Celebrating IWD! Inspirational Women of WGU & their stories #6

Last month, we celebrated International Women’s Day which gave recognition to the strong women we have here at Wrexham Glyndŵr University and their inspirational stories.

This blog series will feature these incredible role models and hopefully empower more women out there to #PressForProgress in 2018 and beyond!

Here’s Professor Maria Hinfelaar’s story:

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Professor Maria Hinfelaar
Vice-Chancellor, Wrexham Glyndwr University

‘My greatest personal achievement is contributing to education across three countries during my career: The Netherlands, Ireland and Wales. I have seen so many cohorts of students come through and do wonderful things once they graduate – including plenty of successful women.

Some examples…. A graduate from Limerick Institute of Technology, Joy Neville, who later become our Rugby Development Officer (for the men’s and women’s teams) and who is now a fully accredited international rugby referee and made history recently when she officiated at an international match in Belfast.

Another example: Chantal Roos, a business graduate from Stenden University (Netherlands) who is now the manager of a huge DIY store.

Here at WGU, we have some incredible stories such as Samantha Harris, a graduate in Game and Interactive Media Design, who now runs her own business.

All these fantastic women will have experienced road-blocks along the way but they achieved their ambitions. That is what we are celebrating today on International Women’s Day. It is the stories about our alumni that inspire and drive me to do my job as the head of the institution.

Never underestimate what you are capable of – step outside your comfort zone! Get on your bike!’

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Celebrating IWD! Inspirational Women of WGU & their stories #5

This blog series will feature the stories we collected and hopefully empower more women out there to be bold and make a change!

Wrexham Glyndŵr University held an International Women’s Day campaign last month. As well as giving away #PressForProgress goody bags and yummy cakes, we collected stories from some inspirational role models in celebration of women.

Here’s Lesley’s story:

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Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Member for Wrexham

‘In my role as Assembly Member for Wrexham and in all of my ministerial roles, I have ensured women’s voices are heard. For example, in my current role I work with women in the agriculture sector, making sure they are part of the decision making process.

 

Having been a member of the Welsh Government for eight years, I am proud of the legislation I have developed including the Human Transplantation Act, Food Hygiene Ratings Act, Housing Act and Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Act.

 

In Wrexham I have ensured I have been involved in many local organisations as Patron and in an enabling role, such as Welsh Women’s Aid. I have also visited all schools, FE College’s and the University in Wrexham to make sure children and young people understand the democratic process and the importance and relevance of politics in their lives.

 
International Women’s Day means a celebration of all that women have achieved, empowering young women like my two daughters and making sure women know and understand they are capable of undertaking any role or job, whilst also recognising the many barriers and obstacles many women still face.’

 

If you enjoyed this story, please keep checking in @zoneglyndwr for more in the series!

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Celebrating IWD! Inspirational Women of WGU & their stories #4

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

These were wise words once said by Mother Teresa, but we also have plenty of wisdom coming out of our stories that we collected in celebration of International Women’s Day this year.

This blog series will feature these incredible role models and hopefully empower more women out there to #PressForProgress in 2018 and beyond…

Here’s Iolanda’s story:

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Iolanda Banu Viegas, Founder of CLPW (Comunidade de Lingua Portuguesa de Wrexham)

Iolanda has been the Chair Person and founder of CLPW (Comunidade de Lingua Portuguesa de Wrexham) since 2013 and she has been the 3rd sector partnership council representative for North Wales in RCC (Race Council Cymru) since 2015, and Chair of Black History Month North Wales.

Iolanda Banu Viegas is 44 years old, Portuguese and born in Mozambique she now lives in Wrexham, North Wales. Iolanda has overcome the challenge of settling into a foreign country and managing a second language.

She is dedicated to providing assistance not only to the Portuguese language community in her now home town of Wrexham but to other language and ethnic minority communities in and around the area. The result of this in Wrexham is the acceptance of the Portuguese community into Wrexham’s communities and their positive and inspiring integration.

Ioland is also an elected councillor for the Portuguese Comunities within the UK and Ireland.

