Local Artist in Residence completes Llangollen sculpture piece

Llangollen Silver Band asked Wrexham Glyndwr University graduate Paul Heppell to come up with an installation to sit next to their HQ in the town.


The 2.5m tall stainless steel sculpture features a treble clef and stave spiralling upwards, designed to highlight the aspirations of young musicians and the rewarding experience of learning to play an instrument.


Paul spent his early employment in jobs ranging from cleaning to working as an electrician before leaving the UK to travel the world for over a year.


Paul said: “When I was 31 I changed my mind about what I wanted to do in life and that’s when I decided to go travelling.


“Art was something I enjoyed and as I did more and more of it I started to see the opportunities it offered for becoming self-employed, rather than working for someone. Getting paid for doing something you love is everyone’s goal and that’s why I decided to focus on becoming a full-time artist.


“I enjoyed returning to education later in life as I’m more focused, with a stronger work ethic, and that meant I could really make the most of my studies.”


Paul is currently working as an artist in residence at Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Regent Street campus, a Grade II listed building in Wrexham town centre which is the home of the university’s School of Creative Arts.


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Vator Network for Business backs new FinTech degree at Glyndwr University

Former US journalist Bambi Francisco is the latest name to back a new degree in Financial Technology at the university.


Francisco has interviewed the likes of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg and Larry Page, co-founder of Google, before founding her own company, Vator.


Vator; short for ‘Innovator’, is one of the largest social networks of its kind in the world for supporting business start-ups and entrepreneurs. Glyndwr students who take up the Financial Technology Management degree will be able to tap into it via a competition.


As part of the agreement, Wrexham Glyndwr University has become VatorX’s first strategic partner in the UK.


‘a first class insight’


Kelvin Leong, principal lecturer and professional lead in finance at Wrexham Glyndwr University, said: “VatorX raised an aggregate of more than £675m dollars in the last few years so it really is a big coup for us to have Bambi as support for the course.”


“We’re thrilled that she’s allowing us to use VatorX as a platform for a competition, which will give students a first class insight into financial technology and deepen their knowledge of the field.”


The University announced last month that it was to offer the UK’s first undergraduate degree dedicated to Fintech, a BSc (Hons) in Financial Technology Management.


Course leader Anna Sung said: “We’ve designed the course with input from leaders of FinTech companies across the world and the degree delivers exactly the kind of skills which they look for in potential new recruits.”


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