Firstly, Wrexham Glyndŵr University has recognised the impact and legacy of four outstanding individuals with the awarding of Honorary Fellowships.
Ian Lucas, Dr Elin Haf Davies, David Richards CBE and also Brian Hughes received Honorary Fellowships from the university at the first on-campus ceremony since 2019. Vice-Chancellor Maria Hinfelaar said: “It is a pleasure to honour four extraordinary people and their achievements.” Recognised for his outstanding contribution to politics and the local area, Ian Lucas, a former solicitor, served as Wrexham’s MP from 2001 to 2019.
Dr Elin Haf Davies is the founder of Aparito, a digital health company based on Wrexham Technology Park. Born in Wrexham, Elin spent six years managing clinical and academic drug trials in metabolic, neurology, endocrinology and pain at Great Ormond Street.
David Richards CBE is Chairman of Motorsport UK. He spent eight years as a professional rally driver, concluding his competition career by winning the World Rally Championship as co-driver to Ari Vatanen in 1981. Afterwards, David formed his own team and created Prodrive in 1984. Prodrive have won six FIA World Rally titles, four British Touring Car championships and five class wins at Le Mans. They are reigning FIA World Endurance Champions.
Ponciau-born Brian Hughes is recognised as one of the most important choral composers living in Wales. Brian came to prominence as conductor of the Alun School Singers and the Cynwrig Singers. Performing regularly on radio and television, he spent 25 years at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester as chorus master and Head of Opera music staff. He has also won a John Edwards Memorial Prize for his contribution to music.
Coleg Cambria Partner With Betsi Cadwaladr
Secondly, the future of North Wales nursing is in good health following the development of an innovative partnership between Coleg Cambria and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB). Moreover, 16 learners from the college’s Yale site are on a two-year placement at the Maelor Hospital. Working alongside trained medical staff, the “Nurse Cadets” have combined classroom time with one day a week on different wards.
Claire Williams, Cambria’s Curriculum Director for Health, Social Care and Childcare, said the union would undoubtedly give the students a flavour of real-time hospital life and working practices. Vicky Edwards, the college’s Vice-Principal of Technical Studies, said: “BCUHB have tailored these placements to meet the needs of specific wards.” Gill Harris of Betsi Cadwaladr said: “As a hospital providing care for local communities, we are delighted to help support and influence the career pathways of the Nurse Cadets.
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WGU Policing Student Meets Royalty
Finally, a Glyndŵr student had a brush with royalty. This was after being named St John Ambulance Cymru’s National Cadet of the Year. First-year Professional Policing student Joshua Taylor met Princess Anne after overcoming tough competition from fellow volunteers to win the award.
In a whirlwind few weeks, the North Wales Police Citizens in Policing Team also nominated the 18-year-old from Caernarfon for Volunteer Cadet 2020/21. Joshua says; “I’ve always wanted to be a police officer. I joined the Police cadets in 2017 when I was about 14 and volunteered almost every week from then on. I carried out duties and community engagement. Andy Crawford, Senior Lecturer on the Professional Policing degree also added; “Joshua is also a massive asset to the degree programme and an example of what people can achieve if they challenge themselves.”
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