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University of South Wales opens its doors to over 33,000 students

Atrium, Prifysgol morgannwg

It's not been easy. It's been a long and bumpy ride with numerous difficulties but last month the University of South Wales finally opened its doors, promising to bring hundreds of new students to the Cardiff area.

The University of South Wales is the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. The merger makes the University one of the biggest in the UK and promises to help promote the South Wales area. It is expected to offer over 311 honours degrees. The University anticipates around 33,500 students from 120 countries will study there.

Vice-chancellor, Prof Julie Lydon said: "The University will compete equally for students and reputation with the UK's major regional universities and will help the region compete head-to-head for investment and growth with major city regions such as Bristol, Manchester, London and Tyneside."

"We are very proud of our experience as being a university for careers, a university that works with businesses very effectively. 94% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation, and we don't want to do anything that would disturb that."

Cardiff Location

The ATRiuM Campus in Cardiff, which previously held the University of Glamorgan’s creative and cultural industries degrees, is already an extremely popular option for students wishing to study courses such as media, drama, music and journalism. Along with Cardiff University, Cardiff is now one of the top places in the country for students looking to study degrees in the media industry. Cardiff is also a great place to live with numerous student accommodation available, a bustling Cardiff City Centre and the beautiful Cardiff Bay.

This isn't the first merger of two institutions in the Cardiff area. The Cardiff and Vale College was born from the merger of Barry College and Coleg Glan Hafren with the main goal being attracting new students, employers and employees to Cardiff. The institution is expected to open in 2015 with state of the art facilities.

With all that Cardiff has to offer it would be a crime not to experience all you can. So if you’re planning on studying in Cardiff from September or continuing your course with the new institution, feel free to contact us in order to get your accommodation sorted.

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