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Widening access under spotlight

19 June 2013

Glyndŵr University’s role as one of the UK’s leading universities for opening up higher education to people from non-traditional backgrounds will be explored in a free lecture.

Professor Helen James, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Glyndŵr University, will lead a talk about widening participation and improving student retention at its Wrexham campus on Thursday 20 June at 7pm. 

Drawing on experiences from her 30-year career as a female engineer and higher education leader in male-dominated professions, Professor James will discuss how the university is helping to raise aspirations and bring those from working class backgrounds into higher education. 

A key issue for those from non-traditional backgrounds at university is retention – helping them to adjust and encouraging them to continue – and this will also be explored. 

Professor James, Professor of widening participation and social justice, said: “Widening access to higher education is essential and Glyndŵr University is proud of its pioneering approach to tackling the issue. 

“Thursday’s talk is an opportunity for the public to hear more about this work and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the event.” 

The talk is part of Glyndŵr University’s 2013 Inaugural and Professorial Lecture Series. The series aims to showcase and celebrate the academic excellence of the university's professorial staff, and bring leading research and thinking to the wider community.

Thursday’s talk is open to all and free to attend.

“Widening participation and improving student retention: delivering justice for individuals, communities and economies or is it just a pipe dream?” starts at 7pm in the Catrin Finch Centre at Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus.

To book your place please email lectures@glyndwr.ac.uk or call 01978 293466.

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