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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Transforming lives through transforming education is the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's mission. A friendly atmosphere, employment focus and passion for nurturing the development of students from a wide variety of backgrounds unites UWTSD's three main campuses in Swansea, Carmarthen and Lampeter, each offering different courses and with its own distinctive appeal. UWTSD also has learning centres in Cardiff (WIAV and CBC), and Birmingham, plus the UWTSD London campus.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

Rural
Rural

In or close to the countryside

Coastal
Coastal

On the coast, near the sea

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: T80

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Where students come from

  • UK 95%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 3%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Students can visit the UWTSD libraries in Swansea, Carmarthen, Lampeter and London for help with finding information both online and in print, to access a PC or to find a place to study. Lampeter library also houses the university’s Special Collections and Archives. A wide range of resources can be accessed from the online library, including e-books, e-journals, specialist databases, online newspapers and much more.
  • An InfoSkills programme has been launched to help students develop their digital and information skills – promoting opportunities to speak to specialist staff, a series of bookable events, and specialist drop-in sessions for those starting their dissertations.
  • IT facilities include IT suites with PC and Mac computers installed with industry-standard software. Students also have access to the university's virtual learning environment, the Internet and Microsoft Office 365. In addition to an IT service desk system, the university also provides an IT telephone support service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Student jobs

  • There are a number of opportunities for students to gain part-time work within the university. There are openings for intern programmes and many students choose to act as ambassadors, providing support for central teams.
  • There are opportunities to gain part-time employment with local business and industry, depending on campus. The university has a clear focus on entrepreneurship and is well connected with employers.

Careers advice

  • The Careers Service is available to all students and graduates of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, during their studies and after graduation, to help maximise their potential and employability.
  • Careers advisers are able to assist students with all aspects of career planning, including choosing a career, job-seeking strategies, guidance on application procedures and CVs, and interview techniques.
  • The service can also provide guidance on course changes, work experience and further study options.
  • The Careers Service posts information about local and national job vacancies, careers-related events and various career paths on its Facebook page and on Twitter.

Health services

  • Students joining UWTSD are encouraged to sign up with a local medical practice. The university works collaboratively with St Peter's Surgery in Carmarthen, the Lampeter Medical Centre, and the Kingsway Surgery and SA1 Medical Centre in Swansea in providing healthcare provision for students.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • UWTSD has a team of professionally qualified counsellors on each campus who provide a confidential support service for students. A team of professionally qualified mental health advisers and specialist mentors also provide support to eligible students. All discussions are completely confidential and students can make an appointment by contacting Student Services.
  • The university offers drop-in well-being sessions on its main campuses.
  • In partnership with the Students' Union, the university has recently subscribed to the Big White Wall, an initiative which provides 24/7 online mental health support to students.

Disability support

  • The university is committed to inclusive education and to providing excellent support and facilities to all students, before and during their studies. A team of dedicated staff across all campuses provides a wide range of advice, guidance and support to help make each student's experience as good as it can possibly be.
  • The Learning Support team can provide screening and assessment for specific learning differences (SpLD) and support eligible students in applying for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA). Specialist learning support staff provide one-to-one tuition or support for eligible students.
  • SoCom – a support group for students with social and communication difficulties – meets on each of the main campuses.

Other services and facilities

  • Drop-in study skills sessions provide additional support for students. Study skills sessions also offered via Skype, telephone and email to distance learners. Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are offered on all main campuses.

Students' Union

  • Trinity Saint David Students' Union works on behalf of students to help them make the most of their time at university. Students are automatically members and can join any of the SU's clubs and societies − or even start their own.
  • The Students' Union is a democratic organisation; student leaders are elected and direct the work of the SU. Students can shape their own education and experience by becoming a course representative, or standing for student council.
  • The Students' Union stands up for student rights. The SU supports students who are having a tough time, but is also there to make sure that they have the best time at university, socially and academically.

History

  • The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is one of the newest universities in the UK, yet it has a long and rich history. It was formed in 2010 by merging the University of Wales, Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen, under Lampeter’s Royal Charter of 1828, combining the long histories of both institutions.
  • In 2013 the former Swansea Metropolitan University joined the UWTSD family. The UWTSD Group also includes two further education colleges, Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion. The group has been further strengthened with the merger of the University of Wales into UWTSD in 2017.
  • In 2018, UWTSD's new SA1 Swansea Waterfront development became the home for the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering and Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education, while the university's Carmarthen campus welcomed Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, the new headquarters of Wales' national broadcaster and home to a variety of related companies and organisations.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Royal Charter is the oldest in Wales and England after the universities of Oxford and Cambridge; the Lampeter campus was founded in 1822 and received its Royal Charter from King George IV in 1828. In 2011, HRH the Prince of Wales became the university's Royal Patron.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Huw Edwards – journalist, newsreader and TV presenter.
  • Hannah McKeand – record-breaking polar explorer.
  • Barry John – Welsh International rugby player.
  • Jonathan Clements – author.
  • Carl Cooper – bishop of St David's.
  • Juliette Foster – journalist.
  • John C. Knapp – president of Hope College in the United States.
  • Peter Paphides – music journalist.
  • Rebecca Wheatley – Casualty actress.
  • Prof David Kitchener – professor of inclusion and diversity, University of Bolton.

Address

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen Campus, Carmarthen, SA31 3EP