Commenting on reports that Caerleon Campus is set to close, Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Minister, said:
"We are seeing yet another broken promise from the Welsh Labour Government. The merger only took place last year and we were explicitly told that campuses wouldn't close.
"This is a major blow not only for students, but for staff too who have every right to feel angry and betrayed. Labour needs to explain why it has gone back on its word.
"The previous Education Minister claimed that mergers would protect campuses and that has now turned out to be false. It's worrying that the same person is now responsible for encouraging local councils to merge.
"The Welsh Liberal Democrat petition, led by local campaigner and Parliamentary candidate Paul Halliday, has well over a thousand signatures. There is a strong feeling on this and people will be livid with this announcement. I have submitted an urgent question on the matter to be discussed in the National Assembly.
"This is yet another indication that the Welsh Government's student finance scheme, which is funded by reductions to grants in universities, is causing real issues within Welsh higher education."