The 120-year-old University of Wales (UoW) is no more as we know it, after a visa scandal relating to foreign students. A University of Wales (UoW) -linked institute, Rayat London College, was reportedly raided and suspended by the UK Border Agency over graduate work visa-related allegations. College officials are reported to have allegedly offered to assist international students in exams for UoW courses and work visas.
“On Friday, October 21, the University of Wales Council met to discuss its future in light of the strategic challenges set by the Welsh Government. The University of Wales Council re-affirmed its merger with the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David and Swansea Metropolitan University. In a significant change to its previous position the Council agreed that the unified institution will be merged under the historic 1822 Royal Charter of Trinity Saint David, rather than under the 1893 University of Wales Charter…The university’s decision was made in the context of the objectives set by the Welsh Government and in particular the recommendations of the Review of Higher Education Governance (the McCormick Review) with regard to the reconfiguration of higher education,” said the institution’s website.
“The transformed university will build on existing brand loyalty and will enhance its influence on public life in Wales and within an international context. To this end the transformed university proposes to establish a Wales Trust which will act as a stakeholder group,” said the message on the website.
The vice chancellor of the University of Wales and the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, Medwin Hughes said, “I warmly welcome the historic decision taken today by the University of Wales Council. The transformed university will serve and deliver for Wales. Our country will have several universities which can all be regarded as national institutions, each one delivering to their core strengths and specific mission. After a decade of leading academic institutions, I look forward to working with the government and other institutions in Wales to establish a strong higher education sector. Wales needs strong brands, and the University of Wales has committed itself to an irreversible change which will deliver for our Nation; it signifies a sense of history but also a commitment to a new beginning.”
D Hugh Thomas also announced his resignation as chairman of the council.
The university has said it would publish more details about the proposed merger in the “near future”.