University Would Lose Its Identity If Merger Went Ahead; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION
The views expressed by Shadow Education Minister Angela Burns regarding university mergers and maintaining Cardiff Metropolitan University (Uwic) in its present form are worthy of support ("The University of the Va leys?", Echo, December 1).
Cardiff Metropolitan University has "roots" within the city that go back to the 1860s and has been one of the most successful of the Institutes of Higher Education established in the 1970s.
Granted university status in 1996, it provides many vocationally orientated degree courses unique to Wales.
In particular, degree provision includes biomedical sciences, speech therapy, chiropody, medical laboratory sciences, dental technology, dietetics, environmental health, sport and physical education, art and design, and hotel and catering management.
These specialities, established over a long period of time, have a highly desirable vocational content and provide identified employment prospects within both the public and private sector.
A consequence of this development has been to attract and establish centres of excellence within the university, including the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research, Wales Food Industry Centre, National Indoor Athletics Centre, World Health Organisation International Collaborating Centre, Wales Applied Health Research Unit and the Manufacturing Advisory Service Cymru. …