A live blog from Glyndŵr University print journalism students, covering the launch of the university's Centre for Creative Industries on Thursday, 31 March 2011

 

Coming soon

A new live blog from the Creative Industries team, working with students from Yale College in Wrexham.

Watch this space.

And finally…

GTV has launched.  

It’s accessed by the internet so anyone, anywhere, in the world can see it.  

There’s going to be a student version of ‘Cribs’ and an allotment special covering planting, cooking and whittling vegetables (handy).  

Frankly though, I’ve dated so many spuds that I may give that one a miss.

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Hawk showcases the natural beauty of Wales

Hawk is an epic Welsh tale. It was partly filmed in the Snowdonia National Park and also in Dinas Bran in Llangollen. 

The scenery is second to none and showcases a depth that only the Welsh countryside can provide.

It was important to Director Mike McMahon to showcase the North Wales landscape. “Growing up in Rhyl, I wanted to bring that heritage to the film. I remember going to Dinas Bran as a child and wanted to use my life experience,” he said.

McMahon studied film at Glyndwr University with the film’s producer, Alex McArdell. They agreed that Glyndwr had given them fantastic creative, financial and technical support. 

McMahon said he wanted to have the Welsh premiere of Hawk at today’s event because it reflected the support from Glyndwr and is a showcase of North Wales achievement.

Studying the course had given them the base understanding to be able to produce an epic short film. 

More from the official site.

Glyndwr launches new TV channel and magazine

An innovative new online TV channel and a student magazine have been launched today by creative media students at Glyndwr University.

The team of students unveiled gtv, which will feature content about Glyndwr and the lives and happenings of people in Wrexham, and gmag magazine, a magazine designed for students. 

Both gtv and gmag were launched during the opening day of Glyndwr’s £5m Creative Industries Centre.

Speaking at the launch, gtv team member Gareth Maybury explained that gtv was an excellent means to get students involved in the wider Wrexham community.

He said: “gtv exists to aid community cohesion. Through gtv students will play a bigger role in the community. It will enable students to plug into Wrexham life.”

He added: “We are determined to become renowned for our professionalism and our high quality content. As an online TV channel, gtv could potentially be viewed by internet users anywhere in the world.”

gtv has four strands to its programme content - its aims to integrate, inform, illuminate and inspire through its programming.

Filming is already well underway for a docusoap on the lives of hardworking stallholders and customers at Wrexham’s People’s Market, plus a look at a cookery-themed community project bringing people together from across a number of Wrexham communities.

Launching gmag, media student Tom Williams said: “gmag fits in perfectly with the g brand. It is important that students have an independent outlet to share their thoughts and ideas. The diversity of contributions and content is key to providing a balanced view of Glyndwr life.”

At the launch, Senior Lecturer in Media Communications and Broadcasting and Associate Director of Student Experience, Sally Harrison thanked all those Glyndwr students and staff who had worked hard behind the scenes to make gtv and gmag a reality.

Glyndwr climbs the ranks

Glyndwr University is climbing up the national rankings in the UK as well as Wales, Vice Chancellor, Professor Mike Scott revealed today.

He told guests at the opening of the Creative Industries Centre that Glyndwr University was ranked:

  • Second in the UK for percentage growth in full time postgraduate taught students
  • Fourth in the UK for the percentage of young students from the lowest socio-economic classes
  • Fifth in the UK for the percentage of disabled students
  • Seventh in the UK for its percentage of undergraduate mature students
  • For every £1 Glyndwr University received from the funding council for research, it generates £11.50

Pass the bara brith

Mike Wu, one of the international students, has just given me the best ever quote on the new building.

He said that the day has run smoothly and he is “Impressed with the neat, tidy and simple design.”

Mike, who comes from southern China, said the worst thing about living in Wales is the food. 

In his home town you can have “A very happy tummy for about four pence.”

- Student experience blog

The Welsh premiere of Hawk rounds off an day of events to mark the opening of Glyndwr’s new Creative Industries Centre.

The Welsh premiere of Hawk rounds off an day of events to mark the opening of Glyndwr’s new Creative Industries Centre.

The Welsh premiere of Hawk rounds off an day of events to mark the opening of Glyndwr’s new Creative Industries Centre.

The Welsh premiere of Hawk rounds off an day of events to mark the opening of Glyndwr’s new Creative Industries Centre.

Producer Matthew Jones and Director Micheal McMahon before the premiere of Hawk at the Catrin Finch Centre.

Producer Matthew Jones and Director Micheal McMahon before the premiere of Hawk at the Catrin Finch Centre.

Centre to boost Welsh output

The new Creative Industries Centre at Glyndwr Univeristy is looking to provide a timely boost to local output.

Dr Stuart Cunningham, Senior Lecturer in Computing, believes the new building, located on the fringe of the Glyndwr campus, is essential to the future growth of the university.

"Output from the building will not only increase national output but also help towards international output too," he said.