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Wrexham Glyndwr University
Wrexham Glyndŵr University gained university status in 2008 after being a member of the University of Wales since 2003. The university is named after the medieval Welsh prince Owain Glyndŵr, who first suggested the establishment of universities throughout Wales in the early 15th century.
It is situated between the Welsh mountains and the lower Dee Valley right alongside the Cheshire border, so students in Wrexham have the best of both worlds; city life and the great outdoors. Wrexham is a town steeped in heritage, with beautiful scenery, numerous historical sites and a bustling town centre as well as being near to cities including Chester, Manchester and Liverpool.
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The University’s main campus is in Wrexham on a single site offering a real community of students and a safe, accessible and stimulating environment. It has all the facilities you would expect of a campus-based University such as student bar, sports facilities, cafes and restaurants, as well as library and IT facilities. They also have some unexpected facilities, such as an art gallery, international football and rugby stadium, dedicated Centre for the Creative Industries, recording studio, flight simulator, crime scene labs and Chinese medicine clinic.
Wrexham has lots to offer students and is ideally located close to north Wales and the north west of England. Chester is only 15 minutes away by train with Liverpool and Manchester accessible in less than an hour. Wrexham town centre itself is a bustling hub of bars, traditional pubs and a range of nightclubs and restaurants
Set in the heart of the beautiful North Wales countryside, the Northop campus has the advantage of being less than 15 miles from both Wrexham and Chester. The historic market town of Mold is just three miles away. The Northop campus is the hub for all the University’s biology and environment courses, as well as a base for some education and teacher training courses.
It has seen significant investment in recent years and now boasts refurbished student accommodation, lecture rooms, conference facilities, sports hall, workshops and laboratories.
A shuttle bus runs daily on weekdays during term time between the Wrexham and Northop campuses.
The University's origins date back to the Wrexham School of Science and Art (WSSA), which was built in 1887. In 1924, it started offering University of London-validated degrees, and merged a number of times to become an associate member of the University of Wales. In 2004 it because a full member of the University of Wales and in 2006 became accredited by the University of Wales and exercised devolved powers to validate and deliver its own degrees.
The university was officially renamed "Glyndŵr University" in July 2008 after being granted degree awarding powers. In 2016, the University underwent a minor name change and is now called "Wrexham Glyndŵr University".
School of Creative Arts
- Applied Art
- Design Communication & Digital Art
- Fine Art
- Creative Media Technology
- Broadcasting & Journalism
- Creative Writing
The School of Social & Life Sciences
- Animal Studies & Equine Science
- Complementary Medicine
- Childhood Studies
- Health Care Studies
- Occupational Therapy
- Criminal Justice
- Social Care
- Youth & Community
The School of Applied Science, Computing & Engineering
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Building & Civil Engineering
- Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Science & Environment
North Wales Business School
- Hospitality, Leisure & Retail
Glyndŵr University’s research is geared towards creating innovations and solving problems in industry and society. The St Asaph site brings together academics conducting research into highly specialised areas of technology and businesses looking to develop that technology for commercial purposes. This enterprising partnership approach makes the site a key part of both the University and of the wider local, national and international economy.
In the 2014 REF, more than 90% of the University’s electrical engineering, materials and computer science research was assessed as internationally significant and areas of media research world-leading.
The University has over 120,000 books, DVDs and other learning resources. They also offer access to online electronic resources with around 1,000 electronic textbooks and over 6,000 full text electronic journals.
There are two libraries on the Wrexham campus offering a wide range of information resources to support your studies in a comfortable and flexible learning environment.
Their Academic Study Skills support offers advice and suggests learning strategies for planning, writing and referencing assignments, Maths, ICT and more. They also offer one-to-one sessions, group sessions and workshops throughout the academic year.
As well as facilities within the library, there are computer suites across campus and specialist labs for computing, engineering and art and design students.
If you’re keen to get involved in sports during your time at University, they’ve got a range sports facilities for both individuals, and groups that want to have fun, as well as the athletic union sports teams that represent Glyndŵr University in competitive matches.
Their facilities include a sports hall with dedicated areas for badminton, netball, basketball, volleyball, futsal, handball and indoor hockey and also provision for table tennis and matting for martial arts; a dance studio, a fitness suite, a sand-dressed artificial pitch; a floodlit pitch; The International Hockey stadium; Colliers Park training ground, a complex which has a number of grass pitches and a state-of-the-art Astroturf pitch; Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium, the world’s oldest international football ground currently in use; and a Human Performance Laboratory which is used by sports students to carry out fitness testing on professional athletes and is filled with specialist equipment such as advanced cardiovascular equipment and 3D motion analysis instruments.
There is also lots of opportunity for sport in and around the local area.
In 2014 Glyndŵr Wrexham Football Academy was launched in partnership with Wrexham FC for footballers who want to gain an education and continue their football careers.Footballers from premier league, football league and international level have joined the academy from clubs such as Manchester City, QPR, Leeds United, Preston North End, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City and Burnley.
Glyndwr’s Students’ Guild offers lots of opportunities to get involved in, including media projects such as GMag, the student magazine, and GTV, the student-run IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) channel. You can also work with the Guild’s Executive Officers on a variety of projects, whether that means getting involved in environmental issues across campus, or working alongside their LGBT and Women’s officers promoting equality in the University, or even helping out with events and promoting student entertainment on and off campus.
