Aberystwyth University

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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]

Notable 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


Alumni on Wikispooks

Guto Bebb9 October 1968
John Morris5 November 1931Lawyer
John Sewel15 January 1946UKPolitician
Deep state functionary


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  2. Aberystwyth University scoops teaching award for second year running|url = http://www.machynlleth-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=124054%7Cwebsite = Cambrian News|access-date = 2018-10-31}}
  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 }}
  5. Stephen Clackson – Politician, Polymath and Playwright | work=Living Orkney | author=Lorraine Shearer | date=February 2016 }}
  6. title= Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood|publisher=Burke's Peerage & Gentry |editor= Mosley, Charles |editor-link=Charles Mosley (genealogist) |edition=107 |year= 2003 |pages=1049–1050 |ref=Burke |isbn=0-9711966-2-1|title-link=Burke's Peerage }}
  7. http://www.vrk.lt/2016-seimo/rezultatai?srcUrl=/rinkimai/102/rnk426/kandidatai/lrsKandidatasBiografija_rkndId-1102434.html%7Cpublisher=The Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania|access-date=10 October 2017|language=lt}}
  8. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4080758.stm