SWANSEA'S Metropol- itan University will officially merge with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David after Wales's education minister signed an order to dissolve the city university.
The order will see Swansea Metropolitan University Higher Education Corporation dissolved and its property, rights and liabilities transferred to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). Upon merger, the new institution will continue to be known as the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Education Minister Huw Lewis said: "I am pleased to announce that I have signed an order to dissolve Swansea Metropolitan University's Higher Education Corporation. The order was laid before the National Assembly on July 11. Subject to the completion of the usual statutory processes, the order will come into force on August 1, 2013.
"Having considered the institutions' business case for the merger, together with the issues raised by stakeholders and all other relevant information available, I believe that the decision to dissolve Swansea Metropolitan and merge with UWTSD is the right one.
"The process of integrating the two institutions has been under way for some time, building on initial discussions held in 2010.
"Their move towards merger was also reflected in one of the recommendations set out in the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales's report, Future Structure of Universities in Wales. The creation of the new institution marks another significant step towards meeting our commitment to establishing a smaller number of stronger universities in Wales. I wish the new university every success."
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was formed through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen in 2010. It has the oldest Royal Charter in Wales and England outside the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
The new institution has been created under this charter.