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Wrexham Glyndwr University’s, Innovation Manager, Simon Davenport, talks to Business News Wales about how innovation is at the heart of new and dynamic collaborations between industry and academia in north east Wales.

“I manage the relationships between academics, bringing in their expertise and helping translate that to the business environment, so that businesses can innovate and develop products and services,” says Simon.

“One area we’re looking at is research into materials. For instance, we have a great composites lab on the Airbus site at Broughton. This research is using lightweight materials to reduce carbon emissions.

“The response to our work is excellent. Businesses see the benefits; they see the need to make changes especially after the last couple of years we've been through.”

Wrexham Glyndwr shows how innovation is being nurtured, and why there’s never been a better time to bring academics and industry together to make a better world.

Click here to find out more about being part of the University’s innovation journey.


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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