University denial of accreditation is “a very sad blow”

The announcement that the University of South Wales teacher training course has been denied accreditation has been called “a blow and very sad”.

Last week it was revealed that the University of South Wales (USW) teacher training course had not received official accreditation for the academic year starting in 2019.

The Education Workforce Council, which decides which courses are accredited, said only the USW application had “not been successful” but was open to appeal.

Newport West MP Paul Flynn called the announcement “a severe and very sad blow to the city.”

“There are generations of people who care about Newport because they spent their student years here training to be teachers.

“We have sent ambassadors from here to many parts of the world.

“Losing this accreditation is a hard and unmerited blow.”

And Newport East AM John Griffiths said he was disappointed with the news and concerned about the implications for the city as a whole.

“I am very concerned about the location of the downtown Steelworkers campus,” he said.

“Many of us hoped that this presence in the inner city would help the inner city economy and advance higher education in the city.

“Having a lot of students in downtown Newport is very good for downtown.”

He added that he hoped the decision could be overturned and that he would meet with Education Secretary Kirsty Williams later in the week to discuss the way forward.

“We want Newport to be a college town,” he said.

“Very often, students will stay in the city where they study and play an important role in the economy.”

And Newport Conservative Group leader Cllr Matthew Evans said the city had been “grossly disappointed” with the university.

“Newport had a thriving student scene, with the Caerleon and Allt-yr-yn campuses and a concerted effort by the University and the Welsh government is desperately needed to try to restore the balance,” he said.

“I tire of apologies when I see all the new student facilities being built in Cardiff and once again we are seen as the poor relation.”

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