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University of South Wales


USW has a strong record of employability, with 93%* of our graduates in employment or further study six months after course completion. They work with key employers, from British Airways, General Electric, Sony and Tata to the NHS, local authorities and the BBC.

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 they can invest in new courses and facilities, providing more opportunities for our academics and students.

Student Support and Facilities

USW Students learn by doing – they are a leader in using simulation to enhance teaching and learning. The students get a real head start in their professions by training in state-of-the-art simulated environments, including an internationally acclaimed clinical simulation centre, 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.

USW support their students’ entrepreneurial spirit by encouraging start-ups and University spin out companies. The entrepreneurship education and business incubators make a major contribution to the economy.

USW is 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.


USW is celebrated for their 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.

They offer a full range of qualifications from further education to degrees to PhD study, specialist training in a world-renowned conservatoire, and they play a vital regional progression role with Further Education colleges.

As a major post-92 university they deliver the full range of STEM subjects, from engineering and mathematics to computing and surveying.

The University of South Wales is also renowned for its applied research. Business leaders, ministers, public service leaders and health professionals use our research to inform their decision making.

They 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. USW provides a platform for major think-tanks such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and NESTA to develop debate on public policy reform in the UK.

They key areas of specialist research include sustainable energy, health and wellbeing, educational development, creative industries and the arts, mobile communications, humanities, and sports injury and performance.

They 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.

Links and Employment

USW has 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.

They 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. They 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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