A Connected University

Dewi Building Carmarthen through the Trees

Transformation, adaptability and flexibility are familiar words to organisations working in these challenging times.

These are words that also define the journey that has led to the creation of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David as we set forth on our ambitious mission to transform the lives of the individuals and the communities that we serve.

Transformation, adaptability and flexibility are familiar words to organisations working in these challenging times. These are words that also define the journey that has led to the creation of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David as we set forth on our ambitious mission to transform the lives of the individuals and the communities that we serve.

We believe that the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is a “connected university”.

It was formed through the merger of three universities – University of Wales Lampeter, Trinity University College Carmarthen and most recently Swansea Metropolitan University. The merger of Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion into the UWTSD Group, as well as the partnerships with other further education providers and schools places us at the forefront of educational planning in the region. We are connected through 17 campuses in rural, town and city locations – Carmarthenshire, Cardiff, Ceredigion, Lampeter, Swansea and London.

The Group will be strengthened further by the merger of the University of Wales within the next two years. The University builds upon the excellence and heritage of our founding institutions to drive forward a radical new education system that addresses the specific needs of Wales whilst also providing programmes that are attractive to students from all parts of the UK and internationally.

We promote excellence in research, scholarship, learning and teaching, through which we make a considerable investment to the economy and social innovation; supporting economic growth, social and cultural development of communities in our immediate environs and further afield. We are proud of these connections but more than this, we celebrate the myriad of connections, locally and across the world, that make the University of Wales Trinity Saint David distinctive. We look forward with confidence and a clear mission to transform the lives of those who benefit from their connection to this University.

The quality of the student experience is central to our thinking.

We aim to inspire individuals and develop reflective graduates and practitioners who can make a difference to society.

We will continue to provide relevant courses delivered in an environment that will support our students throughout their academic career, but our connection does not end at graduation; we aim to provide our alumni with opportunities for professional development, graduate placements, mentoring, networks and social events that benefit the wider UWTSD family wherever they may be in the world.

We believe that the experiences we provide for our students as part of, and in addition to, their academic programmes, enables them to develop the range of skills and attributes most sought after by employers. Employability skills are embedded in all our programmes and we use a range of methods in our teaching, learning and assessment to develop such skills.

In addition sustainable development is at the heart of our mission and is woven into the student experience. We are committed to delivering meaningful and relevant educational pathways that promote learning and social responsibility that supports “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Brundtland Commission, 1987).

We acknowledge that the student experience is greatly enhanced by the quality of the learning environment that we provide, albeit on-campus or on-line. We are investing in the facilities and services that are provided on our campus in order to ensure that they are fit for purpose.

Similarly, we are investing in our online environments and in the number of courses provided to ensure that our students, some of whom are studying on the other side of the world, are given the best possible opportunity to succeed. New campus developments include significant investment in the estate across all of our campuses including new buildings and investment in the infrastructure to support twenty-first century learning and teaching.

A significant investment in our Swansea campuses includes the acquisition of land in the coveted SA1 area of the city as the first stage of major development plans for an innovation village, connecting the University’s academic provision with the city’s burgeoning business sector.

We are connected to employers and other stakeholders across the region and beyond. We offer support to businesses and industries through our specialist knowledge and expertise, and through the development of employable graduates.

Our programmes are designed with industry leaders and work placements and internships are a core component of each course.

We are renowned for our work in relation to enterprise education and entrepreneurship; a commitment that is demonstrated by the number of graduate start-up companies that have been generated and are still connected to the University. In addition to our industry-focused programmes, we are developing a number of multi-disciplinary research innovation centres, established for knowledge transfer exchange.

Our internationally recognised expertise covers the creative industries, engineering, non-destructive testing, logistics and transport, and cutting and fabrication. Our research and training capabilities helps small and large companies including the Ministry of Defence, TATA Steel and Belron, to name but a few. Through our further education provision at Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion, we are connected to over 800 employers, managing and delivering numerous regional, national and transnational projects across a wide range of sectors. Our award-winning Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning is pioneering the delivery of flexible, responsive learning programmes and currently supports twelve local authorities as part of the Porth Agored Scheme. We are working with public and private sector organisations to develop highly skilled, bilingual professionals for careers within a range of disciplines including early childhood, teaching and social inclusion as well as the creative and performing arts.

The role of universities to foster civic pride is significant as they provide and support cultural, social and economic activity by their very existence.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has an impressive pedigree as a community and civic institution. Our campuses across the region remove barriers between town and gown so that the University, its resources and services are celebrated as regional assets. Our campuses are social and cultural hubs where events, activities and facilities draw members of the public, business’ and organisations into the University environment.

The University’s expertise provides a platform from which we create sustainable two-way relationships that connect and benefit, students, staff and our communities. Through our academic programmes and a range of activities delivered in schools and community venues, we widen access to higher education and encourage participation from under-represented groups. Our Associate Faculty, Schools / Colleges Liaison and Reaching Wider activities enable young people to engage with higher education from year 6 to year 13. Our flagship projects in the Humanities as well as in the Creative and Performing Arts provide engaging and multi-disciplinary approaches to breakdown barriers to education; our extensive community networks encourage participation in higher education and professional development as part of our lifelong learning ethos.

Public Service Boards

Public Service Boards (PSBs) replaced Local Service Boards (LSBs) as part of the implementation of The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. These have been set up by the Welsh Government to bring together leaders of local public and third sector organisations to take collective action to ensure public services are effective and citizen focussed.

