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Bangor University has been chosen as the best in the UK for its Students’ Union Clubs & Societies in this year’s WhatUni.com Student Choice Awards. The University was also placed third in the UK in the Accommodation category and third in the UK for the International award. The latest accolade is a further endorsement of students’ place at the heart of the University’s extracurricular experiences. Taking part in activities improves students’ employability, giving them opportunities to develop a range of skills. It also creates communities and networking opportunities. The Award follows another successful year which has also seen the University…

With a strong commitment to bring high quality performances to the area, Pontio will be welcoming Shakespeare’s Globe, the actress Carys Eleri and her award-winning show Lovecraft and supremely talented musicians including Lleuwen, Georgia Ruth, Gareth Bonello and Rhys Meirion, Ballet Cymru, Welsh National Opera, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, the comedian Seann Walsh and the circus company from Ethiopia Circus Abyssinia to Bangor as part of the summer’s programme. The centre will also prove its ongoing commitment to the local community by giving a platform to a range of concerts by local dance schools, Friars School and their musical ‘Legally Blonde’,…

An innovative outreach project delivered by Bangor University’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering in partnership with the University’s Widening Access Centre has secured a £30,000 grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering as part of its Ingenious scheme – a programme that seeks to engage the public with engineering. The ‘Photo-Electric Light Orchestra’ project will inspire children aged between 9-13 in the region to design their own musical instruments by implementing coding skills and by utilising photonics, the study of light in technology, to create a music score that will be performed at Pontio, the University’s Arts and…

Just under 250 people answered our survey to crown Bangor’s favourite businesses for the 2018/19 academic year! Here’s what they decided: Best Pub – Cove Pop Up Coffee & Rum Shack Best Cafe – Blue Sky Cafe Best Restaurant – Dylan’s Menai Bridge Best Takeaway – Bella Bella Best Hair Salon – Clayton’s Hair Design  Best Barbers – Kai’s Barber Shop Best Beauty Salon – Studio Nails & Beauty Best Independent Retailer – Lookachu Vintage Shop Best Major Supermarket – Morrisons Best Newcomer – Cove Pop Up Coffee & Rum Shack

A fire has occurred at Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre today. The fire alarm was set off at around 11:45AM this morning and emergency services have been called to the scene. The blaze occurred amid ongoing maintenance work being carried out on the building. Fire services are reporting that the situation is now being controlled. However, the area has not been declared safe yet. Students remain camped outside the building as the flames subside. Update 14:20 Although the fire now seems to be under control the building itself is still closed. Reports suggests that the fire was centred around the construction…

No new students will be enrolled on Chemistry programmes for the 2019/20 academic year As one of the founding subjects at Bangor University, Chemistry has been taught for over 135 years and currently stands at 33rd in UK rankings. Today, the peace talks cease as Bangor University prepares their 3-year evaporation of the Chemistry Department. In retaliation to the proposed plan, the Facebook page ‘Bangor needs Chemistry’ erupted and have fought over the consultation period to rectify this movement from the  Ex- Vice Chancellor John G Hughes. The direct effect of this is the loss of 15 academic and 3…

A memorial in honour of Nikita White was organised on the 27th of March, six months after she passed away, to celebrate her life and the wonderful young woman she was. Nikita was a student in Health and Social Care at Bangor University, who was also involved in a number of societies and volunteering projects. Her generosity and enthusiasm were appreciated of all and her determination to live life to the fullest was a source of inspiration for many. The ceremony was facilitated by Gethin Morgan, UMCB President, and started with an emotional welcome speech from Dr Myfanwy Davies, a…

By Oli Hewson The officers have now been elected, but how did they and their competitors fare before live audience scrutiny last week? The format begins with a quick two minute introduction from each candidate, followed by quicker answers to general questions. Osian Williams, Fred Walters, Rhiannon Williams, James Martin and Muhammed Firdaus, at that point all mid campaign, each gave very competent introductions of their own credentials as candidates, before launching into the identification of the issues they would hope to make improvements on if elected to office. Despite the truly impressive performance by all five candidates (most noticeably…

On Sunday 24th February, Bangor University hosted their first Pride celebration. Students Owen Hurcum and Jasper Williams hosted the event (alongside the LGBT+ Society) in the Main Art University Building. Throughout the day, there was a range of entertainment, including circus performers, live music, poetry, comedy and drag acts. Alongside the entertainment, there were also talks including a Queercare Workshop. MP Hywel Williams came and spoke in support of the university’s LGBT+ community, as well as VP of Sports, Louise Fell. The historical event was a great success and promises to be bigger and better next year.

