Press Releases 2014-2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David welcomes staff and students from Volda University, Norway


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) last week welcomed staff and students from Volda University College, Norway during an exchange visit to Wales.

Four lecturers and five students from the ‘Playful Truth Approach’ Masters programme at Volda University came to UWTSD to take part in a programme designed around questions of truth, looking at how we perceive and experience truth in our contemporary society.

The exchange visit began with a welcome reception hosted by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s International Office in the reading room in the University’s recently refurbished Alex building in Swansea with students from the MA Art & Design course in attendance as well students from the Music Technology course.

The visit came about because of the close academic relationship between Prof. Magnar Am from Volda University and Dr Paul Jeff from UWTSD and their shared educational approach.

It was a productive week for both Universities with many relationships forged amongst the participants with a very high level of debate held across the three days.  It is hoped that this is the first of many exchange visits between the two institutions.

“In a lively three days of debate, students from the MA Art and Design at UWTSD and students from Volda University in Norway shared eight lectures from various perspectives on the concept of truth and how it continues to challenge and enlighten our everyday existence,” says Dr. Paul Jeff, from the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

“The Norwegian contingent brought a lively and very high standard of debate to Swansea that I’m pleased to say that our students reciprocated and took full part in the events,” he continues. “It was a high energy intellectual start to both courses for the new academic year - the students really enjoyed the quick fire flow of ideas and a number of friendships were forged.” 

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David already has strong links in Norway in the field of Outdoor education with both Volda University College and Telemark University, with five UWTSD students currently studying there.

Each year many Norwegians choose UWTSD to study at the Faculty of Art and Design and the University currently has twenty students undertaking their degrees at its Swansea campus.

For the first time this year, UWTSD also has an Undergraduate student undertaking the BA Acting at its Carmarthen campus and through the institutional links and recruitment activity in Norway, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David looks forward to welcome many more Norwegians students to its campuses.

If you are a student from Norway and would like more information on applying please contact Kath Griffiths

Note to Editor

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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