In June 2013 the fine art course at Newport was closed, with the final degree show being entitled "dep ARTure".A tutor, Kathryn Ashill, said that the students had a "responsibility of going out with a bang".
The name for the new merged 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 Higher Education Statistics Agency reported student total numbers of 27,710 for the 2014/15 academic year.
This means that the University is the 12th largest in the UK and the 2nd largest in Wales, after Cardiff University, when measured by the number of enrolled students.
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 organisations, who deliver University of South Wales's higher education programmes or access courses in the UK and 18 other countries.
The university has a film school, animation facilities, broadcasting studios, a photography school, a reputation for theatre design, poets, scriptwriters and authors as well as the national music and drama conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as a wholly owned subsidiary.
It offers a range of qualifications from further education to degrees to Ph D study.
As a Post 92 University it delivers a range of STEM subjects.
RHYDYPANDY, WALES - Sheep high on cannabis went on a rampage in a Welsh village after eating the remains of a cannabis factory that were illegally dumped on the side of the road.
Swansea County Councillor Ioan Richard reported the incident, saying the out-of-control animals were getting in people's gardens and one had even entered a bungalow causing a mess in the bedroom.“There is already a flock of sheep roaming the village causing a nuisance," he said.
"We could have an outbreak of psychotic sheep rampaging through the village."The plants had been spotted near Rhydypandy, Wales.