Founded in 1872 as University College Wales, Aberystwyth, it became a founder member of the University of Wales in 1894 and changed its name to Aberystwyth University in 2007. The university was one of the first, along with Cardiff, to admit female students in 1884.

The university has ~8,000 students studying across 3 academic faculties and 17 departments. Aberystwyth University is placed in the top 50 universities in the UK rankings and has become the first university to be awarded with the prestigious prize of “University of the year for teaching quality” by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019). According to the Research Excellence Framework REF 2014, Aberystwyth ranks in the top 50 out of 154 in the UK for impact, quality of publications and research environment.

Dept. of Computer Science

The Dept. of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University was founded in 1970, emerging from Dept. of Electronics to become a department in its own right. In 2020, it celebrated its 50th anniversary.