The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Welsh: Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant) is a collegiate university operating on three main campuses in South West Wales: in Carmarthen, Lampeter, and Swansea. The university also has a fourth campus in London, England.
The university came into existence through the merger of the two oldest higher education institutions in Wales, the University of Wales, Lampeter (UWL) and Trinity University College (TUC) in 2010, under Lampeter’s royal charter of 1828. In 2011, it was announced that the University of Wales would also be merged into Trinity Saint David. On 1 August 2013 the university merged with Swansea Metropolitan University.
Trinity Saint David received the supplementary royal charter that brought it into existence in July 2010 thereby merging University of Wales, Lampeter (UWL) and Trinity University College (TUC).
In 2008, a QAA report on UWL concluded that although the quality of Lampeter’s degrees were satisfactory, they had “limited confidence” in the institution’s quality assurance procedures and systems. Further to this assessment, HEFCW commissioned a further report which found “very real problems of leadership and management” at the university. As a direct result, in December 2008, UWL announced that it was in merger talks with TUC with the intention of forming a new university in Wales. This was formally announced in April 2009, when the institution’s new name, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, was revealed. The university received its first students in September 2010. The name of the institution is a combination of the original name of UWL and the latter name of TUC.
In June 2010, a declaration of intent was announced between Trinity Saint David, Swansea Metropolitan University, Coleg Ceredigion, Coleg Sir Benfro and Coleg Sir Gâr to establish a South-West Wales regional post-16 further education and higher education educational group. In December 2010 it was announced that the university will merge with Swansea Metropolitan University. The FE colleges will merge into one educational group, whilst the HE institutions will be merging into another educational group, with both working closely within the region.
In October 2011, it was announced that the University of Wales would also be merged into Trinity St David. A London campus was opened in 2012. In August 2012, it was announced that Coleg Sir Gar would be merged with Trinity Saint David, making Trinity Saint David a combined Higher Education and Further Education institution. On 1 August 2013 the university merged with Swansea Metropolitan University.
The university is made up of the Faculty of Humanities (primarily based within the Lampeter campus), the Faculty of Education and Training, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies (both primarily based within the Carmarthen campus) each providing courses such as theology, religious studies, philosophy, classics, anthropology, archaeology, ancient history, English, history, drama, film studies, business management, IT, education studies and Initial Teacher Education and Training.
- Faculty of Arts and Social Studies
- Faculty of Education and Training
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering
- Faculty of Art and Design
- Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
- Faculty of Business and Management
They offer a wide range of courses at UWTSD and the entry requirements for each course can be found on their website.
UWTSD is a university that is dedicated to realising the potential of each individual student and to supporting students at all stages of their education.
Students are welcome to contact the university with any questions about entry requirements.
The university’s academic staff are leaders in their specialist fields.
The main focus within the university’s portfolio is to provide applied courses leading to rewarding careers. The focus on employability is developed within the university’s unique Life Design scheme which has been developed to give students the chance to actively plot their own career in a creative way.
Sustainability is embedded throughout the curriculum and is central to the university’s philosophy.
Many of their courses are accredited by professional bodies, including the British Computer Society, Education Training Standards Wales (ETS) and the British Psychological Society.
Some also offer professional qualifications alongside the degree schemes such as Chartered IT Professional status, partial CEng accreditation and Chartered Institute of Marketing.
The Careers Service is available to all students and graduates of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Their professionally qualified Careers Advisers are there to support them in making informed decisions about their next steps and in maximising their potential and employability.
Their careers advisers are able to assist them with all aspects of career planning:
- Choosing a career
- Job-seeking strategies
- Application procedures and CVs
- Interview techniques
- Work experience
- Course changes
- Further study options
The Careers Service also posts information about local and national job vacancies, careers-related events and various career paths on its Facebook page (University of Wales Trinity Saint David Careers Service) and on Twitter (@uwtsdcareers).
UWTSD was ranked #2 out of 46 institutions for Careers and Employability Service in the Global International Student Barometer and Student Barometer, Autumn Wave 2015.