Press Releases 2014-2015

Pledges signal new way of working with the Public Sector

05.03.2015

A new approach to partnership working with the public sector has taken a significant step forward when the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) signed pledges with three local authorities in the region.

The pledges – with Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire County Councils, and the City and County of Swansea – aim to make a real difference to the lives of people living, working and visiting South West Wales and demonstrate a commitment by the UWTSD Group, which includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion, to strengthen working relationships with the counties in which its main campuses are located. The University wants to maximise its impact on the region by channelling the talents and skills of staff, students and graduates to deliver on the key priority areas for each of the organisations.

“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.”

The pledges are in essence a declaration of intent to work together to achieve mutually beneficial aims in areas of common interest including commitments to sustainable development; anti-poverty strategies, economic development, enterprise, innovation and regeneration, and community development.  The pledges with the local authorities also focus upon maximising the region’s potential for sporting and cultural activities and on celebrating its unique history and heritage by capitalising on its tourism potential.

UWTSD will work together in partnership with Ceredigion County Council to develop innovative responses to health and social care needs in rural areas and on providing educational enrichment activities for post 16 learners in Ceredigion.  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.”

Photograph:  Professor Medwin Hughes and the Ven. Randolph Thomas, Vice-Chancellor and Chair of  UWTSD with Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn and Miss Bronwen Morgan, Leader and Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council.

Work with Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire County Councils will include exploiting the region’s reputation as a centre of excellence in the food supply chain by developing partnerships with local producers and suppliers.  Specific actions with Carmarthenshire County Council involve supporting the relocation of the S4C headquarters to Carmarthenshire and on the development of the Welsh language and culture through the University’s new Welsh Language Centre in Carmarthen. 

Councillor Kevin Madge, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council said: “We are delighted to be signing this pledge with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and to be working in partnership with them on a number of key areas that will benefit a range of communities in Carmarthenshire.”

Photograph:  Professor Medwin Hughes and the Ven. Randolph Thomas, with Councillor Kevin Madge and Mark James, Leader and Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council

The pledge with the City and County of Swansea aims to develop and enhance opportunities for creating a prosperous Swansea Bay City Region and on meeting the Council’s aspirations in relation to the regeneration of the city centre and the University’s aspirations, in partnership with the Welsh Government, on the development of UWTSD’s Waterfront Innovation Quarter in the SA1 region of the city.  This will include establishing a range of impact hubs in identified  priority areas which will deliver clear economic and commercial benefits, building an integrated innovation and enterprise ecosystem which caters for knowledge transfer between industry and academia, driving social, cultural and economic development, attracting new companies, partnerships and investment and by bringing worldwide best practice to Wales and showcasing the best of Welsh creativity and innovation.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration said: “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.”

Photograph:  Mr Jack Straw and Councillor Rob Stewart, Chief Executive and Leader of City and County of Swansea with the Ven Randolph Thomas and Professor Medwin Hughes

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor added “The pledges reflect a number of key areas which are priorities each of the Local Authorities and the University and aim 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”.