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Energy and industry links will help Wrexham Glyndwr grow, says new Academic Head

11 October 2017

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Wrexham Glyndwr University’s energy and close links with industry will enable it to grow at home and overseas at a dynamic time for universities, says its newest academic leader.

Professor Ray Sheriff, the North Wales institution’s new Head of School for Applied Science, Computing and Engineering, believes a bright future lies ahead for the university thanks to its strong industrial base and Campus 2025 plan to transform its estate.

He said: “Wrexham Glyndwr is a new university with strong potential and a high employability rate for graduates – which immediately tells you it’s an institution which provides degrees geared towards getting jobs for its students.

“There’s a great energy here and I’m hoping that as well as looking at new course options, we can also grow Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, which are aligned to working with industry.”

52-year-old Professor Sheriff joins the Wrexham institution on Monday 6 November from the University of Bradford, where he was most recently Head of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Electronic Engineering.

He is also a Visiting Professor at Sichuan University, where this year he has led a team of 40 British and Chinese researchers on a project to investigate how ICT can be employed for elderly people.

One of his major remits will be driving forward the next stage of the Teaching Excellence Framework, building on the silver award which Wrexham Glyndwr University achieved for the quality of its teaching.

“We’re focused on securing the very best outcomes for individual subjects in the TEF and I’ll also be looking at ways we can enhance our research portfolio.”

Professor Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice Chancellor, said: “Ray brings a wealth of experience across programme development, teaching, research, leadership and resource management as well as a strong international outlook particularly through collaborative activity in China. I am delighted to welcome him to the university.”

Professor Sheriff was born and raised in Sunderland and is married with a four-year-old daughter.