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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. …

Bangor University has received backing for their plans to invest in and expand the University’s facilities with its ongoing Estates Strategy, by the European Investment Bank (EIB). They are set to receive £45 million for the expansion and modernisation of the University. The total project cost is estimated to be £112 million, with the remainder of the funds being supplied by the University’s own resources, funding from WEFO, the Welsh Assembly Government, and other sources. Vice Chancellor Professor John G Hughes has said that the money will go towards developments such as: “the new Pontio building which is due to…

This weekend Bangor’s Sailing Club welcomed Aber for a weekend of racing. In both fleets we managed to take 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall with both the winners getting a clean sweep of wins. On the Saturday we were greeted to 20 to 25 knot winds blowing over the straights and so for some, staying upright became the priority. We still managed to run two races however and Bangor finished day 1 on top! On Sunday, after an epic cowboys vs indians social, we got back out on the water to finish the race series, followed by a sail…

New Sabbs will be first team to take residence in Pontio building The Student Union Sabbatical team has been elected for the next academic year.  The recent election, which had the third highest voter turnout in SU election history with 1758 votes, saw the re-election of two current sabbs – Rhys Taylor and Nicola Pye – and the appointment of two new sabbatical officers into office. The election caused some controversy when it emerged that Rhys Taylor, the current VP Education and Welfare, would stand uncontested for the role of SU President. However, Rhys won convincingly with 960 votes. Speaking…

Bangor University are set to build a £30 million housing development that will transform the disused St. Mary’s site into a new student residential site. In response to growing demand from second and third year students who wish to move into university halls of residence, the development will refurbish some of the older buildings on the site in addition to constructing new ones. Speaking to Seren about the project, Pro-Vice Chancellor Carol Tully talked about the reasons why the university have decided to create more student accommodation: ‘Every year we get a lot more applications from second and third year…

Students have been affected by more strike action by the university unions this week. On Tuesday 3rd December, three unions – UCU, UNISON and Unite – went on strike in protest against low pay offers. One picket line was staged outside the Main Arts Building with approximately fifteen people – including university lecturers, as well as many other picket lines at other Higher Education buildings across North Wales and the rest of the country. The strikes affected lectures and seminars across the university, however many schools remained largely unaffected by the union action, with scheduled teaching hours going ahead as normal.…

Three areas of ‘university activity’ have been highlighted in the ongoing effort to manage the £5 million deficit, Seren has learned.  Research and Enterprise, Financial Management and Student Administration are facing changes to their internal structure as part of the savings programme launched last year. ‘It’s important to note that whilst we are looking to make savings through operating more efficiently we are determined that this will not adversely affect frontline services to students,’ said David Learmont, Director of Business Improvement, who is overseeing the programme. This process aims to look at ‘back office functions’ such as financial workflows and…

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,…

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