Founded by industry and the professions, the University of South Wales, with over 30,000 students is one of Britain’s most exciting new universities and a major player in higher education.
USW competes equally for students and reputation with the UK’s major regional universities and helps the 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, USW’s size allows it to invest in develop new courses and facilities. The University has a major presence in all of the cities in the region. Within the UK, USW is unique in the breadth of its role, encompassing a modern university and two subsidiaries in Wales’s national conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and The College Merthyr Tydfil.
USW is Wales’s business university, with a portfolio of courses 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, as with, for example, GE Aviation. Other joint collaborators with USW include major defence and aerospace companies, including British Airways, Rolls-Royce, General Dynamics, EADS, Microsoft, and the UK’s major computer security and intelligence organisations. Partnerships with major employers enhance its relationship as a leading university for careers and is reflected in the high employment rate of its graduates, with 94% of students in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
USW’s courses are developed hand in hand with the professional bodies and leading organisations who employ graduates including many of the world’s major corporations.
USW students voted the University as one of the top 10 UK universities at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2016.