Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Infobox University
name = Aberystwyth University

native_name = Prifysgol Aberystwyth

latin_name =
motto = Nid Byd, Byd Heb Wybodaeth
"(A world without knowledge is no world at all)"
established = 1872 (as "University College Wales")
type = Public
endowment =
staff =
chancellor = HRH the Prince of Wales KG KT GCB OM
vice_chancellor = Professor Noel G. Lloyd
students = 12,245cite web|url= http://www.hesa.ac.uk/dox/dataTables/studentsAndQualifiers/download/institution0607.xls|title= Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07|accessdate= 2008-04-19|format= Microsoft Excel spreadsheet|publisher= Higher Education Statistics Agency]
undergrad = 10,760
postgrad = 2,500
other = 1,485 FE
city = Aberystwyth
state = Wales
country = UK
campus =
colours =

affiliations = University of Wales AMBA ACU University Alliance Universities UK HiPACT
website = http://www.aber.ac.uk/
address = Old College, King Street Aberystwyth SY23 2AX
telephone = +44 1970 623111

Aberystwyth University ( _cy. Prifysgol Aberystwyth; sometimes called "Aber" or "the College by the Sea")cite web|url = http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/mid/sites/aberystwyth/student_index.shtml|title = BBC Mid Wales News - Student Life|accessdate = 2007-07-17|publisher = BBC] is a university located in Aberystwyth, Wales. Aberystwyth was a founding Member Institution of the former federal University of Wales. As of late 2006, the University has over 12,000 students spread across seventeen academic departments.

The University started life in 1872 as University College Wales. In 1894 the University became a founder member of the University of Wales 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 an independent university in its own right once again. However, it will continue to award University of Wales degrees for the foreseeable future.cite web|url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6972832.stm|title = BBC Mid Wales News - Three universities go independent|accessdate = 2007-09-03|publisher = BBC]

The National Student Survey named Aberystwyth fifth in the UK in 2006 and tenth in 2007, for overall student satisfaction. [cite news |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/5277938.stm |title=Student satisfaction survey results
date=23 August 2006
publisher=BBC News
] [cite web|url=http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/visitor/student-satisfaction.php |title=Aberystwyth Top in UK for Student Satisfaction |publisher=Aberystwyth |accessdate=2007-09-06] [cite news |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/6988910.stm |title=Student survey results|date=12 September 2007|publisher=BBC News|accessdate=2007-09-12] "The Times" Good University Guide 2008 ranked Aberystwyth joint first in the UK for student satisfaction. It also ranked Aberystwyth 39th in the Academic league tables out of 113 institutions. [cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/6949559.stm |title=Aber 'most satisfying' uni time|date=16 August 2007 |publisher=BBC News|accessdate=2007-09-06] Aberystwyth was also short-listed for a best student experience award by the Times. [cite news|url=http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/visitor/times-award.php |title=Aberystwyth being short-listed for a best student experience time|date=13 October 2007 |publisher=Aber Uni|accessdate=2007-13-10]


The University was founded in 1872 as "University College Wales". The first Principal was Thomas Charles Edwards and initially there were just 26 students. In 1894 the college joined the University of Wales as a founder member (prior to this students had been submitted for examinations of the University of London). One of the newest departments in the University is the Department of Sports and Exercise Science, which was established in 2000. Within the next few years the university has plans to establish a department of Psychology, which will be based upon the Centre for Applied Psychology currently found within the Department of International Politics. Indeed many joint honours Psychology degrees were launched in September 2007.

The University's coat of arms was awarded in the 1880s. The shield features two red dragons, the red dragon being a common symbol of Wales, and an open book, symbolising learning. The crest is an eagle or phoenix above a flaming tower: it possibly symbolises the rebirth of the College after the fire of 1885.cite web|url = http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/collegiate-identity/section-01.php|title = U.W.A. - Collegiate Identity|accessdate = 2007-07-12|publisher = University of Wales, Aberystwyth] The motto is "Nid Byd, Byd Heb Wybodaeth": "A World Without Knowledge, is No World At All".

