Glyndŵr University was established in July 2008 following the award of University Title to its predecessor the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (which was itself established in 1973). The University has its main location in Wrexham (north east Wales, UK), with additional campuses and research facilities in Northop, St Asaph, Broughton (all in north east Wales) and London.

In 2014/15, the most recent year for which published data are available, the University had more than 8,000 student enrolments, including more than 100 postgraduate research students studying for PhD, MPhil and Professional Doctorate awards and approximately 1,200 students following Masters and other taught postgraduate programmes. Total income was approximately £42 million, of which nearly £2 million resulted from applied research activities. Many programmes of study are accredited by external organisations such as professional and regulatory bodies. The University is organised into 4 Academic Schools: Applied Science, Computing & Engineering; North Wales Business School; Media, Arts & Design; Social and Life Sciences. The University’s delivery of learning and teaching and its research activities are in line with the UK Quality Assurance Agency’s ‘Quality Code for Higher Education’ the requirements of professional bodies accrediting programmes, and Concordats relate to research integrity and career development.

A number of measures are contributing to the University’s development of its international dimension. The University has established range of formal partnerships for learning and teaching, student and staff mobility, and facilitating joint research activity. The University aims to take advantage of opportunities arising from the Bologna process and increase overall participation in EU programmes supporting staff and student mobility and other transnational academic collaboration. Glyndwr University students are provided with opportunities to develop as expert, enterprising, professional, independent lifelong learners with an international and future-oriented perspective.

In terms of modes of study, the extension of work based learning, sandwich programmes, experiential learning and study and placement abroad are all under active consideration as elements of that more flexible framework for learning, teaching and assessment.