Toyota UK donates top-of-the-range car to Glyndŵr University
Engineering students have been given the perfect tool for discovering the ins and outs of modern car technology after receiving a top-of-the-range car from Toyota UK.
The vehicle, a current model Toyota Avensis, has been donated by the car manufacturer’s Deeside plant to help students studying on Glyndŵr University’s Performance Car Technology degree.
The donation is the latest development in a growing partnership which has seen Toyota UK, Glyndŵr University and Techniquest Glyndŵr collaborate on projects to encourage school children to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “This is a fantastic gesture from Toyota, one of the biggest names in the automotive industry, one of the largest employers in north east Wales and one of our biggest partners in industry.
"I know that our students are absolutely delighted to have been given a new facility so closely linked to their degree course. It will benefit them tremendously in their studies.
“Working in partnership with companies such as Toyota forms a crucial part of the university’s mission to serve the economic needs of north east Wales and we hope it continues for years to come.”
Graham Hillier, General Affairs Manager at Toyota UK’s engine plant at Deeside, said: “We are delighted to be able to strengthen our partnership approach with Glyndŵr University with this car donation.
"As a company, Toyota is committed to developing strong links with our community in North Wales and this event today is a practical demonstration of that ongoing commitment.”
The Avensis which has been delivered to the university features a state-of-the-art specification, including touch screen satellite navigation and keyless entry system.
It will be housed in the engineering labs at the university’s Wrexham campus.
Andy Jones, Partnerships Coordinator at Techniquest Glyndŵr, said the car was just as useful to schoolchildren as those studying at degree level.
“We’re hugely grateful to Toyota for giving us the car,” he said.
“Techniquest works with hundreds of schoolchildren and having the car on campus will allow us to bring them in to the university and demonstrate some of the basic theories behind engineering.”www.tqg.org.uk