Reputation and academic rankings

The internationally recognized Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research which is part of the University leads the way in many areas of Environmental Research.Fact|date=August 2008The University has a number of notable alumni, including Frederick Soddy, a Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, and Prince Charles. Notable past academics include R. Geraint Gruffydd, Bobi Jones, E. H. Carr and Leopold Kohr.

According to the "The Times Good University Guide" within Wales Aberystwyth University is ranked 2nd after Cardiff University. "The Times Good University Guide" also evaluates Aberystwyth's Overall Academic Ranking within the United Kingdom as being number 39 from a total of 113 Universities. The 2007 QS-THES (Quacquarelli-Symonds/Times Higher Education Supplement) world university rankings place Aberystwyth at 490th best in the world, [ [http://dev.topuniversities.com/sundaytimes/uk_ireland/ QS Top Universities: Guide to the World's Top Universities - the definitive international study abroad guide ] ] and according to the International Journal of Scientometrics the University is ranked at 470 in the World for its web presence. [cite web|url = http://www.webometrics.info/top4000.asp?offset=450|title = Webometric Ranking of World Universities|accessdate = 2007-07-12|publisher = Webometric] Aberystwyth is given sixth place in the Times Higher Education Supplement's "Student Experience Rankings", a large survey of student satisfaction in their University ranging from teaching standards to social life. [ [http://www.thes.co.uk/upload/2039435/studentexp%20.pdf Times Higher Education - Education news, resources and university jobs for the academic world ] ]

The School of Management and Business is one of only 20 departments in the world to have its Masters degrees accredited by the AMBA. It is similar to the AACSB in the U.S. and EQUIS in Europe. Its MBA is also accrediated by the same organisation. [cite web|url = http://www.aber.ac.uk/aberonline/en/archive/2007/12/uwa14507/|title = World wide recognition for School of Management and Business|accessdate = 2007-12-07|publisher = Aberystwyth University]

The Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences was the first British university department to offer single honours degrees in human geography and physical geography, [cite web|url = http://www.aber.ac.uk/iges/|title = Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences|accessdate = 2007-09-03|publisher = University of Wales, Aberystwyth] a course which has since been adopted by many other universities in the UK. Aberystwyth was ranked 11th of 60 UK universities for Geography and Environmental Studies in the 2009 "Guardian" University Guide. [cite web|url = http://browse.guardian.co.uk/education?SearchBySubject=&FirstRow=&SortOrderDirection=&SortOrderColumn=&Subject=Geography+and+environmental+studies&Institution=Aberystwyth|title = University guide: Geography and environmental studies|accessdate = 2007-09-03|date = 2007-05-01|publisher = The Guardian] and according to the 2009 Times Good University Guide ranked the department at number 12 from 76 university geography and environmental science related departments.

The Department for International Politics was founded in 1919 and is the oldest such department in the world and remains at the forefront research. [cite web|url = http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/courses/international-politics.php|title = Postgraduate Courses - International Politics|accessdate = 2007-09-03|publisher = University of Wales, Aberystwyth]

The University has come under recent criticism for its record on sustainability, with a ranking of 97th out of 106 UK higher education institutions in the "Green League 2007". [cite web|url = http://peopleandplanet.org/gogreen/greenleague2007/table|title = People & Planet Green League 2007|accessdate = 2007-07-12|publisher = People & Planet] . However the University has managed to climb up to 53rd in Ranking for the revised Green League Table for 2008.


The Department of History and Welsh History, and the Institute of Mathematics and Physics can trace their beginnings back to the formation of the University in 1872. The Department of Law was established in 1901, and as such is one of the oldest law schools in the UK. The School of Art has a history stretching back to 1917 when it was part of the only British university concerned with the Art and Crafts Movement. In 1936 it became a sub-department within the Education Department where, in 1965 the Joint Honours Art scheme was established. Single Honours Art and Masters degree schemes were introduced in 1974, one year after the subject had once again been given autonomy as a university department. Modern languages has been taught at Aberystwyth since c. 1874, making the current Department of European Languages one of the oldest departments in the UK to teach the subject. The Department of Information & Library Studies was founded in 1989 following the merger of the University with the College of Librarianship Wales. The Institute of Biological Sciences was formed in 1993 from the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Biochemistry and the Genetics Group of the Department of Agricultural Botany. These former departments in turn can trace their beginnings to the foundation of the University. In 1993 budgetary considerations caused the University to permanently close its department of philosophy. The efforts of some student philosophy organizations have so far failed to restore any funding for a philosophy department at Aberystwyth although there are a number of political philosophy related modules covered by the Department of International Politics.

