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Best of Wrexham to unite for new-look university open day this Saturday

November 17 2015

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The best of Wrexham will come together and welcome hundreds of students to Glyndŵr University open day this Saturday.

The institution’s Plas Coch campus will be alive with lectures, language workshops, interactive games and quizzes, guest speakers, tours and free futsal and netball sessions in the Sports Centre.

Representatives from the Schools of Social and Life Sciences; Media, Art and Design; Engineering, Computing and Applied Science, the Graduate School and the newly-launched North Wales Business School will all be there, and staff are on-hand to support and guide visitors from 10am-2pm.

While on campus people can also garner information on fees and finance, accommodation, student support and the admissions process.

The revamped open days have taken on a more community feel, with businesses, charity organisations and sports teams attending on the day to bring the best of North Wales to the University.

Julie Cowley, Head of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions, said the new-look events reflect the direction Glyndŵr University Wrexham is travelling in following the recent launch of a strategy which proposed to double student numbers and increase turnover by 2020.

She looks forward to welcoming people to the institution to find out more about innovative new and established programmes include Digital Art, Real Estate, Animation, Computer Game Development and Entrepreneurship.

Visitors can also enjoy a tour of the facilities, such as 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.

“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.”

Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Upton, added: “The changes we are making to the open days show what we are all about, which is widening access and the caring side of higher education.”

  • North Wales Business School is on the main campus. The team will be holding interviews, while others can take part in questionnaires and games in a fun test area.
  • Engineering, Computing and Applied Science and the School of Social and Life Sciences will be in the Edward Llwyd Building (library). As well as futsal and netball sessions in the sports centre from 11am-1pm there will be a ‘social zone’ with refreshments where parents and children can relax, a ‘speak to the student’ zone, a talk by Giggles and Games entrepreneur, Alice Murray, and visits from partner organisations, including North Wales Police, YMCA and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
  • Media, Art & Design is to be spread across the North Wales School of Art and Design's Regent Street building and the Centre for the Creative Industries.

Registration for the open day starts at 10am. For more information, email enquiries@glyndwr.ac.uk or visit www.glyndwr.ac.uk

The University also organised a professional open evening this Thursday from 4.30pm-6.30pm at the Catrin Finch Centre. The aim is to give those who may not have the time or be in the position to study for a full-time degree, bosses looking to upskill employees, those wanting personal development or parents returning to work the support they need to take the next step in their career.

Organised by Business Development Managers Laura Gough, Christina Blakey and Kim Dimmick, the evening will include breakout sessions on counselling skills and lighting-up learning, networking, and seminars tailored to give advice on grant funding applications and entrepreneurship.

Christina said: “We want the message to go out across North Wales and beyond the border that we are here to support businesses and their employees and that they can come here to see how we can help them."

A report commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has revealed Glyndŵr University Wrexham directly and indirectly generates more than £176million a year for the UK economy.

The Welsh institution has also created 1,490 jobs in the UK, and remains among the top universities in the country for helping alumni secure graduate-level employment.

For more information, email inbusiness@glyndwr.ac.uk. Visit bit.ly/pro-open-eve to book your place.

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