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As part of its on-going commitment to sustainability, Bangor University is one of the signatories of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment and launched at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali. Bangor University is one of 40 global universities to have made this commitment. The University is already working to put sustainability and the wellbeing of future generations at the heart of its teaching, learning, research and innovation. Its BioComposites Centre is at the forefront of research, development and the commercial application of bio-based alternatives to synthetic materials in…

Join Bangor University’s Students’ Union, Undeb Bangor, for a peaceful march in protest of violence directed at women, on 29 November 2018. Reclaim the Night is an international campaign, when people take to the streets to say NO to sexual violence against women, street harassment, rape culture and victim blaming. The event will begin at the Clock Tower, in Bangor City Centre, at 6.30pm. There will be a selection of rousing speeches, before the march heads along the High Street towards the Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre. Although self-defining women will lead the march, the event is open to everyone,…

The students and staff of Bangor’s BSc Product Design course have been working with the contemporary art gallery MOSTYN, located in Llandudno, to create a range of jewellery items suitable for the gallery’s shop. The high-quality jewellery is currently on sale at the shop. The students took inspiration for the location and countryside as their inspiration for the jewellery pieces. Katie Roberts, a Product Design Lecturer at Bangor University, said that “Experience is vital in any field, and opportunities to work with companies and organisations who are passionate about developing the next generation of designers and creative thinkers are priceless,…

Once again, Bangor University took part in the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Sciences and invited the public to get involved too. Year 12 and 13 school pupils visited the University on 6 November to take part in a variety of workshops and seminars that discussed different forms of injustice experienced by people living in England and Wales in the 21st century. One event – Faces of injustice: Social sciences and social justice – was used as a way of exploring 21st century injustices, whilst highlighting the role that social science research can play in fighting these…

On Sunday, 11 November, a parade marched from the Bangor Clock on the High Street to the Cathedral before the start of the Remembrance Service at 9.45am. At 10.50am, people gathered round the Bangor Cenotaph to take part in a two-minute silence, which was followed by a Wreath Laying Ceremony and a short service. The newly opened ‘Cove’ on Sackville Road offered a 20% discount for ex-soldiers, veterans and serving soldiers on the day. Jordan Love, Cove Manager, explained: “I served 7 years in the army with two tours of Afghanistan, so I will always try and create an event…

Amid a challenging financial climate for Bangor University, Seren went to interview Vice-Chancellor John G. Hughes to address various concerns echoed to us by staff and students. Tell me what was in the letter you sent to Bangor University staff? These are difficult times for the university sector as a whole. There’s multiple factors which are effecting many universities. There’s a demographic decline in the number of 18-20 year olds which is quite significant. We’re about to hit the bottom of that dip next year before it starts to climb again. This means there are fewer people going to university…

Bangor residents are being encouraged to donate shoe boxes containing items for elderly and vulnerable people who are being supported by a local care provider in the area this holiday season. Abacare care management has launched its shoebox appeal for the fourth year running, providing essentials and gifts for service users who may not be able to get outside and may not have many gifts at Christmas. Ffion Evans, Registered Manager at Abacare, said: “It’s that time of year again when we ask the generous people of Wales to get behind our festive shoebox appeal. It has been extremely successful…

A long-lost screenplay by American film director Stanley Kubrick, which was discovered by Bangor University Professor Nathan Abrams, will be sold at a New York auction later this month. Professor Abrams discovered the 1956 screenplay this summer, whilst researching for his book about Kubrick, “Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film”. The screenplay, titled ‘Burning Secret’, follows the story of a predatory man who befriends a young boy in order to seduce his married mother. Professor Abrams believes that the film may have been too “risqué” back in the Fifties, which is the reason behind…

Mythologically speaking, Hindu’s believe that Diwali is a significant day of good over evil, as it ties into the Hindu Epic “Ramayana”, which marks Diwali as the day that the Hindu God Ram reached his kingdom after a period of exile and his army of good defeated the demon King Ravana’s army of evil. For many Indian Students at Bangor, Diwali or the “Festival of Lights” can be an event that makes them miss home and their families more. The festivities usually involve decorating the house with lamps and candles and making traditional Indian sweets. Taking this into account, the…

By Oli Hewson Bangor University has a Natural History Museum. This will be news to many of you, I’m sure, seeing as it has somehow remained a secret to me for almost three years at this institution. This may be partly down to the fact that admission to The Brambell Natural History Museum (no prizes for guessing where it is… Psst! It’s in The Brambell Building – sort of opposite Asda) is generally restricted to students of Natural Sciences at the University and rarely open to the public. When it is, however, it fills. Saturday 3rd was the weekend of…

Bangor’s first ever food festival, which took place on Sunday 30th September, shed light onto the culinary artists close to home. With over 15 different food stands, a cocktail garden, and live performances on stage, we were quite frankly blown away. This excellent bonanza was put together and raised all the spirits of the otherwise boring, hungover Sundays. Open to all members of the community, it welcomed students and locals to come together and socialise in a means that isn’t a noise complaint. As soon as we approached Bangor High Street, our nostrils were overwhelmed with the amount of flavours…

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse and Celia Marsh are the first two named victims from Pret a Manger. Both these women suffered fatal allergic reactions due to the severe lack of labelling of their food products. These losses have caused uproar with many of the public coming forward with their own stories where they have suffered as well.  Natasha Ednan-Laperouse age 15 died due to inadequate allergy warnings of sesame seeds in the baguettes at Pret a Manger. She collapsed on a British Airways flight from London to Nice on 17 July 2016 after eating an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette. Under EU…

The Bangor Student’s Union has recently elected a council of individuals who will represent the student population to discuss, debate and set SU policies. In between General meetings, newly selected councilors initiate new projects, review ongoing projects, and discuss issues of relevance. All students are welcome to attend the Undeb Bangor Council (UBC) and engage in debate related to activities or student opportunities that Undeb Bangor facilitate, in addition to national, local, or political campaigns. This forum will allow the student body to hold Sabbatical Officers to account and allows for the development of the student experience. Below is a…

Undeb Bangor are launching a campaign to tackle sexual violence at Bangor University The campaign, No Grey Area, will launch on November 26th. There will also be a march to accompany the campaign called Reclaim ­The Night, designed to reinforce the message that women, in particular, can walk the streets completely safely at night. Vice President of Education, Mark Barrow, has said: “­The campaign is just the start. ­The Student Union will consistently confront sexual violence. “I’ve realised that it is a massive problem at Universities generally, and have seen many things in the media to corroborate this. I therefore…

Rugby League have raised over £1,140.25 for charities Oddball and Mind, who tackle testicular cancer and mental health respectively. 16 members of Rugby League took part in Bangor’s annual Half-Marathon, held on October 6th 2018.  The club chose to raise money and awareness for a couple of charities they believe to be very important. After fantastic promotional work undertaken by the lads on social media, Rugby League managed to exceed their target mark of £400 by more than double. One of the charities that Rugby Union chose to support was the Oddballs Foundation – https://www.myoddballs.com/pages/charity 100% of money earned by the charity…

On Friday 19th October, Bangor University’s ACS society brought us The Great Debate Tour 2018; this is the first and largest national debate forum targeted at cultural communities on Universities campuses across the UK. The aim of the tour is to celebrate diversity and heritage while providing a dialogue. The Great Debate Tour 2018 is hosted by Elevation Networks: a company who provide many opportunities and programmes for students for Black and Minority Ethnic students (BME). Working closely alongside the civil services, the Great Debate is not only for helping students get the top jobs, but also all findings from…

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