Pioneering and Innovative

Aberystwyth University, established in 1872, was the first university in Wales. Since then, innovation has become a tradition for Aberystwyth University.

A pioneer of higher education for all, we were amongst the first in Britain to award degrees to women and opened the UK’s first women’s hall of residence in 1885. We were also the first university in Wales to offer courses in a range of disciplines including computing, law, media and film, geography and in earth sciences. The world’s first Department of International Politics was established by Aberystwyth University.

This spirit of advancement continues today. Innovative, interdisciplinary provision has been developed in the arts and humanities, business, law and finance. In all our endeavours we include a strong emphasis on our role as citizens of a global, international world.