University moves Newport animation students to Cardiff

University of South Wales (USW)

University of South Wales (USW)

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NEW students setting out on their first year of a university animation course in Newport have been told they will have to go to Cardiff, just weeks before they were expecting to turn up and start degrees in Gwent.

The Argus understands students received an email on Tuesday warning them that the BA Animation course would not go ahead at the University of South Wales’ city campus on the Kingsway in Newport city centre.

“It’s now too late for students to enrol at another university,” one reader wrote in. “Why weren’t they informed earlier? And why was this building built if courses are now being cancelled? Would like a decent explanation from the university.”

A spokeswoman for USW said the decision to move the course to their Cardiff campus was due to the “very small” number of applicants – six – which would have resulted in “a poor student experience”.

“The applicants affected have been contacted by the university and we are working with them to resolve any issues with their accommodation and travel needs as soon as possible,” she said.

It is understood second and third year animation students will study in Newport.

Focus by university chiefs on “student experience”, and a drop in student numbers, is believed a major factor in a review into Caerleon campus.

, which has ageing accommodation blocks in need of millions of pounds of work and many surplus places.

The spokeswoman said the university is trying to maintain the number of courses offered in Newport against a pattern of falling applications.

A few courses faced a fine judgement call on whether they would run. “Rather than disappoint students who had applied for these courses, we put extra effort into marketing them throughout the clearing process in the hope of gaining additional applicants. While this was successful for some courses, unfortunately it was not in the case of animation.

“We therefore decided that it was in the best interest of the students not to run the course at our city campus, given that we only had a small number of students, and that their student experience would be much improved if they were to join a large cohort running at our Cardiff campus.”

Paul Halliday campaigns to get the university to keep Caerleon campus. Four students contacted him. Some are now in contracts with private landlords in Newport.

He said: “The way the university has handled this is appalling. If they had said that they would move the course in 2015/16, that is what any sensible institution would do, not three weeks before a new term.” We may be mistaken, but it appears to be intentional or unintentional bias against Newport and Caerleon.”

Earlier this year recruitment to English and History courses at Caerleon was suspended because of low numbers of people signing up, although new psychology courses have been introduced there.

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8:20am Thu 28 Aug 14

all.at.sea says...

They should never have combined with Cardiff to start with. its been nothing but trouble and let downs. The university should have concentrated on why there have been dwindling figures, and worked out how to improve student experience, not just cancel courses and move everything to Cardiff. Soon you will be reporting that Caerleon Campus will be shut.

Incidentally, when I was applying to undertake a Fine Arts degree 3 years ago, I had my UCAS form checked over pre-submission and it was all good, then when I submitted the following day the course code was not recognised, the course had been cancelled without anyone saying anything, I was truly disappointed and have been ever since.

Attitudes of the staff and students needs to change along with so many other things, money being thrown at a "problem" like housing is not the problem. Its attitudes andother things that need to change first and foremost.
They should never have combined with Cardiff to start with. its been nothing but trouble and let downs. The university should have concentrated on why there have been dwindling figures, and worked out how to improve student experience, not just cancel courses and move everything to Cardiff. Soon you will be reporting that Caerleon Campus will be shut. Incidentally, when I was applying to undertake a Fine Arts degree 3 years ago, I had my UCAS form checked over pre-submission and it was all good, then when I submitted the following day the course code was not recognised, the course had been cancelled without anyone saying anything, I was truly disappointed and have been ever since. Attitudes of the staff and students needs to change along with so many other things, money being thrown at a "problem" like housing is not the problem. Its attitudes andother things that need to change first and foremost. all.at.sea
  • Score: 14

8:52am Thu 28 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

“Why weren’t they informed earlier? And why was this building built if courses are now being cancelled? Would like a decent explanation from the university.”

Th...th...th...that'
s all folks! :)
“Why weren’t they informed earlier? And why was this building built if courses are now being cancelled? Would like a decent explanation from the university.” Th...th...th...that' s all folks! :) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 8

11:31am Thu 28 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

all.at.sea wrote:
They should never have combined with Cardiff to start with. its been nothing but trouble and let downs. The university should have concentrated on why there have been dwindling figures, and worked out how to improve student experience, not just cancel courses and move everything to Cardiff. Soon you will be reporting that Caerleon Campus will be shut.

Incidentally, when I was applying to undertake a Fine Arts degree 3 years ago, I had my UCAS form checked over pre-submission and it was all good, then when I submitted the following day the course code was not recognised, the course had been cancelled without anyone saying anything, I was truly disappointed and have been ever since.

