University of Wales Trinity Saint David celebrates Founders’ Day 2021


A day of celebration is being held at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Lampeter campus today (Thursday, 18 November), to mark its Founders' Day.

image of the Quad at UWTSD Lampeter

As the oldest degree-awarding institution in England and Wales after the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, UWTSD will celebrate the birthday of its founder - Bishop Thomas Burgess.

Next year, the University looks forward to celebrating 200 years of higher education in Wales. The bicentenary will commemorate the establishment of St David’s College, Lampeter on 12 August 1822 when the foundation stone was laid by Bishop Thomas Burgess, making Lampeter the birthplace of higher education in Wales.

Among the events to mark this year’s anniversary will be a lecture by Dr Scherto Gill entitled ‘Peace: The Imperative of Global Humanity’. Dr Gill is a Senior Fellow at the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace (GHFP), an international research institute based in the Southeast of England. She directs the UNESCO/GHFP partnership initiative on Collective Healing, and chairs the G20 Interfaith Forum’s Education Working Group. Amongst her most recent books are: Happiness, Flourishing and the Good Life: A Transformative Vision of Human Well-Being (Routledge), Understanding Peace Holistically (Peter Lang), and Education as Humanisation (Routledge).

The lecture itself will focus on challenging the dominant conception of peace as an absence of violence, advancing a positive understanding of peace as being well, living well and becoming well, and exploring how global humanity must embrace an ethic of love to engage in our diversity as a pathway to collective flourishing in harmony with the thriving of other beings on the planet.     

Looking ahead to the lecture, Dr Scherto Gill, commented:

“I am drawn to the vision for educational transformation as embodied by the University, and have great admiration for the Vice Chancellor’s commitment to our new generation through educational innovation, interfaith dialogue and inclusion. I really look forward to being in Lampeter, and to meeting with like-minded colleagues and scholars.”

Bishop Burgess

After the Foundation Stone of St. David’s College was laid in 1822 its first students were admitted on Saint David’s Day, 1827, but the College’s Royal Charter of Incorporation was not completed until 1828 when it was sealed by King George IV on 6th February of that year.  Indeed, the King was regarded as ‘The Royal Founder’

The students were encouraged to think widely and think globally – a necessity for the new generation of clergy, many of whom would serve in the burgeoning industrial towns of south Wales or in areas where new agricultural techniques were increasingly being employed. The college library was not just for them, but also intended to benefit local entrepreneurs, and it attracted the notice of scholars from further afield - even Prince Lucien Bonaparte, nephew of the Emperor Napoleon I.

Over the years the Lampeter campus of the University has developed a range of subjects and enjoys a reputation for undergraduate and postgraduate provision in a variety of subjects, including Anthropology, Archaeology, Chinese Studies, Classics, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Creative Writing.

The lecture will start at 4:30pm and will be followed by a Chapel Service at 6:00pm conducted by the Reverend Dr Emma Whittick with an address by Bishop Emeritus Wyn Evans.

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