WALES’ newest university is set to be unveiled – and is to be named after the Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr.
The North East Institute of Higher Education (NEWI) has been granted university status by royal assent of the Queen, on the advice of the Privy Council.
The formal announcement will be made at a press conference tomorrow at the university’s Wrexham campus attended by First Minister Rhodri Morgan.
Glyndwr University becomes the only university in North East Wales and the 10th university in Wales.
The institute, which has nearly 8,000 students, is to be named Glyndwr University after Wales’ most famous son – the visionary leader, scholar and nation builder Owain Glyndwr.
Born near Wrexham circa 1355, Glyndwr fought in the English army as a supporter of the English King, Richard II. When Richard was usurped by Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV), Glyndwr led his forces against the usurper and defended his homeland.
The Principal of the new Glyndwr University, Professor Michael Scott, who will assume the position of vice chancellor, said achieving university status would deliver significant benefits not just to the student population but to the whole North Wales economy.
Jane Hutt, Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills sent her congratulations to the new university.
She said: “The raising of educational attainment and skills levels is critical if North East Wales is to continue to improve its competitive edge as an investment destination. Glyndwr University’s approach to learning, with its commitment to vocational needs, will play a key role in this drive for inward investment.”