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Royal Visit 1997

The Prince of Wales expressed a keen interest in the development of the Glamorgan Building to provide first class premises for teaching and research, when he visited the University in 1997.

He toured parts of the recently acquired building and met staff to discuss how it would be refurbished.

The former Mid Glamorgan County Hall had been purchased by the University earlier in the year, following local government reorganisation.

The building is now home to the School of Social Sciences. 

During his 1997 visit, the Prince was briefed by Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Hadyn Ellis on the University’s outstanding performance in the Research Assessment Exercise.

He heard how the achievement of 12 Grade 5 ratings helped position the University 15th out of 102 UK universities in terms of research quality, and spoke to students and staff about several research projects.


Who was most surprised, Prince Charles or the Madagascan hissing cockroach?

Professor Janet Hemingway and one of the University’s many industrial partners, Dr Julian Entwhistle of Zeneca Agrochemicals plc, describe to the Prince their research on environmentally friendly pest controls. Here Professor Hemingway shows the Prince a Madagascan hissing cockroach which she described as a "real sweetie." His Royal Highness was not convinced.


The Prince of Wales arrives at the Glamorgan Building.

The Prince of Wales arrives at the Glamorgan Building, to be welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Brian Smith.