Welcome to Glyndwr University
Wrexham might just be the perfect place to study. It's a classic market town, with beautiful countryside on the doorstep, and within easy reach of Manchester and Liverpool if you need a dose of city life. You can quite literally have it all.
Named after 14 century Welsh freedom fighter Owain Glyndŵr, the University can trace its history back 120 years, but is actually one of the youngest in the country, gaining full University status in 2008.
Glyndŵr University is a young, vibant institution at the heart of the north east Wales community, striving to be student-centred, market-led, of international significance and open to all. Course fees are generally below the £9,000 maximum most others have defaulted to, and they have special schemes for those from non-traditional backgrounds to enter higher education. They actively reach out to those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those with disabilities too - the University wants to break-down barriers to entry. It's also keen to develop a working community, which includes excellent childcare. Consequently there is a friendly campus atmosphere.
In addition, they have a special relationship with sport. Not only do they own Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium where both Wrexham FC and the North Wales Crusaders rugby league team play, but they also help young footballers who have dropped-out of the top flight, so they can take a degree and can get signed-up for Wrexham football club at the same time. If good enough, they get to play.
It's also an excellent place to learn TV and radio production skills, with working studios on-site and a working radio station at the Wrexham campus.
The Guardian University Guide 2015 ranked Glyndŵr University number 1 for Art in Wales and joint first in the UK for student satisfaction in Education.
The University also produces some innovative courses – you can complete some degrees in two rather than three years, and a full masters in four years.
2 year fast-track degrees are delivered over three ten week semesters and designed to cover exactly the same content as the traditional three year route meaning you graduate a year earlier.
The “kick-start year” is designed for students who may not have all the required grades/entry requirements for the ‘traditional’ degree course. It is possible to study the University’s 'kick-start year' before progressing to a number of our degrees. This way you do not have to delay joining the University, and when you have completed the Foundation Year you can then progress on to study at degree level if it’s right for you.
On some degrees you can choose to study an integrated masters degree which means you can graduate with a higher level qualification than a bachelors degree. The first three years follow a similar pattern to a normal undergraduate course, and in your fourth year you will study additional modules at masters level.
The main campus is just outside the town centre, with secondary campuses in Northop for rural-based courses such as animal studies, and on the coast at St Asaph which specialises in new and green energy technologies.
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 the wider local, national and international economy.
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Courses and fees
According to The Guardian's guide, the average undergraduate entry requirement is 283 (BBC).
The University has two innovative schemes – a fast-track BA in two, rather than three, years. Also a combined four-year Masters. Neither reduces the time spent working, but rather compresses the work into three semesters per year rather than two.
For the 2-year fast-track, students can apply in the following courses:
- Accounting and Finance
- Global Business
- Marketing and Consumer Psychology
- Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management
- Sports Management
The University does not currently charge the full £9,000 for any course. Which is rather refreshing. Courses range from £6,500 for some foundation degrees, up to £8,450 for undergraduate degrees. The full list can be found here.Postgraduate fees
Fees vary from £4,250 to £10,995 for postgraduate courses. Full fees may depend on the modules students want to take. The full list can be found here.
Bursaries and scholarships
For those that live in Wales, the Welsh government pays the fees above £3,810, which represents a significant saving.
In addition, for those planning a postgraduate degree, if you plan to start in 2016/17 then the University offers a 50% fee-waiver scholarship. It's open to graduates taking: MA; MBA; MSc; MRes, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma. Executive MBA and PGCE are not eligible.
ScholarshipsCare leavers qualify for a £1,000 scholarship, and those with disabilities may be entitled to a Disability Support Allowance.
Sports scholarships and bursaries are available to help support elite atheletes while they carry out their studies. An Excellence Scholarship has also been created to recognise and reward some of the strongest applicants. Visit glyndwr.ac.uk for more information.
There are 13 separate points for using a computer throughout the university, with additional specialist labs for computing, engineering, and art and design. Wifi has recently been extended to cover the whole Wrexham campus, so students can study anywhere that's convenient.
"If I were to sum up my experience at Glyndŵr University in one word it would be inspiring. Because it is, the types of the people you work with, and I emphasize the word with. The lecturers treat you as equal, not students, they work with you so you can be the best you can be."
Library and Study Facilities
The main library, the Edward Llwyd Centre, has IT facilities on each of its three floors. Library facilities are good, with more than 120,000 books, DVDs.
But the university also shares its library with the much larger University of Bangor, and students can also have access to the Aberystwyth National Library of Wales, which takes one copy of every book in print. It's also part of SCONUL, which allows students to request books from any participating university.
