In the spotlight: Digital Futures ’17

Let us welcome Digital Futures ’17. Wrexham Glyndwr University is set to host the Digital Futures conference for its second year, on Monday December 11th.


‘The great thing about Digital Futures is, it really boosts that digital knowledge for everybody. So you can use it in business, people can use it for their own career, there’s lots and lots to take away from it. We’re really excited that we can build this conference for 2017.’

Judith Alexander, Zone Manager, Wrexham Glyndŵr University


Exploring the digital domain…


As a business – or somebody looking to start one – utilising the power of digital has become essential to supporting business development, and ultimately becoming successful in the industry.


Most people are aware of this to a certain extent, resulting in the popular demand to explore the digital domain.


Digital Futures is digital marketing conference that brings discipline leading experts from Wales, the UK and the World into North East Wales; with an aim to inspire enterprise and business start-up activity amongst students and small businesses.


Digital Futures ’17 is set to deliver informative workshops tailored for industry areas including computing, marketing, technology and finance.


View last year’s highlights here:


To register for Digital Futures ’17 and find out more, click on the link below:


Book your Digital Futures 17 tickets


Keep up to date by following us @zoneglyndwr and using hashtag #DigitalFutures17


Level Up: Wrexham Glyndwr University to Host Popular Games Expo

Level Up, the Games, Media and Technology Expo returns to Wrexham Glyndwr University on Wednesday, May 17. Games developers are getting geared up.


This free-of-charge conference had proven popular with gamers, entertainment organisations and businesses last Spring, where it saw an attendance of over 500.


Bigger and Better


This month, Games Wales North, Welsh Gaming Network, Quantum Soup, Gaia Technologies, Static Shell Studios, Vivid Virtual Reality and Code Club are among the partners exhibiting.


Rich Hebblewhite, a Senior Lecturer in Computing and Programme Leader for Computer Game Development at the University, said this Level Up will be bigger and better than ever before.


“We have a vast selection of virtual reality, serious game applications, robotics and computing technology alongside the typical entertainment and retro games,” said Rich, founder and organiser of the event.


There will also be an opportunity for people to get some business start-up support and careers advice from the Careers and Zone team.


Rich confirmed: “Our Zone Enterprise and Careers teams will be in attendance at Level Up to chat with people who are looking to form their own companies or find employment in the games arena.”


The University is also celebrating after three student groups were awarded grants to set up games studios. Each team is to receive £5,000 to turn concepts into prototypes ready for further professional development.


The event runs from 10am-5pm and is free to attend.


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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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Coming Soon: Creative Futures Week ‘17

Glyndŵr students and graduates! Come along to Creative Futures… it’s highly recommended that you do.

Creative Futures Week: Mon 27th Feb – Thurs 2nd Mar

This free, four-day creative futures conference takes place every year.


It’s exclusive!

The Careers and Zone team at Glyndŵr University have organised the event to encourage creative students and graduates to develop their technical, professional, business and employability skills as they look to their future aspirations.


It’s successful!

For a whopping 8 years, Creative Futures has helped thousands of Glyndŵr University’s media, arts and design students and has brought over 250 experts and practitioners from all over the world to North Wales.


It’s here!

The diverse programme of workshops, talks and panels host an abundance of creative professionals who are here to share their knowledge, insight and experiences. You can find the full programme of events here:


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Don’t Miss Out: Big Ideas Wales Bootcamp Challenge

Applications deadline 31st January 2017


Are you aged 16 – 24 and eager to get your business off the ground? Join the Big Ideas Wales Challenge. Get your application in by the end of January for this incredible opportunity!


The Bootcamp will take place from the 3rd – 5th March 2017 at Betws y Coed, North Wales.


Take on the challenge and fast track your business idea by gaining access to:


-A 3 day residential boot camp

-Guidance on all business essentials

-A plan that helps you focus on what to do and when

-Connections with people who think just like you

-A 12 month package of practical support, ideas and direction from leading Welsh entrepreneurs


…absolutely free of charge.


Apply here:


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Open Evenings 2017 – 5 Reasons Why You Should Attend

Thinking of furthering your academic study?


Whether you want to throw yourself into a full time postgraduate course, or prefer to pursue a shorter or part-time course that works around your schedule – Wrexham Glyndŵr University will help you take the next step.


Why not visit one of our specialist open evenings which take place throughout the year?


5 reasons why you should attend:


– You’ll get a great feel for what it’s like to study at Wrexham Glyndŵr University

– You’ll learn more about specific courses and their modules

– The opportunity to meet course tutors and current postgraduate and professional students

– Gain advice about student finance

– Further tips on how study can fit around your professional and personal life


Our next opening will take place on February 1 from 4.30pm – 6.30pm at our main Wrexham campus. Visit our booking form to register for this event:


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ZONE delivers marketing and branding workshop to Year 7 pupils

Zone Manager Judith Alexander delivered a marketing and branding workshop to Year 7 pupils from four North Wales high schools as part of an enterprise challenge day.


The pupils worked together to discuss the marketing and branding of popular chocolate brands, helping to design and create their own chocolate product.


Tasked with a £10 business challenge, they developed ideas for a new business, considering the cost of materials and marketing.


Reflecting on the workshop, Judith said ‘the students were fantastic, they had some amazing ideas and I really enjoyed delivering the sessions’.


The event was supported by the North and Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership.


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Glyndwr University Ranked in Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Study

We are pleased to reveal that Wrexham Glyndwr University has been named in the top 10 most affordable places to study in the UK.


8th to be precise!


Students can expect to pay £16,864 a year for their studies and living costs, according to the price comparison website


9 different factors were considered including:

-tuition fees

-university accommodation

-cost of travel


-books, food, clothes etc.


The scores calculated by Go Compare also meant Wrexham Glyndwr University was named the second most affordable place to study in Wales. Go Wales!


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Workshop: Visual Notetaking Made Easy


16 February 2017

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Wrexham Glyndwr University



CMI Cymru are running a series of workshops in association with Glyndwr University.



Find us in the Glyndwr University restaurant!



Visual Notetaking Made Easy begins at 6.00pm with time for refreshments and an opportunity to network!



The interactive workshop is perfect for anyone looking for a new way to express and capture their ideas and thoughts – regardless of their drawing ability!



Graphic facilitator Eleanor Beer ( will introduce you to a guide to visual notetaking, otherwise known as Sketchnoting.


What’s in it for me?

  • Understand what sketchnotes are and how and where they are used
  • Understand why sketchnotes are good for the brain
  • Develop your own visual vocabulary and drawing skills
  • Put your listening and drawing skills to the test!


Anything else I need to know?

Bring a notebook and pen for this event. They will be available to purchase if you don’t have your own.


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