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Wrexham Glyndŵr University Newspaper Summer 2016
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Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s Northop campus will cement its place at the heart of north east Wales by bringing the community and prospective students together for a summer festival.The Flintshire site will host a free family fun day on Saturday 9 July, representing its courses and facilities, with activities including a trail of the ancient woodland, survival skill sessions and bridge-building.
Organisers hope that Northop Nature Fest
will become an annual celebration, attracting hundreds of people to see what the “beautiful location” has to offer.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase what we have here” said Sessional Education Lecturer, Sam Emmett.
Turn to page 4 for more
The team at Northop, including Professor David Skydmore (far left)
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The University’s William Aston Hall has welcomed a host of stars already this
year, including funny men Frankie Boyle and Sean Lock, Rockers Hawkwind and Public Image Ltd.
As summer begins, there’s a variety of shows that’ll tick the boxes for music, dance, comedy and entertainment lovers alike.
With his performance proving to be a big hit last year, opera singer Russell Watson returns to the WAH stage on 15 June with his renowned classical crossover concert featuring a stunning collection of much-loved songs.
Since being described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra”, Russell has released 10 studio albums, his popularity has grown with every record.
Elaine Paige, another performer best known for her incredible vocal ability has starred in more smash hit West End and Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation and will be here on 13 December.
Looking ahead to the appearance, Elaine said: “I’m so excited about this series of weekend concerts.
“Having made the decision not to do a back-to- back tour again, this appealed to me not only because of the schedule, but as I’ve marked my 50 years on stage, this is going to allow me to do something completely different, a brand new show celebrating the contemporary songwriters I love such as Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Jim Webb, Sting and Elton John.”
There’s also a generous number of tribute nights to get stuck into in 2016.
The ceremony takes place on Friday 1 July from 12.30pm at the William Aston
Hall, before a celebration for all staff in the Quadrangle after the event.
Organised by Alison Pugh, Business Partner - Development and Diversity, the prize-giving will pay tribute to employees who have gone the extra mile in a bid to improve student satisfaction, academic quality and operational services.
“The awards will celebrate individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond what is typically expected of them within their daily role, recognising those who have made a significant difference to our students, their colleagues, their team, our community and the University as a whole,” said Alison.
All nominations will be considered by the awards committee over the coming weeks.
They will then judge each category and select the most deserving individual/team. The ceremony will also provide the University with the opportunity to show its appreciation and thank members of staff with long service, who have dedicated time, energy and hard work to the University via Loyalty Awards.
Staff who are entitled to a Loyalty Award will be contacted by the Human Resources Team in June.
On the day, a hog roast will be served from 1.45pm with a vegetarian alternative available (alternative options can be made available for any individuals who have specific dietary requirements if prior notice is given).
Acts honouring David Bowie, The Eagles, Johnny Cash, Magic of Motown and Whitney Houston are among those to arrive in Wrexham later this year.
Comedy has also had a big impact on WAH’s reputation and has always been at the forefront of its programme, and this year is no different.
Romesh Ranganthan will be exploring the rationality of worldview on 24 September, but hurry, there are only a few tickets now remaining!
Rich Hall and his critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style will be making an appearance on 6 October, and the nation’s critically-acclaimed bar-based- brave heart Al Murray will be on stage on 15 October and Jimmy Carr sold out so quickly that another date has been added on Saturday 22 October with tickets still available for the second performance.
Finally, let’s not forget Welsh rockers Stereophonics and Catfish and the Bottlemen, who willplay to a sold Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium on July 2 (see page 08 for more).
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The late Whitney Houston is among the great acts paid tribute to this year
ReSeARCH: The resilience and emotional strength needed to succeed as a nurse or health visitor is the subject of a new study by Janet Gargiulo, Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Diploma, Graduate Diploma and BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN).
“The world is a more stressful place these days so it’s important any health visitors or students wanting to get into the sector complete this study and give their feedback,” said Janet.To anonymously take part in the survey, go towww.surveymonkey.com/r/BVK2S23.
Meanwhile, Professor in Nurse Education, Debbie Roberts - together with Pam Richards from Sports Sciences and Computing’s Nathan Roberts - is working with police on the Isle of Man to support and develop their decision making skills.
LIBRARY: This summer the team will be replacing its library catalogue with a new system called Resource Finder, a one stop shop for finding books, eBooks, online journal articles, research data and a range of other resources. For more information, email [email protected] before August 11 or visit the Wrexham Glyndŵr University Library Facebook page. Alternatively, follow them on Twitter @glynlib.
CoNFeReNCeS: Judging by the number of recent events, it appears that the Catrin Finch Centre is fast becoming the ‘go-to’ venue for Welsh Assembly events. As well as a Question Time forum and pre-
election Leaders’ debate, a hustings also took place on Wrexham campus. Conference and Events Manager Haydn Hughes said: “It’s great that an increasing number of these events are taking place away from Cardiff, and the fact that we are being asked to hold them is testament to the wealth of facilities we have here at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.”Email [email protected] for more information.
YoUTH WoRK WeeK: The programme runs from June 23-30 and will be led by the University’s Youth and Community team. Look out for a list of events and activities that will be taking part on Wrexham campus across the week.
Lecturer Hayley Douglas said: “Throughout the week a number of workshops will be delivered by professionals in the field to showcase some of the projects youth workers are involved in. It will be an opportunity for anyone to come along and find out more about youth work.”
WeLSH: Translator Elin Llwyd Morgan was named Feature Writer of the Year at Wales Media Awards. Elin was chosen after writing three “fascinating and moving pieces” which offered a “valuable female voice within Welsh”.