PSBs are asked to:

  • Improve the quality of life and joined-up service delivery for citizens in their areas
  • provide the leadership to ensure that difficult issues across public services are confidently managed not avoided or ignored
  • stimulate integration, co-ordination and co-operation between local, regional and national public sector organisations
  • set an example of innovative, citizen-focused leadership at the heart of the local partnership and delivery system
  • ensure an effective whole system response to the needs of citizens by pooling resources
  • "unblock blockages" by removing bureaucracy or other obstacles

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is a member of three Public Service Boards in the geographical local authority areas where the University has campuses: Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Swansea. To find out more about PSB activity in each of these areas, please click the List of Public Service Boards.

Research underpins the University’s vision to transform, shape and develop futures.

Existing research excellence in Archaeology, Art and Design, Classics, Celtic Studies, Engineering, Environment and Religious Studies forms the foundations of internal multi-disciplinary research and innovation. We will build on sustainable centres of excellence developed to deliver impact and improve social, cultural and physical capital. Cross-cutting themes such as education, design, environment, business, sustainability, heritage, and health and well-being facilitate collaborations within the University, within Wales and beyond.

Its urban and rural mission develops new knowledge to inform wider debates, especially on equality, inclusion and social justice. In line with its educational model, applied research will reinforce the University’s local, regional and national role delivering knowledge transfer and distinctive markets for enterprise, innovation and investment. The University provides a high quality research environment in terms of staff, buildings, facilities and equipment and invests in areas of research strength to further develop its international profile.

The University also supports and nurtures new research disciplines helping these areas to build up critical mass and expand its delivery of research informed teaching. Scholarship, research, innovation, enterprise and commercialisation responds to HEFCW, Welsh Government and UK policy drivers and new relationships with business and industry. Consequently, the University’s research has reach and impact, which will result in increased income and overhead recovery, as well as attracting more international and postgraduate students.

The University plays a distinctive role in the cultural heritage of Wales. Our mission, educational character and academic portfolio attest to our strategic importance at national level in contributing to this agenda. We hold the accolade of having the oldest Royal Charter of any higher education institution in Wales; we were the first centre for teacher education in Wales and we can also claim one of the UK’s oldest art schools which continues to produce prominent artists of international reach. As the first centre for teacher education in Wales the University’s contribution to education has been significant for 190 years. Our portfolio of programmes in the Humanities, Arts and Engineering has strong connections to Wales’s cultural and industrial heritage.

We are inextricably connected to the Welsh landscape that has inspired many of our programmes and which makes them unique.

We work extensively with regional partners to ensure that we create economic and social impacts through the performing and visual arts. The Wales International Academy of Voice, under the Directorship of Dennis O’Neill and with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as its Honorary President, draws students from across the world to study at the University’s Cardiff base. We are proud of our role as one of the main providers of bilingual higher education with a portfolio of programmes connected to employment opportunities. Through innovative and inter-disciplinary approaches to our curriculum we are seeking greater opportunities and outlets to celebrate and promote our distinctive heritage and culture.

The University is a catalyst for transformational change in South West Wales.

We have developed extensive connections as part of the dual sector group that offers a regional model for the development and delivery of integrated learning pathways that transcend educational boundaries and secure regional progression.

Through collaboration with our further education colleges, schools, local authorities and employers in the region, we are developing provision that is relevant to the needs of Wales and its communities. The University provides a distinctive and unique curriculum linked to employability that places emphasis on the employability and the sustainability of our graduates. We are developing a number of key academies, in partnership with other organisations, to take forward strategic priorities relating to cultural, social and economic development which will not only benefit the region, but also the wider needs of Wales.

These include the Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning developing our award winning work in this area and linking to public sector organisations across Wales, the Institute for Rural Health in partnership with the Hywel Dda University Health Board, The Welsh Heritage Academy to support tourism and heritage within the region, The Associate Faculty to strengthen the seamless pathway for students within secondary schools and FE Colleges, as well as the Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship which supports staff, students and business start-ups by enhancing their skills and abilities in business innovation. We have also launched the Wales Centre for Equity in Education as a joint initiative with the University of Wales to bring together policy-makers, researchers and practitioners to address the challenges associated with educational disadvantage in Wales.

We are a ‘locally rooted, globally connected’, through which we promote global citizenship and education for sustainable development.

We aim to position ourselves to take full advantage of new and emerging markets for international education and further develop our transnational networks for learner mobility and research.

Our offer to international students includes the opportunities to study the range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at our campuses in Wales as well as an increasing portfolio to enhance the range of Business programmes offered exclusively to international students at our London campus.

Our international connections extend across the world and our activities promote the internationalisation of the student experience by encouraging international students to study here but also for home students to take part of the range of study abroad and exchange opportunities that are offered.

In addition, we are developing international subject academies through which we will offer blended learning and distance learning routes in a range of disciplines to students from around the world. We are also exploring new collaborative partnerships and joint ventures with other institutions in identified countries. 17

The core values of the University are derived from our learner-focused mission and vision, and are articulated and advanced through the promotion of seven key planning themes:


through the establishment of a range of strategic relationships at regional, national and international level. Such networks will have the potential to inspire our learners, staff and partners to create exciting new learning futures.


through putting learners first and championing lifelong learning without barriers; and supporting students from all backgrounds and at all stages of their education.

Employability and Creativity

by harnessing the entrepreneurial, research, creative and enterprising skills of our learners, we can offer educational programmes that allow our students to have the best opportunities to gain employment and develop their transferable skills.

Sustainable Development

Development through a system-based approach to delivering meaningful and relevant educational pathways we will promote learning and social responsibility that supports “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Brundtland Commission, 1987).

Wales and its Distinctiveness

through celebrating the distinctive linguistic and cultural assets and heritage of Wales.

The Concept of Global Citizenship

through the development of further multi-national activities and opportunities for our learners, staff and partners.

Research and its Impact on Policy

by ensuring that our research activity and outcomes influence the evidence base of policies developed in Wales and beyond.

Our Mission

Transforming Education… Transforming Lives