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A successful third year Bangor University student has been released hours before she was due to be deported following a failed asylum application. Shiromini Satkunarajah and her mother Roshani were released from the Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, Bedfordshire, where they have been held since Thursday after being arrested at Bangor Police station. This decision follows days of campaigning against the deportation order from the local MP Hywel Williams, Bangor University, Undeb Bangor and a massive social media campaign that saw over 80,000 people sign a change.org petition. It is believed that the Bishops of London and Bangor were among the…

An online petition has been launched to prevent the deportation of a promising Bangor University student who is just months from completing her undergraduate degree. Shiromini Satkunarajah, 20, is on course for a first in Electronic Engineering and just months away from taking her final exams yet, following a refusal for asylum, she is set to be deported back to Sri Lanka despite living in the UK for the past 8 years. Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Arfon, Hywel Williams has released a statement condemning the Home Office’s decision to deport Shiromini. He said: “Sri Lanka is still a…

On Monday 5th December, Bangor University held a new awards night focusing on research excellence within the University. The night was held at Pontio and shone a light on outstanding research done by teams and individuals. The Awards were devised to celebrate the individual achievements of academic staff at different career points, including rising stars, a Doctoral student and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards celebrating an outstanding project or programmes within the Sciences and the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences and for an International project were also presented. Professor John G Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University said: “Research is…

Announcement made without any discussion with staff or students in the department Senior members of staff at Bangor University have taken the decision to discontinue the single honours undergraduate Archaeology degree from September 2017. The decision was made without consultation of staff working within the school of History, Welsh History and Archaeology, students studying the relevant subjects or stakeholders. Staff and students were informed of the decision via an e-mail from Professor David Shepherd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor stating that the aim was to place the university’s long-term financial position on a firmer and more robust footing. If the decision is to remain in…

Bangor University has been crowned University of the Year for its work with the business sector and won two other awards at the Business Insider Awards ceremony in Cardiff on the 3rd November. Also on the same night, the University received an award for sustainability campaign by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) at an event in London. Nominated for a total of four awards by Business Insider, Bangor University was the big winner on the night, being named University of the Year and bringing home awards for New Process, for its collaboration with Sain (Records) Ltd and the…

The month of September saw the launch of a brand new University campaign focused on student feedback. The ‘TogetherWe…’ campaign was created in partnership with Undeb Bangor (your Students’ Union) to create a bridge that allows staff and students to work together, creating a better student experience. The campaign offers a lot of opportunities to give feedback on your course and other aspects of student life. One example is the module evaluation surveys after each semester the results of which are looked at by lecturers, Heads of School, Dean of Colleges and the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning. Meetings…

Bangor University places in UK’s Top 15 for student satisfaction Results from the annual independent National Student Survey (NSS), which is completed by students each year, has placed Bangor University among the UK’s top 15 universities. Bangor University students gave an overall satisfaction rating of 90%, rivalling such institutes as Oxford and Cambridge University. This is now the third year in a row Bangor University has delivered such a high level of student satisfaction with senior staff at the university putting the success down to the high standard of teaching and individual’s student experience. “These results reflect the excellent standard…

Dr. Sophie Williams returns to Bangor University to collect a Special Recognition award after a long journey to recover from Japanese encephalitis that she contracted during field work in China in 2015 A lecturer from the School of School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography received a special award from Bangor University students. On Friday 29th April, Dr Sophie Williams entered, to rapturous applause, a room packed with her students, colleagues, family and friends. On her first trip out of hospital for ten months she was at the University to receive an award for her incredible contribution to teaching. The…

The 14th of April saw the ‘Whatuni Student Choice Awards’ come round for another year. The awards were hosted in London with special guest  presenter and comedian Jimmy Carr announcing the results on the night. The awards are special because they are voted for by students and only students. This year over 25,000 votes from 125 universities were verified, making that 5,000 more votes than last year. Overall, 39 universities were officially nominated into categories that reflect the aspects of student experience including: city life, student support, clubs and societies, accommodation, international, student union, university facilities, course and lectures, job…

After several delays over three years, the Pontio Arts & Innovation Centre looks ready to impress The final countdown to the official opening of Pontio has begun. Tours of the arts and innovation centre are being held until the 17th of November after a three-year delay. The tours marked the first time the general public have been allowed to enter the much-maligned structure. It garnered public criticism after its opening date had been delayed numerous times. Due to these delays, the projected costs associated with the construction of the building have soared above the original estimate of £37 million to…

Dr. Sophie Williams of Bangor University, a highly-respected conservation expert, is critically ill in a Bangkok hospital after becoming infected with Japanese encephalitis, a type of viral brain infection spread through mosquito bites, earlier this month on a research trip.  The lecturer was on a trip to the Far East, undertaking botanical research with students from Bangor University 400 miles from the city of Kunming in China, when she began to feel unwell on 6th of July. Dr Williams, 31, from North Yorkshire, complained of feeling very tired, headaches, and nausea before being found unconscious and taken to hospital. Dr…

The Summer Ball this year had a day event in addition to the traditional evening one. This was provided to ticket holders for no extra cost and proved to be as popular has it has been since it was introduced two years ago. The organisers warned beforehand that attendance of the daytime event would be limited to the first thousand people. This popularity and limited capacity led to long queues forming outside Main Arts well before the announced opening time of 12pm, which at their peak extended all the way past the Brigantia building down to Penrallt hill. The day event took place in the courtyard…

In the coming Graduation Week, musician Gruff Rhys and DJ Huw Stephens will be honoured for their contributions to music and the arts by Bangor University. The Honorary Fellowships will be awarded during ceremonies across 11th-17th July. Gruff Rhys, both a solo artist and member of Super Furry Animals, recently supplied the scores to Dylan Thomas biopic Set Fire to the Stars and American Interior, his own pursuit of 18th century Welsh explorer John Evans. The book of the latter has made him a Welsh Book of the Year nominee, while album Hotel Shampoo and collaboration Neon Neon have won music prizes respectively. Huw…

Bangor University’s recent success has continued by receiving the award for Best University Clubs and Societies in the 2015 WhatUni Student Choice Awards. Over twenty thousand students from Universities across the UK were able to post their views on the WhatUni Student Rankings website, and the views from Bangor students reflected their experience so positively that the University was nominated for six awards. The nominations Bangor received were University of the Year, Awards for Accommodation, Courses, University Facilities, Student Support and Clubs & Societies. Aside from winning the award for Clubs and Societies, Bangor was also placed third in the…

SEREN has been religiously following the tale of Pontio, and whether it will be finished for quite a while now. Recent developments concerning Pontio have shown how far we still have to go for the new art’s centre to be finished for Bangor University’s students and it questions whether the centre will be finished in time for September’s newcomers. A construction worker on the site in Bangor has described that the construction of Pontio has been far from ‘smooth sailing’, describing it as ‘chaotic’. For some students in Bangor, the developments to Pontio seemed encouraging, however we are once again,…

On the 23rd April, WhatUni will announce the results of 20,000 student reviews and name their University of the Year for 2015. As the results of the WhatUni awards draw near, it has been announced that Bangor University is one of ten shortlisted for the award. The award is calculated by taking averages from student reviews on the WhatUni website across a number of categories: university facilities, accommodation, course and lecturers, job prospects, city life, student union, clubs and societies, support services, and job prospects. Bangor University is a newcomer to the University of the Year shortlist this year, with five…