About the institution
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.
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.
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.
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.