The University of South Wales (Welsh: Prifysgol De Cymru) is a university in Wales, with campuses in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd. It was formed on 11 April 2013 from the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport.
The university can trace its roots to the founding of the Newport Mechanics’ Institute in 1841. The Newport Mechanics’ Institute later become the University of Wales, Newport. In 1913 the South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines was formed. The school of mines was later to become the Polytechnic of Wales, before gaining the status of University of Glamorgan in 1992. The name for the new merged 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 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 organisations, who deliver University of South Wales’s higher education programmes or access courses in the UK and 18 other countries.
The university has four faculties spread over its campuses in South East Wales.
Faculty of Business and Society:
- School of Law, Accounting and Finance
- School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- South Wales Business School
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 and Therapeutic Studies
- School of Education, Early Years and Social Work
- School of Health, Sport & Professional Practice
- School of Care Sciences
The university has a film school, animation facilities, broadcasting studios, a photography school, a reputation for theatre design, poets, scriptwriters and authors as well as 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.
These vary depending on course and location of study. Check their website for more details.
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 94% 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.
Lecturers range from award-winning poets, authors and historians to computer scientists, engineers, and journalists.
Many of them are still active in their professions and 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.
The university’s Careers & Employability Service helps students and graduates of the University of South Wales with all aspects of their career planning.
Services range from individual advice and guidance on career choice to postgraduate study, work experience, practical support with job hunting and working/studying overseas.
Every term the Careers Service organises a large variety of events across all faculties to help students with a range of career issues and job hunting.
These include exhibitions, jobs fairs, guest speakers and much more.