New operational heads unveil vision for Glyndŵr - Part Two
Glyndŵr University is celebrating its best-ever student numbers and the launch of a fresh operational and academic structure.
A challenging year did not stop the Wrexham institution accepting more than 1,350 students for 2014/15, and achieving new partnerships with industrial giants, including Carillion.
Across the institution, revitalised methods of learning are already having an impact, according to Rob Stockton, Head of Learning Resources and Information Services.
He says the department’s formation will provide students with an enhanced service, including new computers, better WiFi and discounts on cutting-edge software.
“The student is at the heart of what we do,” said Rob.
“Bringing IT and the library together with the academic study skills team has provided a perfect environment to work face to face with students and meet their needs for all aspects of IT, library and study support.”
Recent developments have included the roll-out of new high speed computers to all of the university’s IT labs, with a range of the latest software from Microsoft, Adobe and Autodesk.
“This has been extremely well-received by students who say they love the new computers,” said Rob.
“The library building has also had its opening hours extended for those wishing to study late, and behind the scenes the teams are busy linking the traditional library resources, e-books, online databases and digital materials such as video and audio into taught modules.
“A new online Bookxchange service providing students with access to cheap core text has also proven to be very popular.”
He added: “Many elements of our strategy are already in place but we plan to do a lot more including: doubling the campus internet bandwidth, upgrading specialist labs and bringing in an online site providing free and highly discounted software for students.”
Among the other new operational heads at Glyndŵr are Karen Lennox, Head of Careers and Student Services; University Librarian Paul Jeorrett; Head of Business Development and Funding, Mick Card, and Julie Cowley, Head of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions.
Julie successfully led the delivery and development of the student recruitment journey, from enquiry to enrolment.
The university’s widening access and open-to-all ethos has given thousands of people who might not have studied in higher education an opportunity to gain a degree.
She insists the student experience is “at the heart of everything we do” and is already spearheading next year’s recruitment drive.
“One of my main priorities has been to improve the way the university communicates both internally and externally, breaking down internal silos and maximising marketing opportunities,” said Julie.
“A constant review of current curriculum is critical, as is using sector skills councils intelligence, industry feedback and engagement at curriculum level with schools and colleges to ensure all provision offered is in-demand and fit for purpose.”
Part time recruitment and the need to engage with industry has been another of Julie’s priorities and she has led the development of work-based learning solutions, engaging with industry and other external and internal stakeholders.
“The new structure breaks down barriers between operational and academic departments and encourages us to work closely with all colleagues on a wide range of events, outreach activities, initiatives and campaigns,” she added.
“Student recruitment is everyone’s responsibility across the university and each department is heavily involved in building relationships with enquirers and applicants, schools and colleges, and in promoting the work of academic departments across Glyndŵr.”
Find out more at glyndwr.ac.uk and visit the next Glyndŵr University open day this Saturday (November 22).