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Innovative new technology and modern facilities will further enhance the student experience at a North Wales university.

Glyndŵr University is rolling out state-of-the-art learning resources at its Wrexham campus, in a bid to attract more students.

The University’s Regent Street building, home of North Wales School of Art and Design, is also set for a revamp in the coming weeks when an IT suite complete with exhibition space, a careers office and library provision is to be unveiled.

New computers, an improved student information desk (SID) in the Edward Llwyd Building and breakaway rooms across the University will benefit staff and students.

A psychology laboratory featuring psychometric and physiological testing equipment will also open in the coming weeks, allowing students to see the practical implications of their learning.

Technology includes psycho-physiological testing equipment; a CANTAB tablet for performing neuropsychological cognitive testings; an Actiwatch gathering data on sleep; an EPOC wireless headset for measuring brainwaves, and a Biopac machine for obtaining bio-physiological data for use in cardiac and respiratory output.

Director of operations Lynda Powell said Glyndŵr University is determined to continuously update facilities and listen to feedback from students, who are given the opportunity to have their say as part of the successful ‘You said, we did’ campaign.

“We are converting rooms into new learning resource space for students, housing PCs, photocopying, books, printing facilities and giving them somewhere they can relax and study if they want to,” said Lynda.

“The facilities, on the Wrexham campus and at Regent Street will also provide a base for student and disability support and careers and welfare and funding advice, as well as drop-in sessions with the Students’ Guild.”

She added: “In the coming weeks we will be unveiling new business incubation space and rooms for dyslexia support and educational psychology.

“We have listened to the students and staff and will continue to work together to provide them with everything they need to make the experience here at Glyndŵr University a positive one, academically, socially and with their needs at the heart of everything we do.”

Professor Estelle Thompson, head of the academic division of media, arts and design, says that innovative use of space at the landmark Regent Street site will support the students, and also the people of Wrexham.

“The library provision and other improvements are of course vital for those studying and working there, but these new facilities will also give us better access to the community and help us to serve them better,” she said.

Rob Stockton, head of learning resources and information services, added that upgrades across campus provide prospective and current students with an enhanced service, including better Wi-Fi and discounts on cutting-edge software.

Popular developments in past months have included the BookXChange service providing students with access to cheap core text, and 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 now available.

“This has been extremely well-received by students, who say they love the new computers,” said Rob.

“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.”

See for yourself: The next Glyndŵr University open day will be held on March 14. Book a place.

Final year students can take part in the National Student Survey here.

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