INTeRNATIoNAL: Wrexham Glyndŵr signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with China’s Tonghua University. Lecturers from both organisations will visit each other’s campuses to deliver
academic modules, which will fulfil staff development needs and improve programme content.
The University also signed a new exchange agreement with one of the world’s oldest institutions.
Representatives from Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne visited the Wrexham campus and agree a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cement an international partnership. The MoU will see collaborative opportunities for the University’s Schools of Applied Science, Computing and Engineering; Social and Life Sciences and North Wales Business School.
Opportunities will also be sought for students to experience academic and professional life at the University of Reims.
Welcoming the partnership, Vice Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, said she is looking forward to collaborating with the French university.
Professor Hinfelaar said: “I would like to thank University of Reims for visiting us and for supporting our mission statement of working in partnership to inspire and educate our students and enable social and economic success.
“We look forward to working closely with the university and see our students benefit from this relationship. This is a great opportunity to maximise and expand our international links - this is an exciting time for us.”IN
A fond WGU farewell toProfessor Graham Upton
Important eU vote a must!
The University said goodbye to Professor Graham Upton in march, before
welcoming our new Vice-Chancellor, Professor maria Hinfelaar. A respected Professor of Special Educational Needs and Educational Psychology, Professor Upton arrived in north east Wales 18 months ago tasked with steering the institution to a position of financial stability following an academic and operational restructure and the reinstatement of its licence to sponsor international students.
There are still challenges ahead for Professor Maria Hinfelaar - as there are for all higher education institutions - but at least Wrexham Glyndŵr is now “back in the race” and on a level playing field, according to Professor Upton on his departure.
“It has been a challenging period but also one I have greatly enjoyed,” he said.
“Together we have laid solid foundations for Professor Hinfelaar and built on existing relationships with our partners locally and nationally in business, education and at the Welsh Government and HEFCW, so I’m sure she will be able to take the university on to the next level.”
Professor Upton was appointed Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes University in 1997, where he spent 10 years at the helm before retiring.
From May 2010 until July 2011 he joined the University of Cumbria as interim Vice-Chancellor, taking them from a £30million deficit to a position of financial sustainability.
The task has not been of such magnitude at Wrexham Glyndŵr, though Professor Upton admits bringing about its stability was among his toughest tests.
“As it stands the University is in a better position financially, is independent and has a strong management team supported by a new Board of Governors which is fully behind the strategy we have in place,” he said.
“We have forged stronger links with Grwp Llandrillo Menai, South Cheshire College, Grwp Neath Port Talbot, Coleg Cambria and the universities of Bangor and Chester, among others, and made strides on the international stage.
“Moves are also being made to bring research degree-awarding powers to the institution and we have created a sustainable capacity for leadership and management, as well as initiating processes which will result in the enhancement of the student experience
and improved recruitment and retention - we have been very busy.”
Professor Upton added: “All in all the future looks bright; I’m immensely proud to have joined the University, to have played a part in helping turn things around and to have worked with some great people during my time here.
“I shall miss North Wales and Wrexham in particular, and would like to wish everyone involved with the University good luck with the journey.”
Professor Hinfelaar joined the University on April 1, following the arrival of new Director of Finance, David Elcock.
Incoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Claire Taylor, takes up her post later this summer and looks forward to the role.
Dr Taylor, currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Strategy) at St Mary’s University in London, read Music and Education at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, and completed doctoral studies with the University of Nottingham. Her early career was as a primary school teacher, before becoming a headteacher and later moving into HE, where she has held a variety of senior roles.
She said “I am delighted and excited to be joining the Wrexham Glyndŵr team as the University looks to the future and takes forward its new five-year strategy.
“The role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor presents a tremendous opportunity to serve a university whose ambitions accord with the values that I hold dear, and in particular I am deeply impressed by its student-centred approach and commitment to partnership working.
“I am very much looking forward to working with staff and students to raise the University’s profile, celebrate achievement and realise key goals and ambitions.”
Also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Developers Association and a Life Fellow of Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University, Dr Taylor is a member of the HEFCE sub-committee HE Public Information Steering Group, London Higher Access HE Steering Group and the LFHE Membership Advisory Group.
She and her husband Adam will relocate to Wales in July before she joins Wrexham Glyndŵr in August. Keen hillwalkers, they are both looking forward to exploring the region’s hills and mountains.
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Dr Claire Taylor
Students must not miss out on the chance to have their say on the future of Britain in europe.
That’s according to our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, who says younger voters in particular will have a major impact on the outcome when the EU referendum takes place on June 23.
The Dutch national, who spent several years working in academia in Ireland before joining WGU and considers herself a real European having lived and worked in three countries, has been encouraging students to register before the June 7 deadline so that the “crucial decision” is not left purely in the hands of older generations.
A recent poll by Opinium suggested that the result could depend on whether enough young people turn out to vote.
It found that only half (52%) of 18 to–34 year-olds are certain to take part - the group most likely to want to remain in the EU.
Of this age range, 53% said they backed staying in, while 29% wanted to leave and the rest were uncertain.
Professor Hinfelaar said: “It is a concern that the number of students to have registered so far is low, and that the vote itself takes place when many have completed their studies and left university to go home for the summer - this means that even the ones who have registered may need to take action to amend their details.
“I would encourage them to visit the website
as soon as possible and to not miss out on the chance to have their say in what will be a crucial decision for this country, not just for Britain but for Wales.
“Polls show that young people are in favour of staying in but if the turnout is low that will not be a fair reflection of public opinion, so I want to take this opportunity to encourage all of our students to register to vote from home as soon as possible and make sure their voice is represented.” Beth Button, President of NUS Wales, added: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to shape the UK's role in Europe. NUS Wales wants to see students turning out to vote to remain in Europe and this reflects the will of the student movement.” Register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to- vote by June 7.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar
Professor Graham Upton
The last three months have been very busy in the Guild, we seem to have started a trophy collection along the way and we’re preparing for a busy summer ahead!
