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In an email sent to students this morning, Bangor University declared their intent to reopen the campus in September. However, the statement advises that there will be some changes in light of the pandemic. Changes include: social distancing measures such as one-way systems and reduced room capacity; increased frequency of cleaning; a hybrid of online and face-to-face teaching; and a minimum of non-essential staff on campus, as well as additional training for those that remain. The university also intends to make all courses available online for students unable to attend in person. The Students’ Union will be operating online, as…

How to Maintain Your Relationship During Self-Isolation … If you’re a University student and self-isolating with your partner, then this period may be the longest time you’ve ever spent together, just the two of you. It will be a test for any relationship, and mixed with general anxiety, dissertation stress and university assignments, could be a challenging time for new or long-term couples. Here are some tips on how to maintain your relationship and love life during self-isolation … Routine – Remind each other to keep a healthy routine throughout the isolation period. Wake up and go to bed at…

Searching for student accommodation outside of halls can be a frustrating and difficult experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Below are some things to think about while searching, and a little bit of information about the different places you can go to find student houses or apartments to live in while you’re at university. Things to think about when looking for accommodation: Can you afford it? Think about when you receive your student loan and when you’d have to pay rent. What’s included in the rent? All bills included is a great option for houses with several people…

Nathan McGurl, founder of GCSE revision aid, The Study Buddy, shares his expert advice on how to combat exam stress and get the best out of your revision time. 5 practical tips for managing exam related anxiety: The countdown to GCSEs is well underway, and students across the country are starting to feel the pressure. But while it’s natural to feel anxious about looming exams, it’s important not to let these feelings spiral out of control.  Concerningly, 80 per cent of young people have reported exam pressure has significantly impacted on their mental health.  It’s common for…

In the early hours of 15 March 1950 an Avro Lincoln bomber from RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire crashed above Bethesda. None of the crew, aged between 22 and 32, survived.   In this, the 80th year since the Battle of Britain, Dr Hazel Pierce, Associate Member of the Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book at Bangor University, has looked into this accident to remember the six men who lost their lives and to recognise the efforts of local people who helped in the rescue attempt that night.   ‘All of the crew were young men, some…

Professional job vacancies have dropped 6.9% across Wales as the country faces an uncertain future outside of the EU. That’s according to research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), the trade association for the recruitment sector. While the data, provided by business intelligence specialist Vacancysoft, shows an overall drop in job roles, there has been an increase in vacancies in areas such as financial services, legal, and banking. Cardiff, in particular, continues to flourish as the main engine of growth in the Welsh economy, with a 7.6% rise in hiring activity. Financial services continues to…

Quotas to get more women into executive positions do not actually change legislation or policies around gender representation, finds new research from BI Norwegian Business School. Benny Geys, Professor of Economics, and Rune Sørensen, Professor of Political Economy and Science, studied the long-term effects of executive gender quotas in Norway which had been in place for over 20 years. They used local government data and studied how the sudden increase in the number of women in positions of political power affected women’s overall political representation as well as local public policies. With Norway implementing gender quotas since the…

In an attempt to understand and combat gender disparity across the recruitment profession, Women in Recruitment is launching a comprehensive examination of the sector and its approaches to female talent, allowing them to benchmark their strategies against the overall market. The initiative, founded by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and supported by stakeholders across the sector, is the first of its kind to conduct such a study. With recent APSCo research showing that just 23% of firms offer flexible working and just 9% provide enhanced maternity benefits, the survey will enable firms to challenge and rethink long-standing…

Students struggling for money are taking on more debt to stay afloat at university. 36% of undergraduates turn to loans, overdrafts and credit cards to pay rent 1 in 10 say rent is a constant struggle (and that’s before other living costs) Parents chip in £2,542 a year for student accommodation – and give loans on top EXTRA: the UK’s most affordable regions Contact ruth@savethestudent.org for expert quotes and student stories. A third of undergraduates are using loans, overdrafts and credit cards to pay rent at university, the National Student Accommodation Survey 2020 has found. Some are even taking out…

The first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Wuhan China on November 15, 2019 and quickly started to spread. By January 21st, 2020, there were 219 cases all over china. Currently, there are over 188, 297 cases spread over 147 countries or territories with a total of 4,799 deaths. In Wales there are 136 cases with 5 in North Wales. As COVID-19 is rapidly spreading, many places are taking precautions to try and limit the spread of the virus. On Thursday, March 12th, the long-awaited Varsity, Socs fest, Summer Ball and award dinners were cancelled. Sean Mitchell-Goldstraw, a second year…

The current economic war between Japan and South Korea has been raging for almost nine months now and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. As a conflict between the world’s third and eleventh largest economies respectively, the dispute could have a serious economic impact on the rest of East Asia. Though the conflict began in July when Japan tightened regulations on the export of chemicals, its origins can be traced back to a South Korean Supreme Court ruling from November 2018. The court ruled that ten people, who had been forced into slave labour by the Japanese Empire during…

Now that a few months have passed, we can begin to dissect exactly what led to the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) victory over the Kuomintang (KMT) in Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections earlier this year. January’s elections were an opportunity for the DPP to prove to the nation that they were deserving of another four years in power. The party had performed poorly in the 2018 local elections as a result of President Tsai Ing-wen mishandling a mixture of both domestic economic issues and relations with mainland China. However, after defeating Lai Ching-te in the primaries, Tsai was able to…

This month’s country is the Netherlands. It is in Western Europe and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the South and the North Sea to the Northwest. It also has a number of overseas territories in the Caribbean, located in the Lesser Antilles archipelago. Its capital is Amsterdam but the seat of the government and supreme court is The Hague. The population is currently 17.4 million living within 41,800 square km, making it the 12th most densely populated country in the world. The Netherlands is known for being very tolerant towards LGBT+ people due to its various legislation’s, but…

By Tom Wilkinson-Gamble The current economic war between Japan and South Korea has been raging for almost nine months now and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. As a conflict between the world’s third and eleventh largest economies respectively, the dispute could have a serious economic impact on the rest of East Asia. Though the conflict began in July when Japan tightened regulations on the export of chemicals, its origins can be traced back to a South Korean Supreme Court ruling from November 2018. The court ruled that ten people, who had been forced into slave labour by the…

By Tom Wilkinson-Gamble Now that a few months have passed, we can begin to dissect exactly what led to the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) victory over the Kuomintang (KMT) in Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections earlier this year. January’s elections were an opportunity for the DPP to prove to the nation that they were deserving of another four years in power. The party had performed poorly in the 2018 local elections as a result of President Tsai Ing-wen mishandling a mixture of both domestic economic issues and relations with mainland China. However, after defeating Lai Ching-te in the primaries, Tsai…

An email has been sent out by the Student’s Union president Mark Barrow saying that the University has decided to postpone all conferences and events over COVID-19 (Corona Virus) concerns. In addition meetings involving visitors to University premises should be rescheduled. Therefore Varsity, Socs Fest and the Award Dinners have been cancelled. This has come just after Bangor University sent around an email saying that the University Executive have decided to review their COVID-19 policy, and asking that Staff and Students only travel on university business in the UK if it is absolutely necessary. Students have been advised to check…

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