South Wales, University of
Friday 26 July 2013
Overall ranking: Came 91st out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: Began life in 1913 as South Wales and Monmouthshire school of mines. In 1949, became Glamorgan Technical College, nine years later Glamorgan College of Technology, in 1970 became Glamorgan Polytechnic and in 1975 the Polytechnic of Wales. Became a university in 1992. The Unversity of Glamorgan merged with the University of Wales, Newport in April 2013 to form the University of South Wales.
Address: The university has three main campuses; Glyntaff and Treforest on the outskirts of Pontypridd, a busy market town 20 minutes from Cardiff and ATRiuM in Cardiff city centre.
Ambience: Modern campuses with a friendly community atmosphere. ATRiuM, the university's newest campus in the heart of Cardiff, is home to the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries. The £35m development brings together 40 courses in subjects including animation, film, TV and radio, design, drama, music technology and culture and society. It also incorporates the higher education courses from the former Glamorgan Centre for Art and Design Technology.
Who's the boss? Professor Julie Lydon, former assistant vice-chancellor at UWE Bristol, is vice-chancellor and chief executive.
Prospectus: 0845 643 4030 or order a prospectus online here.
UCAS code: G14
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Entry requirements vary, with some courses asking for as much as 340 UCAS points. A range of courses from foundation to PhD level are on offer, and academic excellence is rewarded, with generous scholarships for those entering with over 340 points.
Vital statistics: Glamorgan has 23,990 students, including 10,721 full-time undergraduates plus 6,243 part-timers. There are also 1,291 full-time postgraduates and 1,837 part-time.
Added value: The All Blacks and Cardiff City FC have used the university's facilities, which include 30 acres of sports fields, a climbing wall, sports injury clinic and an archery range. Hiking opportunities in the nearby countryside. Offers students what it calls a rounded experience – modules in career development, skills and communication have been included in course portfolios. Employment record for graduates is above the national average at 94 per cent. The careers service is highly rated, and part-time work opportunities are plentiful.
Teaching: 83rd out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.
Research: 83rd out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: 103rd out of 124 with 54.1 per cent finding graduate level employment after completing their degrees.
Any accommodation? Yes. There are 1206 rooms on campus within easy walking distance of the main teaching blocks and university facilities. Prices start at £98 per week for a standard room, while a studio flat will set you back £175 per week.
Cheap to live there? Extremely so. A range of affordable housing is available just five minutes from each of the campuses. You can get a room for as little as £50 per week in the private sector, excluding utilities.
Transport links: Situated on the M4 corridor with its own railway station. 20 minutes by train or car from Cardiff.
Fees: New undergraduates will be charged the maximum fee of £9,000 for honours degrees as of 2012, and £7,500 for foundation degrees. Welsh and EU students will be subsidised by the Welsh government meaning their degrees will only cost them £3,465 per year in 2012.
Bursaries: The University of South Wales offers a large number of subject-specific scholarships and awards, including both sports bursaries and means-tested support. For more details see here.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Students go to Cardiff for the bright lights or stay local in Treforest and Pontypridd for pubs. Student union on campus houses two bars and Shafts nightclub.
Sporting reputation: Pontypridd and Cardiff are in at 41st in the BUCS league of 148, with Newport coming in 110th.
Glittering alumni: Welsh rugby players Rupert Moon and Aled Williams; Nigel Walker, Head of Internal Communications at BBC Wales; entertainer Max Boyce.
Alternative prospectus: Check in to The Student Room to put any questions to current students and discover whether or not the University of South Wales is the place for you.
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