Councillors' plea to protect Newport courses

ARGUS-PENDRE   26-06-96
EXTERIOR OF UNIVERSITY OF WALES NEWPORT CAERLEON CAMPUS (4616330)

ARGUS-PENDRE 26-06-96 EXTERIOR OF UNIVERSITY OF WALES NEWPORT CAERLEON CAMPUS (4616330)

First published in Gwent news

NEWPORT councillors will urge university chiefs to keep courses in the city and surrounding areas, including the campus in Caerleon, at a meeting on Tuesday.

Two members have submitted a Notice of Motion calling on the University of South Wales (USW) managers and governors to ensure Newport courses are not “syphoned away” to other parts of South Wales, “taking with them both jobs and educational opportunities”.

Both Caerleon and the city centre campus were brought under the USW banner when Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport, merged in April 2013.

The motion, proposed by Lib Dem councillor Ed Townsend and seconded by Independent councillor Kevin Whitehead, comes after the Argus revealed the Caerleon campus needs around £20 million investment to bring ageing accommodation blocks and other buildings up to scratch.

Its future is being considered by USW executives, along with four other campuses across South Wales.

Proposals are due in September for consultation.

Campaigners, who set up a petition entitled Save Caerleon Campus, are also asking Wales’ heritage body Cadw to look again at listing the 100-year-old former Monmouthshire Training College building on the site.

The building was last surveyed by Cadw in 2000 but was rejected for listed status because of its modern additions.

Paul Halliday, who helped to spearhead the petition which has gathered more than 1,000 signatures, said: “We need to be pursuing this. We were looking at the site of one of the oldest universities in Wales and that shouldn’t be ignored.

“This is not just about some romantic ideal of the history of the Caerleon campus, it’s important to the history of Newport in terms of the teaching college. There’s a need for it to be listed purely for the historic significance.”

The number of campaign volunteers has swelled to around 50, said Mr Halliday.

“It’s about access to education and if we can get this building listed it might help keep that education in this area,” he said.

The group is now trying to establish when the land at Caerleon was first given over for educational purposes.

Around 7,000 students are taking full and part-time courses at the Newport and Caerleon campuses.

A spokeswoman for USW said all options are being looked at during the review.

It is not yet clear how jobs will be affected although Caerleon courses, if moved, are expected to stay within the Newport area.

The Argus recently reported how English and history courses will finish at Caerleon this year as not enough people have signed up, although some courses have moved to Caerleon and the university has doubled its marketing budget to promote the campus.

A spokesman for the university said the board has set out guiding principles including that the university’s inherited and future estate should serve the academic needs of its students, not vice versa, as well as a commitment to serve “the whole region”.

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9:59pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Save Caerleon University says...

Also the Sports couses are being moved to Treforest - starting with the Sept 2014 intake
Also the Sports couses are being moved to Treforest - starting with the Sept 2014 intake Save Caerleon University
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8:25am Sun 27 Jul 14

Manley says...

Too late now. They should have seen this coming when the Universities were merged.
Too late now. They should have seen this coming when the Universities were merged. Manley
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10:11pm Sun 27 Jul 14

displayed says...

They got it in hand, its all planned.............
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They got it in hand, its all planned............. ... displayed
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9:52am Mon 28 Jul 14

IluvNewport says...

There is still going to be provision at City campus and I've heard that there are plans in the pipeline to invest / expand that. It makes more sense as there are far better road links, it's just off the M4, there is a good rail link and a frequent bus service, including a regular bus service to and from Cardiff - Caerleon has none of this. In fact when the schools start in the morning then turn out later in the afternoon, people are severely hindered by tailbacks going back over the bridge, 20 mph zones, lollipop ladies, zebra crossing and pelican crossings. Although it's sad to see Caerleon go it makes perfect business sense and sadly universities have to run as a business these days.

And if anyone wants to lay blame anywhere for the merger then lay it at the feet of Leighton Andrews who forced it on both universities!
There is still going to be provision at City campus and I've heard that there are plans in the pipeline to invest / expand that. It makes more sense as there are far better road links, it's just off the M4, there is a good rail link and a frequent bus service, including a regular bus service to and from Cardiff - Caerleon has none of this. In fact when the schools start in the morning then turn out later in the afternoon, people are severely hindered by tailbacks going back over the bridge, 20 mph zones, lollipop ladies, zebra crossing and pelican crossings. Although it's sad to see Caerleon go it makes perfect business sense and sadly universities have to run as a business these days. And if anyone wants to lay blame anywhere for the merger then lay it at the feet of Leighton Andrews who forced it on both universities! IluvNewport
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6:33am Sat 2 Aug 14

DisgruntledofNewport says...

Does it make economic sense to run down a perfectly viable campus? Prior to the merger/takeover, student numbers were healthy here and the site had seen considerable investment in the last few years to ensure it was fit for purpose. It actually appears that the merger was really only forced on UWCN and welcomed by the former University of Glamorgan. Cardiff Met' threatened to challenge the decision with a judicial review, something UWCN should have done.

Whilst the transport network is not great around Caerleon, there is good residential provision on site with a perfectly reasonable cycle path in to the town. This is a very sustainable location. Furthermore, will it be any better for the road network of Caerleon if the site were turned in to a housing development? Should we really be encouraging greater reliance on the car by moving everything up to Treforest? Cardiff is all well and good in terms of public transport, but this could lead to even greater marginalisation for the residents of Newport to Cardiff.

The creation of the City Centre Campus was only down to selling off of the family silver, i.e. Allt Yr Yn Campus. It has benen circulated that aproval has been given for an extension to the City Centre Campus, which could only be paid for by selling off the Caerleon Campus.
Does it make economic sense to run down a perfectly viable campus? Prior to the merger/takeover, student numbers were healthy here and the site had seen considerable investment in the last few years to ensure it was fit for purpose. It actually appears that the merger was really only forced on UWCN and welcomed by the former University of Glamorgan. Cardiff Met' threatened to challenge the decision with a judicial review, something UWCN should have done. Whilst the transport network is not great around Caerleon, there is good residential provision on site with a perfectly reasonable cycle path in to the town. This is a very sustainable location. Furthermore, will it be any better for the road network of Caerleon if the site were turned in to a housing development? Should we really be encouraging greater reliance on the car by moving everything up to Treforest? Cardiff is all well and good in terms of public transport, but this could lead to even greater marginalisation for the residents of Newport to Cardiff. The creation of the City Centre Campus was only down to selling off of the family silver, i.e. Allt Yr Yn Campus. It has benen circulated that aproval has been given for an extension to the City Centre Campus, which could only be paid for by selling off the Caerleon Campus. DisgruntledofNewport
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