University of South Wales (Welsh: Prifysgol De Cymru) is a university in South Wales, United Kingdom. It was formed on 11 April 2013 from the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. The university can trace its roots to the founding of the Newport Mechanics Institute in 1841. With more than 31,000 students from 122 countries, the university is the 6th largest university in the UK and the largest in Wales.
The name for the university was chosen following a research exercise amongst interested parties and announced in December 2012 by the prospective vice-chancellor of the university, Julie Lydon. The foundation of the new university dates back to 1841 when the Newport Mechanics Institute was formed, which later become the University of Wales, Newport. In 1913 South Wales and Monmouthshire school of mines was formed which in 1992 gained the status of University of Glamorgan.
The university is part of the University of South Wales Group comprising the University, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Merthyr Tydfil College.
The university has a band of 106 partner colleges, universities, FE institutions or organizations, who deliver University of South Wales's higher education programs or access courses in the UK and 18 other countries.
The University has also opened a London Centre in autumn 2014, based at the Docklands Academy.