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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…

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

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