2004/5 Annual Report and Accounts

Llandiam campus.

Llandiam campus.

20 December 2005

At its annual meeting on Tuesday 20 December 2005 the Court of The University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UWA) adopted the Annual Report and Accounts for 2004/5.

Published in two separate volumes, copies of the Annual Report are available from John Pearson at the University's Post Room on 2052 / jap@aber.ac.uk , and the Accounts are available from the Finance Department on 2026.

Writing in the Annual Report, Professor Noel Lloyd, Vice Chancellor and Principal at UWA reviews some of the successes of the past year and highlights some of the opportunities and challenges the future holds, both for the University and the Higher Education sector as a whole.

“Universities and other Higher Education institutions play an essential part in modern society. They are the drivers of intellectual and technological change and are recognised to be essential in the development of modern economies, based as they are, on the enterprise, knowledge and skills of the workforce. While the Higher Education sector as a whole seeks to create an environment that will allow it to focus attention on the quality of the core activities of teaching and research and to create new business and community links, it is essential that Aberystwyth maintains its ability to compete within the UK and internationally.”

Professor Lloyd touches on seven principal themes;
i. The University of Wales and Aberystwyth's application for Degree Awarding Powers;
ii. Research and the work which is being done on the Research and Enterprise Partnership with the University of Wales, Bangor;
iii. The University’s commitment to the development of Welsh language provision;
iv. The success of the 2005 recruitment campaign and the need to continually develop the range of courses offered;
v. Student fees and the new range of ‘Excellence Bursaries in key academic areas that have been launched for 2006;
vi. Major building projects such as the new home of the Department of International Politics and the extension to the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies and a proposed Visualisation Centre; and
vii. The University’s financial position, which he describes as being sound…and all the indicators remain good.

In closing Professor Lloyd says:
“I look forward to exciting developments over the next year, to a continued strengthening of the University’s position and to the enhancement of our provision for students.”