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Glyndŵr unveils Universities Week 2014 programme

 May 20 2014



A series of free events aimed at students, graduates and businesses will take place at Glyndŵr University in June.

Campuses in Wrexham, St Asaph and Northop organised the activities to celebrate Universities Week, from Monday June 9.

These include an interactive session on tree and plant health, a lecture by Professor of Computing Futures Vic Grout, and an open day to celebrate the new partnership between the Welsh university and Skillshare International, which aims to recruit volunteers who will travel to Africa and use sport to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people.

There will also be a graduate support day on Tuesday June 10, at the £6million Centre for the Creative Industries.

Work experience officer Lucy Jones says a number of employability support organisations are being lined up to offer advice and guidance at the event. 

There will also be a ‘Brand You’ personal promotion seminar, talks on work experience, career coaching, postgraduate study and attendees can sign up for a jobs fair in Manchester the following day.

“We will be holding careers education sessions and providing introductory guidance workshops during the day,” she said. 

“The Jobs Shop and GO Wales teams will also be making graduates aware of employers who currently have employment vacancies. Whilst the Glyndŵr Careers team will be on hand at this event and throughout the summer to support graduates as they make their applications.

“We hope to see plenty of people in attendance; the graduate open day will help increase their chances of finding a job and improving their career prospects.”

Following his department’s 29 place rise in the Complete University Guide, Prof Grout, Head of Computer Sciences at Glyndŵr, is preparing for his lecture on Wednesday June 11.

“It’s good to be part of Universities Week,” he said.

“We have a world-leading group of computer scientists here in Wrexham and I look forward to sharing more about the work I do, and some of our research into the internet, data and connectivity.”

Glyndŵr’s Professor of Optoelectronics, Michael Lebby, will also appear during the week.

He will present a talk on photonics at the University’s Catrin Finch Centre on Thursday June 12.

Prof Lebby is to  explore how compound semiconductors have evolved to become a mature technology for advanced products today, ranging from DVD and Blu-ray consumer goods to high performing solar cell systems that power satellites and remote solar farms.

One of the highlights of the week-long programme is a seminar at the University’s Northop campus on Tuesday June 10, giving gardeners green-fingered tips on how to keep plant pests at bay.

This will be led by Horticulture Wales Project Director, Dr David Skydmore - Glyndŵr University’s Academic Head of Biology and Environment - and includes a brief presentation plus practical demonstrations.

Visitors will be made familiar with how to identify some of the most common plant problems, and be directed to where they can learn more.  There will also be an optional tour of the Flintshire campus, including an area of sustainable woodland which is currently being restored to its deciduous state.

Vice Chancellor Prof Michael Scott welcomed the onset of Universities Week, which was launched in 2010 with the aim of increasing public awareness of the wide and varied role of the UK’s universities.

“Universities Week 2014 is an excellent opportunity to highlight how the work going on in our universities has an impact on people's everyday lives. It is also a chance for academics to engage with the public, bringing their research to life and hopefully inspiring people to go away and find out more about a topic,” he said.

“We want more and more people to be aware of the great work we do at Glyndŵr University, including the strides we’ve made in the fields of graduate employability and research, and hope people will visit our campuses to witness it for themselves.”

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, added: “The aim of Universities Week is to inspire the public about the world-leading research taking place in our universities.”

Glyndŵr University - Universities Week 2014 programme 

Tuesday June 10

Graduate Support Day with Glyndŵr University Careers team – Creative Industries Building, Wrexham from 10am-3pm. Book your ticket online at  or call 01978 293240.

Interactive session on tree and plant health, and tour hosted by Horticulture Wales and Glyndŵr’s Dr David Skydmore – Northop campus from 2pm-4pm. Email or call Louise Dolan on 01978 293967.

Wednesday June 11

Coaching for Hope open day hosted by Glyndŵr University (Sports) and Skillshare International – Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham from 10am-4pm. Contact Kirsty Percival on 01978 293590 or email k.percival@glyndwr

Lecture by Glyndŵr’s Professor of Computing Futures, Vic Grout:  ‘Life’s a RIoT with Spy vs Spy: Looking forward to the ‘Real’ Internet of Things, the ‘Internet of Everything’, ‘Big Data’ and ‘Big Connectivity’ – Nick Whitehead lecture theatre, Wrexham from 1pm. Call the box office on 01978 293293

Thursday June 12

GEM business breakfast and talk with Peoplemad founder Phil Merrick: ‘Be the best… you, your team, your business’ – Glyndŵr University OpTIC Centre, St Asaph from 8am. To register your place, call 01745 535100 or visit the website:

Conference and seminars with Glyndŵr’s Dr Phil Bassett and Professors Patrick Costello and Richard Morehouse: ‘Understanding, Preparing for and Surviving Doctoral Vivas ‘- Crispin Lane building, room K217, Wrexham from 12pm onwards. Call the box office on 01978 293293 or visit

Lecture by Glyndŵr’s Professor of Optoelectronics, Michael Lebby: ‘Compound semiconductors driving photonics technologies to become the future for high-speed communications through integration, performance, and sustainability’ - Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham, from 6.30pm. Call the box office on 01978 293293


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