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Glyndwr Innovation – A Great Opportunity for Businesses to Access Outside Knowledge


Simon Davenport, Innovation Manager at Wrexham Glyndwr, talks to Business News Wales about its approach to innovation.

Simon is responsible for working with businesses to drive knowledge transfer activities to create innovative products and services.

With more than 15 years of experience working in senior positions in product development, sales and marketing, primarily with the LEGO Group, Simon brings a wealth of experience and understanding of business needs.

Simon believes that, to drive sustainable growth, innovation should be embedded in a business and knowledge from the higher education is a key part of that journey.

Speaking about Glyndwr’s programme, he says:

“The programme gives a great opportunity for businesses to access outside knowledge and innovations that can improve a business in multiple areas.

“The expertise within the university can really test the opportunities that you have in regards to innovation and can offer guidance, support and knowledge to take you on that journey.”

To find out more, contact the Enterprise team at Wrexham Glyndwr at [email protected]


From a rich history to a bright future for education in North Wales – Wrexham Glyndwr University gives each student’s learning and future personal attention.

We’ve been delivering education at our main Wrexham campus since 1887, when we were known as the Wrexham School of Science and Art. We first started offering degrees in 1924 but we’ve come a long way since then.

We became Denbighsire Technical Institute in 1927, moving to Regent Street, now home to our creative arts courses. As the Institute and demand for courses grew, the development of what is now our main Plas Coch campus began and the Denbighshire Technical College was born in 1939.

Sir Patrick Abercromby, the famous Liverpool-Dublin architect, was responsible for the internal design of the College, which featured in a number of Architecture magazines in the early 1950s. Peggy Angus was commissioned to design suitable tiles for the main foyer. These were unique to the College and represent a flow of learning with a Welsh background. These tiles are still in place today and are protected as a Grade II listing.

It soon became necessary to merge the three main colleges of the County of Clwyd: Denbighshire Technical College, Cartrefle Teacher Training College (situated at the other end of Wrexham) and Kelsterton College in Connah’s Quay near Chester.

The resulting North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI) became one of the largest colleges of its kind in Britain with over 9,000 students and an annual budget in 1975 of £5 million.

The College grew both in the number of students and in reputation as its expertise became sought after throughout the world.

In 2008, NEWI gained university status and Glyndwr University was born.


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