Glyndŵr University

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Glyndŵr University
Prifysgol Glyndŵr
MottoHyder trwy Addysg (Welsh)
Motto in EnglishConfidence through Education
Established1887, as Wrexham School of Science and Art, 2008 as Glyndŵr University
Vice-ChancellorMichael Scott
Students8,960 (2010/2011)[1]
Undergraduates7,570[1]
Postgraduates1,390[1]
Other students10[1]
LocationWrexham, Wales, UK
53°03′14″N 3°00′22″W / 53.054°N 3.006°W / 53.054; -3.006Coordinates: 53°03′14″N 3°00′22″W / 53.054°N 3.006°W / 53.054; -3.006
CampusUrban
ColoursScarlet Red and Gold          
Websitehttp://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/
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Glyndŵr University
Prifysgol Glyndŵr
MottoHyder trwy Addysg (Welsh)
Motto in EnglishConfidence through Education
Established1887, as Wrexham School of Science and Art, 2008 as Glyndŵr University
Vice-ChancellorMichael Scott
Students8,960 (2010/2011)[1]
Undergraduates7,570[1]
Postgraduates1,390[1]
Other students10[1]
LocationWrexham, Wales, UK
53°03′14″N 3°00′22″W / 53.054°N 3.006°W / 53.054; -3.006Coordinates: 53°03′14″N 3°00′22″W / 53.054°N 3.006°W / 53.054; -3.006
CampusUrban
ColoursScarlet Red and Gold          
Websitehttp://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/
Glyndwruni.png

Glyndŵr University (Welsh: Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Welsh pronunciation: [priːvˈəsɡɔl ɡlɨnˈduːr]) is a university with campuses at Wrexham, Northop and St Asaph in north-east Wales. Formerly known as the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI), it was granted full university status in 2008 after being a member of the University of Wales since 2003. The University is named after the medieval Welsh prince Owain Glyndŵr,[2] who first suggested the establishment of universities throughout Wales in the early 15th century.[citation needed]

Glyndŵr University (GU) offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as professional courses. The Vice Chancellor is Professor Michael Scott. GU has approximately 8,000 students including over 500 from outside the UK, including the highest percentage of any UK institution from Spain.[3]

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History

Glyndŵr University's origins date back to the opening of Wrexham School of Science and Art (WSSA) in 1887. At this time Viriamu Jones called for a University of Wales.[citation needed] The WSSA began offering University of London degrees in Science in 1924. The original name of Wrexham School of Science and Art was changed several times. In 1927, it became Denbighshire Technical Institute, becoming Denbighshire Technical College in 1939 and North East Wales Institute of Higher Education in 1975 by the merger of Denbighshire Technical College, Cartrefle Teacher Training College and Kelsterton College of Connah's Quay, Deeside. Initially, its degrees were validated by the University of Salford. Some famous alumni include William Roberts, Srinjoy Guha and Rupert Humphrey among others.

In 1993, NEWI became an associate member of the University of Wales and all further education courses in Wrexham were moved to Yale College, Wrexham. In 2004, NEWI became a full member of the University of Wales and in 2006 became accredited by the University of Wales and exercised devolved powers to validate and deliver its own University of Wales degrees. The university was officially renamed "Glyndŵr University" in July 2008 after being granted degree awarding powers. The name was chosen in favour of other suggestions such as "University of Wrexham", "University of Wales, Wrexham", and "North East Wales University (NEWU)" amongst others. The University was visited by the Queen in 2003[4] and by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester in 2005.[4]

Campuses

Glyndŵr University has five sites in Wrexham itself. The main site at Plas Coch covers 93 acres (380,000 m2), and was inherited from the former Cartrefle TTC which moved there in 1953. It houses over 70 seminar suites, conference suites, lecture theatres, work shops and laboratories, complemented with a library (the Edward Llwyd Centre) and learning resource facilities, as well as a fair sized sports centre (the Plas Coch Sports Centre), a Centre for the Creative Industries, the Centre for the Child, Family and Society, the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium, a human performance lab, the Terry Hands studio, the Catrin Finch Centre, William Aston Hall, the Oriel Sycharth Gallery, the Welsh international hockey team, and Techniquest, a science discovery centre which is open to the public.

Glyndŵr University's other Wrexham site, on Regent Street, is situated near to Wrexham town centre and is home to Glyndŵr University's courses in Art and Design. It formerly housed the Denbighshire Technical College, who moved to the site in 1927 (under their previous name of Denbighshire Technical Institute).

In 2008, the University took over the higher education provision of the Welsh College of Horticulture in Northop, Flintshire, and now has a full campus in that location. Courses offered are unique in Wales and include equestrian psychology, landscape for garden design, and organic horticulture.

In 2011 the university acquired the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium, the home of Wrexham FC.

