GLYNDWR University students have one of the strongest voices of any in the country in shaping its future, it has been claimed.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Michael Scott, made the comments at a welcome talk for hundreds of new students in the William Aston Hall, Wrexham.
He suggested the university interacted with its students “probably better than any other university”.
“We have students on the executive committee, the senate, the board of governors and we are involved with students all the time,” he said.
“We’re very proud of our student interaction and we are all part of one community.”
Prof Scott spoke about the progress made by the university since its inception five years ago.
He discussed its role in developing prototype mirrors for the world’s largest telescope, its work in hydrocolloids for the food industry and the reasons behind the purchase of The Racecourse ground in 2011.
ProfScott added: “There’s been a revolution in my lifetime where people like you and me can go to university.
“Glyndwr University has only been around five years but we’re doing some remarkable things.
“You might ask ‘why did you buy a football stadium?’ but the answer is simple. The football club plays a huge part in the town and it was in trouble and in need of help, so we stepped in to safeguard the future of The Racecourse.
“We’re a community university and in a working class town. This is our role. We’re not a university with a lot of money.
“People believe universities shouldn’t be located in places like Wrexham so we’ve got a responsibility to demonstrate how great we are, to be proud of who we are and to succeed.
“We welcome you all and hope that you thoroughly enjoy your time here.”
Students across almost all of the university’s degree portfolio are enrolling on courses this week as they begin university life.
New Students’ Guild president Luke Murphy also welcomed students at the traditional opening event, which was repeated to cater for the university’s growing student numbers.
“We’re delighted to have so many new students starting with us,” he said.
“The atmosphere around our campuses is great. People are always there for each other and you’ll struggle to find a friendlier university.”
A week-long programme of freshers events started on Sunday night with a party at the Cent bar at The Racecourse ground.
Other activities include a hypnotist night and a new official student night – run for the first time by a promotions company, Beans, rather than the university itself.