Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Lampeter students to quiz Ceredigion candidates

20.04.2015

Students at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus are holding a hustings event on Monday, April 20th that will include five of the six candidates vying for votes in Ceredigion.

The public event will be held at the Arts Hall on the Lampeter campus at 7.30pm on Monday and will be an opportunity for UWTSD students as well as members of the local community to ask the candidates the questions that matter to them.

With over 130,000 Higher Education students eligible to vote across in Wales, students at Lampeter are keen to listen to the answers offered by the candidates on the issues that are important to them and the matters concerning young people across Ceredigion, Wales and the rest of the UK.

The hustings event is also a way of encouraging students to engage in the political process and to exercise their right to vote.

"I think it's really important that students do register and turn out to vote because their opinion is important - whatever it is,” says Flora McNerney, President of the Students’ Union at UWTSD Lampeter and Chair of Monday night’s debate.

“Lots of people don't think that they are engaged with politics when actually they are, more than they realise. I speak to students who have strong opinions about the amount of debt they are collecting while being at university; the cost of living; mental health support; and and transport in our area of Wales - these are all political topics and topics that our MPs should be aware of. But we can only make them aware when we lobby them and when we engage more,” continues Flora.

The following candidates standing for election in Ceredigion are to take part:

Gethin Jenkins, UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Mike Parker, Plaid Cymru

Huw Thomas, Labour

Daniel Thompson, Green Party

Mark Williams, Liberal Democrat

For further information, please contact Flora McNerney by emailing f.mcnerney@uwtsd.ac.uk

Note to Editor

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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

Further Information

For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk / 07449 998476