Aberystwyth, Wales



Total Students

8,000 students (approx.)

QS Ranking (2023)


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Location: Aberystwyth, Wales

Established: 182

Total Students: 7,845

Percentage of International Students: 13%

Founded in 1872 as University College Wales, Aberystwyth, it became a founder member of the University of Wales in 1894 and changed its name to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. In the mid-1990s, the university again changed its name to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. On 1 September 2007, the University of Wales ceased to be a federal university and Aberystwyth became independent again.

Aberystwyth University is placed in the UK’s top 50 universities in the main national rankings and it has become the first university to be awarded with the prestigious prize “University of the year for teaching quality” by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019).

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Art
  • Arts Centre
  • School of Education
  • Department of English and Creative Writing
  • Department of History and Welsh History
  • International English Centre
  • Department of International Politics
  • Department of Law and Criminology
  • Department of Modern Languages
  • Music Centre
  • Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
  • Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies
Faculty of Business and Physical Sciences
  • Aberystwyth Business School
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Information Studies
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
  • Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences
  • Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
  • Department of Psychology
National rankings
Complete (2020)[37]71
Guardian (2020)[38]54
Times / Sunday Times (2020)[39]45
Global rankings
QS (2020)[40]432=
THE (2020)[41]351–400
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework[42]Gold


Most of the student residences are on campus, with the rest in walking distance of the campus and Aberystwyth town centre. Accommodation ranges from ‘traditional’ catered residences to en-suite self-catered accommodation, and from budget rooms to more luxurious studio apartments. All have wired access to the University’s computer network and a support network of residential tutors.

Penglais Campus

  • Cwrt Mawr (self-catered flats, single and twin rooms, capacity c.600)
  • Neuadd Pantycelyn[cy] (Welsh speaking, reopening in 2020 following refurbishment, capacity 200).
  • Penbryn (Welsh-speaking traditional catered hall, capacity 350)
  • Rosser (self-catered en-suite flats, capacity 332), expanded in 2011 to include postgraduate flats in Rosser G (capacity 60)
  • Trefloyne (self-catered flats, capacity 146)

Pentre Jane Morgan (the Student Village)

  • Almost 200 individual houses arranged in closes and cul-de-sacs. Each house typically accommodate 5 or 6 students.

Fferm Penglais Student Residence

  • Purpose-built student accommodation with studio apartments and en-suite bedrooms. An area of accommodation within the Fferm Penglais Student Residence is set aside for students who are Welsh learners or fluent Welsh speakers, and wish to live in a Welsh speaking environment.

Town accommodation

  • Brynderw (self-catered flats, capacity 146)
  • Seafront Residences (self-catered flats located on the seafront and Queen’s Road, overall capacity 720–800 including the redeveloped Alexandra Hall and Clarendon House Postgraduate residence). The original Seafront residences (Plyn’ and Caerleon) were destroyed by fire[35]in 1998. Seafront residences include Alexandra, Aberglasney, Balmoral, Blaenwern, Caerleon, Carpenter, Ceredigion, Clarendon, Glyndwr, Pumlumon and Ty Gwerin Halls.[36]

The University also owns several houses, such as Penglais Farmhouse (Adjacent to Pentre Jane Morgan) and flats in Waun Fawr, which are let on an Assured Shorthold Tenure to students with families. Disabled access rooms are available within the existing student village.

The main campus of the University is situated on Penglais Hill, overlooking the town of Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay, and comprises most of the University buildings, Arts Centre, Students’ Union, and many of the student residences. Just below Penglais Campus is the National Library of Wales, one of Britain’s five legal deposit libraries. The landscaping of the Penglais Campus is historically significant and is listed.

The Llanbadarn Centre is located approximately one mile to the east of the Penglais Campus, overlooking the town and Cardigan Bay to the west, with the backdrop of the Cambrian Mountains to the east. Llanbadarn Centre hosted Aberystwyth Law School and Aberystwyth Business School, which together formed the Institute of Business and Law. The Department of Information Studies is also based there. Additionally, the Llanbadarn Campus is the site of the Aberystwyth branch of Coleg Ceredigion, a further education college, and not part of the University. At Gogerddan, on the outskirts of town is located the University’s major centre for research in land based sciences and the main centre for the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Science.

