Question to Minister for Education and Skills on proposed merger of SE Wales universities


Mark asked a question in response to a statement on higher education reconfiguration by the Minister for Education and Skills (Leighton Andrews).


Dydd Mawrth, 23 Hydref 2012
Tuesday, 23 October 2012


Mark Drakeford: Minister, do you share my concern that there is a real danger now for students and staff at Cardiff Metropolitan University that merger talks between the University of Wales, Newport and the University of Glamorgan will gather momentum to such an extent that the interests of Cardiff Metropolitan University will be excluded, and that by the time the authorities there arrive at the negotiating table, they will be in a far weaker position to promote and defend the very real achievements of that institution and to have its proper concerns addressed?


Leighton Andrews: My colleague the Member for Cardiff West is right to note the progress in the discussions between the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport, as I understand from what I have heard informally. There is, however, from our point of view as a Government, a process that we have to follow, and that process involves consultation on the two options that are before us. The issue is that we need to continue to take evidence and to develop that strategic outline case towards a full business case, and then ultimately to make a judgment between the two options. However, I imagine that what he has said here in the Chamber today will have been heard by those outside, including by those in Cardiff Metropolitan University.