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Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury, will be visiting Bangor University on Wednesday December 11th. Whilst here he will be delivering a lecture entitled, ‘R.S. Thomas, Christianity and Buddhism’. The lecture, which will be free for anyone is attend, has been arranged in conjunction with the University’s R.S Thomas Research Centre. Dr Williams will be addressing the 2013 Annual Archives and Special Collections Lecture. 2013 sees the centenary of the birth of R.S Thomas (1913-2000). Whilst having a strong passion for the Welsh language, Thomas could only express his poetry in English, his…

Bangor University Students have secured a place in the next round of University Challenge after beating rivals, Aberystwyth University. The team of four sailed through to the next round with an impressive score of 230. After last year’s success in the popular BBC 2 Quiz, hosted by Jeremy Paxman, Bangor were favourites to win this round. They also had the help of old time favourite, Rhodri the dragon, the lucky mascot brought by last year’s hopefuls. The contestants showed substantial knowledge in all subject areas, reflected in the drastic difference in score. Aberystwyth only managing 110. This year’s team members…

Bats of Bangor are to get a new home specially designed and built for them. The ‘bat house’ has been planned and designed by Bangor University and will be placed at the old St Mary’s Halls; it is thought to be costing tens of thousands of pounds. The main building was built in 1895, and new research that was conducted by the University showed that the building, empty since 2008, has been used by bats. To make way for the new home, the university has to demolish the former halls. Despite needing a new building for their plans, disturbing any…

By Emma Åsberg On Thursday October 31, students in UK universities waited in vain for their lecturers, as they protested against low pay offers in the largest strike for years. University staff were offered a pay increase of just 1% which means that the real-time cuts have been 13% since 2008, what Will Hutton of The Guardian calls “one of the largest sustained wage cuts any profession has seen since the Second World War”. Geoff Edkins, regional organiser for Unison said over 200 people employed by Bangor University are earning below living wage, struggling with raised gas,…

Recent plans for a new science park project in Anglesey are set to increase graduate opportunities in North Wales. The Menai Science Park was given the go ahead by the Welsh Government after last year’s budget negotiations secured the future funding of the park, with the pledge of £10m capital to be raised over two years. The future of the project has also been assured further by the appointment of Ieuan Wyn Jones as project director, who will step down from his role in the Welsh Assembly in order to take on the job. The aim of a science park is to…

University rolls out a range of new IT services The University has released a number of new updates over the past week which seek to enhance the online experience of both students and staff alike. These, technologically focused, improvements have seen a revised email system, complete online registration, and improved internet access for all of the universities halls of residence along with many other changes. “The changes aim to make it easier for students to register, find out about what’s going on in the University, get credit for their academic and extra-curricular activities, and to communicate with staff and indeed other students” – Professor…

A Bangor University graduate has set off on a 3-year journey around the world for charity by bicycle. Mark Phillips, 22, who has just graduated from Bangor with a Masters degree in Chemistry, started to plan the mammoth trip two years ago with fellow cyclists and friends Russell Selby, 22, and Jacob Mellor, 22. While the trip wasn’t originally set out as a three year journey, the three lads are happy with the extension. Russell said of the lengthy trip: “If we’re going to do such a long journey, why not keep going? This way we’ll see the change in…

In light of BEDS’ (Bangor English Drama Society) recent-and fantastic- production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Rosie MacLeod takes a look at the historical context of the play’s writing. Raphael Holinshed produced a factual work known as ‘Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland’, which served as a valuable and fruitful point of reference for William Shakespeare; he used it as a source of inspiration and historical accuracy for many of his plays. These ‘Chronicles’ reveal that the killing of King Duncan, the central plotline in Macbeth, is based on fact. WHEN SHALL WE THREE MEET AGAIN? IN 1603, UNDER A COMMON REIN.…

