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Celebration for newest university

Glyndwr University
Glyndwr University in Wrexham was granted its status last summer

Wales' newest university has celebrated its inauguration with a march by academics and local dignitaries through Wrexham town centre.

The new Glyndwr University, previously North East Wales Institute (Newi) also installed its first chancellor and vice-chancellor.

It was the last step towards becoming a university for an institution which will be home to 8,000 students.

Beforehand the vice-chancellor said it would be a proud occasion for everyone.

The university was granted its status last summer when it was also revealed it would take "great pride" in being named after Welsh rebel prince Owain Glwyndwr, who had links with the area.

University vice-chancellor Prof Michael Scott said everyone was invited to attend the procession.

Prof Scott said: "The installation of a chancellor is a traditional ceremony performed by universities all over the world and marks the final step for us on the road to becoming a university.

The procession left St Mary's Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, led by the band of the Mercian Regiment.

They marched to the parish church of St Giles and during the bilingual ceremony the university will be presented with its new coat of arms.

Owain Glyndwr statue at Corwen
The ceremony will mark the institution's links with Owain Glyndwr

One of the readings was taken from the Pennal letter sent to the King of France by Owain Glyndwr in 1406.

In this letter Owain Glyndwr, himself a highly regarded scholar, outlined his vision for the establishment of a university in north Wales.

There was also a reading from Shakespeare's Henry IV, in which Owain Glyndwr is described.

The inauguration and installation of Prof Scott as vice-chancellor and the chancellor, Lord Jones, formerly Barry Jones, the Alyn and Deeside MP, was the first in a series of events being held in a year of celebrations.

Concerts, exhibitions, drama and community events will run throughout the year.



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