A social campaigner and multicultural event’s organiser, such as Anti Hate Crime Week, Black History Month, International Women’s Day, World Peace Day, Fado, Blas Portugal, One Billion Rising against Exploitation of Women and young girls. Iolanda has championed the recently new formerly Portuguese and Welsh group Amigos Y Cymmuned performed at the International Music Festival in Llangollen last July!

A multiple award winner, she was nominated as a Community Champion, on International Women’s Day in 2016, Highly Commended Awards include Volunteer of the Year 2013 and 2017 for WCVA, Social Entrepeneur of the Year (presented by The President of Portugal), Residents Award and CLPW CIC Community Group of the Year (Caia Park and Hightown Communities First). Enrico Stennet Awards for working to continue the struggle against Racism and Hate Crime, BHM Awards for contribuitions to Racial Cohesion in Wales and for Contributions to Black History Wales as a Founding Member, Outstanding Black Women Community Awards 2015…and many more… 

 

If you enjoyed this story, please keep checking in @zoneglyndwr for more in the series!
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Celebrating IWD! Inspirational Women of WGU & their stories #3

International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8th, which recognised the ambitious women we have studying and working at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

The stories we have collected from these women provide motivation to anyone in need of a final push to reach their goals.

This blog series will feature these incredible role models and hopefully empower more women out there to #PressForProgress in 2018 and beyond!

Here’s Diane’s story:

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Diane Aplin, Foundation Director – Moneypenny’s Mind the Gap

 

‘I qualified as a Solicitor in the early 1990s and was one of the first years where over 51% of graduates from Law School were women. However, my early years in practice showed that ratio did not translate to the top of my profession and female leaders were in the minority. But then in the early 1990s female lawyers could not wear trousers in court…it seems a lifetime away.

Lucky to have female mentors and great role models I become a partner myself in 1999. That allowed me to focus on the work I loved: being an advocate for those less fortunate than me at a time of crisis in their lives. Often, I worked with women and often I was asked by my partners to take on a “sensitive case” but learning to be more than just the legal expert helped me become an all-round better person and as a result a better lawyer.

My experiences led to a conversation in January 2014 with Rachel Clacher, the inspirational co-founder of Moneypenny. Wanting to find out what would happen if she offered the type of support she gave her employees to young women who wouldn’t have the confidence to walk up to our office door, she asked would I work with her to find out the answer. Assuming the mantra “say yes to an opportunity and work out how later” I agreed to join her!

Four years on we are now a charity in our right, WeMindTheGap, and have successfully run 6 traineeships designed specifically for those young women. The six month paid traineeship is a unique opportunity to develop skills, enjoy new experiences, broaden horizons, build friendships, grow confidence, discover talents, grow ambition and discover the power of having choices in life and work. Essentially, we fill the gaps in our trainees’ lives with things that most of us take for granted – security, welfare, role models, experiences, skills, confidence and importantly love and care. And it works. Seven out of ten of our graduate trainees move into full-time work or education.

But this is a team effort and we pride ourselves on building a community around our young trainees, with support from local employers, allies and volunteers. And I am very proud of our success.

Now delivering the traineeships outside of Wrexham our vision is a world in which every young woman has the maturity, aspirations, confidence, independence and skills to have real choices in life and work.

That there remains the need for organisations like WeMindTheGap is a timely reminder of why we celebrate International Women’s Day. We have come far but there are still disadvantages purely by virtue of gender. By recognising those struggles we raise awareness and open debate. And for me I can discuss those issues with my sons – who are my greatest personal achievement!

It is a privilege to work with our young women and see them grow, and I get a thrill when I hear of a promotion, of a driving test passed, a first foreign holiday. Gaps are being filled and our graduates have choices.’

 

If you enjoyed this story, please keep checking in @zoneglyndwr for more in the series!
Come and visit us in the Zone Enterprise Hub at Wrexham Glyndŵr University for tailored business start-up advice and guidance.

Contact us via telephone: 01978 293297

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Celebrating IWD! Inspirational Women of WGU & their stories #2

Last month, we celebrated International Women’s Day which gave recognition to the strong women we have here at Wrexham Glyndŵr University and their inspirational stories.

This blog series will feature these incredible role models and hopefully empower more women out there to #PressForProgress in 2018 and beyond!

