About Us

With more than 30,000 students 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.

Our students voted the University as one of the top 10 UK universities at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2016.

Term dates

Academic Year 2016/17

Autumn Term
Monday 19 September 2016 – Term begins with enrolment/induction
Monday 26 September 2016 – Teaching begins

Friday 16 December 2016 – Term ends

Spring Term
Monday 9 January 2017 – Term begins

Friday 7 April 2017 – Term ends

Summer Term
Monday 1 May 2017 – Term begins

Friday 2 June 2017 – Term ends


July 2017 ceremonies

Thursday 6 July 2017

Ceremonies for students studying at the Cardiff Campus, which will take place at St David's Hall, Cardiff

Monday 10 - Friday 21 July 2017

Ceremonies for students studying at the Pontypridd and Newport campuses.

For general information on Graduation, click here