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Vice-Chancellor welcomes new students


23 September 2013

Glyndŵr University students have one of the strongest voices of any in the country in shaping its future, declared its Vice-Chancellor as he welcomed 2013 Freshers.

Speaking at a welcome talk for hundreds of new students in the William Aston Hall, Professor Michael Scott said that the university interacted with its students “probably better than any other university.”

“We have students on the executive committee, the Senate, the Board of Governors and we are involved with students all the time,” he said.

“We are very proud of our student interaction and we are all part of one community.”

Professor Scott went on to speak of the progress which has been made by the university since its inception five years ago.

This includes its role in developing prototype mirrors for the world’s largest telescope, its work in hydrocolloids for the food industry and the reasons behind the purchase of the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium in 2011.

Professor Scott added:  “There’s been a revolution in my lifetime where people like you and me can go to university. Glyndŵr University has only been around five years but we’re doing some remarkable things.

"You might ask why did you buy a football stadium – but the answer is simple. The football club plays a huge part in the town and it was in trouble and in need of help, so we stepped in to safeguard the future of the Racecourse.

“We’re a community university and in a working class town, this is our role. We’re not a university with a lot of money.

"People believe universities shouldn’t be located in places like Wrexham so we’ve got a responsibility to demonstrate how great we are, to be proud of who we are and to succeed.

"We welcome you all and hope that you thoroughly enjoy your time here."

Students across almost all of the university’s degree portfolio are enrolling on courses this week as they begin university life.

New Students’ Guild President Luke Murphy also welcomed students at the traditional opening event – repeated twice to cater for the university’s growing student numbers.

“We’re delighted to have so many new students starting with us,” said Luke. “The atmosphere around our campuses is great, people are always there for each other, and you’ll struggle to find a friendlier University.

"It’s a great pleasure for all of us at the Students’ Guild to be able to get to know our students personally, and we’re very much looking forward to meeting you all very soon.”

A week-long programme of Freshers events started on Sunday night with a welcome party at the Cent bar in the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium.

Other activities include a hypnotist night and a new official student night – run for the first time by a promotions company, Beans, rather than the university itself.

Luke said having a dedicated team organising the event would make it bigger and better than ever.

“We’ve never had anything like this in Wrexham before so it’s something we’re very excited about,” he added.

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