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Warm welcome for new Glyndŵr University students

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Universities are a gateway to life and a gateway to jobs which are now open to all, urged a Vice-Chancellor as he welcomed hundreds of new students to Glyndŵr University.

Professor Michael Scott encouraged Freshers’ to work hard and fulfil their potential at an address in the William Aston Hall on the first day of their university life, Monday 22 September.

The address marked the start of the 2014-15 academic year in Wrexham.

“I’m delighted to see you all here and wish you the very best in your studies,” said Professor Scott.

“You are now part of the Glyndŵr University community and we hope that you will be for life.We will certainly be with you all the way.”

Speakers at the talk also included Students’ Guild President Penny Anderson and Vice-President Marc Caldecott.

Students were provided with information on everything from library and sports facilities to social activities and nightlife.

These included several new developments for the new year – a new Quidditch Society and the extension of the IT facilities' opening hours in the Edward Llywd Centre to midnight following feedback from current students.

Professor Scott added:“I was born in a working class town in the West Midlands called Wednesbury, which is famed now for having an IKEA.

“Kids from Wednesbury didn’t become Vice-Chancellors and I’ve devoted all of my career to creating opportunities for people from similar backgrounds to myself.

“We will do everything in our power to help you succeed and gain a degree.We are putting as much money as we can into resources for learning.

“Glyndŵr University doesn’t have the capital and financial resources of traditional universities but what we do have to compensate is total commitment to our students,” he added.

Freshers students received the first taste of student nightlife at an official opening part on Sunday night, featuring Aled Haydn Jones, formerly of the BBC Radio 1 Chris Moyles show.

Aled starred alongside other guest DJs at the Welsh-themed party night at the Centenary Club, the university’s student bar housed inside the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium.

Other activities lined up for new students include a petting zoo, an inter-university sports day and Freshers Fair.

LOOK: See some pictures from the VC's address here. You can also follow our #GUFreshers14 blog here.

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