The new college will be formed as a result of a merger between Swansea College and Gorseinon College and will have a name instantly recognisable, not only within Wales, but nationally and internationally.
The new name is significant as the term ‘Gower’ can be traced back to Norman times when, as a region, it embraced an area three times the size of what we currently call the ‘Gower Peninsula’ and included the districts which both Gorseinon and Swansea Colleges currently serve.
“We are delighted that the name which has been chosen for the new college heralds an exciting future for learners in Swansea, whilst acknowledging the history of the region in which we are based,” say College Principals Jeff Gunningham and Nick Bennett.
For the past 18 months, the Colleges have worked closely together to respond to the Welsh Assembly Government’s agenda to transform education and training provision in Wales by entering into merger discussions. Bringing together two complementary, successful organisations will create an institution which provides outstanding learning opportunities and experiences for young people, adults and employers in the Swansea area.
Throughout the merger discussions it has been emphasised to both current and prospective students that, although the college will have a new name, it is very much ‘business as usual.’
The announcement today of the new name is the first step in what will be an exciting process of re-branding for two highly successful organisations.
“Both colleges are looking forward to further collaboration which will ensure that all students benefit from our collective strength,” add Jeff Gunningham and Nick Bennett.