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Lord Williams bestows first honours as chancellor

First Minister Carwyn Jones and Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland were also honoured at the ceremony Credit: University of South Wales

Lord Rowan Williams has been installed as the new chancellor of the University of South Wales. And among his first duties was presenting honorary doctorates to First Minister Carwyn Jones AM and Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland.

Speaking of his new role, Lord Williams said: "This is in many senses a coming home, in a very personal sense. In a lifetime I have spent many years outside Wales, but my roots are as firmly here as the day I left as a Swansea schoolboy to begin my own study as an undergraduate.

"I return today to Wales for what I believe are the very best of reasons: to take up my next role in Wales's largest university and one of her civic and economic society's great assets."

Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland was among the first to receive an honorary doctorate from Lord Williams Credit: University of South Wales

Honorary doctorates were also awarded to Julia Unwin, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Presiding Judge for Wales Mrs Justice Nicola Davies.

Warburton picks up honorary doctorate

Warburton was awarded the doctorate for his outstanding contribution to rugby Credit: University of South Wales

Wales captain Sam Warburton has picked up an honorary doctorate from the University of South Wales.

The British and Irish Lions star was presented with the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to rugby.

He said: "I am delighted that my career in rugby is being recognised in this way. I'm living proof that you get out of life what you put in and that the sacrifices you make along the way do pay off and bring rewards which make it all worthwhile."

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Ioan Gruffudd advert for Welsh uni filmed in England

A video featuring Cardiff-born actor Ioan Gruffudd advertising a new Welsh university has caused a stir - after it emerged it was shot in England.

The 90-second University of South Wales video depicts the Hornblower and Titanic actor walking through Mendip Hills in Somerset.

It is understood downpours in the Brecon Beacons were behind the decision to change the location.

But the University of South Wales has defended the advert, saying the video has 'a very Welsh flavour with one of Wales' top stars'.

A spokesperson said: "Its message is universal, making people think about how their university choices affect the rest of their lives.

"We are pleased that thousands of people are continuing to watch the advert with overwhelmingly positive feedback for its powerful message. We'd encourage people to watch the video and judge for themselves."

The University of South Wales was formed this year from the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport, with over 33,000 students attending.

Rowan Williams named as University of South Wales chancellor

Dr Williams was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012 Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has been named as the new Chancellor for the University of South Wales.

He will succeed the retiring Lord Morris of Aberavon at the newly named university.

Lord Williams, who was born in Ystradgynlais, Swansea, said he felt "personal pleasure and a sense of quiet pride" at the appointment.

University gives education pledge to military

Soldiers, sailors and airmen will benefit from an agreement with the University of South Wales on education opportunities. Credit: MoD

Wales's first Armed Forces Covenant between the military and a university has been signed at Cardiff Castle.

Under the agreement, the University of South Wales will support service personnel with a Forces Champion.

They'll be given advice and guidance on their educational futures when they leave the forces.

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Military covenant signing at Cardiff Castle

The signing will take place at Cardiff Castle later this morning Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

An Armed Forces Covenant will be signed this morning between the Armed Forces and the new University of South Wales.

It's understood to be the first time a covenant has been signed between the forces and a university in Wales.

Under the covenant agreement, the university will provide service personnel with educational advice when they leave the forces, and continue to support staff who serve in the reserve forces.

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

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."

Merged university will offer 'good quality student experience'

The new Vice Chancellor of the University of South Wales says that the new institution will continue to offer a 'good quality student experience' and give them 'every opportunity for employment.'

Julie Lydon told ITV News that they will use all five campuses to offer quality education for more than 30,000 students.

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