Posted: Thu 20th Oct 2016

Open Day A Big Success As University Prepares For Autumn Recruitment Drive

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Oct 20th, 2016

Prospective students visited North Wales to see the best of Wrexham Glyndwr University at a popular open day. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Hundreds of people attended the event on Saturday, where the University showcased its Schools of Business, Creative Arts, Social and Life Sciences, and Applied Science, Computing and Engineering. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The institution is now gearing for another open day on Saturday, November 12, and postgraduate open evenings this Wednesday (October 19) and on November 16. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Among the guests appearing on this week’s programme will be Professor Neil Thompson, an international well-being expert and Visiting Professor at Wrexham Glyndwr, where he helps to deliver the new MSc Advanced Practice in the Human Services online qualification. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A published author, Professor Thompson is to give a talk entitled, Making Sense of Grief. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I’m glad to be able to speak on this subject and hope we see lots of people there on the evening,” he said. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Grief is an inevitable part of human experience, but what exactly is it? What is happening to us when we are grieving? ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I’ll discuss and clarify these points and explain why it is important that we have a good knowledge of what grief is all about. “ ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Professor Thompson added: “Wrexham Glyndwr has a wide range of postgraduate courses, there is something to suit everyone and I encourage people to attend and find out more about them.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

With more than 200 publications spanning traditional print, e-books and virtual e-learning formats, Professor Thompson is a household name in the UK social care sector. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He is also an accomplished international conference speaker on various aspects of social well-being and has worked for over 19 years as a provider of training and consultancy services to organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and abroad. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Having only joined the School of Social and Life Sciences this year, he said: “There is excellent potential at the University and I am looking forward to helping to take things forward. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Our combined strengths will give us an excellent platform to make an important contribution to higher education.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The online MSc in Advanced Practice in the Human Services, due to launch in January 2017, will focus on Professor Thompson’s published work. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We are in an era where many practitioners are looking to develop to the next level, and that is what this Master’s is intended to facilitate,” he said. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It will give students the opportunity to map out their career progression plan and help to equip them to make that plan a reality.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It has been a busy few months for the North Wales institution, as students returned and started in Wrexham and Northop following good news including a 5% increase in student satisfaction and an employability level of 92.1%. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, says the success of recent activities will act as a launch pad for a successful academic year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The open days we’ve held this year were very successful, and we’re hoping to see similar if not better numbers in November, and at our postgraduate open evenings,” she said. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Reflecting on the rise in student satisfaction, as a result of the National Student Survey, Professor Hinfelaar added: “Our students are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we will continue to strive for better.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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