Since February we’ve won two awards from NUS Wales which we’re immensely proud of, picked up the NUS Wales Small and Specialist Students’ Union of the Year Award and one of our staff members was crowned NUS Wales Staff Member of the Year.
We also hosted the first ever Guild Awards in April in the Students’ Guild Lounge, which was very well-received and a chance for students and staff to come together to celebrate the successes of the last 12 months.
The Student-Led Teaching and Staff Awards and the course representative awards were voted for by current students. The sports and societies prizes were voted for by a panel within the Guild and were based on a criteria of performance and engagement amongst others.
The final accolade was the President’s Award, chosen by Marc Caldecott for the student who has contributed the most to either the Guild, the wider community or for completing many hours of volunteering. This was presented to Social Work student Katie Wilkinson for her work with the refugee crisis.
In the midst of this we received a Bronze Green Impact Award thanks to the efforts of
our Sustainability Network Society, and have bragging rights for another year after winning our second Varsity against Chester Warrington.
Last year, they hosted what was the first Varsity for Wrexham Glyndŵr. We won the cup 7-2, and this year went one better following an extended programme to finish 9-2 ahead of our rivals.
It was a hot day and the atmosphere on campus was fierce, but it was amazing to see two universities creating friendships in the face of such competition.
In the next few months you’ll notice a change in our name! From 1 August we’ll be known as Wrexham Glyndŵr Students’ Union! Our new President Emily Karim and Vice President Travis Davis will begin in office on 1 July so watch out for them around campus.
Staff will be pleased to know that from the next academic year they will be able to purchase NUS Extra (student discount) cards directly from the Students’ Union. This is due to our new constitution recognising university employees as associate members.
LoNdoNStaff and students at the University’s Kingston-upon-Thames campus have been settling into life at the new site with a series of events.
Activities were also organised for the international cohort requiring a Tier-4 Visa to study in the UK. Students and Assistant Registrar Fiona Jeelani held a quiz and Asian food stall, a prize draw, workshops and decorated the premises with flags and bunting.
“It was decided that we would run the event over two days due to the number of students at the London campus and to give as many students as possible the opportunity to participate,” said Fiona.
“The project students finalised a poster for the event which was sent to all London Tier 4 students via email and displayed across the campus. Immigration Compliance arranged for bars of chocolate to be delivered to the campus in readiness for the event and met with the Students’ Guild to collate prizes for the prize draw.
“The project students planned a fundraising stall to raise money for Syria Relief, this stall was run on both days of the quiz. On the second day they planned to set up an Asian food stall selling a range of Asian delicacies.”
The University’s opTIC Technology Centre in St Asaph is a “prime example” of how a successful research and design cluster should operate, according to new Vice-Chancellor, Professor maria Hinfelaar.
Speaking at a business breakfast attended by more than 40 people and hosted by Chancellor Trefor Jones CBE, Professor Hinfelaar paid tribute to the centre’s new director Caroline Gray and said the work of scientists and engineers at OpTIC - notably those who won the race to design prototype mirrors for the world’s largest telescope - is a source of great pride for the University.
Glyndŵr Innovations’ Engineering and Design group is also celebrating a £390,000 grant with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to develop a prototype design for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
“What happens here at OpTIC is so exciting, it’s a prime example of how it should be done,” said Professor Hinfelaar.
“For the University as a whole the challenge ahead is very interesting, but can be achieved if we pursue three key ambitions.
“First of all, we must look to attract, retain and develop talent, particularly in research and development.
“Secondly, we will position Wrexham
Glyndŵr as the University of and for north east Wales - OpTIC will play a major role in that - and thirdly we will further develop partnerships in education, with local authorities, business and industry.
“You cannot live and work in an ivory tower, no university can survive like that and I’m going to be the driver for ensuring we focus on these elements as we move forward together.”
During his speech, Mr Jones described 2016 as the beginning of a “new era” for Wrexham Glyndŵr University.
He added that “many great companies” had spun-out of the incubation units at the OpTIC Centre, and many high-performing firms remain.
Reinforcing those words, Caroline said: “OpTIC is a living, breathing success story and things are getting better and better, including the £390,000 grant we have secured with the MoD, supported by Welsh Government.
“It shows how the team works and will work going into the future.”
NoRTHoPThe University is encouraging the public, staff and students to attend the Northop Nature Fest on Saturday July 9 from 11am-3pm.
The celebration will showcase and promote the campus and is a great opportunity for everyone to explore the scenic site.
Together with Plas Derw Forest School the team will be running wildlife and nature activities including a woodland trail, den building, roasting marshmallows, craft fun in the yurt and survival skill sessions.
Techniquest Glyndŵr will be delivering engineering activities linked to Wales’ Year of Adventure. They will have CD hovercrafts, mini-catapults, an arch bridge to build and stand on, and a model zip wire.One of the organisers, Sam Emmett, a sessional lecturer in Education, says it’s a great opportunity to bring the community on-campus to experience what the university has to offer in a beautiful location.
He said: “I am really passionate about the community here and Wrexham Glyndŵr University so I’m keen to think of innovative ways of bringing them together.
“I feel like it is our duty to show and provide learning to everyone. The Northop campus is such as a lovely beautiful site and we should take advantage of it. Everyone should have the chance to visit the campus and see its beauty for themselves.
“This is a fantastic chance to showcase what we have here. We welcome everyone to attend the event including current students and staff.”
Organisers of the Northop Nature Fest hope this will be the first event of an annual celebration at the campus.
Sam added: “So come along and take a tour of our beautiful woodland, roast your own marshmallows and learn more about our local habitat and join in with our workshops and games.”
