Message from the Vice-Chancellor

A very warm welcome to the Aberystwyth University website.

This is a crucial time for you to decide which direction to take and where to spend your formative years as an undergraduate or postgraduate student. It is important that you make the right decision for you.

What I would say firstly is that you need to choose the course that is best for you. A course that challenges your curiosity and takes you to where you want to go next in life. Many of our departments and the University will be celebrating our centenary anniversary, and it is since our establishment we have been delivering innovative research that has fed directly into the teaching of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Our high pedagogical values have been recognised by the The Times and The Sunday Times as UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality.

At Aberystwyth University, we pride ourselves on creating an exceptional and memorable student experience and the latest National Student Survey ranked us 1st in Wales and a score of 91% for overall student satisfaction. *Aberystwyth University’s rankings are compared against the HE institutions listed in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

We are also extremely proud of our recent graduates who have been successful in acquiring employment or have gone into further study six months after graduation. The recent Destination Leavers of Higher Education survey shows that 95% of our graduates found employment or pursued further study. 74.3% of our graduates were in professional level or graduate level  jobs, which is a 6% increase on the previous year (HESA, 2017). This demonstrates that our teaching at Aberystwyth University allows you to have a smooth transition from campus to career. *Our employability figures are taken from the Destination of Leavers in Higher Education 2015-16 survey published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in June 2017.

Aberystwyth is a hub of excellent research which is one of the reasons why The Times and The Sunday Times and the Guardian university guides put us in the top ten for Teaching Excellence in the UK.

Aberystwyth University flag has been seen fluttering on the Khumbu glacier on Everest. It was flanked by two members of our Geography and Earth Sciences Department: Professor Bryn Hubbard, who was awarded the prestigious Polar Medal in 2016, and PhD student Katie Miles. The flag was flying to mark the end of a climate change research trip to the Himalayas and the team’s success in being the first to drill deep into the world’s highest glacier.

Our Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) is also taking on some of today’s big challenges- developing drought and disease-resistant strain of pearl millet for areas of India and Africa, for example; pioneering research on Miscanthus as a bioenergy crop of the future, and tackling malaria in Africa.

The quality of our research was highlighted in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014), with recognition ranging from Computer Science to International Politics and Fine Art. We are proud too that our scientists are also pushing the frontiers of space, with instruments made in the Department of Physics playing a key role in the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission.

Come here and you’ll be living in a vibrant bilingual university town, between the rolling Cambrian Mountains and the stunning coastline of Cardigan Bay. You’ll be part of a campus university with its own sports centre and busy Arts Centre; and you’ll be next door to the National Library of Wales, one of only five copyright libraries in the UK.

If you’ve never been here, take time to visit us too so that you can see why we are rated one of the best universities in the UK for student satisfaction, and meet some of the staff who’ll be your mentors and guides on your undergraduate or postgraduate pathway to the future.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure