Press Releases 2014-2015

Pledge signals new way of working with Ceredigion County Council

17.02.2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Group and Ceredigion County Council are signing up to an agreement to continue to work together to benefit the County and its communities.

ceredigion pledge

In what is a novel approach to partnership working with the public sector, the pledge contains specific actions to be undertaken by both organisations related to their joint priority areas.

The University has signed similar pledges with other Councils in order to maximise the University’s impact on the region and is part of its strategic aim of collaborating with key partners at regional, national and international levels. 

“The University’s pledge to each of the local authorities in which its campuses are located signals a new way of collaborative working to benefit the region” said the Venerable Randolph Thomas, Chair of UWTSD. “We are committed to those communities and want to ensure that UWTSD contributes to their wellbeing by using our resources and talent to serve the public good”.

Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Ceredigion County Council leader, said “We are delighted at the opportunity to cooperate closely with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  We firmly believe that the renewed close relationship fostered between our institutions by committing to the Pledge will be of great benefit to the population of Ceredigion.”

The pledge is a declaration of intent to work together to achieve mutually beneficial aims in areas of common interest including commitments to:

  • Work together on carbon management plans

  • Explore rural poverty research opportunities

  • Monitor the effectiveness of the Teifi Valley Rural Growth Zone

  •  To benefit Students of the University’s schemes for graduate placements

  • Develop innovative responses to health and social care needs in rural areas

  • Provide educational enrichment activities for post 16 learners in Ceredigion

  • Widen the opportunities for research and development to support business growth

  • Raise the profile of Ceredigion in respect of sport, culture and heritage

The specific aims and actions within the pledge fit with both the County Council and the University’s Strategic Aims, and both institutions will be jointly responsible for the delivery of the pledge.

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor said “The pledge reflects a number of key areas which are priorities for both the Council and the University and aims to make a real difference to the lives of people living, working and visiting the area.  We want to exploit the University’s wealth of experience and expertise in order to stimulate economic growth in the region and explore new opportunities linked to education and training, as well as recreation and tourism”.

Bronwen Morgan, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council, said: “We are looking forward to continuing our close cooperation with UWTSD. The signing of this pledge enshrines that cooperation in several key areas in an agreement that is of mutual benefit to both Ceredigion County Council and UWTSD”

Within the framework of this agreement, it will be possible for specific services within each organisation to enter into more specific agreements.  Progress on the pledge will be reported annually to the University Council and the members of the Council’s Cabinet / relevant Overview and Scrutiny committee.

Note to Editor

For further information, please contact:

Sian-Elin Davies, Senior Communications and PR Officer at UWTSD by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk or by calling 01267 676908 / 07449 998476

OR

Siwan Davies, Senior Communications Officer, Ceredigion County Council by emailing pressoffice@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 572003