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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…

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 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…

Bangor University is to take part in a new drive to create a thousand new research and business leaders. The project is designed to ensure that the UK leads the global revolution in Artificial Intelligence (AI). A new generation of PhD students will use AI technology to improve healthcare, tackle climate change and create new commercial opportunities, thanks to a £100m investment from UK Research and Innovation announced recently. The students will be trained at 16 new Centres for Doctoral Training (CSTs) based at 14 UK universities with 300 partners, including AstraZeneca, Google and Rolls-Royce, and NHS trusts. Project partners…

Bangor ‘Runderpants’ returns for a second year, with the organisers promising it’s going to be even bigger and better this year. The event is being organised by Bangor University’s RAG (Raising and Giving_ and involves a one mile run in their underwear, or over their clothes, to raise money for Nerve Tumours UK, who support people who have Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumours to develop anywhere in the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Taking place on 30th March, the charity run starts at Porth Penhryn, down Beach Road and ending at Bangor Pier. After…

The 2019/20 Sabbatical Team have been elected after a record-breaking voter turnout of 2206. Over 200 votes were cast in the final 2 hours of campaigning, surpassing the previous vote count record of 2145. 19 candidates campaigned from February 25th up until the 12PM voting deadline on Friday 8th March. On the same day, the results were counted and announced live in Bar Uno at 4PM. The first result to be announced was the role of UMCB President. Lleucu Myrddin, the lone candidate, received 224 votes out of a total 231 cast. Next was VP Sport – Henry Williams and…

By Grace Worsley Recently, students of Bangor, in their campaign against the proposed University budget cuts, organised a protest to voice their concerns. The plans to implement up to 60 staff redundancies and the proposed closure of the Chemistry department have attracted widespread concern among the student body. The protest took place on the 18th January 2019 and was intended to display solidarity among staff and students, place pressure on the University to safeguard the jobs at risk, publish full and detailed financial accounts to be openly scrutinised and ensure the protection of the Chemistry department. Arguably the most discussed…

Bangor University Psychology PhD student Kohinoor Darda has entered an international competition which allows her to explain what her Phd is about. Kohinoor said: “In the last couple of years, a lot of people have asked me what my PhD is all about. It’s always a challenge explaining my PhD to those outside the discipline of social/cognitive neuroscience. But I found the perfect way to avoid jargon and tell people what I work on when I came across the “Dance your PhD” contest jointly organised by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Science Magazine.” The contest…

For the second year in a row, a Bangor graduate has won a British Education Award. Mark Barrow, who graduated from Bangor University earlier this year, won the Wales Graduate category of these increasingly prestigious awards, which celebrate individuals who have excelled within the UK education system. Mark Barrow from Saddleworth, Oldham, graduated with a First Class Honours degree in History with Journalism, attaining a mark of 84%. Mark, received his Award at a Ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester. Mark follows Bangor graduate Maisie Prior who won last year’s Higher Education category. He said: “I am naturally delighted…

Amid a tumultuous few months for our institution – the state of play has changed. We felt it was best go to back to the Vice-Chancellor’s office to get answers surrounding Bangor’s financial situation. You’ve come to Bangor as Interim Vice-Chancellor. Despite being a temporary tenure, how important is it for you to do a good job here?  Well, I was on the Council here for two years. Whilst Council members won’t get to know all the details about the university, we are still heavily involved in the university – so I haven’t just walked through the door. But my…

Siân Pierce, a Human Geography lecturer at Bangor University, who says she finds people “endlessly fascinating”, has been awarded an Inspire! Tutor Award after watching thousands of her students graduate in her more than 20 years. The awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional tutors and mentors in Wales who have shown outstanding passion and commitment to encourage, support and teach other adult learners to pursue their goals and transform their lives, whether it’s in their community or the workplace. Run by Learning and Work Institute, with support from the Welsh Government, the awards reward outstanding individuals whose commitment, knowledge and…

Students are set to stage a protest against Bangor University’s proposed cuts this Friday, 18th January. The protest will take place in the Quad at Main Arts from 12PM and will feature talks from lecturers and students until around 2:30PM. As it stands, over 1000 people are listed on the event on Facebook. To build up to the event, Seren spoke to the organisers of the event, Owen J Hurcum and Kayleigh Lavornia. The event has over 1000 people going or interested – how has it felt for you? K: Surreal. A lot is riding on this. It’s a bit…

Bangor University have been in placed in the Top 10 most sustainable universities for a second year running. Bangor came 8th worldwide and 7th in Europe, appearing alongside only three other British institutions in the Top 10 – University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent and Oxford. 719 universities from 81 countries were assessed in forming the Universitas Indonesia League Table, which highlights sustainability and environmental management at universities around the globe. Universities are judged on the following criteria: Setting & Infrastructure, Energy & Climate Change, Waste, Water, Transportation and Education & Research. Notably, Bangor achieved maximum marks for Education & Research…

Still struggling to grasp the various controversies that have surrounded Bangor University? Seren presents a concise timeline of the events which have unfolded over the past few months. 25th October 2018: University Warn Staff Of ‘Financial Pressures’ – £5m Cuts Announced Vice-Chancellor, John G. Hughes, wrote a letter to Bangor University staff warning of the need to address financial challenges. £5m in cuts were announced – compulsory redundancy was not ruled out. Falling student recruitment and rising pension provisions were cited as key reasons for the savings. In the letter, Hughes said: “The shortfall arising from Tuition fees and…

This evening, students have been emailed a breakdown of proposed cuts relating to their schools. These business cases provide an overview of the proposed changes, which can range from simply changing targets and restructuring degree programmes, all the way up to staff redundancies. Business cases also discuss the rationale for decisions, what other options were considered, and who will it affect. Seren has collated the key information from business cases for all the schools likely to be affected by these proposed plans. In this article, we are highlighting the cuts which could be enacted. However, Seren strongly encourages you to…

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