November 11 2014
New operational heads unveil vision for Glyndŵr - Part One
Glyndŵr University is making huge strides in business, technology and research thanks to a new-look operational line-up.
As part of the Wrexham-based University’s revamped structure, the 11 heads of operations say they have enjoyed a successful start to the 2014/15 academic year.
Despite a tough 12 months, the institution is enjoying its best-ever student intake and has already secured fresh partnerships with heavyweight companies, including Carillion.
Soaring 44 places up the Guardian University League tables helped spearhead the drive, in tandem with exciting developments in research, notably further progress by the team polishing mirrors for the European-Extremely Large Telescope project, based at the OpTIC Centre in St Asaph.
New Head of Business Development and Funding, Mick Card, believes Glyndŵr is in a strong position moving forward.
“Wherever I look in Glyndŵr, I’m just struck by how incredibly talented and marketable our people and technologies are,” said Mick.
“Right across the board – health, social care, creative industries, technology, business – the customer offerings are so relevant.
“Even more powerful is the fact that we are working across traditional subjects to deliver much needed projects, training and activities that are truly multi-disciplined, agile and incisive.”
Among the other new operational heads at Glyndŵr are Julie Cowley, Head of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions; Rob Stockton, Head of Learning Resources and Information Services; Karen Lennox, Head of Careers and Student Services; Suzanne Riley, Head of International Business Relations, and Head of HR, Peter Gibbs.
It has been a challenging period for Suzanne and her team, but she sees a bright future for the university and its commercial partners.
“Working with its international partners, the university is nurturing existing relationships and building on the extensive offering we offer as an institution,” she said.
“We will continue to work hard and improve in all aspects of business, forging new partnerships at home and overseas as Glyndŵr University continues to grow.”
Mick is no stranger to growth in business having been part of a small group that turned a quiet railway engineering firm in Derby into the most successful and fastest-growing train leasing company in Europe, adding £300million to its value in just 18 months. Looking at the university’s cluster of business development and funding experts, he said: “We’ve got a great team who are working closely with all the divisions, helping them win customers, prioritise projects, and secure funding.”
“It’s all too easy in higher education and economic development to lose sight of how to deliver the big picture projects, especially in the days of reduced government investment.
“The smart way is to break projects down into investable size chunks, with different stakeholders at different stages.
“This is exactly how Europe and the UK government is structuring knowledge transfer and economic development programmes such as Horizon 2020, InnovateUK, and Research Council agenda.”
And as manager of the OpTIC Centre – which focuses on industry led R&D and business support – Mick is a champion of the role of higher education in economic development.
He added: “Seeing the impact of what we do, day in and day out with our partners through our networks and project management, is what makes you get up and think “yes, this is so worth doing, and strive for even better.”
Find out more at glyndwr.ac.uk and visit the next Glyndŵr University open day on November 22.
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