For more information email:[email protected] call 01978 293963
Students’ Guildwith Sarah ellis
For more information on Glyndŵr Innovations www.glyndwrinnovations.co.uk
Students at London campus organised international activities
The University beat Chester Warrington 9-2 at Varsity 2016
Chancellor Trefor Jones CBE hosted a business breakfast
Campus round-upThe Wrexham Glyndŵr University Newspaper
Alumni and Fundraisingwith Nia Williams
We are keen to preserve the precious memories of our students and graduates’ time here at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.
The University may have only been inaugurated in 2008 but many of the buildings and memories remain the same, and we have been gathering documents, photographs and artefacts with a view to creating a collection of memorabilia for everyone to enjoy.
I am currently covering this position on an interim basis and will be in place until this autumn, so I’m keen to hear from staff and students about potential graduate case studies that can be used to enhance recruitment and develop our Alumni Association.
It’s a very enjoyable role and I’ve enjoyed getting to meet so many colleagues, but I would like to hear from even more of you!If you are able help the team get in contact with graduates we might have lost touch over the years then please [email protected]
Admissionswith Andy Phillips
Around 60,000 students found a place at a UK university through Clearing last year. Starting early in July, the Clearing period is a great opportunity for students to find last-minute university places but it can also be a very stressful time, particularly for those suddenly thrown into the system as a result of poorer than expected exam results. We’re keen to make the process as stress-free as possible for our applicants and potential students, so plans are already well underway for Clearing 2016.
There’ll be a comprehensive guide available on our website before the process starts in July, top tips for making the most of the process and readily available help and advice for prospective students from our Applicant Support Team on our live webchat.
The key message we want to get across to potential students is that Clearing doesn’t
need to be a stressful time. We’re confident that if someone gets in touch with us we’ll find a suitable programme for them at Wrexham Glyndŵr University to start this September.
Whilst there are still several months left of 2016 student recruitment, the 2017 entry cycle is already well underway. Our Recruitment team has been attending UCAS conventions across the country over the past few months and had a great response from the school and college students who will be applying for a university place to start in September 2017.
From an admissions perspective, the 2017 entry cycle will see two main changes. Firstly, the UCAS Tariff point system is changing. The current UCAS Tariff system has been in place for several years and has been completely rebuilt for 2017 entry onwards to be more comprehensive, coherent and understandable. The new tariff should not cause too many problems - those applying for university for the first time in 2017 won’t need to compare old with new, they’ll just use the new system - but
our Admissions team will be available to help anyone who has any queries about it.
The second change for 2017 will be our increased entry requirements for our full-time undergraduate courses.
Whilst our current entry requirements are generally set at the equivalent of three ‘C’s at A level, from 2017 we will be looking for two ‘B’s and ‘C’ for our three year undergraduate degree programmes.
This, combined with the widespread availability of programmes that include a foundation year, should ensure we’re well placed to appeal to school and college leavers with good predicted exam results whilst still remaining open to those coming to us with ‘non-traditional’ qualifications and work experience.As always, if you have any questions about Clearing, the UCAS Tariff or our 2017 entry requirements, just contact us [email protected]
UNIVeRSITY students are on track for a bright future in one of the world’s top
engineering competitions.Wrexham Glyndŵr University is putting
together a new strategy and searching for sponsors to enhance its standing in the acclaimed Formula Student competition.
The four-day motorsport challenge sees more than 130 universities from 30 countries design, build and then race a car at Silverstone grand prix circuit
The Welsh institution has fared well in past years but plans to move up a gear from 2017 onwards, led by Performance Car Technology lecturer, Bobby Manesh, who previously played a key role in helping Liverpool John Moores University to second place among the UK entrants.
Bobby Manesh, who this year joined Wrexham Glyndŵr as a lecturer in Performance Car Technology, wants to bring that level of success to North Wales but says the university will need financial support to compete with the larger institutions.
Participating in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ festival of motorsport is a unique selling point for students who later apply to enter the engineering sector, as the event is widely-recognised as one of the most prestigious and relevant in industry circles.
“This is the biggest engineering student competition in the world so it’s an honour for Wrexham Glyndŵr University to have taken part over past years,” said Bobby, from Mold.
“Like Formula One the contest has its own set of rules which change from year to year; it’s a very serious event and one we aim to take even more seriously in the years ahead because we know how highly-regarded it is by employers.
“We want current and prospective students to have this on their CV - they will if they join us.”
Two years ago, a 14-strong team from Wrexham sourced materials and built a car designed for optimum acceleration, braking and handling.
Among them was 24 year-old Lennox D’Coutho, from India, who said the event was vital for any student wanting to enter the performance engineering arena.
“It’s really important to have Formula Student on our CV to help us find employment when we leave.”
Bobby added: “A lot of companies will look for Formula Student on a job application straight away if they know that their university has taken part.
“As it’s an extra-curricular activity the dedication is as important as engineering skill and acumen, but in the end the experience gained far outweighs the time you spend working on the car.”
As well as being a tough test of their engineering ability, it’s also a fun event and will go on to be a landmark in their lives, according to Bobby.
“The competition takes place just days after the Silverstone Grand Prix, so you are there working in the pit lane just days after the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have been there with Mercedes and Ferrari,” he said.
“One minute you’re watching it on TV and the next you’re there with your Formula Racing team and getting ready to send a car out to compete - it’s a very surreal feeling as you also camp right there next to the tracks with thousands of other people in a fantastic atmosphere.”
Bobby added: “We will be competing next summer but how well we do and how good our car is will also rely on how much sponsorship and financial support we receive.
“One thing is for sure, we will be there and we will be doing our best to make a mark for the School of Computing and Engineering at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.”
