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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…

UNDEB Bangor hosted their second ever cultural fair at Bangor University on the 18th October. The event was organised by the student’s union and the Vice President of Societies and Volunteering, Muhammad Firdaus. The event raises money for Bangor University’s societies and clubs as well as donations to the university’s RAG charities. The evening consisted of different creative performances from several societies, including martial arts demonstrations and medieval re-enactment. A total of 23 societies attended, compared to 16 from the previous year. Muhammad Firdaus said ‘We are a university in the middle of North Wales. When you walk on the…

Once again, Bangor University has been ranked in the top 10 of the UK’s non-specialist universities, according to the latest annual National Student Satisfaction Survey (NSS). The news follows the University’s inclusion among the top 100 European Universities in the recent Times Higher Education (THE) European Teaching Rankings. Bangor University was also awarded a Gold Standard in the first round of the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. The National Student Survey, a poll of over 320,000 graduating students at each university in the UK, provides the most comprehensive feedback on the student experience at each institution. This year, Bangor is…

A collaboration between Bangor University’s Counselling Service and the North Wales Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme has been shortlisted for a National Award. Bangor University’s Counselling Services cooperated with the North Wales Clinical Doctorate Programme to combat a rise in levels of stress, suicidality and self-harming amongst students across the UK. The project aims to provide treatment and practical support for students, and has now been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award under the category of ‘Outstanding Support for Students’. Working with experts within the University’s North Wales Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme, Counselling Service staff and clinical psychologists in training…

Helena Robinson, a postdoctoral research officer at Bangor University, has handed back her Ebola medal to the Government. Robinson, 29, from Guernsey, was awarded the medal following her five-week deployment to Sierra Leone during the West Africa Ebola crisis in December 2014. The PhD student was placed in a diagnostics lab in Sierra Leone over Christmas 2014 set up by Public Health England. She was assigned to the Kerry Town treatment centre which was run by Save the Children. Sierra Leone was declared free of the Ebola virus in November 2015. Along with 19 others, Helena handed back her medal…

How have you settled into life as VP Sport? After being the Sports Publicity Officer in the AU Exec last year, I thought I really understood the intricacies of the role as AU President. Oh, how I was wrong! I was thrown into the deep end of Sabb life straight away, being sent to all sorts of conferences around the country. Sports Conferences, Student’s Union Conferences, Welsh Conferences, all to enhance the Bangor student sport experience. As well as this, I’ve been getting to grips with understanding the requirements of all of the sports, by meeting with site staff, conversing…

It’s the beginning of a new year. We welcome back some friendly faces but we welcome some fresh faces as well. Undeb Bangor is Bangor University’s Students’ Union. Undeb Bangor run Sports clubs, societies, volunteering projects, UMCB and course reps.This year, the Students’ Union is run by 4 brand new Sabbatical Officers and 1 returning officer. Ruth, Gethin, Mark, Louise and Muhammad are here to represent you on a whole manner of things. You can find out more about the fantastic work our Sabbatical Officers (Sabbs) do by following Undeb Bangor on social media or go onto our website. If…

UCU, the UK’s largest higher education Union, has stated that 14 days of “escalating strike action” will take place nationally in February and March. The strikes will occur over a four-week period, and result from an ongoing dispute over proposed changes to staff pensions. The expected strike dates are: – Thursday 22, Friday 23 February – Monday 26, Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 February – Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 March – Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15, Friday 16 March Professor Oliver Turnbull, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) said: “On these days, some members of…

On January 30th, the Debating Union went head to head in a competitive debate with Zoology Society, in front of an audience that nearly packed the entirety of Wheldon Lecture Theater. Each competitor had the opportunity to defend or oppose the motion, “It should be illegal for animal breeders to artificially select unhealthy characteristics for profit.” The side arguing for the motion consisted of four extremely passionate zoology students, whilst the opposing side was filled by active and talented members of the Debating Union. Prior to the beginning of the debate, the tone of the audience appeared to be unanimously…

Dr Liyang Yue from Bangor University’s School of Electronic Engineering has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Newton Prize for his project based on building a super-resolution metamaterial 3D printing system. The Prize aims to encourage researchers to participate in the Newton Fund as partners with the UK and to work on the most crucial challenges facing Newton countries. This year these include: India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The concept has been developed to prove how UK partnerships with Newton countries are solving global challenges. It is an annual fund, which equals £1 million and is given to the best research…

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