University of Wales to stop validating degrees

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In the space of a couple of hours, the University of Wales went from a player on the world stage to one of the smallest universities in Wales.

The 120-year-old university has announced it will no longer validate degrees at home or abroad.

The announcement came as a surprise to both the universities which carry its name, and tens of thousands of students around the world studying for a University of Wales degree.

And it comes just days before fresh revelations are due to come to light in a special BBC Wales Week In Week Out programme on Wednesday.

Prof Medwin Hughes, the newly-appointed vice chancellor of the university, explains the decision to BBC Wales education correspondent Ciaran Jenkins.

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