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How to Maintain Your Relationship During Self-Isolation … If you’re a University student and self-isolating with your partner, then this period may be the longest time you’ve ever spent together, just the two of you. It will be a test for any relationship, and mixed with general anxiety, dissertation stress and university assignments, could be a challenging time for new or long-term couples. Here are some tips on how to maintain your relationship and love life during self-isolation … Routine – Remind each other to keep a healthy routine throughout the isolation period. Wake up and go to bed at…

In the early hours of 15 March 1950 an Avro Lincoln bomber from RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire crashed above Bethesda. None of the crew, aged between 22 and 32, survived.   In this, the 80th year since the Battle of Britain, Dr Hazel Pierce, Associate Member of the Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book at Bangor University, has looked into this accident to remember the six men who lost their lives and to recognise the efforts of local people who helped in the rescue attempt that night.   ‘All of the crew were young men, some…

Professional job vacancies have dropped 6.9% across Wales as the country faces an uncertain future outside of the EU. That’s according to research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), the trade association for the recruitment sector. While the data, provided by business intelligence specialist Vacancysoft, shows an overall drop in job roles, there has been an increase in vacancies in areas such as financial services, legal, and banking. Cardiff, in particular, continues to flourish as the main engine of growth in the Welsh economy, with a 7.6% rise in hiring activity. Financial services continues to…

Quotas to get more women into executive positions do not actually change legislation or policies around gender representation, finds new research from BI Norwegian Business School. Benny Geys, Professor of Economics, and Rune Sørensen, Professor of Political Economy and Science, studied the long-term effects of executive gender quotas in Norway which had been in place for over 20 years. They used local government data and studied how the sudden increase in the number of women in positions of political power affected women’s overall political representation as well as local public policies. With Norway implementing gender quotas since the…

In an attempt to understand and combat gender disparity across the recruitment profession, Women in Recruitment is launching a comprehensive examination of the sector and its approaches to female talent, allowing them to benchmark their strategies against the overall market. The initiative, founded by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and supported by stakeholders across the sector, is the first of its kind to conduct such a study. With recent APSCo research showing that just 23% of firms offer flexible working and just 9% provide enhanced maternity benefits, the survey will enable firms to challenge and rethink long-standing…

Students struggling for money are taking on more debt to stay afloat at university. 36% of undergraduates turn to loans, overdrafts and credit cards to pay rent 1 in 10 say rent is a constant struggle (and that’s before other living costs) Parents chip in £2,542 a year for student accommodation – and give loans on top EXTRA: the UK’s most affordable regions Contact ruth@savethestudent.org for expert quotes and student stories. A third of undergraduates are using loans, overdrafts and credit cards to pay rent at university, the National Student Accommodation Survey 2020 has found. Some are even taking out…

From Bangor to Budapest, Wales and the world are celebrating the fifth Welsh Language Music Day – Dydd Miwsig Cymru (Friday 7th February), with a host of free gigs, special music releases and celebrity learners. Welsh Language Music Day celebrates all forms of Welsh language music, from indie, rock, punk, funk, folk, electronica to hip hop and everything in between. Over 20 gigs are set to take place today for Dydd Miwisg Cymru and there will be the largest ever number of special releases from artists and labels, including a total of 13 singles and two albums, one of which…

Just in time for Blue Monday, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity working to equip young people with the skills to look after their mental wellbeing, has launched a new resource to support students experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. The new guide, which is available to download for free, contains a range of helpful advice, including what students can do if they are finding it hard to concentrate or are having trouble sleeping, and helps them to recognise potential symptoms of anxiety and depression. The resource emphasises that issues such as anxiety and depression are…

Deaf people in Wales face serious challenges in getting the health care information and services that they need, according to a recently published report. (Health and Wellbeing for Deaf Communities in Wales: Scoping for a Wales-Wide Survey). The report focused on Deaf individuals with a capital “D”. These are people who are culturally Deaf, were typically born deaf, and use a signed language, such as British Sign Language (BSL), as their first or preferred language. In contrast, deaf (lowercase “d”) refers to the audiological condition of deafness. While the Deaf community is relatively small, they face substantial health inequalities with…

Students are ‘encouraged to continue to enjoy studying, working and living’ at Bangor, as the UK leaves the EU today. No immediate effects are to take place, as the UK enters a transition period until December 2020. An email was sent to staff and students earlier in the morning from the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. The message, recognising the contribution of staff and students, acknowledged the ‘uncertainty caused by ongoing discussions’. It also emphasised the University’s desire for students to continue enjoying their time at Bangor. The Vice-Chancellor has also reminded staff and students to apply either for settled or pre-settled status…

New measurements of how waters mix just below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean are to be used to improve weather forecasts.  The water turbulence was measured by an underwater ‘glider’ and the results of the research, led by Bangor University researcher Natasha Lucas, are published in a new Journal paper. Our weather is largely driven by heat supplied to the atmosphere by the ocean. In order to be able to make reliable seasonal predictions of the weather is it vital that the transfer of heat from the ocean to atmosphere is correctly predicted. A key process…

The Leader of Plaid Cymru has visited Bangor today to promote the party as the General Election approaches. Adam Price visited the Belle Vue pub, alongside Plaid Cymru candidate for Arfon Hywel Williams and Assembly Member for Arfon Sian Gwenllian. The Arfon constituency is one of the most marginal seats in Wales, with the seat having been last won by only 92 votes for Plaid Cymru. The leader took part last Sunday in an ITV election debate which had him question Labour on why it didn’t deliver in Wales what it promises in Westminster. Talking to Y Seren about the role…

Bangor students marched with hundreds of thousands of protesters in London on Saturday 26th October. This is the fourth major London protest organised by People’s Vote, a campaign group launched in April 2018 to advocate for a second Brexit referendum. A coach organised by the Bangor Students’ Union left before dawn to reach the starting point of the march by midday. “This was following on from us releasing our statement recently to show support for having a people’s vote,” said Mark Barrow, President of Undeb Bangor Students’ Union.“This is reflected through what students have been asking for and from what…

A Bangor University Masters student’s work has peaked the interest of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Dr Ephraim Kisangala, a Commonwealth Scholarship student from Uganda recently met the Duchess at a reception in London. Ephraim, a GP in Uganda who is studying Public Health and Health Promotion at Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences, was invited to meet the Duchess of Sussex at an Association of Commonwealth Universities event to announce the Duchess becoming the Association’s Royal Patron. Ephraim says: “I was invited to the event and considered whether I should attend – it was only two days before that we were…

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…

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…

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