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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…

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…

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