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University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
Welsh: Prifysgol Cymru, Y Drindod Dewi Sant
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Coat of arms of the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
Established 2010[1]
Original charter granted to Saint David's College, Lampeter in 1828 [2]
Type Public
Endowment £8.14 m (2011)[3]
President R. Brinley Jones
Provost D. Densil Morgan (Lampeter)
Gwilym Dyfri Jones (Carmarthen)
Vice-Chancellor Medwin Hughes
Visitor The Rt Rev'd J. Wyn Evans, Bishop of St David's
Location Lampeter, Carmarthen, London, Cardiff, Swansea
Campus Multiple campuses
Sports Archery, Cricket, Fencing, Football, Hockey, Rugby, Shooting
Affiliations University of Wales
ACU
Universities UK
Cathedrals Group
Website www.trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk
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The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (Welsh: Prifysgol Cymru, Y Drindod Dewi Sant) is a collegiate university in South West Wales, comprising the Lampeter campus, the Carmarthen campus and the Swansea campus. It also has a campus in London, England.[4][5][6]

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.[1][2] In 2011, it was announced that the University of Wales will also be merged into Trinity Saint David.[7][8][9] On 1 August 2013 the University merged with Swansea Metropolitan University.[10]

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.

The Chancellor of the University of Wales — and therefore Trinity Saint David[citation needed] — is HRH, The Prince of Wales, the President of Trinity Saint David is R. Brinley Jones and the Vice-Chancellor is Medwin Hughes.

History[edit]

Trinity Saint David received the supplementary royal charter that brought it into existence in July 2010[1] 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.[11] Further to this assessment, HEFCW commissioned a further report which found "very real problems of leadership and management" at the university.[12][13] 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.[14] In December 2010 it was announced that the university will merge with Swansea Metropolitan University.[15] 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.[7] 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.[16]

Campuses[edit]

Lampeter[edit]

History[edit]

St David's Cathedral had been the scholarly centre of Wales in medieval times

When Thomas Burgess was appointed Bishop of St David's in 1803, he saw a need for a college in which Welsh ordinands could receive a higher education. The existing colleges at Oxford and Cambridge were out of the geographical and financial means of most would-be students and also, of the small number who were able to study at these two colleges, very few eventually returned to Wales.

Burgess had no Welsh connections; he was born in England in 1756 and, after Winchester and Oxford, he had short stays in Salisbury and Durham before being appointed to his first bishopric in Wales in 1803. Burgess intended to build his new college to train priests in Llanddewi Brefi which, at the time, was similar in size to Lampeter but ten kilometres from it and with an honoured place in the Christian history of Wales. However, when Burgess was staying with his friend Henry Ryder (the then Bishop of Gloucester) in 1820, he met John Scandrett Harford, a wealthy landowner from Gloucestershire, who donated the three acre (12,000 m²) site called Castle Field in Lampeter, so called for the Norman castle once contained in the field. This is the current site of St David's Building and the majority of the campus.

Engraving of Bishop Thomas Burgess

St David's College (SDC) was thus founded just outside Lampeter in 1822. Burgess left St. David's in 1825 to become Bishop of Salisbury but work on the College continued, largely supervised by Harford. The £16,000 required to erect the College had been raised from public donations, a government grant and highly publicised gifts, including one from King George IV. The main college building, designed by Charles Robert Cockerell, was completed in 1827 and the college officially opened on St. David's Day of that year, welcoming its first 26 students. As such, after the ancient universities of Oxford and Cambridge and those in Scotland, it is the oldest university institution in Britain, receiving its first charter in 1828. In 1852, the College gained the right to award the degree of Bachelor of Divinity (BD) and, in 1865, the degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA), long before other colleges in Wales gained their own degree-awarding powers.

Although it continued as a centre of clergy training until 1978, there was always a proportion of students who did not intend to be ordained. The 1896 charter specifically stated that the college could accept anyone, regardless of whether they intended to take Holy Orders and, since 1925, it had been possible to study for a BA at the College without studying any theology at all. Throughout the College's history, non-ordinands had been in a minority. In the 1950s, however, the number of ordinands declined sharply and the College faced possible closure unless it could secure government funding. Principal J.R. Lloyd Thomas did not spare himself in the fight for survival and, in 1960, after much negotiation, University College, Cardiff, agreed to sponsor Saint David's, thus the government finally began to assist SDC financially. Following this dramatic new direction, female students were first admitted to St David's in 1965.

