The University of South Wales

The University for careers
  • We have a strong record of employability, with 93%* of our graduates in employment or further study six months after course completion.
  • We work with key employers, from British Airways, General Electric, Sony and Tata to the NHS, local authorities and the BBC.
  • Our students learn by doing – we are a leader in using simulation to enhance teaching and learning. Our students get a real head start in their professions by training in state-of-the-art simulated environments, including a clinical simulation suite, a courtroom, a forensic scene-of-crime house; film, fashion and music studios; a stock trading floor; an aerospace centre which includes a real Jetstream 31 airplane and flight simulator; and sporting facilities used and endorsed by world champions such as the All Blacks and the Springboks.
  • We support our students’ entrepreneurial spirit by encouraging start-ups and University spin out companies. Our entrepreneurship education and business incubators make a major contribution to the economy.
A major UK player with international strengths
  • The University of South Wales is one of the largest in the UK and the largest in Wales (with 33,000 students). It competes with the UK’s major universities in the city regions of London, Bristol, Manchester and Tyneside.
  • This means that we can invest in new courses and facilities, providing more opportunities for our academics and students.
  • We are the UK’s leading university for student support, winning the 2012 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support to Students and the 2013 Guardian Higher Education Award for widening participation for our UHOVI initiative.
  • We are celebrated for our commitment to the arts, with an internationally acclaimed film school, industry standard animation facilities, broadcasting studios, one of the UK’s oldest photography schools, a superb reputation for theatre design, award-winning poets, scriptwriters, and authors, and the national music and drama conservatoire.
  • We offer a full range of qualifications from further education to degrees to PhD study, specialist training in a world-renowned conservatoire, and we play a vital regional progression role with Further Education colleges. * As a major post-92 university we deliver the full range of STEM subjects, from engineering and mathematics to computing and surveying.
Applied research that informs real decisions
  • The University of South Wales is renowned for its applied research. Business leaders, ministers, public service leaders and health professionals use our research to inform their decision making.
  • We are a major public policy think-tank, offering independent advice to government and employers across the UK on health, education, economic growth, social policy and governance. We provide a platform for major think-tanks such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and NESTA to develop debate on public policy reform in the UK.
  • Our key areas of specialist research include sustainable energy, educational development, creative industries and the arts, mobile communications, humanities, and sports injury and performance.
  • We are a member of the St David’s Day Group along with Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea. This means we are recognised as one of Wales’s big five research universities.
The Business University
  • We have outstanding links with industry for work placements and research. Our partner companies include Rolls Royce, Microsoft, Tata, the BBC, EADS, Sony and General Electric. British Airways has moved key heavy engineering training to us from Heathrow, so students now graduate from these specialist courses with a degree and the engineering qualification they need for the industry under BA’s Civil Aviation Authority licence.
  • We are a major player in business organisations such as the CBI, representing the UK’s higher education on trade missions such as the UK’s G8 delegation.
  • The University supplies and trains the workforce for major public sector employers. We work with South Wales Police and Gwent Police and we have trained over 1,400 nurses for our NHS and over 2,500 teachers for our schools in the last five years.
  • Our programmes are accredited by leading professional bodies in specialist fields such as law, accountancy, management, supply chain and logistics, and engineering.
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