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A new Estate Strategy for 2020-2030 has been proposed for consultation, involving significant changes to various Bangor University buildings and departments. The proposal comes as a result of a need to reduce costs due to “poor efficiency of use” and improve the staff-student-visitor experience on campus. It mostly oversees non-residential buildings, and also focuses on reducing energy consumption and the overall size of the estate. It also emphasizes the University’s aim to be “in all aspects, the Sustainable University.” Significant changes Closure of the Dean Street and Normal sites, with a recommendation to close Dean Street by September 2021, and Normal…

An email was sent out yesterday to the students of the School of Music & Media, regarding the business changes that are to take place over the summer. The changes involve staff cuts, restructuring and discontinuation of certain modules and programmes, potential developments such as a Pontio Arts collaboration, summer schools and renewed strategies towards research, student engagement and recruitment. The school’s revised business plan also describes a focus on maintaining its strong reputation in research and impact. The final plan comes as a result of a months-longs consultation period, during which course representatives and Undeb Bangor have offered student…

Professor Iwan Davies has been appointed by Bangor University Council today as the institution’s new Vice-Chancellor. Professor Davies is set to start on the first of September, and will be the 8th Vice-Chancellor of the university. Professor Graham Upton, the Interim Vice-Chancellor, will continue in post until then. Davies, a fluent Welsh speaker, has spoken of his excitement to start life at Bangor University. “Bangor University is unique in terms of its location and history, as well as its research and teaching strengths which underpin an outstanding student experience.” Davies added: “I look forward to build on these strengths to…

A new league table just published gauges how universities are making a real impact on society outside their research and teaching. The global ranking, compiled by the Times Higher Education magazine, measures how universities are working towards 11 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include academic freedom policies, efforts towards gender equality and taking action against climate change.   The University Impact Rankings results reveal a brand new line-up of institutions, and place Bangor University among the world’s 200 top performing institutions. 23 other UK universities join with Bangor University among the top 200, with Bangor being…

Work has begun on a new 3G all-weather pitch at Bangor University’s Treborth site. The pitch will provide year-round rugby and football facilities for student teams as well as being available for hire by the local community. Richard Bennett, Bangor University’s Director of Commercial Services, said: “We have already had a large number of enquiries regarding the facility, and have taken a significant number of bookings for next season from both local football and rugby clubs. When we also take into account the number of student clubs that will be training there, it’s already looking busy every weeknight.” Already signed…

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…

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…

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…

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