The University of South Wales (USW) is a major player in UK higher education.
With campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport, the University is renowned for its partnerships with major employers.
These partnerships are one of the many reasons that 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
The University competes equally for students and reputation with the UK’s major regional universities. We help our 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, their size allows them to invest in develop new courses and facilities. They have a major presence in all of the cities in the region.
Their Chancellor the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord (Rowan) Williams has said that the University is “both a substantial presence in Britain and in the global higher education community, and a major force for change in Wales.”
The University hosts a number of public lectures per year as part of its Global Choices series, which invites leading artists, diplomats, politicians and campaigners to address some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the world today.
Past speakers have included George Robertson, former General Secretary of NATO; Jack Straw, former British Foreign Secretary; and Dyfrig John, former CEO of HSBC, among many others.
These lectures allow the audience to ask questions of people who have been witness to - and in same cases, participants in - major world events.
“British Airways has a unique partnership with the University of South Wales, which sees aircraft maintenance graduates leave university with a degree and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) training, which is awarded under the British Airways licence. This partnership is the only one of its kind in the UK and is testament to the University’s reputation for excellence inside the aviation industry.”
-Bill Kelly, General Manager Heavy Maintenance, British Airways
When it comes to working with industry, USW is the University of Choice for business. Many of their courses are developed with the professional bodies and leading organisations who employ their graduates, from local government and the NHS to many of the world’s major corporations.
Their courses are designed to increase the skills and employability of their students. This is recognised in the University’s partnership with key anchor companies in Wales’s growth sectors.
Their teaching staff and careers teams have connections with employers, professional bodies and specialists across industry, practice and the professions. They work with employer partners to make sure that their students get all the experience and advice that they need.
The University's mace, the symbol of the University in its degree ceremonies, was designed by a lecturer who is a sculptor and artist in his own right, but it was constructed by the industry of General Electric and local industry through GE Aviation Wales. This represents the partnership with employers that runs through the University of South Wales’s DNA.
In aerospace, the University’s unique partnership with British Airways enables aircraft maintenance engineering students to graduate with both a BSc degree and the industry-standard EASA professional licence under BA’s accreditation.
Their Accounting courses are hugely respected, gaining Gold and Platinum ACCA accolades as well as being named Public Sector Accountancy College of the Year by PQ Magazine.
In financial and professional services, our pioneering graduate scheme offers paid work placements in partnership with Admiral, Atradius, GMAC and Composite Legal Expenses, providing opportunities to experience a professional career in financial services first hand.
Their partnership with employers makes the University of South Wales a major contributor to the success of our graduates and their employers.
A fundamental test for students and their families considering university is a simple question: am I likely to get a job at the end of it?
At the University of South Wales, their graduates go straight to work for major employers, from British Airways, General Electric, Sony and the BBC to local authorities and the NHS.
They have a strong record of employability, with 95%* of our graduates in work or further study within six months of graduation. Their careers team works with over 2500 local and national partners giving students the opportunities to showcase their talents.
Students prepare for the world of work in the latest simulation environments, giving them real advantage over students taught through purely theoretical classroom studies. Our simulated environments include a courtroom, forensic scene of crime house, film, fashion and music studios, an aerospace centre with two aircraft hangars and sporting facilities which have been endorsed by world champions.
*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/7
Providing solutions to problems that affect society and the economy is what underpins research at the University of South Wales. Committed to enhancing the links between research, teaching, innovation and enterprise, our research informs teaching at all levels. Working collaboratively, their Faculties and Research Institutes bring together expertise and facilities to help businesses, communities and policy makers benefit from their research.
They are a major public policy think-tank, offering independent advice to government, industry and employers across the UK on health, education, economic growth, social policy, and governance.
USW is leader in key areas of specialist research, such as sustainable energy, educational development, health, creative industries and the arts, mobile communications, humanities, sports injury and performance, new business incubation, and innovation for technology and start-up companies.
They are committed to delivering significant social, cultural and economic impact from our research, locally, regionally, nationally and globally.
The University of South Wales is Wales’s number one HE provider for widening access students. We make an impact in our community by providing employment-focused higher education for talented and motivated students from all backgrounds. In fact, 29% of USW students come from the most deprived areas of Wales, higher than any other Welsh university
Rooted in the communities of South Wales, they make an impact not just to the individual students we educate from every part of their region but to the businesses and organizations where their graduates are employed.
USW is Wales’s leading university for part time students with 12,000 of its 30,000 students studying part time. Overall, we deliver 35% of HEFCW’s funding allocations for part time and postgraduate study.