University of South Wales

Cardiff, Wales

The University of South Wales has campuses in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd. USW is a UK university offering vocationally focused courses and degrees.


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About University of South Wales

Factsheet about: University of South Wales

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The University has campuses throughout South Wales, in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd. Our locations mean you can enjoy everything the region has to offer – city life and culture, stunning beaches and breath-taking countryside.

Employability is at the heart of everything we do, with teaching informed by what happens in the real world. Our graduates have the skills that are essential for the workplace and value our employability schemes, business start-up support and opportunities to get actual experience, often as part of your course.  It’s an approach that works – 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation.

Our size means we can offer an exceptional range of subjects and courses at every level – from Foundation Degree to PhD. It also means that our links with industry and business are hard to beat. We work with world-leaders such as Microsoft, British Airways and the BBC to inform our courses and offer work experience, which ensures our students are prepared for the workplace.

This all adds up to an excellent student experience and the best possible start to your future. But that’s not forgetting what happens outside the classroom. At university, you’ll make new friends for life, try out lots of new things and become more independent than ever before. At the University of South Wales, you’ll find countless opportunities and award-winning support to help you along the way.

It’s an exciting time to get involved with us and find out more about what we have to offer.

University Alumni?
(Any well known or successful alumni?)

Dr Hazel Wallace – The Food Medic

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Brief outline of the university’s facilities

> Immigration and International Student Advice - Our Immigration and international Student Advice team (IISA) id dedicated to the welfare of our international and EU students. They will make sure you have the help and support you need before you arrive and during your studies. IISA staff can help you with any non-academic, welfare-related issues such as visa extensions, employment regulations, orientation and adapting to a new culture.

> Arrival Services - To make your travel arrangements to the university as easy as possible, the University organises arrival services for when you first arrive in the UK. These services are available throughout the year from Cardiff International Airport (CWL) and Heathrow Airport (LHR), London.

> Library and learning support - As well as the great facilities for your subject, you’ll use the latest technologies to enhance your studies. We have virtual learning systems and you’ll experience some of your learning through these, and you can access tour course materials anytime and anywhere through Blackboard.

> Student development and study skills - At university you’ll need to become an independent and effective learner, so we offer support to help you get the most from your studies. Our study skills tutors offer informal tutorials and drop-in sessions in a friendly and relaxed environment. You can get one-to-one advice or attend workshops on specialist topics. We also offer a wide range of self-study materials at each campus and online.

> Award-winning online support - USW has an award-winning web portal called ‘UniLife’, where you’ll find all the information you need for student life. There’s the latest news and events, a comprehensive directory of student information, access to e-learning and study tools and student job listings.

> Postgraduate Centre - A spacious, open-plan, social learning area dedicated to postgraduate students at USW Pontypridd. The centre has study areas, Wi-Fi, computer facilities, a café area, and small meeting rooms.

> The Wellbeing Service - The University’s Wellbeing Service offers a professional, confidential counselling service and mental wellbeing support for students. There’s also Nightline, which is a telephone helpline for students during term-time, while our website has lots of alternative sources of help.

> Money advice - We have experienced staff who can advise you on any aspect of student finance, from fees and scholarships to budgeting.

> Health Services - Our nurse-led university Health Service offers walk-in services with a wide range of advice and referral options.

> Disability and Dyslexia Service - The Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and assistance to students with a disability or specific learning difficulty.

> Religion - The University welcomes students with different culture and faiths from over 120 countries. The Chaplaincy is rooted in the Christian tradition, but it is an inclusive service and gives support to people of all faiths and none. Prayer facilities are available at all of our campuses and the chaplaincy staff can help you with any questions you have about practicing your faith.

Closest airport to the university?

Cardiff International Airport – 40 minute drive to the main campus

Student Union activities & societies?

The Student’s Union plays an important part in the life of every student, and it’s much more than a place to party. The SU is where you can seek advice, plat sport, make new friends, find work and have your voice heard. That said, there’s plenty happening when it’s time to put your studies aside and relax.

The Union offers a wide range of services and activities:

Social life - There’s no shortage of entertainment at the Union. In a warm and friendly atmosphere, you can watch live sport on the big screen, 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 theme nights:

Clubs and societies - Whatever your passion, from human rights to snowboarding or pizza, there’s a club or society for you. If you join a club or society, you’ll meet lots of new people and get involved in all sorts of activities, from demonstrations and day trips to nights out and parties. If there isn’t a society for your activity, simple find enough like-minded people and set up your own!

