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UWTSD appoints an Executive Director of Commercialisation

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The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has announced that it has appointed Gary Clifford as Executive Director of Commercialisation.

Gary is a director of a high growth digital enterprise. His company is currently supporting a large police force and local authority in the North of England to use the latest Virtual Reality (VR) techniques to radically transform hate crime training for all frontline / neighbourhood officers.

As a management consultant Gary has also worked as an expert consultant on several international projects assisting companies to realise their growth potential, particularly in international markets.  Such projects include working with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to appraise, monitor, and evaluate its investments in the Education, Health, and Digital Infrastructure Sector globally. 

He has worked with the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to support European-based SMEs to improve their capabilities, knowledge, and capacity to bid and win public procurement opportunities international in such sectors as Green Economy, Smart Health; ICT, and Smart Cities in Japan, Norway, Serbia, Chile, Colombia and Vietnam. He has also supported the former Government of Afghanistan (funded by the World Bank) to professionalise their national procurement activities.

A former member of staff of the University, Gary spent 9 years at Bangor University as Director of Impact & Engagement and as Deputy Dean of its Law School. He was also Director of Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS) at Bangor where he successfully led several major international research projects.

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Gary Clifford said on his appointment: “I’m delighted to return to the University after so many years to develop and support the University’s commercial and enterprise agendas. Universities are full of talented people whose creativity and innovation can make a real difference to society – both in the UK and internationally. I’m pleased to be given the opportunity to lend my expertise to assist in exploiting that potential and to ensure that these ideas as exploited commercially”.

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor said: “I’m pleased to welcome Gary Clifford to the University as Executive Director of Commercialisation. Gary will provide strategic leadership as the University looks to develop our income generation activity further. This is an important appointment which will enable the University to maximise the potential of our innovation, research and enterprise activities in line with our Research Wales Innovation Strategy and Strategic Plan.” 

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New veg garden at S4C’s Carmarthen base on university campus funded by Keep Wales Tidy

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Canolfan S4C Yr Egin has been awarded a new garden package by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy.

They’re one of the first establishments in the country to benefit from the Local Places for Nature scheme.

Yr Egin will create a food growing garden on the centre’s land.  The plants, equipment and materials are all being provided for free by Keep Wales Tidy.  The package will be a great opportunity for Yr Egin to lead locally by demonstrating good practices to the variety of community groups that collaborate with it.

By collaborating with one of Yr Egin’s current projects, ‘Blaguro’, the package will be a way of extending that project by offering more opportunities to the social groups and movements that collaborate with the centre to grow vegetables on the site.

In addition, the garden will be a space for the creative community that works with Yr Egin, and an ideal venue for the University students and staff to relax and enjoy the fresh air.

Llinos Jones, Yr Egin Project Engagement Officer, said: “We’re extremely glad and grateful to have received this valuable package from Keep Wales Tidy, this will enable us to work closely with Carmarthen’s communities, giving people opportunities to work with and experience nature on their doorstep with high-quality equipment, and in a safe and creative environment.”

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Last year, over 500 small gardens were created, restored and improved across Wales.  Community groups and establishments of all kinds and sizes took part – from disability charities and youth groups to social initiatives and carers’ groups.

Louise Tambini, Deputy Chief Executive of Keep Wales Tidy, said: “Over the twelve months, more people than ever have come to appreciate the value of nature on their doorstep. But urgent action must be taken to give reverse its decline.

“We are delighted that Yr Egin has had the opportunity to make a real difference through Local Places for Nature.  We hope that other communities will be inspired to take part.”

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Elysium Gallery collaborates with UWTSD Swansea College of Art for latest exhibition

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Students and alumni from The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea College of Art have collaborated with the Elysium Gallery in Swansea for their latest exhibition ‘Thread’.

Two of the exhibition’s curators are alumni of Swansea College of Art, Honorary Research Fellow Angela Maddock, and Ann Jordan. Siwan Thomas, a recent BA graduate and Imogen Mills from the current MA Contemporary Dialogue: Textiles cohort were invited to collaborate and exhibit some of their own work, to gain experience from working alongside and engaging with more experienced artists.

The exhibition, funded by the Arts Council of Wales, provides an exciting platform for contemporary textile artists to stand shoulder to shoulder with painters, sculpturers and photographers – demonstrating different processes and skills for a celebration of diversity and inclusivity.

Curator Ann Jordan and Founder Director of Elysium Gallery said: “The power of textiles is universal, transcending all boundaries and barriers, whether it is cultural, racial or about identity and ability, touching each and all everyday of our lives, woven into our own personal and collective narratives. Our language is imbued and enriched with textiles words leaving a lasting legacy.

