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New academic year gets underway at Wrexham Glyndwr University

25 September 2017


Hundreds of students received a warm welcome to Wrexham as a new academic year started at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

Freshers students enjoyed their first taste of university life on Monday 25 September with a busy day of introductions, enrolments and a welcome talk in the William Aston Hall.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Claire Taylor encouraged students to make the most of their years in higher education – with the reward being even more success in the future.

Referencing Wrexham Glyndwr University’s 93% employability rate, Professor Taylor said: “We’re delighted that you’ve joined us and will do all we can to ensure your time with us is a memorable one. But what are you joining? You’re joining a community – a community of students and staff who are all working together to learn and challenge.

“Most importantly you’re on a journey which will make a difference. There will be hard work along the way but the price for this is opening up new opportunities. We wish you every success this year and an enjoyable time at university.”

Students from social sciences and education were the first to receive a welcome talk followed by arts students later in the day.

Many are experiencing their first few days of life in Wrexham, with students taking up residence in university accommodation at the weekend.

Freshers events kicked off on Saturday with a performance from British singer-songwriter Shakka. Other activities lined up for the rest of the week include a gameshow night, cocktail and casinos night, the launch of the official 2017-18 student night and hypnotist Ian Dee.

All events can be booked online via the Wrexham Glyndwr University Student Union website.

New students are starting in the same week as Wrexham Glyndwr University was named the third most inclusive institution in the UK.

The University’s reputation for widening access and student support was reinforced by the ranking in the new Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Teaching quality was deemed another key strength; Wrexham Glyndwr University was named 37th out of 129 overall, while its Education department was number one in the UK.

Education was also ranked second in Wales (sixth in UK) for student experience.

Subjects allied to Medicine were listed number one in Wales and 11th in the UK for teaching quality, and Art and Design was number two in Wales (14th in the UK) in the same category.