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University of Wales, Newport
Prifysgol Cymru, Casnewydd
Established 1975
Type Public
Chancellor The Prince of Wales
Vice-Chancellor Peter Noyes
Students 9075[1]
Undergraduates 7,525
Postgraduates 1,850
Other students 250 FE
Location Newport, Wales
Colours
                       
Affiliations Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities
Association of Commonwealth Universities
University of Wales
Campaign for Mainstream Universities
Website http://www.newport.ac.uk/

The University of Wales, Newport (Welsh: Prifysgol Cymru, Casnewydd) is a university based in Newport, Wales, UK and is one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. The university has a campus in the historic town of Caerleon, and a new second £35 million Campus opening on the banks of the River Usk in City Centre of Newport in 2010[2]. The university was ranked 55th out of 132 UK universities for the quality of research[3], much of it considered ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.
The university has four main academic schools offering a wide range of full-time, part-time and professional courses:

• Newport School of Art, Media and Design
• Newport Business School
• Newport School of Education
• School of Health and Social Sciences

The University also has a Centre for Community and Lifelong Learning and aSchool of Golf.
From January 2011, The School of Art, Media and Design and Newport Business School will be based at the new City Campus, whilst the Newport School of Education and School of Health and Social Sciences will be based at the Main University Campus in Caerleon.[4]

Contents

History of the University[5]

Newport has been involved in higher education since 1841. Originally a Mechanics Institute, set up to provide further education for workers and tradesmen, the institution was based in Newport’s Town Hall on Commercial Street. Working men and women were able to attend a variety of lectures for 2 shilling per quarter to study subjects including The Pursuit of Attainment and Knowledge and Popular Superstition.

The institution was later formed as 'Gwent College of Higher Education' by a merger of 'Caerleon College of Education' (the former 'Monmouthshire Training College'), 'Newport College of Art and Design' and 'Gwent College of Technology' in 1975. All three former institutions had established regional and national reputations, most notably the College of Art with many of its students progressing to prestigious employment as well as gaining prestigious commissions from BBC Wales and other major organisations in light of the College being amongst a select number of art colleges in the country awarded Diploma in Art and Design status.

The College became an affiliated institution of the University of Wales in 1992, being admitted as a University College in 1996 where there was a ceremony at which trumpeters of the Prince of Wales Division played a fanfare from the top of the University clocktower and balloons were released in the faculty colours.

In May 2004 the University of Wales College, Newport secured Privy Council Approval to use the title University of Wales, Newport, as a full constituent of the federal University.

Caerleon

The main Campus for the University of Wales, Newport is in the village of Caerleon. Caerleon was one of the sites of Britain’s three Roman Legionary fortresses and many believe it to be the location of King Arthur’s Round Table. Today, excavated Roman remains can be seen, including the military amphitheatre, Roman baths and barracks occupied by the Roman Legion. Today, Caerleon is thriving town with a large number of pubs, restaurants and takeaways. Caerleon is a ten minute drive from Newport City Centre.

Newport

The City of Newport is Wales’s newest City and is Wales’s third largest City after Cardiff and Swansea. Situated between Bristol and Cardiff, Newport is a 1 hour 40 train ride from London. Currently undergoing an extensive new £2 billion development, Newport will be host to the Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort in 2010.

Newport has a thriving shopping area with a large selection of pubs and restaurants. It is also home to the Riverfront Arts Centre which hosts events ranging from Shakespeare to comedy to breakdance classes as well as Newport Centre which plays host to major bands.

New City Campus

The University of Wales, Newport is currently building a new multi-million pound campus in Newport’s City Centre. The project is a collaboration between the University, Newport City Council and Newport Unlimited, the urban regeneration company for the City.

The £35m campus is situated on the banks of the River Usk in the City Centre and will be the first phase of an intended £50m development for the University. Initially it will house the Newport Business School and design, film and media elements of the Newport School of Art, Media and Design, signalling a return of the School to the centre of the city.The first phase will be developed with funding from all three partners, and an important development for the University and for Newport.

The new building will be finished in November 2010, with the first students moving in in January 2011. The campus is part of a major redevelopment of Newport’s City Centre[6] which will see significant improvement in the area. [7]

Reputation

The University of Wales, Newport has been involved in higher education since 1841 and attracts students from all over the world.

The University continues to do well in the university league tables and, with student numbers continuing to rise, is one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. The School of Art, Media and Design is one of the top Art Schools in the UK with a leading documentary photography degree programme as well as housing the world renowned International Film School Wales, which has produced many award-winning film-makers.[8]

Facilities

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 a cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave oven, electric kettle and toaster.[9]

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 7 days a week and Computer Suites are open 24 hours a day.[10]

Students Union

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. 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 smooth operation of the Union and a raft of 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, News Port and university radio station, Radio Noize, both of which students manage and run.

As well as weekly social events and club nights, the Union organises Freshers’ Fortnight, Fresher’s Fayre and the Annual May Ball which has previously had headline acts including Supergrass, Girls Aloud, Electric Six and Scouting for Girls.[11]

External links

University of Wales, Newport
Newport Students Union
University of Wales, Newport Twitter
University of Wales, Newport YouTube Channel

References

  1. ^ Uni Stats http://www.unistats.com/studentBrkdown.do
  2. ^ http://www3.newport.ac.uk/displayPage.aspx?object_id=7916&type=PAG University of Wales, Newport
  3. ^ http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/index.asp?navcode=92 Times Higher Education Rankings 2008
  4. ^ http://www3.newport.ac.uk/displayPage.aspx?object_id=7916&type=PAG University of Wales, Newport
  5. ^ 'no more worlds to conquer' The Story of Newport University, Peter Brown
  6. ^ http://www.newport.gov.uk/_dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=regeneration.homepage Newport City Council Redevelopment
  7. ^ http://www3.newport.ac.uk/displayPage.aspx?object_id=7916&type=PAG University of Wales, Newport
  8. ^ http://amd.newport.ac.uk/amd/index.aspx Newport School of Art, Media and Design
  9. ^ University of Wales, Newport webpage http://www3.newport.ac.uk/displayPage.aspx?object_id=640&type=SEC
  10. ^ http://www3.newport.ac.uk/displayPage.aspx?object_id=642&type=SEC University of Wales, Newport
  11. ^ Newport Students Union http://www.newportunion.com/
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