Press Releases 2017

UWTSD welcomes signing of Swansea Bay City Region deal by Prime Minister Theresa May

20.03.2017

University of Wales Trinity Saint David today welcomed the signing of the Swansea Bay City Region Deal by Prime Minister Theresa May and First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.

Sa1 Site Phase 1

Also in attendance at the signing at Swansea's Liberty Stadium, were Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales; Councillor Rob Stewart, Leader, City and County of Swansea; Councillor Emlyn Dole, Leader, Carmarthenshire County Council; Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government; Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader, Neath Port Talbot Council and Councillor Jamie Adams, Leader, Pembrokeshire County Council.

The University was represented at the event by Dr Jane Davidson, Pro-Vice Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability.

The plan is expected to create more than 9,000 jobs and trigger almost £1.3bn investment in south west wales. The University is a key partner within the Swansea Bay city region and its major projects - the Box Village and Innovation Precinct in SA1 Swansea and Yr Egin – Creative and Digital Cluster in Carmarthenshire - will both create new jobs through the development of creative enterprise hubs and high skill accelerator schemes to grow new businesses linked to the portfolio, to further develop the skills of current businesses and attract new investment to the area.

The SA1 Box Village and Innovation Precinct will complement and help to drive forward the vision for the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District Project which aims to create a vibrant and sustainable city centre that facilitates the growth of higher value activities and will provide the launch pad for ‘Digital Quarters’ across the region.

Yr Egin in Carmarthen is a transformational project that will enhance the creative and digital industries in Wales. Together with our partners we will develop a new Welsh language economic initiative within the rural heartland enabling the establishment of new companies who will be delivering a range of bilingual services. It will support digital and content industries within Carmarthenshire and will be a key driver for the creative industries offer within the Swansea Bay City Region.

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David said: “I welcome the announcement that ‘Internet Coast’ City Deal has received approval from the UK Government. The University is a key partner within the Swansea Bay City Region and, working together, we are delivering a range of high value initiatives that aim to accelerate economic growth in the region whilst tackling the greatest challenges of today in relation to energy, health and digital connectivity.

“The clarity of vision and leadership shown by Councillor Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council and Councillor Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council have been instrumental in maximising opportunities provided by the City Deal. It will allow us to see transformational projects taken forward that will deliver significant impact on economic, social and cultural capacity within the region.

“The University’s strategy links directly to the ambitions for the region by providing the support system and skills pipeline to deliver economic impact that will lead ultimately to jobs. Some 90% of our students are from this region and the majority stay here after graduating. We are making a difference by developing local talent with the skills needed in our own communities. With centres across the region, UWTSD is well placed to deliver the connectivity needed to ensure that the benefits of the City Deal are manifest across the Swansea Bay City Region.”

 

Yr Egin 2017