Aberystwyth University

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Group.png Aberystwyth University  
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MottoWelsh: Nid Byd, Byd Heb Wybodaeth
HeadquartersAberystwyth, Wales
Welsh University

Aberystwyth University (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.

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 the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. On 1 September 2007, the University of Wales ceased to be a federal university and Aberystwyth became independent again.[1]

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.[2] It is the first university in the world to be awarded Plastic Free University status (for single-use plastic items).[3]

Selected alumni




Civil servants


Business people

Sports people

  • Cath Bishop, former professional British rower, turned civil servant
  • John Dawes, Rugby player, who captained Wales and the British Lions
  • Carwyn James, Welsh and British and Irish Lions rugby coach (1949?–1951)
  • Leigh Richmond Roose, International footballer
  • Berwyn Price, International 110m hurdles athlete, Commonwealth Games & World Student Games gold medallist
  • Angela Tooby, Silver medal World Cross-country Championships, Auckland

Artists, entertainers and authors


Employee on Wikispooks

Emyr Jones ParryPresident of Aberystwyth University2008


Alumni on Wikispooks

Guto Bebb9 October 1968
Michael Christopher DalyOctober 1953UKGeologistBritish geologist and oil and gas executive With BP. Secured BP's return to Iraq after the 2003 invasion.
Sarah GreenSeptember 1983Politician
John Morris5 November 1931Lawyer
John Sewel15 January 1946UKPolitician
Deep state functionary
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  3. hhttps://www.aber.ac.uk/en/news/archive/2018/08/title-215968-en.html
  4. Perraton |first=Hilary |date=1 October 2015 |title=Learning Abroad: A History of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan |url=https://books.google.com/books?id=CijXCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA168 |publisher=Cambridge Scholars Publishing |page=168 |isbn=978-1443880633 }}
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