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A student protest has been organised to oppose proposed cuts made by Bangor University, it is being organised by two students – Owen Hurcum and Kayleigh Lavornia. The protest will take place on Friday 18th January 2019 from 1PM-4PM to show solidarity with staff and to put pressure on the University to change its planned course of action. This date also corresponds to when the first round of redundancies are expected to be privately sent to the affected staff. Student protesters are aiming to fill the Quad at Main Art, and the current plan is to host speeches and have…

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…

Bangor University students have started a campaign against the proposed plans to close the Chemistry department in its entirety. The campaign, Bangor Needs Chemistry, has already amassed hundreds of likes on its Facebook page since it went live this morning. The page was set up by students in response to the proposals made by the University. The page founder, who wishes to remain Anonymous, said: “The Facebook page was set up to raise awareness to alumni and the local community. “The response we have had from alumni thus far has been sadness and a call to arms. They all remember…

Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes, who was due to retire at the end of the academic year has announced that he will now be retiring at the end of December 2018. In the meantime Professor Graham Upton will be appointed as Interim Vice-Chancellor from 1 January. The University will be advertising for a permanent successor in the coming months. In an email to all staff and students, Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof. Carol Tully, said: “[Professor Graham Upton] has served on Bangor University’s governing body for a number of years and knows the university well. “He is looking forward to working with…

The Welsh Government has identified the need to recruit and retain inspirational leaders in order to deliver its educational mission. As a result, a clear pathway for developing leadership from middle leaders to executive headteachers has been devised. Bangor University and University Wales Trinity Saint David’s (Yr Athrofa) won the tender to accredit the National Consortia’s Leadership programmes, with teachers having the opportunity to gain accreditation ranging from a PGCert through to a doctoral qualification. The first programme to be endorsed by the National Educational Leadership Academy, and jointly validated by Bangor University and University Wales Trinity Saint David’s (Yr…

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…

Bangor University’s Pontio Innovation Centre and Go North Wales will be co-hosting the annual North Wales Tourism conference in Pontio on 6 December. The title of the conference is “Adventure and Beyond”. Keynote speakers include Lord Ellis- Thomas, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, television presenter, Kate Humble, writer and public speaker, John Thackara as well as Yangtze River Walk adventurer and extreme athlete, Ash Dykes, from North Wales, who will join by video conference. “North Wales is already a top adventure travel destination” said John Thackara. “This event is about connecting visitors with the social, cultural and natural assets of North Wales in new ways”. Described by…

Staff and students from Bangor Business School were invited to this year’s CPA Australia Future Leaders’ Luncheon; an exclusive event held in London. Dr Annika Beelitz (lecturer in accounting) attended the Future Leaders’ Lunch at the Sofitel London St James in October alongside top-performing Bangor Business School students Raja Asad and Rebecca Molloy. The event was a fantastic opportunity to connect business leaders with young leaders of the future. An exclusive panel of business leaders all spoke about their respective career journeys, their experiences, and how to build a successful career. The panel discussion included four senior executives from a…

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…

Bangor University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes has announced that he is planning on retiring next August after nine years in charge. Professor Hughes is only the seventh Vice-Chancellor in the University’s 135-year history. The University will shortly be advertising for a successor. Bangor University’s Chair of Council, Marian Wyn Jones said: “I am extremely grateful to Professor Hughes for his remarkable contribution. He has overseen tremendous change at the University and has always ensured that students remain at the heart of everything we do.” Under Professor Hughes' leadership, Bangor University saw a number of major developments including: the new…

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…

Well-known butcher’s shop, G Williams and Son, has reopened after suddenly closing last summer. The shop had been trading in the city for just under 150 years before it closed back in June. On 1 December, a former shop apprentice re-opened the business. Ashley Richard Thomas, 23, said: “I’m glad to say that we are reopening under new ownership.” Thomas already has ideas to increase trade but also urges people to support the high street. “My plan for the future with the shop will be to extend our home delivery service much further then we did previously. It’s very important…

Over one hundred students attended Reclaim The Night – a peaceful march in protest of sexual violence which took place on November 29th. The march, organised by Bangor University Students’ Union (Undeb Bangor), started at Bangor Clock Tower and continued through the high street before ending at Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre. It was Bangor’s first Reclaim The Night event since April 2016 and is a part of Undeb Bangor’s campaign against sexual violence, which aims to clearly communicate the definition of sexual violence to students. Mark Barrow, Undeb Bangor’s Vice-President for Education, was a leading figure behind the planning…

The residential courses run in partnership with Bangor University’s School of Welsh and the Urdd’s Glan-Ilyn Outdoor Centre are well established among pupils and teachers. They offer an annual opportunity for first and second language learners to come together for a packed agenda of discussions on the areas and issues that apply to their Welsh AS/A2 level courses. Over 150 students are expected to attend this year’s courses, travelling from all over Wales to the Urdd’s facility at Glan-Ilyn, in the Bala area. Students and teachers will be given the opportunity to listen to some of Wales’ leading lecturers, many…

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