In 1971, the College became a member of the federal University of Wales and suspended its own degree-awarding powers. It became St David's University College (SDUC). By this time, the College had begun shifting its specialisms and, whilst theology continued to be a strong point, students could choose from a much wider range of liberal arts subjects. In 1996, the Privy Council — in response to a petition from the University — agreed to change its title again to the University of Wales, Lampeter in line with moves elsewhere in the University and the recognition of its growth and changing status. In September 2007, the University of Wales became confederal rather than federal in nature, effectively giving Lampeter independent university status. Unlike other former Wales colleges, however, the institution's name remained unchanged.

In the early 1990s, there also existed an influential Human Geography department at the College. This was closed in 2001 but the diaspora of the Lampeter Geography School continue to have an influence on their field.

In 2008, the Quality Assurance Agency concluded that, although the quality of Lampeter's degrees were satisfactory, they had 'limited confidence' in the institution's quality assurance procedures and systems.[17] Further to this assessment, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales commissioned a further report which found "very real problems of leadership and management" at the university.[12] As a direct result, on 14 December 2008, the University announced that it was in merger talks with Trinity University College with the intention of forming a new university in Wales.[18] This was followed by an announcement in April 2009 revealing that the new name of the institution would be the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, as well as declaring the date of the merging of the two Universities to be the summer of 2010.[19]

Buildings[edit]

The Lampeter campus includes a number of academic, utility and residential buildings.

St David's Building

Charles Robert Cockerell designed the original college building, now called the Saint David's Building (informally known as Old Building or OB by students) in the centre of the grounds. It is a Grade II* listed building and contains lecture rooms, administrative offices, student residential accommodation and the following three main areas:

The Old Hall was the College dining hall until the Lloyd Thomas Dining Hall was opened in 1969, and later fell into disuse until 1991 when it was re-opened after much restoration; it is now used as one of the University's principal venues for meetings, dinners and conferences and is often hired out to outside organisations. It is also used for examinations and occasional lectures.

The Old Hall also contains paintings of various principals, presidents, benefactors, vice-chancellors et al. including Bishop Burgess, Maurice Jones, Thomas Price, Bishop Thomas Burgess, Llewelyn Lewellin, Edward Harold Browne, Keith Robbins and Brian Robert Morris.

St David's Chapel was consecrated in 1827. In 1879, it was rebuilt according to the specifications of the architect Thomas Graham Jackson of Cambridge and re-opened on 24 June 1880. It was again refurbished during the 1930s, mainly through the provision of a new reredos in 1933 and a major overhaul of the organ in 1934. The chapel is provided with a dedicated chaplain and services are held here on Sundays and throughout the week as well as on saints' days and major festivals. These are generally well-attended by a mixture of staff, students and alumni.

The original Canterbury Building (1887-1971)

Whilst the Chapel is dedicated to St David, the reredos includes depictions of St David, Christ and St Deiniol.

The Founders' Library, named after its founders — Thomas Burgess, Thomas Bowdler and Thomas Phillips — was the College's library until the new library opened in 1966 and later housed the priceless collection of the University's oldest printed books (1470–1850) and manuscripts (the earliest being from the 13th century) unique to the University, given to St David's College from 1822 onwards, as well as the University's archives. In 2005, it was announced that a new £700,000 extension, The Roderic Bowen Library & Archives, was to be built adjoining the Main Library to house the University's manuscripts, as the Founders' Library was not environmentally suitable for such valuable documents. This extension to the main library was completed and opened in 2008.

The former Founders' Library was subsequently refurbished and was reopened by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales to provide outside conference and seminar facilities.

Later additions[edit]

The second Canterbury Building (1973 - 2012).

The Canterbury Building was built to house a growing number of students at the end of the 19th century. The foundation stone was laid by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1885 and the building was officially opened on 24 June 1887. It contained a physical science laboratory, two lecture rooms and new accommodation. However, structural problems forced the university to demolish the original building in the summer of 1971. The second Canterbury Building was opened on 20 October 1973 by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent and at various times housed the History, Classics, Foundation, Welsh and English departments.

The second Canterbury Building was demolished during 2012, and the new Canterbury Building, opened during the 2012/13 academic year, houses the Student Services Hub.[20]

The Learning Resources Centre/Main Library entrance.

The Library was opened on 7 July 1966 by the then Chancellor of the University of Wales, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It was extended and then reopened by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales on 21 June 1984.

