The 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. The WSSA began offering University of London-validated 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.
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 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 and by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester in 2005.
In June 2014, the Home Office suspended the University’s authorisation to sponsor international students. On 24 November 2014 Glyndŵr University has had its right to sponsor international students reinstated by the Home Office.
In 2016, the University underwent a minor name change and is now called “Wrexham Glyndŵr University”.
The 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, 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.
Their expert admissions team are on hand to support the students through the application process every step of the way.
The North Wales School of Art and Design has an international reputation for innovation and excellence. Its students have won prestigious D&AD awards and the Macmillan book prize.
The university has eight research centres, including the Centre for Applied Internet Research and the Materials Science Research Centre.
Leading the world in elements of scientific research with Computing, Engineering, Psychology and Communications all judged to have submitted world leading research in the Research Excellence framework 2014.
Glyndŵr University’s Centre for Solar Energy Research is one of the UK’s leading centres for photovoltaics research.
The Careers and Zone office is on hand to support the students every step of the way.
From advice on creating a contemporary CV that will catch the eyes of recruiters, help with a tricky application or even someone to practice an interview scenario with the students, their dedicated team of experts are perfectly placed to help them make the most of their opportunities and explore what’s right for them.