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The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) was formed on 18 November 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen, under Lampeter’s Royal Charter of 1828. On the 1 August 2013, Swansea Metropolitan University became part of UWTSD.

The University’s Royal Charter is the oldest in Wales and England after the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. In 2011 HRH the Prince of Wales became its Royal Patron.

The UWTSD Group includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion as part of a dual sector group structure comprising further education colleges and the university. The UWTSD Group has over 25,000 learners across 17 campuses in rural and city locations. Together we deliver clear, tangible benefits for learners, employers, industry and communities by offering a vocational approach from entry level to post-doctoral research. The Group will be further strengthened with the merger of University of Wales into UWTSD in due course.

The University’s main campuses are situated in various locations in and around Swansea’s city centre as well as in the rural towns of Lampeter and Carmarthen in South West Wales. The Wales International Academy of Voice, under the Directorship of Dennis O’Neill with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as its patron, is located in Cardiff and in addition the University has a Business School in London for international students.

UWTSD has a clear and exciting strategic plan which places emphasis upon applied learning, strong academic disciplines and a clear commitment to innovation, enterprise and knowledge transfer. This connected university is driving through structural and strategic change which is closely associated with industry, business and enterprise. The University has a clear national profile – delivering for Wales and celebrating its distinctiveness on a UK and international stage.

The learner experience is at the heart of our mission. We have placed sustainability at the core of our planning.  Developed through our award winning Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), we have embedded sustainable development through our learning, teaching, curricula, campus, community and culture.  Our aim is to inspire individuals and develop reflective graduates and practitioners who can make a difference in society. Through work-based learning, research of international excellence and knowledge transfer networks, we aim to play a pivotal role in thepromotion of social justice, economic renewal and the development of social and cultural capital.

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Transforming Education; Transforming Lives

The learner is central to the University and the wider Group.

The education we deliver, underpinned by high quality research, will be distinctive; it will develop the minds and skills of our students, and also be inclusive, professional and employment-focused.

To transform, shape and develop futures

Our aim is to establish a new educational ‘system’ of universities and colleges committed to educating students of all ages and backgrounds, and to stimulate economic development in the region and across Wales and beyond.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David System will transform the delivery of higher education and training in Wales. Central to this new model will be the establishment of a new sustainable planning framework that will encompass, nurture, stimulate, and promote the development of coherent educational pathways across a wide range of institutions

The core values of the University are derived from our learner-focused mission and vision, and are articulated and advanced through the promotion of the following planning themes:

  • Collaboration through the establishment of a range of strategic relationships at regional, national and international level. Such networks will have the potential to inspire our learners, staff and partners to create exciting new learning futures.
  • Inclusivity through putting learners first and championing lifelong learning without barriers; and supporting students from all backgrounds and at all stages of their education.
  • Employability and creativity by harnessing the entrepreneurial, research, creative and enterprising skills of our learners, we can offer educational programmes that allow our students to have the best opportunities to gain employment and develop their transferable skills.
  • Sustainable Development through a system-based approach to delivering meaningful and relevant educational pathways that promotes learning and social responsibility.
  • Wales and its distinctiveness through celebrating the distinctive linguistic and cultural assets and heritage of Wales.
  • The concept of Global Citizenship through the development of further multi-national activities and opportunities for our learners, staff and partners.
  • Research and its impact on policy by ensuring that our research activity and outcomes influence the evidence base of policies developed in Wales and beyond. UWTSD at a glance

We are a University that:

  • adds value to the learning experience through a distinctive ‘system-based’ approach that combines traditional higher education with vocational, professional and academic research activities, delivered with academic rigour;
  • offers a well-defined undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum, which delivers distinctive graduate attributes in the areas of employability, enterprise, sustainable education and global citizenship;
  • is dedicated to realising the potential of each individual student and to supporting students at all stages of their education;
  • is pioneering new approaches to work-based learning and professional practice that enhance workforce and enterprise capabilities; and
  • is committed to all aspects of sustainable development.

The University collaborates and partners with many other educational institutions and other organisations in our local area and around the world.  As part of the UWTSD Group, local colleges Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion play a crucial part in our vision to offer a new kind of ‘system-based’ further and higher education experience in our region.

By working closely to ensure progression routes for students from further education right through to post-doctoral study, our aim is to create a lifelong learning network for our students and graduates, which will have a positive impact on our region – socially, culturally and economically.

We also have strong collaborative links with business, the arts and other regional organisations, and with a host of education partners around the globe.  This enables our students to benefit from a truly global education experience, right here in the heart of Wales.