No students enrol at campus - it closes
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As failures go, this is a winner! A year after the University of South Wales launched its new centre in London it is closing after no students signed up – not a single one! According to a report from BBC Radio Wales, the uni have spent £319,000 (of a total £750,000 budget) and employed four staff, giving them the highest staff per student ratio in history. The uni were apparently ‘testing the market’ on recruiting international students, but have failed to sign-up a single one. The move has been criticised by unions who point out the problems with USW announcing they could no longer afford to keep both Newport campuses open, putting 90 jobs at the Caerleon campus at risk. The Caerleon campus is being closed and no new students are being recruited for courses there. With the withdrawal from their failed London project after wasting money that could have saved the Caerleon campus, USW has to answer some serious questions according to union bosses Talking to the BBC, Gareth Morgans, GMB regional organiser for Wales, said: "It's absolutely a slap in the face. Our members feel betrayed by the university. "I have up to 90 members at Caerleon University in Newport at risk of redundancy. "To them this news is devastating; that such a frivolous waste of money has been undertaken by the university on a venture that as far as we can see was never going to materialise. "They've recruited staff there. If this money had been put into Caerleon to repair the building where it needs repair and to recruiting students, I am sure Caerleon could be vibrant."
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