Current Innovation Projects Lead by our Students
At WGU students are encouraged to be innovative in their thinking. Projects are carried out each year as part of the curriculum. Below are examples of the excellent projects and research that our students have developed or been involved with;
Architectural Design Technology students involved in design improvements of local properties
Improvement work on an estate will include installing external wall insulation on the outside walls and elevations of around 400 steel-framed ‘Cubbitt’ properties houses on the estate. This is designed to improve insulation on the properties, making them more efficient to heat, as well as improve their external appearance.
Summer Students Debate Global Climate Change
The cohort of Glyndŵr University summer students argued from varying perspectives for different nations, including the United States, China, India and Iraq, as part of an assessment on Energy Systems and Sustainable Environment.
Among the viewpoints they gave were that of a farmer, a city trader, green activists and a politician.
Senior lecturer David Sprake praised the students for engaging in the contest, held at the University’s Wrexham campus.
Read more here
Attracting Owls to Campus
The Owl Trust, based in Llandudno visited our students to talk about owl conservation and rehabilitation. Joining Jenni Morgan was a barn owl, a little owl and a long-eared owl, all being cared for at the centre as a result of injury. Jenni described how the birds are brought to them after being found at the sides of roads, caught in barbed wire or as unwanted pets and provided with medical care, time and space to recover. Students from the Animal Studies course have recently redesigned the enclosures at the Trust’s headquarters to increase enrichment and allow birds to fly. Jenni explained that most are successfully released back into the wild.
After the visit Students teamed up with WGU Northop’s site manager Dennis Powell who organised for an owl box (handmade and gifted to WGU by Dennis Powell Senior) to be installed at WGU’s Northop Campus on the boarder of our prey-rich grassland, an area that supports a whole range of biodiversity.
Renewable Engineering Student Has Paper Published
Our MSc Renewable Engineering and Sustainable Energy student Alexandre Oudin from Réunion Island, France has published a research conference paper in the IEEEXplore Digital Library. Titled "A geographical information system approach for analysis of surface areas in the context of renewable energy resources”
Read it here
Spider and Arachnids Survey
Carl Payne one of our 3rd Year Wildlife & Plant Biology students teamed up with the North Wales Wildlife Trust and Cofnod to organise a survey of spiders and other arachnids on the Northop campus site. It was conducted by Richard Gallon - arachnologist and biological data officer from Cofnod a local environmental recording agency from Llandudno, on the 27th May 2017. The session was open to WGU students and the public. Richards’s session included spider ID, general techniques, an arachnid survey around campus and then running through some microscopy identification to record at species level.
Recording techniques and volunteering opportunities were discussed and a request for a Bio-blitz was made to the local branch of the North Wales Wildlife Trust - Clywydian branch committee that organises local events.
The link between the University and other organisations involved in conservation activities is exciting. It will raise the potential for students within Wildlife & Plant Biology and Ecology, Geography and Conservation to volunteer, learn new skills, network and understand the ecosystems within the area.
Insight Into £2.5 Million Solar Technology Project
The Legacy solar farm became the first of its kind in Wales when it opened in 2015 and is estimated to generate enough electricity to power approximately 700 homes every year.
As well as having the opportunity to walk around the site, the students got to hear from some of those at Wrexham Council about the technologies and benefits of the scheme.
The Legacy solar farm will reduce the carbon footprint of otherwise using fossil fuel by 1,300 tonnes of CO2 (the driver behind climate change) a year– the equivalent of travelling 32½million miles by train during the life of the project.
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Science Garden at Techniquest Glyndwr
WGU Students have been involved in the design and construction of the new Techniquest Science Garden over the past few months. Architectural Design Technology students were briefed to design a shelter suitable for use as an outdoor classroom in the garden. Our Renewable Energy students have been working on installing solar photovoltaic solar panels to gather electrical energy from the sun and a solar thermal panel to gather heat energy from the sun to heat water for use in a basin to be installed in the garden area. Wildlife and Plant Biology students helped in the selection of aquatic plants for the pond and students from a range of other courses helped in preparing the raised beds and bug hotels.
The objective of the Science Garden is to establish an outdoor educational space that will complement the indoor space of Techniquest Glyndŵr that houses over 75 hands-on interactive science exhibits.
Once complete the Science Garden will offer a mixture of planted areas and features such as wheelchair friendly surfacing, raised beds and pond area, a composting area and a number of working exhibits of equipment that will illustrate the primary scientific themes of Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Recycling.