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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…

So, over the course of my time as a young adult, I’ve observed a strange fact: my behaviour and mentality sometimes drastically alter when I’ve watched a particular TV show or movie! I don’t know it if has to do with the genre of content or the attachment to a character or plotline, but I’ve often noticed just how impactful media content can be to my behaviour! It all started with my daily binge sessions of Criminal Minds. I went through about seven seasons within two weeks of continuously watching the show. As fascinated as I was with the idea…

A new semester has just begun, and for most people, this means a fresh start and new beginnings. Starting anything new is an exciting process but at the same time can also be a little bit nerve-wracking. Whether you are reading this as a second or third-year student, or if you have just settled into first year, I am going to try and give you some helpful advice on how to channel all your positive vibes into constructive energy especially during this new academic year. First things first, get organised. Now I don’t know about you guys, but to me,…

The leaves have started to turn and it’s only a matter of time before they are coated with a lovely iced-frosting. Yes, autumn has arrived, and the sudden chill has driven impulse buys on jumpers, winter coats and woolly hats. The summer wardrobe has had a changeover and we say goodbye to single layers for at least 7 months. Whilst we mourn the hot weather (we had a good summer let’s be honest) we’ve got to force ourselves to welcome the bitter cold with open arms. Some of you may love this season and why not! It’s festive family cheer,…

Diwali, or the ‘Festival of Lights’ signifies a lot to the Hindu community. It is one of the most popular Hindu festivals in the Indian Culture and symbolises the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Usually, the streets and homes of India are adorned with diyas, which are lamps and candles. People often pray to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, in the hopes of a prosperous year! At Bangor, we have seen many festivals that celebrate this unique festival. The Bangor Indian Society have hosted notable festivities celebrating this joyous occasion in the…

Bangor man Paul Feaver and his family raised more than £1,600 at their second annual Memorial Fun Day and football match in memory of his father who passed away from mixed dementia last year. Paul and his partner Sian Topansa hosted the second Eddie Feaver Memorial Fun Day (7 October) to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of Paul’s dad, Eddie, who died at the age of 79, having been diagnosed with both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Eddie’s sister Barbara had also passed away from Alzheimer’s, in 2014. Sian, who helped organise the event with her family,…

Cultural appropriation has been a topic of conversation that has often been referenced and brought up quite often. Many people argue that cultural appropriation often oversteps the boundaries and violates collective intellectual property rights of people that originate from specific cultural groups. Though this is an aspect of our society that needs to be rectified, a clear example of this that I have seen almost every year is Halloween. It seems not to even occur to people as they dress up for a Halloween night out that their ‘costumes’ take an aspect of another culture and regard it as something…

A post-doctoral researcher at Bangor University’s School of Natural Sciences has been awarded a prestigious European Commission Horizon2020 funded Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellowship. The fellowship, which allows for international mobility and knowledge exchange, will enable Dr Karina Marsden of Bethesda to spend two years working in The University of Melbourne, Australia, before returning to Bangor University for the final year of her research project. It was awarded following a successful joint application by Bangor and Melbourne universities. During the training-through-research project, Marsden will have opportunities to learn mathematical modelling, molecular ecology and stable isotope methods to better understand soil…

Bangor Cathedral’s display of 20,000 knitted poppies commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One will close on November 11th, Remembrance Sunday, in a special way. Taking place at a date on or around Armistice day, a group of young people from Bangor, the same age as those who died during the First World War, 1914-1918, will read the biographies of those who gave their lives and are commemorated (many accompanied by a photograph) in Cofeb Y Dewrion (Heroes’ Memorial) compiled by the Reverend W. J. Owen (Afallon) soon after the war ended. Bangor Cathedral are currently appealing…

First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced that a new bridge across the Menai Strait is to be built to the east of the Britannia Bridge. The new route will include facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. According to Mr Jones, construction was due to begin in 2021. Previously, the Welsh Government has said that the new crossing could open in 2021 if it got approved. Making the announcement on Anglesey, Mr Jones said he would like the new bridge to be “equally iconic” as the Menai Bridge – built by Thomas Telford in the 1820s – and Britannia Bridge – built…

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…

UNDEB Bangor hosted their second ever cultural fair at Bangor University on the 18th October. The event was organised by the student’s union and the Vice President of Societies and Volunteering, Muhammad Firdaus. The event raises money for Bangor University’s societies and clubs as well as donations to the university’s RAG charities. The evening consisted of different creative performances from several societies, including martial arts demonstrations and medieval re-enactment. A total of 23 societies attended, compared to 16 from the previous year. Muhammad Firdaus said ‘We are a university in the middle of North Wales. When you walk on the…

Fresher’s Week is one of the most important events that commence your experiences at University. In a way, it represents the first impression you take away from University and usually this involves meeting new people, attending new events and involving yourself in new activities. My fresher’s week started off pretty stressful to be honest! I had just moved from Dubai and being an International Student came with a lot of doubts. I was constantly worried about whether I would fit in and be liked by my flatmates and if I would find any activities or societies that suited my interests.…

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