A merger between Newport and Glamorgan universities last year resulted in 261 job losses costing £11.8m in payouts, BBC Wales has learnt.

The figures relating to the newly formed University of South Wales (USW) were revealed in a Freedom of Information request by BBC Wales.

The merger of the universities meant that the average payout to staff who lost their jobs worked out at £45,000.

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