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Glyndwr University's main campus is located in Wrexham, North Wales, and is about 30 mins drive from Chester. The university runs 150 programmes, offering foundation courses, HND/HNCs, honours and master's degrees and doctorates. In addition to professional courses such as nursing and social work, the university offers a range of postgraduate and undergraduate qualifications in Art & Design, Engineering, Science, Humanities, Health and Social Care, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sports Sciences, Computing and Communication Technology, Music technology and Business. Although all courses are offered in English there are options to study or to be assessed in Welsh. A foundation degree in professional Welsh is also available.

Glyndwr was formerly the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education and was granted full university status in July 2008 to become the tenth university in Wales. It can trace its history back over 120 years. Since 2003 the institution has been part of the University of Wales. It currently has around 9,000 students.

Facilities

Libraries

IT and Computing

Glyndŵr University has excellent computer facilities located close to where you need them within your subject or in the library and open access areas. A recent investment has expanded our WiFi wireless access across the whole campus.

All our computers have full internet access. We will provide you with a wide range of other IT facilities such as your own email account, file storage, standard and specialist applications and printing facilities.

We have 13 computer suites throughout the University. Most of these are for general open access use, although there are also a number of specialist IT labs for certain areas such as Computing, Engineering, and Art and Design.

Glyndŵr University uses the latest technology to the full. We have a comprehensive student intranet containing a range of advice and guidance. Many of our courses' lecture notes and programme content are available online through our Virtual Learning Environment. Many study materials such as online databases, e-journals and library catalogue information are available online from our campus computers. They can also be accessed at home should you prefer to study there.

IT Services provides convenient and effective help and advice on all aspects of computing including hardware, software and network access and use. You can also report faults with computing equipment connected to the University network. The IT Helpdesk in the library building (Edward Llwyd Centre) is the first point of call for all IT queries.

Sports

Our sports centre is situated at the heart of Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus. It is one of the premier sporting venues in North Wales and has hosted several major sporting events.

We have two floodlit artificial pitches, one a water-based international hockey pitch and the other a sand-based pitch for football.

Our indoor facilities include a 1000sqm wooden sprung floor, a dance studio, fitness suite and spectator areas.

The centre runs a number of classes such as yoga, pilates, kickboxing and step, and supports the activities of a variety of sports teams playing hockey, football and basketball. The centre also offers healthy lifestyle packages to students wishing to improve their health through diet and fitness.

The sports centre has grown since we first opened our doors. We now boast several sports development officers as well as close links with community clubs and the Glyndŵr University sports and exercise science team.

Students studying on a full-time programme on the main Wrexham campus can apply for support through our innovative scholarship and bursaries scheme.

Contact Glyndŵr University Sport for more information:

Tel: 01978 293275 Email: sports@glyndwr.ac.uk

 
 
General Information
Established:
2008
Location:
Wrexham, UK
Address:
Glyndŵr University
Plas Coch Campus
Mold Road
Wrexham
LL11 2AW
Telephone:
01978 293439
Website:
SU/Guild website:
UCAS Code:
G56
Type:

 
 
Statistics
Total students:
7,410
Undergrad:
6,840
Postgrad:
435
Part-time:
International:
Mature:
Male:female
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Staff:
Typical offers:
Applicants per place:

Welfare

Glyndŵr University offers a wide range of student support services to help you succeed during your time here. These range from welfare services, including healthcare provision and disability support, to practical services such as photocopying and e-learning.

The focal point for many of these services is our Admissions and Enquiries team based in the Edward Llwyd Centre, which is also home to many of the support service teams.

The team, are helped by our student ambassadors, so you’ll be dealing directly with students who have had the same questions and queries in the past as you may have. The team will point you in the right direction regarding questions on anything from finance issues to where things are around the campus. They can also put you in touch with individual departments should you need to speak to someone in more detail about a particular service.

Please follow the links in the left-hand menu to find out more about the different services or, for more information about any of our student support services, please contact the Admissions and Enquiries team:

•Email: sid@glyndwr.ac.uk

•Tel: 01978 293439

Healthcare

Glyndŵr University has a nurse on campus during term time to provide a confidential service for both emergency treatment and advice on health matters. We also have two GP practices on site, both offering access to male and female doctors and providing a confidential service.

Students may register with either of these practices or with one of the variety of other practices in Wrexham.

The nurses run regular health promotion events throughout the year, beginning with the freshers’ fair. This event aims to give plenty of advice on healthy living, especially for those students living away from home for the first time. It also provides links to other health support groups.

All Glyndŵr University students are encouraged to register with a local doctor (if they are not already living locally), which they can do at enrolment/induction.

Due to the national shortage of dentists, students are advised to have a check-up with their home dentist before they come to university and to keep their own dentist throughout their time here. However, there are emergency dental services available in Wrexham should the need arise.

Accommodation

Most Glyndŵr University accommodation is either on campus or close by.

The Student Village offers campus-based accommodation for those first year students who want to be close to all the on-site facilities.

Wrexham Village is also on campus; this is the luxury choice for accommodation at Glyndwr. It is situated right next to the Centenary Club (the student bar).

For those who prefer to be away from the campus there is also a range of University-managed student accommodation in Wrexham.

Car parking is available at all University-owned accommodation, and laundry facilities are available on campus for students to use.

For those looking for more independence there is always a range of private accommodation available to students in Wrexham. The Glyndŵr University Accommodation Service maintains a register of suitable properties for students. Although the tenancy contract is between the student and the landlord, the Accommodation Service can offer advice and guidance.

Restaurants

Glyndŵr University accommodation offers self-catering facilities, but meals can be purchased from any of the catering outlets available on campus.

The Plas Coch site hosts Scholar’s Rest, the main dining area, which offers everything from sandwiches and salads to breakfasts and complete evening meals. Special dietary requirements are catered for including halal, vegetarian and gluten free meals, and themed meals and barbecues take place at regular intervals.

Other outlets at Plas Coch include Fellows Café Bar (a high street style coffee bar), Chapters Retail & Café Bar (an ‘essentials’ shop), Café Direct Vending Cartz (a self service facility in the library), and Café Darganfod in the Crispin Lane Building near Techniquest Glyndŵr. Also on site is Restaurant 1887, a great venue for a special meal out – reservations are required for the restaurant.


Banks

There are branches of all major UK banks in Wrexham town centre. There are also cash dispensers near the reception area in the university, at the Shell garage across the road, and outside the main entrance to Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Transport

The University is situated next to Wrexham Train Station and near to central bus station. The town centre is within walking distance.

Careers service

The Careers Centre at Glyndŵr University is designed to provide impartial and professional information, advice and guidance for students and graduates. The Careers Centre also offers a range of services for employers and academic staff. Contact 01978 293240, email careerscentre@glyndwr.ac.uk or see further information about the Careers Centre.

This is a brief round-up of Careers services:

•Careers advice: access to careers guidance interviews; make appointments to talk with a Careers Adviser and also EGuidance.

•Jobshop: located in the Students’ Guild building, advertising graduate jobs, part-time jobs, vacation work, voluntary work, internships and placements.

•Work experience placements: access to 6-10 week paid work placements via the GO Wales programme.

•Work tasters: unpaid work tasters via the GO Wales programme.

•Events: coach trips to graduate fairs; employer presentations and interviews.

•Free CV and application checking service: have your CV or application form checked to make sure you are presenting yourself in the best possible way to employers.

•Interview preparation: we can help on a one-to-one basis and also set up mock interviews.

•Free computer and telephone facilities.

•Extensive careers information library: with many reference files, guides, books, videos, free publications and leaflets.

•Local newspapers with job vacancies.

•Employment and opportunity preparation sessions.

•Practice psychometric tests.

Find out more about the employability of our graduates.

Find out more about which Glyndŵr University degrees can help you get a job in an area that interests you.

As a student at Glyndŵr University you can also gain valuable work experience and develop a number of transferable skills by becoming a student ambassador. Contact the Student Information Desk in the first instance for more information:

•Email: sid@glyndwr.ac.uk

•Tel: 01978 293439

Part-time jobs

We make it a priority to help our students find work during their time at university, if that’s what they want. Our Job Shop can help you find term-time and/or summer vacation work. This helps you in several ways:

You get to earn some extra money; You get to develop useful work-related skills, if not already in work; You get to find out about some of the local companies and other organisations you may want to work for in the future.

