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University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

2016 League Table Ranking 125
2016 Overall Score 405
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Entry Standards 263 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 22.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.39 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,007 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.06 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 514 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 50.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 79.4 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 51.4 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 68.8 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is one of the newest universities in the UK, yet it has a long and rich history. It was formed in 2010 by merging together the University of Wales, Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen, under Lampeter’s Royal Charter of 1828, combining the long histories of both institutions. In 2012 the former Swansea Metropolitan University joined the UWTSD family.
  • Spread across distinctive campuses in South West Wales, with an international campus in London and an international Academy of Voice in Cardiff, the University offers a wide selection of courses in subjects as varied as tourism, sport, executive business management, engineering, health and social care, art and design, performing arts, media, education and humanities.
  • Each campus has its own unique character, with two based in idyllic rural Wales and in vibrant Swansea as well as an international campus in London and an Academy of Voice in Cardiff.
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Location and Transport

  • The merged University of Wales Trinity Saint David has three main campuses in South West Wales – Carmarthen, Lampeter and Swansea and two satellite campuses – an international campus in London, and an Academic of Voice in Cardiff.
  • Carmarthen Campus, founded in 1848, offers a lively, friendly environment in this town near the Welsh coast. It has a real community feel and with accommodation, learning facilities, sports, entertainment and renowned arts and cultural programme all within a few hundred yards, everything you’ll need is within easy reach.
  • The Lampeter campus is home to the first Higher Education institution in Wales, founded in 1822 with the third oldest Royal Charter of any university in Wales and England after Oxford and Cambridge dating back to 1828. Set in an idyllic rural location it is home to the university’s Faculty of Humanities, and provides a close-knit student experience in a supportive community environment.
  • Swansea Campus was founded in 1853. The Swansea campuses have a reputation for innovative industry-led and career-driven programmes. They are delivered in Wales' premier waterfront city, with sport and leisure opportunities on its stunning coastline, excellent shopping and nightlife, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are good rail links to the city and easy access to the world-renowned Gower Peninsular.
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Entry Standards

  • At the University of Wales Trinity Saint David entry is based on an individual basis depending on the course you choose to study.

Student Mix

The 11,320 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • The University’s highly applied programmes are designed to lead directly to employment opportunities. Full-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are supplemented by a wide range of part-time flexible learning options. The University strives to be as accessible as possible to students and provides opportunities to study at times that suit learning needs.

Teaching Standards

  • At the University teaching is both inspirational and focused on real-world application. A wide number of our academic members of staff have received commendation for their work in their fields.

Research Standards

  • The University is committed to research that contributes to the economic vitality and regeneration of the region and is developing a reputation for working collaboratively with business, industry, government and other parties.
  • The University achieved a good result in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) with 47% of its research deemed to be world leading or internationally excellent. 60% of the University’s research impact is graded 4* and 3*, with submissions within Theology and Religious Studies and Art and Design first in the UK within their discipline league tables.
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Academic Strengths

The University’s academic staff are leaders in their specialist fields. The main focus within the University’s portfolio is to provide applied courses leading to rewarding careers. The focus on employability is developed within the University’s unique ‘Life Design’ scheme which has been developed to give students the chance to actively plot their own career in a creative way. Sustainability is embedded throughout the curriculum and is central to the University’s philosophy.

Within the University there are five faculties spread across our campuses:

  • Faculty of Humanities and Performance
  • Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
  • Faculty of Education and the Community
  • Faculty of Business and Management
  • Faculty of Art, Design and Media

Student Facilities

  • The IT systems within the University give students access to the University Virtual Learning Environment, the World Wide Web and Microsoft Office 365. Throughout the University there are strategically located specialist IT suites which include PC and Apple Mac computers and able to offering cutting-edge and industry-standard software.
  • The Library and Learning Resources on offer on each campus are designed to enhance the experience for students on and off campus. With more than half-a-million books and 80,000 online journals students are able to gain a breadth of knowledge by studying at UWTSD.

Disability Services

  • The University is committed to inclusive education and to providing excellent support and facilities to all students. We welcome applications from all students from all backgrounds. Before and during your time as a student with us our team of dedicated staff across all campuses provide a wide range of advice, guidance and support to help make your student experience as good as it can possibly be.
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Students' Union

  • Trinity Saint David Students' Union is the hub of student activity on campus, offering everything to enhance your time at the University.
  • Every student who fully registers with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David automatically becomes a member of the Students’ Union and has access to all of its services.
  • The Students’ Union (SU) is a democratic organisation run by students for students. Trinity Saint David Students’ Union (TSDSU) exists to enhance the experience of all students studying at the University. The SU officers and staff are here to add value to your student experience - socially, culturally and academically, while promoting and defending your needs. Our SU works by bringing together students from across the University to campaign for positive change in the student experience. We make sure that student concerns are at the centre of University decision-making.
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  • UWTSD is committed to ensuring the student experience at the University is healthy and fun.
  • Swansea and West Wales is committed to sport and physical activity, whether it’s supporting our regional rugby and first-class football side or participating in world-class indoor and outdoor ventures.
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Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is investing in the creation of 21st century teaching, research and development facilities. In 2014, the University opened its £11 million ALEX Design Exchange, an international Institute of Sustainable Design in the heart of Swansea. Plans are also being developed to create a vibrant new £100million waterside campus in Swansea, combining education, business and industry, and research opportunities with sporting and social facilities, and student accommodation. 
  • In addition, UWTSD is enhancing its already strong reputation in the creative industries with the decision to move the headquarters of Welsh language broadcaster S4C to the University’s Carmarthen campus. The £18 million project is due to be completed in 2018.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There are a wide number of opportunities for students to gain part-time work within the University. There are openings for intern programmes and many students choose to act as ambassadors, providing support for central teams.
  • There are opportunities to gain part-time employment with local business and industry, depending on which study location you choose. The University has a clear focus on entrepreneurship and is well connected with employers.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers Service is available to all students, past and present, of the University  of Wales Trinity Saint David. Its main purpose is to assist students to identify their career objectives throughout University whilst providing appropriate assistance and support to enable them to implement these objectives.
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Notable Alumni

  • Barry John, former Welsh rugby international.
  • Stuart Burrows, tenor.
  • Sarra Elgan Easterby, television presenter.
  • Jules Hudson, television presenter.
  • Pete Paphides, journalist.
  • Juliette Forster, journalist and television presenter.
  • Rachel Whitty, Service Improvement Specialist Sales to Cash at John Lewis, Partnership Services Division, John Lewis Partnership.

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For further information

  • 0300 500 5054
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David
    Carmarthen Campus
    SA31 3EP

UCAS Codes

T80: Main Campus, Lampeter Campus
S96: Swansea Campus

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