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It’s almost 2020, what a daunting prospect… Since the last one of these I’ve been mad busy with preparing for the General Election! I’ve also attended a Higher Education Funding Council for Wales conference on student mental health and wellbeing which was super insightful. At that event we also gave Kirsty Williams, Wales’ education minister, our brand new student led mental health strategy which she said she’d read on the train! I hope she was impressed because it was led by you guys and the only way to better the student experience is to listen. I’ve also seen a lot…

While you’re awaiting (or enjoying!) your holidays, take a quiet moment to reflect upon the year 2019. How did you start the year? What challenges did you have to overcome? What challenges do you still face? How have you grown, as a person, since the beginning of the year? Most of our time is spent chasing external goals and we frequently forget our internal selves, and how far we have come from where we once were. But the end of the year is the perfect time to remember, and to take a rest and prepare for the year ahead. It’s…

This month I had a big announcement that will undoubtedly benefit students and their ability to play Wednesday afternoon sport. Wednesday lectures and their conflict with sport has consistently been a stumbling point for students, with three factors that are a perennial issue for students wanting to take part in BUCS sport: 1. Persistent timetabling of events on Wednesday afternoon despite our policy. 2. The need for students to travel early on a Wednesday to matches due to our geographical location. 3. The fact that even home fixtures need to be scheduled from 1pm (or earlier) in order to fit…

Hello everyone. I hope you have had an enjoyable semester, and that you are looking forward to a well-earned break over the Christmas holidays. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the last few weeks have been incredibly busy for Undeb Bangor, and there is still a lot more to come before the end of semester one! I’ll highlight some main points here, but do feel free to get in touch with me if you’d like more clarity or information. I’m sure that you’re aware of the strike action taking place in Bangor by some members of UCU. The striking began on…

We are the Bangor University Liberal Democrats – a student wing of the main Liberal Democrat party set up to represent Liberal Democrat members at Bangor University. We are in the process of setting up as a society, but before we can do that, we need your support. We have ambitious plans for the year ahead, including taking part in local and national events such as Bangor’s Climate Change protests and People’s ote marches in London. In addition, we are looking to debate with other political societies, campaign, and spread the Liberal Democrats message and, of course, social activities! If…

BUGS, Bangor University’s Guide & Scout society, has a lot of events coming up over the next few weeks. First, we have a badge activity on the 28th November all about space, with a volunteering day party the following week. The weekend of the 7th December, we have a Christmas sleepover in the Menai Bridge Scout hut where we will have a Christmas dinner, play games (including our now traditional puzzle), watch films, swap gifts, and have fun! The last official BUGS activity of the semester will be climbing on the 12th December, but we will keep everyone updated if…

Hi everyone!   We at Bangor K-Dragons would just like to share with you all the exciting things we will be doing towards the end of this term. But firstly, thank you to everyone who comes to our fun classes on Fridays, and to everyone in our competition team for all your hard work. We will be taking part in a university KPOP dance competition held in Coventry on the 23rd of November. Please send us some support and follow the experience on our social media!   We are also excited to announce that we will be holding our first…

Bangor’s biggest gaming event of the year is upon us once again. That’s right, the BUGL 48 hour gaming marathon is happening from 7pm on Friday the 29th of November until 6pm on Sunday the 1st of December in TS5 & TS6, in the Wheldon building. This time around, it’s bigger and better than ever, featuring three tournaments: League of Legends, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, and a Mystery Game Tournament, with plenty of prizes up for grabs. People are free to come and go as they please at the marathon; there’s no pressure to stick around…

We’ve talked with some Sabbatical Officers about the latest Students’ Union news. 2019 National Student Survey This week, Undeb Bangor was voted top SU in Wales in the 2019 National Student Survey for ‘representing students’ academic interests’. Mark Barrow, President and previous VP for Education, said: “I think that’s just a thing that the academic side of the Students’ Union is getting the credit and recognition that it deserves.” “It’s something we can push on forward.” Harry Riley, current VP for Education, said it highlights the great work of course reps. Stance on ‘No Deal Brexit’ Undeb has also released…

Bangor University Paintball has had a revolutionary change over the last year with the implementation of a new indoor arena over at Normal Site sports hall. The addition of this indoor arena, mixed with our reusable paintballs, allows the club to offer very cheap paintball sessions that allow people a gateway into the world of competitive paintball. The sessions will include skills required to play in the extremely fast paced 5 vs 5 game that is one of the fastest growing sports across the world right now. The competitive scene is a mixture of pure adrenaline, and elegant and fast…

Welcome to our Serendipity Preview: Over 20 Societies, Volunteering Projects and Clubs from which you can build an image of the student community here at Bangor. Whilst it is diverse, this list is not extensive; you can check many others at Serendipity and at Undeb Bangor. In order to check a student group, click on the links below; they will easily transport you to your choice. UMCB Welsh Learning SocietyWidening Access CentreNoW Solutions Karate Union Judo Hockey Snow Gaelic Men’s FootballConservation SocietyBiological SocietyPsychSocGuides and Scouts Filipino SocietyEuropean SocietyWriter’s GuildAnimation Watchers and Lovers SocietyGaming League Sci-Fi and Fantasy…

Bangor University’s student radio Storm FM is looking for students to join its executive committee for the upcoming year. The station has been broadcasting for two decades and is one of the last few student radio stations to broadcast on FM. It is one of the oldest societies in the University. The station will have to shut down without a Station Manager, Secretary, Treasurer, Head of Tech and at least one Programme Controller. Muhammad Firdaus, VP for Societies & Volunteering, is encouraging students to join in order to save the station: “Would you like to get involved in running a…

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…

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