Press Releases 2014-2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David Welcomes New Chaplain to Lampeter


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) welcomes Rev’d Dr Allan Barton as the new full-time University Chaplain on the Lampeter campus.

Part of Revered Barton’s role as Chaplain will be to run St David’s University Chapel. There is a service of Holy Communion in the chapel at 11am on a Sunday, and there are also services in chapel twice every day (except Saturday) during term time. The chapel is an Anglican foundation and the services are according to the traditions of the Church in Wales, but the chapel and its services are open to everyone without exception. Outside service times, the chapel is open twenty four hours a day and people are free to use it for prayer, or as a quiet space.  

Rev’d Dr Allan Barton said:

“Above all things my role is to offer pastoral and spiritual support to all staff and students on campus. I am not here just for the Christians on campus, people are welcome to come and see me if they have faith, or if they have none.  If people do come to see me they won't be faced with prejudice or judgement, just an open and listening ear.”

Allan trained for the Anglican priesthood at Ripon College, Cuddesdon in Oxford and he comes to the Church in Wales having served a curacy in the diocese of Lincoln and then serving as a parish priest in the diocese of Norwich.  Within his priestly role his passion is for pastoral work, teaching and liturgy.  His academic background is in History and History of Art.  Following on from an MA in Medieval Studies, he was awarded a PhD in History of Art from the University of York in 2004.

His academic interests are focused on the late medieval art and architecture and the Gothic Revival.  He is an author for the British Academy project Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi and is currently writing a book on the medieval stained glass of Nottinghamshire.  In his spare time Allan is a keen amateur bookbinder.   Among his recent work was a commission for the BBC, a replica fifteenth century Book of Hours used as a prop in the BBC’s recent production of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014