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!’

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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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:

Cheryl Lumley

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

#BeTheSpark

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: https://youtu.be/u56x1UZIASA

 

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