Developments- Merger and Reconfiguration

Over the years the University has adapted in order to continue to be at the heart of the nation’s academic, intellectual and cultural life. Responding to Government policy and the decisions of the founding University institutions to seek their own degree awarding powers, the University of Wales has undergone radical restructuring.

In 2007 the University was restructured when it was clear that the original ‘federal’ structure of the University of Wales no longer served the Welsh higher education sector.

More recently, in October of 2011, the governing bodies of the University of Wales, Swansea Metropolitan University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David made a commitment to irrevocable constitutional change when it was announced that the institutions were to merge under the 1828 Charter of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The first phase of this process was completed in 2012 with the merger of University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Swansea Metropolitan University, as well as the created of Adduned Cymru -The Wales Pledge.

In August 2017, both the University of Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David approved a deed of union which delivered on the original policy objective of integrating two historic Universities, thus creating a new University for Wales. The University of Wales will cease to be an accrediting body for other Universities in Wales and will bring to a close validated programmes offered at centres in the UK and overseas.

The merger process is a detailed and complicated progress and can only be finalised when the University of Wales has completed its legal obligations to current students, international collaborative centres and other stakeholders. During this transitional time, the University will continue to offer academic and support services and honour all our commitments to both Students, Graduates and stakeholders.

Frequently asked questions regarding the merger can be seen by clicking here.

For frequently asked questions of particular reference to students and alumni, please click here.

stakeholders' voice

The University is keen to hear views from as many people as possible, and will take them into consideration as it consults on a range of proposed strategic initiatives.

The Stakeholders’ Voice section provides an opportunity for people who have an interest in the University to offer their comments on the strategic direction of the University, via the comments form.