Vice-Chancellor's Statement to Students and Alumni
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 and merger. This merger will take place under the 1828 Royal 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.
Supporting Welsh Government policy at the time for the restructuring of the higher education sector in wales, this historic decision will allow the University of Wales to continue its mission and commitment to support the academic, cultural and economic life of Wales as part of the enlarged post-merger university.
If you have been offered a place on a University of Wales course you will be treated in the same way as all current and past students, and if successful you will exit with a University of Wales award.
For all students currently enrolled and studying towards a University of Wales award, the University of Wales will remain the degree awarding body for the duration of their studies. Students will continue to study the same course in their respective institutions, and on successful completion will be awarded a degree certificate bearing “The University of Wales” as the degree awarding body.
If you are studying in an institution in Wales, please refer to your institution's registry for further advice.
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 graduates 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.
Students and graduates can view a list of Frequently Asked Questions put together specifically to help answer any concerns students may still have regarding these changes. We understand the value and importance of our students and graduates and as consistently stated, will honour our commitments to all students currently enrolled on University of Wales awards.
Professor Medwin Hughes