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Bangor University chose national Carers’ Rights Day (21 November) to launch the only Student Carer Policy at any Welsh University and highlight their support for students who are also carers. Young carers and others will be speaking about their experiences and the support which is available to them at a Carers’ Rights event at the University, in partnership with Action for Children, Carers’ Outreach Service and Gwynedd County Council. Recognising the challenges for young carers, the majority of whom are not in full time education or employment, the University has several strategies in place to support and raise…

On Friday, the 8th of October, Bangor University students volunteered to clean up vandalism to a skate bowl built in the memory of a young victim of an accident The skate bowl near Beach Road had been stained with graffiti of swastikas and genitalia at the end of September this year. It was built as a memorial for Darren Frost, a teenager who died in a cycling accident in 2011 in Bangor. The culprits are suspected to be kids from the area, as some of the scribbles on the bowl were inside jokes about local skaters. For more than 2.5…

Fact or fiction? Mere pranking, or genuine harassment coming to our streets? These are some of the questions the student population of Bangor are asking themselves following the revelation of a mysterious figure known only as the ‘Fishman’. Whether or not the Fishman is an elaborate student prank, or someone who genuinely feels that there is “a serious lack of Omega 3” in our diets as stated in an alleged post by the Fishman on the popular student confession site ‘Bangfess III’, over the past week reports have been coming from all over the town with stories of fish being…

Osian, 22 (voted Remain in 2016) Why are you marching for the People’s Vote today? The urgency of the matter. We’re getting nearer to the 31st of October now and it looks like we’re going to crash out without a deal or with a deal that was worse than Theresa May’s. I think Brexit would be a disaster for Wales, and widely the UK as well. How do you feel the march went? I think it was very good- it was a good turnout. We had a good cross-section of society there. And also, even though I’m of a particular…

Bangor University will be leading the development of mental health provision through the medium of Welsh for students across Wales, thanks to a successful bid for funding from HEFCW – the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. A team of staff across the University came together with colleagues from partner institutions to develop an exciting portfolio of provision, which will be developed and launched over the next 10 months. Maria Lorenzini, Director of Student Services at Bangor University explains: “We wanted to improve the accessibility of appropriate mental health support for all students in Wales for whom Welsh is their…

Dr Karin Koehler, an English lecturer at Bangor University, has won the Basil Davies prize for her success in the WJEC Welsh for Adult exam. Karin, who is originally from Germany, was awarded the prize for gaining the highest mark thorough Wales in the WJEC Intermediate exam. Last year she was awarded the same prize at Entry level and such is her ability to learn Welsh she has leapt a level (Foundation) and was awarded the prize at Intermediate level. Koehler said: “I’m really proud to have won one of this year’s Basil Davies Memorial Trophies. Many thanks to Basil Davies’ family for establishing these prizes, which really show…

A new data science hub for green energy is to be created at Bangor University, backed by £4.6m EU funds. The new Smart Efficient Energy Centre (SEEC) will develop joint research between Welsh and international organisations and businesses. It will investigate the options for using big data science to improve the efficiency of low carbon energy systems including nuclear, marine and offshore wind energy. The centre is forecast to become an international hub of excellence in North Wales, generating a further £9m of research income over the next four years, and encouraging collaboration on new ideas and innovative solutions to global energy efficiency issues. Research will be based…

Tell us about your academic past before you became Vice-Chancellor Well, I’m an academic lawyer, although I also practiced at the Bar. Essentially, my whole life has really centered around finance law, with a particular emphasis on asset finance. I was, for a number of years, an advisor to various UK government bodies and also internationally. One body in particular, was a body based in Rome called UNIDROIT, and that was a very exciting project because it involved really looking at ways in which you could codify international commercial law.  So that was interesting. Part of my work also was…

Two of Bangor University’s Halls accommodation have been ranked in the top 50 student accommodations in the UK by students on the university review website, StudentCrowd. John Morris-Jones and Reichel on the Ffriddoedd Accommodation site were ranked highly for social experience, after 21,000 students and graduates voted earlier this year. StudentCrowd Director, Paul Humphreys, commented: “Social experience is such a huge part of attending university, and is probably the second most important factor behind the quality of the university/course itself…so, to be able to see an unbiased list of the best University Halls for Social Experience gives those attending university…

A potential restructuring of the School of Music & Media has been outlined in a document sent to the Students’ Union, with the implementation expected as early as this year’s 2nd semester. If the proposals are approved, the University anticipates the new structure will be implemented as early as the 2nd Semester of the 2019/2020 academic year, with August 2020 as the latest date. The School could be developed into a School of Music & Performance, with subjects such as Media Studies, Practice and Journalism transferred to other Schools within the College of Arts, Humanities & Business. According to the…

Bangor University has been awarded a ‘First Class Honours’ for its sustainability credentials. by People & Planet, the largest student network in the UK campaigning for social and environmental justice. Only 29 of the 154 universities in the UK are placed in this category. This latest table sees the University rising nine places in the table, and achieving its highest ever score, and is assessed on a wide range of environmental, social and financial sustainability criteria. Dr Einir Young, Bangor’s Director of Sustainability said: “This is further evidence that we are making progress and underlines our commitment to sustainability as a…

Today, Bangor University is flying the Pride Flag in honour of LGBT+ Pride Month. This year also marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, a series of demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against police violence which ensued at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The events are important to LGBT+ history,  leading to the gay liberation movement and to the modern fight for LGBT+ rights. Pride Month commemorates those demonstrations, being set every year in June. By raising the Pride flag, Bangor celebrates its pledge on Equality and Diversity, welcoming students and staff from all backgrounds, origins,…

A new Estate Strategy for 2020-2030 has been proposed for consultation, involving significant changes to various Bangor University buildings and departments. Undeb Bangor will be issuing an official response to the Estates strategy soon. 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…

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…

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