November 22, 2012
Two South Wales universities are continuing to make swift progress towards the creation of a new 'beacon’ institution next year. The University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport announced ambitious plans to come together to create a new institution that will rival Cardiff University in terms of size and provide the scale to realise additional benefits for students, staff and the local economy whilst also developing a global profile.
Now, following a Due Diligence exercise which involved financial and legal analysis of both universities which revealed there were no barriers that could delay the process, further details about the leadership and governance of the new institution have been announced.
The current Chair of Governors at Newport, Andrew Wilkinson, is expected to take up the Chair of the new institution’s Board of Governors in July 2013 once the merger process is complete. The Vice-Chancellor of the new institution will be Professor Julie Lydon, the current Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Glamorgan Group.
Julie Lydon said: “Our two universities have set in train a plan to create a new and exciting institution for South Wales. While both institutions have strong histories in the communities of South Wales, together we will be stronger than the sum of our parts and have an opportunity to enhance significantly the educational and training landscape of South East Wales for the benefit of its people, communities and businesses.”
Meanwhile, independent research to analyse options for a new name for the University is almost complete with an announcement expected next month.
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