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University of Glamorgan

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Prifysgol Morgannwg
Motto Success Through Endeavour[1]
Date of establishment 1913[2]
Type public university
Chancellor (education) John Morris, Baron Morris of Aberavon[3]
Vice-Chancellor Professor David Halton[3]
Students 21,496
Undergraduate education 18,240
Postgraduate education 3,256
Location Trefforest, Wales, United Kingdom
Logo of the University of Glamorgan

The University of Glamorgan (Welsh: Prifysgol Morgannwg) is a university based in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales with campuses in Trefforest, Glyntaff, Merthyr Tydfil, Tyn y Wern and Cardiff. The university has seven departments and faculties, and is the only university in Wales which has no current or former link with the University of Wales.[4]


The University of Glamorgan was founded in 1913 as a School of Mines based in Treforest, Pontypridd, serving the large Mining in Wales in the South Wales Valleys.[4] The school was owned and funded by the major Welsh coal owners, through a levy of one tenth of a penny on each ton of coal produced by the companies involved.[4] At the outset, the school had 17 mining diploma students, including three from China.[5] The school was taken over by Glamorgan County Council during the Depression,[4] and became Glamorgan Technical College in 1949, reflecting its expanding portfolio, and the Glamorgan College of Technology in 1958.[5] By this time, the institution had expanded to offer a range of full-time, sandwich and part-time courses in science, technology and commerce, to which it added the first ever "Welsh languagefor Adults" course in 1967.[4] In 1970, the college became a Polytechnic (United Kingdom).[5] Glamorgan Polytechnic merged with the Glamorgan College of Education in Barry and was re-designated as the Polytechnic of Wales in 1975, before being awarded university status as the University of Glamorgan in 1992.[4]

Since 2003, the University has been engaged in an active "growth strategy", merging with Merthyr Tydfil College in 2004/5 and forming a "strategic alliance" with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2006. "ATRiuM (Cardiff)", a new campus, was recently opened in Cardiff city centre.[6] Presently, the University serves around 21,500 students,[7] with 10,227 registered as full-time undergraduates.[7] The university currently offers around 200 courses and has one of the highest graduate employment rates in Wales, with over 93 per cent of 2007-08 graduates finding employment within six months of graduation.[8]

Academic rankings

2008 2009 2010
Good University Guide 55th of 113[9] 77th 94th of 114[10]
Guardian University Guide 65th out of 120 [11] 58th of 117 [12] 80th of 117 [13]
Sunday Times University Guide 59th of 120 97th 98th of 122[14]


The University has been a major contributor to the widening participation agenda of the Welsh Assembly, providing a range of foundation certificate courses, some of which require B grades in order to permit progression to a academic degree programme. The bulk of full-time students enter through the UCAS system with A-levels or equivalent qualifications and many of the University's degree courses are selective in that they require specific A-levels or above average grades for entry.[citation needed] According to the Times University rankings of 2010, Glamorgan is ranked 94th of the 114 British universities, slipping 17 places since 2009.[15]

  • A Next Generation Networks, IMS Experience Lab[16]
  • One of only 20 UK business schools to get an 'excellent ratings' from the government.[17]
  • Research partner for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), world’s largest entrepreneurship research project.
  • Research in biohydrogen production and wastewater treatment.
  • The only university in Wales to be awarded the Environmental ISO 14001.
  • The University of Glamorgan, with Cardiff University and South Wales Police, forms the Universities Police Science Institute (UPSI) - a unique organisation in the UK dedicated to research and training in police related matters. The University of Glamorgan's BSc in Police Sciences is the only one of its kind in the UK. Specialists in police and forensic related matters are organised within the Glamorgan Centre for Police Sciences.[citation needed]
  • A Pound Sterling 35 million (Euro 46.7 million or US dollar 68.6 million) investment in the city of Cardiff, completed in 2007, houses the Atrium (Cardiff).[18]
  • The University's chiropratic institute is the only University based centre for training chiropractors in the UK[19]
  • In the 2006 National Student Survey, quality of teaching was awarded a grade of 4 out of 5.


