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Merging universities; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

SIR - Is it not strange that in Professor Gummett's summary of his views ("Universities in Wales cannot afford to stand still", Oct 23) no mention was made of Cardiff University? While mention was made of the similarities in population between Wales and Greater Manchester, no reference was made to one of the oldest universities in Wales.

As the then University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, founded in 1883, it was, under the guidance of its first Vice-Chancellor, Principal Viriamu Jones, instrumental in: Firstly, establishing in 1916 the Cardiff College of Technology which later became the University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology (Uwist), which later merged with the University College and the Welsh School of Medicine to form what is now Cardiff University.

Secondly, it was indirectly instrumental in establishing the five vocationally-oriented colleges in Cardiff, four of which merged in 1976 to form University of Wales Institute Cardiff (Uwic), which is now Cardiff Metropolitan University.

If Professor Gummett was looking for ways of delivering the same level of higher education but from fewer universities within Wales, why not adopt the Manchester University format to Cardiff, merging Cardiff Metropolitan University with Cardiff University? This would involve a tried and tested system of merger within the acceptable geographical boundaries of the capital city, and would result in a university which would encompass the full range of graduate and post-graduate studies which Wales could be proud of.

DR JAMES MARSDEN Cardiff
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 27, 2012
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