List of Departments

* Art
* Biological Sciences
* Computer Science
* Education & Lifelong Learning
* English
* European Languages
* Geography & Earth Sciences
* History & Welsh History
* Information Studies
* International Politics
* Law & Criminology
* Management & Business
* Mathematics & Physics
* Psychology
* Rural Sciences
* Sport & Exercise Science
* Theatre, Film & Television Studies
* Welsh

Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth was founded in 1970. AberMUD, the first popular internet-based MUD, was written in this department of the university by then-student Alan Cox.

Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences

The Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences was formed in 1989 from the former Departments of Geography (established in 1917) and Geology. This department contains the E.G. Bowen map library, containing 80000 maps and 500 atlases.

Department of Information Studies

The College of Librarianship Wales was established at Llanbadarn Fawr in 1964 in response to a recommendation for the training of bilingual librarians, in the Bourdillon report on "Standards of public library service in England", (H.M.S.O., 1962). The college grew rapidly and became the largest institution for the training of librarians in Europe. [Coleg LLyfrgellwyr Cymru/College of Librarianship Wales(2004), p. 9] The independent college merged with the University in August 1989. The College of Librarianship gained an international reputation for the training of librarians, particularly in the developing world. Since 1989 the new department has gained a reputation for introducing innovative teaching methods, and particularly offering courses by open and distance learning.

Department of International Politics

In 1919 the world's first Department of International Politics was founded at Aberystwyth. Today it is the largest department of its kind in Europe, and one of the largest in the world. It also has an international reputation for excellence, scoring top marks for both research and teaching, placing the department on a par with the London School of Economics, the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. The department has attracted influential names in the field of international relations including E. H. Carr, Leopold Kohr, Andrew Linklater and Michael Cox. In 2006, a new building for the Department of International Politics was completed and opened on the main Penglais Campus.

Department of Law and Criminology

The Department of Law and Criminology is housed in the Hugh Owen Building, which is centrally located on the main campus. This department was founded in 1901. The Department bases itself on a long, reputable and increasingly varied experience of legal education and academic work. Ranked within the top twenty institutions for Law in the United Kingdom, it is the oldest law school in Wales and one of the oldest in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, the Department is home to the specialist research centre, the "Centre for Welsh Legal Affairs". All lecturers in the Department are actively engaged in research and the "International Journal of Biosciences and the Law", and the "Cambrian Law Review" are edited in the Department. Over the years a large number of well-known legal academics, practitioners and politicians have taught in the Department have made their mark in a range of subsequent careers. Recently the Department has worked closely with the Quality Assurance Agency in testing new processes for teaching quality assessment. The Department is one of only a few universities in the United Kingdom which offers the two-year LL.B scheme to graduates in a discipline other than law. Information published in 2006 indicates a [http://www.qedlaw.co.uk/2008/09/23/llb-progression-university-of-aberystwyth/ progression rate] from first year to second year of about 93.5% on the LLB courses.

In 2006, the Department of Law started a Legal Practice Course, which is run in collaboration with Swansea University. The LPC is a requirement for anyone who wishes to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales. A breakdown of the [http://www.qedlaw.co.uk/2008/09/07/legal-practice-course-awards-aberystwyth-university/ levels of award ] made in 2007/8 shows that one third of students enrolled on the LPC were awarded a distinction.

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies is one of the largest departments in the University in terms of numbers of undergraduate students and was established in the late 1970s. The department is enhanced by the presence of a BBC studio housed within the department's headquarters built in 2001.

