Press Releases 2016

Promoting equality in further and higher education


Staff and students at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and its two further education colleges, Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion, have been working in partnership with consultants Parigen Ltd, to promote a supportive and inclusive learning and working environment at its campuses in Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli, Carmarthen, Lampeter, Cardigan and London.

The aim of the initiative was to develop a new Strategic Plan (2016-20) for the UWTSD Group that contributes to our culture of openness and respect where barriers to employment and learning are identified and removed.

With the support of Parigen Ltd, engagement events were run to capture the views of staff and students on the challenges and strengths of working and studying at each of its main campuses.

For those not able to attend these events, a survey was circulated to capture additional views. 

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-chancellor said “I welcome the publication of the new Strategic Equality Plan which incorporates the UWTSD Group for the first time.  The University is committed to ensuring an inclusive learning and working environment in which our students and staff can thrive.  The UWTSD Group has an enviable track record for widening access to higher education, championing lifelong learning without barriers and supporting students from all backgrounds and at all stages during their education. This Strategic Equality Plan fits well within our mission to Transform Education and Transform Lives. I would like to thank our staff and students for their input into the Plan and to Parigen for their leadership during this process”.

Commenting on the positive engagement encountered, Parigen Director Rachel Tobbell said: "We were really pleased with the engagement and enthusiasm from students and staff at the campuses we visited.  We were encouraged by the openness of staff and the maturity in the attitudes displayed by the students.  The views collected have been instrumental in developing the draft plan.”

The Strategic Equality Plan will be supported by a delivery plan which will set out its intended action in detail.  

Staff and students will also be asked for their views on the content of the draft Plan before it is published.

Note to Editor

Any interested parties that wish to review the Plan and offer comment are invited to do so by visiting the UWTSD websitefacebook or twitter pages or emailing