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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…

By Grace Worsley Recently, students of Bangor, in their campaign against the proposed University budget cuts, organised a protest to voice their concerns. The plans to implement up to 60 staff redundancies and the proposed closure of the Chemistry department have attracted widespread concern among the student body. The protest took place on the 18th January 2019 and was intended to display solidarity among staff and students, place pressure on the University to safeguard the jobs at risk, publish full and detailed financial accounts to be openly scrutinised and ensure the protection of the Chemistry department. Arguably the most discussed…

Bangor University Psychology PhD student Kohinoor Darda has entered an international competition which allows her to explain what her Phd is about. Kohinoor said: “In the last couple of years, a lot of people have asked me what my PhD is all about. It’s always a challenge explaining my PhD to those outside the discipline of social/cognitive neuroscience. But I found the perfect way to avoid jargon and tell people what I work on when I came across the “Dance your PhD” contest jointly organised by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Science Magazine.” The contest…

For the second year in a row, a Bangor graduate has won a British Education Award. Mark Barrow, who graduated from Bangor University earlier this year, won the Wales Graduate category of these increasingly prestigious awards, which celebrate individuals who have excelled within the UK education system. Mark Barrow from Saddleworth, Oldham, graduated with a First Class Honours degree in History with Journalism, attaining a mark of 84%. Mark, received his Award at a Ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester. Mark follows Bangor graduate Maisie Prior who won last year’s Higher Education category. He said: “I am naturally delighted…

Amid a tumultuous few months for our institution – the state of play has changed. We felt it was best go to back to the Vice-Chancellor’s office to get answers surrounding Bangor’s financial situation. You’ve come to Bangor as Interim Vice-Chancellor. Despite being a temporary tenure, how important is it for you to do a good job here?  Well, I was on the Council here for two years. Whilst Council members won’t get to know all the details about the university, we are still heavily involved in the university – so I haven’t just walked through the door. But my…

Siân Pierce, a Human Geography lecturer at Bangor University, who says she finds people “endlessly fascinating”, has been awarded an Inspire! Tutor Award after watching thousands of her students graduate in her more than 20 years. The awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional tutors and mentors in Wales who have shown outstanding passion and commitment to encourage, support and teach other adult learners to pursue their goals and transform their lives, whether it’s in their community or the workplace. Run by Learning and Work Institute, with support from the Welsh Government, the awards reward outstanding individuals whose commitment, knowledge and…

Students are set to stage a protest against Bangor University’s proposed cuts this Friday, 18th January. The protest will take place in the Quad at Main Arts from 12PM and will feature talks from lecturers and students until around 2:30PM. As it stands, over 1000 people are listed on the event on Facebook. To build up to the event, Seren spoke to the organisers of the event, Owen J Hurcum and Kayleigh Lavornia. The event has over 1000 people going or interested – how has it felt for you? K: Surreal. A lot is riding on this. It’s a bit…

Bangor University have been in placed in the Top 10 most sustainable universities for a second year running. Bangor came 8th worldwide and 7th in Europe, appearing alongside only three other British institutions in the Top 10 – University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent and Oxford. 719 universities from 81 countries were assessed in forming the Universitas Indonesia League Table, which highlights sustainability and environmental management at universities around the globe. Universities are judged on the following criteria: Setting & Infrastructure, Energy & Climate Change, Waste, Water, Transportation and Education & Research. Notably, Bangor achieved maximum marks for Education & Research…

Still struggling to grasp the various controversies that have surrounded Bangor University? Seren presents a concise timeline of the events which have unfolded over the past few months. 25th October 2018: University Warn Staff Of ‘Financial Pressures’ – £5m Cuts Announced Vice-Chancellor, John G. Hughes, wrote a letter to Bangor University staff warning of the need to address financial challenges. £5m in cuts were announced – compulsory redundancy was not ruled out. Falling student recruitment and rising pension provisions were cited as key reasons for the savings. In the letter, Hughes said: “The shortfall arising from Tuition fees and…

This evening, students have been emailed a breakdown of proposed cuts relating to their schools. These business cases provide an overview of the proposed changes, which can range from simply changing targets and restructuring degree programmes, all the way up to staff redundancies. Business cases also discuss the rationale for decisions, what other options were considered, and who will it affect. Seren has collated the key information from business cases for all the schools likely to be affected by these proposed plans. In this article, we are highlighting the cuts which could be enacted. However, Seren strongly encourages you to…

Students will receive emails informing them of proposed cuts to schools, Undeb Bangor can confirm. Business case studies will be sent to those students whose schools are likely to be effected by the cutbacks. An email from every Head Of School will be sent in the coming weeks to inform students of these business cases being distributed. There is no confirmed date. However, Undeb Bangor has stated this will be happening as soon as possible. Mark Barrow, Vice-President for Education, said: “We are delighted that the University has agreed to send the proposals to students who could potentially be effected.…

A student protest has been organised to oppose proposed cuts made by Bangor University, it is being organised by two students – Owen Hurcum and Kayleigh Lavornia. The protest will take place on Friday 18th January 2019 from 1PM-4PM to show solidarity with staff and to put pressure on the University to change its planned course of action. This date also corresponds to when the first round of redundancies are expected to be privately sent to the affected staff. Student protesters are aiming to fill the Quad at Main Art, and the current plan is to host speeches and have…

Bangor University students have started a campaign against the proposed plans to close the Chemistry department in its entirety. The campaign, Bangor Needs Chemistry, has already amassed hundreds of likes on its Facebook page since it went live this morning. The page was set up by students in response to the proposals made by the University. The page founder, who wishes to remain Anonymous, said: “The Facebook page was set up to raise awareness to alumni and the local community. “The response we have had from alumni thus far has been sadness and a call to arms. They all remember…

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…

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