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Wrexham Glyndŵr University August 2021 Latest

by Adam Howarth, Editor

This month’s Glyndŵr University top story is about how they’re training with teenage gymnast Jacob Edwards hoping to go to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. We also tell you how a cyber-security student has designed a track and trace software package.

Glyndŵr Students Work With Commonwealth Games Contender

Wrexham Glyndŵr University (WGU) students will be propelling a teenage gymnast towards the Commonwealth Games thanks to a new partnership.

The Sports Science department is teaming up with the Olympus Gymnastics Club in Llay to help elite athlete Jacob Edwards. It is also a key time for the 18-year-old as he targets a spot in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year.

Jacob trains at the gym under the guidance of his father Paul. They have welcomed the additional support thanks to the link-up with the university.

Julian Ferrari, the university lead for Sport, Health and Performance Science, and Lecturer in Sport Performance Analysis and Sports Coaching, says “The partnership started when the gym director contacted the university to see if there was any sports science support available. We were keen to work with a local athlete so it was a perfect opportunity to collaborate.”

Degree Apprentice Develops Track and Trace Product for Businesses

A Degree Apprentice has played a key role in developing track and trace software to help businesses combat coronavirus.

Martyn Price is undertaking his Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security at Glyndŵr while working for RFIDdirect Ltd. RFIDdirect are a provider of radio-frequency identification technology, based in Mold, Flintshire. In the last 18 months, he has been working on their “a10door©”. This product is a registration system that maintains staff, customers and visitors records. It is also compliant with controlling the spread of Covid-19 through track and trace.

Martyn Price

Martyn said: “I noticed the course when saw a tweet from the university talking about the degree apprenticeships. I emailed the enterprise department and was consequently sent a couple of prospectuses. They invited me for a chat which was also the first day of the course so it all happened quite quickly!”

WGU Announces Short Story Competition Winners

The winners of the WGU competition which challenged students to create a Covid-19 pandemic story have been announced. Students looked at the adversity, resilience, sadness, and hope felt throughout the pandemic. They were tasked with creating a short story based on the theme of “Lockdown”.

Jenny Jones who is currently undertaking an MA in Education won first place and the top prize of £1,000 for her story “#essential”.

Jenny has seen a number of colleagues and friends lose elderly relatives throughout the pandemic. She found inspiration in this for her story through their experiences. She said, “Everyone has a story to tell. I wanted to centre the story on how the elderly might feel about the Covid situation. Also, how their relatives feel about supporting them through it.”

In second place was Dyfan Morris, a postgraduate student in Education, who took home £600 for “The Dog Whistle”. The third-place title and £200 went to two students, Mark Buckley for his story The Transition and Harry Turnbull for his story Dust to Rust, closely based on his experience travelling to his home town for his parent’s funerals.

L-r: Maria Hinfelaar, Mark, Jenny, Harry, Colin Heron

Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar and Associate Dean Colin Heron presented the winner and three runners-up with their cash prizes, gifted by a generous local donor.


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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