The University competes equally for students and reputation with the UK’s major regional universities. We help our region compete head to head for investment and growth with major city regions such as Bristol, Manchester, London and Tyneside.
As one of the UK’s biggest universities by student number, our size allows us to invest in develop new courses and facilities. We have a major presence in all of the cities in the region.
Their Chancellor the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord (Rowan) Williams has said that the University is “both a substantial presence in Britain and in the global higher education community, and a major force for change in Wales.”
When it comes to working with industry, USW is the University of Choice for business. Many of University of South Wales 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 courses are designed to increase the skills and employability of our students. This is recognised in the University’s partnership with key anchor companies in Wales’s growth sectors.
South Wales teaching staff and careers teams have connections with employers, professional bodies and specialists across industry, practice and the professions. They work with employer partners to make sure that students get all the experience and advice that they need.
A fundamental test for students and their families considering university is a simple question: am I likely to get a job at the end of it?
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.
They have a strong record of employability, with 95%* of the graduates in work of further study 6 months after completing their courses. University's careers team works with over 2500 local and national partners giving students the opportunities to showcase their talents.
With campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport, the University is renowned for its partnerships with major employers.
USW Treforest is surrounded by green open spaces. Students say they love the warm and friendly welcome and community atmosphere, as well as the convenience of living and studying in the same place.
From listed buildings to new, modern structures, Treforest reflects the University’s history and its ambitions. Here you will find everything you need in one place - halls of residence, the library and sport centre, cafes and bars to eat and drink, and friends to spend time with.
USW Glyntaff is surrounded by green open spaces. Students say they love the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful views.
Home to USW health, nursing, police, sport and science students, Glyntaff has state-of-the-art facilities including the latest science laboratories, a Crime Scene House for forensic investigation and the Clinical Simulation Centre. You will also find a library, two cafes and a free regular shuttle bus to USW Treforest.
USW Cardiff is in the city centre, putting you at the heart of the capital of Wales. It's the perfect home for the creative industries courses and students.
The USW Cardiff campus has recently been developed, to offer even more specialist facilities for you to learn creative skills in a professional environment. Visit University on an Open Day to see for yourself.
Cardiff is a major centre for media production in the UK, with the BBC's Roath Lock drama studios and Pinewood studios nearby. The city centre is also set to welcome the new headquarters of BBC Wales.
Well known as a city of culture and entertainment, the opportunities for creative industries in Cardiff are endless.
Right at the heart of the city, overlooking the River Usk, is one of the University’s most iconic buildings and it couldn’t be in a better location to embrace city life in Newport. Plus, the Halls of Residence are just a few minutes’ walk away, so you won’t have to get up too early for your 9am lectures!
USW Newport is home to a wide range of subject areas, so you’ll benefit from studying in a diverse atmosphere. University is continually developing facilities - there’s a new cafe with Starbucks coffee. Students’ Union facilities and study space, with more developments to come.
Below are some basic average living costs when studying at the University of South Wales. However, you need to remember to budget for books and course costs, clothes, socialising, and travel. You may also have other expenses not listed here.
- Rent: £79 - £160/£355 - £720/£3,318 - £6,270
- Food: £32/£144/£1,344
- Toiletries/Laundry: £9/£40.40/£378
- Telephone/TV Licence: £9/£40.50/£378
- Total: £129 - £210/£580 - £945/£5,418 - £8,820
- Rent and Bills: £73/£329/£3,066
- Food: £32/£144/£1,344
- Toiletries/Laundry: £4/£18/£168
- Telephone/TV Licence: £5/£23/£210
- Total: £114/£514/£4,788
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