University of Wales looks to the future

Posted on 14 February 2011
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The University of Wales

At a special meeting last Friday afternoon, the Council of the University of Wales approved the establishment of an all-Wales framework for higher education involving initially the merger into the University of Wales of the University of Wales: Trinity St David, immediately followed by the incorporation of Swansea Metropolitan University and University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, through irrevocable constitutional changes, leading to the creation of a single, integrated University of Wales.

The merged institution will be formed under the University of Wales Charter and will be called the University of Wales.

D Hugh Thomas CBE DL, Chair of the University of Wales Council said:

"I was delighted that the Council was unanimous in agreeing the proposal. I truly believe that it is totally consistent with the Welsh Assembly Government’s vision for the future of higher education in Wales. This has only been made possible through the constructive engagement and support of the leadership of all the institutions.

"I see this representing the first step in a process to a closer collaboration between all higher and further education institutions in Wales."

In its meeting this afternoon, the Council of the University of Wales: Trinity St David unanimously agreed to proceed with the new arrangements.

Dr Geoffrey Thomas, Chair of the Governing Body of the University of Wales: Trinity St David, said:

“The Governing Body has today agreed on creating a national University of Wales responding to the global challenges of the 21 Century whilst retaining a strong connection with the people of Wales”

The leadership structure of the University will be fundamentally different from traditional structures, being jointly led by Professor Marc Clement acting as President / Pro Chancellor and Professor Medwin Hughes acting as Rector / Pro Chancellor, each with clearly defined and separate roles.

Professor Marc Clement, Vice-Chancellor University of Wales said:

"I warmly welcome this exciting development to create an innovative University of Wales fit for the 21st Century. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues in the merging institutions and joining us in facing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Professor Mediwn Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor of University of Wales: Trinity Saint David also expressed his enthusiasm:

“This is a radical step change which bridges educational boundaries and delivers the Minister’s vision of providing a joined up approach to the planning of further and higher education across Wales”

/ENDS

For further information, please contact Shone Hughes, Head of Communications. Shone.hughes@wales.ac.uk, 029 2037 5057.
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