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The University of South Wales (USW) is one of the largest universities in Wales, offering students excellent opportunities and prospects.
Many courses are accredited by professional bodies and employability is so important to USW it is part of all the courses. 95% of USW graduates go on to employment or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016).
USW is in an exceptional part of the UK, with three campuses throughout south Wales. Students enjoy city life, countryside and coast. USW Newport is in the heart of the city and one of the university’s most iconic buildings. USW Cardiff is in a modern capital city, with everything from shopping and live sports, to music arts and history. USW Pontypridd is the largest campus, surrounded by green open spaces and made up of two sites: Treforest and Glyntaff.
Students can register for an online open day at the University of South Wales. There are no deadlines, and no set times. Prospective students can access welcome talks, campus tours, and helpful finance and accommodation talks at their leisure.
"Great experience! Made some great friends and have created new pathways in my career from it! I intend to stay in touch with both students and tutors at my course."
“Really enjoyed the whole experience. I have met some friends for life and learnt so much to set myself up for a strong career in my chosen profession. I've tried to make the most of the opportunity and have fun where I can and hopefully this means I can look back with positive memories and a strong degree classification.”
“It has been a pleasure attending the university of south wales. Academic teaching is excellent and the job opportunities are massive. I would recommend anyone to attend the university.”
Employability is so important to USW; it is part of all its courses. The university has a dedicated team to help students find career-related work experience. As a result, 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation, which is much higher than the national average (DLHE 2016).
The university has many partnerships and links, which means what you learn on your course is informed by practice and reflects real-life. USW runs a Network75 scheme which works like a degree apprenticeship and combines work and study to improve your employability. There’s a host of financial benefits and 100% employment rate. There is even the opportunity to discuss and develop business ideas through Student Enterprise.
The university offers support through USW Careers. The service helps with all stages of the job hunt, from interview skills to job applications. Students can find out about job vacancies, career workshops and networking events, get updates on work placements, or search the university’s employer directory for opportunities.
“The university of south wales has been excellent in increasing my employability. They offered me a wide range of placements and helped me every step of the way when applying for the placements. I managed to be successful when applying and got accepted for a 1 year placement in a local authority procurement department. This has dramatically improved my skills and confidence which i feel will help me massively in the future.”
“The careers service holds open days, arrange guest speakers from industry, and provide careers workshops. The course is also tailored to skills needed in industry, which staff know a lot about because they do work for industry.”
“For my course they provide us with as much laboratory time as possible so that we have enough of the correct skills ready for when we look for placements or jobs. They also have a careers advice service where someone helps you to develop your cv, cover letters and interview skills.”
Many lecturers at the University of South Wales are at the forefront of their field, producing world-leading research and providing solutions to problems that affect society, culture and the economy. Half of all research is rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014). The university is currently developing sustainable energy solutions in Europe and is also working with the automotive industry to develop the next generation of low-carbon power systems.
Lecturers from the university comprise of industry specialists and they teach through experience. So, it’s no surprise that many reviews praise the lecturer’s knowledge and passion for their courses.
The courses aim to give students first-hand practical experience to prepare for the workplace, something else which was regularly mentioned and praised by student reviewers. A range of subject areas are on offer, from maths, sport and nursing to engineering, business and fashion. Students gain essential skills by using industry-standard equipment, from a Moot Courtroom and Clinical Simulation Centre, to TV studios, a Crime Scene Training Facility and USW Sport Park.
USW Cardiff is home to the university’s creative students. A recent extension included dance and drama spaces, design and photography studios, amazing fashion facilities and open creative spaces on all floors for collaborative working.
"All of my lecturers are friendly and approachable and are willing to help with any sort of problem. There's always monitoring going on which ensures the courses are meeting their expectations."
"The best thing about my course is that it covers both placement and theory in a 50/50 manner. By this we gain knowledge from both academically studying but also gaining physical practice out on the ward."
"We have a very small cohort which means we get very personal teaching and you get to know your lecturers personally."
There are Students’ Union facilities across all campuses, where you can seek advice, play sports, make new friends, find work and have your voice heard.
It is run by students, for students. It runs campaigns, helps with welfare issues and offers support whether your problem is financial, emotional or educational.
There is no shortage of entertainment to kick off the social side of university. Students can enjoy a meal, grab a coffee or just take a break and relax. And things pick up when the sun goes down - from live bands and pub quizzes, to film screenings and themed nights.
