University of Glamorgan


Coordinates: 51°35′21″N 3°19′38″W / 51.58917°N 3.32722°W / 51.58917; -3.32722

The University of Glamorgan (Welsh: Prifysgol Morgannwg) was a university based in South Wales prior to the merger with University of Wales, Newport, that formed the University of South Wales in April 2013. The university was based in Pontypridd, in Rhondda Cynon Taf, with campuses in Trefforest, Glyntaff, Merthyr Tydfil, Tyn y Wern (The Glamorgan Sport Park) and Cardiff. The university had four faculties, and was the only university in Wales which had no link with the University of Wales.[3]

University of Glamorgan
Welsh: Prifysgol Morgannwg
University of Glamorgan arms.png
University of Glamorgan coat of arms
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)
MottoSuccess Through Endeavour[1]
Active1913 (1913)–2013 (2013)
ChancellorJohn Morris[2]
Vice-ChancellorJulie Lydon[2]
Logo of the University of Glamorgan

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.[4]


Polytechnic of Wales in 1986

The University of Glamorgan was founded in 1913 as the South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines, a School of Mines based in Trefforest, Pontypridd, serving the large coal mining industry in the South Wales Valleys.[3] 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.[3] 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,[3] 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 "Welsh for Adults" course in 1967.[3] In 1970, the college became a polytechnic.[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.[3]

Between 2003 and the merger, the university had 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, so that the Royal College became part of the 'Glamorgan Group' of institutions.[6] In 2007, "ATRiuM", a new facility for teaching and research in media, design and the arts was opened in Cardiff city centre.[7] A new Students' Union building at the Treforest Campus was opened in September 2010.


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.[4] On 17 December 2012 it was announced that the name for the new university is the University of South Wales. The university at the time of the merger served around 21,500 students,[8] with 10,227 registered as full-time undergraduates.[8] 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.[9]


The university had several campuses:

  • 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 halls of residence were based at the Treforest campus:

  • 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.

Mountain Halls Accommodation blocks opened in September 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.

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

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

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.

  • Oriel Y Bont galleries, an art gallery that hosted a collection of Ernest Zobole paintings. In 2002 the gallery achieved Museum Status.
  • 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.

Faculties and departmentsEdit

  • 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
Business School
  • 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

Academic profileEdit

Rankings and reputationEdit

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.[citation needed]

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

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.[citation needed]

  • A Next Generation Networks, IMS Experience Lab[10]
  • One of only 20 UK business schools to get "excellent ratings" from the government.[11]
  • 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.[citation needed] 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.[12]
  • 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)[13]


  • In November 2012, the University of Glamorgan was awarded the Times Higher Education award for "Outstanding Support for Students".
  • 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]
  • The Business School received Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply Centre of Excellence accreditation, being one of only 13 accredited centres in the UK.[15]
  • 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]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Glamorgan Crest - University of Glamorgan". University of Glamorgan. Archived from the original on 29 October 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Directorate and Governors - University of Glamorgan". University of Glamorgan. Archived from the original on 29 October 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2008.
  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 Glamorgan and Newport agree to form new University for South Wales (news release) Archived 24 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine, University of South Wales News Centre, 3 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "The History of the University of Glamorgan". Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries - ATRiuM facilities". University of Glamorgan. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  8. ^ a b "University of Glamorgan - Facts and Figures". University of Glamorgan. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  9. ^ Devine, Darren (17 July 2009). "The Western Mail". Welsh students struggling to find jobs after graduation. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ University of Glamorgan Archived 5 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ University expansion plan WalesOnline
  13. ^ UHOVI
  14. ^ [1] Archived 15 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ University Awards Archived 23 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Richard James Burgess".
  18. ^ ‘JONES, Caroline Yvonne’, Who's Who; 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
  19. ^ "About | Gareth L. Powell". 9 September 2008.
  20. ^ "".

External linksEdit

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