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MP Ian Lucas: Glyndŵr Uni crucial to Wrexham economy

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Glyndŵr University has a crucial role to play in boosting the economy of Wrexham and ensuring good times return to the town.

Speaking to journalism students at its Centre for the Creative Industries, Wrexham MP Ian Lucas said the high level skills needed to aid economic recovery in the town could only be provided by a university.

Mr Lucas was a strong supporter of the former North East Wales Institute’s push for university status before it was finally achieved in 2008.

And he says that Glyndŵr University is now more important than ever to securing a brighter future for the region.

“I’m a strong believer in the value of education and I was a massive supporter of Wrexham having its own university,” said Mr Lucas.

“There are potential link-ups between the new prison and the university’s expertise in criminal justice, for example.

“In all areas and industries, the university will not inevitably bring jobs, but it provides a huge vehicle for enabling that to happen.”

As well as the North Wales prison, Mr Lucas discussed his day-to-day work as an MP and his thoughts on issues such as the next election, the MPs expenses scandal, journalism and phone hacking, the Iraq war and Britain’s First Past The Post electoral system.

The visit was organised by Janet Jones, lecturer on the university’s National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Certificate of Higher Education course, to give students an insight into politics, parliament and journalists’ relations with MPs.

Janet said: “Glyndŵr University’s courses are industry-led and questioning and listening to MPs is exactly the kind of environment which new journalists will face on a regular basis in their career.

“Engaging with MPs is central to any journalist’s job and we’re grateful that Ian took time out to share some of his thoughts and tips on best practice with the next generation of news reporters.

“We can teach students all about central and local government within the classroom but the opportunity to hear from a working MP is invaluable.”

To view some quotes from Ian Lucas’s meeting with the students visit Glyndŵr University’s Tumblr blog.

More photos of the visit are available on our Google Plus page.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Journalism course is run in partnership with NWN Media, allowing students to combine real-life work experience with academic journalism skills training.

All students studying on the one-year course are eligible to sit the full suite of NCTJ exams, which have provided the springboard for thousands of journalists’ careers for more than 60 years.

For more information visit the NCTJ  course page.

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