For more on Performance Car Technology, visit the website: http://bit.ly/1OTMQkC. To sponsor the team or if you would like more information on Formula Student, [email protected]
For more, email the Careers team on [email protected]
New strategy for top engineering competition
Admissions Manager Andy Phillips
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Careers and ZoneBy Andrea Hilditch, Careers Adviser
We haven’t got heads that are able to swivel 360 degrees, nor are we armed with a crystal ball to see into the future, but we’re certainly looking in many directions here in the Careers department.
As our students pass the stressful exam period we are reflecting on the work already done this year with the academic departments and the events we have been involved in, whilst also currently looking to the future by providing a programme of sessions in the Make Summer Work For You programme.
Among the sessions on offer are Interview Skills, CVs and Applications, Job Searching, In Character, and Happiness Workshops.
Our team is also the essential key to many students taking that brave step in looking back and reflecting on their achievements. We start in October when Neil Pritchard and I work with groups from a range of academic subjects, including Engineering, Criminal Justice, Chemistry, Health, and Education, to name just a few.
This often results in follow-up appointments as it can be difficult for some to identify their achievements - that pesky negative bias kicks in, so you’d be surprised how many students overlook some of the excellent things they have done within their courses.
The academic staff here should be congratulated as we hear all about the innovative projects, assignments and research they inspire.
Within the great new location in the ELC this year, we also recruited three temps via
our own Wrexham Glyndŵr Temps service. Zone has had two temporary assistants - Laura (PGCE student) and Christine (Fine Art student) who has set up a blog page, helped with new videos and handled feedback forms.
Meanwhile, Kelly, a history student working as an assistant in Careers, has loaded and promoted hundreds of vacancies, social media posts, and handled student and employer enquiries. Not only are they looking to their own future by gaining valuable skills and experience, but they are helping to contribute to changing other students’ futures and for that we would like to say a huge ‘thank you’.
Lucy Jones, ADOR Project Coordinator, is quite rightly reflecting on a good year with more than 30 projects and significant successes including football and outdoor education initiatives, art schemes, a visit to Parliament by Broadcasting and Journalism students (see News in Brief), STAR youth mentoring and much more.
She’s not stopping there, however, and is already excited about the Peer Mentoring strand of the programme, which will be the focus for 2016-17. Lucy will be looking for participants, so if you know of any students who might be interested please send them our way.
As I spread my tarot cards in front of me and swill my tea leaves around - and try to see whether I have a lottery win in the near future - I can definitely see a great future for our students.
Bobby Manesh (left) with Engineering students
Careers Adviser Andrea Hilditch
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Liz Price addressing Criminology andCriminal Justice students
Graduate and Hedcamz boss Carl Long with colleagueHead of the School of Creative Arts, Alec Shepley,
at Creative Futures 2016
Filmmaker Jake Astbury is making a name for himself at Tate galleries in London and Liverpool
Students and school pupils were given a lesson in how Parliament works and laws
are made.Liz Price, Wales’ Senior Community Outreach and Engagement Officer for the Houses of Parliament, spoke to a group from the University’s Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) degree about the ins-and- outs of life at Westminster.They were joined by pupils from Hope’s Castell Alun High School, whose Humanities Learning Manager David Goodchild said the event helped develop their understanding of politics and the role of government. “It was certainly of benefit to the students; it helped them further develop their insight into the role of Parliament and how it impacts on their lives,” said David. “They especially valued the opportunity to consider how they can influence MPs and lobby them to create change. Several expressed that it had caused them to consider a career in politics.”Kane Peters, studying A-level politics at Castell Alun, agreed it was an “interesting and informative session” that greatly enhanced his understanding of the working of Parliament, and Vale Watterson, a student in CCJ at Wrexham Glyndŵr, added that it was “enlightening and enjoyable.”Lecturer Dr Caroline Hughes and work experience officer Lucy Jones had invited Liz to the institution to deliver two sessions via the Lottery-funded project ADOR; the first on myth- busting the UK Parliament, asking how it works and what function it provides. The second looked at how laws are made and how criminal justice relates to Parliament.
A passion for extreme sports inspired an electronic engineer to end a successful
career in industry to set up his own company designing action cameras.HEDCAMz was established by graduate Carl Long, 40, from his home in Crabtree Green in 2010 when the action camera industry - now worth more than an estimated £2.2billion - was in its infancy.Selling gear made by other brands such as GoPro and Sony in order to get the company up and running, Carl quickly turned his attention to developing his own product, launching the first HEDCAMz branded camera in February 2011.The firm recently more than doubled its turnover by venturing into the drone market when it became the Wales distributor for DJI, the world leader in camera drones.The success of HEDCAMz has seen Carl realise his lifelong ambition of running his own business - driven 100% by passion rather than the industry he had more than 20 years’ experience in. And he says the business and management knowledge gained from postgraduate study for an MBA at Wrexham Glyndŵr University played a major part in his success.
media students channelled their focus on a career in
radio during a visit to one of the UK’s top broadcasters.The 14-strong group visited BBC Radio Merseyside and enjoyed a tour of the studios before watching the presenters and production team in action.They were given training, tips and tricks on how best to use social media and an insight into how the station works day-to- day.With support from the ADOR project - which aims to support students through university and into employment - and the institution’s Careers department, the budding journalists also enjoyed a media workshop.Encouraged by Janet Jones, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media Communications, students Molly Hookings and Freyer Howells wrote a blog on their experiences and explained how volunteering can help you on the path to your chosen career.“Getting a job in the media can be tricky, and voluntary work can be a great way of cutting your teeth,” they wrote.Visit the blog here: bit.ly/1POJn0w
Innovative educators taught students survival skills alongside traditional lectures
to prepare them for careers working with children.A pilot research project led by senior lecturers Duane Chong and Ruth Davies, in conjunction with Natural Resources Wales, saw students on the Family and Childhood Studies degree receive accredited outdoor learning training at Felin Puleston Woods, Erddig.Designed to boost understanding of children’s creativity, play and learning, the programme led to participants collecting an Agored Cymru Level 1 Award in Outdoor Learning.Ruth said: “Outdoor learning field trips that we’ve organised over the past three years have been very popular. Students have been provided with first-hand experiences which help them to develop their understanding and skills in supporting children’s learning, play and creativity in a local woodland setting.“We’re very excited to be able to offer the newly-developed Agored Cymru Level 1 Award in Outdoor Learning from this year forward. This will enhance their employability, helping them to pursue future careers in a variety of roles in the children’s workforce.”