The building also houses a print room, a café, a shop and the student information desk, where students can find help with issues like accommodation or IT.
In addition, the Students' Guild, the local name for the Students' Union is in the same building.
A second library, the Leonard and Marilou Goldstein Library, opened in late 2012. It is based on the collection of the left-wing Golsteins, who left the US during the McCarthy witch hunts of the early 1960s to settle in east Berlin.
They retired to live in London in 1987, and the University agreed to take their collection on the condition they keep it intact. It features some 13,000 works, mainly of literature and social and political history, but there are also books on photography, architecture, crime fiction, theology and philosophy, with around a third of the collection written in German.
"The atmosphere around the campus is sublime, I loved coming to university every morning just because everyone was so friendly. Just from walking around campus you could feel the positive energy. I don’t think I’ve had one negative memory of Glyndŵr it was a brilliant experience from start to finish."
Welfare and Financial Aid
The university has an active welfare office, to advise on things like funding and any and every aspect of university life.
They focus on help and advice for students, but there is also some budget for hardship and discretionary funds in emergencies. The e-learning team is based in the Edward Llwyd Centre, and can help with issues starting with finding your way around.
There is an assessment centre on-site to help students with physical or learning impairments, particularly to give them the tools or assistance they need to succeed while on campus.
Careers is another area the university takes seriously. In addition to a traditional careers service they have a young enterprise centre called 'The Zone' to help students to set-up micro-businesses.
Job Shop, located in the Students’ Guild, helps students find part-time work, but also advertises graduate jobs, part-time jobs, vacation work, voluntary work, internships and placements.
Students can make appointments with careers advisers for those who don't know where they want to look for a career, a CV checking service and interview training.
There is also career information for students on the Moodle intranet system and specialist career library.
Placements are encouraged and many courses include 6-10 week placements as part of the course.
The Student's Guild also encourages students to participate in Student Union clubs, the responsibility of running or setting up clubs can look rather good on a CV.
The university organises coach trips to graduate fairs and hosts employer presentations and interviews.
The Careers Centre also offers a range of services for employers and academic staff. Contact sid@Glyndŵr.ac.uk on 01978 293439 for more information.
There are two GP surgeries on-site, and students have the choice of registering with either of them or with a local doctor – the university's preference.
Glyndŵr University has a nurse on campus during term time for emergency treatment. The nurses run regular health promotion events throughout the year, beginning with the freshers’ fair, designed to help those living away from home for the first time.
There is a shortage of dentists in Wrexham, so students are encouraged to maintain their home dentist, although there are emergency dental services available in the case of emergencies.
There is an eight-bed Acupuncture and Complementary Therapies Clinic, open to treat the public, staff and students that offers:
- Tuina Massage
Halls of residence fall into four main options - three in Wrexham, one in Northup. Car parking and Wifi are available at all University-owned accommodation, and laundry facilities are available on campus for students to use.
Twenty single rooms located a 20-minute drive from Wrexham, costs £80 per week.
Our on-campus Student Village is one of the most popular accommodation options. Rooms here offer a perfect blend of quality and affordability and have en-suite bathroom with shared kitchen and dining facilities.
Next door to the Wrexham Campus is Wrexham Village ( managed by Wrexham Village Ltd), the new £40m luxury student housing complex, which offers 323 high quality rooms. All have en-suite bathrooms and flat screen TVs.
Corbishley Hall has been extensively refurbished following a £1.7m investment in facilities at our Northop campus. Situated in rural land adjacent to teaching facilities in Northop. If studying at the Northop campus you may also want to consider staying in accommodation on our Wrexham campus as there is a shuttle bus that travels between campuses.
Wrexham has two train stations – Wrexham Central near the middle of town and is on the line to Merseyside. Wrexham General, which is near the University, is on the main line to London, and you can reach London Euston in 3 hours or Manchester in under two hours.
Both Manchester and Liverpool have international airports.
To drive, Wrexham is off the main A483 road, which runs north to south in Wales. The nearest motorway is north of Chester, joining the M56 to Manchester or M53 to Merseyside. Liverpool can be reached by car in around 45 minutes and Manchester in around 1 hour.
The university actively encourages prospective students to visit. Open days usually take place in March, August, October and November but keep checking back here for details of the next days. Open days generally last from 10am to 2pm, and you can register for one here.
For those unable to attend an open day, there are also set guided tours and personalised campus tours available on request.
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