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Public Events 2017-2018

Wrexham Glyndŵr University hosts many varied events which are open to the public to attend (and are often free) in our conference facilities and other venues across the University. These can be public lectures, seminars, art clubs, literature festivals and more…

Here is a list of the events that are coming up that are open to the public. Some are hosted by the University and some are run at the University by organisations who wish to promote their event for the public to attend.  Please contact the organisers directly for more details or to book your space by following the links shown.

This list is regularly updated so please do check this page for updates.  If you would like to join our mailing list to hear about these type of events directly please email us your details to


John Hedley - Natural Forms / Don Braisby - Research into the Art of Corrosion

14 April - 9 June 2017  Oriel Sycharth Gallery

An exhibition of prints and paintings by two local artists at our on-campus Oriel Sycharth Gallery (open during University opening hours). Read more...


 Public Lecture Series 

Inaugural Professorial Lecture 

Shape Matters:  How the external geometry and material content of an engineering component can influence its strength and life

Alison McMillan, Professor in Aerospace Technology

Thursday 25 May 2017, 6pm (drinks reception from 5.30pm) Catrin Finch Centre

In the design of engineering components, it is necessary to verify that the design geometry is adequate to the duty. This requires an analysis of the component as a result of the loads and other conditions applied to it. Usually the material of the component is considered to be “elastic”. Here the relationship between loads and deformation is defined mathematically, based on Hooke’s Law. Under more exacting conditions, an applied load can cause permanent “plastic” deformation, or material failure. In Finite Element Analysis the material properties and the shape of the component are represented mathematically, with loads and displacement constraints applied to the component surface.
The as-manufactured component differs from the prescribed geometry, by at most the “tolerance”. There are two issues with that approach: firstly how to ensure that the Finite Element Analysis encompasses all possible dimensional variations; and secondly that typical components are not particularly smooth, and surface roughness has a character all of its own. Furthermore, almost all components contain flaws within the material, or the material property varies within the volume.
The work to be presented includes models of: surface roughness and its importance in component assessment; ultrasound wave propagation through solids, to detect material damage; and the manufacturing process of machining, to understand which parameters influence surface quality.

Alison McMillan is Professor in Aerospace Technology at Wrexham Glyndwr University. She previous worked for about fifteen years at Rolls-Royce plc, where she developed component capability acquisition strategies, and coordinated research programmes and collaborative projects with academic and other industry partners. She developed the recent composites capability strategy at its early stages, and went to do lead the composites methods research activities for geometric modelling, manufacturing, and stress and impact induced failure mechanism prediction. Since joining Wrexham Glyndwr University, she has been developing her research interests in stress and fatigue analysis of heterogeneous materials and components with non-smooth surfaces.
Alison is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Higher Education Academy, and is a Member of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. She engages with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach and organises public seminars.

Our Inaugural Professorial Lectures are open to all and are free to attend. Each lecture will be proceeded by a drinks reception.

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The King’s DNA - Richard III: from car park to cathedral

Wednesday 28 June 2017, 6.00pm, Catrin Finch Centre

Join Wales Gene Park to hear the story of the discovery and identification of the skeleton in the car park, including how DNA was used to help identify the remains of King Richard III. All welcome!  Further information email or phone 02920 746940. To book tickets go to:


Inaugural Professorial Lecture Professor David Skydmore

Wednesday 11 October 2017 6pm


Inaugural Professorial Lecture Professor Alec Shepley

Wednesday 15th November 2017 6pm


Lecture by Photographer Sarah Canton 'Landscape Photographer' for Royal Geographical Society

Wednesday 13th December 2017 7pm

'From Sea to Summit; a Photographers Journey'.

Join Sarah as she takes you on a photographic journey from Snowdonia to the Hebridean Islands, with images of stunning coastal scenery, historic slate quarries, abandoned cottages and mountain landscapes.


Inaugural Professorial Lecture Professor Mandy Robbins

Wednesday 17th January 2018 6pm





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