Press Releases 2014-2015

Manager of UWTSD’s Wales-Ireland Social Media Project to Meet Irish President


Chris Holtom, the manager of a successful University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) project helping small businesses in Wales and Ireland make the most of social media, has been selected to meet Irish President Michael D Higgins at a private event today (Tuesday 28th October).

The EU-backed ACT (Advanced Communication Technologies) project was created to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across West Wales and South East Ireland to understand social media and take advantage of opportunities it can offer for online business growth. ACT is one of the projects run by UWTSD’s Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre (CRIC) in Swansea.

ACT Project Manager, Chris Holtom, has been asked to discuss the INTERREG 4a-funded programme, and to celebrate the success of the Welsh and Irish collaboration, with the Irish President.

Chris said: “It’s very pleasing that the hard work of the ACT project team is being recognised by our project funders and it will be a real honour to meet the Irish President."

James Moxey, Director of CIRIC, said: "Well done to Chris and his team for the success of the ACT project. We're delighted that Chris is being given the chance to discuss the ACT project and our continuing relationship and project developments with partners in the South East of Ireland in what is a key area of development for CIRIC"

Earlier this year ACT was one of three projects chosen to be presented to Brendan Howlin TD, Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and Welsh Finance Minister Jane Hutt AM.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the EU's Ireland/Wales Cross Border Programme, ACT is led by the South-East Regional Authority (SERA) alongside Tipperary County Council’s Strategic Projects Unit and Carlow County Enterprise Board in Ireland. In Wales it is delivered by UWTSD at its campuses in Swansea and Carmarthen.

The Ireland Wales Cross Border programme is led by SERA in partnership with the Welsh Government. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund to develop collaborative projects to boost skills, economic growth and protect the environment.

For more information on ACT visit

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.

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