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By Oli Hewson The officers have now been elected, but how did they and their competitors fare before live audience scrutiny last week? The format begins with a quick two minute introduction from each candidate, followed by quicker answers to general questions. Osian Williams, Fred Walters, Rhiannon Williams, James Martin and Muhammed Firdaus, at that point all mid campaign, each gave very competent introductions of their own credentials as candidates, before launching into the identification of the issues they would hope to make improvements on if elected to office. Despite the truly impressive performance by all five candidates (most noticeably…

We’re currently working in collaboration with the University to develop a brand new Student Led Mental Health Strategy and so we need your help! We want the University’s new mental health strategy to be truly student-led, so this means listening to your views and concerns first hand, to find an effective way of moving forward with the strategy for the University and the benefit of its students. This will allow us to listen to what provision you need to support your own mental health and the mental health of your fellow students and ensure the strategy is relevant to you.…

“Do you not know, my son, with what little wisdom the world is governed?” So wrote Axel Oxenstierna, one of Sweden’s greatest historical statesmen, to his son. A delegate to the negotiations for a peace treaty, his son had worried about holding his own amongst the great diplomats and statesmen he would be dealing with, and these words were meant as an encouragement. This is a quote that has stuck with me ever since I began this job. There is a sense, when you are a regular member of your community, that there must be a natural order and structure…

The Undeb Bangor Sabbatical Election campaign period is open, and your candidates’ manifesto’s have been released. Seren presents a straightforward round-up of every manifesto, clearly summing up each candidate’s policy ideas. Voting opens on March 6th at 12AM and closes on March 8th at 12PM. Make sure you vote – whoever you vote for. Let’s take notice of student politics. Let’s be involved in the debate. Most importantly, let’s #BreakTheVotingRecord. President Mark Barrow Course: BA History with Journalism (Graduated) Experience:   Current VP Education History Course Rep Policies: Engagement: It is important students know what is going on at…

February is a crazy month for everybody. Semester 2 is in full swing and this month in particular is a hectic one – LGBT+ History Month, UMCB’s Welsh History Month, the Student Volunteering Bangor and Raising & Giving (RAG) ( 11th – 17th February), Sabbatical Officer Elections (25th February – 8th March), and for your VP Societies & Volunteering and the incredibly enthusiastic students that make up the Societies and Volunteering Executive teams there is also the added juggling of the tasks of planning and fundraising for the Societies & Volunteering Award Dinner (4th April) and an ambitious first ever…

Hi everyone. The last few weeks have been chaos (in a good way!), largely due to the University’s current financial situation. However, this hasn’t prevented me from acting upon what students want, and I’m pleased to say there has been some really good progress, over the past month or so. This article is a snapshot of what I have been working on, but do get in touch with me if you’d like any further information! Financial situation As many of you are probably aware, much of my time, over the past few weeks, has been dedicated to the University’s current…

The following article is written by VP Societies & Volunteering – Muhammad Firdaus & published by Seren. As we reach the end of the first semester and the coming new year, I look back on the past three months (has it really only been three?!) since the start of term with amazement. The 2018/19 academic year has been a special one so far. This is the first time students born at the turn of the new millennium begin university. What’s so special about that? Besides the obvious impending mortality creeping up on this particular 1992 kid, it means we’re seeing the first emergence…

It’s been an exciting and full first semester. We can’t believe it’s almost over. Our Heroes welcomed new and old students on September 15th and 16th, helped them with luggage and answered any queries they had about their time here in Bangor, it feel like only yesterday! We had an interesting Serendipity this year. Due to high winds we weren’t able to get the usual set up at Main Arts so we were lucky enough to have two huge halls at Brailsford where we could host the event! We brought back Meet and Mingle for Welcome Week and it was…

It’s that time of year again, where student politics is plastered around the whole University. Some might love it, and some might hate it, but what’s important to remember is that student politics is what makes change happen within your University and it affects your student experience. Every year at the beginning of Semester 2 we host the BIG Election! “What exactly is the BIG election?” I hear you say! The BIG election is the democratic process of electing our Sabbatical Officers. Not sure what Sabbatical Officers are? Let me explain… Sabbatical Officers are students who take a year out…

Over one hundred students attended Reclaim The Night – a peaceful march in protest of sexual violence which took place on November 29th. The march, organised by Bangor University Students’ Union (Undeb Bangor), started at Bangor Clock Tower and continued through the high street before ending at Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre. It was Bangor’s first Reclaim The Night event since April 2016 and is a part of Undeb Bangor’s campaign against sexual violence, which aims to clearly communicate the definition of sexual violence to students. Mark Barrow, Undeb Bangor’s Vice-President for Education, was a leading figure behind the planning…

You may have heard about Big White Wall, you may not have heard about it. You may have heard about it and thought that this is not for you because your mental health isn’t ‘concerning enough’ for Big White Wall or that you don’t need any help because it will ‘just pass’. We’re here to tell you that Big White Wall is here for all Bangor Students that need any help with their mental health, big or small. People come to Big White Wall for help with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues – from anxiety, depression,…

This year, Disability History Month takes place between 19 November and 22 December, and your Students’ Union has lots planned. Disability History Month is an international campaign, and this year the theme of the month is ‘music’. Undeb Bangor will be releasing some tips, throughout the month, as to little things you can do to avoid unnecessary harm to disabled people. These tips will be released on social media. We have also teamed up with our Music Society, to ensure that their winter concert is linked to the overall theme of disability. The concert will take place on 7th December,…

Join Bangor University’s Students’ Union, Undeb Bangor, for a peaceful march in protest of violence directed at women, on 29 November 2018. Reclaim the Night is an international campaign, when people take to the streets to say NO to sexual violence against women, street harassment, rape culture and victim blaming. The event will begin at the Clock Tower, in Bangor City Centre, at 6.30pm. There will be a selection of rousing speeches, before the march heads along the High Street towards the Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre. Although self-defining women will lead the march, the event is open to everyone,…

The Bangor Student’s Union has recently elected a council of individuals who will represent the student population to discuss, debate and set SU policies. In between General meetings, newly selected councilors initiate new projects, review ongoing projects, and discuss issues of relevance. All students are welcome to attend the Undeb Bangor Council (UBC) and engage in debate related to activities or student opportunities that Undeb Bangor facilitate, in addition to national, local, or political campaigns. This forum will allow the student body to hold Sabbatical Officers to account and allows for the development of the student experience. Below is a…

Undeb Bangor are launching a campaign to tackle sexual violence at Bangor University The campaign, No Grey Area, will launch on November 26th. There will also be a march to accompany the campaign called Reclaim ­The Night, designed to reinforce the message that women, in particular, can walk the streets completely safely at night. Vice President of Education, Mark Barrow, has said: “­The campaign is just the start. ­The Student Union will consistently confront sexual violence. “I’ve realised that it is a massive problem at Universities generally, and have seen many things in the media to corroborate this. I therefore…

The Debating Union is the perfect place to learn about global controversies, participate in political conversations, and form opinions on situations everyone is talking about! From topics pertaining to a wide range of social and political issues, anything that can be covered will be covered. Our weekly circle debates take place on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 PM, with a meetup beforehand in the Main Arts foyer, and are incredibly relaxed to ensure people are able to participate as much or as little as they feel comfortable. For competitive sessions, the group meets on Sundays from 8 to 10 PM.…

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