“The pandemic with all is uncertainties had forced changes to be made so Elysium was delighted when Raisa Kabir, Shelly Goldsmith, Lasmin Salmon and Shona Robin MacPherson, all of whom had never shown work before in Wales confirmed that they would be able to take part in the exhibition.

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“Attributes in students and graduates that we look for are enthusiasm, professional hard work and commitment: a willingness to learn, always questioning and experimenting and to possess a realisation that its ok to have failures and be rejected. Every experience is part of the learning curve.

“Siwan and Imogen’s enthusiasm was boundless as they rolled up their sleeves and became valued members of the team. It’s all hands-on deck at Elysium. Meaningful conversations flowed between artists, curators, and students. They were given guidance but made their own decisions. Hopefully the experience gave them a glimpse of what they could achieve in their careers. The private view afforded an opportunity to talk about their work to the public, receive feedback and make new personal connections.”

Angela Maddock added: “We hope that the two students selected would gain experience from working alongside more experienced artists and that their energy would contribute to the installation. In the end, this worked really well for everyone. It’s important that students who visit get the chance to see themselves reflected in events like this.”

Imogen said: “It has been an excellent opportunity to work with leading textile artists. The exhibition is wonderful, offering such a rich and diverse reading of textile thinking. I feel honoured to be part of that.  What will stay with me however is the generosity of all those involved in sharing decisions, conversations; in making me feel truly included. There is so much hierarchy in the arts world, for an emerging artist it was very beneficial to be empowered in such a way. The Work Room manifests this entirely.

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Siwan, who is now working as a designer/ maker, graduated with a First-Class degree in Surface Pattern Design from Swansea College of Art this summer.

She said: I was invited and selected by the Thread curatorial team to exhibit my final collection – ‘Thoughtful Chaos’, alongside fellow student Imogen Mills and the celebrated textile artists. I’m Incredibly grateful for the opportunity to debut my pieces to the public, for the first time ever in a wonderful space – thank you Elysium Gallery.

“This experience has been the best start to my journey into the industry, what a boost! The exposure and support have been immense and I’m very thankful. I’m excited to see how my career unfolds post-Thread.”

Angela said: “Siwan’s work is beautiful; colourful and engaging, but it also responds to isolation, it has a language of engagement and play. We all need that. Imogen does this in her work too, she considers how cloth, and its construction has parallels with how we build our world.

“Both were selected for their work, which we felt was engaging and innovative. Both made huge contributions to the exhibition installation and joined with the curators and the two artists who were there for installation – Shelly Goldsmith and Shona Robin MacPherson – in decision making, eating lunch, and drinking many teas and coffees.

“It’s that idea about not pulling up the ladder and also making a bigger table. It’s also good for established artists to work with emerging ones and students. Knowledge is circular. I learn as much from my students – probably more – than they learn from me. I also love teaching, I left SCA four years ago – after many years as a senior lecturer – but I’m still in touch, still working with my surface pattern and MA Textiles friends, they are my making family. It’s a good feeling to be contributing knowledge, to supporting emerging talent.”

A symposium, featuring both artists and curators, will be held on Saturday October 2.

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University appoints new marketing chief

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The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has appointed Jonathan Batty as its Director of Marketing and Communications.

Jonathan will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of an integrated marketing and communications strategy across the University.

Originally from Sheffield, Jonathan joined UWTSD from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln where he held the role of Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Communications. 

Previously he has been a member of the Marketing and Student Recruitment team at the University of Sheffield and has worked within a marketing agency, contributing his expertise on the use of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and content marketing strategies to improve business performance. 

The University says that Jonathan is an experienced leader within the higher education sector which has enabled him to develop a well-rounded understanding of the wider national and international challenges facing universities in the UK as they seek to attract students and secure funding.

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UWTSD also noted that he has a demonstrable track-record of creating and implementing sustainable marketing strategies and utilising a data-driven approach, whilst allowing space for creativity and input from the wider team of stakeholders when developing strategies in line with organisational objectives. His expertise includes digital marketing and in particular the use of content marketing and display advertising as part of successful marketing campaigns.

Jonathan said on his appointment: “I was motivated to join UWTSD as I believe the university is ambitious to become globally recognised and respected.  I believe that UWTSD offers an excellent environment for its staff, and I look forward to working with colleagues with complementary skills to implement strategies that will drive the University forward and ensure that it recruits students to its programmes and campuses. I have a strong work ethic and relish the opportunity to contribute to the future growth of the University, particularly as it looks forward to celebrating its bicentenary in 2022.”

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor said: “I’d like to welcome Jonathan to UWTSD and look forward working with him as part of the University’s leadership team. This is an important appointment as we work together to deliver transformational change. Jonathan will provide strategic leadership for the Marketing and Communications professional teams as we look to further enhance our student recruitment activities and market presence in the UK and internationally”.

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