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 94% 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, our size allows us to invest in develop new courses and facilities. We have a major presence in all of the cities in the region.

Our 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.”


  • Faculty of Life Sciences and Education
  • Faculty of Creative Industries
  • Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science
  • Faculty of Business and Society
  • Centre for International English


Treforest, Pontypridd Campus

USW Treforest is surrounded by green open spaces. Our students say they love the warm and friendly welcome and community atmosphere, as well as the convenience of living and studying in the same place.

From listed buildings to new, modern structures, Treforest reflects the University’s history and its ambitions. Here you will find everything you need in one place – halls of residence, the library and sport centre, cafes and bars to eat and drink, and friends to spend time with.

Glyntaff, Pontypridd Campus

USW Glyntaff is surrounded by green open spaces. Our students say they love the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful views.

Home to our health, nursing, police, sport and science students, Glyntaff has state-of-the-art facilities including the latest science laboratories, a Crime Scene House for forensic investigation and the Clinical Simulation Centre. You will also find a library, two cafes and a free regular shuttle bus to USW Treforest.

Newport City Campus

Right at the heart of the city, overlooking the River Usk, is one of the University’s most iconic buildings and it couldn’t be in a better location to embrace city life in Newport. Plus, the Halls of Residence are just a few minutes’ walk away, so you won’t have to get up too early for your 9am lectures!

USW Newport is home to a wide range of subject areas, so you’ll benefit from studying in a diverse atmosphere. We’re continually developing facilities – there’s a new cafe with Starbucks coffee. Students’ Union facilities and study space, with more developments to come.

Cardiff Campus

USW Cardiff is in the city centre, putting you at the heart of the capital of Wales. It’s the perfect home for our creative industries courses and students.

The USW Cardiff campus has recently been developed, to offer even more specialist facilities for you to learn creative skills in a professional environment. Visit us on an Open Day to see for yourself.

Cardiff is a major centre for media production in the UK, with the BBC’s Roath Lock drama studios and Pinewood studios nearby. The city centre is also set to welcome the new headquarters of BBC Wales.

Well known as a city of culture and entertainment, the opportunities for creative industries in Cardiff are endless.




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