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Iwan Llewelyn Jones, from Bangor University’s School of Music and Media, will be visiting China later this month to perform and host masterclasses for music students in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Iwan Llewelyn-Jones has firmly established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Music and has performed at many of the worlds prestigious concert halls such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as Sydney Opera House and Leipzig Gewandhaus. He has also presented masterclasses and adjudicated competitions at all…

Whilst scrolling through and dodging the fake Cube ticket sellers on the popular Facebook page ‘Overheard at Bangor’, your attention may have been brought to some more happy, wholesome news. Those of you who have lived on College Road in the past will be no stranger to the famous Ginger Tomcat. With more names than Daenery’s Targaryen, this little fella would stroll into the homes of those happy enough to open their door to him, eat whatever food was offered and maybe give a friendly purr as thanks! He’s not been seen for a while and a few worried people…

Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams has launched the Welsh Government’s new Rural Education Action Plan. The aim of the plan is to introduce a range of initiatives and measures for education improvements and experiences across rural school areas of Wales. The plan forms a pivotal part of the transformation reforms outlined in the Education in Wales – Our National Mission 2017-21 which sets out the Welsh Government’s strategy to improve the school system by 2021; in which details activities which will transform policy into practices within schools. The Rural Education Plan draws upon evidence and recommendations from a research…

Police officers from 34 different police forces competed in 2018 Police Sport UK 10 mile road race on Wednesday 5th September. The event was hosted by North Wales Police and started in Port Penrhyn, Bangor. The route used the Lon Las Ogwen track to Tregarth and a turnaround point at Bethesda before returning to Bangor. Following the race, an evening function and presentation took place at Bangor University in the Neuadd Pritchard Jones Hall. Chief Officer from North Wales Police was in attendance to present awards to runners of all different abilities. Police Sport UK has a membership of over…

Once again, Bangor University has been ranked in the top 10 of the UK’s non-specialist universities, according to the latest annual National Student Satisfaction Survey (NSS). The news follows the University’s inclusion among the top 100 European Universities in the recent Times Higher Education (THE) European Teaching Rankings. Bangor University was also awarded a Gold Standard in the first round of the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. The National Student Survey, a poll of over 320,000 graduating students at each university in the UK, provides the most comprehensive feedback on the student experience at each institution. This year, Bangor is…

Helena Robinson, a postdoctoral research officer at Bangor University, has handed back her Ebola medal to the Government. Robinson, 29, from Guernsey, was awarded the medal following her five-week deployment to Sierra Leone during the West Africa Ebola crisis in December 2014. The PhD student was placed in a diagnostics lab in Sierra Leone over Christmas 2014 set up by Public Health England. She was assigned to the Kerry Town treatment centre which was run by Save the Children. Sierra Leone was declared free of the Ebola virus in November 2015. Along with 19 others, Helena handed back her medal…

UCU, the UK’s largest higher education Union, has stated that 14 days of “escalating strike action” will take place nationally in February and March. The strikes will occur over a four-week period, and result from an ongoing dispute over proposed changes to staff pensions. The expected strike dates are: – Thursday 22, Friday 23 February – Monday 26, Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 February – Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 March – Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15, Friday 16 March Professor Oliver Turnbull, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) said: “On these days, some members of…

On January 30th, the Debating Union went head to head in a competitive debate with Zoology Society, in front of an audience that nearly packed the entirety of Wheldon Lecture Theater. Each competitor had the opportunity to defend or oppose the motion, “It should be illegal for animal breeders to artificially select unhealthy characteristics for profit.” The side arguing for the motion consisted of four extremely passionate zoology students, whilst the opposing side was filled by active and talented members of the Debating Union. Prior to the beginning of the debate, the tone of the audience appeared to be unanimously…

A team of 30 enthusiastic international students from Bangor University got together on Saturday November 4th to work for a better and cleaner planet! They spent 3 hours picking up (a lot of) litter around upper and lower Bangor as part of a new project organised by the International Student Support Office – called Internationals Go Green. The initiative consists of a series of trips and events aimed at raising awareness on environmental issues, sustainability and wellbeing among students. In addition, all their events are organised together with other University Departments (with UNDEB Bangor this time) and Local Organisations to enhance…

On October 17th, the Bangor University Debating Union tackled the topics of globalism and nationalism by posing the question, ‘is globalism vs. nationalism the new political divide’? The debate started off with a general rundown of what globalization is, which is essentially the elimination of barriers in terms of trade and immigration. The discussion, however, tended to lean towards whether or not immigration should take a global or national approach, since it was determined early on that economic globalization is a positive economic approach for the majority of countries. Many of the members of the debate held the ideology that…

Thirteen former students visited the newly renovated St Mary’s residential village recently. As well as a well-enjoyed trip down memory lane, they were delighted by the way the site had recently been developed by the University. The group of friends were all former students of St Mary’s College which was a Teacher Training College that later became part of Bangor University. The group meet annually, and this year, decided to visit Bangor to mark 60 years since they first stayed at St Mary’s. The group were welcomed on site by Ken Griffith, Head of Residence and Deirdre McIntyre Residential…

Bangor University has received a resounding testimony from last years graduating students after being placed eighth in the UK and second in Wales following the results of this year’s National Student Survey. The NSS, taken by half a million graduating students across the United Kingdom, featured 460 academic institutions, eight of which are in Wales. Professor Oliver Turnbull, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching & Learning at Bangor University said: “These are a wonderful endorsement of our activities, and indeed of Bangor University’s values. We have long been renowned for providing not only excellent teaching but also student support, and these results…

Bangor University is the 3rd best university in the country according to the WhatUni results which were announced in London this week. Hosted by David Mitchell, the awards are special in that they are only voted for by students; people who have a genuine first-hand experience in using the nominated institutions and services. In addition to picking up ‘bronze’ in the best University category, Bangor took ‘gold’ for its clubs and societies as well as further ‘bronze’ placings in the Courses and Lecturers and Giving Back categories. The University was also placed in the top ten of all the categories…

A successful third year Bangor University student has been released hours before she was due to be deported following a failed asylum application. Shiromini Satkunarajah and her mother Roshani were released from the Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, Bedfordshire, where they have been held since Thursday after being arrested at Bangor Police station. This decision follows days of campaigning against the deportation order from the local MP Hywel Williams, Bangor University, Undeb Bangor and a massive social media campaign that saw over 80,000 people sign a change.org petition. It is believed that the Bishops of London and Bangor were among the…

An online petition has been launched to prevent the deportation of a promising Bangor University student who is just months from completing her undergraduate degree. Shiromini Satkunarajah, 20, is on course for a first in Electronic Engineering and just months away from taking her final exams yet, following a refusal for asylum, she is set to be deported back to Sri Lanka despite living in the UK for the past 8 years. Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Arfon, Hywel Williams has released a statement condemning the Home Office’s decision to deport Shiromini. He said: “Sri Lanka is still a…

Local artist displays new public art exhibition at Pontio You may have noticed certain pieces of technology that have been appearing throughout Pontio over the past couple of months. These pieces are part of a public art commission called ‘Changing Light’. The artist behind the collection of works is called Jessica Lloyd-Jones. Jessica is a local artist based in LLangollen. She is a visual artist who merges art, science and technology as she investigates the interaction of materials and processes with light. She does this by creating artworks and installations that encourage us as an audience, to look at the…

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