Higher Education in Wales


Wales has eight universities; Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Glyndŵr University, University of South Wales (including Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), Swansea University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David as well as the Open University and the University of Wales. Around 103,000 undergraduate and 24,000 postgraduate students are now enrolled in Welsh universities.

The Higher Education sector is fundamental to a future for Wales based on a strong knowledge-driven economy contributing to the economic, social and cultural well-being of Wales. Welsh universities are closely linked to industry through networks which provide a major source of expertise for Welsh and international businesses and encourage collaboration between SMEs and universities.


More information about universities in Wales

Universities and the Coronavirus

Bangor University

Bangor University is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronafirus (COVID-19) and continues to follow the advice of the UK authorities. We are doing everything possible to keep our staff and students informaed during the current situation.

We understand that staff and students may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The World Health Organisation has produced a helpful introduction to the virus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOV1aBVYKGA


Wrexham Glyndŵr University

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is our top priority at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to move at pace, we have taken steps in line with Government advice to safeguard the university community. Therefore, we will be closing our campuses from 12 noon on Monday 23 March 2020.

All events are cancelled and there is no public access to our campuses. The only exception to this will be at the request of the NHS.

We are grateful to our staff and students for their co-operation and support at this very challenging time. 


Aberystwyth University

For those who may have concerns about the virus, we have complied some useful FAQs and guidance and we will continue to keep the page updated.

Public Health Wales have put together a series of FAQs on the Novel Coronavirus.

We have also established a new helpline to answer and address any additional questions or concerns you may have. If your question isn't answered in the FAQs, please e-mail coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 62 2483.


Swansea University

The University has suspended all face-to-face teaching delivered via lectures and seminars.

We will be moving to online teaching from Monday 23 March. Students are receiving information directly from their college or school about what this means for their programme of study.

Following the Government restrictions announced on 23 March, our Campus Libraries have now closed. Our halls of residence remain open so that students can remain in the accommodation.


Cardiff University 

We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation. Ensuring the safety and welfare of our staff and students is our priority.

We are in close contact with Public Health Wales and other official government bodies. The latest information including health and travel advice is available from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England (PHE), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.

We have taken the decision to cancel all upcoming Open Days and Offer Holder Days, as well as postponing the summer 2020 graduation ceremonies.


University of Wales Trinity Saint David

We take the health and wellbeing of our staff, learners and visitors seriously and we continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak so we can provide up to date information and advice, and offer support as the situation develops.

We are in contact with colleagues at Public Health Wales (PHW) and following advice from Public Health England (PHE) who are leading the UK response. We will update the guidance on this page and these FAQs as the situation develops.


Cardiff Met University

The University's COVID-19 Planning and Response Group is keeping our approach to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation under close review. Our decision making is based on the importance of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors, who are our top priority.

In order to support the national drive to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have taken the decision to limit access to our four university campuses after 16:00 on Tuesday 24 March to 'Key Workers' and 'Residential Students'.


University of South Wales

We're working with our governments, the qualifications bodies, and the rest of the university sector to reassure prospective students who hold offers from USW that we will be taking a fair approach and to provide certainty for starting university later this year.

All campuses are off-limits for everyone other than government-designated key workers. Until Friday 27 March, very limited access is being allowed by one-off appointment for individuals to pick up vital equipment for remote working.