Alumni: Lampeter Society

Close-up on the fountain in the quad of St David's College; two people stroll towards it from the main entrance.

The Lampeter Society is the alumni association which exists to support the activities of the university campus at Lampeter. Membership is open to all past and present students and staff members of the university whose activities are or were mainly based at the Lampeter campus.

The burgundy-and-gold coat of arms of the University of Wales, Lampeter with the motto Gair Duw Goreu Dysg.

The Lampeter Society produces an annual newsletter 'The Link'.  Subscribers to the Society receive a paper copy and you can also view online editions below. 

As well as keeping you up to date with what's happening in Lampeter, we also like to include your news!

Tell us what you're doing, have done or are about to do and we shall try to include it in our next edition.

Become a member of the Lampeter Society

Join us by completing the Lampeter Society Standing Order Mandate

Lampeter Society Constitution
Contact Information

General queries about the Society 

Chair of the Lampeter Society and Reunion Co-ordinator:
Esther Weller (1999) 

Vice-chair of the Lampeter Society
Chris Deacy (1994) 

Secretary of the Lampeter Society
Chris Reaney (1981/1982) 

Treasurer of the Lampeter Society
Andrew Leach (1977)  

Lampeter Area Organiser
Revd Bill Fillery (1969)
Falcondale Drive,
SA48 7SB
01570 421425 or 07792958431

Lampeter Society Regional Organisers

Cardiff Branch
John Loaring (1966/1967)

London Branch
Richard Haslam (1994)

Swansea Branch
Nevil Williams (1979/1980)

Severnside Branch
Peter Bosley (1967/1977)

General Matters for the University
Matt Cowley 
University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids Lampeter Campus, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED
Phone: +44 (0) 1570 424776

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Future of Lampeter Campus


Statement release from Dr Jeremy Smith, Dean for the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts

Dear All

I wanted to post this message to ensure that you have all the facts about the current situation at the University’s Lampeter campus.

Recent articles and items have presented negative views of the Lampeter campus without contextualising the fact that universities in Wales are facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainties in their operating environment. A number of universities have already had to review their business models and structures to address a number of key challenges.

The University’s Lampeter campus is not at risk and will not be closing. UWTSD is committed to the development of the Lampeter campus as a strategic hub playing an active role in the economic and social wellbeing of the region. Lampeter has a historic significance for education in Wales, but it must adapt to address today’s educational, social and cultural imperatives. It is doing so through a number of different types of initiatives.

The challenges facing UWTSD are no different to those effecting similar institutions. Ironically Lampeter within this current environment of change, is well positioned to ride and survive these challenges. Its undergraduate numbers are approximately 360 but these are supplemented by a healthy number of pre-BA or Foundation students, and by a postgraduate cohort of nearly 450 students.

We have seen growth at postgraduate level that is steady, an increase that will benefit considerably from the launch of our new iHumanities college, an online learning environment that will expand our current e-learning and blended study options. One new and notable growth area of postgraduate provision is with our newly developed Professional Doctorates in Interfaith study and, from September, in Language and Linguistics.

The Academy of Sinology, a truly unique international development and collaboration that recruits students from across the world, is also growing. Looking further ahead, from September, the University will begin delivery of various Diploma and Access courses in Health and Social care, in Counselling and in Early Years. The University is also currently in the early stages of developing an International Academy Wales, based in Lampeter and looking to draw students from across the world to this centre of excellence.

Over the last 10 years the campus has seen significant investment in its infrastructure through the University’s own capital, as well as through international benefaction. This has included over £5M investment over the last two years alone in the infrastructure of the campus to support international activity, including the current renovation of the historic St David’s Building. In addition, investment of over £1 million has been made available to provide postgraduate scholarships.

The Lampeter campus in particular prides itself on the personalised and individual style of teaching – it is one of very few campuses in the sector that can confidently make this claim. The introduction of the block or immersive system of teaching was designed to further entrench this long standing feature of the campus and Faculty and is based upon innovative teaching methods and approaches to learning. Small class sizes and above sector norm contact time ensures individual attention and support for students. Contact time per module is 48 hours across levels 4,5,6 which is markedly higher than in other Universities and is above the sector norm for Humanities.

All academic staff have an open door policy, and students have access to tutors through a strong personal tutor structure, that is real and meaningful simply because of the scale of Lampeter. Tutors do their own teaching; they really do know the names of their students; turnaround on assessments is extremely quick and the level of care and support for our students is extremely high. So as a quality learning experience, as a supportive environment in which to learn and discover, as a place of innovative and deeply rewarding learning and yes as a place giving value for money, I would argue Lampeter is second to none. And it is this that will help it survive and grow against the current challenges it faces.

This is again reflected in the University’s performance in national league tables:

National Student Survey 2018
UWTSD’s overall satisfaction score in the National Student Survey (NSS) is 86%, placing the University in joint 36th position in the UK - an increase of 22 places compared to last year. This includes:
• 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in Anthropology delivered on the Lampeter campus
• 4th in the UK for ‘assessment and feedback’ 
• 11th in the UK for ‘academic support’. 
• 1st overall in Wales in the ‘learning community’ category 
• 2nd in Wales for ‘learning opportunities’
Small Class Sizes
UWTSD ranked 4th in the UK for tuition in small groups, and =4th for good personal relationships with teaching staff.
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018

A Truly Supportive University
UWTSD ranked 6th in the UK for student support.
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018
UWTSD ranked =8th in the UK for good support/welfare.
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018

Courses and Lecturers
1st in the UK for satisfaction with teaching in Classics & Ancient History.
The Guardian League Table

3rd in the UK for student satisfaction with the student experience in Anthropology.
Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

=5th in the UK for student satisfaction in Anthropology
Complete University Guide League Table
1st in the UK for Courses and Lecturers
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018

Teaching Quality
5th in the UK for satisfaction with teaching quality
Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

We look forward to another Open Day this Saturday when prospective students will have the opportunity to meet our excellent lecturers and to experience first-hand the inspirational surroundings of our historic Lampeter campus.
I sincerely hope that I have managed to alleviate any concerns you may have about the future of the campus and have addressed some of the issues you raise in your comments.

As always, I’m happy to meet you in person if you’d like to have any further discussions.

Best wishes

June 2019

Events and Reunions

2022 bicentenary Form