Lampeter, United Kingdom
Founded in 1822, Lampeter is the oldest degree-awarding institution in Wales. Situated in a small country town, we offer a marvellous green environment for study in safe surroundings. Our campus is compact and well-equipped. We have ample and relatively cheap residential accommodation.
There is no other long-established university in the U.K. which now operates on our intimate human scale. We blend a long tradition of scholarship with recent developments in information technology. Our aim is to fuse together intellectual, cultural and personal development in a way which prepares students for the different challenges of the world of work.
Lampeter has a special focus on the humanities and social sciences. Published work by our classical scholars, historians, philosophers, archaeologists, literary scholars, anthropologists and specialists in religion is known across the world. We have won a highly prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize (1999) for work in our Department for Voluntary Sector Studies in providing skills and training for those serving in the Voluntary Sector.
The growing interaction between our core programmes is very apparent through our modularised system. We offer creative courses in computing and the skills of our management and information systems department.
The fact, too, that Lampeter is situated in a part of Wales which is bilingual gives the study of language, culture and society an added dimension [though with the exception of the Welsh Department we teach through the medium of English]. Our students come from Wales, elsewhere in the U.K. and from mainland Europe, North America and East Asia. We welcome mature students, and are always pleased to offer further advice and information.
Lampeter is one of the smaller universities in Europe with about 900 students on its campus and with a total student population of under 10,000. Many Lampeter students are part-time, some of them following distance learning programmes, and others studying through a wide range of partnerships. The University of Wales Lampeter has its own powers to award degrees, certificates and diplomas, but has chosen to award degrees of the federal University of Wales, an institution which awards degrees exclusively through partnerships such as that with Lampeter and which, measured by the number of students, is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom.
Originally students at Lampeter studied mainly theology and the arts; today the selection is wider and includes media production and information technology amongst many others. Resident within Lampeter are students studying at all levels: from the Foundation Programme, through undergraduate degrees, taught postgraduate degrees, and research degrees such as the MPhil and PhD.
In recent years, the University has expanded its provision of distance learning programmes that students can study in their own time and at their own pace. One example of this is the Certificate in Interpersonal Skills run by the Department of Voluntary Sector Studies and specifically designed for people working within the voluntary sector. In addition, the Department of Theology & Religious Studies offers a broad range of distance learning Masters courses that are taught through study packs and the Internet but which also offer optional residential periods of intensive study in Lampeter.
Lampeter students are of all ages and from all areas: from across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. At present there are students from more than 25 different countries registered as students.
Any students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, Aspergers are offered help with DSA applications, one-to-one tutoring, appropriate support and advice and guidance on examination concessions. Help will be offered in many areas, such as:
* how to improve your assignments
* effective exam revision
* organisation of time, self and work
The pastoral care of students is central to the work of the International Office. The team of staff is responsible for providing support and guidance for students on a number of issues including practical advice on course choices, finance, visa issues and dealing with homesickness. However, we also offer professional counselling and welfare services, located within the Student Services Department, that are available to all students, and are founded on the principle that no problem is too big or too small to share.
The team is responsible for the management of a range of IT resources that are made available to help you with your studies. You will be provided with your own account which will give you access to the Internet and e-mail, to the Universitys e-learning environment and resources, as well as software applications for word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations, etc, and specialist applications relevant to your degree programme.
IT facilities are available at various locations across each campus, and there are dedicated rooms with specialist systems for students of primary education and media-related degrees.
Cost of living
The cost of living in South West Wales is lower than in many parts of the UK. As a rough guide for international students, the basic living expenses are likely to be between £6000 and £7000 per year. Please use the international student calculator at to work out your individual budget.
The University runs a Money Doctors Scheme to help you manage your money whilst at University. Advice is provided on setting and keeping to your budget so that you avoid financial difficulties.
Registering for study upon arrival
When you arrive, you will need to register. You should bring the following:
* Original qualification certificates (with official translation if not in English)
Health and Insurance
International students who study at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for more that 6 months and all students from the EU are entitled to free healthcare from the National Health Service (NHS). New students register with their local Surgery in the town centre during orientation.
Students who do not meet these requirements must obtain their own medical insurance before travelling to the UK.
Treatment for accident and emergencies is free for everyone through the local hospital in Carmarthen.
It is advisable to take out a travel insurance policy to cover you on your journey to the UK , and for about a week after arrival. This should cover any loss or damage of personal property as well as any medical costs.
Also we would advise you to insure your personal belongings.
University of Wales Trinity Saint David is a great place to spend your student years
As well as gaining a degree that is well respected by employers, you can benefit from small class sizes and individual attention and support from our staff
The university has a sports hall with badminton and squash courts, and a multigym with weight training equipment. For outdoor sports, the University has tennis courts, a cricket field and facilities for football and rugby. The college cricket pavilion, opened officially on 1 May 1909 is now a listed building.
Lampeter has active netball, field hockey, football and rugby union teams, all of which play in the college colours of black and amber.
All student accommodation is located on the campuses.
Each Hall of Residence has its own Hostel Warden appointed from amongst second and third year students. Their job is to support the University in looking after your health and well-being whilst living on campus.
We can offer accommodation for disabled students in our en suite halls and have a number of suites in Lloyd Thomas Hall on the Lampeter campus and Archbishop Noakes Hall on the Carmarthen campus with facilities such as accessible bathrooms and variegated height work surfaces etc
Free LRC access is available to all staff and students at the University, and visitors are welcome to use the LRC for reference purposes or apply to join.
Staff and students from other Colleges and Universities may be able to apply for borrowing rights free of charge through the SCONUL Access scheme - please check the SCONUL Access website for further details. Public library users in Mid and South West Wales may be able to join through the Libraries Together Passport scheme. Please ask your local public library for a further details and to obtain your passport.
Rugby was introduced to Lampeter by Vice-Principal Rowland Williams around 1850 and, as such, the college can claim to have the oldest Rugby football team in Wales. Despite some debate as to whether this honour belongs to the town team or the University side, the Welsh Rugby Union's official history "Fields of Praise: The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union, 1881-1981" indicates the college team as the first. However, Lampeter Town RFC were the representatives of Lampeter at the formation of the WRU in 1881.
The red strip worn by Wales is one of the University's original strips and, as such, the College team is the only other club permitted to wear it. The club was one of the founder members of the Welsh Rugby Union in 1881 but, following trouble at a match against the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1933, were reprimanded from the union.
The club's nicknames are Mad Pilgrims and Fighting Parsons, reflecting Lampeter's history of training clergy. A match is played between the student team and an old boys (graduate) team on the first Saturday in December each year. In recent years, the old boys have formed a touring side known as Old Parsonians RFC. The old boys have become known for their battle cry "chuff". Old Parsonians play in the college change strip of black/navy, maroon and white. Sky and white socks are worn as a recognition of the historical rugby link with Cambridge.