Wales is home to world-leading academics with eight universities across its well connected country. Its universities have a wealth of published, world class researchers and leading scientific innovators. With impressive surroundings from beautiful countryside to the stunning coastline, it has a diverse range of venues including state of the art conference centres. Here are some of our leading academic institutions:

North Wales  - Bangor University

Mid Wales -  Aberystwyth University

South Wales - Cardiff University 

South Wales - Swansea University

South Wales - University of South Wales

From global players in Life Sciences and Tech, to pioneers in Energy and Environment and Tourism. Wales is known for its workforce expertise and for building strong links between higher education and industry. Research products include BEACON project Converting Biomass and bio-industry waste into biobased commercial applications - an existing partnership between Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities and the University of South Wales. 

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New Pontio building with concrete and large glass window panes against the older part of the university tower.

Pontio Bangor University

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Delegates sitting on a picnic table enjoying a beach barbecue with the university in the background.

Swansea University campus

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A lecture being delivered at a theatre style conference room.

Newport University Lecture

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External view of a university building with students walking down the steps.

Aberystwyth University

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A conference room looking toward the stage and screens.

University of South Wales

Academia sector strengths 

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing 

  • Materials Physics – Aberystwyth University
  • Engineering Research – Bangor University
  • Cardiff Catalysis Institute – Cardiff University
  • Steel Innovation – Swansea University
  • Smart Manufacturing – Swansea University

Creative Industries

  • Digital Creative Economy – Aberystwyth University
  • Culture, Communications and Heritage – Swansea University
  • Creative Industries and Digital Economy Research Group – University of South Wales

Energy and Environment

  • Climate and Environment – Aberystwyth University
  • Environmental Sciences Research – Bangor University
  • Energy Systems Research Institute – Cardiff University
  • Sustainable Places Research Institute – Cardiff University
  • Water Research Institute – Cardiff University
  • Sustainable Futures, Energy and the Environment – Swansea University
  • Sustainable Environment Research Group – University of South Wales


Creative industries Wales filming
Toyota employee working on machinery

Fiction Factory Cardiff Bay, Toyota Manufacturing, Deeside

Food and drink

  • Agri-Science and Food – Aberystwyth University

Life Sciences

  • Human Sciences Research – Bangor University
  • European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute – Cardiff University
  • Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute – Cardiff University
  • Systems Immunity Research Institute – Cardiff University
  • Health Innovation – Swansea University
  • Health and Wellbeing research group – University of South Wales


  • Digital Economy and ICT – Aberystwyth University
  • Data Innovation Research Institute – Cardiff University
  • Digital Futures – Swansea University


  • People and Places – Aberystwyth University

Recent events and conferences

Welsh Football Trust National Conference (South Wales)

Evangelical Movement of Wales National Conference (Aberystwyth)

Homeless World Cup 2019 (Cardiff)

Royal Geographical Society International Conference 2019 (Cardiff)

Accommodation for the Police Force for the NATO Summit (South Wales)

 iOSDevUK Conference (Aberystwyth)

British Machine Vision Conference 2019 (Cardiff)

National Student Radio Conference & Awards (Swansea)

EuroSim International Security Conference (Newport)

International Conference of Missing Children and Adults (Cardiff)

Great Hall set up for a gala dinner with musicians rehearsing on stage.
A hall in a university lit up with coloured lights and laid out with tables for a gala dinner.

Swansea University event space, Bangor University Gala Dinner

Capacity Reference

Venue Region Theatre Classroom Banquet Bedrooms Bedroom Availability
Aberystwyth University Mid Wales 978 347 200 2000+ Year-round
Bangor University North Wales 450 250 270 1000+ Year-round
Cardiff University South Wales 550   180 1800+ June-Sept
Swansea University South Wales  700 350 400 4000+ June-Sept
University of South Wales  South Wales  300   500 1000+ June-Sept

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