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University unveils its new name

Lampeter University
Lampeter University has said it was facing increased pay costs

University of Wales: Trinity St David has been revealed as the new name for two higher education institutions which merged.

Trinity College, Carmarthen, and the University of Wales Lampeter in Ceredigion, joined forces in December.

The two institutions' governing bodies gave the go-ahead for the new university, saying it will be a "powerhouse" for education in the area.

The first students will be admitted in September 2010.

UW Trinity Saint David will work as one institution by this July, under the Vice-Chancellor Designate, Dr Medwin Hughes, the current principal of Trinity College.

"This is a major development for university education in Wales which will have a particular impact upon individuals and communities in the region, " Dr Hughes said.

This is just the beginning of a journey that will transform educational provision in South West Wales
Vice-Chancellor Designate, Dr Medwin Hughes

"The new university will seek to respond to the Welsh Assembly Government's One Wales policy document which aims to create a prosperous society by unlocking the potential of Wales's people.

"This is just the beginning of a journey that will transform educational provision in South West Wales."

Last year Lampeter university threatened redundancies because of a significant rise in pay costs.

The university's vice-chancellor said at the time the merger would protect jobs and attract investment.

The decision was made by governors at Trinity College and Lampeter after a report explored the benefits of closer ties.

The new institution will seek a charter from the Privy Council to formally create the new university by July 2010.

International context

Lampeter university is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK.

Dr Hughes said the histories of Lampeter and Trinity have been intertwine since their inception in the early 19th Century "and the formation of Trinity Saint David will create a joint future."

"It will bring our respective expertise and knowledge in different areas to create a university that will focus on the needs of our communities, the wider needs of Wales, all in an international context."

Alfred Morris, the University of Wales Lampeter's Vice Chancellor, called it an "important and exciting moment in the history of two very strong institutiions".

He added; "For the towns of Carmarthen and Lampeter and for those who live and work in and around them, this will protect jobs and attract substantial investment."

Professor Philip Gummett, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), "warmly welcomed" the historic announcement of the commitment by the governing bodies of both institutions "to form a new university to serve the needs of Wales and beyond".

"The two institutions have set an ambitious timetable for moving forward, and we shall be working actively and closely with them on the matter of detailed support for the new university."

A Welsh Assembly Government spokesperson said: "We welcome the merger talks which are taking place between Trinity and Lampeter, however any change of governance or name of Institution has to be formally agreed with the Privy Council."


What do you think of the new name - University of Wales: Trinity St David? Here are a selection of your comment.

Whilst clearly major structural changes were needed to ensure Lampeter's continued existence, it strikes me that the rather proposterous title of this new academic 'power-house' bodes rather ill for the future. As a Lampeter graduate it saddens me to see this somewhat idiosyncratic but once proud centre of higher scholarship reduced to its current state of financial (and intellectual)penuary. Surely asset-stripping by Aber or Swansea (or even its becoming a truncated outpost of these more succesful institutions) would have represented an altogether more dignified death for this unfortunate university than the inevitable stay of execution afforded by this entirely cosmetic partnership with an equally unfortunate teacher-training college!
Garry Watson, Omagh, Northern Ireland

Ok..... for those Lampeter students who believe they have been "left out the loop" I would like to put end to this. Trinity Students have been kept well informed on every strategic discision with meetings to ensure the satisfaction of both students at Lampeter and Trinity and also the staff in both locations. I also understand a great deal of time was spent by Dr Hughes at Lampeter in order to answer any of your questions or concerns. We elected our president to represent our views, this therefore must be a downfall on your part for not holding your officers to account.
Naomi , Carmarthen

The only good thing about the sad demise of a once proud institution is that it gets the name closer to being the old 'Saint Davids University College' much beloved by the students of the 1970s & 80s. At that time students chose SDUC ahead of polys and collegs
Ian Clay, Rotherham

As a current student, I agree whole heartedly with the merger. It is the only way that the University can survive. Is a case of merge with Trinity or be asset striped by a larger institution such as Aberystwyth or Swansea. It is sad that years of neglect by senior management has come to this, but unfortunatly this is now the only way left forward.

We as students must now take it in hand to continue the support for our institiution, and make sure that the problems of the past don't come back in the future. The new name does not immediatly change things for the better, but it is a symbol of a new start for the institution, hopefully for the better.
Will Feirn, Lampeter

"The two institutions' governing bodies gave the go-ahead for the new university, saying it will be a "powerhouse" for education in the area."

A powerhouse??? there are more students registered at my childs primary school! This university will just be a minow swimming in a tank of sharks in the welsh academic scene.
Daffyd ap Iolo, Swansea

I have just done the trawl around the Universities of the UK, looking for a Theology place for my son. He was dead keen on coming to Lampeter despite its location away from civilisation, but it does not take much of look to see that Lampeter need a huge cash injection, not a name change to make it progres forward. The Theology department was new and the staff seemed great, but outside the department, many of the college buildings were just unkept and in need of refurbishment or rebuilding.
Ian Griffith, Rugby

I'm a SDUC Graduate (History 1999). Things have been going downhill since the mid 1990's (if not before) and it was only a matter of time before this happened.

