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A consortium led by Bangor University has been awarded nearly half a million pounds for research into monitoring Covid-19 outbreaks using sewage. Dead fragments of the virus’ genetic material can be found in faeces up to two weeks before symptoms appear, meaning mass testing could predict outbreaks before they appear. “I’m delighted that the ground-breaking environmental monitoring work, which combines different areas of expertise at our College of Environmental Science & Engineering, is to contribute to the nation’s vital work to protect communities against Covid-19 and further outbreaks of coronavirus and other infectious viruses.” said Professor Iwan Davies, Vice-Chancellor of…

In an email sent to students this morning, Bangor University declared their intent to reopen the campus in September. However, the statement advises that there will be some changes in light of the pandemic. Changes include: social distancing measures such as one-way systems and reduced room capacity; increased frequency of cleaning; a hybrid of online and face-to-face teaching; and a minimum of non-essential staff on campus, as well as additional training for those that remain. The university also intends to make all courses available online for students unable to attend in person. The Students’ Union will be operating online, as…

Searching for student accommodation outside of halls can be a frustrating and difficult experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Below are some things to think about while searching, and a little bit of information about the different places you can go to find student houses or apartments to live in while you’re at university. Things to think about when looking for accommodation: Can you afford it? Think about when you receive your student loan and when you’d have to pay rent. What’s included in the rent? All bills included is a great option for houses with several people…

Nathan McGurl, founder of GCSE revision aid, The Study Buddy, shares his expert advice on how to combat exam stress and get the best out of your revision time. 5 practical tips for managing exam related anxiety: The countdown to GCSEs is well underway, and students across the country are starting to feel the pressure. But while it’s natural to feel anxious about looming exams, it’s important not to let these feelings spiral out of control.  Concerningly, 80 per cent of young people have reported exam pressure has significantly impacted on their mental health.  It’s common for…

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…

The first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Wuhan China on November 15, 2019 and quickly started to spread. By January 21st, 2020, there were 219 cases all over china. Currently, there are over 188, 297 cases spread over 147 countries or territories with a total of 4,799 deaths. In Wales there are 136 cases with 5 in North Wales. As COVID-19 is rapidly spreading, many places are taking precautions to try and limit the spread of the virus. On Thursday, March 12th, the long-awaited Varsity, Socs fest, Summer Ball and award dinners were cancelled. Sean Mitchell-Goldstraw, a second year…

An email has been sent out by the Student’s Union president Mark Barrow saying that the University has decided to postpone all conferences and events over COVID-19 (Corona Virus) concerns. In addition meetings involving visitors to University premises should be rescheduled. Therefore Varsity, Socs Fest and the Award Dinners have been cancelled. This has come just after Bangor University sent around an email saying that the University Executive have decided to review their COVID-19 policy, and asking that Staff and Students only travel on university business in the UK if it is absolutely necessary. Students have been advised to check…

A determined young stroke survivor graduated with an MSc Principles of Neuropsychology degree at Bangor University’s winter graduation ceremonies. Mother of two, Nicola Brown, 36, from Llanberis, was diagnosed with dyslexia aged 12, and began having seizures in her sleep when she was 17; suffering a stroke when she was just 24 years old. Left partially sighted, and losing her ability to recall information accurately, Nicola persevered with her strong ambitions, and overcame these challenges using assistive technology. Deciding to push herself further, after achieving her BSc Neuropsychology undergraduate degree at Bangor; Nicola strived to earn her Masters, in the…

Bangor University is ranked tenth in the world for its commitment to sustainability, according to an international league table of environmentally friendly institutions. The university is one of four UK universities appearing in the Top 10 of the UI Green Metric, a league table of the world’s greenest universities. 780 universities from 85 countries were assessed in the Universitas Indonesia League Table, which highlights sustainability and environmental management at universities around the globe. Bangor University retains its top-ten position globally for the third year, and placed first in Wales according to the rankings which measure six indicator areas at each…

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…

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…

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