Courses

Glyndŵr University runs 150 programmes, offering foundation, HND/Cs, honours and master's degrees and doctorates over a broad variety of qualifications. In addition to professional courses such as nursing and social work, Glyndŵr University offers a range of postgraduate and undergraduate qualifications in Art & Design, Engineering, Science, Humanities, Health and Social Care, Criminology and Criminal Justice,Sports Sciences, Computing and Communication Technology, Music technology and Business. Although all courses are offered in English there are options to study or to be assessed in the Welsh language. A foundation degree in Professional Welsh is also available.

Glyndŵr University is active in postgraduate research, particularly in science but also in engineering, health, business studies and the arts. The institution entered the RAE 2008 and received several rankings of "international significance". The restructured Chemistry research team has now repositioned itself under Materials Science and has entered the 2008 RAE under that unit of assessment. The Materials Science Research Centre also includes the Glyn O Philips Hydrocollids Research Centre, directly supported by the Japanese company San-Ei Gen FFI Inc. Materials Science at Glyndŵr University includes the Water Soluble Polymers Group and the Advanced Materials Group, as well as an Advanced Composites Training and Development Centre underway with Airbus in Hawarden.

Ranking

UK University Ranking2013201220112010
Times Good University Guide
Guardian University Guide102[5]95
The Complete University Guide100[6]1049299

Other activities and overseas ties

GU commenced a number of international projects in the 1980s, forming Khartoum Polytechnic, Westbank University, Lerothli Polytechnic and developed more networks of Universities in Africa and Asia.

The university currently has links with the British Hellenic College and TEG Singapore, among others.

Glyndŵr University is a member of the Fair Trade Coalition. It displays the Fair trade logo and sells Fair Trade items in its cafes/shops. Glyndŵr University recently ran a fair trade fortnight to publicise and show support for the cause. It ran between the 26th February to 9 March.

Sports, clubs and traditions

Glyndŵr University boasts a large sports centre, a radio studio, sound recording studio, engineering laboratories, art gallery, IT facilities, theatre studios, motor racing team, a dedicated scene of crime lab and notably the unusual asset of a Chinese medicine clinic. The Plas Coch site hosts an active student union as well as the student union bar, now housed in the football stadium's Centenary Club. Glyndŵr has its own car racing team which is run by the engineering school's Car Performance degree course students. The North Wales Clinical School opened in 2007 at Glyndŵr University's Plas Coch campus.

Also located in the Plas Coch area of Wrexham are Wrexham F.C., North Wales Crusaders, North Wales regional tennis centre, the North Wales Regional Hockey Stadium and the Plas Coch retail park containing several well-known large stores and a fitness centre. In August 2011, the University agreed a deal to buy Wrexham FC's Racecourse Ground.[7]

The sports centre is the home ground of the Glyndwr Nets, North Wales's highest-ranking basketball team, who gained 5th place in the National division 3 in 2003-2004 and have been regularly invited back to play since,[8] celebrating their thousandth game as a national team on March 21, 2007. The NEWI Nets played in the British division two in 2005/2006 and in 2006/2007 gaining 5th place.[9]

Glyndŵr University acquired its North Wales regional hockey stadium after a £1 million investment from Sport@NEWI and Sport Wales. It is a water-based, astroturf floodlit stadium with room for 200 spectators.

Companies

Glyndŵr University has two subsidiary companies:

and a number of collaborative partners, including:

Students and Faculty

Students

Glyndŵr University's students come from all over the UK and the European Union, and the number of international students is growing. Glyndŵr University's base in Wrexham offers economical student living for UK students and those from abroad. Indeed, Glyndŵr University is particularly popular with EU students who have established a firm base in Wrexham making Glyndŵr University one of the top 20 most popular destinations for EU undergraduate higher education students in the whole of the UK.[1] Glyndŵr University is also extremely popular with mature students. Around 54% of Glyndŵr University students are over twenty-one with 17% over the age of forty.[10]

Glyndŵr University has its own nursery called Little Scholars. This provides places for students' children between the ages of 0-5. In the holidays a Little Scholars holiday club is provided plus the active 8-2-14 club. Glyndŵr University gives awards in sports, especially Hockey.

Accommodation

Glyndŵr University has three main halls of residence, namely the Student village, Wrexham Village and Snowdon Hall. The student village is separated into houses and the houses into flats. Snowdon Hall, Bath Road and Clwyd House are in the vicinity of Wrexham town. The student village and Snowdon Hall are en suite and the rest are shared facilities. All of Glyndŵr University's accommodation is self-catering. Snowdon Hall is separated into five separate blocks of lockable flats and is currently leased from and run by the Opal Group.

Faculty

Glyndŵr University's first principal (then as NEWI) was Professor Glyn O Phillips. He retired in 1991 and was replaced by Professor John O Williams. Following the retirement of Prof. Williams in 2000, NEWI then appointed Professor Scott in 2001 who is now the current Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University. Prof. Scott is, himself, a former student of the University of Wales, Lampeter.

See also

References

The Queen visits NEWI see http://www.newi.ac.uk/imagegallery/History%20of%20NEWI/Royal%20Visit%202003/slides/7343.htm

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