University of South Wales

  • 21000 Students (2500 int'l)
  • Public University
Pontypridd, United Kingdom
The University of Glamorgan is a dynamic institution with an exceptional record for academic excellence, teaching and research.

About University of South Wales

The University of Glamorgan is a dynamic institution with an exceptional record for academic excellence, teaching and research.

Renowned for its friendly community and supportive atmosphere the modern campus continues to grow and attracts more than 21,000 students.

The University of Glamorgan attracts more than 21,000 students to its modern campus which is renowned for its friendly community atmosphere and quality learning, teaching and leisure facilities.

Glamorgan is proud of its excellent learning resources, quality, en-suite accommodation, smart new café bars, excellent IT facilities and sporting facilities which are amongst the best in the country.

A dynamic institution, Glamorgan is at the forefront of innovative teaching, and e-learning resources are an integral and fundamental part of university life.

Glamorgan offers over 200 courses which are designed to provide a balance of work-related and academic skills to give students a real advantage in today´s competitive work market and it has one of the best graduate employment rates in the UK to prove it.


The University is proud of its facilities and shares them with the local community wherever possible.

Chiropractic Clinic

The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic offers clinical chiropractic healthcare services to university staff, students and the wider community, provided by student clinicians completing their General Chiropractic Council training. This ensures that the training given meets the high standards demanded under government legislation.

In addition to Chiropractic treatment, the WIOC also offers its patients supervised rehabilitation exercise programmes and imaging facilities.

Glamorgan Sport Park and Centre for Sport, Health and Exercise

The Glamorgan Sport Park is the home of the students outdoor sports. The superb 30-acre Centre includes nine grass pitches and a large Pavilion. The Floodlit All Weather Surface allows an excellent standard of Hockey and Football. The sand based synthetic turf complies with all FIH (Federation of International Hockey) recommendations and includes four covered dugouts for teams.

The Centre for Sport, Health & Exercise provides an excellent programme of Childrens sporting activities throughout the year. The non-residential activities are aimed at children aged between 8-16 years who would like to try a number of activities including climbing, archery, badminton and trampolining.

The gym facilities, including fitness classes and instructional courses, are also open to members of the public.


Located on campus in a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle, the purpose built nursery has been designed with comfort and safety in mind. It offers full-time and part-time day care for children between the ages of 3 months to five years, from 8.00am to 6.00pm.

The Playcentre is a fun, friendly, safe and educational environment at which the children of staff and students can spend their day while their parents are hard at work.

The Holiday Playcare Scheme provides quality full-day care for children aged four to 12 during holiday periods. Fully experienced staff, who are qualified as Playcare Workers and/or Nursery Nurses (NNEB/BTEC), offer supervision and support in a positive play environment.

Art Gallery Oriel y bont

Over the last ten years the University of Glamorgan has been developing and expanding its art programmes and collections. This activity has included the annual Art Purchase Prize competition exhibitions held in its main gallery space, Oriel y Bont, and touring to the Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff. In 2002, the University was awarded registered Museum Status and this enabled it to successfully bid for artworks gifted to the University by the Arts Council of Wales (in 2003 and 2005) and the Contemporary Art Society for Wales (in 2006). These gifts, and numerous other purchases, have served to reinforce the focus of its art collections on contemporary works and those from the 20th Century with a geographic emphasis on the South Wales Valleys environment in which the University is located and, when necessary for contextual and historical reasons, the rest of Wales. In 2009, the University gained fully accredited Museum Status. Members of the public are welcome to visit the gallery (link to exhibitions and art trail).

Woodland Walk

The Woodland Walk, based on the Treforest Campus, is open to the local community during the day. Its a tranquil area, ideal for wildlife spotting. There are benches and an outdoor classroom, which is available for local schools to use.

Student life at University of South Wales

Glamorgan students not only get an excellent academic education, they also benefit from the quality of the student experience as a whole. Glamorgan has brand new accommodation and students union facilities, sporting opportunities for all abilities, clubs and societies to cater for all interests and student support that provides a range of services from financial information to health advice.

Where is the University of Glamorgan?

The University of Glamorgan is situated in South Wales, which is in the Western half of the United Kingdom. The University has campuses in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, and Pontypridd, which is 12 miles north of Cardiff.


The University has three campuses. The Treforest and Glyntaff campuses are both based in Pontypridd and are a short 10 minute walk apart. A 20-minute train journey from the Treforest campus is ATRiuM, situated in the cosmopolitan city centre of Cardiff.

The subject you study will determine the campus where you will be based. Unlike other universities, we do not expect you to travel between each campus all of your lectures, tutorials and teaching will take place in the same place.

Where will I study?


Treforest campus in Pontypridd is home to Glamorgan Business School, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Advanced Technology.

