have surrounded Bangor University? Seren presents a concise timeline of the events which have unfolded over the past few months. 25th October 2018: University Warn Staff Of ‘Financial Pressures’ – £5m Cuts Announced Vice-Chancellor, John G. Hughes, wrote a letter to Bangor University staff warning of the need to address financial challenges. £5m in cuts were announced – compulsory redundancy was not ruled out. Falling student recruitment and rising pension provisions were cited as key reasons for the savings. In the letter, Hughes said: “The shortfall arising from Tuition fees and…

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This evening, students have been emailed a breakdown of proposed cuts relating to their schools. These business cases provide an overview of the proposed changes, which can range from simply changing targets and restructuring degree programmes, all the way up to staff redundancies. Business cases also discuss the rationale for decisions, what other options were considered, and who will it affect. Seren has collated the key information from business cases for all the schools likely to be affected by these proposed plans. In this article, we are highlighting the cuts which could be enacted. However, Seren strongly encourages you to…

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Students will receive emails informing them of proposed cuts to schools, Undeb Bangor can confirm. Business case studies will be sent to those students whose schools are likely to be effected by the cutbacks. An email from every Head Of School will be sent in the coming weeks to inform students of these business cases being distributed. There is no confirmed date. However, Undeb Bangor has stated this will be happening as soon as possible. Mark Barrow, Vice-President for Education, said: “We are delighted that the University has agreed to send the proposals to students who could potentially be effected.…

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A student protest has been organised to oppose proposed cuts made by Bangor University, it is being organised by two students – Owen Hurcum and Kayleigh Lavornia. The protest will take place on Friday 18th January 2019 from 1PM-4PM to show solidarity with staff and to put pressure on the University to change its planned course of action. This date also corresponds to when the first round of redundancies are expected to be privately sent to the affected staff. Student protesters are aiming to fill the Quad at Main Art, and the current plan is to host speeches and have…

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Bangor University students have started a campaign against the proposed plans to close the Chemistry department in its entirety. The campaign, Bangor Needs Chemistry, has already amassed hundreds of likes on its Facebook page since it went live this morning. The page was set up by students in response to the proposals made by the University. The page founder, who wishes to remain Anonymous, said: “The Facebook page was set up to raise awareness to alumni and the local community. “The response we have had from alumni thus far has been sadness and a call to arms. They all remember…

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Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes, who was due to retire at the end of the academic year has announced that he will now be retiring at the end of December 2018. In the meantime Professor Graham Upton will be appointed as Interim Vice-Chancellor from 1 January. The University will be advertising for a permanent successor in the coming months. In an email to all staff and students, Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof. Carol Tully, said: “[Professor Graham Upton] has served on Bangor University’s governing body for a number of years and knows the university well. “He is looking forward to working with…

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It’s been an exciting and full first semester. We can’t believe it’s almost over. Our Heroes welcomed new and old students on September 15th and 16th, helped them with luggage and answered any queries they had about their time here in Bangor, it feel like only yesterday! We had an interesting Serendipity this year. Due to high winds we weren’t able to get the usual set up at Main Arts so we were lucky enough to have two huge halls at Brailsford where we could host the event! We brought back Meet and Mingle for Welcome Week and it was…

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It’s that time of year again, where student politics is plastered around the whole University. Some might love it, and some might hate it, but what’s important to remember is that student politics is what makes change happen within your University and it affects your student experience. Every year at the beginning of Semester 2 we host the BIG Election! “What exactly is the BIG election?” I hear you say! The BIG election is the democratic process of electing our Sabbatical Officers. Not sure what Sabbatical Officers are? Let me explain… Sabbatical Officers are students who take a year out…

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Over one hundred students attended Reclaim The Night – a peaceful march in protest of sexual violence which took place on November 29th. The march, organised by Bangor University Students’ Union (Undeb Bangor), started at Bangor Clock Tower and continued through the high street before ending at Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre. It was Bangor’s first Reclaim The Night event since April 2016 and is a part of Undeb Bangor’s campaign against sexual violence, which aims to clearly communicate the definition of sexual violence to students. Mark Barrow, Undeb Bangor’s Vice-President for Education, was a leading figure behind the planning…

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You may have heard about Big White Wall, you may not have heard about it. You may have heard about it and thought that this is not for you because your mental health isn’t ‘concerning enough’ for Big White Wall or that you don’t need any help because it will ‘just pass’. We’re here to tell you that Big White Wall is here for all Bangor Students that need any help with their mental health, big or small. People come to Big White Wall for help with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues – from anxiety, depression,…

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This year, Disability History Month takes place between 19 November and 22 December, and your Students’ Union has lots planned. Disability History Month is an international campaign, and this year the theme of the month is ‘music’. Undeb Bangor will be releasing some tips, throughout the month, as to little things you can do to avoid unnecessary harm to disabled people. These tips will be released on social media. We have also teamed up with our Music Society, to ensure that their winter concert is linked to the overall theme of disability. The concert will take place on 7th December,…

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Join Bangor University’s Students’ Union, Undeb Bangor, for a peaceful march in protest of violence directed at women, on 29 November 2018. Reclaim the Night is an international campaign, when people take to the streets to say NO to sexual violence against women, street harassment, rape culture and victim blaming. The event will begin at the Clock Tower, in Bangor City Centre, at 6.30pm. There will be a selection of rousing speeches, before the march heads along the High Street towards the Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre. Although self-defining women will lead the march, the event is open to everyone,…

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Amid a challenging financial climate for Bangor University, Seren went to interview Vice-Chancellor John G. Hughes to address various concerns echoed to us by staff and students. Tell me what was in the letter you sent to Bangor University staff? These are difficult times for the university sector as a whole. There’s multiple factors which are effecting many universities. There’s a demographic decline in the number of 18-20 year olds which is quite significant. We’re about to hit the bottom of that dip next year before it starts to climb again. This means there are fewer people going to university…

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From Hammersmith Apollo to Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Stephen K Amos is coming to North Wales. Seren spoke to the comedian ahead of his performance in Mold, Flintshire about his new show, free speech and not being known as ‘the black, gay comic.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9UZUAYL8Gs How much are you looking forward to performing in North Wales? Jesus, I haven’t been to North Wales in a very long time. I’ll be honest with you. I do Cardiff, Swansea – I’ve even been to Llandudno. But I haven’t been to North Wales for such a long time so I’m looking forward to making an…

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Undeb Bangor are launching a campaign to tackle sexual violence at Bangor University The campaign, No Grey Area, will launch on November 26th. There will also be a march to accompany the campaign called Reclaim ­The Night, designed to reinforce the message that women, in particular, can walk the streets completely safely at night. Vice President of Education, Mark Barrow, has said: “­The campaign is just the start. ­The Student Union will consistently confront sexual violence. “I’ve realised that it is a massive problem at Universities generally, and have seen many things in the media to corroborate this. I therefore…

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Bangor University experts are pioneering “backpack” transmitters for bees. The technology, originally developed in 2015, is attached to bees so scientists can track their movements. The charge powers a signal, which can be followed by an overhead drone as the bees fly over a wide range. Scientists hope tracking them will provide clues as to why some pollinating insects are in decline. “Existing bee monitoring devices face limits due to their weight, range, and battery life duration and these are the problems that we’ve set out to resolve using cutting-edge micro-technology,” said Dr Cristiano Palego, from the University’s School…

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