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South Wales University

University of South Wales

Why choose the University of South Wales?

  • One of the top 10 largest universities in the UK
  • £2500 scholarship for undergraduate courses
  • The UK’s leading university for student support*
  • 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation** – 7th Highest in the UK
  • State of the art facilities, over £160 million investment
  • Brand New London Centre!
  • Excellent industry links
  • 584 courses, from Foundation level to PhD study

Working during your studies

  • 20 hours per week during term time * Full time during vacations
  • The University’s Careers Service – job search, mock interviews
  • Student Union’s Employment Service – part time job vacancies

Working in the UK following your studies

  • Tier 2 visas.
  • Support from international student support services
  • Employability week preparing our graduates for the world of work.
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The University of South Wales was created in April 2013 after a merger between the University of Wales, Newport and the University of Glamorgan. The University is one of Britain’s most exciting new universities and a major player in higher education. One of the top ten campus universities in the UK by student number, it attracts a cosmopolitan mix of students from 122 countries and all backgrounds.
The University’s main campus was founded in 1913 as a School of Mines while parts of the Institution’s Newport campus date back to the creation of a mechanics institute in 1841. The Institution gained University status in 1992.

Location and transport

The University has five campuses across the South Wales region including new state-of-the-art campuses in Cardiff and Newport city centres. Rail and roads links are excellent across all campuses.

Entry standards

Vary depending on course and location of study. Check the University’s website for more details.

Student mix

  • The University attracts students from 122 different countries.
  • Male/female ratio is 48:52.

Course flexibility

  • The University of South Wales is unusual in the UK in bringing together the broadest range of provision and the widest access to education.
  • It offers a full range of qualifications from further education level to degrees and PhD study.
  • As a major university it delivers the full range of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), from engineering and mathematics to computing and surveying as well as being an experience provider of teacher’s training courses.

Teaching standards

  • Lecturers range from award-winning poets, authors and historians to computer scientists, engineers, and journalists.
  • Because many of them are still active in their professions, they bring a real understanding of the world of work into the classroom.
  • Students learn how their profession works in real life, exploring their field through courses taught in unique hands-on environments including in their own airliner, moot court room, TV studios, stock exchange trading room, simulated hospital ward, and scene of crime house.
  • Sports students train and play on facilities used and endorsed by world champions such as the All Blacks.

Research standards

  • The University is a powerhouse in applied research used to shape major decisions.
  • As a major public policy think-tank, it offers independent advice to government, industry and employers across the UK on health, education, economic growth, social policy, and governance.
  • It provides a partnership platform for ideas and debate with major think-tanks such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and NESTA.
  • As a member of the St David’s Day Group, the University of South Wales is recognised as one of Wales’s major research universities in key areas of specialist research, such as sustainable energy, educational development, health, creative industries and the arts, mobile communications, humanities, sports injury and performance, new business incubation, and innovation for technology and start-up companies.

Academic strengths

  • The University of South Wales is renowned for its partnerships with major employers, from British Airways to the National Health Service.
  • Its relationship with employers as a leading university for careers is reflected in the high employment rate of its graduates, with 93% of students in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
  • The University is a major player in the arts, with an internationally acclaimed film school, industry-standard animation facilities, broadcasting studios, one of the UK’s oldest photography schools, a strong 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, within its group.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • £160m has been spent on campus facilities over the past 7 years.

Disability services

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service provides a confidential and professional service where students can discuss individual requirements.
  • The service supports those with a a physical, sensory, mental health or unseen disability.

Students’ Union

  • From football, waterpolo and snowsports to debating, creative writing and current affairs, the University’s clubs and societies cover a huge range of hobbies that reflect the interests of our students.
  • The University’s campus in Treforest is home to a brand new Student Union building.


  • The University prides itself on the quality of its sport courses, such as BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science and BA (Hons) Sport Management. They are taught in state-of-the-art facilities, including new laboratories and analysis suites.
  • Our sports students benefit from studying and playing at the same facilities used by international sports teams. They can also gain National Governing Body coaching awards and go on work placements which puts them in a strong position for a range of employment opportunities when they graduate.
  • Our facilities are among the best of any university in Wales and host a wide range of activities. These include a large Sports Centre on our Treforest campus and 30 acres of playing fields at the USWSport Park.
  • This purpose-built playing area has five floodlit pitches and two all-weather pitches, one of which is a FIFA approved full-size ‘rubber crumb’ pitch.
  • Our facilities are so good that many professional teams regularly use them for training, such as the Wales National Football Team and Cardiff City Football Club, as well as the touring New Zealand and South African rugby teams.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • The University has spent £160m on campus facilities in the last 7 years and boasts five campuses across South Wales. These include new state-of-the-art campuses in Cardiff and Newport city centres.
  • Facilities also include a brand new Students’ Union building and halls of residence at its Treforest campus.
  • The University is continuing to invest in developing facilities in Treforest as well as expanding its presence in Cardiff City Centre.

Availability of part-time work

  • Located in the heart of two major cities students have excellent opportunities for part time work. The careers service can help students to find such positions.
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