Aberystwyth University: delivering excellence in teaching and research
Imagine a university in a "Great Town", a university that offers students a stunning learning environment next door to one of the world’s great libraries, a research-led institution that has some of the best student accommodation and one of the best packages of awards, bursaries and scholarships (worth up to £15,000) in the UK, all within a UNESCO designated BioSphere.
Established in 1872, Aberystwyth is Wales’s first university. Today it is a vibrant, cosmopolitan community of more than 11,000 students representing over 90 nationalities from all corners of the world.
At Aberystwyth we take great pride in delivering excellence in teaching and research.
As a top 50 research intensive university (according to the Times Higher Education), teaching here is informed by research. Our students learn from academic staff working at the cutting edge of research, equipping them with the latest skills and knowledge. And the research is excellent: 95% of the work submitted for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework was judged to be of an internationally recognised standard or higher.
Aberystwyth pioneered the study of international relations in the aftermath of the First World War. Today the teaching of International Politics at Aberystwyth features amongst the top 150 in the world (QS World University Rankings), as do Geography, and Agriculture and Forestry. English Language and Literature and Environmental Science feature in the top 300.
We’re investing more than ever in new facilities, over £100m. The new £45m student residences on Fferm Penglais offer some of the best student accommodation available in any university in the UK, and a major £8.1m upgrade in learning and teaching facilities will be completed in time for the new academic year, providing the latest multimedia technology in seminar rooms and lecture theatres.
Work is also about to commence on a new £40.5m innovation and enterprise campus at Gogerddan, and exciting plans are being drawn up to transform the Old College with an investment of up to £20m.
Employment prospects are excellent - the percentage of Aber graduates in employment this year is up 6% (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education Survey 2013/14) and the percentage in graduate employment is up 9%, and student satisfaction is rising in key areas according to the latest National Student Survey which was published on Wednesday 12 August.
But there is more to student life than just study, and Aberystwyth, officially crowned a "Great Town" at the prestigious Academy of Urbanism 2015 Awards, has so much more to offer. There are cafes, bars and restaurants, bookshops and bike shops, clubs and societies, and one of Wales’ premier arts centres, the award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre which stages performances by major national and international touring companies.
And of course there are beaches and mountains just waiting to be explored, and bottlenose dolphins to be spotted.
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