The University has announced on 24 November 2014 the timing of when it will implement strategic changes to where its courses are taught and where its campuses are based.

Timing Decisions

What’s been decided

All current students whose courses are moving will be on their new campus by the start of the 2016-17 academic year at the latest, with a small number moving at the end of this academic year.


Students can check the course lists or ask your lecturers if your course is moving:

These are the detailed and definitive Course Lists, updated on 24 November 2014.

For additional details, please see our Questions and Answers.


Meetings with course groups and their lecturers first took place in 2014 and are ongoing to discuss exactly how it will work for individual groups of students.

How we’ve reached these decisions

  • The University has listened carefully and had extensive discussions with students and staff. Students have contributed through their SU officers, through their online channels, and in face-to-face meetings with the University’s senior team. Staff have been part of the discussion through face-to-face meetings, specialist working groups, and through their normal discussion channels.
  • The conclusion strikes a reasonable balance, taking into account students’ affinity to their current campuses, the practicalities of moves, the University’s commitment to make sure current students only move when equal or better facilities are available, the desire that they should only move once, and the experience of students remaining on a largely empty campus.

Core Points

  • In summary, all students who are moving will be taught on their new campuses from the start of the 2016-17 academic year at the latest. By then, the majority of current students will have finished their courses and will have graduated on their current campuses. Most of those moves will take place in the summer of 2016, with a small number moving at the end of this academic year to bring immediate improvements to their student experience. No moves will take place during an academic year.
  • This is about enacting the strategic decisions taken by USW’s Board of Governors in September 2014, to set up the University to thrive in the long term and get USW’s campus estate right for the courses we teach to current and future students. All of the courses at Caerleon campus, and a small number of other courses across the University, are moving to other campuses where they will be able to offer an enhanced experience for students, working alongside similar disciplines on distinctive campuses that are nearer to key employers.
  • The decisions on timing of these moves have been (and continue to be) informed by detailed planning and discussion by specialist working groups, and careful listening across the University to the input of students and academic staff.

Context

  • USW’s commitment to a sustainable university across the region, including in Newport, is absolutely unchanged. We recognise its importance to the regeneration of the City and the future of the region, and we see the University as a huge part of that.
  • Like all universities, we operate in a hugely competitive and increasingly challenging market. We believe that the size and shape of the University’s estate should be driven by our academic provision and the experience of our students, not the other way around. The student market is no respecter of history when it comes to courses, campuses and buildings. At the same time the University Strategy and our Academic Plan are to maintain the size of the University.
  • There is no sense in trying to duplicate specialist facilities and courses at every campus, when it would be a better experience for the students and more sensible use of resources for each campus to have a distinctive identity, community and package of courses.
  • We must offer the best possible courses and facilities in places where trends show that increasingly students want to study in the future, if we wish to remain competitive as a University against other major city-based universities.

Current students

  • All higher education courses with students remaining on Caerleon campus will move in summer 2016 for the start of the 2016-17 academic year. Full time Caerleon students currently in their third year will graduate at Caerleon.
  • Animation, Games, and Advertising moved to Cardiff from Newport City Campus for the start of the 2015-16 academic year, to get them into the existing better facilities, and enhance their learning alongside similar courses, as soon as possible.
  • From 2016, film and photography courses will be based in our Cardiff Campus. The campus is at the heart of a hugely exiting creative industries zone, which will include the new BBC Wales HQ and newsroom, as well as a whole range of independent creative and design companies, and the major studio complex at Roath Lock at which the BBC films Dr Who and Casualty in its Porth Teigr facility. During the academic year 2016-17, film students will continue to have access to our professionally-equipped film studios in Newport. Timetabling will be managed to concentrate Newport-located activity in blocks, so that student travel is minimised. Our plan is that for 2017 entry, film students will have use of a new, purpose built studio facility within the ATRiuM complex in the heart of Cardiff, subject to approval. This phasing is being done to deliver on the University’s commitment that students will have facilities at least as good, or better, than their current provision.
  • All courses scheduled to move current students from Pontypridd to Newport City Campus will move in summer 2016 for the start of the 2016-17 academic year.
  • Foundation Art & Design in Gwent continues to be delivered by Coleg Gwent, and the last cohort of students studying Foundation level Art & Design at Caerleon completed their courses in the summer 2015. From 2016 the remaining Foundation Art & Design course currently based at Pontypridd will also transfer to be taught by the local FE college, in this case Coleg y Cymoedd.
  • The ATRiuM 2B development will be completed by the start of 2016-17 academic year. USW’s full creative industries offering will be together as soon this is practicable near to the BBC and other creative industries developments in Cardiff. This will also allow us to move out of Cromwell House, where we are renting.

New students

  • New first year students for entry in September 2015 are already being recruited in almost all courses to their new campuses in Newport City, Cardiff, and Pontypridd.

Progress so far

  • The University’s Board, on which both staff and students are represented, decided unanimously on 8 September 2014 to concentrate the University’s future investment on three campuses in the city centres of Newport and Cardiff, and in Pontypridd.
  • This will put our courses together in campuses where they have the best facilities and experience for students, and where we have the best chance of recruiting and growing. These are decisions of the head rather than of the heart, for although each campus has its own tradition and history, the future growth of the University and the experience of its students are the critical drivers for our decisions.
  • On Monday 24 November 2014 the USW Board of Governors endorsed the next stage of investment in our campus in Newport. This was the final formal go-ahead for up to £3m investment in the current Newport City Campus building. This work is ongoing and, during summer 2015, included the reconfiguration of teaching spaces, new Student Union and catering facilities, the remodelling of a number of spaces and new classroom furniture, amongst other improvements.
  • At the same time, planning work is under way on a second phase of longer-term major expansion along the waterfront, a £8-10m programme that will be driven by growth in the number of students choosing to study in Newport.
  • In Cardiff, work is well underway on ATRiuM 2B, which will provide additional space to enable Creative Industries to be based together. This will open for the start of the 2016-17 academic year.
  • The University’s Programme Executive Board, on which academic staff, students and key support departments are represented, has developed and endorsed the following timetable for the course moves.