Glyndŵr University

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Glyndŵr University
Prifysgol Glyndŵr
Motto Hyder trwy Addysg (Welsh)
Motto in English Confidence through Education
Established 1887, as Wrexham School of Science and Art,
2008 as Glyndŵr University
Endowment £18,000 (2011)[1]
Chancellor Sir Jon Shortridge [2]
Vice-Chancellor Michael Scott
Students 8,960 (2010/2011)[3]
Undergraduates 7,570[3]
Postgraduates 1,390[3]
Other students 10[3]
Location Wrexham, Wales, UK
53°03′14″N 3°00′22″W / 53.054°N 3.006°W / 53.054; -3.006Coordinates: 53°03′14″N 3°00′22″W / 53.054°N 3.006°W / 53.054; -3.006
Campus Urban
Colours Scarlet red and Gold          
Wrexham Glyndwr University.jpg

Glyndŵr University (Welsh: Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Welsh pronunciation: [priːvˈəsɡɔl ɡlɨnˈduːr]) is a British university with campuses at Wrexham, Northop and St Asaph in north-east Wales. It offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as professional courses. GU has approximately 9,000 students.[3]

Formerly known as the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI), it was granted full 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,[4] who first suggested the establishment of universities throughout Wales in the early 15th century.[5]

In June 2014 Glyndŵr University was suspended from recruiting international students from outside the UK. The suspension followed an investigation into students who had obtained fraudulent English language qualifications in order to gain admission to the University. An investigation is currently underway and a task force has been established with the aim of getting the suspension lifted. [6] [7][8][9]


Glyndŵr University's origins date back to the opening of Wrexham School of Science and Art (WSSA) in 1887. At this time Viriamu Jones called for a University of Wales.[citation needed] The WSSA began offering University of London degrees in Science in 1924. The original name of Wrexham School of Science and Art was changed several times. In 1927, it became Denbighshire Technical Institute, becoming Denbighshire Technical College in 1939 and North East Wales Institute of Higher Education in 1975 by the merger of Denbighshire Technical College, Cartrefle Teacher Training College and Kelsterton College of Connah's Quay, Deeside. Initially, its degrees were validated by the University of Salford. Some famous alumni include William Roberts, Srinjoy Guha and Rupert Humphrey among others.

In 1993, NEWI became an associate member of the University of Wales and all further education courses in Wrexham were moved to Yale College, Wrexham. In 2004, NEWI became 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 University of Wales degrees. The university was officially renamed "Glyndŵr University" in July 2008 after being granted degree awarding powers. The name was chosen in favour of other suggestions such as "University of Wrexham", "University of Wales, Wrexham", and "North East Wales University (NEWU)" amongst others. The University was visited by the Queen in 2003[10] and by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester in 2005.[10]

In June 2014, the Home Office suspended Glyndwr University's authorisation to sponsor international students.[11]


Glyndŵr University has various sites in the Wrexham area and an additional site in London, near the Elephant and Castle tube station.


Glyndŵr University has five sites in Wrexham itself. The main site at Plas Coch covers 93 acres (380,000 m2), and was inherited from the former Cartrefle TTC which moved there in 1953. It houses over 70 seminar suites, conference suites, lecture theatres, work shops and laboratories, complemented with a library (the Edward Llwyd Centre) and learning resource facilities, as well as a fair sized sports centre (the Plas Coch Sports Centre), a Centre for the Creative Industries, the Centre for the Child, Family and Society, the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium, a human performance lab, the Terry Hands studio, the Catrin Finch Centre, William Aston Hall, the Oriel Sycharth Gallery, the Welsh international hockey team, and Techniquest, a science discovery centre which is open to the public.

Glyndŵr University's other Wrexham site, on Regent Street, is situated near to Wrexham town centre and is home to Glyndŵr University's courses in Art and Design. It formerly housed the Denbighshire Technical College, who moved to the site in 1927 (under their previous name of Denbighshire Technical Institute).

In 2008, the University took over the higher education provision of the Welsh College of Horticulture in Northop, Flintshire, and now has a full campus in that location. Courses offered include Animal Studies, Equine Science, Geography, ecology & environment and Wildlife and plant biology.

In 2011 the university acquired the Racecourse Ground, the home of Wrexham FC, renaming it the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium.

Glyndŵr University has its own music recording facilities, notably The Wall Recording Studio.

London campus[edit]

Glyndŵr University has opened a London site to develop the university at an academic and professional level.

Academic profile[edit]

Glyndŵr University runs 150 programmes, offering foundation, HND/Cs, honours and master's degrees and doctorates over a broad variety of qualifications. In addition to professional courses such as nursing and social work, Glyndŵr 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 the Welsh language. A foundation degree in Professional Welsh is also available.