Religious facilities

During your time as a student at Glyndŵr University you may encounter many issues that make you think more deeply about some of life’s big questions (e.g. What should I do with my life? Why do people suffer? Does it matter if I believe in God? Why can’t people get on with each other?).

The chaplain is here to help you to think about these issues and to generally promote interest in the more spiritual side of life. In addition, a higher education chaplain (like a hospital chaplain) is there to offer the opportunity for support in any difficult times that arise for you during your time here.

The Chaplain Janice Jones is the Chaplain. She works ecumenically with other Christian denominations and connects to other faith communities. She is available to all staff and students to explore life and living. You can talk to the chaplain about anything at all. There is not even a need for the chaplain to know whether you are coming to discuss a relationship problem, the weekend hockey results or last Sunday’s Songs of Praise. One advantage of a chaplain being a general practitioner is that no-one need ever know why you called in.

Faith Advisors Faith advisors are contact persons for your faith group, and they can talk to you about issues related to your particular faith, when the Chaplain is unable to help. Currently we have faith advisors for many of the Christian denominations and for Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. We continue to make contact with representatives of other belief systems in order to add more advisors to this list.

Religious Services The chaplaincy holds regular worship meetings, which are advertised on notice boards and on the student intranet. Links to local places of worship adds to the options available. As there is no chapel on campus arrangements cannot easily be made for baptisms and weddings. If you want help in sorting out weddings, baptisms, confirmations etc. with local churches, the chaplain can put you in touch with the relevant people.

Quiet Space The chaplaincy has a quiet space, situated on the second floor of the Edward Llwyd Centre, where you can pray, meditate or reflect. The space is open for all to use.


Bars, Pubs and clubs==

Bustling town by day, Wrexham comes alive at night with an array of options for drinking and socialising.

Bars and pubs The town centre area is home to a good selection of pubs ranging from traditional real ale houses to more modern bars showing live sports, all within a short walk of each other.

Nightclubs Liquid and Envy is Wrexham's biggest nightclub. A modern club with a capacity of 1000 it hosts special student events on weeknights catering for a range of musical tastes. At weekends, the club is packed out with DJs playing the latest - and classic - tracks. Wednesday night is "Student Night", with £1 entry and £1 drinks offers, and these are often themed - from Neon to Beach foam party to Superheroes!

Live music Wrexham's biggest live music venue is Central Station. Described by the likes of the Independent and Kerrang as 'Wales' leading live music venue,' its stage has been graced by names including Robert Plant, Scouting for Girls, Duffy, Chase & Status, The Wombats, Bloc Party and Biffy Clyro. It's also a leading venue for Focus Wales, a music festival and conference featuring performances from more than 100 bands across the town. Glyndŵr University is a partner of the event.

Events

Find out about our next open day here: http://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Howtoapply/VisitGlyndrUniversity/Opendays/

Social

At Glyndŵr University we have seen the number of societies more than double, with students looking to get together to celebrate their love of everything from photography to cheese tasting.

Perhaps, with students keenly aware of financial issues, they are seeing social groups as an opportunity to have fun and meet new people for less. Students are also more interested than ever in adding those essential elements to their CVs which could make a difference in the jobs market. Gaining a position of responsibility in a club or society provides just such an opportunity.

Is this the end for the student bar? Far from it. There is, though, a move towards making such facilities do more than just provide a cheap place to get drunk on a Saturday.

With the launch of the Centenary Club bar at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium, we have made a decisive move towards making the student bar a more inclusive, multi-purpose space.

As well as making sure there are opportunities for club nights and live music, we have put daytime activities at the forefront of the redevelopment of the club.

Low-cost food options mean it complements our daytime catering options, giving students more choice. A quiet study area means the bar can be used throughout the day and offer a meeting place for groups.

Meanwhile, on matchdays Wrexham FC and Crusaders rugby league fans use the bar as a meeting point and a big part of their day. We’ve kept lots of sports memorabilia and an overall sports bar theme to bring the two elements together.

We’re not alone in looking to get more from our student bar – across the sector we are seeing an increase in the numbers of coffee shops and informal meeting places which go beyond the standard student union setup. Who knows, this change in attitude might one day be reflected in public perception of university life.

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