The University of South Wales was formed in 2013 by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Both the institutions that have come together to create the University of South Wales have a rich and varied history, and can each trace their roots back more than 100 years. With more than 30,000 students the University of South Wales (USW) is a major player in UK higher education - one of the UK's ten biggest campus universities by student number. With campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport, the University is renowned for its partnerships with major employers. These partnerships are one of the many reasons that 94% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Mick Antoniw AM, Visiting Fellow at the Business Accountability and Responsibility Centre (BARC) at the University of South Wales has been appointed as the most senior law officer to the Welsh Government. In his role as Counsel General he will act as Wales’ chief legal adviser, providing legal advice and representing the Welsh Government in legal proceedings. He will also respond to proposals and consultations that have a bearing on legal issues in Wales.
New for 2016 has been the launch of our annual Alumni Awards which seek to recognise the excellence and achievement of individuals within our network. The actions of our alumni reflect the excellence of a USW education and our mission to provide not only innovative education and world class graduates, but also culturally aware global citizens making positive strides. 2016 Award categories are: Inspiring the Next Generation * Excellence in Service * GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) and * Distinguished Alumni categories.
We have a strong record of employability, with 94%* of our graduates in work of further study 6 months after completing their courses. Our careers team works with over 2500 local and national partners giving students the opportunities to showcase their talents.
When it comes to working with industry, USW is the University of Choice for business. Many of our courses are developed with the professional bodies and leading organisations who employ our graduates, from local government and the NHS to many of the world’s major corporations. The University's mace, the symbol of the University in its degree ceremonies, was designed by a lecturer who is a sculptor and artist in his own right, but it was constructed by the industry of General Electric and local industry through GE Aviation Wales. This represents the partnership with employers that runs through the University of South Wales’s DNA.
At the University of South Wales, our graduates go straight to work for major employers, from British Airways, General Electric, Sony and the BBC to local authorities and the NHS.
In aerospace, the University’s unique partnership with British Airways enables aircraft maintenance engineering students to graduate with both a BSc degree and the industry-standard EASA professional licence under BA’s accreditation.
In financial and professional services, our pioneering graduate scheme offers paid work placements in partnership with Admiral, Atradius, GMAC and Composite Legal Expenses, providing opportunities to experience a professional career in financial services first hand.
Venturefest Wales - of which the University of South Wales is a key partner - will bring together innovators, investors and entrepreneurs in the spirit of collaboration, putting representatives from SMEs and budding entrepreneurs face to face with the investors that could provide financial backing and support to their business.
When you are choosing where to go to university, accommodation can be a key part of the decision-making process. Check out our accommodation options and information of the costs for student accommodation at USW. Please note, there are separate accommodation options available for nursing students.
Our flagship venue: A year-round, purpose built and dedicated Conference Centre designed with you in mind. All rooms are on one level in close proximity, ideal to host a conference with multiple breakout rooms alongside exhibition and catering space. A superb location, just off the M4 corridor between J33 and J34. Based at Treforest, just 9 miles north of Cardiff and just off the A470, the Conference Centre is ideally placed for guests travelling across the UK by car or train. Delegates also benefit from free parking on site with access to complimentary Wi-Fi.
Our Hospitality Facilities are the chosen venue for many annual Gala dinners throughout the year, featuring drinks receptions, 3 course dinners and entertainment.
Our campuses have proven to be popular sporting venues in South Wales, playing host to the Welsh Football Trust National Conference, the FITA World Archery Championships, the URDD Gemau Athlete’s Village, as well as a number of high level sports teams pre-season training camps. A summary of the facilities that can be found at each of our sporting venues are listed below. For further information please visit http://sport.southwales.ac.uk.
Our choice of exhibition venues in South Wales range from areas for a small number of stands around your catering, through to a large 805 square metre exhibition hall.
International Scholarships - The University of South Wales offers the following scholarships for self-funding international students. You will be automatically considered for one of these awards when we receive your application. You do not need to make a separate application and confirmation of the scholarship will be included in your offer letter. •Undergraduate degree Courses – £1,500 per year •Postgraduate degree courses – £2,000 •Master of Business Administration (MBA) – £1,500 •Chancellors International Development Scholarships. You will receive confirmation of any scholarship award with your offer letter. Applicants must pay the minimum deposit stipulated in the offer letter by the date stated on the Acceptance Form in order to secure their scholarship. The scholarships do not apply to IFP, English language courses or placement years. Students sponsored by their government or by a company are not eligible for the scholarships.
