Why choose USW?



Are you ready to take control of your tomorrow? Join the #USWFamily.

At USW we know that a better tomorrow is possible if we prepare for it today. 

By choosing USW, you'll be joining a positive and collaborative culture that focuses on real-world problems and challenges. You will become a graduate who is prepared for tomorrow, who is ready to build a career, changing both your life and the lives of others, for the better.

Our practical and applied approach to study means you'll be making a difference in practice, not just on paper. Our state-of-the-art facilities across each campus provide our students with invaluable hands-on learning and our links to industry employers and work experience opportunities ensure that by the time you leave university, you're ready for what the future holds.

USW. Your future, future-proofed. 






Employability is at the heart of everything we do. We seek to ensure that you’ll be ready to start a successful career after graduating from university.

We are the university that encourages the outside in, actively seeking partners to deliver better tomorrows for our staff, students and communities.

With this in mind, we've made employability part of the curriculum, with teaching informed by what happens in the real world and what skills you’ll need for the workplace.

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We partner with industry leaders ensuring our teaching and placements are current and our equipment is state-of-the-art – with many courses professionally accredited.  

Accreditations act as a stamp of approval for your employability. Graduating whilst gaining accreditation shows that you've been taught to the highest, industry-relevant standard, and this is often recognised by employers, giving you a competitive advantage when entering the job market.

You’ll find details of professional accreditations via our course pages. This will be highlighted in the top right and throughout the course page text.

South Wales is an exceptional part of the UK, with city life, countryside and coast on your doorstep.

With campuses in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport, you can enjoy all that South Wales has to offer – city life and culture, stunning beaches and breathtaking countryside. 

South Wales is a welcoming place to study and our students love the friendly atmosphere at USW. All our campuses are easily reached by road, rail and air, so wherever you come from you’re never far from home.


Our courses are often led and taught by experts in their fields or key players in the industry, meaning they can impart their knowledge and connect you to employers.

Many of our academics are active researchers, or are key players in their industry, meaning you’ll be taught by people who have current, real-world experience in the field you’re interested in.

We ensure that our teaching teams maintain strong connections to their individual industries, ensuring they bring their knowledge of these to their work on our courses.

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Research at USW makes a real difference and has an impact. It provides solutions to problems and informs decisions that affect society, culture and the economy.

As we face up to the world’s biggest challenges in a variety of sectors, from sustainable energy to cyber security, USW is committed to leading the way.

Focusing on accelerated development and investment in our reputable and high-impact research areas, which includes sustainable environment, crime, security and justice, health and wellbeing and the creative industries, you'll be joining a university at the forefront of research for impact.

Here are 8 reasons you will benefit from university research.

For wellbeing, information and advice, whatever the issue, there’s a network of people at USW ready to help you. 

Many of USW's support services use the online support system Advice Zone Online which is a 'one-stop-shop' for all student queries from Accommodation to Careers, IT support and Disability Services.

We also offer student mentoring schemes and 1-2-1 advice from our friendly support staff. 

USW Family

Here, you’ll be part of something bigger than just a university; you’ll be a member of the #USWfamily. 

USW is for people who are engaged with and care about our society. 

We change lives and our world for the better, and we have adapted creative ways to learn and socialise together, both on campus and virtually. 

We welcome people from across the globe who thrive in a collaborative culture, who strive to make connections and develop their future.

We have clubs and societies devoted to everything from karate to rocketry, and lots of sport clubs and events for you to get involved at USW.

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What does tomorrow hold for you? Let's start to build your career and plan your part in solving the challenges ahead.

Choosing which university to study at is one of the biggest decisions you'll make, but we're here to help.

You can discover more about life at USW by booking an open day, chatting with our staff and students or by requesting a prospectus

Find your tomorrow, today.


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