Attitudes of the staff and students needs to change along with so many other things, money being thrown at a "problem" like housing is not the problem. Its attitudes andother things that need to change first and foremost.
I suspect falling numbers may be a result of the rising cost of university education under this current government. It's not quite as much of an issue for the Welsh, but must surely be having an impact for English people's attitudes to university.

The university seems far less important to Newport than it was. Where is the student community these days? Back in the days of Clarence Place, Caerleon and Allt Yr Yn campus' there was a real healthy student thing going on.
[quote][p][bold]all.at.sea[/bold] wrote: They should never have combined with Cardiff to start with. its been nothing but trouble and let downs. The university should have concentrated on why there have been dwindling figures, and worked out how to improve student experience, not just cancel courses and move everything to Cardiff. Soon you will be reporting that Caerleon Campus will be shut. Incidentally, when I was applying to undertake a Fine Arts degree 3 years ago, I had my UCAS form checked over pre-submission and it was all good, then when I submitted the following day the course code was not recognised, the course had been cancelled without anyone saying anything, I was truly disappointed and have been ever since. Attitudes of the staff and students needs to change along with so many other things, money being thrown at a "problem" like housing is not the problem. Its attitudes andother things that need to change first and foremost.[/p][/quote]I suspect falling numbers may be a result of the rising cost of university education under this current government. It's not quite as much of an issue for the Welsh, but must surely be having an impact for English people's attitudes to university. The university seems far less important to Newport than it was. Where is the student community these days? Back in the days of Clarence Place, Caerleon and Allt Yr Yn campus' there was a real healthy student thing going on. DavidMclean
  • Score: 4

12:57pm Thu 28 Aug 14

JanJenkins says...

I presume planning permission has been put in for houses to be built on the Caerleon Campus by now. South Wales Universities can make a couple of million selling the property for housing. The Student accommodation blocks must be all of 10 yrs old
We can have a couple of nice council estates there. when the council finds a road they haven't shut.
I presume planning permission has been put in for houses to be built on the Caerleon Campus by now. South Wales Universities can make a couple of million selling the property for housing. The Student accommodation blocks must be all of 10 yrs old We can have a couple of nice council estates there. when the council finds a road they haven't shut. JanJenkins
  • Score: -1

3:15pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BethH10 says...

all.at.sea wrote:
They should never have combined with Cardiff to start with. its been nothing but trouble and let downs. The university should have concentrated on why there have been dwindling figures, and worked out how to improve student experience, not just cancel courses and move everything to Cardiff. Soon you will be reporting that Caerleon Campus will be shut.

Incidentally, when I was applying to undertake a Fine Arts degree 3 years ago, I had my UCAS form checked over pre-submission and it was all good, then when I submitted the following day the course code was not recognised, the course had been cancelled without anyone saying anything, I was truly disappointed and have been ever since.

Attitudes of the staff and students needs to change along with so many other things, money being thrown at a "problem" like housing is not the problem. Its attitudes andother things that need to change first and foremost.
I'm actually one of the 6 students they moved and friends with four of the others. If they didn't have enough people applying for this course then they should have dealt with this more than 3 weeks before moving in. I will be living on Caerleon Campus because it's a wonderful place to be and by far the better choice of all campus accommodation. The rooms themselves are actually 20 years old and you know what, they hold up and do their job. They are far better than most housing out there already and I am going to be so gutted when the inevitable happens and it's taken down. It shouldn't go. The main building is over 100 years old now and it's still looking as gorgeous as ever.
[quote][p][bold]all.at.sea[/bold] wrote: They should never have combined with Cardiff to start with. its been nothing but trouble and let downs. The university should have concentrated on why there have been dwindling figures, and worked out how to improve student experience, not just cancel courses and move everything to Cardiff. Soon you will be reporting that Caerleon Campus will be shut. Incidentally, when I was applying to undertake a Fine Arts degree 3 years ago, I had my UCAS form checked over pre-submission and it was all good, then when I submitted the following day the course code was not recognised, the course had been cancelled without anyone saying anything, I was truly disappointed and have been ever since. Attitudes of the staff and students needs to change along with so many other things, money being thrown at a "problem" like housing is not the problem. Its attitudes andother things that need to change first and foremost.[/p][/quote]I'm actually one of the 6 students they moved and friends with four of the others. If they didn't have enough people applying for this course then they should have dealt with this more than 3 weeks before moving in. I will be living on Caerleon Campus because it's a wonderful place to be and by far the better choice of all campus accommodation. The rooms themselves are actually 20 years old and you know what, they hold up and do their job. They are far better than most housing out there already and I am going to be so gutted when the inevitable happens and it's taken down. It shouldn't go. The main building is over 100 years old now and it's still looking as gorgeous as ever. BethH10
  • Score: 15
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