Press Releases 2016

Strong partnership working is key to realise ambitions for Swansea and the region

04.10.2016

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) was delighted to welcome Councillor Rob Stewart, Leader of the City and County of Swansea and Councillor David Hopkins, Lord Mayor of Swansea, and Alistair Davies of the Welsh Government, to its Technium 2 building.

SA1 Swansea Waterfront

During the visit, Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor provided an update on the latest developments in relation to the University’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront, which will include purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and applied research, as well as social and recreational spaces for use by the University and wider community. 

Professor Hughes said: “Our partnership with the Welsh Government and the City and County of Swansea is crucial to enable UWTSD to support the Welsh Government and the City and County of Swansea in their aspirations for this key regeneration development in the region. We are working to develop the Swansea brand as a destination of choice for international companies, as well as our home grown talent by playing our part, through the Swansea City Bay Region, to realise its ‘vision that by 2030 South West Wales will be a confident, ambitious and connected European City Region, recognised internationally for its emerging Knowledge and Innovation economy’”.

Over the past 5 years, UWTSD has, and continues to invest over £100 million of its own resources into the heart of Swansea to provide opportunities for local people and companies to access high skills development in key priority areas for the region, and to utilize those skills for the benefit of the region. Our strategy links to the ambitions for the region by providing the support system and skills pipeline to deliver economic impact that will lead ultimately to jobs. Building a strong city in Swansea is key for the whole of South West Wales. 

UWTSD is a regional university with campuses across South West Wales through our dual sector group structure, which includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion as constituent colleges. We are in a unique position to deliver cutting edge applied learning as a continuum from further into higher education.  ‘Place-making’ is at the heart of what we do at UWTSD; developing our campuses as impact hubs linking back into the city of innovation and ensuring that we respond to the economic and civic needs of our immediate communities.

The University’s vision for SA1 Swansea Waterfront is to create a neighbourhood with academic activity at its core to attract companies to collocate with the University to exploit knowledge, develop skills, support existing companies and attract new investment into the region.

Phase 1 of the £300 million development has already commenced to create a new facility for the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, as well as new library facilities.  In addition, the University has made significant investment in SA1 through the purchase of the two Technium buildings, as well as the Cyprium Building, which are home to a range of private companies, a number of which are already collaborating with the university to develop new products and processes.  

Professor Hughes, added:“The development of the SA1 Swansea Waterfront has established the blue-print for how the University will operate in future. Co-locating with such professional partners as the CITB on the development of the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC), OSTC to develop a range of financial products for the only trading floor outside London, NHS Wales Informatics Services (NWIS) on health related data management, as well as Power & Water on new initiatives linked environmental management, will enable us to exploit knowledge and expertise to our mutual benefit.  Together, we will create new enterprise hubs and high skill accelerator schemes to grow new businesses linked to our portfolio, develop the skills of current businesses and attract new investment into the region.”

These initiatives will transform the educational experience for staff and students at UWTSD by connecting academia with innovation, enterprise, businesses and the community. Such connectivity will support and enhance the student experience; contribute to the viability and ongoing sustainability of the University; stimulate investment and economic benefits to the Swansea Bay City Region and further afield, as well as provide opportunities for diversifying income streams as the University maximises its engagement with the private sector.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “We’re wholeheartedly supportive of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s waterfront campus plans for SA1.

“Not only will the new campus complement our exciting city centre redevelopment plans by generating more footfall, but it will also further boost Swansea’s status as a world class city of learning that’s at the heart of cutting-edge research and academic expertise.

“Along with the hugely exciting internet coast City Deal application to the UK Government for the Swansea Bay City Region, the new UWTSD campus will help transform Swansea into a city that embraces innovation and the retention of young entrepreneurial talent. This will encourage more investment in future, open up jobs for local people and benefit existing businesses.”

 Julie James, AM, Minister for Skills and Technology said: I’m pleased to see the SA1 Swansea Waterfront project moving on apace. Supporting Universities and colleges to engage with businesses, leading to entrepreneurship and innovation and is a key commitment for Welsh Government. 

 “The SA1 Partnership between University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Welsh Government has already secured several projects which will benefit the economy in and around Swansea.  

 “University of Wales Trinity Saint David clearly has ambitious plans for the SA1 Innovation Quarter and we stand ready to work with them and other partners in the area to boost  the economic development of the city, the wider City Region, and West Wales.”

 

Partnership photo-shoot

Note to Editor

Pic1: Gwyndaf Tobias, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Eifion Griffiths, Member of UWTSD Council, Councillor Rob Stewart, Leader, City and County of Swansea, Councillor David Hopkins, Lord Mayor, Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor, Alistair Davies, Welsh Government, the Ven Randolph Thomas, Chair UWTSD Council, and Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor.

 

Pic2: Gwyndaf Tobias, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Eifion Griffiths, Member of UWTSD Council, Councillor Rob Stewart, Leader, City and County of Swansea, Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor, Councillor David Hopkins, Lord Mayor, Alistair Davies, Welsh Government, the Venerable Randolph Thomas, Chair UWTSD Council, and Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor.

 

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.  The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.
  2. The development of the SA1 Swansea Waterfront is part of the University’s 10 year transformational agenda to develop its campuses and locations as impact hubs, working closely with business and industry to exploit knowledge, develop skills and attract investment to the region.  The University has signed a unique partnership with the Welsh Government on the development of SA1; it is also working closely with the City and County of Swansea and is a key partner in the Swansea Bay City Region.

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Eleri Beynon 07968 249335 e.beynon@uwtsd.ac.uk