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
Commenting on the historic visit, John Walmsley, Principal of UWC Atlantic
“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.”
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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
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.