Press Releases 2016

UWTSD International visit to Washington


Professor Simon Haslett, Pro-Vice chancellor for International and Enhancement initiatives at University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) led Welsh Universities at a Welsh reception in The British Ambassador’s residence in Washington recently. 

The event was co-hosted by Patrick Davies, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy and Gareth Morgan, Head of the Welsh Government in the US. It was an opportunity for Welsh Universities to meet with partners and Alumni to celebrate the connection between Wales and the USA.

Professor Haslett was joined by Kath Griffiths, who leads on North America for the University. It was an opportunity for Kath and Professor Haslett to meet with the New President of University of Rio Grande, Michelle Johnson. The link between UWTSD and the University of Rio Grande dates back to 2002.

Rio Grande is Located in the midst of one of the largest Welsh-American settlements in North America, it houses the the Madog Center for Welsh Studies. The activities and programs of the Madog Center help to support the preservation of the Welsh language and culture, the arts, academics, the Welsh-American connection, and promotes local Welsh-American activities.

Kath Griffiths said: “It was a great opportunity to meet with President Johnson and develop some new exciting opportunities for staff and students across both institutions. Since the visit, a working group has been set up at UWTSD to look at ways to celebrate the Welsh/American connections. During the two day visit it was an honour to meet with Alumni from UWTSD who had spent time in Wales.”

Professor Haslett and Kath also meet with Penelope Pynes, Assistant Provost for International Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The link with UNCG / UWTSD is the most successful exchange partnership, with currently 17 UWTSD students in UNCG. This year sees a celebration of 10 years of partnership.

Meetings were also held with British council and US/UK Research council.

For more information please contact Kath Griffiths, Executive International Officer


Note to Editor

1. Image: Kath Griffiths, Jessie Hall, Professor Simon Haslett and Patrick Davies.

2. Jessie Hall who took an internship within UWTSD IT department whilst at UWTSD, Jessie is now developing Aps for people with special needs and lives just outside Washington DC.

3. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 01267225108 / 07449 998 478 or via email at