The University of South Wales is one of the largest universities in the UK, offering our students excellent opportunities and prospects.

A course at USW is more than just a qualification. Inside and outside the classroom, we help you achieve your potential professionally and personally.

Here at the University of South Wales we always put our students first. We offer a friendly and academically challenging environment with an excellent reputation for teaching quality, state-of-the-art study facilities and supportive staff.

We have over 500 courses available, outstanding graduate employment rates and we’ve invested £160 million into our facilities.

The University of South Wales is a diverse academic community of many nations and beliefs, brought together by a shared commitment to the transformation of lives through knowledge and education.

Whether we are educating graduates for the changing world of work and industry, or providing policy advice to government, pushing the boundaries of applied research or using those discoveries to address the great choices that face our society, we want our University to add value to our communities, our economy, and most fundamentally, to the lives of those who study here.

The University is a large and diverse organisation with staff and students from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. We aim to create a tolerant environment where everyone can reach their full potential.

As part of our work to continually improve equality and diversity across the institution, a network of trained staff known as the Fair Play 30 will act as advocates for promoting equality and dealing with equality issues arising for staff and students in their areas.

Fair Play 30 recently won the Advancing Staff Equality title at the 2019 Guardian University Awards, in recognition of its ‘profound impact on creating a culture of inclusivity’ at USW.

The network aims to complement the University’s current resources and structures for promoting equality and diversity by providing a network of local equality contacts across the organisation.


With campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport, the University is renowned for its partnerships with major employers.

USW Treforest is surrounded by green open spaces. 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.

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

Home to USW 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.

USW Cardiff is in the city centre, putting you at the heart of the capital of Wales. It’s the perfect home for the 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 University 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.

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. University is continually developing facilities – there’s a new cafe with Starbucks coffee. Students’ Union facilities and study space, with more developments to come.