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Five Bangor students have made it through to University Challenge televised rounds after first applying to go onto the show in November of last year. The five lucky finalists including four panel members and a team reserve are Captain Nina Grant – BA French and Linguistics, Simon Tomlinson – PhD Psychology, Mark Stevens – BSc Environmental Science, Adam Pearce, PhD Translation and Catriona Coutts, BA English Literature. The top 15 scorers from the November tryouts were then invited for further tryouts and from these tests the five top scorers were invited to an interview in Manchester. Put before the production…

There are currently 5 enterprise zones in Wales with plans for two more in Gwynedd and Pembrokeshire by Edwina Hart (Business Minister for the Welsh Assembly). There have been calls for an enterprise zone to be created in Newport where a petition has been handed into the Senedd for reasons that haven’t been made clear yet. Anglesey: Primarily to do with Wylfa B but also a number of sites around the island are being considered in the energy and environment sector to be supported by this Zone. Cardiff: The zone boundary in the city is aligned to the central business…

Bangor was the first Welsh city to host Love Music Hate Homophobia (LMHH), a national event that aims to raise awareness about homophobia and its effects. LMHH was able to add a political message to the one club night a month that caters to the LGBTQ+ population. Contrary to popular belief we do not live in a post-homophobic society and homophobia is still rampant within our society. Most recently this was seen in Bangor when an LMHH poster was vandalised to say “Love Music Hate Queers.” This soon became a conversation when gay rights activists changed the poster to say…

Bins in Bangor have been causing a lot of controversy in the city recently, the main problem being irregular collection leaving the streets sprawled with waste. After the Christmas holiday there seems to have been a lapse in bin collection resulting in bin bags being piled on the floor next to bins and food waste bins fermenting with mould. This along with the extreme winds we have been greeted by over the past few weeks has meant that rubbish has ended up sprawled throughout residential areas, creating a stench and an awful sight. On Glanarft Hill, a gathering of maggots…

Pontio, Bangor University’s new, £40 Million Arts and Innovation Centre has appointed its first Artistic Director. Elen Ap Robert graduated in Music from the University of Sheffield, before spending six years working as a professional opera singer. She has also worked as a music therapist, specialising in supporting children with learning and communication difficulties in Gwynedd, Ynys Mon, and Conwy. Robert’s responsibilities as Artistic Director will include developing a range of arts based activities for a variety of audiences, as well as using the arts to develop links between the university and the community. Speaking of her new position,…

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