Major UK Player


The University competes equally for students and reputation with the UK’s major regional universities. We help our region compete head to head for investment and growth with major city regions such as Bristol, Manchester, London and Tyneside.

As one of the UK’s biggest universities by student number, our size allows us to invest in develop new courses and facilities. We have a major presence in all of the cities in the region.

Our Chancellor the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord (Rowan) Williams has said that the University is “both a substantial presence in Britain and in the global higher education community, and a major force for change in Wales.”

The University hosts a number of public lectures per year as part of its Global Choices series, which invites leading artists, diplomats, politicians and campaigners to address some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the world today.

Past speakers have included George Robertson, former General Secretary of NATO; Jack Straw, former British Foreign Secretary; and Dyfrig John, former CEO of HSBC, among many others.

These lectures allow the audience to ask questions of people who have been witness to - and in same cases, participants in - major world events. 

Find out more about our Global Choices lecture series