New-look open day will showcase the best of Glyndŵr University this weekend
October 8 2015
Archery, sports commentary workshops and a visit from a star of TV show The Apprentice are among the attractions at Glyndŵr University Wrexham’s open day this weekend.
Lawyer Felipe Alviar-Baquero - who made it to week nine of the hit BBC One show last year - will be in attendance on Saturday, following an appearance at The Glyndŵr Club the night before.
The new-look open days have taken on a more community feel, with businesses, charity organisations and sports teams – including members of North Wales Crusaders rugby league squad – attending on the day to bring the best of north east Wales to the Plas Coch campus.
The event comes after the success of the first Big Sunday Funday in September, which attracted more than 1,000 people to the University, raising money for NHS charity Awyr Las/Blue Sky and Glyndŵr Giving.
Julie Cowley, Head of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions, said the revamped open days reflect the new direction Glyndŵr University Wrexham is travelling in as part of its recently unveiled five-year strategy.
She looks forward to welcoming people to the institution to find out more about ground-breaking new and established programmes include Digital Art, Real Estate, Animation, Chemistry with Green Nanotechnology, Computer Game Development, Immersive Technology, and Global Business.
Visitors can also enjoy a tour of the facilities, including the Centre for the Creative Industries, Techniquest, the Centenary Club, the Scene of Crime Suite, recording studios, flight simulator, the William Aston Hall and performance car laboratories.
“Across the institution we are always looking to improve, and as the student is at the centre of everything we do the time was right to look again at our open day offering, to introduce more fun and really showcase what’s on offer here,” said Julie.
“We are a university at the heart of the north east Wales community and it’s time we reflected on that more when we hold events on campus.”
She added: “It’s an exciting time to be joining us here in Wrexham. The future is looking very bright as we enter a new era for the University, its students and the region.”
Academic schools will be on hand to give talks and workshops as well as speaking to prospective students and their families about the courses on offer, a move welcomed by Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Upton.
“We have so many unique selling points and it’s time we shouted more about them,” he said.
“The changes we are making to the events we hold on campus reflect the focus on the student, but also on what we are all about, which is widening access and the caring side of higher education.”
Felipe will be at North Wales Business School between 10am-11am to meet the students on Saturday, and looks forward to witnessing these USPs for himself.
“Appearing on The Apprentice has given me new opportunities, such as visiting Glyndŵr University and speaking to the students about what being an entrepreneur actually means,” he said.
“My advice to them is to do what you love and are passionate about, because that’s what I am doing.”
The School of Social and Life Sciences will be based at Scholars’ Rest and the 1887 restaurant, with activities including quizzes, massages by the Complementary Therapies team, musculature displays with Sports Science, Psychology tours,
The North Wales Business School team is on the main campus; Engineering, Computing and Applied Science will be in the Edward Llwyd Building; and Media, Art & Design is to be spread across the North Wales School of Art and Design, and the Centre for the Creative Industries. Northop campus will also be open to visitors, via a regular shuttle bus from Wrexham.
Registration for the open day starts at 10am.