The University’s four-day media festival welcomed up to 600 students and
speakers, including the man who invented the world’s first cordless kettle and pocket mobile phone.The annual Creative Futures conference proved to be a showcase for a wide range of topics, from the arts and education to PR, design, animation and radio.The free event, organised by the Careers team, is dedicated to helping students develop their professional and business employability skills as well as raising the quality of creative work being developed in the region.Careers adviser Neil Pritchard said: “Employability is a key focus of what we do at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, and delivering a successful Creative Futures week is one of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to our students. “The various workshops, presentations, performances and advice sessions were delivered by industry professionals, so we can be confident our students are getting the most up to date information about the realities of the world of work.“Student feedback has indicated that the programme was inspiring and I was very impressed by the levels of engagement across the whole week.”Speaker Dick Powell, co-owner of Seymour Powell, a design and innovation consultancy which has produced a host of world first products of the last three decades, including designs for the world’s first cordless kettle and pocket mobile phone, said: “It is extremely
important to hold events like this. “I remember when I was a design student in the early 1970s we had experts talk to us and they were so inspiring. “It is particularly important that art and design students experience all disciplines. They must think about what they are going to do after they finish university.”Former students, including Samantha Harris, who now owns her own design agency, also gave presentations to share their experiences.Samantha, owner and creative director of design agency The Ideas Cupboard, said: “It was a big decision to go to university. I’m dyslexic and was always told early on in life I would not make much of myself but I wanted to prove people wrong.“Wrexham Glyndŵr University was the first place that really gave me support with my dyslexia, and graduating was probably my proudest moment.”
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A life-changing redundancy led to a filmmaker in his 40s discovering he
had Asperger’s and building a new career preserving digital art for the Tate.Jake Astbury, from London, toured with The Corrs and was a consultant for Hollywood movie 8mm during a successful 20 year career as an 8mm film specialist and independent filmmaker.But when he lost his job at the height of the 2008 banking crisis and his partner began to notice how much he was struggling to adapt to change, Jake investigated further and discovered he had Asperger’s.The experience led to him channelling his talents into a new career path, working as a technical conservator for Tate London and Liverpool. Jake’s knowledge was helping to preserve time-based media artworks in analogue video, 16mm and 8mm.
Now, Jake continues to work with the Tate alongside studying for an MA Fine Art Practice at Wrexham Glyndŵr after relocating from London to live in North Wales.“Through personal experience of being a filmmaker I understand all the kinds of media and the job with the Tate really helped me to come to terms with having Asperger’s. It made me realise that the skills I had were applicable to a much broader range of careers than I’d originally thought,” he said.“I’m very excited about what I can achieve here as a creative professional, with so many open spaces and scenery coupled with the ease of travelling to Liverpool and Manchester.“I love the Wrexham Glyndŵr University space. Everyone is friendly and I enjoy coming here, which is very beneficial for my work.”
A talented student won £250 to spend on art supplies for her “extraordinary” British
illustration.Tuisku Hiltunen, a second year on the Design Illustration, Graphic Novels and Children’s Publishing degree, won first prize in the prestigious Oxford Press competition.Tuisku, originally from Finland, was delighted and surprised to win the competition which asked for an illustration to represent the idea of a community, in a vibrant and cosmopolitan Britain.She said: “The criteria was very strict and difficult, as it had to be a British town but it was implied that it should be based on Oxford, where I’ve never been before. It also had to be a busy residential street but include nature, different characters and a narrative.“We also had to think about health and safety in the drawing - so I couldn’t put children playing up in a tree or pets in a kitchen. “I was very surprised I won.”
Final Year Degree Show
Zenon Kohler (left) with graduateIan Anderson and Borobi
Graphic design student Megan Robertsshows off her eye-catching dress
Wrexham MP Ian Lucas with Journalismstudents on a visit to Parliament
The Wrexham Learning Bus has been travelling around the county as part of the
Festival of Learning.Alongside Adult Community Learning partners, the University is encouraging members of the public to hop on the bus for free and be part of the programme of events, which run until July 1.“It’s the perfect way to find out more information about us, what courses we provide, and the chance to see our new look prospectus, all while having a great day out with friends and family,” said Sarah Gaffney, Widening Access Co-coordinator.“We are delighted that the festival is in Wrexham this year. We wanted to create an event that would encompass learning, skills and promote adult learners week in the area.”The Wrexham Learning Bus gives visitors the chance to chat with representatives from organisations such as Wrexham Itec, Libraries, Communities First, Careers Wales, the Job Centre, and The OU and WEA Cymru.The Festival culminates in Adult Learners’ Week, which runs from June 25 - July 1.For more information, email [email protected] or visit the website www.glyndwr.ac.uk
The University celebrated a strong showing in the student support category
at this year’s WhatUni Student Choice Awards, finishing 15th out of 125 He institutions in the UK.The event was held at a gala dinner in London hosted by TV personality and comedian, Jimmy Carr, with prizes and places determined by student reviews.Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar paid tribute to the University’s support teams, notably those offering help and advice to disabled students, study skills, guidance on fees and finance, careers and other key departments across its campuses in Wrexham, Northop and London.She said: “Wrexham Glyndŵr University has a reputation for top-class student support and offering those who join us a comfortable, friendly atmosphere in which to live and learn.“That has been reflected in our performance in this category at this year’s WhatUni Student Choice Awards, so can I take this opportunity to thank everyone involved”
Wrexham mP Ian Lucas welcomed Journalism students to Parliament to help
with their Public Affairs module.They interviewed Mr Lucas to get an insight into his daily role and sat in the House of Commons to watch a debate.Janet Jones, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media Communications, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Ian Lucas and his team for organising the day and putting the students’ political and journalism sessions into context.”Lucy Jones, ADOR project co-ordinator, added: “We are delighted to help our students learn and gain experience outside of the classroom on trips like this, as well as making contacts and building relationships in the industry they wish to work in.“It was fantastic to see from the trip one student was able to invite the MP onto his radio show and another was able to film the interview to help with her university project.”
