University of Wales recent merger developments

Following the announcement re-affirming the University of Wales’s merger with the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David and Swansea Metropolitan University, we would like to reassure University of Wales Alumni that this change will not affect them.

The unified institution will now be merged under the historic 1828 Royal Charter of Trinity Saint David, rather than under the 1893 University of Wales Charter. However, Graduates will still have the University of Wales award which they received upon graduation and will continue to be valued members of the University of Wales Alumni Association.

The questions below should answer any queries which Alumni members may have:

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In 2011, developments in Welsh Higher Education policy were driven by a desire for there to be fewer universities in Wales.  In response, in October of that year, the governing bodies of the University of Wales, Swansea Metropolitan University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David made a commitment to merge under the 1828 Charter of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The first phase of this process was completed in October 2012 with the merger of University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Swansea Metropolitan University, as well as the creation of Adduned Cymru -The Wales Pledge.

This historic decision supports Welsh Government policy for the restructuring of the higher education sector in Wales and, most importantly, allows the University of Wales to continue its mission and commitment to support the academic, cultural and economic life of Wales as part of the enlarged postmerger university.

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Yes. You studied for and were awarded a degree from the University for Wales. As well as being a member of your respective institution’s alumni scheme, you will always have a connection to and be a welcome member of the University of Wales Alumni Association.
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The University of Wales degree and the name University of Wales have a strong history and are widely recognised and highly regarded by employers worldwide. There are many University of Wales alumni who graduated from universities which no longer award University of Wales degrees. They have suffered no detrimental effect as a result of that change and include many senior members of Welsh Government, people in public life and academic staff at universities across the UK. 

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No. On Graduation you received your degree certificate and its value and significance will never change. If you ever lose or need a replacement certificate then as before the University will offer services to assist with this.
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Yes. All international and domestic Branches and Sections will remain active and continue with business as normal. These do a great job in helping to maintain links with our alumni, enabling them to keep in touch with each other and to feel part of a wider international community
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Yes you will continue to receive regular updates and the annual publication Campus. To ensure we have your up-to-date contact details and receive all future communications, please register now at www.wales.ac.uk/register
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As now, you will continue to contact the University of Wales Alumni Officer at alumni@wales.ac.uk with any alumni queries
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