Press Releases 2014-2015

Pledge signals new way of working with City and County of Swansea

17.02.2015

Swansea Council and one of the city’s leading academic institutions are signing a pledge to demonstrate their commitment to a future vision of Swansea Bay City Region as a centre of enterprise and innovation.

Swansea Pledge

Representatives from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and Swansea Council will be meeting on Monday (16th February) to sign the pledge to strengthen their partnership for the benefit of the city and the region as a whole.

The agreement to work together in key areas aims to boost the prosperity of the region by attracting jobs to the county, by encouraging economic growth, and by developing skills and ideas among the area’s workforce as well as its future generations.

The signing will take place at 11am on at UWTSD’s Alex Design Exchange on Alexandra Road.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration said: “Swansea is an academic hub. We have two exceptional Higher Education institutions based here, which are key to fuelling the development of a vision we all share of Swansea, and the Swansea Bay City Region as science, technology and creative capital. 

“We believe this kind of knowledge-based economy will both bring in investment and talent, as well as nurturing home-grown talent and kick-starting the careers of future generations.”

Cllr Francis-Davies continued: “By signing this pledge the Council and our partners at UWTSD are agreeing to work together to develop and enhance opportunities for regional prosperity and increase social inclusion and educational attainment within our own communities.”

The pledge sets out five areas or articles on which the partner institutions will agree to collaborate. These include, anti-poverty, economic and community development, the enterprise and innovation quarter and culture, heritage and tourism.

“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”.

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor adds “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”.

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