A former student put his koalafications to the test designing a new mascot for
Australia’s Commonwealth Games.Ian Anderson, 48, an animation director, who studied Design Communications and Animation, led a team of artists to create the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games’ 2018 mascot, Borobi, a blue koala who is making national news in Australia.The original concept of Borobi was picked from a competition and Ian, who has worked for production studio Cutting Edge, based in Australia, for 14 years, helped design the top koala-ty mascot and bring his character to life.Ian, who left Wrexham in 1990, said: “As animation director I’m responsible in leading theteam of talented Cutting Edge artists from the beginning to the end of a production.“It’s rare I get to animate these days, but I enjoy it when I do. The Commonwealth Games was one of these projects, such an enjoyable project from beginning to completion. “It was such an honour to work on a project of such national significance with a very talented team.”Ian, originally from Liverpool, got his first break into the industry on the production of TheThief and the Cobbler and then headed to Australia and worked on Disney TV’s Goof Troop before working on TV adverts at Catflap Animation.Pauline Amphlett, senior lecturer in Graphic Design, taught Ian from 1988-90.She said: “It was always a pleasure to spend time with Ian as student. He was extremely focused on gaining a career in the animation industry. I’m so pleased to know he has gone onto make a successful life for himself.”View the launch video for the Games here:www.youtube.com/watch?v=huGtkSSeOyE#t=19
emergency responders worked hard to ‘rescue’ students from a crash scene at
Wrexham Glyndwr University.The simulated crash exercise was organised by the University’s Psychology department in partnership with North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Welsh Ambulance service and North Wales Police.Up to 50 first year Engineering, Psychology, Health and Broadcasting students took part in the staged event, acted out by students.Phill De Prez, Programme Leader for Psychology, said: “We try to organise this type of scenario every year. We decided to focus on risky behaviours for our students to look at the attitudes in situations like this.“We’ve been looking at the theory of risky behaviour in the classroom but we always try and back our studies up with practical learning.“It’s also great to work in partnership with other departments for practical exercises such as this.”The exercise staged the crash between two cars as if one of the drivers crashed due to speeding and there was a loose passenger in the back not wearing a seatbelt.The results of this situation showed several
scenarios which were utilised by different courses at the university.The Psychology students focused on the reactions of the situation and will now come up with research on different scenarios, from the partnership approach to eyewitness statements and other elements of the exercise.Students acted as casualties during the mock collision, with paramedics treating injuries andexplaining symptoms as the rescue took place.The doors and roof were cut off one of the vehicles as fire fighters freed the ‘injured’.Laurence Neville, advanced paramedic practitioner at the Welsh Ambulance Service, who worked with the University to organise the event, said: “The whole scene showed thestudents the pressures and stress our emergency crews are under in very real situations like this.“Overall from the start to the end it took 50 minutes but that is relatively quick but when you’re the person involved in that crash that time can go very slowly.”“I think it was a very successful demonstration of an accident and it shows the reality of what you see on the TV or read in the news when there’s been a car incident.”
Hundreds of people attended the successful launch of the Final Year degree
Show.The exhibition at the North Wales School of Art and Design features three years of hard work by the University’s Art and Design students.The show, Breaking the Mould, was launched by the new Head of the School of Creative Arts, Alec Shepley.He said: “Being at art school is a special time, art schools are special places - they are zones of reflection, places where we all go on a journey.“To break the mould requires willpower - especially important in the creative arts, where so much emphasis is placed on self-starting, self-initiative, self-criticality and creativity.”Work on display at the exhibition includes paintings, animations, installations, photography, game art and much more.At the launch, Bob Evers, on behalf of the Randolph Caldecott Society, presented prizes to student Angela Jones, the winner of their annual competition.Megan Roberts, 27, also studying Graphic Design and Multimedia, presented her work including an anti-bullying dress she designed which supports the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a young girl who was murdered for her image in 2007.Megan said: “Sophie was attacked because she looked like a ‘goth’ and I get a lot of abuse because I look and dress different too. I really
related to her story and wanted to support the charity and fight against discriminations against appearance through my work.”Megan’s dress features types of social media bullying and a portfolio of her work is also on display.The exhibition will be open to the public, for free, on weekdays from 10am-4pm until Friday, June 3.
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I must start by congratulating new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, on her appointment on behalf of myself, the Board of Directors and all of the members of the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber is a proud to be associated with Wrexham Glyndŵr University and we support your vision to be bold, enterprising and open to all in everything that you do.
I am sure some of those reading this will be wondering what the Chamber is and what it does? At times there is a confused perception of Chambers of Commerce and so I thought I would give you my view on what we are all about and how we might be able to help you.
