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Recent plans for a new science park project in Anglesey are set to increase graduate opportunities in North Wales. The Menai Science Park was given the go ahead by the Welsh Government after last year’s budget negotiations secured the future funding of the park, with the pledge of £10m capital to be raised over two years. The future of the project has also been assured further by the appointment of Ieuan Wyn Jones as project director, who will step down from his role in the Welsh Assembly in order to take on the job. The aim of a science park is to…

A fire in Upper Bangor has caused a number of residences to be cordoned off by the emergency services. Local residents report that at approximately 4pm this afternoon, a property in Hill Street, behind Patrick’s Bar, had a gas leak that resulted in a small explosion and has been on fire since. Residents in the area have been told to keep to the back of their houses to avoid gas fumes, and people outside of the cordoned area are unable to return to their homes. Power has been turned off on Hill Street and the surrounding block, affecting houses on…

University rolls out a range of new IT services The University has released a number of new updates over the past week which seek to enhance the online experience of both students and staff alike. These, technologically focused, improvements have seen a revised email system, complete online registration, and improved internet access for all of the universities halls of residence along with many other changes. “The changes aim to make it easier for students to register, find out about what’s going on in the University, get credit for their academic and extra-curricular activities, and to communicate with staff and indeed other students” – Professor…

Having worked in Bangor now for two years, I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and form some close friendships with people from the area. I understand that I am very fortunate to have had this experience considering the low employment opportunities available in Bangor at the moment. These kinds of friendships are crucial in maintaining a healthy relationship with the local community, as it is important for us to acknowledge some of the frustrations that we as students can cause. In Bangor it has surprised me how much of a division there is between the local…

According to the studentbeans survey, you Bangor lot have been very busy. The survey takes an average number of sexual partners for students over their three years at Uni and places them all in an annual sex league table. In 2011, we were ranked in at a celibate 57th place out of sixty one Universities in the UK. As I’m sure many of you are aware, things heated up a little for 2012 ranking us in at a reputable 1st place! (Well done for all your hard work guys). This year however, we seem to have calmed down slightly; I’m…

Hindsight is a powerful thing. Nothing can truly prepare you for your first week of University, except a few partial words of wisdom from people that have done it all before! One of the main things I wish someone had sat me down and prepared me for is freshers’ flu! You will more than likely at some stage be snuggled up in your awkward three quarter beds wishing your parents were there to provide you with paracetamol and TLC. However, for the first time, you won’t have that comfort and it’s not a nice ride. So do yourselves a favour…

A Bangor University graduate has set off on a 3-year journey around the world for charity by bicycle. Mark Phillips, 22, who has just graduated from Bangor with a Masters degree in Chemistry, started to plan the mammoth trip two years ago with fellow cyclists and friends Russell Selby, 22, and Jacob Mellor, 22. While the trip wasn’t originally set out as a three year journey, the three lads are happy with the extension. Russell said of the lengthy trip: “If we’re going to do such a long journey, why not keep going? This way we’ll see the change in…

As everyone who is a regular user of the site will know, it’s hard to log into Twitter these days without One Direction being the subject of a trending topic. While their huge internet presence is mostly down to the band’s massive success, it can also be attributed to their rabid online fan base, which was subject to a documentary film last week. Channel 4’s Crazy about One Direction exposed some of the most neurotic behaviour of the Directioners’ (the name for fans of the band), from girls practically stalking the band in their efforts to meet them, and hoards…

A group of nine young volunteers are to spend the next week doing work around Bangor’s Cathedral and grounds. The group, led by Bangor student Annabel Benjamin and Nicholas Vun, has been organised by CSV Heritage whose ‘mission is to enable people to take an active role in their communities’. Work will begin today (Thursday) and will be overseen by the Cathedral’s Dean, Sue Jones. The volunteers will take part in a number of tasks such as cleaning the stained glass windows and painting the fences. “The main idea is to do a bit of spring cleaning, anything from cleaning…

Bangor’s Pontio project will team up with Theatr Cymru to stage the first Welsh language performance in the upcoming centre. The production, which was announced at this year’s Eisteddfod, will be an adaptation of T Rowland Hughes’ ‘Chwalfa’. It will be the first time the Welsh novel has been performed on stage and is scheduled to take place around the opening in September next year. ‘Chwalfa’ was published in 1946 and is now considered a Welsh literary classic. Whilst set in the fictional quarry town Llechfaen, the story is actually based on the ‘Great Strike’ of Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda…

Bletchley: Home of the Code Breakers. Britain: Home of the Moral Code Breakers? Why I believe it’s right to celebrate Alan Turing’s Achievements on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Last month, I stumbled upon a disused Daily Mail on a train to Euston, and what I found inside should be entitled ‘The Daily Hate Mail’. It was a cruel article entitled ‘Why I believe it’s wrong to pardon Bletchley Park code breaker Alan Turing for breaking the anti-gay laws of his time’ (sic!). Was this journalist even aware that without the efforts of timid, homosexual mathematician Alan Turing at Bletchley Park,…

In September 2013, United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will enter a second term of Laureateship. On 19th June, 2013, Seren’s Culture Editor went to see her address a mainly American audience at London’s Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall. Composers start with chords and songwriters with an idea. In her poetry construction, Natasha Trethewey starts with a point in history and with “an historic al question that I will then attempt to answer through my poems.” Trethewey explains that she chooses to answer her self-set historical questions in order to “make peace with our own personal past and our country’s…

Hollaback is a global campaign designed to end street harassment. What is street harassment? ‘Street Harassment’, as defined by the website www.stopstreetharassment.org, pertains to ‘any action or comment between strangers in public places that is disrespectful, unwelcome, threatening and/or harassing and is motivated by gender’. That is not to say one’s simply ‘being male or female’ but rather appearing non-conformist to their gender (or similar) in the eyes of narrow-minded harassers.  The Hollaback! movement recognises street harassment as a verbal or physical assault aimed at anyone based on an unlimited number of ‘reasons’.  Either way, it is illegal. 80% of…

In light of BEDS’ (Bangor English Drama Society) recent-and fantastic- production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Rosie MacLeod takes a look at the historical context of the play’s writing. Raphael Holinshed produced a factual work known as ‘Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland’, which served as a valuable and fruitful point of reference for William Shakespeare; he used it as a source of inspiration and historical accuracy for many of his plays. These ‘Chronicles’ reveal that the killing of King Duncan, the central plotline in Macbeth, is based on fact. WHEN SHALL WE THREE MEET AGAIN? IN 1603, UNDER A COMMON REIN.…

North Wales Police are investigating an incident near College Road in which a 50 year old man has died. The man fell from a top floor flat on Prince’s Road on Friday night, and later died after being taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd. The police are treating the death as suspicious and have held three people, two men and one woman, at Caenarfon Police station for questioning. The area around the incident has been cordoned off, and the flat is being subject to forensic investigation, with local residents reporting heavy police presence, as well as other emergency vehicles. North Wales Police…

A fire has destroyed part of the Welsh National Library. This afternoon a fire broke out atop the National Library of Wales situated in Aberystwyth leaving part of the building’s roof destroyed. The fire, which started at 14.40 today (Friday), saw 300 members of staff and 100 visitors evacuated from the historic building. “We need to know what happened and how. I’m puzzled by how it could have started. Clearly we need an inquiry.” Aled Gruffydd Jones, who will take over as Head Librarian in August, told the BBC earlier today. Around 30 firefighters attended the blaze, which is now…

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