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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.

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…

Britain’s Got Talent star Gruffydd Wyn is backing the Anglesey event which bridge’s the gap between lifesaving cancer research fundraising and fun. The BGT finalist is calling on local people to take part in the North West Cancer Research Menai Bridge 5k or 10k ‘your way’ event. The classical singer will officially launch the fun-filled day on Sunday, March 24. Cash raised will go towards the Bangor North West Cancer Research Institute, which is supported by the North West Cancer Research charity. So far, the charity has invested £5,000,000 to the Institute since 2003, and has helped to secure over…

“River Custodians” are being recruited to raise the drawbridge around Anglesey and protect the island’s wildlife from a foreign invader. Volunteers are needed for a new project organised by regeneration body Menter Môn to safeguard Anglesey’s endangered water vole from the rapacious American mink. Without intervention, the mammal could become extinct on Anglesey and minks could also devastate the island’s wetland and wading birds. Years of mink trapping has shown the island is still largely free of the non-native predator and Menter Môn’s initiative aims to keep it that way. Working with communities on both sides of the Menai Strait,…

Siân Pierce, a Human Geography lecturer at Bangor University, who says she finds people “endlessly fascinating”, has been awarded an Inspire! Tutor Award after watching thousands of her students graduate in her more than 20 years. The awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional tutors and mentors in Wales who have shown outstanding passion and commitment to encourage, support and teach other adult learners to pursue their goals and transform their lives, whether it’s in their community or the workplace. Run by Learning and Work Institute, with support from the Welsh Government, the awards reward outstanding individuals whose commitment, knowledge and…

A Bangor University Masters student’s work has peaked the interest of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Dr Ephraim Kisangala, a Commonwealth Scholarship student from Uganda recently met the Duchess at a reception in London. Ephraim, a GP in Uganda who is studying Public Health and Health Promotion at Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences, was invited to meet the Duchess of Sussex at an Association of Commonwealth Universities event to announce the Duchess becoming the Association’s Royal Patron. Ephraim says: “I was invited to the event and considered whether I should attend – it was only two days before that we were…

Tenovus Cancer Care concluded their 75th anniversary this year with a special Lovelight concert at Bangor Cathedral featuring their own choir. The event encouraged people to come along and light a candle in remembrance of family and friends lost to cancer. Bangor and Holyhead male choir, Treffos Independent School, and Bangor University graduate Kiefer Jones all performed alongside the Bangor Sing with us Choir. Debbie Rowley, regional fundraising manager for north Wales, explained the purpose of the event: ‘They are in celebration or in memory of people. People come in and light a candle for the moment of reflection, they…

The proposal of building a new tunnel under the Menai Strait to carry electric cables from Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant, has potential to give geologists the opportunity to study ancient rock formations on the bed of the Strait. The new tunnel, which could be opened in the mid-2020s, would see cables laid to carry energy from Wylfa Newydd to the mainland. Dr Mike Roberts, from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, told ‘Good Morning Wales’ listeners how geology and marine geology surveyors are benefiting from samples from under the Menai Strait. Drilling by National Grid has gone 50m into the…

Across North Wales, barbers – including Kai’s Barbers in Bangor – will be given help to assist in saving lives while giving a ‘short back and sides’ as part of a new drive to raise awareness of men’s mental health and the male suicide rate. Hairdressers across the region are set to receive training in spotting warning signs of mental health issues in their customers, along with practice guidance on how to listen, give helpful advice, and signpost to support services. Having been launched on International Men’s Day (19 November), the initiative aims to raise awareness of the tragedy of…

A pet shop in Abergele has opened a dog-friendly cinema where dogs and their owners can sit and enjoy a film on the big screen. The owners of Pet Place in Abergele, Conwy county, have spent over £100,000 building a cinema for dogs, which will run alongside their current pet shop. The cinema also has a coffee shop that sells snacks and drinks for both humans and their pets. The cinema seats 40 people on deckchairs, and 50 dogs on mats. Tickets cost £10 for an adult and dog. All of the films shown will be pet-related and include titles…

The annual Christmas Market will be held on Sunday 16 December, and will see Bangor High Street filled with stalls, including street food, local produce and crafts. There will also be live music throughout the day, separate funfairs for both children and adults, and a firework display to finish. The Christmas Market follows the successful Bangor Food Festival which was held in September. Emyr Owen, event organiser, said: “The food festival was an amazing success, I haven’t spoken to one person who didn’t enjoy themselves, many people said they’ve never seen so many people in Bangor. With the Christmas Market…

Storiel in Bangor have a new exhibition which explores the theme of recycling through showcasing how discarded, unwanted and broken items can be transformed from ‘rubbish’ into art. The items on show include examples of ‘recycling’ from Storiel’s museum collection. Some pieces are made from treasured fragments, whilst others were created from discarded broken objects which have been used in a new way. The exhibition is important as it shows how our waste can be repurposed and reused. This notion is important in today’s world as our waste, especially items made from plastics and artificial fabrics, is threatening to overwhelm…

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