The University of South Wales has three campuses across the South Wales region including new campuses in Cardiff and Newport city centres, all with excellent road and rail links. The University of South Wales Group includes Wales's national conservatoire – the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama – and the College Merthyr Tydfil.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the outskirts of a city or town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: W01

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 80%
  • Postgraduate 20%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 71%
  • Part Time 29%

Where students come from

  • UK 87%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Learning resource centres are based at all of the university's campuses. The centres provides first-class library and IT facilities and flexible learning spaces. 
  • Faculty librarians can help students search for books, e-books, journal articles and information using FINDit, specialist databases and other online resources.

Student jobs

  • With campuses located in the heart of two major cities, students have excellent opportunities for part-time work.
  • The careers service can help students to find such positions.

Careers advice

  • The University of South Wales makes the future careers of graduates its priority. The Careers and Employability Service work closely with academics to ensure that students develop the skills, attributes and real world experience employers want.
  • The university is industry focused, with excellent links to local, national, and international employers; it delivers innovative events and other opportunities to network and engage with professionals and gain high quality work experience.
  • Enterprise staff equip students with the skills and confidence to freelance or start their own business.
  • The Careers Service is there for students throughout their studies and for three years after they graduate, providing tailored support to help them succeed.

Health services

  • The university's Health Service is a nurser-led service available on all three main campuses. It offers free health advice and support to USW students.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university operates services for counselling and mental health, with free advice and support available to all USW students.
  • The Mental Health Service helps students who are experiencing mental or emotional distress. It offers a range of practical support in a confidential, professional setting.
  • The Counselling Service is impartial, confidential, non-judgmental and available to all current students of the university.

Disability support

  • The Disability Service provides a confidential and professional service where students can discuss individual requirements.
  • The service supports those with a physical, sensory, mental health or unseen disability.

Other services and facilities

  • The Student Development and Study Skills Service provides help with study skills such as effective reading, maths, statistics, referencing, presentation and understanding essay questions.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is a democratic organisation, independent of the university and run by students, for students. Every year a team of Executive Officers are elected by the student body to represent and guide the SU.
  • From activities, events and venues to volunteering and skill-development, the SU strives to ensure students have the chance to enrich every aspect of their life. It supports over 100 clubs, teams and societies; 700 student voice reps and course reps; and annually hosts over 150 events.
  • As the recognised voice of students at the University of South Wales, the SU supports students to campaign on the issues they care about, and ensures the student body – a collective voice of over 28,000 students – is heard at the highest level.


  • The university's main campus was founded in 1913 as a School of Mines.
  • The institution gained university status in 1992; it now attracts students from more than 120 countries and of all backgrounds.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Pontypridd campus at the University of South Wales boasts an aircraft hangar housing two full-size aircraft, on which aircraft maintenance students train.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Gareth Evans – international film director.
  • Professor Sue Bale OBE – director for research and development, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.
  • Lorna Dunkley – former Sky News presenter, now anchor on the ABC News channel in Australia.
  • Emma Darwin – author.
  • Jamie Beard – BAFTA-nominated visual effects supervisor, working on films from Lord of the Rings, I Robot, and Iron Man 3 to The Adventures of TinTin and The BFG.
  • Rosie Ashforth – filmography, Arthur Christmas, The Golden Compass.
  • James Moore - Emmerdale NTA-winning disabled actor.
  • Asif Kapadia - the Academy-award winning director of Amy, a documentary film about singer Amy Winehouse.
  • Merlin Crossingham - creative director of Wallace and Gromit at Aardman.


University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Wales, CF37 1DL