Employment - If you want some extra cash, you can mix business with pleasure. The Union needs staff for lots of roles, such as bar work or courier. The Job Shop advertises vacancies across the University. They can also advise you on getting experience through volunteering, or help you get your business ideas up and running.

Get involve -The Union is run by students for students, so you get to vote and elect your representatives. The Student Council is made up of representatives from all walks of student life. You can raise concerns, suggest changes, or just tell people how great things are by getting in touch with Student Council members.

Welfare - University is a fantastic experience, but being a student can be completely different from the life you led before and it’s understandable if you have a few problems along the way. But you don’t have to get through it alone – whether your problem is financial, emotional or educational, the Welfare Service is here to listen an support you.

Scholarships & Bursaries

USW Excellence Scholarship 2018.19

The Excellence Scholarship is for new students starting a full time eligible undergraduate honours degree course at the University of South Wales in 2018/19. The Excellence Scholarship forms part of the University’s Unconditional Offer Scheme for High Achievers and is worth £2,000 during your first year of study

Internships/Placement/Study abroad opportunities?

There are a range of work placement opportunities available and there are many websites and approaches you can use to help you find placements. Below is information on what types of placements there are:
Company visits and insight days – Visit an organisation to gain an insight and understanding of the variety of roles on offer
Work shadowing – Observational activity allowing you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of a specific role
Short-term placements/internships – Up to 3 months duration, that can be offered on a flexible basis
Live projects – Negotiated pieces of work, either undertaken on an individual or group basis
Industrial placements/internships – up to 12 months duration, typically taken as the penultimate year of study
Volunteering – Unpaid period of work in the third sector

What accommodation is available & what is the average cost?

Halls of residence
The on-campus halls of residence are the most convenient type of accommodation available. For students studying at Treforest or Glyntaff, the on-campus accommodation is situated at the main campus (Treforest), and facilities including the Learning Resources Centre, The Centre for Sport, Health & Exercise and Students Union are close by.
For students studying at Cardiff, there are three privately owned accommodation options for the University of South Wales students, one of which is directly opposite the ATRiuM campus. Living in halls of residence is a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends and enjoy your independence whilst living in a safe and secure environment.
For students studying at Newport, there are a range of standard or en-suite rooms available all with a shared kitchen, dining and living area. You could expect to pay between £96 and £132 per week, depending on which campus you study on. 

Privately rented accommodation
If you’d prefer to live off-campus in private accommodation in the local area, we can help you find something suitable. For an off-campus standard room you could expect to pay around £45 – £70 per week. Some international students prefer to stay with a host family or share a house with British students as it provides them with a good opportunity to improve their English.

3 Fun Facts about the university

> USW in your pocket
The University of South Wales Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services (CEMAS) has developed a large number of mobile apps. For example, the Archwilio app is like a Tripadvisor for archaeology in Wales: you can use its map to find all Welsh archaeological sites of interest, upload photos and comments, and explore the history of your surroundings.
There are also various Apps for USW students 

> Rugby!
The University has a proud history of being the institution of choice for world class rugby players. Five of 2005’s Welsh Grand Slam squad had studied here, including team captain Michael Owen. The tradition continues today, with rising stars and established world class athletes like Sam Warburton among our students. If you’re an athlete taking part at junior national or international level, apply for one of our Sports Scholarships from August 2015!


> Randomness: Teddy bears, rabbits and a shaggy goat
For the final 'thing you didn’t know about USW’, we decided to offer the most random facts we know about:

According to a 2012 poll, 35% of our students bring teddy bears (or other stuffed toys) to uni! Aww, bless! What a lovely way to prevent homesickness. :-)

The Students’ Union has a fluffy, shaggy goat costume, occasionally worn by trustees and other volunteers. It’s a mascot, of sorts, and you may encounter the goat on campus from time to time, advertising the NSS or cheering on sports teams.

Our more rural campus is visited by a variety of wildlife, including rabbits, hedgehogs, bats, foxes, toads, and (quite rarely) slow worms and snakes. When the new Mountain Halls in Treforest were built, accommodation for bats was included in the construction project.

> Cost of living
New research has revealed that Cardiff is the cheapest city in the UK for students to live!

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