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No new students will be enrolled on Chemistry programmes for the 2019/20 academic year As one of the founding subjects at Bangor University, Chemistry has been taught for over 135 years and currently stands at 33rd in UK rankings. Today, the peace talks cease as Bangor University prepares their 3-year evaporation of the Chemistry Department. In retaliation to the proposed plan, the Facebook page ‘Bangor needs Chemistry’ erupted and have fought over the consultation period to rectify this movement from the  Ex- Vice Chancellor John G Hughes. The direct effect of this is the loss of 15 academic and 3…

A memorial in honour of Nikita White was organised on the 27th of March, six months after she passed away, to celebrate her life and the wonderful young woman she was. Nikita was a student in Health and Social Care at Bangor University, who was also involved in a number of societies and volunteering projects. Her generosity and enthusiasm were appreciated of all and her determination to live life to the fullest was a source of inspiration for many. The ceremony was facilitated by Gethin Morgan, UMCB President, and started with an emotional welcome speech from Dr Myfanwy Davies, a…

By Oli Hewson The officers have now been elected, but how did they and their competitors fare before live audience scrutiny last week? The format begins with a quick two minute introduction from each candidate, followed by quicker answers to general questions. Osian Williams, Fred Walters, Rhiannon Williams, James Martin and Muhammed Firdaus, at that point all mid campaign, each gave very competent introductions of their own credentials as candidates, before launching into the identification of the issues they would hope to make improvements on if elected to office. Despite the truly impressive performance by all five candidates (most noticeably…

On Sunday 24th February, Bangor University hosted their first Pride celebration. Students Owen Hurcum and Jasper Williams hosted the event (alongside the LGBT+ Society) in the Main Art University Building. Throughout the day, there was a range of entertainment, including circus performers, live music, poetry, comedy and drag acts. Alongside the entertainment, there were also talks including a Queercare Workshop. MP Hywel Williams came and spoke in support of the university’s LGBT+ community, as well as VP of Sports, Louise Fell. The historical event was a great success and promises to be bigger and better next year.

If you haven’t heard of ASMR (which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) where have you been? People from all over the world are jumping on board this relatively new phenomenon that is intended to help people relax and go to sleep. So, for those of you who don’t know what ASMR is, it’s a tingling sensation experienced around the head and the back of the neck in response to certain triggers such as whispering, tapping and slow hand movements. Over the past few years, this new concept has taken hold of streaming sites such as Youtube, where people from…

It’s pretty eye-opening to take a step back and think about what you do during your time at University. Even the smallest of hobbies may not seem significant as you start, but as you begin to include that hobby into your daily routine, you begin to realise the time allotment, dedication and commitment you put in toward that particular hobby. I recently looked back on societies I’ve joined, volunteering activities I’ve done, and hobbies that I continue to participate and realised that I’ve hardly done anything spontaneous or creative! Life at University tends to be monotonous, and it is so…

Sir John Timpson of the Timpson Foundation and former Chief Executive of the Timpson group of high street stores is visiting Bangor University to present the 2019 Anne Marie Jones Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 12th March 12.30 – 1.30 pm. Sir John’s Lecture, hosted by Bangor University’s Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention at the School of Psychology, is open to the public and takes place in Neuadd Reichel Hall on the Ffriddoedd Site, Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor. Renowned for leading Timpsons’ creative approach to employee engagement and its innovative work helping ex-offenders; it is the UK’s most active employer of…

The construction of a new purpose-built school in Bangor, to accommodate up to 420 pupils, has begun. Pupils from Ysgol Y Garnedd, Ysgol Coed Mawr and Glanadda, were present for the official ‘sod cutting’ ceremony at the new school site. The new school will be built on the corner of the Ysgol Friars playing fields, closest to the existing Garnedd school, providing fourteen classrooms, two Additional Learning Needs classrooms, a Cylch Meithrin along with several different teaching spaces, staff and administration areas and a large hall. The new development is part of a wider £12.7 million scheme that will reorganise…

Titled A Jewish History of Bangor, the exhibition and map celebrate the presence of Jews in Bangor from medieval times to the Second World War (and beyond). The launch will take place at the ‘Bangor Arts Initiative’ Gallery in the Deiniol Shopping Centre, Bangor High Street, from 2-4pm on Sunday 17th March. All are welcome and it’s free. There will be short introductions by project supervisor, Professor Nathan Abrams of the School of Music and Media at Bangor University, and Gareth Roberts of The Menter Fachwen Walk and Discover Project who assisted with the creation of the map. Local residents…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The 2019/20 Sabbatical Team have been elected after a record-breaking voter turnout of 2206. Over 200 votes were cast in the final 2 hours of campaigning, surpassing the previous vote count record of 2145. 19 candidates campaigned from February 25th up until the 12PM voting deadline on Friday 8th March. On the same day, the results were counted and announced live in Bar Uno at 4PM. The first result to be announced was the role of UMCB President. Lleucu Myrddin, the lone candidate, received 224 votes out of a total 231 cast. Next was VP Sport – Henry Williams and…

The Undeb Bangor Sabbatical Election campaign period is open, and your candidates’ manifesto’s have been released. Seren presents a straightforward round-up of every manifesto, clearly summing up each candidate’s policy ideas. Voting opens on March 6th at 12AM and closes on March 8th at 12PM. Make sure you vote – whoever you vote for. Let’s take notice of student politics. Let’s be involved in the debate. Most importantly, let’s #BreakTheVotingRecord. President Mark Barrow Course: BA History with Journalism (Graduated) Experience:   Current VP Education History Course Rep Policies: Engagement: It is important students know what is going on at…

By Grace Worsley Recently, students of Bangor, in their campaign against the proposed University budget cuts, organised a protest to voice their concerns. The plans to implement up to 60 staff redundancies and the proposed closure of the Chemistry department have attracted widespread concern among the student body. The protest took place on the 18th January 2019 and was intended to display solidarity among staff and students, place pressure on the University to safeguard the jobs at risk, publish full and detailed financial accounts to be openly scrutinised and ensure the protection of the Chemistry department. Arguably the most discussed…

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