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Wrexham Glyndwr gets catering overhaul 

New coffee shops and food outlets are among £200,000 of improvements to catering facilities at North Wales university

Posted by Hannah Vickers | May 02, 2017 | Catering & hospitality

Global brands Costa Coffee and Grumpy Mule – a Fairtrade organisation – are to open at Wrexham Glyndwr University in the coming months.

Food services company Aramark is creating a fresh look and feel to outlets on the Mold Road campus, as well as redeveloping the Scholars Rest canteen into a vibrant food court focused on offering freshly prepared products at affordable prices.

Costa Coffee will have a presence at the Fellows Cafe and at the Chapters Retail Grab and Go outlet, as well as the University’s Regent Street building, home to the School of Creative Arts.

The Grumpy Mule will replace Cafe Darganfod on Crispin Lane, near Techniquest Glyndwr.

The university aims to further enhance the student experience through promotions and value meal deals, using social media and a collaborative approach with the Students’ Union to drive satisfaction and participation as well as investing in a brand new IPOS system to support quick payment methods. 

Lynda Powell, director of operations, said the revamp forms part of a wider overhaul of the University estate. Plans include new student accommodation, car parking, upgraded academic and research rooms and transfiguration of main buildings. “Improvement of our catering provision is just the first step, it’s definitely a case of ‘watch this space’ as there is much more to come as we further develop the campus here in Wrexham.”

Known as Campus 2025, the University’s estates strategy will see significant improvements on-site over the next eight years.

Students are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we will continue to strive for better, whether that be through teaching and learning or in working to improve the environment so they have the very best services available - Vice Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar

Vice Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, added: “Students are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we will continue to strive for better, whether that be through teaching and learning or in working to improve the environment so they have the very best services available.”

The new-look coffee shops and cafes will be unveiled before the start of the new academic year in September.

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