UWC Atlantic College receives a Royal visit
1st May 2014

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, visited UWC Atlantic College on Wednesday 30 April to meet the college’s international students.

The occasion marked Her Majesty’s third official visit as Patron of UWC Atlantic College, the founding college of the UWC (United World Colleges) movement.  Her Majesty last visited the college in 1993. UWC Atlantic College has since celebrated many landmark events, including its 50th Anniversary in 2012.

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed at the gates of St Donat’s Castle by Chair of Board of Governors at UWC Atlantic College, Stephen Cox CVO, and college Principal, John Walmsley, and by Dr Peter Beck, Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, together with other civic dignitaries. 

Following a bespoke performance by the students’ a cappella choir and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, the visitors met with representatives of the college’s student body, which is made up of 350 students from over 90 countries. 

The Royal Party visited an exhibition of student work and life at UWC Atlantic College which illustrated the college’s unique educational offering.  The college’s new and pioneering qualification, The Atlantic Diploma, combines a rigorous academic curriculum, based on the International Baccalaureate, with a demanding co-curricular programme – focused on community-service activities and on a number of social care & environmental initiatives. 

Commenting on the historic visit, John Walmsley, Principal of UWC Atlantic College, said:

We are honoured to welcome Her Majesty and His Royal Highness to St Donat’s Castle on this, their third visit to UWC Atlantic College and are delighted that they continue to show a keen interest in our work, particularly at such an exciting time in the college’s history.  

UWC Atlantic College’s founding mission, to promote international and intercultural understanding, remains as relevant today as it was in 1962, at the height of the Cold War.  The late Earl Mountbatten of Burma’s vision to expand the concept has resulted in what is today a global education movement, UWC, which, by 2015, will be represented by 13 similar colleges spread throughout the world.   As the founding college, UWC Atlantic College provides an unparalleled offering as it seeks to inspire and nurture future leaders, through a curriculum that values active service within the community alongside the academic rigours of the International Baccalaureate.” 

Further information from Matthew Parr ( or Sophie Spooner ( at Working Word or call 029 2045 5182.

Notes to Editors

About UWC Atlantic College

UWC Atlantic College is an international residential pre-University college based in Llantwit Major, South Wales. The academic programme is the International Baccalaureate Diploma, which the college helped to develop.  It is the founding college of the UWC movement and was the first school in the UK to follow an international curriculum. The independently run college receives no subsidy from the UK government. However, approximately 60% of its students receive some financial support, enabling a diverse student body.

UWC Atlantic College is attended by approximately 350 students from more than 90 countries, who are selected on personal merit and potential – regardless of race, religion, cultural or socio-economic background.  Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that is academically rigorous and embodies the school’s mission, preparing them for a life of service and leadership.

A core component of the UWC ethos is a commitment to community service; its service programme involves students engaged in a service or activity that supports other members of the college or local community.

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