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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.…

Ruth Plant: President Ruth is the chief officer of the Union and head of the Sabbatical Officer Team. As president, she is the chief representative of the Union to the University and the local community alongside local & national media, alongside being responsible for the coordination and drafting of the Union budget on behalf of the Board of Trustees and is the lead officer on matters relating to Union democracy and shall be responsible for upholding and interpreting the constitution. ruth.plant@undebbangor.com Gethin Morgan:UMCB President As President of the Welsh Student Union, it is Gethin’s responsibility to be responsible for its…

UCU, the UK’s largest higher education Union, has stated that 14 days of “escalating strike action” will take place nationally in February and March. The strikes will occur over a four-week period, and result from an ongoing dispute over proposed changes to staff pensions. The expected strike dates are: – Thursday 22, Friday 23 February – Monday 26, Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 February – Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 March – Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15, Friday 16 March Professor Oliver Turnbull, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) said: “On these days, some members of…

A team of 30 enthusiastic international students from Bangor University got together on Saturday November 4th to work for a better and cleaner planet! They spent 3 hours picking up (a lot of) litter around upper and lower Bangor as part of a new project organised by the International Student Support Office – called Internationals Go Green. The initiative consists of a series of trips and events aimed at raising awareness on environmental issues, sustainability and wellbeing among students. In addition, all their events are organised together with other University Departments (with UNDEB Bangor this time) and Local Organisations to enhance…

Bangor University has received a resounding testimony from last years graduating students after being placed eighth in the UK and second in Wales following the results of this year’s National Student Survey. The NSS, taken by half a million graduating students across the United Kingdom, featured 460 academic institutions, eight of which are in Wales. Professor Oliver Turnbull, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching & Learning at Bangor University said: “These are a wonderful endorsement of our activities, and indeed of Bangor University’s values. We have long been renowned for providing not only excellent teaching but also student support, and these results…

Bangor students have launched a petition in attempt to save the Nightline support service which was closed at the end of June following a recommendation from a former Saab officer within the Student Union. In a recently released statement, Undeb said: “In June 2017 the Undeb Bangor Trustee Board took the difficult decision to permanently close Bangor Nightline following reports of concerning behaviour by it’s committee and the way that it was being run.” Bangor Nightline has been in place for over forty years as a form of anonymous support for students at the University. Operating via volunteers, the service…

Bangor University is the 3rd best university in the country according to the WhatUni results which were announced in London this week. Hosted by David Mitchell, the awards are special in that they are only voted for by students; people who have a genuine first-hand experience in using the nominated institutions and services. In addition to picking up ‘bronze’ in the best University category, Bangor took ‘gold’ for its clubs and societies as well as further ‘bronze’ placings in the Courses and Lecturers and Giving Back categories. The University was also placed in the top ten of all the categories…

The UNDEB sabbatical officers for 2017-18 were announced tonight following a record breaking 2145 votes being cast by students from across the university. The first result to be announced was the UCMB President for which Mirain Roberts was elected, her being the sole runner. She said: ‘ It’s great to take over from Ifan James who has done a great job. We’ve got a great team in place for next year.’ The second result of the night was the VP for Education for which Helen Marchant had been seeking a second term. Managing a huge 1080 votes in the first round,…

Pretty much every University in the country has a Fresher’s Fair. It’s a way for you – the freshers – to find out what awesome opportunities are available for you at your new university. Bangor runs Serendipity on Wednesday and Thursday of Welcome Week, which fall on the 21st and 22nd this year, between 10am-5pm. Set up throughout the Main Arts building are hundreds of stalls, covering a range of activities from Rugby to Creative Writing to Environmental Protection. Bangor is one of the few UK universities where it is free for students to join any society that the uni…

Organised by Bangor Indian Society (BIS), Holi Festival was a hit among Bangor students. Around 300 hundreds attended the “Holi Party” on Thursday 10th and, two days later, some of them seized the opportunity to celebrate it the traditional way by throwing colored powder in the air. Originally, Holi comes from Hinduism and its celebration started in India. It is praising the “true devotee” that was Prahlada, who resisted fire thanks to his faith, in opposition to Holika who turned into ashes. ‘Holi’ comes from ‘Holika’, who was a she-demon. In celebration of the victory of good over evil, people…

The new Student Union Sabbatical team for the next academic year have been elected. The recent election saw a record breaking amount of candidates to run in an SU election, with a total of 21 candidates overall. The election also reached new heights beating the number of votes compared to last year with a huge 1,989 people voting. The voting saw the re-election of Becca Kent for VP Sport & Healthy Living, while the other sabbatical positions saw the election of all new members. Conor Savage was elected the new president with Matt Day as the VP Societies & Communities…

Officially launched the 29th of February, the campaign for the Student Union election is the most important one of student life. The two weeks before the votes are held represent the opportunity for students to question and get to know their future representatives. Elected for 2016/2017 academic year, they will be the decision makers of all important student life measures : from society management, to event organizing, to defending students’ right at university meetings… These two weeks will be intense. Competition will be great. However, become friends, remain friends. -Dylan Williams, Union Director A few days before the campaigning starts,…

More than 100,000 over 18s are members of Scouting and Girlguiding in the UK, and some of them are right here in Bangor! Whether you’re already a member, or completely new to the organisations, BUGS allows you to either continue your involvement whilst at university or discover something completely new altogether. We meet several times a month to do all sorts of activities, from walking and light painting to bell-ringing and backwards cooking, as well as socials and nights out – if there’s something new you want to try, we can do it! Throughout the year we go…

SEREN has been religiously following the tale of Pontio, and whether it will be finished for quite a while now. Recent developments concerning Pontio have shown how far we still have to go for the new art’s centre to be finished for Bangor University’s students and it questions whether the centre will be finished in time for September’s newcomers. A construction worker on the site in Bangor has described that the construction of Pontio has been far from ‘smooth sailing’, describing it as ‘chaotic’. For some students in Bangor, the developments to Pontio seemed encouraging, however we are once again,…

One of my favourite things about Bangor is its large international presence. This year I had the pleasure of meeting two Brazilian girls who invited me to the ESN Bangor’s “Flight to Brazil” event. I received the following message – “Dear Passengers, The Erasmus Society would like to welcome you on board. Please fasten your seat belts and prepare for a flight to Brazil! Get ready to celebrate the Carnival with plenty of Caipirinhas, drums and Samba! And as a warning a lot of turbulence is expected on the dance floor. We would kindly request you to bring along some…

On  22nd February Seren Editors Kayla and Ida went to the Give It A Go event at Normal Site. The taster session, which allowed students to drop by was filled with with sword-fighting, Archery and Re-enactors. Any student who wanted to come along to the taster could try out being a part of the societies. First up, Kayla saw how good of a shot she was at archery. Archery club member Tasmin came and taught her how to use a bow, stand correctly and how to aim for the bullseye. Though Kayla only got to the outer part of…

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