Grŵp Dydd Gwyl Dewi Saint David's Day Group

Wales’ five major universities, combining their strengths and talents to drive forward the knowledge economy in Wales

Together, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea Universities represent over 70% of all students in Wales and more than 95% of the nation’s research activity. With a combined annual turnover of approaching £1 billion, with a significant contribution from international sources, the big five are a substantial economic generator for Wales.

“Wales’ development needs to be driven by real innovation. Such innovation will come from the depth and breadth of knowledge that our universities represent. We are already collaborating in fields including sustainable development, primary healthcare services, social recovery policies. We know that, collectively, our staff and our students can offer real help to business, the public sector and to individuals. Our first priority will be to help Wales work its way out of the current recession and, beyond that, to create a vibrant knowledge-led society and economy that puts Wales ahead of the game.

Our five commitments are:

  1. Creativity: We will find solutions to business and individual needs which work and can take effect quickly.
  2. Consultation: We will work with business, the voluntary sector and government to determine what are the real priorities for Wales.
  3. Capital Investment: We will continue our ambitious capital investment programmes, securing construction jobs and supporting Welsh business by local sourcing of suppliers wherever possible.
  4. Collaboration: We will work with our international business and education partners to build our vision for Wales. Our extensive contacts, from New York to New South Wales, offer expertise in everything from Architecture to Zoology and will be made available to all in Wales for the benefit of Wales.
  5. Consensus: We will be part of a One Wales solution, working with government and other partners to inform and develop economic and social policy

The five Vice-Chancellors and their staff are now working together to identify areas where their collective strengths can have an effect.