Bangor’s first time in the semis since 1999 Students from Bangor University have managed to secure a place in the semi-final round of University Challenge. After beating their rivals, Cambridge King’s College, by 195 points to 70 on April 8th, this makes it the first time since 1999 that Bangor team have advanced to the semi finals. The show, which is currently on its 50th series, has seen Bangor University beat the University of St Andrews 125-105, the University of Durham 175-165, lose against University College London 190-125, and win against Imperial College London 210-120. The team was created last…

The Students’ Union elections has seen a partially new sabbatical team elected.  This year’s elections brought the second highest turnout in Bangor’s history with 1786 voters, just a few hundred less than last year. It also had the most nominations since 2010 with twelve candidates standing, though both Emyr Bath and Jake Myatt dropped out in the early stages of campaigning. Both candidates that stood for re-election, Antony Butcher (President) and Ash Kierans (Societies and Community), were re-elected in the first stages of voting with 1262 and 806 votes respectively. “I’m delighted to have been returned with an increased majority,…

Bangor one match away from semi finals Bangor are in with a chance of reaching the semi finals of University Challenge after defeating Imperial College London on Monday. Bangor beat their competition with an impressive tally of 210-120, their best score so far in the series. If Bangor win their next match, they will have secured their place in the semi finals. Their second defeat in this round means that Imperial College London are now eliminated from the competition. In their first round of the famous quiz series, Bangor beat the prestigious Scottish university St. Andrews 125-105 to take them…

This afternoon (Friday) the candidates in the upcoming Students’ Union sabbatical elections were announced. The VP Education and Welfare position is the most contested of the four with five candidates. This comes after the current VP Education and Welfare, Shon Prebble, announced last week his intention not to rerun. “I miss teaching too much” the 22 year old PGCE graduate explained on his Facebook page Monday. Each of the four sabbatical roles will be contested with a satisfying total of twelve candidates throughout the whole election. The nominated candidates are as follows: President: Alex Thomson Antony Butcher VP Education and…

An honorary Alumni of Bangor University has been knighted for his service to cycling. Sir David Brailsford, 48, was knighted in the New Year’s Honours along with Olympic medallist Bradley Wiggins, Ben Ainslie and other Olympic heroes. The British Cycling performance director is known for masterminding Wiggin’s Tour de France success as well as Team Great Britain’s victories in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, where they achieved a massive haul of 8 medals in each event. The 48 year-old, from Caernarfon, also received coach of the year for 2012, after Team GB enjoyed ongoing successes under Brailsford’s leadership, and Britain…

The Minister for Education, this month, laid the foundations for a new Bangor. In a celebration of hard hats and homegrown music, the foundation stone for Bangor’s Pontio building was finally revealed. Unveiled by the Minister for Education, Leighton Andrews, the stone represents the hope for a new union between students and the community. “This is going to be a focal point for the local community and the University alike – a place to meet, learn and be entertained as well as a home for innovative research, design and learning. It will be a unique place with the potential to…

A Bangor University music student has won the Bryn Terfel Scholarship, defeating six talented performers at the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Youth Competition broadcasted live on S4C. Huw Ynyr Evans from Rhydymain near Dolgellau was presented the scholarship, worth £4,000, by Bryn Terfel. The music student said, “It was a bit scary knowing it was live and my mates at home were saying they were all watching, the pressure was on.” Huw won his chance to perform in the final concert at Theatr y Stiwt, Rhosllanerchrugog, on Sunday 14th October by winning the Cerdd Dant and the Solo Under-25 competitions in…

On Friday 12th October many members of staff and administrators from the College of Arts and Humanities gathered in the Council Chamber to witness the launch of the new School of Philosophy and Religion at Bangor University. Members of the council were invited to the event and the Vice Chancellor was happy to welcome everyone who had been able to attend. The head of the new school, Dr Eryl W Davies, claims that the school is being built from ‘sturdy foundations’, even though it is a fairly new initiative. He believes this because religion has been taught at Bangor, in…

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