The University of Wales (Prifysgol Cymru in Welsh) is a confederal university founded in 1893, and merged with Swansea Metropolitan University and Trinity Saint David in 2012. When independent, it accredited institutions throughout Wales, and validated courses at institutions in Britain and abroad, with over 100,000 students. Its external validation operations are being wound down prior to the proposed merger with the University of Wales: Trinity St David at some unspecified time in the future.
In October 2011 it was announced that the new unified University would be merged under the historic 1828 Royal Charter of the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, rather than the 1893 University of Wales Charter.
In October 2011, the University of Wales announced that it would cease to be an accrediting body for other Universities in Wales, and would bring to a close current validated programmes offered at centres in the UK and abroad, only award degrees to students on courses designed and fully controlled by the University. It was reported that the university would be effectively abolished: its constituents Newport and Glyndŵr University were to become independent universities, while Swansea Metropolitan University would merge with Trinity Saint David and operate as University of Wales: Trinity Saint David).
The University reports that it is supporting its previously existing students who are continuing to study for a University of Wales degree.
Until the proposed merger, HRH the Prince of Wales will continue as Chancellor and the Archbishop of Wales, Barry Morgan as Pro-Chancellor. The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Medwin Hughes who is also Vice-Chancellor of University of Wales: Trinity Saint David.
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