The History of the University of South Wales

The University of South Wales was formed in 2013 by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport.

Both the institutions that have come together to create the University of South Wales have a rich and varied history, and can each trace their roots back more than 100 years.

Key events in the history of both institutions

Decade University of Glamorgan University of Newport
1840s The Newport Mechanics Institute was formed
1910s The South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines was opened in 1913 with 17 mining students The Newport Technical Institute as formed in 1910. The Monmouthshire Training College opened in 1914.
1940s The School was renamed the School of Mines and Technology and was active in training 'Bevin Boys’ and army cadets
1970s Glamorgan Polytechnic formed and then merged with the Glamorgan College of Education in Barry and was re-designated the Polytechnic of Wales Caerleon College of Education, Newport College of Art & Design and Gwent College of Technology merge to form the Gwent College of Higher Education
1990s The University of Glamorgan began in 1992 In 1996, the Gwent College of Higher Education was admitted into the University of Wales as the University of Wales College, Newport.
2000s The University of Glamorgan merged with The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and opened its iconic ATRiuM campus in 2007 The Kegie Building was opened in Caerleon in 2007.
2010s The Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI) was launched in 2010 as a partnership between the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport The Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI) was launched in 2010 as a partnership between the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport