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Megafires in Australia, a potential World War, Presidential Elections, Black Lives Matter protests and the outbreak of COVID-19 are only a few of the major headlines that have been circulating the internet this year. But with all these significant events came a lot of news, some of which was food and drink related. Join us as we recap some of the prevalent food and drink headlines of 2020 – arguably one of the worst years in history! January In the month that we saw Prince Harry and Meghan step back from their senior roles as royals, veganism saw a big…

With Christmas only 6 days away, The Welsh Government have made a major U-turn which will see plans to ease restrictions over the festive period scrapped. Rules were due to be relaxed from 23 to 28 December in order to give 2 households the opportunity to spend time together over the holidays. However, strict new measures have been put in place which will only allow so-called “Christmas bubbles” to be formed on Christmas Day (25 December). The changes will be put in place across the whole of Wales from midnight tonight (19 December) and will see all but essential shops…

Photo by alh1 (CC BY-ND 2.0)  Walk out of Bangor via beach road and take the first left. You’ll find yourself ambling down to Porth Penrhyn. The initial impression is that of your average boatyard.  A few fishing boats, yachts and occasionally some interesting cargo. A good place for a different view of Bangor.  Yet leaving the harbour you may notice the markings of a train line. A tunnel under the bridge leads you out of the port and along the river Cegin. It was along this path that the Penrhyn Quarry Railway once stood, transporting slate from the Penrhyn…

28 British Explorers have been honoured in Antarctica thanks to their contributions to polar exploration and advancement of polar sciences. Among them is ex-Bangor University professor David N. Thomas, who lends his name to Thomas’ Glacier.  These explorers will give their names to 28 locations across Antarctica including mountains, glaciers, and lakes. Before now, these locations were known only by their coordinates. The naming celebrates 200 years since the continent was discovered, which means the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee decided it was a rightful time to honour such a large group of people in one go. The names commemorate those…

Photo by Giuseppe Milo (CC-BY-3.0) Crowd 1: a marketing platform, where users can distribute products, tap into burgeoning industries, and make millions. All users have to do is pay for training, pick a product from their portfolio, and start selling it. Festooned with cruises, luxury dinners in Stockholm, and ever more ‘millionaires’, it’s hard to see why anyone wouldn’t want to be a part of this self-proclaimed revolution. The praises go on. From their South African beginnings, Crowd 1 is now expanding into South East Asia and India. Soon they’ll have a partnership with an Australian esports company, then a partnership…

Photo by Jean-Christophe Verhaegen (CC BY-SA 2.0) Pope Francis has said in his new book ‘Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future’, which is due to be released in December, has said that he thinks the Uighurs (a Muslim minority in China’s Xinjiang region) are “persecuted”. This is the first time the Pope has openly expressed his thoughts on this subject matter which is something human rights activists have been asking him to do for years. He mentions it in a statement where he says: “I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uighurs, the Yazidi”. The…

Photo by flazingo_photos (CC BY-SA 2.0) The Universities Business Challenge has started, and Bangor’s most enterprising business students have entered the contest. Six teams from Bangor are up against teams from universities across the country.  For a chance to progress into the next round they must first prove their skills in the boardroom, taking up positions in a virtual company and nurturing it back to profit. Students will need to balance production, marketing, product development, and a plethora of other factors if they are to succeed. This may require a decent dose of business acumen! I caught up with some…

Save The Student has released the findings of their survey investigating the effects of COVID-19 on students.  The survey has over 2,000 university respondents and illustrates how the pandemic has affected their lives. It also highlights student COVID statistics and university-to-student communication. While the statistics do not directly relate to Bangor University in all cases, the results of the survey certainly paints a picture for the impact the pandemic has had on the UK’s students. Note: statistics in this article are thanks to Save the Student. See their full report here: https://www.savethestudent.org/money/surveys/covid-19-student-survey-follow-up.html Statistics and concerns According to the Save The…

Bangor University is participating in the SHAPE Sustainability Impact Projects, an initiative created by the British Academy and Students Organising for Sustainability Kingdom (SOS-UK). SHAPE is used by the British Academy as a collective term for Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts for People and the Economy/Environment. These disciplines are important for understanding the fabric of the world, and how people interact within it. While academics and leaders in SHAPE fields have already contributed to major social and environmental change worldwide, approaches to sustainability challenges still often rest solely on people in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).…

#endchildfoodpoverty 1.4 million children eligible for free school meals will now go hungry through half-term break. Last week, the Labour Party’s motion calling to extend free school meals over the holidays was defeated by a majority of 61 with 322 votes to 261. This decision has left parents and guardians panicking all over the country, wondering how they are going to cope through an already difficult time. Outraged by the recent decision, 22-year-old Callum Halpin from Birmingham decided “enough is enough” and has worked hard to make sure that families in South Birmingham will not struggle or worry about where…

Bangor Students Against Cuts is a student-driven campaign opposing Bangor University’s plans to cut 200 jobs. Three student leaders from the group agreed to speak with Seren about their campaign. Per the request of the interviewees, they will be referred to solely as spokespersons one, two, and three (SP1, SP2, SP3). How did Bangor Students Against Cuts start? SP1: We are three student reps from Bangor University who were absolutely appalled when we realised the implication of the 200 job cuts to services and teaching, particularly teaching. It started out as a departmental thing for two of us because we…

Photo of (from left to right) Nanaia Mahuta, Gannin Ormsby and Paul Eagle, by Nevada Halbert (CC BY 2.0) Jacinda Ardern was sworn in for a second term on Friday (6th November) after a landslide victory where her party (The Labour Party) managed to win 50.01% of the votes gaining one more seat than last time making her party have 65 seats in the 120-seat assembly. This is the first time any party in New Zealand has received a majority of votes in 69 years. The opposition will consist of 33 National MPs, the lowest number since the 2002 election with…

An open letter has been sent to Bangor University, arguing against the proposed cuts which would “undermine and destroy” the University’s Welsh department’s reputation. According to the alumni, the latest round of cuts would also weaken a department that is “nationally acclaimed”. The letter has been signed by over 100 alumni of Bangor University, and states: “The proposals not only undermine the reputation of the Welsh department at Bangor University, but weakens the department’s ability to provide the comprehensive and unique education that it is renowned for.  ‘The School of Welsh at Bangor University is one of our national institutions,…

2020 has been a confusing and life-changing year for many. One of the groups largely impacted by the ongoing global pandemic is that of the student demographic, with virtual education being offered in lieu of physical sessions. But just how effective is online education, and what can be done to help students struggling during the pandemic and academic year? In a recent interview, Henry Williams, Bangor University’s Student’s Union President, mentioned the impact of the pandemic on students: “This is a year like no other, and under the challenging circumstances students are naturally feeling overwhelmed and anxious but I also…

The Welsh Government has asked for students studying in Wales to return home for Christmas by December 9th. The new plans were announced by Education Minister Kirsty Williams, and will allow students who have to self-isolate enough time to get home for Christmas Eve. According to her, the Government has “come up with the best possible solution to the difficult circumstances”, and that “we’re having to manage a whole series of firsts during this pandemic”. On the topic of those showing symptoms, Ms Williams emphasised that they “go and get themselves tested and also to abide by a period of…

Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net) (CC BY-SA 4.0) Bangor’s iconic North Wales Heroes Memorial, or Memorial Arch as it’s known more commonly, has received a new set of gates. The new gates were added to the Memorial in time for Remembrance Sunday, and comes just over 97 years after its initial opening. The North Wales Heroes Memorial was opened on November 1 1923 by Prince Edward, Prince of Wales. Within the Memorial, the names of 8,500 individuals from North Wales counties are inscribed, who died in active service during the Great War. Its location – just below the university’s Main…

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