Welsh Government and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Sign Waterfront Innovation Partnership Agreement

06.02.2015

Economy Science and Transport Minister Edwina Hart and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Professor Medwin Hughes have signed an agreement to work together to maximise the positive impact of the University’s Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter on the city and the wider Swansea Bay City Region.

The Waterfront Innovation Partnership will bring together both parties’ resources to redevelop the SA1 region of the city. It aims to improve access to higher education and skills development for local communities and employers, enhance the employability of the University’s graduates, and ensure the University exploits its potential for knowledge transfer to contribute to the economic regeneration of the Swansea Bay City Region. The ambitious plans also aim to cement Swansea’s reputation as a first-choice destination for students in the region, as well as further afield through the provision of innovative learning and teaching methods which facilitates education and industry interaction.

Key elements of the agreement include developing the SA1 master plan to reflect new joint economic and educational priorities, a collaborative approach to engaging with business and industry, promoting entrepreneurial, research and commercialisation opportunities in line with the Welsh Government’s priorities and the University’s academic portfolio as well as joint infrastructure investment.

UWTSD aims to develop expertise and technology to attract new private sector companies, partnerships and investment in such key discipline areas as tidal renewable energy, in partnership with the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, industrial design and engineering, enterprise and entrepreneurship and, through the development of a new School of Architecture, in the field of sustainability and the built environment.
The Minister said: “The Welsh Government has a strong relationship with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David so I am very pleased to be supporting it to achieve its ambitious goals. This agreement offers a significant opportunity for us to support businesses, academia and the wider economy in the Swansea Bay City Region.

“Universities in Wales are punching well above their weight in the field of research and support from Welsh Government can be the catalyst for developing strong, active partnerships with business that can help transform this research into viable businesses. Concentrating this activity in the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter where the research and the business elements can work in close proximity will help to strengthen these relationships as well as providing job and educational activities for local people.”

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of UWTSD, added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Welsh Government on revitalising an area which has played a pivotal role in the history and maritime heritage of Swansea. We aim to harness the natural landscape of this treasured part of the city to provide a distinctive university experience. Through innovative learning and teaching methods, partnerships with employers as well as the City and County of Swansea, our plans are ambitious. We aim to provide a university experience that ensures the sustainability of the Swansea Bay City Region and its communities which include our staff, students and graduates.”

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

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