Aberystwyth University

Penglais, Aberystwyth SY23 3FL, United Kingdom | Public University | Established 1872

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Aberystwyth University (Welsh: Prifysgol Aberystwyth) is a public research university in Aberystwyth, Wales. Aberystwyth was a founding member institution of the former federal University of Wales. The university has over 8,000 students studying across 3 academic faculties and 17 departments.

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 become the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. On 1 September 2007, the University of Wales ceased to be a federal university and Aberystwyth University became independent again

Aberystwyth University recognised one of the best universities in the UK for student satisfaction.

Aberystwyth University is celebrating another great performance in the annual National Student Survey (NSS) 2020.

Aberystwyth is one of the UK’s top universities for student satisfaction, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) which was published Wednesday 15 July, 2020. Aberystwyth is the best university in Wales, and of all the universities featured in The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, is one of the top 5 universities in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

With overall student satisfaction at 90%, Aberystwyth University has outperformed the UK figure of 83% by 7 percentage points. This year’s results mean that Aberystwyth has been voted the top university in Wales for overall satisfaction by its students for the fifth year running.

Why Aberystwyth?

Choose Aberystwyth University and you’ll be studying in a location like no other. On the west coast of Wales beChoose Aberystwyth University and you’ll be studying in a location like no other. On the west coast of Wales between Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains, you’ll be part of a friendly, outward-looking community where the far horizon inspires ambition and aspiration. A place where students have been coming since 1872, drawn by our reputation for teaching excellence and an exceptional student experience.

At a glance - a few more reasons for choosing to study at Aberystwyth

  • Welsh University of the Year
  • Aberystwyth recognised as one of the best universities in the UK for student satisfaction
  • Aber scoops top teaching accolade for second time
  • TEF Gold award for Aberystwyth University
  • Figures released in June 2018 by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that 96.8% of our full-time, first degree students were either in work or further study six months after graduating from Aberystwyth University in 2017.
  • Top in the UK for satisfaction with feedback
  • Aber tops satisfaction tables in Guardian University Guide
  • For the second year running, Aberystwyth also picked up a silver award in the International category at the What Uni awards ceremony held in London on Thursday 19 April 2018.


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