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Technology company makes £500k of equipment available Glyndŵr University students

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Students at a North Wales university will have access to some of the world’s most advanced technology at a state-of-the art scientific facility.

Nu Instruments Ltd in Wrexham has made more than £500,000 of equipment available to Glyndŵr University in a bid to forge closer links with the institution’s engineering and forensic departments.

The company is one of only two organisations in the world designing and constructing high performance inorganic magnetic sector mass spectrometers and accessories which are installed and used in universities, industry and research laboratories across the globe.

CEO Alan McCall is a Glyndŵr alumnus and was recently presented with an Honorary Fellowship by the university.

With his passion for engineering and quality, the 57 year-old returned to North Wales and Nu Instruments in 2010, to embark on an ambitious expansion plan.

Under his leadership the company soared to almost £20million revenue in 2014 and is poised for further growth in 2015, which is why Alan wants Glyndŵr University to capitalise on this opportunity and give its students a head start on other graduates when the time comes to enter the work arena.

He said: “I want us to use this technology and work together, for the students more than anything.

“I am a big champion of the local area and our local university, and I want to see the next generation of engineers and scientists come out of Glyndŵr with the skill, knowledge and competence to do great things, whatever industry they find themselves in.

“The community is very important to me, and the core values I have, as well as the values I found while studying at Glyndŵr, really make me want to work with the university.”

Nu Instruments already has a relationship with Glyndŵr; the firm sponsors two industry prizes at its annual graduation ceremony and has growing ties with the chemistry and forensics programmes.

Alan left the institution with a First class degree in Business IT in 2003, and lauded his former lecturers for inspiring him to achieve further success as a member of the technology giant.

“My experience at Glyndŵr University was a very positive one, so of course I want to give something back,” said Alan.

“We have a mentoring scheme here and believe strongly in staff development; we just see ability, it does not matter where someone is from or what they are.

“We have staff here from as far away as India, China and Russia, who came to Wrexham because we are a world-leader in our sector. We also employ many people from this area, which is why we intend to stay in Wrexham.

“I’m sure that the university will utilise what we have here and it will be of major value to their students and degree programmes as the relationship develops.”

Dr Jixin Yang, senior lecturer in Chemistry/Analytical Chemistry at Glyndŵr University, added: “Advanced mass spectrometers at Nu Instruments are wonderful tools in the isotopic analysis for materials chemistry and forensic science.  

“We are so delighted to be able to access the machines and collaborate with the researchers from the company.”

Paying tribute to outgoing Glyndŵr University Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott, Alan said that he would be a “tough act to follow”.

“I was very sad to hear that he was parting company with the university after taking it so far,” he said.

“He will be a very tough act to follow and did a lot for education, the community and industry in North East Wales.”
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