Proposed merger of the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, the University of Wales and Swansea Metropolitan University


In a meeting held on Friday 21 October, it was agreed that the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, the University of Wales and Swansea Metropolitan University would merge under our 1822 Royal Charter. The Governing Bodies of the other institutions were also in agreement.

This is an historic and important decision that will provide a strong foundation for our future and which will secure the continuation of our Royal Charter - the oldest in England and Wales outside Oxford and Cambridge.

How will this affect my degree?

This announcement and the recent issues concerning the University of Wales will not affect your degree or your studies at Trinity Saint David.  You will continue to study on your current campus and will receive a University of Wales degree. 

Why is this merger happening?

The merger is part of the Welsh Government’s announcement in December 2010 that it wishes to see no more than six universities in Wales by 2013.  It is an exciting challenge to create a transformed University of Wales and to safeguard our institution for future generations. 

As part of the merger process, Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has also assumed the role of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales as of the 1 October. 

Is the University of Wales degree valued by employers?

Yes, the University of Wales degree and the name University of Wales is recognised and valued across the world.  In addition, as a student of Trinity Saint David you are provided with opportunities to develop a range of skills and attributes which are valued by employers. 

What happens next?

We will keep you informed on developments regarding the merger through the monthly Student Bulletin which is circulated by student email and is also available on the website under “current students”. In addition, Rikki Miller, Students’ Union President and member of the University Council, is aware of the details of the merger process. 

You are also welcome to contact the Provosts on each campus either during the weekly sessions or by individual appointment to discuss any matter of concern:

Prof Densil Morgan – Lampeter Campus

First floor Sheikh Khalifa Building

October 26
November 2, 16, 30

Mr Gwilym Dyfri Jones – Carmarthen Campus

12.00pm – 1.00pm BR 5
October 24

1.00pm – 2.00pm BR
November 4, 17, 29

For your information

Press release issued by the University of Wales which announces a number of decisions made by its Council.