Opportunities of a Confederal University for South West Wales

Friday 3rd December 2010

9.30am – 4.45pm, Halliwell Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen

The emergence of the new University of Wales Trinity Saint David and its developing links with Swansea Metropolitan University, Pembrokeshire College, Coleg Sir Gâr, and other colleges and schools throughout south west Wales, provide many opportunities for knowledge-led economic development.

The creation of Wales’s first ‘dual sector’ university within a confederal framework will allow seamless student movement within tertiary education and foster integrated research programmes across the region. It will bring together more than 170,000 students making it the fourth largest higher education institution in Wales.

It will also deliver integrated learning pathways that will transcend educational boundaries and promote economic development. Underpinning the initiative a number of key research academies are planned, focusing on professional development for those working in the public service, heritage and tourism, rural health and social care, the creative industries, rural sustainability and landscape management, and education.

This conference explores the role of the new University, the potential for collaboration of the range of institutions operating within its confederal structure, the developing research agenda, and the future economic impact on south west Wales.

For a full conference programme please visit the IWA website http://www.iwa.org.uk/en/events/view/109

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