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Best-ever student numbers for Glyndŵr University

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Glyndwr University is celebrating its best-ever student numbers.

The Wrexham-based institution has enrolled more than 1,350 new full-time undergraduate students for 2014/15.

Staff at Glyndwr - which also has campuses in St Asaph, Northop and London – worked tirelessly to improve the curriculum and introduce fresh, vibrant and engaging courses aimed at employability and personal development.

The good news comes after the University soared 44 places up the Guardian league tables from number 108 to 64th in the UK.

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

The institution is also ranked number one in Wales (seventh in the UK) in the proposed Social Mobility Graduate Index, for getting people from poorer backgrounds into jobs, and has seen a 2.7% increase in graduates securing professional posts or postgraduate study six months after leaving, according to the Complete University Guide.

Glyndwr’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott, is delighted with the results and paid tribute to the operational and academic departments who pulled together to break previous recruitment records.

“We are all absolutely thrilled to have achieved the university’s best ever student numbers, particularly after what has been a challenging 12 months,” said Prof Scott.

“The new structure is now in place, our academic business divisions are already proving successful and a raft of exciting and innovative courses have been rolled out this academic year.

“It’s an exciting time to be a student at Glyndwr University – the future is looking very bright.”

Julie Cowley, Head of Partnerships, Recruitment and Admissions, said a feature of enrolment was the success of the extended range of Foundation Year strands.

“Recruitment to areas such as Criminal Justice, Social Work and Engineering has been strong,” added Julie.

New courses include Chemistry with Green Nanotechnology, Computer Game Development, Immersive Technology, Marketing and Consumer Psychology, Telecommunications, Intelligent Computing and Global Business.

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, also attracted students.

“This year has seen the introduction of major updates to provision in Computing, Business, Psychology and Humanities, and these have all recruited well,” said Julie.

“This strong performance over past months is down to the hard work of all staff; they deserve so much praise for their diligence and determination to ensure we met and exceeded our targets.

“Our aim now is to ensure all new and returning students enjoy their time at Glyndwr and achieve their goals.”

Glyndwr University will hold its next open day on Saturday November 22, from 10am until 2pm.

For information, call 01978 293439 or visit www.glyndwr.ac.uk

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