The Arts Building was built to house the geography department and was opened by The Rt. Hon Peter Thomas, Secretary of State for Wales on 4 October 1971. Currently, the Arts Building principally houses the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology and the School of Management, VSS, IT, Business and Tourism as well as Philosophy.

The Cliff Tucker Building

The Cliff Tucker building, on the banks of the River Dulas, was opened by Sir Anthony Hopkins in 1996 on the former archaeology practice trenches and incorporates several teaching rooms and a lecture theatre. It is named in honour of Cliff Tucker, a former student and benefactor of the university.

The Sheikh Khalifa building, in the town opposite the campus.

Completed in 1997 and named after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a benefactor of the UWL, the Sheikh Khalifa building is the home of the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies, one the largest Schools of its kind in the United Kingdom. It was opened by Professor Sir Stewart Sutherland. Behind the departmental building is a small mosque and prayer room, used by Islamic students and residents of the town, and also the Rowland Williams Research building.

Opened in 2007, the Confucius Institute is the home of the University's department of Chinese Studies. The mission of the Confucius Institute has been to build bridges between Wales and China.

The Roderic Bowen Library & Archives were completed in 2007, adjoining the main library building. They are named after Roderic Bowen, a former President of the University. The books, manuscripts and archives kept therein were formerly held in the St David's Building Founders’ Library. The library was opened on 17 October 2008 by the former First Minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan. It is a resource for teaching, research and scholarship within the University.

The Students' Union houses the university's main entertainment venue, the Xtension, a bar, television and pool rooms, student shop and offices for union officials. It is the main focus of social life on campus, hosting club nights, socials, pool tournaments and charity events.

The Bishop Burgess Hall formerly housed the Departments of Classics and Philosophy. In 2009 it was converted to become a hub for student services.

Gallery[edit]

Carmarthen[edit]

History[edit]

Old College, Carmarthen

The Carmarthen Campus began life in 1848 as the South Wales and Monmouthshire Training College, making it the oldest teacher training college in continuous operation in Wales. The college's role was to train young men for teaching in Church primary schools. In the first year of operation, 22 students were recruited and were taught by three members of staff including the first Principal, William Reed. Walter Powell is recorded as the first student; he was 17, previously a draper and worked in a grocery store.[21] The College required its students to follow a strict schedule which included getting up at half past six for a cold bath. Students were often recruited from humble backgrounds, and to remind them of this, the college curriculum included subjects such as gardening and woodwork. The students were expected to have a knowledge of grammar and arithmetic and received education in Latin and Greek. The college also placed restrictions on the interaction with the local town, particularly with women and fines were issued for 'girling' (interaction with local women). The strict regime of college life was, however, broken for activities such as smoking and reading newspapers in the common rooms, musical concerts and entertainment. In the late Victorian era, photography became a great hobby at the college. In the inter-war years, the college gained a reputation for sports (which still exists to this day). The sports practiced at the college included, badminton, tennis and hockey. The main sport however was rugby, which has a strong tradition at Trinity, and many past students have gone on to achieve great success in the sport.[21]

By the 1930s, the campus comprised the Old Building and the Dewi Hostel, which, together, contained all of the teaching rooms, a gymnasium, the library, the smoking room and common rooms, the secretary's offices and the 'Sick Ward' and medical facilities.[22] In 1931, the College changed its name to Trinity College, Carmarthen and in 1938 a Radio Broadcast room was constructed, the foundation stone being laid by the Duke of Kent.

During the Second World War those students not called up for active service were expected to take 'fire watches' and serve as lookouts at night. Many of the students at the college also joined the home guard and took part in drills.[23]

Female students were first admitted in 1957 and in 2009, the College achieved "university college" status, changing its name to Trinity University College.

Although its foundation and indeed its speciality lies in Education, the Campus now also teaches a variety of degrees in subjects such as sport, health and nutrition, religious and Islamic studies, Psychology, social inclusion, creative arts, photography, film and drama, business and tourism, and English and creative writing. The Carmarthen Campus is the base of two of the University's three faculties. [24]

Buildings[edit]

The campus is centred around the original 1848 Old Building of Trinity College. It originally contained all of the original dormitories, common rooms, libraries, an original university quadrangle and teaching spaces. The building today houses several lecture theatres and smaller classrooms often used by the University's school of Justice and Social Inclusion (including Psychology) and, Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies.