Institute of Rural Sciences

The Institute of Rural Sciences on Llanbadarn Campus was formed by the merger of the Welsh Agricultural College, which had hitherto been independent, and the University's Department of Agriculture in 1995.

chool of Management and Business

In 1998 the Department of Economics (founded 1912), the Department of Accounting and Finance (founded 1979) and the Centre for Business Studies merged to create the School of Management and Business. The MBA at Aberystwyth was established in 1985 and the school is one of only around 100 business schools in the world to have its MBA program accredited by the AMBA; it was the first business school in Wales to achieve this honour, and for many years the only. However Swansea University has also recently been accrediated. The schools postgraduate programmes in Management and International Business Management are both MBM (Masters in Business Management) accredited by the Association of MBAs. Only around 20 business schools throughout the world have achieved this prestigious programme accreditation [cite web|url = http://www.aber.ac.uk/aberonline/en/archive/2007/12/uwa14507/|title = World wide recognition for School of Management and Business|accessdate = 2007-12-07|publisher = Aberystwyth University] and Aber is one of only 9 in the UK. [cite web|url = http://www.aber.ac.uk/smba/en/News/New%20Director%20New%20Accreditation.htm|title = New Director Brings New Programme Accreditation to Aberystwyth|accessdate = 2007-12-11|publisher = Aberystwyth University] Recently the school has been ranked 16th in Europe for accounting research by the Journal "Accounting and Business Research" [cite web|url = http://www.aber.ac.uk/aberonline/en/archive/2006/07/uwa7406/
title = Masters in Finance Programmes|accessdate = 2007-12-11|publisher = Aberystwyth University
] and 22nd in Europe for Finance and Financial Economics by the "Journal of Business Finance & Accounting". [cite web|url = http://www.aber.ac.uk/aberonline/old/uwa9704.shtml|title = Accountancy at Aberystwyth in European Top 20|accessdate = 2007-12-21|publisher = Aberystwyth University] In the most recent subject specific teaching quality reviews the Accounting and Finance degrees schemes and the Economics degree schemes at Aberystwyth were both judged to be excellent, this is the highest category that can be awarded. [cite web|url = http://www.aber.ac.uk/aberonline/old/Abernewsbackup/february98.htm|title = Press Releases|accessdate = 2007-12-11|publisher = Aberystwyth University] The research training masters are also ESRC 1+3 recognised. [cite web|url = http://www.aber.ac.uk/smba/en/Postgraduate/PG%20Programmes/Masters%20in%20Finance.shtml|title = Masters in Finance Programmes|accessdate = 2007-12-11|publisher = Aberystwyth University]

Geography of the University campuses

The main campus of the University is situated on Penglais Hill, overlooking the town of Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay. The Penglais Campus is the site of 12 of the University's 17 departments, as well as most of the student halls of residence. Just below the Penglais Campus is the National Library of Wales, one of Britain's five legal deposit libraries. A BBC article suggests the library is "considered to be one of the world's greatest libraries, and its international reputation is certainly something that all Welsh men and women are intensely ... proud of" [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/mid/sites/national_library/pages/centenary.shtml BBC - Mid Wales National Library - Centenary celebrations ] ] . The original university building, next to the sea, known as "Old College", is the site of most of the University's administration as well as the Departments of Welsh and Education. The Llanbadarn Campus is located approximately one mile to the east of the Penglais Campus, and hosts the Institute of Rural Sciences and the Department of Information Studies. Additionally, the Llanbadarn Campus is the site of the Aberystwyth branch of Coleg Ceredigion, a further education college, and not part of the University. The School of Art is located between the Penglais Campus and the centre of Aberystwyth, in what was originally the Edward Davies Chemical Laboratory, site of the now-defunct Department of Chemistry.

tudent residences

Aberystwyth is the UK's favourite university town according to the findings of a study published by www.accommodationforstudents.com published on 5 June 2007. The University came top with a score of 64 per cent, scoring particularly well on the metrics "community" and "going out".

