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Trinity University College
Coleg Prifysgol y Drindod
Established 1848 (Incorporated 2005)
Chancellor HRH the Prince of Wales
Principal Medwin Hughes
Students 2,515[1]
Undergraduates 1,990[1]
Postgraduates 410[1]
Other students 120 FE[1]
Location Carmarthen, Wales, UK
51°51′29″N 4°19′43″W / 51.8581°N 4.3286°W / 51.8581; -4.3286Coordinates: 51°51′29″N 4°19′43″W / 51.8581°N 4.3286°W / 51.8581; -4.3286
Affiliations University of Wales

Trinity University College (Welsh: Coleg Prifysgol y Drindod) is a university college in Carmarthen, Wales. Formerly a constituent college of the University of Wales, following structural changes in the University in September 2007 it is now an accredited institution.



Trinity College was founded in 1848 as an Anglican college in an attempt to remedy the lack of higher education institutions in Wales. After the University of Wales, Lampeter, the college is the oldest higher education institution in Wales, although unlike Lampeter, Trinity did not possess degree-awarding powers until December 2008 and has never awarded research degrees. TUC awards University of Wales degrees. The college's name was changed from Trinity College to Trinity University College in February 2009.


Merger with Lampeter University

On 14 December 2008 it was announced that Trinity is in merger talks with Lampeter with the intention of forming a new university in Wales.[2] The decision was taken in April 2009 for the merger to go ahead. The name for the newly merged institution will be University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The Welsh Assembly Government announced a £14.03m investment in the newly merged institution in October 2008. The merger is expected to formally take place in July 2010.[3][4][5]

Trinity College, Carmarthen


The college is situated on a single campus on the outskirts of Carmarthen. It is a small site that centres around the original building (Old College pictured). Various new buildings have been constructed around the site. Despite this the campus retains a scenic look with landscaped gardens, rolling greens and panoramic views of the surrounding Carmarthenshire countryside.

The campus is also home to the Halliwell Theatre; this is regarded as the premier conference suite in Carmarthen.

Students' Union & Facilities

The Students' Union is located near the centre of the campus and is a surprisingly large building considering the overall size of the college. The union facilities include the Unity nightclub, @ttic bar and shop.

Other than the union, students are treated to a range of sports facilities including a gymnasium and swimming pool that are all located on the compact campus.

There is also the Merlin Restaurant (Ty Bwyta Myrddin) that serves fresh and hot food to catered halls students.


There are four halls of residence at the college. Tower, Non and Myrddin halls accommodate undergraduate students in catered accommodation. Archbishop Noakes hall is usually reserved for returning undergraduates in their final year or postgraduate students.

There is traditionally plenty of private sector accommodation for students in Carmarthen itself.


Originally concerned with training teachers, the college expanded in the 1980s and now offers a wide range of courses from the traditional subjects of Theology, History and English to newer subjects such as Advertising and Tourism. During the 1990s the college was given permission to offer postgraduate MA courses. Teacher training, however, is still a main part of the college's tradition.


Former students include rugby players Dewi Bebb and Barry John, singers Stuart Burrows and Rhys Meirion, Pam Evans, founder of Peace Mala and writers Gwyn Morgan and John Owen. Former lecturers include Raymond Garlick and Carwyn James.


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