Sandra studied Chemistry with Green Nanotechnology at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. 

What attracted you to Wrexham Glyndŵr University?

The diversity, the community feeling, approachable staff, very friendly environment. I felt very welcome as a mature student.

Did you attend an open day? What was it like?

Staff and lecturers were very friendly, and as a small university it made me feel comfortable. There are also good academic resources and support. I attended a talk about the University in general, and after that moved around to familiarise with the site (visit cafes, library, crime scene house, etc). I attended a talk delivered by one of the science lecturers and later met some of the others. I’ve also made new friends. It was very helpful. I found out more about the science courses, before the open day I thought only forensic sciences and animal studies existed. I also had the opportunity to visit all of the labs, which gave me a good insight into the facilities available on campus.

What’s the atmosphere like around campus?

Very friendly environment, fantastic learning community feeling.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

My course is delivered by great professionals, who are very approachable and helpful. I like that it has a nanotechnology subject in it. My course is not just chemistry, but also a mix of different subjects which is very helpful to develop a solid background and confidence in as a professional.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I would like to study for a master’s degree or PGCE.

What has the support been like?

Absolutely great. Lecturers are always happy to help, and Wrexham Glyndŵr University has a fantastic academic support team. They have workshops (in PowerPoint, Word, presentations & referencing, etc) to help students to improve their academic skills. Sometimes the mature students struggle with IT and academic skills, so these workshops are very helpful.

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham Glyndŵr University?

There is a lot of support, so I feel I can grow confident as a student and future professional. There is a very good networking environment, and it is easy to meet new people and make new friends.

If you were to sum up your experience at Wrexham Glyndŵr University in one word, what would it be and why?

'Amazing', because I have developed my confidence, made a lot of friends and met new people. At university I had the opportunity to do extra modules for free, which are very interesting and have helped me to improve and gain new skills. It is good to know the lecturers know me by name and my struggles, so they are always there to help me.