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Exciting new decade for Glyndŵr University will be led by world class research, says Vice-Chancellor

09 February 2010

Glyndŵr University has entered an exciting new decade which will see it compete on the international stage with world class research.

Speaking at the University’s Annual Open Meeting, Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Scott said the University would continue to serve the north east Wales economy through further expansion of its Knowledge Industry Corridor along the A55.

Along with the new Glyndŵr University Gladstone Institute of Cultural and Theological Studies at Hawarden, the University has opened a new campus in Northop on the site of the former Welsh College of Horticulture within the last 12 months.

The University will have a presence at Airbus UK in Broughton and at Optic Glyndŵr in St Asaph, researchers are working alongside academics from UCL and Cambridge to produce the World’s Largest Telescope.

“Taking over Optic was a massive decision for the University but it still hasn’t sunk in what an asset it is. It’s a centre for world class research,” said Professor Scott.

“Our vision for an A55 Knowledge Industry Corridor - developing centres for specific reasons along the north Wales coast - was something we needed to for this University, for the people of north east Wales and for the economy of north east Wales.”

An audience of more than 60 University and public sector officials, politicians and representatives from north east Wales industry attended the Open Meeting in the Catrin Finch Centre.

This included the University’s Chancellor The Rt Hon Lord Barry Jones, Wrexham mayor Arwel Griffiths and Aled Roberts, leader of Wrexham Council.

Reflecting on the University’s achievements over the last 12 months, Professor Scott added: “What has been the difference in becoming a University? It’s that you actually start to work at the highest level on the international stage.

"We are producing research of the highest standard that will be fed into providing a curriculum and teaching of the highest quality.

"The Catrin Finch Centre is very symbolic of what’s happened at the University over the last year. An ambitious project, but one that’s been carefully planned and which has provided a wonderful facility for ourselves and the local community.

“We’ve had planning approval for a Centre for the Child and we’ve just started work on a new Creative Industries building.

"This will be a fantastic facility for Wrexham, housing top rate TV and radio studios.

“We’ve also seen a big increase in applications and in conversions – the number of students accepting our offers and choosing to study here.

“We are trying to forge a different type of University – a University which is economically focused and supporting the region.

“We’ve gone into a whole new kind of ball game as far as this institution and Wrexham and north east Wales is concerned.

"I can’t say how much we value the support we’ve had from local and regional industry and the Assembly Government.

"It’s given us a confidence to really hold our heads up high.”

Chancellor Lord Barry Jones said the University faced many challenges in the coming years – but that it was strong enough to overcome anything it faced.

“We have a noble vision, we give knowledge. We wish to continue cooperating with industry throughout north Wales – this is a commitment which has been written for more than 100 years into the University, serving people in these communities. I wish the University very well.”

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