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History & Background

Aberystwyth University was founded in 1872 as University College Wales, Aberystwyth, and changed its name to University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1894 after becoming a founding member of the University of Wales. The institution changed its name again in the mid-1990s, becoming the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. The Institution of Wales ceased to be a federal university on September 1, 2007, and Aberystwyth University regained its independence. It appointed a new vice-chancellor in 2011, who restructured the academic departments into broader subject-themed institutes.

Famous Alumni

Aberystwyth University is one of the universities with the most prestigious graduates from all around the world in many different fields. 

E. G. Bowen - Academia

He was an internationally famous geographer who specialized in the physical and social geography of his home country of Wales. Bowen, a small stature, was a member of the Department of Geography's academic staff.

Salleh Abas - Law

Mohamed Salleh bin Abas was the first lord president of Malaysia's Federal Court.  During the Malaysian constitutional crisis of 1988, he was fired from his position. This conduct was strongly denounced globally and is usually seen as the incident that precipitated a significant erosion in the independence of Malaysia's judiciary. 

Joe Borg - Politics

Joseph Borg is a politician and diplomat from Malta. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs and headed Malta's EU-accession discussions before becoming Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs.

Lance Batchelor - Business 

Lance Batchelor is a former naval officer and businessman from the United Kingdom. He is the chairman of Reed & Mackay, Ometria, and CCS, all of which are owned by Private Equity and Venture Capital. He also serves on the Royal Navy's board of directors as a non-executive director.

Catherine Bishop - Sports

Catherine Bishop is a former rower from the United Kingdom. She won the World Championships in the coxless pair in 2003 and a silver medal in the Olympic Games in 2004 with Katherine Grainger. She is currently a leadership speaker, writer, and consultant after a career as a diplomat.

Dorothy Bonarjee - Arts and Entertainment

Dorothy Noel Bonarjee, also known as “Dorf”, was an Indian poet and artist who received a Bardic chair while studying in Wales and was the first woman internal student at University College London to receive a law degree.

Departments and Divisions 

Aberystwyth University has tons of courses for undergraduates and postgraduate students, which explains the variety of the fields the alumni graduated from. Accounting and Finance, Agriculture, Animal and Aquatic Sciences, Art, Biochemistry and Genetics, Biosciences, Business and Management, Computer Sciences, Drama and Theatre, Ecological Sciences, Economics, Education and Childhood Studies, Engineering, English and Creative Writing, Film and Television, Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, History, Human Biology and Health, Law and Criminology, Library Studies, Marketing and Tourism, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physics and Astronomy, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Sport and Exercise Science, Veterinary Science, and Welsh and Celtic Studies are all the courses you could choose from.

Facilities and Resources

The Penglais and Llanbadarn campuses are ideally positioned near the town and are designed to make students comfortable. The Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus are all located on the Gogerddan Campus. The University's original location, the Old College on the seaside, now serves as a rehearsal area for students. The School of Art, which includes a gallery and museum, is housed in a lovely Edwardian building in the heart of the town.

There are also lots of other facilities for all the university students to freely use. Aber Card, libraries, The Students' Union, restaurants and cafe, Arts Centre, computing services, The National Library of Wales, IT Services, and sports are all the facilities that Aberystwyth University has to offer.

Aberystwyth University Student Accommodation - On-campus 

Aberystwyth University has a variety of styles, costs, and locations to choose from, with the majority of residences being only a short walk from campus and students receiving free Sports Centre Platinum Membership for their health and wellness.

Aberystwyth University has a number of options to meet your budget and interests, whether you want an en-suite room, a standard room with shared toilet facilities, or a self-contained apartment with catered or self-catered amenities. Students who are Welsh speakers or learners and would prefer to live in a Welsh-speaking environment can stay in Aberystwyth University’s designated accommodation.

Aberystwyth University Student Accommodation - Off-campus 

We heard you were seeking somewhere other than Aberystwyth University Student Accommodation; if that's the case, Casita has got you covered. We have a wide range of room options and amenities for every single room, from studios to en-suites, single rooms to double rooms, we've got you covered! Casita will assist you at every step of the way until you are comfortable in your new home.

Fun Facts About Aberystwyth University

  1. It was the first university to be selected "The University of the Year for Teaching Quality" for two years in a row by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2019.

  2. It is the first university in the world to receive the designation of Plastic Free University (for single-use plastic items).

  3. It has been named one of the top universities in the United Kingdom for student happiness.

  4. On June 6, 2018, Aberystwyth University received Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

Frequently Asked Questions:

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How many international students are at Aberystwyth University - Penglais Campus?

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According to Times Higher Education, Aberystwyth University has a total student population of 6,180, of which 23% are international students.

Does Aberystwyth University - Penglais Campus offer scholarships for international students?

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Various awards and scholarships are available to students, especially at the postgraduate level.

Are there student support services provided at Aberystwyth University - Penglais Campus?

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Student support services include student well-being, visa and immigration, accessibility, financial advice, and more.

What is the Aberystwyth University - Penglais Campus acceptance rate?

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The university’s acceptance rate is 94%.

What is Aberystwyth University ranked in the QS?

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Aberystwyth University ranks 661-670 according to 2024’s QS World University Rankings.

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