The various student residences owned, leased or managed by the university offer almost 4,000 bed-spaces in total. There are plans, however, to expand this to 5,450 spaces, with new residences to be built on land purchased in neighbouring Bow Street and a 'manor house' style residence to be built on undeveloped land at the student village site. ["Home Page - Residential and Hospitality Services - UWA" (2007)] There is a mixture of halls and shared apartment-style accommodation. All feature wired access to the University's computer network and a support network of wardening staff.

Penglais Campus:
*Cwrt Mawr (self-catered flats, capacity 485)
*Pantycelyn (traditional catered Welsh speaking hall, capacity 260)
*Penbryn (traditional catered hall, capacity 525)
*Rosser (self-catered flats with en-suite rooms, capacity 333)
*Trefloyne (self-catered flats, capacity 146)

Llanbadarn Campus:
*Aeron, Cletwr, Dyfi, Einion and Leri - 5 residences that housed a total of 298 catered students (closed in June 2007)

Pentre Jane Morgan (the Student Village):
*178 self-contained houses accommodating typically 5 or 6 students each
*Bedrooms are of a decent size with a desk, bed, bedside table, wardrobe and large window
*In general kitchens are large with a table, 5-6 chairs, 6+ cupboards, cooker, kettle, toaster, microwave and average sized fridge/freezer

*Brynderw (self-catered flats, capacity 146)
*Seafront Residences (self-catered flats located on the seafront and Queen's Road, overall capacity 720-800 including the redeveloped Alexandra Hall)

Notable alumni and staff

List of Rectors of the University

*1872-1895, Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare, GCB PC DCI FRS.
*1895-1913, Stuart Rendel, 1st Baron Rendel of Hatchlands, PC.
*1913-1926, Sir John Williams, 1st Baronet, of the City of London, GCVO DSC MD LLD.
*1926-1944, Edmund Davies, Baron Edmund-Davies, PC MA LLD.
*1944-1954, Thomas Jones (T. J.), CH MA LLD.
*1955-1964, Sir David Hughes Parry, QC MA DCL Hon LLD.
*1964-1976, Sir Ben Bowen Thomas, MA LLD.
*1977-1985, Cledwyn Hughes, Baron Cledwyn of Penrhos, CH PC.
*1985-1997, Sir Melvyn Rosser, Hon LLD FCA.
*1997-2007, Elystan Morgan, Baron Elystan-Morgan, LLD.
*2007-present, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, GCMG PhD FInstP .

Academic alumni

*Sir John Meurig Thomas FRS, Chemist, Professor, Author
*Dame Marjorie Williamson DBE, academic, educator, physicist
*Kenneth O. Morgan Baron Morgan of Aberdyfi, historian and author
*Ian Banks, author, Professor of Men's Health, President of The Men's Health Forum, BMA
*Gary Akehurst,Emeritus Professor of Marketing, services research, founder editor of the Service Industries Journal
*Alan Cox, Programmer (major contributor to the Linux kernel) (1980s)
*Sir Edward Collingwood FRS CBE DL, mathematician and scientist
*Andrew Gordon Naval historian
*Datuk Zawiyah Baba, Former Director-General of the National Library of Malaysia
*Sir Hugh Owen, educator
*Deian Hopkin, Historian
*Carl R May, sociologist
*Sir Alfred Eckhard Zimmern, classical scholar, historian, political scientist and Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics.
*H. J. Rose, Emeritus Professor, Classics scholar and Fellow of the British Academy
*Ernest Charles Nelson, noted botanist
*Mary King, Political Scientist
*David Russell Hulme, conductor and musical historian
*Sir Charles Webster KCMG, historian, diplomat and former President of the British Academy
*Chris Leek, Chairman of Mensa International
*Andrew Linklater, Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics
*Paul Maddrell, political scientist
*Mihangel Morgan, leading Welsh language writer
*F. Gwendolen Rees FRS, Emeritus Professor, zoologist and parasitologist
*Frederick Soddy, Nobel Prize Winner in chemistry (1921)
*Prof Myron Evans, Prize Winning scientist as well as the founder of Alpha Institute for Advanced Studies
*Rev Prof Samuel Ifor Enoch, Theologian
*E. H. Carr, historian, journalist and international relations theorist
*Sir Walford Davies KCVO OBE, professor, composer, Master of the King's Music 1(1934-1941)
*John Samuel Ramage Geographic and Biological Scholar
*Nigel Thrift, Geographic Scholar and Vice Chancellor of Warwick University
*Lewis Fry Richardson D.Sc FRS, mathematician, physicist, meteorologist, psychologist and pacifist
*David John Williams, Writer
*Waldo Williams, Poet
*Sir Glanmor Williams, eminent Historian
*Sir Mungo William MacCallum, noted literary critic on English and German literature
*Ken Booth, E H Carr Professor of International Politics and Fellow of the British Academy
*T. Harri Jones, Poet
*Emrys G. Bowen FRGS, FSA, BA, MA, LLD, DUniv, Geographer
*Tan Sri Datuk Arshad Ayub, Chairman of the University of Malaya and Pro-Chancellor of University Technology MARA.
*Rev Prof John Tudno Williams, Theologian
*Sir T. H. Parry-Williams, poet, author and academic
*Leopold Kohr, economist, jurist, political scientist and philosopher
*Twm Morys, poet
*Emrys Jones, Professor of Geography at the LSE
*Tavi Murray, noted glaciologist, received the Polar Medal.
*Steve Smith (academic) MSc PhD AcSS, prominent international relations theorist
*Prof David Lee Tissue engineer and mechanobiologist