Their sports teams include everything from football, rugby and hockey to futsal, cycling and basketball. If this does not suit, maybe you could get a group of people interested to form a club of your own. Sports scholarships are also available to help support those competing at a competitive level in their sport.
As well as supporting students the Guild is there to ensure you get the very best out of your time studying. As well as traditional student nights and freshers’ parties the Guild offers Halloween and Christmas events, Superhero nights, Paint Parties, Inflatable Parties, ‘I’m a Student Get Me Out Of Here’ nights and many more. They also offer karaoke, bhangra nights, quiz nights and charity events to celebrations such as the summer ball, Christmas and Chinese New Year.
The Centenary Club fondly known as ‘The Cent’ amongst students where students can relax and socialise. It houses plasma screens, pool tables and a stage area for live bands, DJs and comedy events. In the day The Cent serves a low cost pub favourite menu of food and there is a quiet area that students can use to meet in groups or have a bit of chill out time from studying.
Religion & Spirituality
Whether it’s information about local faith groups, pastoral counselling or if you just want to talk about an issue on your mind, the University’s Chaplain will be happy to help. They have volunteer faith advisers from many of the Christian denominations and for Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs. They also have a quiet space where you can pray, meditate and relax, and arrange groups and events throughout the year.
Health & Wellbeing
You can speak to one of Glyndŵr University’s counsellors on a one-to-one basis or join one of the group sessions they organise. These can give you advice on anything from managing stress or coping with anxiety to relaxation and preparing for exams. Books and reading materials on any of these issues are also available.
In 2014 24.6% of the University’s students were in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance. The University offers a range of support services, including appointments with educational psychologists, note-taking in lectures, one to one specialist dyslexia tutor support and mental health mentoring. You may benefit from extra time when you borrow library books. And when it’s time for exams, your needs are catered for.
Disabled students have access to an Assistive Technology Suite. The suite has everything to support your learning – high and low level lighting areas, specialised software, adaptive furniture and ergonomic equipment aids.
With the disability team you can agree the individual support arrangements required arising from visual or hearing impairments, mental health conditions, conditions such as diabetes or ME, or learning differences, such as dyslexia.
Glyndŵr University has a wide range of services available to help you find paid and unpaid work while you study, and graduate level work thereafter. Their online Jobshop advertises part-time, temporary and graduate vacancies, as well as work experience and volunteering opportunities. They also offer temporary vacancies on campus via the Glyndŵr temps service.
Support is available to help you make an eye-catching application and CVs for jobs or work experience. Mock interviews and psychometric tests can be arranged to help you increase your confidence at the interview stage. Careers Advisers are available to discuss any aspect of your career, with e-guidance, 45 minute guidance sessions and short ‘drop-in’ clinics. Meanwhile, their popular guides on a range of topics are available to you.
Throughout the year, they offer a range of Career Development Learning sessions within the curriculum to encourage you to develop lifelong career management skills and to help develop employment skills, apply for jobs or and work placement opportunities.
ZONE Enterprise Hub is the home of enterprise at Glyndwr University. If you have a great business idea and need help getting started, are looking for support in developing your own enterprising project, or want to improve your skills for employability, their all year round programme of support and activities is open to all students and graduates of the University. They offer: drop-in sessions; networking events; a space to meet and plan projects; enterprise clubs to meet like-minded people and gain expert advice; a business library; and competitions, practical projects and briefs from industry to give you real, hands-on experience.
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
Student Village, the on-campus residences are a perfect blend of quality and affordability. They are across the road from the Edward Llwyd Centre (which contains the library, IT and Student Services departments) with 208 single rooms available in flats of 5/6. Each flat has a shared kitchen and dining facilities and all rooms have en-suite bathrooms including a sink, mirror, shower and toilet.
A wired internet connection point is available in all bedrooms and there are a number of adapted rooms for less-able bodied students. All blocks are protected by 24-hour CCTV camera coverage and 24-hour security staff coverage.
Wrexham Village offers unrivalled student accommodation. The two purpose built accommodation buildings offer 323 en-suite bedrooms divided into 6, 7 and 8 living quarters that share a fully equipped communal kitchen and living area; perfect for relaxing and socialising with fellow students, friends and colleagues. WiFi and internet connection points are available in all the bedrooms & living areas, and there is 24-hour security/staff and maintenance on site alongside CCTV. The Village also boasts laundry facilities and a secured bike shelter.
28 bed spaces are available in the Northop Campus, all of a generous size with shared use of kitchen and dining rooms. If you are studying at the Northop campus can also stay in accommodation on the Wrexham campus as there is a shuttle bus that travels between the two.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, the University asks for an IELTS score of 6.0, with no element less than 5.5.
The University offers support and guidance for all international students from application to enrolment, as well as throughout your studies.
They provide a ‘Meet and Greet’ service for new international students from Manchester airport where they can meet you at the airport and bring you to the University free of charge.
The University also offers workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Their small class sizes mean that you are easily able to ask questions should you need to.
The Second Language Centre offers English language support and can help you to enhance your English language skills to IELTS 6.5. It also offers short courses in other languages.