This is largest of the three campuses and is set in the rolling hills of the Welsh countryside, Treforest is a modern campus with a strong history in the local area. With a relaxed atmosphere, this is a perfect place to study and socialise. It has a new Students Union building, halls of residence and is close to the bars and shops of Pontypridd. If you like the outdoor life, you are close to parks, mountains and the sea.


If you are studying a subject within the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, you will study at Glyntaff campus in Pontypridd.

On the campus you will find a students union shop and various food outlets. Facilities here include the scenes of crime house, state-of-the-art science laboratories and the Clinical Simulation Suite for health sciences students.


Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries is based in the city centre of Cardiff at ATRiuM. Its a multi-million pound purpose built facility with studios, darkrooms and practice rooms. The on-campus Students Union and cafe will keep you going during a long day in the studio.

Cardiff is Wales capital city and offers countless bars, shops, restaurants and coffee shops as well as lots of cultural experiences. Cardiff Castle takes up centre position, surrounded by the beautiful Bute Park, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Museum and smaller galleries and theatres.

Investment and Developments

The University is investing over £130million in its facilities across all three campuses to ensure students get the best possible learning experience. This exciting programme of developments will see a radical change in student facilities across the University.

Clubs and Societies

Whatever your passion, from human rights to big band, theres a club or society for you. By joining a society, you will meet lots of new people and have the opportunity to get involved in loads of activities. Most importantly, you will get more out of your time at university being part of a society is your chance to try something completely new or keep up existing interests.

Joining a society

Every year the Students Union holds a Freshers Fayre, where you will be able to browse stalls set up by the different societies and sign up for the ones that catch your eye! You can still join at a later date but its a great way to find out whats going on.

Setting up a society

If there isnt currently a society set up that takes your fancy, you can set up your own providing you have at least 10 people interested in joining. The Students Union reception will be able to tell you everything you need to do to get started.

Clubs and Societies

These are some examples of existing societies you could join:

  • Glamnesty Amnesty International
  • Engineering Society
  • Afro-Caribbean Society
  • Climbing Society
  • International Society


All of our accommodation is self-catering, but if youre not a budding Gordon Ramsay or need a bite to eat at lunchtime to keep you going, then there are plenty of places to eat on campus, most of which offer halal and Fairtrade products.

The campus cafes and restaurants offer a great variety of hot and cold food; you can also buy snacks and food essentials in the Students Union shops. Have a look at the list of food outlets available on each campus to see if they might whet your appetite.


The University of Glamorgan is officially a Fairtrade university. The Fairtrade foundation granted us this status to recognize what we are doing to create a fairer and safer world.

A group of staff and students worked together for three years to earn this achievement, developing Fairtrade across the University and raising awareness of the movement. We are committed to Fairtrade produce throughout our shops, cafes and restaurants, which means we are supporting the sustainable development of farmers and farming in three continents.'

Students' Union

The Students Union is run by students for students, so you get a say in how this is done. You automatically get membership of the Union as a University of Glamorgan student, so you can make the most of whats available. It offers a wide range of services and activities, so when youre not studying, the Union is the place to be.


In September 2010, the University opened its brand-new Students Union building at Treforest. The state-of-the-art building is home to support services, events, clubs, societies, a hairdressers and beauty salon not forgetting the all-important nightclub and bars. The building is a modern, iconic facility that acts as the social hub of the campus.

  • Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the whole building and computers available for student use in the social learning area.
  • Box office for student events
  • Students Union shop
  • Jobshop / Volunteer bureau
  • Variety of cafes and bars and a nightclub/events space
  • Large outdoor terrace
  • Cash machines


In September 2009 we opened a new purpose-built Students Union facility at the ATRiuM campus in Cardiff. This offers support to students studying in Cardiff as well as the typical Union provision.

  • Students Union shop selling stationary, alcohol, sandwiches, snacks and University merchandise.
  • Escape Bar and Cafe serving hearty meals such as sausage and mash, curry, pasta and full cooked breakfasts. You can also get tea, coffee and sandwiches as well as a pint or glass of wine after a long day studying.
  • Student support from on campus officers.
  • Clubs and Societies office.


Whilst students studying courses based on the Glyntaff campus may live on the Treforest campus and will be using the great new Students Union facilities there, we also wanted to make sure that your day-to-day needs were catered for.

  • Union shop where you can buy stationary, sandwiches, university merchandise and even lab coats!
  • Reception area where a member of Union staff is available to deal with any queries you may have or help you with any support issue youd like the Union to be involved with.

Sporting Life

If a healthy body leads to a healthy mind then its no surprise that Glamorgan students do so well.

