Lampeter Campus

Discover Lampeter; Discover the Humanities

Lampeter offers a picturesque campus environment, delivering a unique and personalised learning experience. It blends a historic University (founded in 1822) with all the facilities and technology necessary for 21st century learning.

With a long and distinguished academic tradition in the Humanities, the campus today is home to a range of undergraduate courses in the subject areas of English, History, Archaeology, Chinese, Classical Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies, as well as less familiar areas, such as Anthropology, Publishing, Ancient Civilisations, Psychology, Ancient Egyptian Culture and Creative Writing.

Many of our students study more than one subject in a joint honours combination or in new innovative groupingsacross the disciplines with Heritage, Digital Humanities, Museums and Archives, and Education studies. On the Lampeter campus our approach to Higher Education is therefore individualised and responsive, attuned to your interests and passions while, for our part, ensuring that when you leave us to carve your own career path, you will have the requisite skills necessary for success in today’s competitive jobs market.

Whatever course you decide upon, your learning experience will be stimulating, interactive and collaborative. We are able as a campus of approximately 1000 full time students, to offer a learning experience that is radically different to other more impersonal large-scale Higher Education institutions. All students have a personal academic tutor throughout their time at University, to help advise and guide them, and each School has its own welfare officer to provide support where necessary.

You will be taught by lecturers in small teaching seminars, typically by the second year in groups of between 15 and 25 students. You will get to know your tutors by their first name, as they offer advice on your work and progress, and they in turn will get to know you as an individual.

You will work with others in small groups but you will also engage in your own research and projects, on a topic of your choice, with guidance from tutors. You will have the opportunity to take up a range of extra-curricular activities and student societies, from all manner of sports teams to Medieval Battle Re-enactment, thus becoming part of the most engaged University student body in the country.

The campus can boast one of the best collections of medieval illuminated manuscripts and early modern printed first editions in the country, held in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives. Its special collections amount to some 30,000 volumes, printed between 1470 and 1850, and to which our students help curate or prepare display materials. 

The recently refurbished Main Library offers high-tech learning support and study areas, in addition to its collection of 275,000 books and journals.

There are two dedicated computer suites, a dedicated MAC laboratory for GIS survey software, language studies, and our courses on Digital Humanities, and we have four different Archaeology laboratories covering all manner of forensic and environmental study.

In order to support your studies, a range of integrated student-facing services, from finance and accommodation to learning support, Faculty office and Registry services, have been housed in the iconic Canterbury building, opened in 2012.

Between lectures and seminars, students can refresh themselves at the 1822 Starbucks cafe, or the Refectory or Students' Union cafe and bar, in addition to the multitude of cafes in Town.

The University is located at the heart of the historic market town of Lampeter, itself surrounded by the beautiful Cambrian mountains of rural Wales. Running through the campus is the river Dulas whose banks in summer host a patchwork of student barbeques, picnics and quiet reading. In this historic and beautiful environment, Schools looked to embed their learning experience through a variety of different fieldtrips and visits, to local Castles and ruined Abbeys, to the Roman Gold mines at Dologothi or to the Cathedral city of St Davids and much more besides.

Closer to home, the town provides a warm welcome to its students and is in turn a vibrant centre of student activity, able to cater for all tastes in terms of shops, supermarkets, pubs, fast food, cafes (notably Conti’s cafe which makes its own ice-cream), and a small theatre. Nowhere better underscores this collaboration  than the local town Museum, a venture run jointly between the University and the Local History Society, where our students can work alongside local volunteers to gain valuable first-hand experience of the heritage sector.

The campus can also boast 15 Halls of Residence for students, all with wifi. All are self-catering; some with en-suite facilities and others with shared facilities. We can guarantee all first years a place in Halls; many students decide to spend all three years in Halls.

We have a well-established study abroad scheme with partnerships in the USA, Canada, China and Europe, and our dedicated team will provide you with the support and guidance you need throughout your study abroad experience.

Find out more about the UWTSD study abroad programme