Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University (Welsh: Prifysgol Aberystwyth) is a public research university in Aberystwyth, Wales. Aberystwyth was a founding member institution of the former federal University of Wales. The university has over 8,000 students studying across 3 academic faculties and 17 departments.

Aberystwyth University
Prifysgol Aberystwyth
Former names
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
MottoWelsh: Nid Byd, Byd Heb Wybodaeth
Motto in English
A world without knowledge is no world at all
Established1872 (as The University College of Wales)
Endowment£43.3 million (2018)[1]
ChancellorJohn, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd
Vice-ChancellorElizabeth Treasure
Students7,720 (2019/20)[2]
Undergraduates6,605 (2019/20)[2]
Postgraduates1,115 (2019/20)[2]
Location, ,
United Kingdom
CampusCampus[3], 1,709 hectares (4,220 acres)[4]

Founded in 1872 as University College Wales, Aberystwyth, it became a founder member of the University of Wales in 1894, and changed its name to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. In the mid-1990s, the university again changed its name to become the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. On 1 September 2007, the University of Wales ceased to be a federal university and Aberystwyth University became independent again.[5]

In 2019, it became the first university to be named "University of the year for teaching quality" by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide for two consecutive years.[6] It is the first university in the world to be awarded Plastic Free University status (for single-use plastic items).[7]