CHANCELLORS INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS. Undergraduate International Development Scholarships of £2,500 are available for students from the following countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This scholarship would replace the standard £1,500 undergraduate scholarship and is available only for those students studying a full undergraduate degree. Higher National Diploma students and Foundation Degree students are not eligible for the Chancellor’s International Development Scholarship.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BSC (HONS) AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING Top-Up – please note that the standard international scholarship for the 180 credit BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Top-Up is £2,250. Students eligible for the Chancellor’s Development Scholarship may be considered for a scholarship of £3,750 for this particular undergraduate programme. Standard scholarship terms and conditions described above apply.
THE CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP programme was established in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international programme. Chevening Scholars come from more than 150 countries and territories worldwide (excluding US and EU) and there are over 44,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network. Awards are typically for a one year Master’s degree at universities across the UK and there are more than 1,500 scholarships available for September 2017.
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama - provides high-quality vocational training for around 600 students a year across a range of artistic disciplines, from instrumental and vocal performance to acting, scenic design and stage management. The College produces graduates who are articulate, focused and creative, many of whom go on to influence and innovate at the highest levels of the arts industry. We pride ourselves in delivering a regular and highly skilled workforce to the music and theatre industries internationally, and making a substantial contribution to the cultural life of Wales and beyond.
The College Merthyr Tydfil - is a true community college integral to the fabric of Merthyr Tydfil; this is achieved through our reputation for being innovative and responsive to the needs of individuals, community groups and business. The college is committed to raising the aspirations, skills and qualifications of the heads of the valleys region through its involvement in the proposals for tertiary provision in the borough and the new Universities Heads of the Valley Institute.
Small Conferences Venue - we have a choice of facilities at each of our locations to accommodate 50-150 guests, with layouts from theatre style to cabaret. Each main room – whether tiered or flat – has integrated IT and audiovisual equipment, including computer or laptop, projection, screen and a flipchart. Each venue also offers additional space to complement your main room whether this is for registration, breakout space, catering, networking or a small exhibition.
South Wales venues offers an EXECUTIVE BOARDROOM: the Treforest: USW Conference Centre - boardrooms from 4 – 32 delegates capacity; Cardiff ATRiuM: Boardroom – Max capacity of 24; Newport City Campus: City Boardroom – Max capacity of 24. Equipped with computer, projector and screen, with complimentary Wi-Fi; benefits from external terrace with views across the River Usk; delegate Stationery: Name cards, A5 pads and pens and parking availability at nearby car parks (chargeable).
Dr Fiona Brookman (BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science (University of Glamorgan, 1994)) is Professor of Criminology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of South Wales where she is engaged in teaching and research and overseeing the strategic development of the Centre for Criminology. She was awarded her PhD in Criminology at Cardiff University in 2000 and gained the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods the previous year. Fiona’s PhD explored male perpetrated homicide in England and Wales. Her main research interests revolve around homicide and violence and she is currently preparing publications on homicide offender decision-making and homicide investigation – the latter based on her ethnogaphic research with homicide detectives in the UK and Washington DC. Most recently Fiona was awarded (with Professors Robin Williams and Jim Fraser) over £200,000 from the Leverhulme Trust to undertake a detailed study of the role of science and technology in homicide investigation.
Patrick Stevens, International Director, Crown Prosecution Service "I was a leading counter terrorism prosecutor in the period post 9/11 when the volume and threat was far higher than the resource and capability. We dealt with some of the biggest most challenging cases this country has ever tackled."
Annabelle Woods - Regional Director for Oceania, Japan & Korea and Global Trade Marketing Director, SteelSeries
Tom Hughes - BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance. Rugby Development Manager, Play Rugby USA
Asif Kapadia - BAFTA award winning Film Maker
Briony Taylor and Michael Knight: Co-Founders and Owners, Fife Zoo “It has been a steep learning curve. We are responsible for many key areas in a large multi-departmental business. From animal care and education departments, catering and retail, right through to grounds keeping and marketing of the business.”
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are interested in teacher training, you should apply via UCAS Teacher Training.
Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.
International Students - apply directly the to University if you live outside the UK/EU.
For complete details please contact: UK residents - 03455 76 77 78; Admissions International and EU: telephone +44(0)1443 654450