University of South Wales
|University of South Wales|
|Prifysgol De Cymru|
|Established||11 April 2013|
|Chancellor||Lord Williams of Oystermouth|
|Location||Treforest, Cardiff, Newport, Wales|
|Campus||Five campuses across Pontypridd, Newport and Cardiff|
|Former names||University of Glamorgan|
The University of South Wales (Welsh: Prifysgol De Cymru) is a university in South Wales, United Kingdom. It was formed on 11 April 2013 from the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. With more than 33,500 students from 122 countries, the university is now the 6th largest university in the UK and the largest in Wales.
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The name for the university was chosen following a research exercise amongst interested parties and announced in December 2012 by the prospective vice-chancellor of the university, Julie Lydon. The foundation of the new university dates back to 1841 when the Newport Mechanics Institute was formed, which later become recently dissolved University of Newport. In 1913 South Wales and Monmouthshire school of mines was formed which in 1992 gained the status of University of Glamorgan.
The University of South Wales Group
The university has a band of 106 partner colleges, universities, FE institutions or organizations, who deliver University of South Wales's higher education programs or access courses in the UK and 18 other countries.
The university has four faculties spread over its five campuses in South East Wales.
Faculty of Business and Society
- School of Business
- School of Law
- School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science
- School of Computing and Mathematics
- School of Engineering
- School of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Creative Industries
- School of Drama and Music
- School of Art and Design
Faculty of Life Sciences and Education
- School of Psychology, Counseling and Early Years
- School of Education
- School of Inter-professional practice, Sport and Wellbeing
- School of Care Sciences
The university has a film school, animation facilities, broadcasting studios, a photography school, a reputation for theatre design, award-winning poets, scriptwriters and authors, and the national music and drama conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as a wholly owned subsidiary. It offers a range of qualifications from Further Education to degrees to PhD study. As a Post 92 University it delivers a range of STEM subjects, from engineering and mathematics to computing and surveying.
In June 2013 the fine art course at Newport was closed, with the final degree show being entitled "depARTure". A tutor, Kathryn Ashill, said that the students had a "responsibility of going out with a bang".
The university has five main campuses:
- Treforest - the university's main and largest campus, plays host to the bulk of academic departments and facilities, including the indoor sports centre and students union. It is accessed via Treforest railway station from either Cardiff, Merthyr or the Rhondda; regular bus services or the A470. Near to the Treforest Campus in Tyn y Wern is the University of South Wales' sport park.
- Glyntaff - houses the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education. Nursing, Science and Sport courses are based on the campus.
- ATRiuM (Cardiff) - the Faculty of Creative Industries is based at the central Cardiff campus located close to Cardiff Queen Street railway station. Some professional services courses are taught in nearby Atlantic House, with Fashion taught at nearby Cromwell House.
- Newport - a £35 million campus on the west bank of the River Usk in Newport city centre opened in 2011, under the University of Wales, Newport.
- Caerleon - on the northern outskirts of Newport, hosts the university's teacher training courses.
The bulk of full-time students entered through the UCAS system with A-levels or equivalent qualifications and many of the University's degree courses are selective in that they require specific A-levels or above average grades for entry.
The University of South Wales is recognised as one of Wales’s five major research universities and a leader in key areas of specialist research, such as sustainable energy, educational development, creative industries and the arts, mobile communications, humanities, sports injury and performance, new business incubation, and innovation for technology and start-up companies.
It is the UK’s leading university for student support, winning the 2012 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support to Students and the 2013 Guardian Higher Education Award for widening participation through its Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI) initiative.
The University of South Wales offers independent advice to government and employers across the UK on health, education, economic growth, social policy and governance. It has provided a partnership platform for think-tanks such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and NESTA to develop debate on public policy reform in the UK.
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- Sue Bale
- Kevin Brennan (politician)
- Carole Bromley
- Lorna Dunkley
- Gareth Evans (director)
- Ben Green (comedian)
- Mark Labbett
- Darren Morris
- Dan Rhodes
- Catherine Thomas
- Rachel Trezise
- Camilla Way
- Tine Wittler
- Leanne Wood- leader of the Welsh party Plaid Cymru
- Ken Elias, artist
- Ian Watkins, lead vocalist for the rock band Lostprophets
- Jon Maguire from duo Lilygreen & Maguire
- Christopher Chung Shu-kun, BBS, JP, a member of Hong Kong Legislative Council
- Harry Greene, television personality
Newport city centre campus
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