Education Minister praises USW’s Impact

Kirsty Williams AM speaking at Senedd

Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, has praised the University of South Wales’s commitment to the communities and businesses across the region during an event at the National Assembly for Wales yesterday (16th July).

USW: A University with Impact, held at the Senedd, celebrated USW’s work in research, innovation and civic engagement, and the positive effects it is having on our communities.

Thanking the University for its support of her civic mission agenda, Kirsty Williams AM said: “I am delighted to see that the University of South Wales is embracing the civic mission engagement and is working to make it an integral part of its everyday business.

“I have challenged institutions across Wales to develop a civic purpose; to reach out beyond their campuses and to reconnect with their host communities. USW has been undertaking a broad range of activities in this field, and is aware of the central role that Higher Education and universities play in connecting local and regional communities.

“The University has a long history of actively working to improve health and wellbeing, encouraging active citizenship and adding real value to their communities through social enterprise and innovation. I’m also pleased that the its industrial research and innovation engagements are adapting to address the current challenges faced by institutions in Wales.”

The event heard from members of university staff as well as external partners that USW is collaborating with on a wide range of projects, including:

  • USW’s innovative work at Parc Prison, helping inmates readjust to community life upon release;
  • Pepper, the University’s Welsh-speaking robot who could potentially benefit thousands of people across Wales and beyond;
  • The Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC)’s work with Tata Steel to help reduce its emissions from steel production;
  • A strategic partnership between USW and National Museum Wales with the aim of inspiring people’s sense of identity
  • USW’s work with the Welsh Government and global technology giant Thales to establish the £20m National Digital Exploitation Centre.

Vice-Chancellor of USW, Professor Julie Lydon, said: “I am extremely proud of how we at USW are maximising positive impact for our partners and communities.

“We are a major employer in the region which is training the workforce of the future. USW is committed to improving the future of the communities it serves by taking individual and collective action.

“Our collaborative projects are making a real impact across the region and beyond; from our campuses, and from our partner organisations, we collectively are a force for positive change.”