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University of Glamorgan

University of Glamorgan
Prifysgol Morgannwg
University of Glamorgan crest
Former names
Glamorgan Technical College (1949-1958), Glamorgan College of Technology (1958-1970), Glamorgan Polytechnic (1970-1975), Glamorgan College of Education, Polytechnic of Wales (1975-1992)
Motto Success Through Endeavour[1]
Active 1913 (1913)–2013 (2013)
Type Public
Chancellor [2]
Vice-Chancellor Julie Lydon[2]
Students 21,496
Undergraduates 18,240
Postgraduates 3,256
Location Trefforest, Wales, UK

The University of Glamorgan (Cardiff. The university had four faculties, and was the only university in Wales which had no link with the University of Wales.[3]


  • History 1
  • Academic rankings 2
  • Reputation 3
  • Campuses 4
  • List of former faculties and departments 5
  • Facilities 6
  • Awards 7
  • Notable alumni 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


The University of Glamorgan was founded in 1913 as a

  • University of Glamorgan official website
  • University of Glamorgan Student Union official website

External links

  1. ^ "Glamorgan Crest - University of Glamorgan". University of Glamorgan. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Directorate and Governors - University of Glamorgan". University of Glamorgan. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch (2008) pg896 ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6
  4. ^ a b c "The History of the University of Glamorgan". Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the University of Glamorgan Strategic Alliance welcomed". Welsh Assembly Government. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries - ATRiuM facilities". University of Glamorgan. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "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 1 December 2009. 
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ University of Glamorgan
  11. ^ University expansion plan WalesOnline
  12. ^ UHOVI
  13. ^ Glamorgan and Newport agree to form new University for South Wales (news release), University of South Wales News Centre, 3 July 2012.
  14. ^ [4]
  15. ^ University Awards
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See also

(View University of South Wales for further alumni)[16]

Notable alumni

  • Electronic Product Engineering within the School of Electronics, and Environmental Technology and Management, have been designated "Centres of Expertise" for Wales.
  • Glamorgan has received the first prize in the national competition for best course designs and teaching ability three times.
  • Glamorgan was 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.[14]
  • In November 2012, the University of Glamorgan was awarded the Times Higher Education award for "Outstanding Support for Students".


  • Learning Resource Centre: The library of the university had 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.
  • Oriel Y Bont galleries, an art gallery that hosted a collection of Ernest Zobole paintings. In 2002 the gallery achieved Museum Status.

Additional educational facilities included 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 Aerospace Centre (with its own plane), an on-campus radio studio, and two theatres.

The Union has also welfare, education and equality support and there was a democratic structure change to Student Council.

The Students’ Union was one of only 7 buildings in Wales to be awarded with an internationally recognized RIBA award in 2011.

The Students Union was also on the Treforest campus. The Student Union was the home to a number of sports teams, sports clubs and societies as well as TAG, the student newspaper. The building opened in September 2010.

Mountain Halls Accommodation blocks opened in September 2011.

  • Glamorgan Court - Built in 1996, with all the rooms in the hall buildings arranged into clusters of six en-suite bedrooms with a shared kitchen.

The halls of residence were based at the Treforest campus:


  • Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, the Atrium
    • 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
    • Astronomy
    • Geography and the Environment
    • Health Sciences including Nursing and Chiropractic
    • Life Sciences
    • Physical Sciences (including Chemistry, Geology and Forensic Science)
    • Police Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sport
  • Faculty of Business and Society
    • Accounting
    • Art Practice
    • Business Management
    • English and Creative Writing
    • Event Management
    • History
    • Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Law and Criminology
    • Psychology
  • Faculty of Advanced Technology
    • Aerospace
    • Built Environment
    • Computing and Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Lighting and Live Event Technology

List of former faculties and departments

  • Trefforest - the main campus played host to the bulk of academic departments and facilities, including the indoor sports centre and students union. It is accessed via Treforest railway station from either Cardiff, Merthyr or the Rhondda; regular bus services or the A470.
  • Glyntaff - housed the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science. All Science and Sport subjects were based here, including Police Sciences and Nursing.
  • Partner colleges - The university had specialised "partner colleges" throughout South Wales; for example, Barry College for aeronautical engineering.
  • Merthyr Tydfil - Merthyr Tydfil College had 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 - Was home to the new Glamorgan Sport Park.
  • ATRiuM - The Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries was based at a Cardiff campus located close to Cardiff Queen Street railway station.

The university had several campuses:


On 17 December 2012 it was announced that the name for the new university is the University of South Wales.

In July 2012 the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport announced that they had begun talks aimed at integrating the two institutions.[13]

  • A Next Generation Networks, IMS Experience Lab[9]
  • One of only 20 UK business schools to get "excellent ratings" from the government.[10]
  • Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services (CEMAS).
  • Research in biohydrogen production and wastewater treatment.
  • The first 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. Specialists in police and forensic related matters are organised within the Glamorgan Centre for Police Sciences. The university has its own Crime Scenes Investigation House.
  • A £35 million (46.7 million or $68.6 million) investment in the city of Cardiff, completed in 2007, houses the Atrium.[11]
  • The University, along with Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities is part of the St David's Day Group, which is dedicated to acting together drive forward the knowledge economy in Wales.
  • Glamorgan, in partnership with the University of Wales Newport, is leading the development of the University of the Heads of the Valleys Initiative (UHOVI)[12]

The bulk of full-time students entered 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.


In November 2012, the University of Glamorgan was awarded the Times Higher Education award for "Outstanding Support for Students".

The last rankings showed that the University of Glamorgan was rated the top "new" university in Wales, and one of the top five Welsh universities, by the Sunday Times.

Academic rankings

The university at the time of the merger served around 21,500 students,[7] with 10,227 registered as full-time undergraduates.[7] The university offered around 200 courses and in 2009 claimed to have one of the highest graduate employment rates in Wales, reporting that 94.3% of 2007-08 graduates found employment within six months of graduation.[8]

A new Students' Union building at the Treforest Campus was opened in September 2010. [6].Cardiff city centre", a new facility for teaching and research in media, design and the arts was opened in ATRiuM In 2007, "[5] Between 2003 and the merger, the university had been engaged in an active "growth strategy", merging with


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