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Latest News From Coleg Cambria and Wrexham Glyndŵr


Today we give you the latest news about Coleg Cambria’s ‘Knife Dragon’ and Wrexham Glyndŵr’s new Children’s Nursing Course.

Coleg Cambria, North Wales Police and also Wrexham Council have joined forces to construct a three-metre “Knife Dragon”. Using weapons safely handed in at local police stations as part of regional amnesty campaigns.

Coleg Cambria

“Knife Dragon”, A Weapon for Education

Firstly, the sculpture is under construction at the college’s Bersham Road site. This is where students and staff will spend the next year welding and fabricating the items submitted. This will include blades and knuckle dusters placed onto a steel frame.

The piece takes inspiration from artist Alfie Bradley’s 20ft “Knife Angel”, which was unveiled in 2017.

Karl Jackson, Assistant Principal for the Institute of Technology and Site Lead at Bersham Road, said: “Our concept is that of a dragon protecting a child which will sit on a plinth of Welsh slate in front of the Institute of Technology. Moreover, the dragon will have red, white, and green uplighting. This is to represent the creature sitting amongst the remnants of a Welsh Castle.”

Wrexham Town Inspector Luke Hughes and North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin agree that our area experiences a low level of knife crime. Although in recent months police have taken more than 100 knives off the streets of Wrexham as part of a local amnesty.

Cllr Hugh Jones, Wrexham’s Lead Member for Communities Collaboration and Partnerships, said: “We are proud to be part of this project and hope that the dragon will help discussion on why these weapons have no place in our communities.”

For more information, email karl.jackson@cambria.ac.uk or visit cambria.ac.uk.

If you have concerns about knife crime, call North Wales Police on 101 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You could also visit fearless.org/en/give-info.

Coleg Cambria
Images by Craig Colville on behalf of Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) John Freeman, Dragon designer and project build lead with scale model of dragon

Wrexham Glyndŵr University

Become a Children’s Nurse At Wrexham Glyndŵr

There is now an opportunity to study for a BN (Hons) Degree at Wrexham Glyndŵr to become a Children’s Nurse.

The University has been successful in gaining Health Education and Improvement Wales commissioning to launch an exciting group of new Nursing and Allied Health Practitioner education. This also includes the new children’s nursing course.

Programme Leader Karen Griffiths said: “There is a range of experience amongst the staff here that students will be able to draw upon. This course opens up a real career pathway to becoming a children’s nurse.

The BN (Hons) with Registered Children’s Nurse is a brand new programme developed to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018) Future Nurse standards. Moreover, the course comprises 50 per cent clinical practice and 50 per cent theory.

For more information about this degree, visit glyndwr.ac.uk/en/undergraduatecourses/childrensnursing.

Wrexham Glyndŵr

City of Culture Bid Gives Tourism Boost

Dr Marcus Hansen, Programme Leader of Hospitality, Tourism and Events at Glyndŵr, has likened Wrexham making the City of Culture long-list to a film being nominated for an Oscar. In terms of the interest, the nomination itself will generate for the area.

He said: “Just to be nominated is a little like the Oscars. Nominated films experience a boost in popularity and I think there will be something similar here as well.

“Just being on the list will pique people’s interest. They will look Wrexham up and explore more about it.

“We’ve had a lot of really good positive media in the last 18 months or so with I’m A Celebrity… being nearby and Rob and Ryan buying the football club.

Finally, we have some Unesco World Heritage sites, some mining history and also the Fossil Forest in Brymbo. There is a lot of history, some of which goes back thousands of years. People will find that very interesting.”

Marcus Hansen
Marcus Hansen

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