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Starting Your Innovation Journey with Wrexham Glyndwr University


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Wrexham Glyndwr University’s, Head of Enterprise, Laura Gough, talks to Business News Wales about how the university's enterprise team support local and regional businesses in their growth and development.

It can be difficult for businesses to sometimes connect the dots between academia and industry, but that is very much where the enterprise team come in. We are that bridge, between the business world and the academic world. We bring the needs of businesses to the academics and then they can bring that expertise to industry.

We seek to support local and regional businesses in their growth and development, and we do that very much through people and innovation. Helping support the growth needs of employees through short courses, part-time degrees or master's programmes,  and also providing access to academic expertise within the university to help businesses to grow.


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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