Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Hosts International Literary Events in Sweden and Ireland

12.10.2015

In memory of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Prize winning writer William Butler Yeats, an international celebration has been launched for the Irish poet's work.

The events are hosted by Dominic Williams, Disabled Support Administrator at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and co-founder of write4words, a community interest company based in West Wales.

The celebrations took place at two separate locations; the first in Tranås, Sweden on the 30th of September where the Irish Ambassador to Sweden, Orla O'Hanrahan, launched the event.  A partnering event also took place at the Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland on the 26th of October.

As host, UWTSD's Dominic Williams discusses disability art and the concept of the social model of disability in the cultural and higher education sectors. A trustee of the Welsh national organisation Disability Arts Cymru (DAC), Dominic also chairs a seminar with participants including writers and representatives from universities across Europe.

The Learning Support department at UWTSD Swansea provides support for over 700 disabled students. Dominic said: “We have many students who come to our university having not been given the opportunity to reach their true academic potential because the compulsory education system has failed them. With the support we offer to remove specifically identified barriers to their learning they are able to achieve first class honour degrees. Every time this is achieved it is a success. This success is a partnership between the institution and the student, a transformation of an individual’s life that is another step forward in transforming education and society.”

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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