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Providing a first-class experience for students.

The best universities need to move with the times, and the University of Glamorgan is no different. To give our 22,000 students every chance of success and the very best student experience we are undertaking a pounds 130m investment programme to ensure that our facilities are the very best they can be.

We have built new facilities across our three campuses and transformed listed buildings to create modern learning spaces.

With its official opening tomorrow (April 30th), Glyntaff campus is now home to the University's Faculty of Health, Sport and Science. The pounds 15m transformation has created a vibrant, stateof-the-art learning environment for science and sport students.

The impressive development, which has seen the refurbishment of a Grade II listed grammar school (above) as well as construction of a state-of-the-art new building, incorporates ultra-modern laboratories to deliver an enhanced teaching experience to students.

A large physiology laboratory for testing human performance and health is at the disposal of sports coaching and exercise science students, while geography and environmental science students are taught using the latest applied GIS and environmental modelling software in large, bespoke computer laboratories.

Forensic science students benefit from a Scenes of Crime house, known as the 'Professor Bernard Knight' building.

Professor Bernard Knight, one of the UK's leading former pathologists, visited the building and spoke with students to mark its opening in March.

Medical and biological science students can learn in the new science building (cover image), which is proud to boast the most modern analytical chemistry laboratories in the UK.

At the lower Glyntaff site Police Sciences teaching facilities include mock interview rooms with a total immersion simulation suite and control room. This building houses catering facilities, a Students' Union office, a social learning space with openaccess computers, and the Faculty's student advice centre. These new facilities enhance the partnership between South Wales Police and the University's Police Sciences Division, which provides a foundation degree in Police Sciences to all new recruits in the South Wales force.

Dean of the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, Professor Donna Mead OBE, said: "This vibrant development brings together on one campus the Health, Sport and Sciences programmes and creates an excellent learning and teaching environment for our next generation of scientists."

The Faculty of Health, Sport and Science has continued to enhance its portfolio of expertise, expanding into the areas of life and exercise science. This includes courses in biology, chemistry, forensic science, earth sciences, geographical information systems, police sciences, renewable energy and resource management, sport and exercise science. Where accreditation is available for student courses, we undertake to ensure they are professionally recognised by bodies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry and Forensic Science Society, as well as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.

Glamorgan Sport Park The University is proud of its excellent sports facilities, which are regularly used by professional and international sports teams for their training. To support this growing reputation and our leading research, we are investing pounds 3.7m to enhance our sports science facilities.

The Glamorgan Sport Park complements the new science and sports facilities at Glyntaff and will place our facilities for sport and coaching among the best in the country.

Offering facilities to Sports England accredited standards, this will allow for national level sports events to be held at Glamorgan Sport Park when it is completed in September 2010.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 29, 2010
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