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WGU ten years
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We're looking for stories from previous staff and students who have some great memories of their time here in Wrexham.

Perhaps you met your partner here, or you're looking to get back in touch with your former colleagues - or maybe you just want to reflect on a special time that you had here.  If so, please get in touch.

You can email your story to or alternatively share your story with us on our social media pages using the hashtag #WGU10years

We'd love to hear from you!

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Ian C Mabbitt

“I started in the bakery department of what was then Denbighshire Technical College in 1959 at 15 years old, and travelled every day from Ellesmere Port by bus and train. I remember my first day there being a bit overwhelmed by what to me was a very grand entrance hall complete with dragons and leeks!

“The bakery was very well equipped and I enjoyed my time there. I completed my City and Guilds and also my National Certificate with distinction. I particularly enjoyed cake decoration, even though after my tutor saw I was left handed he said he couldn't show me the royal icing piping - I had to watch and do my best!

“I won the Renshaw Challenge cup and also the Burton Trophy (pictured). I also won the prize for best pupil in my second year and the certificate was presented by Sir Edmund Hillary. Unfortunately for me it entailed me giving a speech of acceptance, and as I was painfully shy the second best got the prize - and the handshake!

“After leaving I worked in a few bakeries in Wales and England and then ran my own two bakeries with my wife and brother in Ellesmere Port. We emigrated to Wellington, New Zealand, in 1973 and worked first in a Dutch Bakery and then a Greek bakery. Then we opened a small country bakery and shop in Woodville in 1983 and ran it for 27 years before retiring for a rest."

Ian C Mabbitt, Bread making and flour, confectionary and cake design and decoration, Class of 1962

Nigel Davies

“I worked at Brymbo Steelworks for 20 years after leaving school at 15. I was made redundant in 1990 and took an Access Course to HE which enabled me to study an HND at Glyndŵr, which was then the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI). 

“During the time I really enjoyed myself - especially being a mature student aged 36 when beginning the course.  The subject matter was really interesting: European Studies, Management Utilisation and Development, Personnel and so on.  All these subjects linking to project management put me in good stead for a new career and I became a Community Development Officer with Clwyd County Council 1994.

“This led me on to becoming a manager at Caia Park Partnership in 1997 and later Deputy Chief Officer. I left in 2009 to work for Flintshire County Council as Cluster Manager for Communities First until 2014 when I took early retirement.  Not standing still after a two month break being bored, I started to work for AVOW Wrexham as Third Sector Doctor utilising my skills supporting groups and organisations in the third sector.  This is where I am at today, but now in a different role as GP Facilitator and Funding Advice Officer.  

“I have also taught as a Practitioner at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Bangor University and Adult Learning Wales teaching Social Enterprise and Community Development. 

“It can be said that without Wrexham Glyndŵr University, or NEWI as it was called back in the day, I would not have had the opportunities and job satisfaction I found in the jobs I undertook.  The course at Glyndŵr gave me many skills that I have put to good use supporting others.”

Nigel Davies, HND Business and Finance, Class of 1994

"I initially started my studies at another university, but I wasn't happy there.  I made the decision to transfer to Wrexham Glyndwr where I was instantly welcomed and introduced to people who years later are my best friends and one of my bridesmaids.

The support at Glyndwr was first class, from the academic support to the library staff and to disability services. In my second year a lecturer questioned if I had dyslexia, which was confirmed in my third year. The disability support staff were amazing, learning about me and then supporting me in the way that was the most beneficial to me as an individual.

I am so greatful for my time at Glyndwr and wearing my cap and Gown was an incredibly proud moment. 

Since my Glyndwr journey, I have completed my teacher training and I am now a PMLD SEN teacher in a specialist school. Without Glyndwr believing me, I would not be standing in front of my class each day making them believe in themselves. I cannot thank the lecturers and support staff enough. "

Claire Jones, BA (Hons) Childhood and Education Studies, Class of 2012


Natalie Jones

"One of my favourite memories of the Northop Campus is when I lived in Halls of Residence and it was snowing badly. We found a sledge in the cupboard and went sledging. Some of the staff from the Animal Care team were walking by with a bin lid ready to do some sledging and ended up joining in with us. It was nice how the staff and students were close. I also loved seeing the place develop from WCOH to Glyndwr, plus the changes that were made to the animal unit etc...I studied there from 2006-2010, and then returned in 2014 to do the top up degree, with which I graduated on 31st October 2014!"

Natalie Jones, BSc Hons Animal Studies, Class of 2014

"I recommend Wrexham Glyndwr University to anyone.

Being at Glyndwr gave me such great opportunity to meet new people who were also interested in the same career choice as myself and learn how people work.  We all play different roles and each individual works differently, but everyone wants to reach the same goal, and Glyndwr was pivotal in learning how to work as a team."

Gareth Roberts, BA (Hons) Television Production and Technology, Class of 2015


 Sound and Broadcast students


Sound and Broadcast students Neil, Gareth and Christos (L-R) with lecturer Brian Klaveness in 2008.