Launch of new South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Swansea Metropolitan University will today (1 July) launch the new South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education.
The launch will take place at the National Botanic Garden of Wales with keynote speaker Professor Richard Daugherty, Director of Oxford University’s Centre for Educational Assessment discussing ‘Assessment and Initial Teacher Education: who does what and why’ followed by afternoon workshops.
Chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Phil Gummett as well as Assembly Members Simon Thomas, Julie James, Bethan Jenkins and Rhodri Glyn Thomas will also be in attendance.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Swansea Metropolitan University are jointly running the South-West Wales Centre of Teacher Education. Both institutions have well-established reputations for the quality of their teacher education. Education training has been offered in Carmarthen since 1848 while the School of Education in Swansea opened in 1872.
The Centre works alongside existing, and new, primary and secondary partnership schools to deliver their programmes.
Dr Russell Grigg, Head of the South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education, said:
“My role as Head of the Centre is to ensure comprehensive teacher education provision across the south west. We have a very proud tradition in teacher training spanning three centuries. The partnerships between our two universities, between schools and across a variety of agencies, all play a fundamental role in shaping the ways in which high quality teaching is provided. The Centre is committed to pursuing excellence.”
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David Vice Chancellor, Medwin Hughes added:
“The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education Centre significantly enhances our growing links with Swansea Metropolitan University. It shows excellent collaboration between the two universities and is a very good example of what can be achieved by working together.
“Partnerships with over 80 Secondary Schools and with over 120 Primary Schools have been developed and this extensive network is especially valuable to schools and students and will be of benefit to the regions.”
Swansea Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor, Professor David Warner concluded:
“Education is one of the most important aspects of our society. It is a key defence against social depravation, it assists social mobility and underpins a buoyant economy. The new South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education builds upon the rich heritage of Swansea Metropolitan University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David and will enhance the learning experience for the educators of the future.
“This is also another significant example of the ongoing collaboration between the two universities.”
The formation of the three Teacher Education Centres in Wales is the result of Government policy which has encouraged reconfiguration across the university sector and is in response to substantial decreases in teacher training places available.
Students follow the BA Ed primary programme at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David while Swansea Metropolitan University provides the PGCE primary and secondary programmes.
South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education Launch
1 July - 09:30 -15:30
National Botanic Garden of Wales
Note to Editor
- The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is working with Swansea Metropolitan University, Coleg Sir Gâr, Pembrokeshire College and Coleg Ceredigion to create a dual sector university. This means that the institutions will work as a group to provide progression routes and choices for students as well as programmes of study that respond to the needs of employers in the region.
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Elinor Howells 01570 424 859 from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Steve Stokes 01792 483695 from Swansea Metropolitan University
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