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Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes, who was due to retire at the end of the academic year has announced that he will now be retiring at the end of December 2018. In the meantime Professor Graham Upton will be appointed as Interim Vice-Chancellor from 1 January. The University will be advertising for a permanent successor in the coming months. In an email to all staff and students, Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof. Carol Tully, said: “[Professor Graham Upton] has served on Bangor University’s governing body for a number of years and knows the university well. “He is looking forward to working with…

The Welsh Government has identified the need to recruit and retain inspirational leaders in order to deliver its educational mission. As a result, a clear pathway for developing leadership from middle leaders to executive headteachers has been devised. Bangor University and University Wales Trinity Saint David’s (Yr Athrofa) won the tender to accredit the National Consortia’s Leadership programmes, with teachers having the opportunity to gain accreditation ranging from a PGCert through to a doctoral qualification. The first programme to be endorsed by the National Educational Leadership Academy, and jointly validated by Bangor University and University Wales Trinity Saint David’s (Yr…

Bangor University’s Pontio Innovation Centre and Go North Wales will be co-hosting the annual North Wales Tourism conference in Pontio on 6 December. The title of the conference is “Adventure and Beyond”. Keynote speakers include Lord Ellis- Thomas, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, television presenter, Kate Humble, writer and public speaker, John Thackara as well as Yangtze River Walk adventurer and extreme athlete, Ash Dykes, from North Wales, who will join by video conference. “North Wales is already a top adventure travel destination” said John Thackara. “This event is about connecting visitors with the social, cultural and natural assets of North Wales in new ways”. Described by…

Staff and students from Bangor Business School were invited to this year’s CPA Australia Future Leaders’ Luncheon; an exclusive event held in London. Dr Annika Beelitz (lecturer in accounting) attended the Future Leaders’ Lunch at the Sofitel London St James in October alongside top-performing Bangor Business School students Raja Asad and Rebecca Molloy. The event was a fantastic opportunity to connect business leaders with young leaders of the future. An exclusive panel of business leaders all spoke about their respective career journeys, their experiences, and how to build a successful career. The panel discussion included four senior executives from a…

Bangor University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes has announced that he is planning on retiring next August after nine years in charge. Professor Hughes is only the seventh Vice-Chancellor in the University’s 135-year history. The University will shortly be advertising for a successor. Bangor University’s Chair of Council, Marian Wyn Jones said: “I am extremely grateful to Professor Hughes for his remarkable contribution. He has overseen tremendous change at the University and has always ensured that students remain at the heart of everything we do.” Under Professor Hughes' leadership, Bangor University saw a number of major developments including: the new…

Over one hundred students attended Reclaim The Night – a peaceful march in protest of sexual violence which took place on November 29th. The march, organised by Bangor University Students’ Union (Undeb Bangor), started at Bangor Clock Tower and continued through the high street before ending at Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre. It was Bangor’s first Reclaim The Night event since April 2016 and is a part of Undeb Bangor’s campaign against sexual violence, which aims to clearly communicate the definition of sexual violence to students. Mark Barrow, Undeb Bangor’s Vice-President for Education, was a leading figure behind the planning…

As part of its on-going commitment to sustainability, Bangor University is one of the signatories of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment and launched at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali. Bangor University is one of 40 global universities to have made this commitment. The University is already working to put sustainability and the wellbeing of future generations at the heart of its teaching, learning, research and innovation. Its BioComposites Centre is at the forefront of research, development and the commercial application of bio-based alternatives to synthetic materials in…

The students and staff of Bangor’s BSc Product Design course have been working with the contemporary art gallery MOSTYN, located in Llandudno, to create a range of jewellery items suitable for the gallery’s shop. The high-quality jewellery is currently on sale at the shop. The students took inspiration for the location and countryside as their inspiration for the jewellery pieces. Katie Roberts, a Product Design Lecturer at Bangor University, said that “Experience is vital in any field, and opportunities to work with companies and organisations who are passionate about developing the next generation of designers and creative thinkers are priceless,…

Once again, Bangor University took part in the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Sciences and invited the public to get involved too. Year 12 and 13 school pupils visited the University on 6 November to take part in a variety of workshops and seminars that discussed different forms of injustice experienced by people living in England and Wales in the 21st century. One event – Faces of injustice: Social sciences and social justice – was used as a way of exploring 21st century injustices, whilst highlighting the role that social science research can play in fighting these…

Amid a challenging financial climate for Bangor University, Seren went to interview Vice-Chancellor John G. Hughes to address various concerns echoed to us by staff and students. Tell me what was in the letter you sent to Bangor University staff? These are difficult times for the university sector as a whole. There’s multiple factors which are effecting many universities. There’s a demographic decline in the number of 18-20 year olds which is quite significant. We’re about to hit the bottom of that dip next year before it starts to climb again. This means there are fewer people going to university…

A long-lost screenplay by American film director Stanley Kubrick, which was discovered by Bangor University Professor Nathan Abrams, will be sold at a New York auction later this month. Professor Abrams discovered the 1956 screenplay this summer, whilst researching for his book about Kubrick, “Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film”. The screenplay, titled ‘Burning Secret’, follows the story of a predatory man who befriends a young boy in order to seduce his married mother. Professor Abrams believes that the film may have been too “risqué” back in the Fifties, which is the reason behind…

Undeb Bangor are launching a campaign to tackle sexual violence at Bangor University The campaign, No Grey Area, will launch on November 26th. There will also be a march to accompany the campaign called Reclaim ­The Night, designed to reinforce the message that women, in particular, can walk the streets completely safely at night. Vice President of Education, Mark Barrow, has said: “­The campaign is just the start. ­The Student Union will consistently confront sexual violence. “I’ve realised that it is a massive problem at Universities generally, and have seen many things in the media to corroborate this. I therefore…

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…

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…

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…

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