Here’s Professor Claire Taylor’s story:

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Professor Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Wrexham Glyndŵr University

 

‘Success is only possible with the support of others. Throughout my career I have been fortunate to be able to work collaboratively with a range of colleagues, both women and men, who have generously provided opportunities for me to learn alongside them at pivotal points in my career journey. Because of their generosity I have promised myself that I will always give what I can to support the success of others, particularly women. Currently I mentor several women at a range of UK universities to support them in achieving their career goals. Sometimes a listening ear is all that is needed. At other times, I am able to give more specific advice and even challenge their thinking.

‘ act decisively and with courage when needed, but within a framework of care and always, always with a hopeful and optimistic attitude.’

As an educator and a leader, I am driven by a deep sense of purpose and an unshakeable belief in key values and principles, rooted and anchored in my Christian faith. I act decisively and with courage when needed, but within a framework of care and always, always with a hopeful and optimistic attitude. And remember… no one is perfect! I do my best, but can only achieve what I do with the support of colleagues, friends and family. Most of all, I hope that I act as an excellent role model for my own daughters, aged 22 and 24; they are probably my greatest fans and sharpest critics!

International Women’s Day is about women and men working together to: celebrate women’s achievements; challenge entrenched thinking in relation to women’s roles in society; and move even closer to seeing global gender equality. In a nutshell, working together to see fair treatment for all worldwide.’

If you enjoyed this story, please keep checking in @zoneglyndwr for more in the series!
Come and visit us in the Zone Enterprise Hub at Wrexham Glyndŵr University for tailored business start-up advice and guidance.

Contact us via telephone: 01978 293297

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Celebrating IWD! Inspirational Women of WGU & their stories #1

Following a successful event campaign marking International Women’s Day earlier this month, we collected stories from some of Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s inspirational role models in celebration of women.

We hope that these stories will encourage more women out there to #PressForProgress in 2018 and beyond!

To kick the series off, here’s Cheryl’s story:

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Cheryl Lumley Alumni – HND Graphic Design 1995

‘After 20 years working continuously in the creative industry in Newcastle, I was a frustrated creative after staying in a job for too long and wanted a better work life balance. Three years ago I took a massive leap and quit my job to pursue other creative avenues. As well as working alongside my husband (who also graduated from NEWI as it was at the time) in our design agency, I also wanted to inspire others to be creative. I set upon running creative workshops and now teach upcycling to all ages. My blog http://www.allroundcreativejunkie.com is simply me expressing my ideas and creative thoughts and its aim is to inspire everyone to get creative.

‘All people, especially women, need to grab every opportunity and prove to themselves they can do it. Because they definitely can.’

Since quitting my job I have said yes to every opportunity and so many good things have happened, I’ve won awards for my blog, presented talks, been on live TV and radio, filmed how-to videos and generally loved every second.

All people, especially women, need to grab every opportunity and prove to themselves they can do it. Because they definitely can.’

If you enjoyed this story, please keep checking in @zoneglyndwr for more in the series!

Come and visit us in the Zone Enterprise Hub at Wrexham Glyndŵr University for tailored business start-up advice and guidance. Contact us via telephone: 01978 293297. Keep up to date with the latest news and events via our Twitter page: @zoneglyndwr

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Being your own Boss: The pros and the cons (but mostly pros)

Think you’ve got what it takes to set up and run your own business? Being your own boss can be fun – and if you think you can handle the responsibility, you’ll find a world of new opportunities and a lot of rewarding experiences.

 

‘With freedom comes responsibility.’

 

Here’s the thing. Making this big decision also invites some potential challenges along the way. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘With freedom comes responsibility.’

 

So, before jumping in, we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons (but mostly pros) that can help you understand exactly what it means to be your own boss.

 

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Well there you have it! If you are passionate about your business idea and think you want to take the next step on your entrepreneurial journey, there is plenty of support out there.

 

Come and visit us in the Zone Enterprise Hub at Wrexham Glyndŵr University for tailored business start up advice and guidance. Contact us via telephone: 01978 293297. Keep up to date with the latest news and events via our Twitter page: @zoneglyndwr

 

Find out more about Big Ideas Wales: https://businesswales.gov.wales/bigideas/

Original article: https://businesswales.gov.wales/bigideas/pros-cons-working-yourself-0

 

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Create Space Launch: What’s in it for you?

