UWIC Name Change
The Board of Governors of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) has today (Tuesday, October 11) confirmed that it is changing its name to ‘Cardiff Metropolitan University’ in accordance with the successful application to the Privy Council for change of name made last year.
Barbara Wilding, Chair of UWIC’s Board of Governors, said: “The Board of Governors has determined that there is a pressing need to now invoke our own degree awarding powers and to adopt the new name, thereby signalling nationally and internationally our departure from the University of Wales.
Having a name which features the city more prominently will significantly help maintain the profile of Cardiff as a Capital City of Learning.
This university has been integral to the City since 1865. We look forward to a bright future under the new ‘Cardiff Metropolitan University’ name as a strong, student-centred university focused on the economic, social and cultural well-being of Cardiff and South East Wales.
For the foreseeable future the ‘UWIC’ descriptor will be retained as part of the university’s new branding”.
Update (Friday, October 14)
It has now been confirmed that the Order of the Privy Council, approving amendments to the Instrument and Articles of Government of the University including change of name to Cardiff Metropolitan University, was issued by the Privy Council on Wednesday 12 October 2011 with an effective date of 1 November 2011.
The Board has agreed that all currently enrolled UWIC students will move to the Cardiff Metropolitan University Award from 1 November 2011. However, students will be able to elect to continue with a University of Wales award if they wish to do so whilst this remains supported by the University of Wales. It has been agreed also that all newly enrolling students from 1 November will be registered for a Cardiff Metropolitan University award.
Even though the University's name will be Cardiff Metropolitan University from 1 November, for the foreseeable future the ‘UWIC’ descriptor will be retained as part of the new brand.