Old Building Carmarthen

Another feature of the old building of Carmarthen is the Archbishop Childs' hall. Named after Derrick Greenslade Childs, who was Archbishop of Wales, Bishop of Monmouth and director of the Church of Wales. Childs was principal of Trinity in 1965. The hall is of a classical shape and is hung with framed paintings of Childs. On the outside of the building, there is a carved crest of the Bishops of Wales.

Cwad - The original 1848 quadrangle, what later became the old college library has been modified into the 'Cwad'. This operates in partnership with the main library.

Chapel building exterior

Attached to the main body of the Old Building is the University Chapel. This was built in 1848 and although it has been modified slightly, still retains many original features. Attached to this is the historic ante-chapel, the original chapel the present one being an extension added in 1932, which is dedicated to past students and professors who served in the first world war. The Ante-chapel contains a font and is decorated with student artwork. There is also the University Chapel lounge which now houses the University's Chaplaincy Library and serves as a comfortable, relaxed meeting space for the Chapel community. This room also has a stained glass window installed in 2008 in memory of Norah Isaac, former lecturer and pioneer of Welsh language education.

Later additions[edit]

The surrounding Campus is a blend of modern buildings surrounded by sweeping lawns and gardens.

Opposite the old building is the Halliwell Centre, named after a former principal of Trinity College, which is primarily used as a conference facility. Attached to the centre is the Merlin restaurant which is the Campus' main restaurant and refectory for catered students.[25]

Halliwell Building, Carmarthen

The Carwyn James Building is a large four-storey building named after Carwyn James, a former Welsh rugby player, teacher and lecturer at Trinity College. This facility is home to the Faculty of Education and Training.

Emyr Wyn Jones Building- This building contains office space, music suites and practice rooms for the School of Performing Arts. Adjoining this building was the School's main workshop for the degree of theatre production and design.

The Dewi Building was originally built in 1925 as the Dewi Hostel. It was an extension of the original old college and served as an extra wing for student accommodation. An account of the conditions of the hostel survives from a student living in them at the time; “To keep oneself warm in the new wing during the Winter months was a problem for although it had a system of heating, the heat seldom reached even the second floor. To wash we depended on the rain-water caught in the roof of the building and this was always cold”.[21]

The main library of the university campus was constructed in 1995 to accommodate the growing diversity of subjects on the campus and is located opposite the Parry Block. It is dedicated to the poet Raymond Garlick, who was a principal lecturer in Trinity's Welsh department.

The Parry Building, named after Canon Parry (a former principal of the college and psychology lecturer 1909-1940),[22] contains a variety of teaching facilities used largely by the University's School of Creative Arts. These include fairly large classrooms classrooms and smaller art studios. The building runs parallel to the Norah Isaac building and the two are of very similar designs. Originally the front façade of the building, the oldest part, was the broadcast room in 1950.

Students Union- The Students' Union building was the centre of student social life on the campus. Constructed in 1972 it comprised two main venues: the Attic Bar which served food and drinks and downstairs 'Unity', the main entertainment venue of the Union. This facility hosted club nights as well as other social events. The Union incorporated many societies, ranging from sports such as rugby and hockey to historical societies.

Norah Isaac Building - This building is home to the school of social justice and Inclusion and contains the reception for that school. It is named after Norah Isaac, who was responsible for setting up the first ever Welsh drama department, and was a founder of the performing arts tradition at Trinity.[26] It has a selection of classrooms and lecture suites. Degrees in English and Creative Writing are also taught in this building, which is also home to the university's foreign office, which deals with international programmes. It is located directly opposite the Parry Building.

Robert Hunter Building - Named after Robert Hunter[disambiguation needed], this building contains a selection of classrooms, lecture halls and laboratories used by the school of sport, health and outdoor education. The facility is located near the Myrddin Accommodation blocks, and is surrounded by picturesque gardens and ponds.

Dafydd Rowlands Building - Named after the author Dafydd Rowlands, a minister and previous lecturer of Trinity College in the Welsh department, the building is home to the University's department of Film and Visual Media, this space contains laboratories and studios as well as several working spaces for other programmes within the school of creative arts. It also houses office space.

