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In a new table released by the Times Higher Education Magazine, Bangor University was placed 90th in the world for most international university, coming 1st in Wales in the categories for internationality and research. This is a large improvement for the university, which failed to place in last year’s table. This success follows another, after the University’s research activity in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework results designated three-quarters of Bangor’s research to be either world-leading or internationally excellent, the top two categories. Bangor University is also a UK leader in student satisfaction, with the 2014 National Student Survey placing Bangor…

University dedicated to providing a decent standard of living for its employees From the 1st of this month, Bangor University will introduce the ‘living wage’ to its employees. What makes the living wage significantly different from the national minimum, is that the living wage takes into account the cost of living. This makes the living wage of £7.80, significantly higher than the hourly national minimum, £6.50. The minimum wage is a legal requirement for employers, whilst the living wage is entirely voluntary, but has received numerous amounts of support from many parties in parliament, including the prime minister. Bangor University…

Bangor University Student’s Union have scored several victories in the ongoing battle for 24/7 library access for university students. After two trial periods last year – during which both Main Arts library and Deiniol library were open 24/7, and which ended on the 31st of May 2014 – the University decided against keeping the trial opening hours. Instead, Deiniol was closed at midnight, and Main Arts library only became a 24- hour library after November 3rd, and was closed during the Easter holidays. However, following feedback from students, Student Union President Rhys Taylor announced on the 17th of…

Before giving your V-Card – Get your C-Card! SU supports safe sex scheme. The best things in life are free, and Bangor University’s Student Union is opening a treasure chest of inexpensive joys, offering students access to free condoms and sexual health advice as a part of the “All Wales C-Card (Condom Card) Scheme”. The C-Card Scheme provides sexual health service for young people under the age of 25 – providing free condoms, information and advice. A young person registered with the scheme carries a card with a personal identification number; allowing the service provider to monitor access, whilst maintaining…

Two Bangor University lecturers have been presented with prestigious teaching awards. Professor James Intriligator and Peggy James, both members of Bangor University’s College of Health & Behavioural Sciences, received National Teaching Fellows for excellence in Higher Education at an award ceremony, held on the 8th of October. Professor Intriligator is a Professor of Innovation and Consumer Psychology, while Ms. Murphy is a Nurse Lecturer. Both are experienced in their fields, with Professor Intriligator being a pioneer in the field of consumer psychology, while Ms. Murphy is an experienced nurse, having worked in both the UK and Australia. Both have commented…

A Bangor expert in mental health research has helped launch the European Mental Health Integration Index The Mental Health Integration Index (MHII) explored, for the first time, the challenges of integrating Europeans with mental illnesses into society and employment within Europe’s 28 member states & Norway and Switzerland.  The research initiative was commissioned by Janssen and undertaken by the Economics Intelligence Unit. Peter Huxley, Professor of Mental Health Research at Bangor University, was a member of an expert team advising on which items should be included in the four sections of the Index: environment, access, opportunities and governance. Huxley commented…

Today Pontio released a statement confirming even more delays to their theatre opening, having cancelled their opening performance “Chwalfa” after postponing it to February last month. Bangor University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor John G. Hughes said: “Following detailed discussions with the contractor, and with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, it has become clear that work on the building project is unlikely to be completed in time for us to reschedule Chwalfa in February as originally hoped.” And that he “fully recognises everyone’s disappointment at this news but given the delays in the building schedule to date we have no other choice. We sincerely apologise to the…

New transcripts will be more detailed Changes will affect current students in their first and second years From 2016, the way that Bangor University issues the academic transcript for undergraduate students is changing. This change will affect current 1st and 2nd year students. Students will receive a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) along with their degree certificate upon graduation. The HEAR is a nationally recognised document (with a number of universities already issuing it) designed to make it easier to demonstrate all university achievements to employers. The HEAR will include details such as modules and marks, skills developed through the…

– New arts and innovation centre and students’ union delayed until 2015 – Tickets to be refunded Tuesday 16th September brought the news – devastating to some – that the long-awaited Pontio building would not be opening this year. The news this follows earlier delays, when the front of the building wasn’t complete by 22nd August, it’s projected opening date. Pontio officials have now released a statement stating that the building will not open until February 2015. Bangor University’s Vice Chancellor Professor John G. Hughes has said, “I fully recognise everyone’s disappointment at this further delay, but given the delays…

Bangor University is set to award twelve Honorary Fellowships during its 2014 graduation ceremonies. The men and women who are to be recognized have all either done remarkable things for Wales or have ties to the university its self. Amongst them is Welsh newsreader Huw Edwards, Welsh opera singer Rhys Meirion and local Welsh international rugby player, George North. For their outstanding contribution to Welsh Broadcasting are veteran broadcasters Beti George and Dei Tomos will be honoured. Whilst husband and wife entrepreneurs, David and Alison Lea-Wilson, founders of the successful Halen Môn and the Anglesey Sea Zoo will be rewarded…

This Thursday, a group of Bangor University students gathered in Bangor City Centre to protest against the “honour killings” taking place in Kurdistan, and to call upon the UK Government to raise this matter with the Kurdish government. The protest, which was led by Kurdish students studying at the University, took place in solidarity with simultaneous protests occurring in Kurdistan, and was sparked by the most recent murder. On Saturday 23rd May 2014, Dunya, a 15 year old child bride, was brutally murdered by her 45 year old polygamist husband in Iraqi Kurdistan – district Kalakji. The husband is then…

Pigeons interrupt exams causing resit concerns The School of Law was last week forced to apologise to and reschedule the exams of hundreds of students. This comes after two law exams had to be abandoned forty minutes in, due to the noise being created by two pigeons. “They were on top of the organs in the back of the room and would not just shut up. I guess a few people complained and then they ended the exam” said Kyle Gauvin, an Exchange Student from the University of Maine, who was there for the International Law of Human Rights exam.…

The icon of the security office and unofficial mascot of Ffriddoedd halls site, known by many names to many students but universally as Security Cat, has died. A surrogate pet for those missing their own, and a calming influence on stressed students, he could often be seen lying in the box for maintenance request forms, or, on sunny days, on the pavement outside. He was found as a kitten seventeen years ago by a night security guard in the bushes just outside the security lodge. The security guards adopted him and he stayed there ever since. Soon after his adoption,…

Bangor University was this week revealed to have placed 18th in the Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey. The yearly survey rates Universities across Britain on a variety of student experiences ranging from staff and lecture quality to sport facilities. “The great experience the students have, along with the care they receive at Bangor have been key attractions to the University for generations, and it’s clear that our current students appreciate the whole, rounded experience of studying here,” said Professor John G. Hughes, the University’s Vice- Chancellor. While the areas measured where extremely divers at times Bangor University respondents rated…

Bangor Students’ Union has confirmed arrangements for those affected by this morning’s exam cancellations with an update on their Facebook page. It read: Post by Bangor Students’ Union. This comes after Seren, this morning, reported on how exams were cancelled for 224 students, due to noise being caused by pigeons who had found their way into the university’s main hall. The cancellation, forty-five minutes into the exams, has left students unsure of whether they will be marked harshly once they finish the exam due to already seeing the paper. For international students the main concern is when they will be able…

A number of exams have had to be cancelled this morning due to pigeons in PJ Hall. The exams, Seren has learnt, were being taken by Modern Languages students as well as Law students and possibly a few more. “There were two pigeons that somehow got in the room and they were on top of the organs in the back of the room and would not just shut up. I guess a few people complained and then they ended the exam” said Kyle Gauvin, an Exchange Student from the University of Maine, who was there for the 3110 International Law of Human Rights exam. …

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