South Wales’ newest further education college has been named after consultation with stakeholders.
Coleg Morgannwg and The College Ystrad Mynach will merge to form Coleg Y Cymoedd, meaning College of the Valleys, by August 2013.
The governing bodies from both organisations have been in talks since summer 2011 to bring together the two institutions to form one of the largest colleges in Wales, serving more than 25,000 learners.
The new name has been approved by the governing bodies of both institutions and the Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews.
In a joint statement, the Principal of Coleg Morgannwg, Judith Evans and Principal of The College Ystrad Mynach, Bryn Davies, said: “The name of the new college truly reflects the wide area it will serve as well as the long-standing heritage both institutions have across the south Wales Valleys in what is a merger of colleges of equal size, strength and quality”.
“Now that a name has been selected, staff, governors and stakeholders from both colleges will be working together to ensure we offer a truly exceptional educational experience for all students when the doors of Coleg Y Cymoedd open in September.”
All educational provision across the new college’s five campuses will remain available from September 2013, providing one of the widest ranges of subject choices in Wales for learners.
A communication plan is in place to keep Staff, unions and students informed about developments.