The University of Wales, Newport is a university based in Newport, South Wales. The university has two campuses; Caerleon on the northern outskirts of the city and a £35 million campus on the banks of the River Usk in Newport city centre opened in 2011. The university was ranked 55th out of 132 UK universities for the quality of research.
The University opened a new £35 million campus in Newport's City Centre formally on 10 January 2011. The project is a collaboration between the University, Newport City Council and the Welsh Assembly Government operating through Newport Unlimited, the urban regeneration company for the City.
The campus is situated on the banks of the River Usk in the City Centre and is the first phase of an intended £50m development for the University. It houses the Faculty of Arts and Business whilst the Caerleon Campus houses the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences. The campus is part of a major redevelopment of Newport's City Centre which will see significant improvement in the area. The old city campus at Allt-yr-yn will be closed.
The University has been involved in higher education since 1841. It was rated the number one university in Wales for enterprise education by the Knowledge Exploitation Fund.The School of Film, Photography and Digital Media teaches a documentary photography degree programme as well as housing the Newport Film School, originally founded by John Grierson in 1966 and producing many award-winning film-makers since then.The 2010 CILECT Congress (the international association for film and television schools around the World) unanimously voted in Newport Film School as a full member – only two of the ten new applicant schools for full membership were given this accolade.
The accommodation facilities on the Caerleon Campus consist of 661 self-catered, single study bedrooms with a choice of standard or en-suite facilities. En-suite halls are arranged into flats of five rooms whilst the standard halls have approximately 15 residents per floor. Bedrooms are centrally heated and equipped with furniture, whilst hall kitchens are equipped with standard kitchen appliances.The university has a sports centre housing a large sports hall, a gym/fitness suite and outdoor pitches and courts. The University Library is open seven days a week and computer suites are open 24 hours a day.
Newport Students' Union is the union representing all students at the University. From the moment students enrol they are automatically a member of the Students’ Union. Every year of every course should have at least one course rep. The union is run day-to-day by a team of sabbatical officers – students who are taking an extra year or year out from their studies to develop the union. Alongside this sabbatical team are full-time and part-time staff employed to assist in the operation of the union and part-time officers, team captains, society presidents and student managers who all work alongside their studies to assist the union.
Newport Students Union provides a range of sports teams, societies and entertainment for students to get involved in. The union also houses a student newspaper, NewsPort, student magazine, newtwo, student TV station, NTV and radio station, Radio Noize, all of which students manage and run.As well as weekly social events and club nights, the union organises Freshers' Fortnight, Freshers' Fayre, Re: Freshers Week, RAG (Raising and Giving Week) and the May Ball which has previously had headline acts including Supergrass, Girls Aloud, Electric Six, Scouting for Girls, The Zutons and Feeder.
The Faculty of Arts and Business:
The Faculty of Education and Social Sciences:
- School of Design, Engineering, Fashion and Technology
- School of Film, Photography and Digital Media
- Newport Business School
- School of Education
- School of Humanities and Lifelong Learning
- School of Sport, Health and Applied Social Sciences