University of South Wales opens

The University of South Wales opens today. It is an amalgamation of the University of Wales, Newport and the University of Glamorgan.

University of South Wales will see 'small drop' in staff numbers

by Megan Boot

The Vice Chancellor of the new University of South Wales has told ITV News that while there may be a 'small drop' in staff numbers, there won't be any compulsory redundancies.

Julie Lydon made the comments in response to union concerns about job security.

The institution was formed by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport and will teach 33,500 students at five campuses.

Speaking to journalists at the launch she said that the "staff make the place."

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University has employability at its heart

"The University of South Wales will compete equally for students and reputation with the UK's major regional universities and will help the region compete head to head for investment and growth with major city-regions such as Bristol, Manchester, London, and Tyneside.

"The employability of our students is at the heart of everything we do, with teaching informed by what happens in the real world. Our graduates have the skills that are essential for the workplace and value our employability schemes, business start-up support and opportunities to get actual experience as part of their courses. It's an approach that works - 93% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation."

– Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales

University 'shows strategic thinking'

"This is an initiative that shows leadership and strategic thinking in action. The University's partnership with major international companies like General Electric and British Airways are examples of how Wales can compete with the best.

"The Welsh Government looks forward to working with the University of South Wales to raise the profile of the region, and Wales as a whole."

– First Minister of Wales, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM

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