University of South Wales

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Not to be confused with University of New South Wales.
University of South Wales
Prifysgol De Cymru
University of South Wales Logo.png.jpg
Former names
University of Glamorgan, University of Wales, Newport
Established 11 April 2013 (origins 1841)
Type Public
Chancellor Lord Williams of Oystermouth[1]
Vice-Chancellor Julie Lydon
Administrative staff
Students 31,127
Location Cardiff, Newport, Pontypridd, Wales
Campus Caerleon, Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd
Affiliations University Alliance

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.[2] The university can trace its roots to the founding of the Newport Mechanics Institute in 1841. With more than 31,000 students from 122 countries, the university is the 6th largest university in the UK and the largest in Wales.[3][4][5]


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.[6] The foundation of the new university dates back to 1841 when the Newport Mechanics Institute was formed, which later become the University of Wales, 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[edit]

The university is part of the University of South Wales Group comprising the University, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Merthyr Tydfil College.

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.[7]

The University has also opened a London Centre in autumn 2014, based at the Docklands Academy.[8]


The university has four faculties spread over its four 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
  • School of Media

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".[9]


The university has four main campuses:

  • Caerleon - located on the northern outskirts of Newport. The second largest campus and hosts a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Education, Sports and Photography. This Edwardian campus includes extensive sports facilities, library and students union. Formerly the main campus of the University of Wales, Newport. In 2015, it was announced by the University that the Caerleon campus was to close, with courses being integrated into the remaining campuses.[citation needed]
  • Cardiff - The Faculty of Creative Industries is based at the ATRiuM building. Some professional services courses are taught in the Atlantic House building, with Fashion taught in the Cromwell House building. Opened in 2007 by the University of Glamorgan, who converted a former BT office building.
  • Newport - The university's newest campus. The £35 million campus on the west bank of the River Usk in Newport city centre was opened in 2011, by the University of Wales, Newport. Hosts a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Business and the world-renowned Film School.
  • Pontypridd - This was formerly the main campus of the University of Glamorgan. Currently the university's largest campus, with a range of facilities, including an indoor sports centre and students' union. The campus is located in three parts:-

Treforest - Which hosts a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses notable in Engineering and related subjects. Glyntaff - Where Nursing, Science and Sport courses are based Tyn y Wern - The location the University of South Wales sport park.


The University of South Wales is one of Wales’s five major universities and a member of the St David's Day Group.[10] Its precursor institutions have been recognised for producing some world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) research in specialist areas,[11][12][citation needed] such as nursing and midwifery, architecture and the built environment, English language and literature, history, communication, cultural and media studies, mechanical and aeronautical and manufacturing engineering.

The University of Glamorgan was recognised for providing outstanding student support, winning the 2012 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support to Students[13] and received the 2013 Guardian Higher Education Award (with the University of Wales, Newport) for widening participation through its Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI) initiative.[14][15]

The University of South Wales offers independent advice to government and employers across the UK on health, education, economic growth, social policy and governance.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]





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  2. ^ "University merger 11 April 2013". 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  3. ^ "University of South Wales opens for 33,500 students". The BBC. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "University guide 2014: University of South Wales". The Guardian. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  5. ^ USW Annual Review 2013
  6. ^ "Preferred Name Announced For New University (press release)". 17 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  7. ^ "Collaborative Registers". A check of the listed documents on the university site yielded total number of partner colleges and their countries. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Study in London". 
  9. ^ Dalton, Gordon (11 June 2013). "Newport state of mind: last ever degree show as BA Fine Art course closes". Art News. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
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  16. ^ "‘The Raid’ directed by Glamorgan graduate Gareth Evans released today, News Centre". 
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