Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Strengthens North American College Links

09.10.2014

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has strengthened its North American links following a five-day visit to several colleges in Canada and the USA.

During the trip, which took place last week, UWTSD representatives spent time meeting staff and prospective students in Douglas College, British Columbia; an institution with which the University has been developing collaborative links since 2009.

The relationship began with an agreement for UWTSD to host a field school for the College. This has developed into an annual event, with around twenty-five students and, typically, three staff from the College attending UWTSD every summer. More recently, this has been reciprocated with twenty-four UWTSD students attending summer schools at Douglas College in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 academic years, from subjects such as Performing Arts, Cultural Studies and Early Childhood.

In addition to the field schools, students from the College return to UWTSD to complete their BA degrees in subjects such as Acting, English and Creative Writing, Design and Production, History, Philosophy, Social Inclusion and Physical Education. Twelve new students from the College have enrolled on degree programmes at the University this September.

A recent development in the relationship is a formal agreement between the University and Douglas College that allows students who have completed their Graduate Diploma in Physical Education, to enrol at an advanced stage onto the UWTSD MA in Physical Education, with a study period at the University and completion of the MA by distance learning.

Dr Marni Westernman, Chair of Anthropology and Sociology at the College, and Dr Brian Storey, Chair of Sports Science, are visiting academics at UWTSD and there are arrangements for faculty exchange, particularly in the area of research.

With a number of UWTSD graduates originating from Douglas College an Alumni event was arranged at the College last week which saw eight-five people in attendance.

Un o gyn-fyfyrwyr PCYDDS, Paula Broderick o Ganada.Alumna Paula Broderick recently graduated with a degree in Acting from UWTSD. Speaking at the Alumni event she said: "They say that home is where the heart is. I can honestly say that I left part of my heart and soul, and myself about 7000 kilometres away. Wales will always be a part of me and I cannot wait to go back.”

While in Canada UWTSD representatives met with the President of Quest University, Professor David J. Helfand, and with staff and students from Camosun College, two institutions located in British Columbia. The American leg of the tour saw visits to a number of Colleges in Orange County, California.

Kath Griffiths said: “North America is an important market for UWTSD and we are committed to a small number of key institutional links. Our growing links have led to outstanding educational opportunities for students from both sides of the Atlantic. The links between us really does show that education has become a global village. We feel proud to be able to offer students such fantastic educational experiences.

“The International Office frequently visits the USA and Canada throughout the year to meet prospective students and work with our partner colleges and Universities. We also attend the NAFSA Association for International Educators conference annually.”

If you are a student from North America and would like more information on applying please contact: Kath Griffiths k.griffiths@tsd.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.

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