This month’s Glyndŵr University update looks at the European Super League fallout and two further stories.
Lecturer Appointed to Criminology Board
A lecturer at Glyndŵr has gained an appointment with an expert body that sets academic standards for Criminology.
The QAA Advisory Agency for Higher Education has named Dr Sarah Dubberley, senior lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice (the leading department of its kind in the country), to join its body.
The QAA is the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The agency sets the wide range of academic standards students must meet to gain their qualifications for each course. One of the aims of the QAA is specifically to establish and improve standards in higher education.
Sarah’s appointment to the board is the latest glowing recognition the Criminology department has received within the last year.
On her appointment, Sarah said: “I am really happy with my appointment to the panel. It also of course brings further recognition to the department.”
European Super League Fallout
As the dust settles on the fallout around the European Super League, Chris Hughes – Football, Coaching and Performance Specialist Lecturer – has said it will indeed be fascinating for students to study the events of a whirlwind few days in the game.
Chris, a Uefa Pro-Licence Holder is a Football Association of Wales coaching tutor, and also first-team manager of Newtown AFC in the JD Cymru Premier. He says there are plenty of lessons that students can learn from the saga. These lessons will touch on the plan’s launch and how fans and management within the game reacted.
He said: “As academics, you can look at it two ways. Wearing your football supporters’ hat, you can understand the outrage and thoughts of “how could this happen?”. But then academically, I’ve read several good articles about how the issue came about and where it came from. Those 12 clubs were angry at Uefa and especially how they distribute the Champions League and Europa League money.”
As manager of Newtown, Chris has insight into European club football, having qualified for the UEFA Europa League in 2015. The mid-Wales side took on Valletta of Malta and also Danish giants FC Copenhagen.
Vice-Chancellor Joins Learned Society
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Maria Hinfelaar is among the new entrants to the Learned Society of Wales’ Fellowship. They have recognised her outstanding and sustained contribution as an educational leader.
She joins 44 other new Fellows, all of whom share a link with Wales, its universities or intellectual life and come from all specialisms.
Professor Hinfelaar said: “I’m thrilled and honoured with my election as a Fellow with the Learned Society of Wales. The Society promotes engagement with the world of learning and research. These areas are very much a part of what we deliver at Wrexham Glyndŵr. I especially look forward to collaborating with the other Fellows to achieve the Society’s aims.”
About Wrexham Glyndŵr University
Founded in 2008, Wrexham Glyndŵr University is a young, bold and vibrant university based in northeast Wales. The university has two campuses in Wrexham: Plas Coch and Regent Street. There are also campuses in Northop and St Asaph. In addition, the university won the silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework for the quality of teaching in 2017.
The university drives academic excellence through a wide range of innovative and industry-relevant courses. Examples are Computing, Engineering, Applied Science, Creative Arts, Criminology and Psychology.
In conclusion, Wrexham Glyndŵr has been a Top 100 University in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards in 2019 and 2020. Besides this, the Campus 2025 strategy encompasses plans for new student accommodation. There will also be new car parking and upgraded facilities over the next five years.
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