West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce is the leading organisation representing the business community across the whole of West Cheshire and North Wales.
As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, our objectives remain clear: to promote and encourage business for our members and others regionally, nationally and internationally to improve commercial growth and prosperity.
Serving the business community in these diverse regions for more than 95 years, we aim to support every type of business from sole traders to large corporations. We tailor our service to suit our members, developing an enviable portfolio of member benefits, business advice, research, export knowledge, events and training opportunities to help support economic growth as well as engaging with key economic
stakeholders in the local, regional and national economy to ensure that the voice of business is always heard.
An important element of our strategic vision at the Chamber is assisting in bridging the gap between young people and businesses. Our members want to recruit local people and provide them opportunities of employment which will, in turn, strengthen our economy and so we are privileged to maintain strong links with our partners at Wrexham Glyndŵr to help make those essential connections.
We very much look forward to the continuation of a close working relationship between our two established organisations for many years to come.
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Kelly Jones and co will be joined by Brit Award winners Catfish and the
Bottlemen and special guests on 2 July at the University’s Racecourse Stadium.
Behind the scenes, operational staff and partners VMS Live are busy preparing for the landmark event with the local council and emergency services, to ensure the occasion passes safely and securely.
Up to 20,000 people are expected to attend the gig, the first since Motorhead and Twisted Sister played at the Racecourse ground in 1982.
Lynda Powell, Director of Operations, said: “This has taken a lot of time and effort from VMS Live and ourselves but we are delighted these brilliant acts will be appearing here this summer.
“It’s more than 30 years since the stadium has held a concert so getting a top name like Stereophonics, and rising stars Catfish and the Bottlemen, is a major coup for us.
“We hope this will be the first of many live shows taking place at the stadium over the coming years as our relationship with VMS Live grows stronger.”
With career sales topping 10 million albums, Stereophonics have a huge summer ahead with 10 dates already planned including a headline slot at the Isle Of Wight Festival.
The artists will become the first to play a live gig at the stadium since the 1982 Wrexham Festival, when hard rock legends Motorhead, Budgie, Tank, Raven, Orion and Twisted Sister powered out the music at the home of the town’s football club.
Wrexham Council is keen to minimise any disruption caused by the event, with traffic controls in place on routes approaching the stadium and into town.
Cllr David Kelly, Lead Member for Public Protection at Wrexham Council, said: “Controls will be put in place so as to properly manage the traffic expected as a result of the live performance, and we appreciate that this will cause disruption to anyone who might normally use the road. Nevertheless, with all correct controls in place, we hope to keep disruption to a minimum.”
Lynda added: “We would like to thank the council and our partners for their work in ensuring the event runs smoothly and safely.”
Stereophonics are ready to rock Wrexham
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Paul GreenDemonstrator/Technician in Engineering
edna Astbury-WardSenior Lecturer in Nursing
edward Taylor-RobinsonCampus Services Manager
Nathalie ReesGraduate Support and Destination Co-ordinator
George SavvaLecturer in Organisational Development
Alex SpichaleGlyndwr Temps - Careers Centre Admin. DHLE
Billy PatersonGlyndwr Temps - Careers Center Assistant DHLE
Victoria GrahamSenior Lecturer in Nursing
Caroline GraySite Director St Asaph
Natalie RochTechnician (Psychology)
Sarah JonesInternship - Events Management
eleanor SpencerPlanning Officer
Jane WilliamsAssistant Disability Adviser
Kirstie dolphinMedia Communications Officer
Alec ShepleyHead of School of Media, Arts & Design
michael HamerHead of Estates and Campus Management
Kenneth WynneSenior Maintenance Technician
Joanne HarrisonAssistant Disability Adviser
Will medforthStudent Engagement Organiser (activities)
david elcockDirector of Finance
Professor maria HinfelaarVice-Chancellor and Chief Executive
Kristina HodgkinsonGUL Receptionist
Robert WardFootball Activator
Ben Kibble-SmithStudent Engagement and Recruitment Assistant
Amber PercyStudent Engagement and Recruitment Assistant
emma ForrestSchool Academic Manager
Richard JonesBuilding Services Assistant
Fernando da mataSenior Lecturer in Animal Studies
Beenish KhanGul Student Welfare Advisor
Nia WilliamsAlumni and Fundraising Executive
NeW STARTeRS:A warm Wrexham Glyndŵr welcome to the following
Visit www.wcnwchamber.org.ukfor more information.
Alternatively, join us at one of our numerous networking events or simply give the team a call on 01244 669988.
A NUmBeR oF CoNTRoLLed ANd dIVeRTedRoUTeS WILL Be IN PLACe:
The approaches to the B&Q Roundabout will be reduced to two lanes from Plas Coch to prevent a left turn.
Lane 2 of the approach to the B&Q Roundabout will be closed for the final 20 metres before the roundabout to prevent straight-ahead movement onto Mold Road, whilst maintaining maximum flow on the roundabout.
The Mold Road running near the university and stadium will be closed to through traffic from 1pm until midnight.
A contraflow system will be set up on the road to allow access and exit to and from Yale Park and Windsor Road via the outbound side of the road, keeping the inbound side clear for pedestrians.
A 20mph speed limit will be in place through the contra-flow.
Crispin Lane will be closed at access to the rear of the stadium.
Central Road emerging from Central Retail Park (near Dunelm Mill) will be coned down to one lane and traffic will be directed into Regent Street, towards town.
Access to nearby Wrexham General Station will also be managed by operatives.
A park and ride bus service will run between the Council’s offices on Ruthin Road and the stadium in a bid to minimise traffic through the town.
Proper signage will be in place to direct concert-goers to appropriate car parks or the Park and Ride facility.