Royal and establishment alumni

*HRH Charles, Prince of Wales KG KT GCB OM et al
*HRH Prince Tunku Naquiyuddin, son of the 10th King of Malaysia and Senior member of Negeri Sembilan Royal family
* Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, former President of Sierra Leone

Military alumni

*Colonel Bob Stewart DSO, Former British United Nations commander in Bosnia, broadcaster and author.
*Jonathan Moyle, Former RAF pilot and spy, who was later found murdered in Chile in suspicious circumstances.
*Brigadier-General Lewis Pugh Evans VC CB CMG DSO & Bar JP DL.

Legal alumni

*John Morris, Baron Morris of Aberavon KG PC QC, Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan and Attorney General for England and Wales (1997-1999)
*Sir Samuel Thomas Evans GCB PC QC, barrister, judge, Liberal politician and last QC under Queen Victoria.
*Sarah Caudwell, former lecturer in law. She was a barrister and writer of detective stories.
*Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith, 1st Baronet PC KC, former barrister and Liberal politician.
*Tun Salleh Abas, Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia (1984-1988). The Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia was the title of the head of the judiciary (now Chief Justice) of Malaysia until 1994.
*Elwyn Jones, Baron Elwyn-Jones CH PC , Attorney General for England and Wales (1966-1970) and Lord Chancellor (1974-1979)
*Sir Alun Talfan Davies, former lawyer, writer and publisher, the brother of Aneirin Talfan Davies.

Civil Service alumni

*Sir Goronwy Daniel, KCVO Ph.D, former civil servant and academic
*Tan' Sri Musa Hassan, current Inspector-General of Police, Royal Malaysian Police
*Thomas Jones (T. J.), CH, civil servant and educationalist
*Dr Timothy Brain QPM BA Ph.D FRSA, current Chief Constable for Gloucestershire