Alexandra Road campus (1890s)
Part of Swansea 's Mount Pleasant Campus

Swansea[edit]

London[edit]

The University's London Campus opened in 2012 and is located in a modern building on Eagle Wharf Road in the London Borough of Hackney. The campus hosts MBA programmes run by the University’s School of Business, many of which courses are aimed at attracting overseas students.[27]

Partners[edit]

The new University is a part of what is called a dual sector university. Creating links with the wider further education community to help progression of students. Below is a list of colleges and Higher education institutions with which TSD is affiliated:

TSD is also in partnership with over 250 schools who have strong links with Trinity and its School of Education and Initial Teacher Training.[28]

Organisation and governance[edit]

Faculties[edit]

Each Faculty is led by a Dean — who is an academic appointed to oversee the day to day running of each faculty — and each School is managed by a Head of School.

Faculty of Arts and Social Studies
  • School of Art, Film and Media
  • School of Business
  • School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education
  • School of Performing Arts / Ysgol y Celfyddydau Perfformio

Based on Carmarthen Campus

Faculty of Education and Training
  • School of Early Childhood
  • School of Initial Teacher Education and Training
  • School of Social Justice and Inclusion
  • School of Welsh and Bilingual Studies
  • Associate Faculty (AUR (Anelu'n Uwch at Ragoriaeth) – Going For Gold)

Based on Carmarthen Campus

Faculty of Humanities
  • School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology
  • School of Classics
  • School of Cultural Studies
    • Department of Chinese Studies
    • Department of Creative Writing
    • Department of English & English with TEFL
    • Department of Philosophy
  • School of Theology, Religion and Islamic Studies
  • Confucius Institute

This faculty is based on Lampeter Campus but programmes in Creative Writing, English, and Theology, Religion and Islamic Studies are offered on both campuses.

Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering
  • The Swansea School of Glass
  • The School of Automotive Engineering
  • The School of Built and Natural Environment
  • The School of Applied Computing
  • The School of Digital Media
  • The School of Industrial Design (inc. Product & Automotive Design)
  • The School of Logistics and Manufacturing Engineering

Based on Mount Pleasant campus, Swansea

Faculty of Art and Design
  • School of Contextual Studies and Visual Communication
  • School of Fine and Applied Arts
  • School of Photography and Video
  • School of Research and Post Graduate Studies

Based on the Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Media, Swansea

Faculty of Humanities
  • Swansea School of Education
  • School of Performance and Literature
  • School of Psychology and Counselling

Based on Townhill campus, Swansea

Faculty of Business and Management
  • Swansea Business School
  • School of Leisure, Tourism and Sport
  • School of Public Service Leadership

Based on High Street campus, Swansea

Vice-Chancellor[edit]

The Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive of the University and the post is currently held by Medwin Hughes.

Academic profile[edit]

Reputation[edit]

Rankings
Complete[29]
(2014, national)
104
The Guardian[30]
(2014, national)
118
Times/Sunday Times[31]
(2014, national)
105

Both Trinity and Lampeter each had positive reputations in separate areas. Whilst Trinity had a good reputation for the arts and vocational training for areas such as teaching, Lampeter historically enjoyed a reputation as the best University in Wales for research. The merger of the universities has aimed to ensure that these two reputations survive and the new university has recently gained a good reputation for its research particularly in the area of religion and the humanities and for personal development. In addition, the university's school of business has recently been ranked second in Wales for its degrees.[citation needed]

The University is the first in the UK to place at its core sustainable development. The university's Institute of Sustainable Practice and Resource Effectiveness or INSPIRE is designed to ensure that students are prepared for their futures in the workplace and in society as a whole.[32]

Entry requirements[edit]

With many of the degrees offered by the University there is less emphasis placed upon UCAS points and more upon individual merit especially regarding mature students. However, for many of the degrees offered within the Faculty of Humanities a set number of UCAS points is required; for most courses this is usually between 240-280.

For postgraduate taught programs a minimum of an upper second class degree is required.[33]

Research[edit]

The University has research and consultancy departments, including the Centre for Beliefs and Values, Centre for Enterprise, European and Extension Services, Archaeological Services and the Centre for the Study of Religion in Celtic Societies.[citation needed]

The pioneering Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture is a world centre for the study of the impact, role and function of cosmological, astronomical and astrological beliefs and practices in human culture.[citation needed]

The University also has research projects in Education and outdoor education.

Student life[edit]

Students' Union[edit]

Trinity Saint David Students' Union / Undeb Myfyrwyr Y Drindod Dewi Sant
Logo of the Trinity Saint David Students' Union
Institution University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
Location Lampeter, Ceredigion and Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire
Established 2010
President Abi Jenkins
Vice presidents Welfare (Lampeter campus): Flora McNerney;
Welfare (Carmarthen campus): Dan Doyle
Education: Issac Powell
Affiliations NUS Wales
Website http://www.tsdsu.co.uk/

The students on the University's two campuses are represented by Trinity Saint David Students' Union (TSDSU) which has a building on each campus, each of which includes a bar and nightclub.

