The University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport have today announced further details of their plans to come together to create a new University in April 2013.
Following extensive market research, the two universities have chosen The University of South Wales as the preferred name for the new institution and will now begin the formal process to adopt the new name.
The Research exercise asked 10 stakeholder groups including staff, students, prospective students, the business community, international partners, alumni and local people for their views on a number of names and every group favoured University of South Wales -Prifysgol De Cymru as their first choice.
Last week, the Boards of Governors of Newport and Glamorgan unanimously agreed a Business Case for the proposed integration of the universities. This has been submitted to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and seeks the required support and investment for the creation of the new University.
Professor Julie Lydon, who will be Vice Chancellor of the new University said: “We are delighted to be making such positive progress towards the creation of the new institution.
“The University of South Wales was overwhelmingly supported as our new name amongst every single stakeholder group that we spoke to. People told us that University of South Wales made sense because of the strong geographical recognition that it provides and the way it reflects the backgrounds of the two existing institutions.
“This is a historic moment for the communities of South Wales. Both institutions have put the development of the skills and economy of the region at the forefront of our decisions. Newport and Glamorgan have many areas of strength and proud histories, but the new University will be a flagship institution that will deliver substantial benefits for the people of Wales.
“This is an exciting time and our ambitious Business Case shows how we can create a larger, well-resourced and financially sustainable university that will attract students from Wales, the UK and beyond and be better placed to support and make a contribution to the economy, society and culture in South Wales.”