A PRESTIGIOUS academic partnership between Glyndr University and St Deiniol’s Library in North Wales is to be officially unveiled.
They have united to form a joint Centre for Cultural and Theological Studies.
The centre will enable Glyndr University to offer academic programmes in theology for the first time and allow students and staff access to the St Deiniol’s unique collection and resources.
It will stimulate research in history, English and cultural studies and enable many of St Deiniol’s own short courses to be run in conjunction with Glyndr University.
St Deiniol’s, in Hawarden, is the only Prime Ministerial library in the UK and the finest residential library, with a collection of more than 250,000 works specialising in theology and Victorian studies.
It attracts writers, academics and students from across the world, as well as more than 2,000 clergy each year.
The Rev Canon Professor Leslie Francis, honorary director of the St Mary’s Centre – the national centre supporting religious education in Wales based at St Deiniol’s Library– and the Rev Peter Francis, warden of St Deiniol’s, have been appointed visiting professors of Glyndr University.
Mr Francis said: “By combining our collection with Glyndwr University’s own library, we will provide a unique learning facility for both staff and students, exploring new opportunities which will bring mutual benefits to all.
“It’s a very exciting time for us, and we are delighted to be associated with Glyndr University in this way.”
Professor Michael Scott, vice chancellor of Glyndr University, said it would enhance the library and university’s internationally recognised specialised research reputations.