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Cardiff Met's success; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

* SIR - Two important facts emerge from Professor Chapman's response in yesterday's Mail to the proposed merger, and the possible dissolution of Cardiff's Metropolitan University.

Firstly, the Metropolitan University has been identified by Sir Steve Smith as a "well led and financially sound" institution, with as stated by Professor Chapman, a surplus of pounds 4.5m.

Secondly, the dialogue between Glamorgan University and Newport University, which is in line with Leighton Andrews' wishes, would create a university of viable size based on four campuses, and would appear an honourable political compromise.

Why, therefore, is Mr Andrews reluctant to allow Cardiff Met to escape his "net"? Might I suggest it is entirely financial, and without the occupationally-based courses and research programmes provided by Cardiff Met the University of South East Wales would soon end up with recruitment difficulties. There may indeed be an over-provision of degree courses in Wales, but destroying that part that is successful and works is not the answer. DR JAMES MARSDEN Llandaff, cardiff
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 27, 2012
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