As of the beginning of October, the CREATE SPACE has launched! So who wants to know what this dazzling room at Regent St. campus has to offer?

 

At a glance..

Ok, so we have started to spruce the place up and it is starting to look like somewhere that we can call home. We want the space to accommodate students with all of their imaginative project ideas (whatever they may be) but it is equally as important to make the place look pretty. Please note: We are open to suggestions! This is your space as much as ours!

 

What’s in it for me?

Create Space is open every weekday from 10am to 2pm, so please pop in and say hello! The Zone Enterprise Hub and ADOR are on hand to provide support that can develop your employability and enterprise skills. You will definitely want to take advantage of the weekly Creative Campus workshop programme that begins this week…

 

Workshop ‘til you drop

The Creative Campus programme is a series of weekly workshops set up to inspire you all in of your creative endeavours, whether that is finding out what it is like to be self-employed, building your skillset, or finding effective ways to work within the community. Who knows, you may meet people that you can collaborate with in the future! Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops and events.

 

It goes without saying, there is plenty on offer at Create Space. Stay tuned via our Twitter pages for more info. Better still, pop in and let’s start a conversation.

 

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EGX 2017: Glyndwr start-ups set to change the gaming world… one pixel at a time.

Video games produced by students from three companies set up at Wrexham Glyndŵr University are set to exhibit alongside the latest releases from PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch at EGX 2017; the biggest video games event of its kind in the UK.

 

Gearing up

 

All three start-up have taken advantage of the Enterprise Lounge; an affordable work space offering added support from the Zone Enterprise Hub, Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s dedicated enterprise service. This way, every occupant of the Enterprise Lounge can access expert business advice, one-to-one mentoring, and access to workshops and training in all areas of business development.

 

Quest accepted!

 

As well as exhibiting, Ethereal Games, Round Square Studios and Static Shell Studios will pitch for a grant of £25,000 from the UK Games Fund at the NEC, Birmingham, as part of the Tranzfuser programme; a talent development programme funded by UK government which provides business start-up support.

Rich Hebblewhite, programme leader for the University’s Computer Game Development degree, said: “One of our most important goals at WGU is supporting and growing the local and regional games industry, and being part of Tranzfuser as a regional development hub has helped us to grow into that role in a bigger way.”

He added: “We will be supporting our teams as they pitch for substantial investment that will see them embark on their careers as games developers, and more importantly, business owners.”

 

Gamers unite

 

Visitors to EGX 2017 get to trial the latest games before their release dates, from Far Cry 5 to the latest FIFA offering. Exclusive gaming merchandise will be available, and there will be a careers fair which offers the latest advice on securing a career in the industry.

 

More on EGX 2017:
https://www.egx.net/egx/

 

Follow the start-ups via Twitter:
@EtherealGamesUK
@RSGames
@StaticShell

Five fast start-up hacks for success

Let’s get down to business with five start-up hacks for success…

 

1. Get creative.

Ok, so maybe you didn’t study art at college. Or maybe you did. Either way, find ways to get inspired. Whether that be simply spending time around influential people you can bounce ideas off, reading your favourite technology magazine, or attending a new workshop in your local area.

 

2. Get savvy with your money.

It will come as no surprise to you that success in business requires a certain degree of money management. So get savvy with it! Learn more about tax returns, set up a business bank account, start collecting receipts. You will thank yourself later.

 

3. Get a business plan.

You guessed it – it’s time to kick the right side of your brain into gear. Your business plan will not be written in a day. It is recommended that you proof read it (get someone you trust to do this too) and make sure information about your business is concise, engaging and contains sensible numbers.

 

4. Get smart with market research.

Always be open to new changes in your business sector of choice. Read up on new developments and keep up to date. Is your business on trend? Is it still going to be on demand in 5 years? These are the things worth bearing in mind.

 

5. Get networking.

Networking can come about in a number of ways. Consider other entrepreneurial people who can offer you new perspectives and exchange advice. Sign yourself up to an enterprise event. Lastly, don’t forget those you have already met and connected with on social media. There’s no harm in reaching out to them and asking if they have any sources you can use.

 

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