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Toyota donates an Avensis to Glyndŵr University

Wednesday, 18th January 2012

Glyndŵr University and Techniquest Glyndŵr (TQG) were celebrating yesterday after Graham Hillier, Manager of General Affairs at Toyota Deeside Plant, came to the Engineering department to officially present a Toyota Avensis to Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Scott on behalf of Glyndŵr University.

Around 30 people from the university, local schools, Glyndŵr students, local industry and the press attended the event. Professor Helen James, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university, introduced the event highlighting the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, the role they play in modern industry and the importance of training up students to meet industries needs through HE & FE courses and modern apprenticeships. She then went on to explain the importance of partnership development between Techniquest Glyndŵr and the university, and the value of that partnership to schools and how important it is to involve industry in this partnership to enrich the STEM content and link to future careers.

Graham Hillier said: “As a company, Toyota is committed to developing strong links with our community in North Wales and this is a practical demonstration of that commitment.”

Professor Michael Scott gratefully received the car with thanks and emphasising the importance of industrial partnerships are to the University and how productive the partnership with TQG is proving to be. He said: “Our students are delighted. It will benefit them tremendously.”

The car will be used in University automotive courses to demonstrate modern automobile technology — especially the electric and electronic control and monitoring systems used on modern cars. TQG will also use the car and the University’s facilities for school pupil activities where relevant. TQG work with Toyota to facilitate school visits to the factory and provide appropriate STEM activities to enrich the pupil experience.

Andy Jones, Partnerships Coordinator for TQG, said: “We’re hugely grateful to Toyota for giving us the car.

“Techniquest Glyndŵr works with hundreds of schools children and having the car on campus will allow us to bring them in to the university and demonstrate some of the basic theories behind engineering.”