Statement from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Regarding the EU Referendum Result

Since its foundation in 1893, the University of Wales has sought to serve the Welsh nation through bringing the best of the world to Wales, and taking the best of Wales to the world. The University has maintained a proud tradition of nurturing links with institutions and welcoming students and staff from the European Union and across the world.  

The University was founded on the principle of delivering the opportunity of education for all, regardless of their background. As the University continues in its commitment to transform with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the University will continue to maintain this principle, as well as remaining committed to its global outlook and placing the good of Wales at the heart of all that it does.

I would like to reassure our students, staff, partners, and alumni, that the outcome of the recent UK European Union referendum will not have any immediate effect upon the current operations, nor strategic direction of the University. There will be no immediate changes to the University’s operations and activities, and students currently registered upon a programme of study leading to an award of the University on overseas validated programmes will remain unaffected by the referendum result.

Graduates will still retain the University of Wales award they received upon graduation and will continue to be valued members of the University of Wales Alumni Association. There are thousands of alumni around the world who hold a University of Wales degree. The University of Wales degree and the University of Wales name have a strong legacy and are widely recognised and highly regarded by employers worldwide. The value of this will not change.

As an internationally facing University, we recognise the benefits to communities and businesses of cross-cultural and cross-border exchanges of ideas, research, and experience both from within Europe and beyond. The University, and the nation of Wales has benefitted enormously from its links with the European Union and other international partnerships, and we remain deeply committed to maintaining and enhancing these links both now and after transformation, for the benefit of Wales.