February 2011 News Archive

Women's Voices 2011: contribute to Glamorgan's celebration of International Women's Day

February 2, 2011

In March 2011 the University of Glamorgan will be holding a week of events to celebrate International Women’s Day. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, the University’s Business School is collecting an archive of 1000 comments, quotes, memories and stories from women of all ages living in Wales in 2011.

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Finding the next Bill Gates

February 3, 2011

A £6million project to encourage young people to follow in the footsteps of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and other successful technologists and entrepreneurs has been announced by Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills, Lesley Griffiths.

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Science meets the MTV generation in rap competition

February 7, 2011

Valleys schoolchildren have brought physics into the modern age with a ground-breaking Rap Science competition, launched at the University of Glamorgan.

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A Star for Burton, and Scholarships for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

February 9, 2011

A major fundraising campaign has been launched to lay an iconic star to honour Richard Burton, one of Wales’ most famous actors, on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

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Glamorgan builds Saudi links in partnership with British Council and Assembly Government

February 14, 2011

The University of Glamorgan has hosted a delegation from Saudi Arabia to strengthen existing ties and further develop cooperation in research and partnerships between Saudi and Welsh universities, providing further consultancy work and study opportunities for Wales.

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Extreme weather threatens coastal ecosystems and Food Security

February 15, 2011

Extreme weather events such as the recent floods in Queensland and the high air temperatures of 2010 pose a huge threat to coastal ecosystems and food security according to new research.

Dr Richard Unsworth at the University of Glamorgan together with colleagues from James Cook University (Dr J Haapkylä) and Fisheries Queensland (Dr M Rasheed) have recently completed studies published in PLoS One and Marine Ecology Progress Series on the impacts of climate variability on seagrass meadows and coral reefs in tropical Australia.

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Merthyr College Students quiz Lord Tebbit

February 22, 2011

Students from the Foundation Degree in Film and Video have worked with producers from BBC Wales and staff from Merthyr Tydfil College to produce a short film- Message from Merthyr

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Watchdog finds too many passengers in Wales are being ‘kept in the dark’

February 24, 2011

Passenger Focus is calling for real-time information at every unstaffed station as a minimum standard, waiting area improvements and encouragement of community-station partnerships following passenger research in Wales.

The independent passenger watchdog with the Wales Transport Research Centre has investigated why passenger satisfaction with stations in Wales is consistently lower than the Great Britain average. Passenger Focus has discussed its findings with the Welsh Assembly Government during the course of the research, so has welcomed its recent promises to address information and accessibility issues, particularly as part of future franchise considerations. However, the watchdog is pushing for action to be taken sooner rather than later.

One passenger commented: “Real-time information would be good, I was once stuck for 30 minutes at the station, there had been an accident affecting the line, but I had no way of getting any information.”

Tagged: business research

Understanding mental illness…through board games

February 25, 2011

Bipolar disorder is a severe mental illness, characterised by severe swings from very high to very low moods. People with the condition can often feel frightened and confused, and family members often struggle to understand why their loved ones have these extreme changes in mood. Now, University of Glamorgan experts are testing a new way of understanding the condition on medical professionals in classes at the University, with very promising results.

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