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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…

A team of 30 enthusiastic international students from Bangor University got together on Saturday November 4th to work for a better and cleaner planet! They spent 3 hours picking up (a lot of) litter around upper and lower Bangor as part of a new project organised by the International Student Support Office – called Internationals Go Green. The initiative consists of a series of trips and events aimed at raising awareness on environmental issues, sustainability and wellbeing among students. In addition, all their events are organised together with other University Departments (with UNDEB Bangor this time) and Local Organisations to enhance…

Thirteen former students visited the newly renovated St Mary’s residential village recently. As well as a well-enjoyed trip down memory lane, they were delighted by the way the site had recently been developed by the University. The group of friends were all former students of St Mary’s College which was a Teacher Training College that later became part of Bangor University. The group meet annually, and this year, decided to visit Bangor to mark 60 years since they first stayed at St Mary’s. The group were welcomed on site by Ken Griffith, Head of Residence and Deirdre McIntyre Residential…

Bangor University has received a resounding testimony from last years graduating students after being placed eighth in the UK and second in Wales following the results of this year’s National Student Survey. The NSS, taken by half a million graduating students across the United Kingdom, featured 460 academic institutions, eight of which are in Wales. Professor Oliver Turnbull, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching & Learning at Bangor University said: “These are a wonderful endorsement of our activities, and indeed of Bangor University’s values. We have long been renowned for providing not only excellent teaching but also student support, and these results…

Bangor students have launched a petition in attempt to save the Nightline support service which was closed at the end of June following a recommendation from a former Saab officer within the Student Union. In a recently released statement, Undeb said: “In June 2017 the Undeb Bangor Trustee Board took the difficult decision to permanently close Bangor Nightline following reports of concerning behaviour by it’s committee and the way that it was being run.” Bangor Nightline has been in place for over forty years as a form of anonymous support for students at the University. Operating via volunteers, the service…

Bangor University is the 3rd best university in the country according to the WhatUni results which were announced in London this week. Hosted by David Mitchell, the awards are special in that they are only voted for by students; people who have a genuine first-hand experience in using the nominated institutions and services. In addition to picking up ‘bronze’ in the best University category, Bangor took ‘gold’ for its clubs and societies as well as further ‘bronze’ placings in the Courses and Lecturers and Giving Back categories. The University was also placed in the top ten of all the categories…

Bangor University has been nominated for more awards than any other University, admit the release of the nominations for this years Whatuni Award 2017. Bangor has been shortlisted for 10 out of 12 awards including: University of the Year Student Support Job Prospects Clubs and Societies University Facilities Accommodation Course and Lectures International Postgraduate Giving Back This years awards has introduced two new categories of ‘Postgraduate’, which shows what University gives the best opportunities to their postgraduates and ‘Giving back’, which students are asked to rate their University on how much they give back to the community. There has been…

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…

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