Press Releases 2014-2015

The New Opportunity to Lead – a vision for the future of education in Wales


Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), presents his views on the implications of the several high profile policy reports on the future of education in Wales in the document The New Opportunity to Lead.

Professor Hughes first presented his views in a public lecture held on the University’s campus in Swansea during which he launched UWTSD’s Educational Pledge and provided the University’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the Welsh education sector.

His lecture was a response to the publication of the Teaching Tomorrow's Teachers Reportby Professor John Furlong, the Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales by Professor Graham Donaldson, and the 'New Deal' for teachers in Wales published in March.

Professor Hughes said: “Our aim at UWTSD is to work with our professional partners to create confident, reflective learning communities. We intend to create a guiding coalition of professionals who can lead systematic change and support a self-improving educational system.

“In addition to this we intend to adapt our expertise in the area of work-based professional learning and competency-based accreditation, developing innovative accredited professional programmes which will be delivered within a school setting. UWTSD will also build upon its traditional strengths as a centre for excellence for the development of bilingual and Welsh Medium provision, and equity in education. 

“In order to further teacher education reform in Wales UWTSD has identified a number of key initiatives which form our Education Pledge. These initiatives are our stated public commitments to further the strategic priorities of the Government of Wales.”

UWTSD Educational Pledge (pdf)

Note to Editor

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.

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.


Further Information

1. For more information, or to speak to Professor Medwin Hughes, please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 07872 423788or email