Political alumni

* David Davies, 1st Baron Davies, Liberal politician and philanthropist
* Joe Borg, European Union Fisheries and Maritime affairs Commissioner
* Emlyn Hooson, Baron Hooson QC, former Liberal politician
* Nick Bourne AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly for Wales
* Gwynfor Evans MP, first Member of Parliament for Plaid Cymru
* John Hugh Edwards, former Liberal politician
* Lady Sylvia Hermon MP, Ulster Unionist politician
* Neil Hamilton, former Conservative MP, barrister
* Carwyn Jones AM, Minister for the Environment in the Welsh Assembly Government, Assembly Member for Bridgend
* Elystan Morgan, Baron Elystan-Morgan, former Labour MP for Ceredigion and Home Office Minister.
* Roland Moyle, Labour politician, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Clement Attlee.
* Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat politician in the London Assembly
* Dan Rogerson MP, Liberal Democrat politician
* Gareth Thomas, former Labour MP
* Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Education Minister
* Cledwyn Hughes CH PC, Baron Cledwyn of Penrhos, former Labour MP and parliamentarian
* Mark Williams MP, Liberal Democrat politician
* Tun Dr. Ghazali Shafie, former senior Malaysian Cabinet Minister
* Captain Roderic Bowen KC, former Liberal MP and Deputy Commons Speaker
* Goronwy Roberts, Baron Goronwy-Roberts PC MA, former Labour MP
* Dr Ahmed Shaheed PhD, Maldivian politician.

Business/finance alumni

*Tom Singh OBE, owner and CEO of New Look (store)
*Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Mohamed Don, Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia (1994-1998)
*Belinda Earl, former CEO of Debenhams was appointed CEO of Jaeger in 2004
*Gary Jones, Director Lloyds Abbey Life plc 1986-1993
*Sir David Prosser, former Chief Executive of Legal & General Group Plc

ports alumni

*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, MM, International footballer
*Berwyn Price, International 110m hurdles athlete, Commonwealth Games & World Student Games gold medallist.
*Angela Tooby-Smith, Five Time Winner of Welsh Cross Cross Country Championships, English Cross-country champion 1985, UK Cross-country Champion 1988, silver medal World Cross-country Championships, Aukland.
*Jonathan Spratt, professional Rugby Union player for Ospreys.
*Dr Cath Bishop Ph.D, former professional British rower and turned civil servant

Arts alumni

*Aneirin Hughes, actor
*Melih Kibar, former Turkish composer.
*Sharon Maguire, film director of Bridget Jones's Diary (film)
*Jan Pinkava, Oscar winning animator, Pixar, (1981-1985)
*Tomos Lewis, Director of ITV1 Wales programme "Truckers"
*Neil Brand, writer, composer, and a renowned silent film accompanist
*Sarah Hall (writer), writer and poet
*Jane Green, Best-selling fiction writer (1987)
*Sarah Hall, artist [ [http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=authD4F18F62114931C08AYjK2634315 Sarah Hall ] ]
*Alun Lewis, Second World War writer and poet
*Shân Cothi, operatic singer and actress

Notable staff

*Sir T. H. Parry-Williams, poet and author; Professor of Welsh 1920-1952
*Ken Booth, professor of International Politics
*Daniel Chandler, visual semiotician
*John Davies (historian), Welsh historian
*Richard Marggraf Turley, poet and critic (Department of English and Creative Writing)
*Joseph Parry, composer and musician
*F. Gwendolen Rees, F.R.S., professor of Zoology

ee also

*Aberystwyth University Debating Union
*Tarannau Aberystwyth
*List of universities in Wales

Further reading

*Iwan Morgan (ed.), "The College by the Sea" (Aberystwyth, 1928)
*E.L. Ellis, "The University College of Wales, Aberystwyth: 1872-1972", University of Wales Press ISBN 978-0708319307 (2004)
*Ben Bowen Thomas, "Aber" 1872-1972" (University of Wales Press, 1972)
*J Roger Webster, "Old College Aberystwyth: The Evolution of a High Victorian Building" (University of Wales Press, 1995)
*Emrys Wynn Jones, "Fair may your future be: the story of the Aberystwyth Old Students’ Association 1892-1992" (Aberystwyth Old Students’ Association, 1992)


* Coleg LLyfrgellwyr Cymru/College of Librarianship Wales(2004), "Dathlu 40/40 Anniversary" (2004), University of Wales, Department of Information Studies
* "Home Page - Residential and Hospitality Services - UWA" (2007) http://www.aber.ac.uk/residential/en/

External links

* [http://www.aber.ac.uk/ Aberystwyth University] – Official website
* [http://www.aberguild.co.uk/ Aberystwyth Guild of Students] – Students' Union

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