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A new Estate Strategy for 2020-2030 has been proposed for consultation, involving significant changes to various Bangor University buildings and departments. The proposal comes as a result of a need to reduce costs due to “poor efficiency of use” and improve the staff-student-visitor experience on campus. It mostly oversees non-residential buildings, and also focuses on reducing energy consumption and the overall size of the estate. It also emphasizes the University’s aim to be “in all aspects, the Sustainable University.” Significant changes Closure of the Dean Street and Normal sites, with a recommendation to close Dean Street by September 2021, and Normal…

An email was sent out yesterday to the students of the School of Music & Media, regarding the business changes that are to take place over the summer. The changes involve staff cuts, restructuring and discontinuation of certain modules and programmes, potential developments such as a Pontio Arts collaboration, summer schools and renewed strategies towards research, student engagement and recruitment. The school’s revised business plan also describes a focus on maintaining its strong reputation in research and impact. The final plan comes as a result of a months-longs consultation period, during which course representatives and Undeb Bangor have offered student…

Professor Iwan Davies has been appointed by Bangor University Council today as the institution’s new Vice-Chancellor. Professor Davies is set to start on the first of September, and will be the 8th Vice-Chancellor of the university. Professor Graham Upton, the Interim Vice-Chancellor, will continue in post until then. Davies, a fluent Welsh speaker, has spoken of his excitement to start life at Bangor University. “Bangor University is unique in terms of its location and history, as well as its research and teaching strengths which underpin an outstanding student experience.” Davies added: “I look forward to build on these strengths to…

Bangor University working in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy have assisted the Department of the Environment to expand the Marine Parks system in the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, through projects funded by the DEFRA Darwin Initiative. The expansion of Cayman’s existing marine parks was approved by the Cabinet and announced during the visit of His Royal Highness, Prince of Wales, on 28th March. The Environment Minister indicated that “This expansion will serve to protect our local marine stocks, as well as the crucially important coral reef network surrounding our Islands for generations to come.” The…

Bangor City Council are faced with a shortfall of nearly £600,000 for essential restoration work on Garth Pier. The restoration work commenced in August 2017 and the council have spent £1.3million on the work, money which they already had in reserve for the project. Detailed incremental surveys undertaken last year revealed more challenging problems and the extent of the metal decay. The survey showed that trusses supporting the end of the pier were so weak and corroded there was a real risk of the pier collapsing, this resulted in the pierhead closing to the public in June 2018 due to…

A new league table just published gauges how universities are making a real impact on society outside their research and teaching. The global ranking, compiled by the Times Higher Education magazine, measures how universities are working towards 11 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include academic freedom policies, efforts towards gender equality and taking action against climate change.   The University Impact Rankings results reveal a brand new line-up of institutions, and place Bangor University among the world’s 200 top performing institutions. 23 other UK universities join with Bangor University among the top 200, with Bangor being…

Work has begun on a new 3G all-weather pitch at Bangor University’s Treborth site. The pitch will provide year-round rugby and football facilities for student teams as well as being available for hire by the local community. Richard Bennett, Bangor University’s Director of Commercial Services, said: “We have already had a large number of enquiries regarding the facility, and have taken a significant number of bookings for next season from both local football and rugby clubs. When we also take into account the number of student clubs that will be training there, it’s already looking busy every weeknight.” Already signed…

Bangor University has been chosen as the best in the UK for its Students’ Union Clubs & Societies in this year’s WhatUni.com Student Choice Awards. The University was also placed third in the UK in the Accommodation category and third in the UK for the International award. The latest accolade is a further endorsement of students’ place at the heart of the University’s extracurricular experiences. Taking part in activities improves students’ employability, giving them opportunities to develop a range of skills. It also creates communities and networking opportunities. The Award follows another successful year which has also seen the University…

With a strong commitment to bring high quality performances to the area, Pontio will be welcoming Shakespeare’s Globe, the actress Carys Eleri and her award-winning show Lovecraft and supremely talented musicians including Lleuwen, Georgia Ruth, Gareth Bonello and Rhys Meirion, Ballet Cymru, Welsh National Opera, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, the comedian Seann Walsh and the circus company from Ethiopia Circus Abyssinia to Bangor as part of the summer’s programme. The centre will also prove its ongoing commitment to the local community by giving a platform to a range of concerts by local dance schools, Friars School and their musical ‘Legally Blonde’,…

An innovative outreach project delivered by Bangor University’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering in partnership with the University’s Widening Access Centre has secured a £30,000 grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering as part of its Ingenious scheme – a programme that seeks to engage the public with engineering. The ‘Photo-Electric Light Orchestra’ project will inspire children aged between 9-13 in the region to design their own musical instruments by implementing coding skills and by utilising photonics, the study of light in technology, to create a music score that will be performed at Pontio, the University’s Arts and…

Just under 250 people answered our survey to crown Bangor’s favourite businesses for the 2018/19 academic year! Here’s what they decided: Best Pub – Cove Pop Up Coffee & Rum Shack Best Cafe – Blue Sky Cafe Best Restaurant – Dylan’s Menai Bridge Best Takeaway – Bella Bella Best Hair Salon – Clayton’s Hair Design  Best Barbers – Kai’s Barber Shop Best Beauty Salon – Studio Nails & Beauty Best Independent Retailer – Lookachu Vintage Shop Best Major Supermarket – Morrisons Best Newcomer – Cove Pop Up Coffee & Rum Shack

A fire has occurred at Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre today. The fire alarm was set off at around 11:45AM this morning and emergency services have been called to the scene. The blaze occurred amid ongoing maintenance work being carried out on the building. Fire services are reporting that the situation is now being controlled. However, the area has not been declared safe yet. Students remain camped outside the building as the flames subside. Update 14:20 Although the fire now seems to be under control the building itself is still closed. Reports suggests that the fire was centred around the construction…

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.

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