If you haven’t heard of ASMR (which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) where have you been? People from all over the world are jumping on board this relatively new phenomenon that is intended to help people relax and go to sleep. So, for those of you who don’t know what ASMR is, it’s a tingling sensation experienced around the head and the back of the neck in response to certain triggers such as whispering, tapping and slow hand movements. Over the past few years, this new concept has taken hold of streaming sites such as Youtube, where people from…

It’s pretty eye-opening to take a step back and think about what you do during your time at University. Even the smallest of hobbies may not seem significant as you start, but as you begin to include that hobby into your daily routine, you begin to realise the time allotment, dedication and commitment you put in toward that particular hobby. I recently looked back on societies I’ve joined, volunteering activities I’ve done, and hobbies that I continue to participate and realised that I’ve hardly done anything spontaneous or creative! Life at University tends to be monotonous, and it is so…

Sir John Timpson of the Timpson Foundation and former Chief Executive of the Timpson group of high street stores is visiting Bangor University to present the 2019 Anne Marie Jones Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 12th March 12.30 – 1.30 pm. Sir John’s Lecture, hosted by Bangor University’s Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention at the School of Psychology, is open to the public and takes place in Neuadd Reichel Hall on the Ffriddoedd Site, Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor. Renowned for leading Timpsons’ creative approach to employee engagement and its innovative work helping ex-offenders; it is the UK’s most active employer of…

The construction of a new purpose-built school in Bangor, to accommodate up to 420 pupils, has begun. Pupils from Ysgol Y Garnedd, Ysgol Coed Mawr and Glanadda, were present for the official ‘sod cutting’ ceremony at the new school site. The new school will be built on the corner of the Ysgol Friars playing fields, closest to the existing Garnedd school, providing fourteen classrooms, two Additional Learning Needs classrooms, a Cylch Meithrin along with several different teaching spaces, staff and administration areas and a large hall. The new development is part of a wider £12.7 million scheme that will reorganise…

Titled A Jewish History of Bangor, the exhibition and map celebrate the presence of Jews in Bangor from medieval times to the Second World War (and beyond). The launch will take place at the ‘Bangor Arts Initiative’ Gallery in the Deiniol Shopping Centre, Bangor High Street, from 2-4pm on Sunday 17th March. All are welcome and it’s free. There will be short introductions by project supervisor, Professor Nathan Abrams of the School of Music and Media at Bangor University, and Gareth Roberts of The Menter Fachwen Walk and Discover Project who assisted with the creation of the map. Local residents…

The national flower of Wales has found a new role this St David’s Day – helping scientists to better understand the value of plant extracts as an alternative to antibiotics in animal feed. Researchers from Bangor University and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have teamed up to investigate the effects of daffodil extracts as natural antimicrobials on the digestive systems of cattle and sheep. Plant extracts have the potential to improve growth performance and health, as well as decrease methane produced by enteric fermentation – a digestive process that sees carbohydrates broken down by micro-organisms. However, the effects of feeding plant…

North Wales and the North West of England are the key areas for the development of nuclear research and engineering in the UK, according to a UK Government commissioned Audit report published earlier this month. The report shows that nowhere else in Europe has such a concentration of nuclear expertise, with unparalleled access to a world-renowned skills base and pioneering expertise in nuclear research and development. Known as the ‘North West Nuclear Arc’, the area of north Wales and North West England is one of few regions in the world with a nuclear industry covering the full life-cycle, and with…

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