Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Student Chosen to Discuss Intellectual Property within Creative Art Professions


Dafydd Rhidian Williams A University of Wales Trinity Saint David student was recently the focus of an Intellectual Property Office (IPO) interview that focused on raising awareness of Intellectual Property (IP) and Copyright amongst Art students.

IPO, the official government body responsible for IP rights including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright, operate and maintain an intellectual property system in the UK.

Dafydd Rhydian Williams, a Photography in the Arts student at UWTSD Swansea came to the attention of the IPO following Dafydd’s achievement of winning the Saatchi/Sunday Telegraph Young Contemporary Artist of the Year 2012 Award. A former pupil of Ysgol Gyfun Ystalefera, Dafydd won first place in the international competition that saw over 13,000 entries, among the 20 shortlisted works were entries from Romania, Spain, Italy and Canada, as well as the UK.

Dafydd said: “The IPO interview and filming was a great experience, they've covered other areas and professions in which Intellectual Property plays a role and they wanted to use me as a case study for the category of Creative Arts. They questioned me on my work, looking at the situation of having to protect my work because of the publicity with the Saatchi Award and the importance of Copyright within photography, especially in the digital age.”

Kathryn Penaluna, Enterprise Manager at UWTSD said:

“Here at UWTSD, our innovative and creative students and graduates have a wealth of ideas for the development of new products and services. As our graduates have confirmed, good ideas need management and no more so than through IP protection and awareness.  That is why we provide IP awareness raising workshops within our programs of study. When we set up the UK’s first teacher training module in entrepreneurial education four years ago it was an obvious inclusion, and we were delighted to help to develop the new IP Tutor as part of our classes in Swansea.”

In recent weeks International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED) representatives and UWTSD students have supported Westminster Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolf in the launch of ‘IP Tutor’, a new online learning tool designed to increase the level of IP knowledge amongst lecturers and students in higher education.

In a speech at the StudentshIP Enterprise Awards in March 2015, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property said:

"Future generations should understand the ins and outs of intellectual property. This is important for everything from defending our biggest or newest brands to the copyright in pop music and the patents for life saving drugs.

“I believe that every child should leave school with a basic understanding of IP principles and a respect for others’ IP. All graduates should know enough about IP to manage ideas effectively within their chosen field.

"To achieve that goal we need to make IP an integrated part of learning from the earliest school years through primary, secondary and higher education.”


Further Information

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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