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Hundreds attend August open day

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Photo: Hundreds attended an open day at Glyndŵr University's Wrexham campus (top) where Nao the humanoid robot (left) entertained crowds.


A cluster of exciting new courses, innovative learning and cutting-edge facilities attracted hundreds of students to Glyndŵr University open day.

The North Wales university welcomed more than 300 people from across the UK to Wrexham on Saturday, showcasing a suite of ground-breaking programmes and buildings including the £5million Centre for the Creative Industries, the £2m Centre for the Child, Family and Society, North Wales School of Art and Design, Techniquest and Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium.

Visitors enjoyed rides in the Merlin Flight Simulator, were given tours of the campus, spoke to lecturers and experienced the cutting-edge immersive learning environment, where images, sounds and even smells are pumped in and projected onto the inside of a the education dome, creating different scenarios and heightening the senses.

The Glyndŵr Computing team was also on hand to entertain the crowds with Nao, a humanoid robot used in research and education that can even dance along to Michael Jackson songs.

Julie Cowley, Head of Partnerships, Recruitment and Admissions, said the event was a “huge success” and stressed that there are still places available for prospective students wanting to join Glyndŵr this academic year.

“We have enjoyed a very successful Clearing period, the phones have not stopped ringing and we’re very positive,” said Julie.

“But we are not resting on our laurels as there are spaces available for students who want to join us here in September.

“Many will still be deciding on whether to go to university, and which to choose.

“Some will feel it’s too late but it isn’t, there is still time to apply and join Glyndŵr University.”

The open day followed the University’s 44-place rise up the Guardian University Guide 2015 league table, to number 64 in the UK.

It is Glyndŵr’s highest ever ranking since it gained university status in 2008, and places the institution among the top three in Wales.

The University was also joint seventh in the proposed Social Mobility Graduate Index, and number one in Wales for getting students from poorer backgrounds into jobs.

Julie says students who narrowly missed their firm or insurance places due to disappointing A Level results shouldn't be afraid to call Glyndŵr directly and explain the situation.

“Universities can be sympathetic and teams of advisers are still available to offer guidance and give a decision, often immediately,” she said.

“Prospective students need to demonstrate determination and focus on getting their place. Those who show the confidence and fortitude to chase places will often stand in good stead with admissions teams, who will appreciate the initiative.

“I would encourage anyone with any questions to call us on 01978 293439 or visit our next open day in September, where staff and members of the Students’ Guild will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.”

Places are still available and new programmes include Chemistry with Green Nanotechnology, Computer Game Development, Immersive Technology, Marketing and Consumer Psychology, Telecommunications, Intelligent Computing and Global Business.

There are also two-year business fast-track degrees and a selection of ‘kick-start’ years, a further option for anyone whose grades were not what they had hoped for.

For more information, call 01978 293439 or email enquiries@glyndwr.ac.uk.

Follow Glyndŵr University on Twitter at @glyndwruni or visit the website www.glyndwr.ac.uk
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