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Data services company Avox rewards Glyndŵr University computing students

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Avox, a Wrexham based data services company, has sponsored two of the awards for the computer department of Glyndŵr University.

Based on Redwither Business Park, the company offered cash prizes for the course’s best first year and masters representatives.

Greg Wenden, Chief Technology Officer at Avox who presented the prizes to the two students, Philippe Jospeh Valensa and Hans Christoph Schabert, said, “This is the first time that Avox has sponsored these awards and I am sure it won’t be the last.

"It’s great to see the local university going from strength to strength and Avox will continue to offer excellent career opportunities for graduates with a variety of skills, including computing skills.”

Philippe from Brussels, who received the Avox Undergraduate Prize for Overall Academic Achievement in Computing, said, “This is really great, I wasn’t expecting it at all – to be the best in the year is really special.”

The winner of the Avox Masters Prize, Hans Christoph Schabert, who hails from Nuremberg in Germany, said, “I came to Glyndŵr for the last year of my degree and to complete my Masters.

"It’s a really good place to study and, with having such a positive reputation, I was able to get a job straight away.”

Dr Nigel Houlden, senior lecturer at Glyndŵr, said, “Partnerships with leading businesses such as Avox are fantastic for the University.

"There is strong competition for the awards and the winners are exceptional students.  We have always been fortunate to work closely with Avox in the past and this is a great pointer to the relationship continuing into the future.”

Avox was formed in 2003 to provide a solution to data integrity for international banking transactions.

The company was acquired by the Depository Trust & Clearing Company (DTCC) in 2010 and since then it has increased its headcount at its operations in Wrexham from 140 to 320 people.  Further growth is expected through 2015 and 2016.

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