Glyndwr University History

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Glyndwr University History

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is a British university with campuses at Wrexham, Northop and St Asaph in north-east Wales; and at Kingston upon Thames, London. It offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as professional courses. GU had 6,660 students in 2015/16.

Formerly known as the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI), it was granted full university status in 2008 after being a member of the University of Wales since 2003. The university is named after the medieval Welsh prince Owain Glyndŵr, who first suggested the establishment of universities throughout Wales in the early 15th century.

Our History

Wrexham Glyndŵr University started in 2008 and is named after a Welsh scholar and hero called Owain Glyndŵr. We are proud to be named after a man who cherished learning, loved his country, embraced an international outlook, and constantly demonstrated an inspiring and enterprising approach to life. His spirit lies at the heart of Wrexham Glyndŵr University.Looking further back education has been offered from our Wrexham sites since 1887, when we were known as the Wrexham School of Science and Art. Our on campus restaurant is called 1887 to celebrate this and our ability to combine subjects in the creative and technological fields is as true today as it was when we first started to offer degrees in 1924.

Starting out with just our Wrexham campuses in 2008, we now have sites in St Asaph and Northop in North Wales, and in Kingston-upon-Thames in London. Every year we are developing to offer more people the opportunity to access our courses and growing our facilities to keep our courses at the cutting edge and to develop our practical learning opportunities for students.

Developing learning opportunities which are open to all has always been at the heart of our ethos. That is why the support we offer is second to none whether you are looking for a caring environment to study for a degree for the first time or you are looking for a course to help you progress in your career.