  • G. Bowen, geographer
  • Edward Collingwood, mathematician, scientist
  • Alan Cox, Programmer (major contributor to the Linux kernel) (1980s)
  • J. Davies (1893–1956), economist, socialist Plaid Cymru activist
  • Natasha Devon, writer, mental health activist
  • Andrew Gordon naval historian
  • Deian Hopkin, historian
  • David Russell Hulme, Director of Music (from 1992), conductor, musical historian
  • David Gwilym James Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton 1952–1965
  • Emrys Jones, Professor of Geography at the LSE
  • Harri Jones, poet
  • Roy Kift, dramatist, writer
  • Mary King, political scientist
  • Michael MccGwire, international relations specialist and Naval Commander
  • Twm Morys, poet
  • Tavi Murray, glaciologist, received the Polar Medal
  • Ernest Charles Nelson, botanist
  • David Hughes Parry (1893–1973) Vice-Chancellor, London University (1945–1948)
  • H. Parry-Williams, poet, author, academic
  • Frederick Soddy, Nobel Prize Winner in chemistry (1921)
  • John Meurig Thomas FRS, chemist, professor, author
  • Paul Thomas, founding Vice-Chancellor of University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Nigel Thrift, geographic scholar, Vice Chancellor of Warwick University
  • David John Williams, writer
  • Glanmor Williams, historian
  • John Tudno Williams, theologian
  • Waldo Williams, poet
  • William Richard Williams, theologian
  • Christine James, first female Archdruid of Wales
  • Gethin Glyn- Zoology
  • Aron Dafydd – UMCA Leader
  • Lawyers[edit]
  • Tun Salleh Abas, Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia (1984–1988)
  • Belinda Ang, judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Alun Talfan Davies, judge and publisher
  • Ellis Ellis-Griffith, 1st Baronet, former barrister and Liberal politician
  • Iris de Freitas Brazao – First female prosecuting lawyer in the Caribbean
  • Samuel Thomas Evans, barrister, judge, Liberal politician
  • Elwyn Jones, Baron Elwyn-Jones, Attorney General for England and Wales (1966–1970) and Lord Chancellor (1974–1979)
  • John Morris, Baron Morris of Aberavon, Chancellor of the University of Glamorganand Attorney General for England and Wales (1997–1999)
  • Civil servants[edit]
  • Timothy Brain, former Chief Constable for Gloucestershire
  • Goronwy Daniel, former civil servant and academic
  • Politicians[edit]
  • Joe Borg, European Union Fisheries and Maritime affairs Commissioner [60]
  • Captain Roderic Bowen, former Liberal MP and Deputy Commons Speaker
  • Nick Bourne former Welsh Assembly Member and Leader of the Welsh Conservatives
  • Rehman Chishti, Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham (2010-) and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief (September 2019-)
  • Stephen Clackson Independent councillor on Orkney Islands Council [61]
  • David Davies, 1st Baron Davies, Liberal politician and philanthropist [62]
  • Glyn Davies, Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire
  • Gwilym Prys Davies, Labour member of the House of Lords, 1982-2015
  • Gwynfor Evans, first Member of Parliament for Plaid Cymru
  • Steve Gilbert, former Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay 2010–15
  • Siân Gwenllian, Plaid Cymru AM for Arfon
  • Neil Hamilton, former Conservative MP and current AM, barrister
  • Lady Sylvia Hermon, Ulster Unionist politician
  • Emlyn Hooson, Baron Hooson, former Liberal politician
  • Cledwyn Hughes, Baron Cledwyn of Penrhos, former Labour MP and parliamentarian
  • Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Home Minister
  • Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central
  • Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West
  • Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, Assembly Member for Bridgend
  • Gerry MacLochlainn Sinn Féin politician
  • John Morris, Baron Morris of Aberavon, Labour politician
  • Elystan Morgan, Baron Elystan-Morgan, former Labour MP for Ceredigion
  • Roland Moyle, Labour politician, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Clement Attlee
  • Will Quince, Conservative MP for Colchester
  • Dan Rogerson, former Liberal Democrat MP
  • Molly Scott Cato, Green Party MEP
  • Ahmed Shaheed, Maldivian politician
  • Virginijus Sink

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