8 reasons tochoose WGU
1 - Number one for social inclusion
For the fourth year running, we’re the number one university in England and Wales for social inclusion and joint first in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. That means that we believe in helping those who wish to access university study to do just that – regardless of barriers. 60.6 per cent of our students are the first in their family to go to university and 97.9 per cent are from non-selective state schools. One in five of our students have a registered disability and our inclusion services are there to provide the very best support.
2 - Number two for teaching quality
We’re proud to have been rated second in the UK for the quality of our teaching in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. Our students tell us that their tutors are always on hand to help, and our community feel ensures that you’re always a name to us and never a number.
3 - Location, location, location
There’s a buzz around Wrexham, with visits from Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, a mysterious Wrexham sign making national news and a bid for Capital of Culture. But we’ve always known that this is the perfect place. Wrexham is celebrating the award of city status to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, recognising its unique community and distinct local identity. An urban location with a range of quirky shops, traditional pubs and fun bars, clubs and music venues with some of the world’s best beauty spots on its doorstep. It’s also within easy reach of the coast, mountains and the lively cities of Chester, Manchester and Liverpool.
4 - High riser
We are delighted to have climbed a staggering 41 places in The Guardian University Guide league table, from 107th overall in the UK last year to 66th this year.
5 - Top-performing courses
Our courses have been holding their own in the league tables again this year. Our Criminology and Criminal Justice course, for instance, has been rated 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2022, 2nd in the UK for teaching in the National Student Survey 2021, 1st in the UK for teaching quality and 1st in Wales for student experience in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, and 4th in the UK and 1st in Wales overall in the Criminology subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
Our Adult Nursing degree has been ranked top in the UK for overall student satisfaction in this year's National Student Survey.
Find out more about these and our other top-ranking courses.
6 - Our investment in facilities
Campus 2025 is Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s £60m strategy to enhance our local region and all of our campuses to ensure that our students have the best facilities and learning environment. Completed stunning learning spaces include The Gallery and The Study, Enterprise Lounge, Moot Court, Business Simulation Suite, B Hive, Huddle Room, and Alive Hub, as well as renovations to our arts and design base at Regent Street.
Longer-term plans include creating a gateway building at the heart of the Plas Coch campus which will become the main entrance to the university and house the new Student Union, as well as a brand new engineering block.
7 - Our Active Learning Framework
The Covid-19 pandemic changed the way we all do things, and not all changes were for the worse. We’ve taken the things that made life easier and mixed them with important traditional practices to come up with a student-focused balance of blended learning.