The Students' Union building is the centre of student social life on the campus. Constructed in 1972 due to a rise in student population, it underwent a refurbishment after the new University was created[citation needed]. Upstairs is the Attic Bar which serves food and drinks and downstairs is 'Unity', the main entertainment venue of the Union. This facility often hosts club nights as well as other social events. The Union incorporates many societies, ranging from sports such as rugby and hockey, to historical societies.

TSDSU's main responsibility is to provide support, representation for students and their activities to the University.

The third campus located in Swansea and represented by Swansea Metropolitan Students' Union.

Sports[edit]

Both Lampeter and Carmarthen campuses have sports halls with badminton and squash courts, with a hockey team drawing from students of both campuses and a fencing team based on the St David's College campus which regularly competes in Welsh leagues and championships. Both campuses also have indoor climbing walls.

For outdoor sports, the University has tennis courts, a cricket field and facilities for football and rugby. The Carmarthen Campus also has an indoor swimming pool, an up to date gym and fitness suite and AstroTurf. There plans in motion to add gym facilities to Lampeter through the conversion of one of the squash courts.

The college cricket pavilion at Lampeter was opened officially on 1 May 1909 and is now a listed building in its own right.[citation needed]

Rugby[edit]

Rugby was introduced to the old St David's College by vice-principal Rowland Williams around 1850 and, as such, the Lampeter campus can claim to have the oldest Rugby football team in Wales. Despite some debate as to whether this honour belongs to the town team or the University side, the Welsh Rugby Union's official history "Fields of Praise: The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union, 1881-1981"[34] indicates the college team as the first. However, Lampeter Town RFC were the representatives of Lampeter at the formation of the WRU in 1881.[citation needed]

At Trinity, Rugby has long been an important part of college life. Indeed, a number of alumni went on to become outstanding international players including Sid Judd, Ronnie Boon, Dewi Bebb and Barry John. Wales and British Lions winger, Gerald Davies, is a former student of both former universities.[citation needed]

Halls of Residence[edit]

Both Carmarthen and Lampeter campuses provide on-campus halls of residence, although some students opt to live in privately rented student housing within the respective towns. Both campuses can house approximately 600 students.

Lampeter Campus[edit]

The University provides various residences for students. The Lampeter Campus is generally able to house the majority of its students on campus principally within the following Halls and Buildings, named after personalities involved with the campus's past.

  • Carl Lofmark Hall
  • Cyfle Hall
  • Bishop Burgess Hall (originally ordinands-only)
  • Daniel Dawson Hall
  • Dolwen Cottage
  • Edwin Morris Hall
  • Garth House
  • Harford Building I & II (originally female-only)[35]
  • Harold Arthur Harris Hall
  • Hugh Walker Hall
  • John Richards Hall I & II
  • Lloyd Thomas Hall I, II & III
  • Rhoslwyn Hall
  • Riverside Cottage
  • Roderic Bowen Hall
  • Simon Evans Hall
  • St David’s Building/Old Building (originally male-only)

Carmarthen Campus[edit]

The Carmarthen Campus is able to house hundreds of students on Campus, though many students opt to live in the town.

Arch Bishop Noakes Student accommodation
  • Archbishop Noakes Hall: this is a large accommodation facility that is split into three sections.
  • Myrddin Hall: this is a catered first year hall, built in the 1970s to accommodate the rise in student numbers.
  • Non Hall: originally built in 1957 opposite the old Dewi Hostel to accommodate the first female students.
  • Tower Hall: this too is a catered first-year block.

Swansea Campus[edit]

Swansea has five halls of residence based on two separate campuses. There are over 300 rooms for first year students to apply for.

Townhill Campus[edit]

  • Gwyr Hall
  • Dyfed Hall
  • Cenydd Hall

Mount Pleasant Campus[edit]

Academic dress[edit]

The University awards University of Wales degrees and, as such, the academic dress matches that of the University of Wales — graduates wear a black stuff gown, with bell sleeves for bachelors and glove sleeve for masters. Hoods are lined with mazarin blue shot green (arts) or mazarin blue shot red (divinity).

The University also awards the degrees of Master of Science (lined yellow shot black) and Master of Business Administration (yellow shot red, bound light blue).

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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