Therapy dogs have visited Wrexham’s university as part of a programme for psychology students.

Psychology Enrichment Week got underway with an introduction to animal therapy research, with students getting an opportunity to spend time with a number of therapy dogs – thanks to national charity, Therapy Dogs Nationwide.

Students were also given a tour of the facilities within the Psychology Lab.

Dr Natalie Roch, principal lecturer for Psychology at Wrexham Glyndwr University, said: “We’re extremely proud of our annual Psychology Enrichment Week and the wide range of activities offered to students as part of it.

“The goal during the week is to give students a chance to not only develop transferrable skills but to also provide them with opportunities to engage and network with colleagues."

The event has previously been praised by the British Psychological Society, for enhancing essential skills and providing networking opportunities for students.

Dr Shubha Sreenivas, Senior Lecturer of Psychology (Biological) at WGU, said: “It was a really brilliant week of activities for the students. A particular highlight was introducing the students to therapy dogs and seeing the instant calming effect the dogs had.

“The therapy dogs are going to actually support some research we’re going to be doing at the university on how they help students’ wellbeing and alleviate anxiety.”


Students also listened to talks from a number of guest speakers, and there were also activities aimed at building on students’ confidence including career fairs, mock interviews and an enterprise challenge.