Aberystwyth University

401–500 th
World University Rankings 2021
51-75 th
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Reception, Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3FL, United Kingdom

About Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University first opened in 1872 with 26 students in the Welsh seaside town after which it is named.

It was a founding member of the former University of Wales, funded by donations from individual benefactors and members of the public. "The people’s university", as it came to be known, is now home to nearly 10,000 students across its faculties of arts, sciences and social sciences.

The Penglais Campus, the central teaching campus, is located a short walk from the town centre and seafront. Llanbadarn is home to the university’s equine teaching centre. Its Gogerddan campus houses the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, a world class research and teaching centre that addresses global challenges such as food security, sustainability and climate change.

Aberystwyth itself is an area of outstanding natural beauty, offering students easy access to the sea and unspoilt countryside via Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains.

The university’s Penglais campus was the first in Wales to achieve a Green Flag Award for the high quality of its environment, while Aberystwyth itself was awarded the title of "Greatest Town" by the Academy of Urbanism in 2015 for its shops, restaurants, nightlife and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

In the middle of a major campus redevelopment project, Aberystwyth invested £45million for new student residences, teaching spaces and an arts centre – one of the UK’s largest – with further investment planned for campus enhancements over the next three years.

Despite continuing expansion, the university prides itself on having retained an intimate, friendly atmosphere where students pursue active social lives and high academic standards.

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Key statistics

  • 17.2
    No. of students per staff
  • 22%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 6,809
    Number of FTE Students
  • 51 : 49
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Based on data collected for the (1) 2021 World University Rankings

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