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Former soldier on new career path thanks to Wrexham Glyndwr University.

During 17 years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Craig Roberts served in Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, as well as countries across Scandinavia and central Europe as part of a specialised NATO unit.

The dad-of-one, from Wrexham, moved from metalwork towards the end of his military days as he looked to rise up the ranks, but a change of circumstances saw him return to North Wales and enter the building trade.

As he again looked to progress Craig found there were more barriers to success, notably his lack of a higher education.

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Pioneering men's mental health service makes big impact in North Wales

Andy Matthews established a support group for men with mental health problems in 2014 at KIM Inspire - 12 years after the charity was founded to help women suffering similar issues.

Initially set up as a trial during Andy’s studies with Wrexham Glyndwr University, the KIM-4-HIM project has already helped hundreds of men in North Wales to cope with issues including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar.

Andy switched career following a 14-year career with the RAF, where he progressed to become a senior instructor and took on roles with responsibility for staff welfare.

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Veteran Support

Researchers push for veterans support

Wrexham Glyndwr University is working with the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) to produce evidence that will guide future strategic public service education policies.

Led by Dr Nikki Lloyd-Jones, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Life Sciences, the team has interviewed veterans from across the region and is collating information that will support those challenged by their transition of re-entering civilian society.


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