Wales’ universities have driven significant growth and development over recent years, and the effect on student satisfaction, research, innovation and the economy in Wales is clear. Universities Wales provides strong and effective representation, by communicating the perspectives of universities to government, business and communities both in Wales and further afield. With a diverse student population from across the globe, universities in Wales reach all parts of society – feeding the social and cultural wellbeing of the nation and powering the economy through job creation, world class research and education, and ground breaking innovation.


For an overview of the impact the sector has on the Welsh economy – and wider society – click here.

Widening Access

Welsh universities – committed to Widening Access Widening access is about increasing opportunities for people from a diverse range of backgrounds to higher education. Universities in Wales are committed to ensuring that everyone with the determination, skills and desire to access higher education should be … »

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International Students

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A university education is not necessarily something that people pursue in their country of residence. In 2011, worldwide, there were 3.7 million internationally mobile students. Wales is proving to be a very attractive destination to students, offering a unique, vibrant experience.

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Welsh Language

For many years establishing the future sustainability of the Welsh language within academia has been a priority for both the Welsh Government and Wales’ universities, and the launch of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol was a historic moment in turning this aspiration into a reality.

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Student Engagement

WISE (Wales Initiative for Student Engagement) has undergone many changes in the last year to further bolster plans on encouraging students and student unions to get involved with shaping the learning activity at their universities and colleges.

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91% of graduates from full-time first degree courses in Wales are employed six months after leaving higher education. While these statistics are already higher than the UK average

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