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Voting Day; Thursday 5th of May.

It’s voting day tomorrow, Thursday 5th of May.

Some are asking; why should we vote? The answer is simple, because you can!

Not too sure what your vote goes towards? This great website will tell you what the National Assembly does for Wales. If any of these issues affect you, then you should vote!

http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/what-can-i-vote-for/national-assembly-for-wales

Decided that you’re going to vote? Yes? Not too sure where to vote? Don’t worry this website will tell you where you should vote! Don’t worry if you’ve lost your voting card, you don’t have to have it, they’ll have your details at the polling station.

http://wheredoivote.wales/

Here’s a list of useful websites;

What Bangor SU want from the local politicians

http://www.bangorstudents.com/democracy/manifesto_online_english.pdf

Why Vote? By NUS Wales

 

http://nus-wales.org.uk/why-vote/

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Publication date: 4 May 2016

SVB Easter Residential

Each year SVB takes a group of eager volunteers down to the Llyn Penninsula to volunteer their time at the Felin Uchaf, An Educational Centre for exploring ways of living and working in Creative Partnership, with each other and our Environment.

The project has run since 2012 and over the past 4 years SVB have helped build the new education centre at Felin Uchaf; helping move large beams of oak, move trees to be turned into timber and paint and plaster inside and out.

Last year’s project saw the volunteer’s clear large areas of willow to allow new growth. The willow is used by the centre to create baskets, fences and is strong enough to be used to create the walls of their traditional roundhouses. Last year’s volunteers used the willow they had gathered to create a live willow fence that will continue to grow and flower each year.

 

Read more about SVB Easter Residential
Publication date: 27 April 2016

High Sheriff Awards

On Friday April 15th the High Sheriff Awards were presented to Bangor University students who had demonstrated outstanding commitments to volunteering whilst at university. The prestigious ceremony took place in the presence of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and University Council and was delivered by Peter Harlech Jones, High Sheriff for Anglesey and Gwynedd.

The award was initiated in 2007 when the then High Sheriff and University Council Member, Dr. Dewi Roberts and his wife, Dr. Sheila Roberts wished to formally recognise the contribution that Bangor University students make to the local community through voluntary work. Current Bangor students are able to nominate fellow students for an individual award or a volunteering project group award and the winners are agreed upon by a panel made up of current and previous High Sheriffs and senior university staff. This year, three individual awards were presented along with two group awards.

Read more about High Sheriff Awards
Publication date: 27 April 2016

#ThisGirlCan Staff Vs Students

On Monday 25th of April, two teams took part in a friendly game to show that #ThisGirlCan. Staff members of Bangor University challenged the Bangor University’s Women’s football team, and showed that experience and ability could win against youth and fitness. After an intense game, a few falls and lots of laughs the staff were victorious 11-7.

This match was a part of the #ThisGirlCan campaign, which encourages all women of all ability to take part in any activity. With slogans such as ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take’, ‘Beauty is strength’ and ‘I’m slow but I’m lapping everyone on the couch’ this campaign seems to be resonating with many girls. On Wednesday, Canolfan Brailsford are opening the doors and hosting free sessions for girls in sports from climbing, to weight lifting to pole fitness, hopefully encouraging all girls to participate in any kind of sports and to be proud of their bodies.

Some staff members have even said that they might take up a sport after their small input into this campaign. The staff will be playing the students again on Wednesday(27/04/16) evening in 5 aside football in Canolfan Brailsford between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.  

Read more about #ThisGirlCan Staff Vs Students
Publication date: 26 April 2016

Dissertation binding

It’s dissertation season and it’s getting busy in the Union with binding dissertations.

We would like to remind everyone that you should allow plenty of time for binding. We will accept dissertations for binding between 10-4 each day, we recommend that you bring your dissertation in to be bound at least a day before it is handed in.

Prices:

Up to 50 pages: £1.50

Over 50 pages: £2.00

The Print Unit of the University can also offer a professional binding service. Information about their service can be seen on their website

 

https://www.bangor.ac.uk/itservices/print-services/

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Publication date: 22 April 2016

Victory at Varsity

(Thanks to Seren for our official photos of Varsity 2016)

The much anticipated competition between Bangor and Aberystwyth took place this weekend over 14 locations, between 44 teams across 30 sports discipline.

With a glorious victory of 25-12 Bangor secured the trophy for the 2nd year running.

Over 4000 spectators and participants attended the outstanding performance from both Bangor and Aber throughout the day with around 1600 spectators in the pinnacle of the sporting day at 5.30 at Bangor Stadium.

 

VP Sports and Healthy Living, Becca Kent said ‘We are so proud of everyone. Thanks to everyone that made this happen. Let’s have our first win away next year!’

 

Varsity will be back next April and will be hosted by Aberystwyth!

Read more about Victory at Varsity
Publication date: 18 April 2016

What do we want? Safe streets!

For the first time in over 5 years, ‘Reclaim the Night’ came back to Bangor. On Friday the 15th of April, people took to the streets of Bangor and marched against sexual violence and for gender equality.

 

Rosie Inman the Women’s officer for NUS Wales spoke to the crowd that gathered around Bangor’s clock tower on Friday night. Rosie’s speech was powerful and from the heart “We are marching for all those who never received justice from a system that has failed them. We are marching tonight because we still have to; to say we are never to blame for rape and sexual violence and that sexual assault is always the fault of the perpetrator. To demand the right to live without the fear or reality of sexual violence. To say that we believe victims of sexual violence ad stand with them.”

The chanting ‘Who’s street? Our streets!’ could be heard loud and clear across the high street, and spectators were coming out into the pouring rain to see what the march was about.

VP Education and Welfare, Lydia Richardson thought “The evening was fabulous and I’m so proud that even the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the night and everyone’s message got heard loud and clear”

Read more about What do we want? Safe streets!
Publication date: 18 April 2016

Bangor Union's food bank donation baskets!!

Love Bangor’s latest project is the food bank donation scheme. With the support of NUS we have been able to place donation baskets in 10 locations throughout the University.

The food collected from the University will go to those currently experiencing food poverty in the local area. All goods are donated to the Bangor Cathedral Food Bank which donate food packs to those who have been assessed and in turn, received food vouchers.

If you would like to donate, we have a list of much needed items below. Leave the products in the basket and we’ll do the rest!

Have you seen the baskets in your department? If you haven’t and would like one, then please let us know and we’ll see what we can do!

Read more about Bangor Union's food bank donation baskets!!
Publication date: 14 April 2016

SLTA awards

Nominations for this year’s SLTA awards have closed with a record amount of submissions and the awards are only a month away so we thought we’d catch up with a winner from the SLTA two years ago. Mari Elin William, a lecturer in the History department who specialises in Modern Welsh History, won the award for Best Teacher in 2014, we met up with her to ask her about the award, what it meant to her and about the exiting work she’s doing to try and make her lessons more inclusive and accessible. Read more about what Mari said here! 

Read more about SLTA awards
Publication date: 12 April 2016

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