There are plenty of clubs and societies to choose from too, from salsa to a pizza society. Students can meet new people and get involved in new activities.
Sport is a big part of the SU, with around 65 teams that compete in the BUCS leagues, including tennis, rugby, football, lacrosse, basketball and golf.
"Our students' union is a great social place to get to know everyone. They always have fun events going on so you're never going to be stuck in the accommodation. It's great when the live bands play there!"
"Students' union is great support."
"The students' union for student nurses are very beneficial for us as it allows us to voice our concerns that we may have."
At USW Pontypridd, students stay in Mountain Halls or Glamorgan Court, both based on campus. Mountain Halls has standard or premium rooms available, as well as studio flats. Prices start from £118 per week.
The rooms at Glamorgan Court are all en suite and prices range from £94-£108 per week.
USW Cardiff offers Liberty Bridge or Liberty Gardens - both in the city centre - one is opposite the campus and the other just a short walk away. Prices start from £121 per week.
Students studying in USW Newport will live at Newport Student Village. These modern Halls are in the city centre and a two-minute walk from campus. An en suite room is £96 per week.
“It's big and spacious. The kitchen is nice. The neighbourhood is safe and nice too. It is cheap and affordable."
"Very modern. Ensuite bathrooms for all room types. Thick walls and doors - do not hear anyone in their rooms. TV in lounge for Mountain Halls residents. Always clean and great facilities - including access to 'The Hub' (pool tables, vending machines, TV, toilets etc)."
"University halls for USW are amazing! They're so clean and modern with such helpful staff. It's also located about two minutes from uni. Private housing is usually in Cathays which is a very friendly and safe area full of students and located twenty minutes walk from the centre of Cardiff."
The university has an impressive range of facilities, both at course level and support facilities, such as its libraries.
You will learn about your profession in environments that recreate the workplace, using the same equipment as industry. This will ensure students gain essential skills. Creative Industries students based at USW Cardiff enjoy dance and drama spaces, photographic and design studios, fashion facilities and open creative spaces on all floors for collaborative working.
As well as the facilities for each subject, students use the latest technologies to enhance their studies. At the university there are virtual learning systems to access course materials anytime and anywhere.
With a library on each campus, students can access a range of services and resources. There are different types of study spaces, from social to silent, as well as access to books, journals, PCs and Wi-Fi.
As well as the impressive teaching facilities, there are plenty of social facilities too. All campuses have cafes and food courts on site. The largest site, Treforest, even has a Postgraduate Centre, hair salon, Students’ Union bar, and Sport Centre.
There’s plenty of support on offer, from a Careers and Employability Service to a Student Money Advice Team. Students also have access to services including, Advice Zones and libraries on each campus, a Wellbeing Service and Disability Service.
Student reviewers gave high ratings for their facilities, and regularly mentioned how modern equipment was, how there was plenty to go around and how much they liked the library.
"The university provides most of the kit you could possibly want, there has never been a time when I wasn't able to find an open computer and the photography kit is available to be loaned anytime."
"The facilities are great. The library is my favourite place as it is very large. There is also numerous spaces with spare computers near vending machines which is always helpful and lifts for all the top floors!"
"The library is great, there are always librarians willing to help you find what you need, as well as other resources online that make it easy to use the library system if you're shy. The online library resources are also great, it's really easy to access journals, conference proceedings and other academic papers through the various databases the university holds subscriptions to. There's also a reasonably priced gym on campus with a steam room, weights room and general exercise room that also hosts a variety of classes suited to all, from different fitness levels and with different interests. The computer science labs are also fantastic, the machines are constantly updated and you'll always find a spare computer to work on. And if there are ever any problems, each facility has it's own support network so that issues can be quickly resolved."
USW Cardiff and USW Newport are based in the heart of city centres - with endless shops, bars and restaurants within easy reach.
Students studying a creative course will be based at USW Cardiff – a modern capital city. Students can enjoy a vibrant arts and live music scene, great nightlife, shopping, history and live sport. The opportunities for creative students are endless – with Cardiff being a major centre for media production in the UK. Cardiff is just two hours from London by train, two hours from the midlands by car, and less than an hour by car or train from Bristol.
USW Newport is one of the university’s most iconic buildings and couldn’t be based in a better location to embrace city life. The retail development – Friars Walk – is based right opposite and overflowing with restaurants, bars and shops.
