After a series of revelations regarding the University of Wales, a reaction from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Swansea Universities has led to a joint statement calling for an end to the UoW. The University of Wales has represented Welsh education since 1893, and the universities that have now gathered against it were once part of the UoW for over 100 years.
NUS Wales President Luke Young gave his thoughts on how this will impact students at Welsh universities.
“The biggest universities in Wales have united in their condemnation of the University of Wales. The statement serves the agenda of this group of universities well. However, it does nothing to aid a smooth transition for the University of Wales brand, which has produced hundreds of thousands of graduates all around the world. This is potentially very damaging.
“The University of Wales has a lot to answer for but let’s not forget the students involved who will be wondering what on earth is going on. They will have received no contextual information and will be deeply concerned to hear this week’s shocking announcements. The allegations raised in BBC Wales’ Week In, Week Out programme are serious and raise many questions that the University of Wales will need to answer in the coming days.”
The Welsh government have reported that Education Minister Leighton Andrews is concerned about the bad publicity currently being attached to the UoW, and will have to make a statement about his own views on the future of the institution.
Two members of staff at Rayat College London, which has been accused of encouraging foreign students to cheat in exams and deceive the UKBA so they can get UK Visas, have now been suspended, and registrar Irvin Harris has resigned, though he denies any wrongdoing. The University of Wales had previously validated the institution for another five years, and has yet to comment on the scam allegations.