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Newport and Cardiff Metropolitan Universities 

Location: UK » Wales » CF

Both Universities provide independent education to over 21,000 students in South East Wales, as well as a community base for those students.

HEFCW and Education Minister Leighton Andrews have stated against the wishes of the 12,000 students at Cardiff Met and with doubts from the other 9,000 at Newport: that they will be forced to merge with the University of Glamorgan to produce “The Metropolitan University of Glamorgan and Gwent” - Will be controlled in all areas by the University of Glamorgan.

Leaked documents from a source within Glamorgan has stated that Cardiff Met and Newport stand to lose thousands of jobs, with many still having contracts “renegotiated” and forcing them to work from Trefforest. Many campuses within 2 years of the merge will be sold off to Housing Developers (most of these belonging to Cardiff Met and Newport) to “pay for” the merger, that also is unsustainable.

Also, less places will be on offer for students and those who do remain to study will have only a limited choice of subjects that are deemed “necercery to the Welsh Economy”. This is being forced through with a mandated change in HEFCW funding that will result in Newport and Cardiff Met being made economically unstable to force a merger through. Leighton Andrews has stated “it will happen” and in an internal memo in November 2011, Glamorgan’s Vice Chancellor Julie Lydon has also stated that it will go ahead and for staff to stop discussing the issue because it “risked damaging the corporate aims of the university of glamorgan”. Despite claims of better competitive “super -universities” across the border by Leighton Andrews, the student experience and participation has not improved (eg University of the West of England)

Also, the idea is wholly unsound since it was only a few months since the University of Wales was discraced for corruption and mismanagement - Yet it seems Leighton Andrews has divided loyalties when it comes to his post, which is not in the best interests of Higher Education in Wales.

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