The University has several campuses:

  • Trefforest - the main campus plays host to the bulk of academic departments and facilities, including the indoor sports centre and students union. It is accessed via Trefforest railway station from either Cardiff, Merthyr Line or the Rhondda Line; regular bus services or the A470 road.
  • Glyntaff - originally established purely for law, it now hosts exclusively the Nursing Courses under the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science. All Science and Sport, including Police Sciences.
  • Partner colleges - The University has specialised "partner colleges" throughout South Wales; for example, Barry College for aeronautical engineering.
  • Merthyr Tydfil - the former Merthyr Tydfil College has become part of the University of Glamorgan Group (but not part of the University), although its focus remains on delivering Further Education rather than Higher Education.
  • Tyn y Wern - Is home to the university's sports facilities and playing fields.
  • Atrium (Cardiff) - The Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries is based at a new Cardiff campus located close to Cardiff Queen Street railway station.

List of Faculties and Departments

  • Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, Atrium (Cardiff)
    • Animation
    • Communication Design
    • Drama
    • Fashion and Retail Design
    • Film, Photography and New Media
    • Media, Culture and Journalism
    • Music and Sound
  • Faculty of Health, Sport & Science
    • Health Sciences including Nursing and Chiropractic
    • Police Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Life Sciences
    • Physical Sciences (including Chemistry, Geology and Forensic Science)
    • Sport
    • Geography and the Environment
    • Astronomy and Science Education
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • History
    • English and Creative Writing
    • Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Law and Criminology
  • Faculty of Advanced Technology
    • Built Environment
    • Computing and Mathematics
    • Engineering
  • Glamorgan Business School
    • Business Excellence BA
    • Accounting
    • Leisure, Sport and Tourism Courses
    • Management and Business
  • Faculty of Further Education and Collaborative Activities
    • Combined Studies Unit
    • Glamorgan GATES
    • Centre for Intergenerational Practice
    • Llynfi Valley Project
    • Race and Ethnicity
    • First Campus


There are two halls of residence, both within the Treforest campus:

  • Glamorgan Court - is the newer, with all the rooms in the hall buildings arranged into clusters of six en-suite bedrooms with a shared kitchen.
  • Neuadd Philip Evans & Neuadd Philip Squire - which have kitchens on each of the three sections of each of the three floors, communal toilets and showers.

The University of Glamorgan Union is also on the Treforest campus. The current President of the Students Union is Helen Wakefield. The Student Union is the home to a number of sports teams, sports clubs and societies as well as Leek, the student newspaper and GlamTV, the student TV station for Glamorgan (and the only student TV station in Wales).[citation needed]

Additional educational facilities include a 24-hour PC lab, wireless internet access in specified areas, world class equipment for nursing courses (including life sized dummies that simulate human beings, from breathing to giving birth), a TV studio, an on-campus radio studio, two theatres, and an art gallery.

  • Learning Resource Centre: The library of the University has books and all other media facilities as well as daily newspapers from around the country and journal articles. Online research journals such as Mintel and Keynotes are available for students to use for free.


  • In 2007 University of Glamorgan has been rated the "most environmentally friendly university" in Wales, and 4th "greenest" facility in the UK, in the 2007 Green League Table being published in the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), produced by People & Planet[20]
  • Glamorgan is the first university in Wales, and only the 8th in the whole of the UK, to have been awarded the nationally recognised Investor in People status, for staff training and development.[21]
  • The Business School received Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Centre of Excellence accreditation, being one of only 13 accredited centres in the UK.[22]
  • Glamorgan has received the first prize in the national competition for best course designs and teaching ability three times.[citation needed]
  • Electronic Product Engineering within the School of Electronics, and Environmental Technology and Management, have been designated "Centres of Expertise" for Wales.[citation needed]


  1. "Glamorgan Crest - University of Glamorgan". University of Glamorgan. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  2. "Glamorgan, University of - A-Z Unis & Colleges, Getting Into University -". The Independent. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Directorate and Governors - University of Glamorgan". University of Glamorgan. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg896 ISBN 9780708319536
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "The History of the University of Glamorgan". Retrieved 01 December 2009. 
  6. The ATRiuM is now open
  7. 7.0 7.1 "University of Glamorgan - Facts and Figures". University of Glamorgan. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  8. Devine, Darren (17 July 2009). "The Western Mail". Welsh students struggling to find jobs after graduation. Retrieved 01 December 2009. 
  9. Times Good University Guide 2008
  10. Times Good University Guide 2010
  11. Guardian University Guide 2008
  12. Guardian University Guide 2009/10
  13. Guardian University Guide 2010/11
  14. Sunday Times University Guide 2010
  15. Good University Guide 2010
  16. [1]
  17. University of Glamorgan
  18. University expansion plan WalesOnline
  19. Health science courses
  20. Green League Table 2007
  21. [2]
  22. University Awards

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