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Country: United Kingdom
Campus/location : Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Lampeter, Newport, Swansea and Wrexham

Arms of University of Wales

Official blazon

Arms: Argent on a Fesse Murrey three Medieval Lamps Or all within a Bordure of the second charged with eight Mullets of the third. Crest: On a Wreath of the Colours A Dragon statant Gules resting the dexter claw on an Open Book proper inscribed with the words Goreu Awen Gwirionedd.
Motto : Scientia Ingenium Artes


The University of Wales was founded in Wales in 1893 as a federal university with three foundation colleges: University College Wales (now Aberystwyth University), which had been founded in 1872 and University College North Wales (now Bangor University) and University College South Wales and Monmouthshire (now Cardiff University) which were founded following the Aberdare Report in 1881.

The lamps in the design signify the three Constituent Colleges in being when the University was established in 1893. The eight mullets or stars represent the elements which made up the original University Court.

The legend below the shield, Scientia Ingenium Artes, may be understood as summarizing at once the qualities of the ideal student and three of the chief areas of university study (Arts, Science and Engineering). The words inscribed on the book are those of the University motto, Goreu Awen Gwirionedd - The Best Inspiration is Truth.

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