Our Centre for Sport, Health and Exercise has an excellent reputation for the quality of its facilities, which are some of the finest of any university. But dont just take our word for it, we have Quest Accreditation for the centre, which is the UK Quality Scheme for Sport and Leisure and the only sport chartermark recognised by all four Sports Councils. Located in our Treforest campus next to the Union, the centre offers a wide range of activities for all students.

Our facilities are used regularly by many professional teams including the Wales national football squad, Cardiff City FC, Cardiff Blues Rugby Academy and touring rugby sides from South Africa and New Zealand. The Scottish football international, Steve Thompson, praised the facilities after his move from Rangers to Cardiff City: the pitches at University of Glamorgan, Treforest are exceptionally goodTreforest is such an important place for the team.

The university has achieved outstanding sporting success in recent years, nurturing students in karate, rugby, football, golf, hockey and basketball who have gone on to gain success at national and international level.


The on-campus sports centre offers some of the finest facilities of any university, including:-

  • large, indoor sports hall
  • unique, 9m climbing wall
  • six badminton courts
  • aerobic studio for classes, table tennis, martial arts and fencing
  • four squash courts
  • free weights room
  • sauna and solarium

Facilities are open for over 96 hours each week during term time and are open during the holidays.

Playing fields

Glamorgan also boasts a 30-acre facility at nearby Glamorgan Sport Park, with nine football and rugby pitches, three of which are floodlit, plus a floodlit all-weather surface and cricket pitch. The Sport Park has recently been developed, with a £3.7 million investment programme to enhance the provision of sport science facilities.

Student support

University is a fantastic time in your life, but you may get a few hassles along the way.

At Glamorgan, you will find all the support you need to make sure your university experience runs as smoothly as possible. If you want any information, advice or guidance on any emotional, financial or medical issue, there is a network of people ready to help.

Counselling, advice and welfare

The University offers a professional, confidential counselling service for all students. Professional staff are on hand at the Counselling and Mental Wellbeing Services to help you deal with the practicalities of student life.

The Students Union

The welfare service provided by the Students Union is there to help with any problems which may occur during your time at the University of Glamorgan. Whether it is financial, health related, accommodation or it might be you just need a sympathetic ear. We are a confidential service.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

The University of Glamorgan is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment. The Disability and Dyslexia Service offers a range of support services for students with a specific learning disability or impairment, and we encourage you to discuss your individual requirements with an Adviser as early as possible.


The Health Centre on our Treforest campus offers a nurse-led, walk-in or phone-in service, providing help and advice for any health related issue. The Centre is open Monday to Friday with regular GP surgeries. For students who live in Cardiff, the ATRiuM Health Clinic offers regular appointments.

Spiritual wellbeing

The Chaplaincy, while rooted in the Christian tradition, is an open and inclusive service that provides a reference point for students of all faiths. We have a number of advisers from different faiths Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism and we are available to give pastoral support.


The Universitys Playcentre provides full-time and part-time care for children aged between three months and five years. Registered by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, priority places are given to children of Glamorgan students and staff.

Support for care leavers

If youve been in care, you might not have the traditional family support that most students have when they go to university but that doesnt mean you have to miss out. Here at Glamorgan, weve got lots of experience of supporting people from all kinds of backgrounds to apply to and succeed at university.

A university degree can really open doors, developing your skills, knowledge and confidence to kickstart your career. Weve put together a package of support specifically for care leavers who would like to come and study with us. If youve been in care and are under 21, youll be entitled to help and advice on everything from filling in your application form to managing your money.

Accommodation at the University of Glamorgan

When you are choosing where to go to university, the quality, availablity and value for money of accommodation can be a key part of your decision making process. Where you live can be just as important as what you learn. Whether you want to live on campus, or nearby, well help you feel at home.

The University of Glamorgan guarantees to provide all full time UCAS applicants accommodation in either halls of residence on campus or a privately rented room owned by a reputable landlord in the local area for their first year starting in September 2011.

Accommodation Services forms part of Campus Services, which includes: Catering, Conferencing, Childcare and Glamorgan Sport and is one of the many support services available to students at University of Glamorgan. Accommodation Services is responsible for allocating and managing your accommodation, including housekeeping and facilities associated with your Hall of Residence. Our team are dedicated to assisting you in finding a place to live that suits you, offering advice and support for all your accommodation needs and ensuring you have the best possible experience.

Finding the ideal place to live at University can be daunting, but Accommodation Services aim to make it easy and enjoyable. At the University of Glamorgan, we pride ourselves on the quality of our accommodation, having invested £20 million in new halls of residence at our Treforest Campus. You can choose to live in halls of residence at the Treforest Campus, or in private sector accommodation in Treforest or Cardiff. We also have arrangements with private halls of residence in Cardiff.

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