University leaders back ‘fewer but stronger’ institutions

Wales’ university leaders have agreed to a new “strategic approach” that they believe will bring about fewer, but stronger higher education institutions.

A firm commitment by vice-chancellors to work collaboratively marks a watershed in the sector’s long history, with university mergers now inevitable.

In a statement released today by representative body Higher Education Wales, university leaders confirm a new approach is “essential” and they will drive forward plans to halve the number of Welsh universities.

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