List of universities in Wales

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There are currently nine universities in Wales which have the authority to award academic degrees. Welsh universities have the power to award degrees at all levels: undergraduate, masters, and doctoral. Education in Wales is controlled by the Welsh Government under the terms of the Government of Wales Act 2006. The minister responsible for higher education is the Minister for Education & Skills, currently Huw Lewis AM of the Labour Party. University status in Wales and throughout the United Kingdom today is conferred by the Privy Council which takes advice from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.[1][2]

In the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, three Welsh universities are among the top 400 worldwide: Cardiff University (at 201 - 225), Aberystwyth University (at 301 - 350), and Bangor University (at 301 - 350). [3] The 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities only ranks one Welsh university amongst its top 400 - Cardiff University at 101 - 150. [4]

All Welsh universities are public universities and funded by the Welsh Government (through its Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) and financial support is provided for Welsh-domiciled students by the Student Finance Wales. Students ordinarily resident in Wales or the European Union do not pay tuition fees for their first undergraduate degree, but tuition fees are charged for those from the rest of the United Kingdom. All students are required to pay tuition fees for postgraduate education (e.g. MSc, PhD), except in certain priority areas funded by the Welsh Government, or if another source of funding can be found (e.g. research council studentship for a PhD).


English Name Welsh Name Image Year of foundation Location Students Attending Endowment (£'000) Notes
University of South Wales Prifysgol De Cymru Atrium, Cardiff.jpg 2013 Cardiff, Newport and Rhondda Cynon Taff 33,584[5] Increase1,602 [6] Formed by the merger of University of Wales, Newport (1841) and Glamorgan University (1913) in 2013
Cardiff University Prifysgol Caerdydd Cardiff University main building.jpg 1883 Cardiff 30,010 Increase28,668[7] Founded as the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and merged in 1988 with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, and with University of Wales College of Medicine in 2004
Swansea University Prifysgol Abertawe Digital Technium Swansea University.jpg 1920 Swansea 18,935 Decrease5,674[8] Founded as the University College, Swansea
Bangor University Prifysgol Bangor UCNW, Bangor - - 39527.jpg 1884 Gwynedd 17,745 Increase6,664 [9] Founded as the University College of North Wales
Aberystwyth University Prifysgol Aberystwyth Aberystwyth University, East Entrance.jpg 1872 Ceredigion 13,735 Increase44,731 [10] Founded as the University College Wales
Cardiff Metropolitan University Prifysgol Fetropolitan Caerdydd Management building May10.jpg 1865 Cardiff 11,170 Steady- [11] Formed as Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2011. Founded as the South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education in 1976. Founded as the Cardiff School of Art & Design in 1865.
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David Prifysgol Cymru, Y Drindod Dewi Sant Uwlsdb.jpg 1822 Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, London and Swansea 14,535 9,143 [12] Formed in 2010 by the merger of University of Wales, Lampeter (1822), Trinity University College (1848) and Swansea Metropolitan University (1992)
Glyndŵr University Prifysgol Glyndŵr Wrexham Glyndwr University.jpg 1887 Wrexham 7,730 Decrease-[13] Founded in as the Wrexham School of Science and Art
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.jpg 1949 Cardiff 660 1,046 [14] Founded as the Cardiff College of Music

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University of Wales, Trinity St. David attendance data comprises combined students of UoW, Lampeter, Trinity University College, and Swansea Metropolitan.

University of South Wales attendance data compromises combined students of Glamorgan and UoW Newport.


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  5. ^ "Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2008/2009" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  6. ^ "Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2015" (PDF). University of South Wales. p. 21. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  7. ^ "Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2015" (PDF). Cardiff University. p. 14. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  8. ^ "Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2015" (PDF). Swansea University. p. 33. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  9. ^ "Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2015" (PDF). Bangor University. p. 17. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  10. ^ "Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2015" (PDF). Aberystwyth University. p. 23. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  11. ^ "Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2015" (PDF). Cardiff Metropolitan University. p. 20. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  12. ^ "Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2014" (PDF). University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. p. 20. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  13. ^ "Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2015" (PDF). Glyndŵr University. p. 26. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  14. ^ "Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2013" (PDF). Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Limited. p. 26. Retrieved 2014-05-05.