University History

The History of UWTSD

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 Swansea Metropolitan University merged with UWTSD. The University’s 1828 Royal Charter is the oldest in Wales, and the third oldest in Wales and England after Oxford and Cambridge. HRH The Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University. Following the merger, substantial progress has been made on integrating the governance and academic frameworks of the founding institutions. Work continues in a range of areas, including aspects of the academic structures and embedding a shared understanding of new policies and regulations. 

In parallel, the University has led the development of a dual-sector university structure, a framework to enable collaboration with other education providers within the region to offer an integrated approach to curriculum planning and to strengthen progression routes. As part of this development, Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion merged into the UWTSD Group in 2013/14.

The University’s vision, values and strategic priorities are set out in its Strategic Plan 2013-2017. Its priorities include developing ‘transnational programmes, and the London Campus, with associated targets for increasing the number of international students studying UWTSD’s taught and research degree programmes’. 

The University has campuses in Carmarthen, Lampeter, London and Swansea. It also has a presence in Cardiff with the Wales International Academy of Voice and, through its dual sector partners, in Aberystwyth, Ammanford, Cardigan and Llanelli. There is no single ‘main’ or ‘home’ campus. The geographical spread of the University has seen the development of strategies for multi-campus working, including effective video-conferencing facilities and shared electronic resources. All staff have a ‘home’ campus in the sense of an office base, but the majority will work across campuses. 

Historically the University and its founding institutions have placed their degree-awarding powers in abeyance and offered degrees of the University of Wales. UWTSD began to award its own degrees in July 2014. As of July 2014 the University had a total of 11,618 students, including 434 enrolled on programmes at its London campus. 

The University’s London campus, or ‘UWTSD London’, has been operational since March 2012. It was originally located in Islington, however, in October 2013 it relocated near Kennington Park and the Oval cricket grounds in the heart of London.