TWO colleges that merged have announced their new name.
Coleg Cambria will begin operating on August 1, 2013 following the merger of Deeside College and Yale College.
Cambria is the classical name for Wales, being the Latinised form of the Welsh name Cymru (Wales).
John Clutton, chair of the shadow board of the new college said: “We consulted extensively with students and staff across the current colleges, and we received over 30 suggestions.
“The name Coleg Cambria, which was approved by the board at its most recent meeting and has been submitted to the Welsh Government, was a suggestion made by a member of staff. We are very grateful to everyone who has been part of the process of choosing this name”.
Newly appointed principal/chief executive (designate) David Jones said: “We have chosen a Welsh only name that celebrates how proud we are to be a Welsh college.
“We are creating one of the largest colleges in the UK, a college that will serve over 7,000 full time students and 30,000 part time students, so we wanted a strong name that people can recognise.
“We have very ambitious plans for our new college, locally, nationally and internationally, and we are confident that the name Coleg Cambria is clear, easily pronounceable, strongly associated with Wales, and will serve us well.”
Following the merger, Coleg Cambria will continue to maintain the family of well-established local identities of the colleges’ current campuses at Deeside, Northop, Llysfasi, Wrexham Training and Yale.
Mr Jones added: “We will now be consulting with staff, students and other stakeholders to create a new logo.”
Coleg Cambria will launch its new logo in April 2013.