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Despite being a relatively new university, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is steeped in history. It is formed out of a merger of two of Wales’ oldest academic institutions: University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen whose histories date well back into the 19th century.
The University prioritises academic development as well as professional, resulting in a range of traditional academic courses (such as history, anthropology, and English), creative arts courses and more modern, professional courses such as business, outdoor education and tourism.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David occupies the original college buildings (with new facilities and buildings added on) and so the sense of history is palpable as you wander around the landscaped campuses in Lampeter and Carmarthen. It’s investing millions into refurbishing and improving its campuses resulting in new and improved learning and teaching facilities.
It’s a small university, with a student population of around just 6,000 and of which, over half are mature students. 49% of its recent students go on to find graduate level jobs six months after leaving university, another 33% going on to further study. Due to its size, the campuses have an intimate, friendly feel and student satisfaction is pretty high at 81%.
The University of Wales Trinity St David has two main campuses in Carmarthen and Lampeter, as well as a small campus in London for MBA students. In Wales, the campuses still are based around the original nineteenth century college buildings, but offer some modern learning facilities. Each campus is largely self-contained with catering outlets, accommodation, learning resources, Students’ Union and sports facilities on site.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has invested millions into improving its campuses resulting in a refurbished Arts Hall and Sports Centre, whilst work in underway to build a brand new Student Services Hub at the Lampeter campus. In addition, the University is the process of building new Learning and Teaching Centre at Carmarthen to enhance the teaching and learning facilities currently on campus.
The campus buildings are set in attractive landscaped parklands surround the campus buildings and not far from the lush Welsh countryside. The surrounding area is perfect for those who like their outside pursuits, with hill walking, mountain biking, canoeing and surfing in close proximity. The campus at Carmarthen is located in the outskirts of the town. It has a theatre, workshops, a library, teaching and learning spaces, and media and music suites. Carmarthen itself is a handsome, small town located in South Wales. It’s got a castle, remains of a Roman amphitheatre and a number of shops, pubs and bars.
North of the Carmarthen campus is the Lampeter site. The campus dominates the town of Lampeter, situated right in the centre. It’s one of the smallest university towns in the UK, with students making up around a quarter of the population. Lampeter is a pretty little market town with strong agricultural ties. It’s a liberal place, organic food is big news and there are a number of quirky little shops as well as pubs and cafés that cater for students. The original building that was once the home of St David’s College is still used, providing an attractive neo-gothic backdrop to students’ studies. It’s the home of The Roderic Bowen Library and Archives with one of the most impressive collections of medieval manuscripts in the UK, as well as the Arts Hall and Cliff Tucker Theatre which bring a little taste of arts and culture to the campus.
Both the Carmarthen and Lampeter campuses have accommodation onsite, handily close to all the campuses’ amenities. At the Carmarthen campus, the majority of first years can be housed in catered halls of residence. That’s around 512 students across four halls of residence. First year students tend to be allocated rooms in the Myrddin, Tower and Non halls of residence. Unfortunately, there is no en-suite accommodation, so you’ll be sharing bathroom facilities with other students. A room in one of these halls will cost £109 a week (that’s including two meals a day during the week).
The self-catered Archbishop Noakes hall of residence is mainly for second year, third year and postgraduate students. These rooms are en-suite and rent is £86 a week.
Lampeter’s on-campus accommodation consists of 15 different residences, from shared houses to rooms in halls of residence. There is both en-suite and standard self-catering accommodation available and room prices range between £68 and £109 a week.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint Davidwill be charging full-time undergraduates £8,500 a year in tuition fees starting 2012/13. Welsh students will only need to pay £3,465 per year as the rest of their tuition fees will be met by the Welsh government.
Most UK and EU students will be able to procure a tuition fee loan from the government to cover the cost of their course fees. That means students won’t have to pay a penny in tuition costs whilst they are at university and they’ll only start to repay the loan once they are earning over £21,000 a year. You can find out more about how you can afford university here.
Living costs in Wales tend to be lower than most parts of the country. Most students will have to budget for costs such as accommodation, food, transport, going out and other day to day expenses, so you’ll need to factor that into your estimated costs when going to university. Eligible students can apply for maintenance loans and grants from the government to help cover their living expenses whilst at university.
The University has a number of scholarships and bursaries for full-time and part-time undergraduates, postgraduates and international students. For full-time home undergraduates, there are Academic Excellence Awards of up to £1,000 for students with the highest UCAS points, the Trinity Saint David Bursary of up to £1,000 for students with a household income below £18,000 and various Departmental Scholarships. The funding doesn’t stop there: undergraduates might also be eligible for residential bursaries, Welsh Medium Scholarships, Crèche bursaries and Education Vouchers. In addition, there’s up to £1,000 available to fund students undertaking unpaid internships. You can find full details of the scholarships and bursaries available here.
We’ll be honest: Lampeter and Carmarthen don’t exactly have pumping nightlife. Carmarthen has got a couple of bars and two small, very cheesy clubs. There are a number of pubs and restaurants worth having a poke around.
At Lampeter, clubs are non-existent. However, there is a good community of local pubs for students. Forays to Aberystwyth if you’re at Lampeter, or Swansea if you’re at Carmarthen will dredge up some more “happening” nightlife or students might plan a big night out in Cardiff every now and then.
Happily, the Trinity Saint David Students’ Union more than picks up the slack. They run the Unity Bar in Carmarthen and The Xtension in Lampeter which hold regular club nights, film nights, karaoke session and open mic nights. It’s a lively students’ union: expect cheap drinks, plenty of students and some quality university times.
Students at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are lucky in that both campuses have sports facilities. Lampeter Campus has a sports hall, squash court, dance studio, a gym, tennis court and various pitches. Students can also swim for free at the local swimming pool.
Carmarthen’s Sport Centre caters for a range of sports, including badminton, volleyball, basketball and netball courts, and there’s an indoor climbing wall too. The Sport Centre also has a Fitness Suite with cardio equipment and resistance machines.
Trinity Saint David Students’ Union is in charge of freshers’ frolics and they put on themed nights in the SU bars, freshers’ fairs (a chance to find out about sports and societies) and a big freshers’ ball. In short, everything you need to get socialising and meeting new people.
The Careers Service at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers comprehensive individual careers guidance and advice assistance with job applications and CVs, and help with job hunting and career planning. There is also a Job Shop for students looking for jobs, internships and other opportunities.