USW Pontypridd is surrounded by green open spaces with a great student community – but still just 20 minutes from Cardiff by train for a night out or shopping trip. Although students studying at USW Pontypridd will be a train ride away from city life, the Students’ Union based on campus means there’s always plenty going on to keep you busy.
"The location surrounding the Treforest campus is pretty nice. There are always nice places to walk and chill out, surrounded by hills and greenery. But if the countryside isn't really your scene, the train station is just round the corner from the university, a half an hour train ride will take you straight in to Wales' capital."
"Being in Cardiff is great, everything is so central and close, there's loads of great clubs and bars, and quite a few pubs that are really nice too."
"City life in Cardiff is great. Everyone is friendly and the night life is fab, there are so many different kinds of bars or clubs to go to and the city always feels safe."
There are plenty of clubs and societies at the university – from human rights to snowboarding. There’s even a Pizza Society!
The subject-based clubs, such as the History Society, means students can meet like-minded friends and discuss topics in a social environment.
For sport enthusiasts, there are over 65 teams that compete in the BUCS league, ranging from tennis and mountain biking, to golf, surfing and rugby. USW Sport has some of the most impressive facilities in the UK. USW Sport Park is one of the best university sport coaching and training venues in the country. The facilities are so good that many professional teams regularly use the park for training, such as the Wales Football Team, Cardiff City Football Club and the touring British Lions, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa rugby squads. For those who want to keep fit, the Sport Centre at USW Pontypridd has a gym, huge main hall, free weights room, squash courts, sauna and more.
Student reviewers gave high ratings for the university's clubs and societies and said there was not only a variety on offer, but also its members were friendly and inclusive.
"They are all very welcoming and friendly."
"There are many clubs and societies at USW and if there isn't something that appeals to you, you can always set up a new one."
"Sports clubs (tennis and badminton) are great, really friendly and well organised."
The university has a library on each campus, each with a range of services and resources. Students have access to books, journals, PCs and Wi-Fi, and can access many resources online. The university also offers tutorials through study skills tutors.
There are Advice Zones on each campus to help with personal or academic difficulties, a Wellbeing Service to provide counselling and free advice, and student mentors who will answer questions, even before a student starts university.
Students also have access to a Student Money Advice Team and a Disability Service which provides individual support plans for students.
There is also a health service available to all students, playcentre based at USW Pontypridd and Chaplaincy which offers an open and affirming service to all students.
International students are offered excellent support and advice, from before they enrol through to graduation. The university has an Immigration and International Student Advice team who offer advice on issues such as immigration, cultural issues and daily life in the UK.
"Excellent. They always offer extra help and tuition for anyone who needs the help."
"The University of South Wales provides a great support, as its staff is always nice and helpful. We have many options to receive support, both academic and personal, as we can even book tutoring online. They periodically send us feedback forms and e-mails to check whether we're doing fine."
"The academic support is very good, USW has an open door policy, so I can talk to the lecturer when ever I want."
£8,000 - £9,000
£12,600 (until July 2020)
£13,200 for courses taught in our Faculty of Business and Creative Industries (from 1 August 2020)
£13,500 for courses taught in our Faculty of Life Sciences and Education and Faculty of computing, engineering and science (from 1 August 2020)
USW Progression Bursary 2020/21
The £500 Progression Bursary is offered to college students who choose to top-up their University of South Wales accredited HND or foundation degree to a full honours degree through a full-time top up course at one of the USW campuses.
The bursary can support your living and study costs while at a University of South Wales campus.
USW Birmingham Metropolitan College Bursary 2020/21
If you are a student studying at Birmingham Metropolitan College, then we want to help you to achieve your ambitions. We offer our BMet Bursary to Birmingham Metropolitan college students who choose to progress to study a University of South Wales full honours degree at a University of South Wales campus.
The University has partnered with Birmingham Metropolitan College, to provide students studying there who choose to progress to a full honours degree at the University of South Wales, with a £1,000 bursary. The bursary can be used towards living and study expenses.
Employability is so important to USW it has been made part of all the courses.
The university has a dedicated team to support you in finding career-related work experience. As a result, 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation, which is much higher than the national average (DLHE 2016).
Industry-links mean students at the university are connected to employers. The university works with employers including the BBC, GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce and Tesco. It even holds networking and careers events and workshops.
Lecturers at the university are at the forefront of their field, with teaching informed by what happens in the real-world. USW produces world-leading research and provides solutions to problems and informs decisions that affect society, culture and the economy. Half of all research at the university is rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).
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