University of South Wales

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Founded

1841

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The University of South Wales was founded in 2013 through the merging of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport.

The University of Wales, Newport originated in the Newport Mechanics’ Institute, founded in 1841. The South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines, founded in 1913, evolved into the Polytechnic of Wales before becoming the University of Glamorgan in 1992.

At the university’s formation it was the sixth largest university in the United Kingdom, with 33,500 students.

In 2014, Rowan Williams, who was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, was appointed chancellor of the university.

Spread over its campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport, there are four faculties: Business and Society; Computing; Engineering and Science; Creative Industries; and Life Sciences and Education.

The school prides itself on the high employment rates of its graduates and students are given the opportunity to prepare for the working world with simulation environments, such as a courtroom, forensic scene of crime house, film, fashion and music studios, and an aerospace centre with two aircraft hangars.

The School of Creative Industries is renowned for producing theatre designers, poets, scriptwriters, and authors. It includes a film school, animation facilities, broadcasting studios, and a photography school. The university is also famous for its national music and drama conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

In 2016 the university launched The National Cyber Security Academy, a joint venture with industrial partners and the Welsh Government.

The university has produced many notable artists, writers, media personalities, and politicians, such as the artist Roger Cecil, the science fiction author Gareth L. Powell, and the filmmaker known for such documentaries as Amy and Senna, Asif Kapadia.

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Medicine and Healthcare, Life Science and Biology, Social Science, Law, Physical Science, Arts and Humanities, Education, Psychology
Sectors Manufacturing, Construction, Information and communication, Financial and insurance, Professional, scientific and technical activities, Public administration and defence, Education, Human health and social work, Arts, entertainment

Location

United Kingdom
Llantwit Road, Pontypridd , CF37 1DL, Wales, United Kingdom

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Atul
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Being an international student at USW has helped me develop myself both professionally and personally. Being part of different programmes and activities at USW has helped me widen my horizon. I have only positive things to say about studying at USW.

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Currently I´m doing a whole year as an erasmus student at USW and more specifically at Treforest campus. University infrastructures are awesome, the campus is huge and full of green spots but for example because I´m not a countryside type of...

Currently I´m doing a whole year as an erasmus student at USW and more specifically at Treforest campus. University infrastructures are awesome, the campus is huge and full of green spots but for example because I´m not a countryside type of person I decided it was a better idea to find accommodation at cathays which is Cardiff´s universitary area than live at campus which from I´ve heard is quite relax and boring since the campus is in the middle of nowhere, anyways is just a 16 min train trip so I think is worth it to live closer to the city centre. Lecture hours are not bad at all, most of degrees on the business area don´t require more than 12hours attendance and they try to make classes as dynamic and participative as possible. The only thing I haven´t liked at all so far is that I feel like the system separates too much international students from national students, while in my spanish university for example (University of Valencia) we are all mixed which I believe is better because it gives you the opportunity to get to know any kind of people as meeting foreigners is easy since they have some special events or trips specially organised for them. So far I would say USW is a standard university but I think I won´t recommend it basically because of the last thing I explained and the other 2 universities in Cardiff (Cardiff Metropolitan and Cardiff uni) have a better reputation and better reviews I´ve heard from my friends.

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Lucia
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2 years ago I did my Erasmus exchange at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, for 1 year. The University has three campuses, one in the city of Cardiff and two in the town of Trefforest, which is quite far from the city center although it...

2 years ago I did my Erasmus exchange at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, for 1 year. The University has three campuses, one in the city of Cardiff and two in the town of Trefforest, which is quite far from the city center although it can be accessed by train. Depending on the degree you study, you will be assigned to one campus or another. At the center, there are the degrees in journalism, audiovisual and some related to economics and law. In the town they give the rest, from finance and accounting to biology, medicine or engineering. The price of transportation with the student card is 6 euros per day, so my recommendation in case you do not want to live in the town (which barely has a leisure offer) is to try to group as many hours as possible in a few days , since for example, in my degree, which is International Business, we only had 8-10 teaching hours per week. As for the residences, the one in the town is much cheaper than in the center (300-400 pounds compared to 700-800 pounds per week). They are usually all quite good, the format is usually buildings separated by plants, each floor has several corridors, for each corridor there are 5 single rooms with their own bathroom and a kitchen to share among the 5 inhabitants. As for an Erasmus destination, I don't think it's the best option, it's a pretty city but very small and with much less cultural offer than other cities nearby like Bristol. In summary, it is a University that I think is not bad, the study methodology is quite good because it is very practical and there are good professors but I think that Cardiff University is the best there is and I would recommend it before this.

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