Recent years have seen great progress in the provision of sporting facilities at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. In collaboration with the Football Association of Wales, considerable investment has been made to redevelop the University’s Colliers Park site. Due for completion in summer 2019, the venue will provide a world class training hub alongside teaching facilities and performance analysis technology that will enhance the student experience. Additionally, the Plas Coch Campus has excellent sporting facilities which are designed to promote student learning, supported by the Human Performance Laboratory for the assessment of physiology, performance analysis and physical activity in a range of sporting activities.
Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation
The clinical facilities and skills lab at the Plas Coch Campus give health students the opportunity to develop their clinical skills through mock scenarios and clinical simulation including the use of anatomical mannequins and medical equipment.
At Wrexham Glyndŵr University, we use simulation scenarios to enhance our clinical teaching. Simulation, using technology to increase the reality of the scenario-based learning, is pivotal to allow nurses and allied health professionals to learn often difficult or complex techniques in a safe environment. Simulation enhances the ability to use technology without risk to patients and clients, providing opportunities to deal with challenging simulated clinical situations in class. Simulation enables decision making and allows experiential learning, with opportunities for reflection following completion of the simulated scenario.
The Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy teams also have access to a range of equipment and aids to enable them to act out scenarios and put theory into practice.
The Complementary Medicine team runs a popular clinic opened to the public offering aromatherapy massage, acupuncture and reflexology sessions, where students can gain practical experience.
The Department of Psychology has a dedicated laboratory based at Plas Coch Campus. It contains a wide variety of resources supported by a psychology technician. The equipment includes the Biopac Epoc Emotiv Headset, Eyetribe eye-trackers, Drunk-buster and Prism Goggles, Qualtrics, Oculus Rift, CANTAB, Actiwatch, Heartmath, Ihealth, Eduloggers, Jawbone Up, Oximeter, Brain model, IPads, IPhone, and Digital Recorders. The department also utilises many psychology-specific software packages such as PsychoPy, SPSS, R, NVivo, Ogama, Biopac Student Lab and Opensesame.
This industry-standard set of equipment and software is used by professional psychologists and helps prepare students for working environments. Students are given hands-on experience of the equipment and software in practical sessions across all levels and are also able to utilise the equipment for their dissertation research; catering for a broad spectrum of research ideas.
The University’s Northop Campus provides an enriched learning environment that has helped countless students get ahead. Founded in 2009, the campus is located in the rural village of Northop and reflects the backgrounds and cultures of the area teaching Equine Science, Animal Studies and Animal Science. It is a dedicated, smaller scale campus which allows students to create and grow together by learning in a more interactive and intimate way.
The site is easily accessible off the A55, the main route to the North Wales. The nearest town, Mold, is 3 miles away and Wrexham is within 15 miles. In addition to lecture and seminar rooms, the campus has on site student accommodation with access to students’ common room, sports hall and a range of resource rooms. It boasts environmental and science laboratories, a farm production unit, organic orchard, ancient woodland, conservation area, wildflower meadow and formal and informal gardens.
The Northop site is also home to the land-based campus of the University’s collaborative partner Coleg Cambria, with students able to take advantage of state-of-the art facilities such as their Small Animals Care Centre, that incorporates different habitats for animals ranging from marmoset monkeys and rabbits to snakes and fish, and the British Horse Society (BHS) approved Equine Unit, which includes an indoor arena with viewing gallery, a floodlit outdoor arena, stabling, paddocks, two cross-country courses, and facilities for hacking.