Computing is arguably the most successful department at the university. It has been ranked 64 in the UK by the Good University guide 2014, a jump of 29 places from the previous year.[12] Glyndŵr University is active in postgraduate research. The institution entered the RAE 2008 and received several rankings of "international significance".

(2015, national)
The Guardian[14]
(2015, national)
Times/Sunday Times[15]
(2014, national)

International links[edit]

GU commenced a number of international projects in the 1980s, forming Khartoum Polytechnic, Westbank University, Lerothli Polytechnic and developed more networks of Universities in Africa and Asia.

The university currently has links with the British Hellenic College and TEG Singapore.

Glyndŵr University is a member of the Fair Trade Coalition. It displays the Fair trade logo and sells Fair Trade items in its cafes/shops.


Glyndŵr University's first principal (then as NEWI) was Glyn O Phillips. He retired in 1991 and was replaced by John O Williams.

Following the retirement of Williams in 2000, NEWI then appointed Michael Scott in 2001 who is now the current Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University. Scott is, himself, a former student of the University of Wales, Lampeter.


Glyndŵr University has two subsidiary companies:

  • Glyndŵr Innovations Ltd
  • North Wales Science (Techniquest Glyndŵr - "TQG")

and a number of collaborative partners, including:

Student life[edit]

Glyndŵr University's students come from all over the UK and the European Union. Glyndŵr University is also extremely popular with mature students. Around 54% of Glyndŵr University students are over twenty-one with 17% over the age of forty.[16]


Glyndŵr University has three main halls of residence, namely the Student village, Wrexham Village and Snowdon Hall. The student village is separated into houses and the houses into flats. Snowdon Hall, Bath Road and Clwyd House are in the vicinity of Wrexham town. The student village and Snowdon Hall are en suite and the rest are shared facilities. All of Glyndŵr University's accommodation is self-catering. Snowdon Hall is separated into five separate blocks of lockable flats and is currently leased from and run by the Opal Group.

Sports, clubs and traditions[edit]

Glyndŵr University sport teams compete in British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS). In the 2013 - 14 academic year, Glyndŵr University entered 9 teams into BUCS leagues. Team sports played at the university are; Men's Rugby Union, Women's Netball (2 teams), Men's Basketball, Women's and Men's Hockey, Men's Soccer, Men's Futsal and Mens Badminton. Honours include BUCS 4A Men's Rugby champions.

Glyndŵr University boasts a large sports centre, a radio studio, sound recording studio, engineering laboratories, art gallery, IT facilities, theatre studios, motor racing team, a dedicated scene of crime lab and notably the unusual asset of a Chinese medicine clinic.

The Plas Coch site hosts an active student union as well as the student union bar, now housed in the football stadium's Centenary Club. Glyndŵr has its own car racing team which is run by the engineering school's Car Performance degree course students. The North Wales Clinical School opened in 2007 at Glyndŵr University's Plas Coch campus.

The sports centre on campus boasts a wide range of facilities for local sports clubs and offers a variety of fitness classes and training including badminton, netball, basketball, volleyball, futsal, roller derby and handball.

Also located in the Plas Coch area of Wrexham are Wrexham F.C., North Wales Crusaders and the North Wales Regional Hockey Stadium. In August 2011, the University agreed a deal to buy Wrexham FC's Racecourse Ground.[17]

Glyndŵr University acquired its North Wales regional hockey stadium after a £1 million investment from Sport@NEWI and Sport Wales. It is a water-based, astroturf floodlit stadium with room for 200 spectators.

Glyndwr University also has close ties with the North East Wales Mountaineering Club.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Reports and Financial Statements 2010-2011" (PDF). Glyndŵr University. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c d e "Institution1011 - All students by HE institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2005/06". Higher Education Statistics Agency online statistics. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  4. ^ "University's medieval rebel name". BBC News. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Owain Glyndwr - The Scholar
  6. ^
  7. ^ Glyndwr University's foreign student recruitment freeze - BBC News, 24 June 2014
  8. ^ Wrexham's Glyndwr University loses right to admit foreign students - The Times, 24 June 2013
  9. ^ Glyndwr University has right to sponsor foreign students suspended - ITV News, 24 June 2013
  10. ^ a b Royal Visit 2003: 7587
  11. ^ Jack Grove (24 June 2014). "Glyndwr visa licence suspended amid Home Office crackdown". Times Educational Supplement. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "University League Table 2015". The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "University league table 2015 - the complete list". The Guardian. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2014". Times Newspapers. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Why choose Glyndŵr University
  17. ^ "Glyndwr university 'can afford' Wrexham's Racecourse". BBC News. 3 August 2011. 

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