University of South Wales
The University of South Wales is a university in Wales. It was formed on 11 April 2013 from the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. The university can trace its roots to the founding of the Newport Mechanics Institute in 1841. At formation it was reported that the university had more than 33,500 students from 122 countries and was then the sixth largest in the United Kingdom and the largest in Wales.
However the Office of the Independent Adjudicator stated that, in 2013, the number of students was 29,875 The Higher Education Statistics Agency reported student total numbers of 27,710 for the 2014/15 academic year (12th largest in the UK and the second largest in Wales, by student number).
The university is one of Wales’s five major universities and a member of the St David’s Day Group. Its precursor institutions have been recognised for producing some world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) research in specialist areas, such as nursing and midwifery, architecture and the built environment, English language and literature, history, communication, cultural and media studies, mechanical and aeronautical and manufacturing engineering.
The University of Glamorgan was recognised for providing outstanding student support, winning the 2012 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support to Students. The University of Wales, Newport received the 2013 Guardian Higher Education Award (with the University of Glamorgan) for widening participation through its Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI) initiative.
The university offers independent advice to government and employers across the UK on health, education, economic growth, social policy and governance. It has provided a partnership platform for think-tanks such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and NESTA to develop debate on public policy reform in the UK.
The Good University Guide 2015 published by The Sunday Times ranked the university as 114 out of 123 UK universities. The guide rated student satisfaction at 77.0%, (117th out of 123) and student numbers as 15,835 undergraduates plus 2,475 postgraduates.