University welcomes Royal College of Defence Studies

International Politics Building

International Politics Building

28 January 2013

On Thursday and Friday (24/25 January), Aberystwyth University hosted a visit from a group of students from the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS).

The visit was part of a week-long tour of Wales, and introduced the students - all high ranking British and international military leaders – to a range of expertise in the areas of strategic studies, European policy and Higher Education.

During their visit to the University the students met with staff at the Department of International Politics to discuss the work of the Department, and in particular, the Department’s expertise in Strategic Studies.

On Thursday afternoon, the students met with University President, Sir Emyr Jones Parry to discuss the role of the EU and Wales, whilst also benefitting from Sir Emyr’s extensive experience as a diplomat and ambassador.

The visit culminated in a session on Friday morning with the University’s Executive where the students and Executive team discussed the challenges facing the Welsh and UK Higher Education sectors.

Professor April McMahon, Aberystwyth University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: "We were delighted to be able to welcome such prestigious visitors to our University and provide them with an insight into the diverse range of expertise available at Aber.

“We are particularly proud of the Department of International Politics’ distinguished history as a global leader in strategic studies, and we gained a great deal from discussing the subject with such a relevant group.  Our President, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, enjoyed his meeting with the students and we were all very pleased to be answering such insightful questions!”

The RCDS group visiting the University included senior military leaders from all parts of the world including Iran, Norway, Australia and the UK.