Equally, it is only a matter of time before the St David's part of this name is conveniently dropped and Lampeter drops into obscurity all together.

A culture of amateurism and apathy has been commonplace in Lampy for too long, with no clear, dynamic, leadership in the past 20 years meaning that this was inevitable. Sad yes, but all too inevitable.
Coles, New York, USA

This will spell the end of this great university!
Greg, Lampeter

It's a shame that the University has not taken the students' opinions into account - I am a current Lampeter student and I don't know a single peer of mine who is happy with the details of this merger. The deal has been done with very little care for the opinions of the people who will be most affected: us. We have been left in the dark throughout the process, allowed to express our views and make our concerns known only when it is already too late. I accept that something needed to be done to save Lampeter and ensure a better future for the institution, but the level of disrespect and lack of transparency has been shameful. One can only hope that we will receive all the investment 'pots of gold' and other benefits that we have been promised by those who smugly celebrate their money making deal.
CH, Lampeter, Ceredigion

Surely they've could have chosen a more suitable name, that did not have either institution in front of the other. In Lampeter, this will be seen as a Trinity victory over Lampeter (whether this is true or not).

I strongly believe the name should have been put to a vote to the students of both institutions. From the reactions so far, the name has been seen with shame and dislike.

I, personally, preferred the idea of "University of West Wales: Lampeter Campus / Carmarthen Campus, or St. David's Campus / Trinity Campus", respectively.
Paul Rousselle, Lampeter, Wales

Oh, how far St David's has fallen, a victim of the One Wales Document - a policy paper already maligned and under fire itself.

It is quite sad that a university college that once rivalled Cardiff, Bangor, Swansea and Aberystwyth has been driven to wall by an unworthy senior management, submitting to a short-sighted merger with a vocational college.

Let it also be noted that the students at both institutions were not kept well-informed of the situation, with many at Trinity being entirely unaware of the proposal, and a majority believing that the merger would make no difference to anything.
Francis Osborn, Lampeter, Wales

I have to disagree with Gareth. I went to Lampeter Uni for 4 years and they do care about how the student perform and if you are performing badly then they will take steps to rectify that, either by helping in some cases or excluding in others. Of course Universities want money, they need it but that does not mean that the standard of education is any lower. This murger has had conflicting views from people but if it means that the uni can continue to provide a, what I class to be, high standard of education then we should support it.
Annie, Leicester

"University of Wales: Trinity St David" is a bit of a mouthful. In this modern era don't they need something snappier? Trinity St David University? Hmm, that sounds a bit like "Trinny and Susannah University"...Owain Vaughan, Newport, Monmouthshire

If the previous poster had checked the spelling of his post, it would have enabled it to be taken a little more seriously, even though it's stricken with abject ignorance.

The naming of this new university is an insignificant event. They'll have to do more than change a name to curb the flow of Welsh students to England.

Ving Faction, Pembrokeshire, Wales

What is important is not the name but hte standard of education in these academic instiutions.

In Wales virtually every colleger is now a University. Does that mean better standards and better education - of course it does not. Are we better off by having more studentas in "University" in Wales than ever before? No, we are kidding ourselves as more and more students go off on 3 year courses when a lot of them would be better off working or doing something else. Also a number of courses are 3 years- they coulod be easily doen in two.

More and more students get first class honour degrees and hardly any fail, yet a lot of them have difficulty spelling correctlyt. Universities don't care as long as they get the fees.
Gareth Lambin, Abeystwyth

Does anyone realise the sheer distance between this two insitutions? I'm a Student at lampeter university and will be in my 3rd year when the new university is revealed. Lampeter has degraded over the last few year, with lowering admission and the loss of so many lectureurs last summer. Yes we need great change, but will we simple be a college of carmarthen. With carmarthen being the main campus in this partnership. More students we be detered from lampeter for the "student experience" offered by UW Trinity Saint David, would center around carmarthen. Lampeter students have already been affected by rising tution fees, but now is threated by becoming more desolate than it ever has been. I'm sorry why should I be expected to travel for 1 hour and a half just so i can join a society or club. Theres is also the question of the Student union for this new university. Are union has , esspecially are current welfare office, been an intergral part of the university. We wont be able to!

Auz,! Lampeter

As a current student, I agree whole heartedly with the merger. It is the only way that the University can survive. Is a case of merge with Trinity or be asset striped by a larger institution such as Aberystwyth or Swansea. It is sad that years of neglect by senior management has come to this, but unfortunately this is now the only way left forward.

We as students must now take it in hand to continue the support for our institution, and make sure that the problems of the past don't come back in the future. The new name does not immediatly change things for the better, but it is a symbol of a new start for the institution, hopefully for the better.
Will Feirn, Lampeter

"The two institutions' governing bodies gave the go-ahead for the new university, saying it will be a "powerhouse" for education in the area."

A powerhouse??? there are more students registered at my childs primary school! This university will just be a minow swimming in a tank of sharks in the welsh academic scene.
Daffyd ap Iolo, Swansea



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