- Swansea University
Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.
The University has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth, and we have achieved our ambition to be a top thirty research University, soaring up the 2014 Research Excellence Framework league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008.
Additionally, an ambitious Campus Development Programme is well underway – one of the largest knowledge economy projects in the UK and within the top five in Europe.
It involves the creation of the Bay Campus, a brand new £450 million development on the eastern approach to the city, together with the transformation of our existing Singleton Park Campus.
Swansea’s multicultural dual-campus community provides a global perspective and opportunities to gain skills that last a lifetime.
True to the vision of its industrial founders in 1920 Swansea University will:
Provide an environment of research excellence, with research that is world-leading, globally collaborative and internationally recognised;
Deliver an outstanding student experience, with research-led and practice-driven teaching of the highest quality that produces global graduates educated and equipped for distinguished personal and professional achievement;
Use its research strength, collaboration with industry and global reach, to drive economic growth, foster prosperity, enrich the community and cultural life of Wales and, contribute to the health, leisure and wellbeing of its citizens.
Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties
College of Arts and Humanities
The college offers courses in American Studies, Ancient History, Applied Linguistics, Chinese, Classics, Cymraeg/Welsh, Egyptology, English, English Literature, French, German, History, Italian, Medieval Studies, Media Studies (with Film and PR options), Politics and International Relations, Spanish-Hispanic Studies, Translation, and War and Society.
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the research performance of the English department was ranked 7th in the UK. More than half its research was judged to be world leading and it was first in the UK for the impact of its research. History and Modern Languages were both classed in the UK top 30 for research excellence while the Politics department came 20th for research impact. Celtic Studies came second in the UK for research excellence and research impact, according to submissions made to the Celtic Studies REF sub panel.
In spring 2006, M Wynn Thomas and Dai Smith established the Library of Wales series as an offshoot of the college which has influenced Welsh Government policy to benefit the creative industries, cultural tourism and education.
School of Management
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 the school was ranked in the top 30 for Research Excellence and in the top 20 for Research Impact.Postgraduate programmes include Business Management, Management Consultancy, Business Analytics, Banking, Accounting and Finance.
College of Law
The College has four departments: Department of Legal Studies which offers courses such as the LLB, Department of Shipping and Trade Law, Department of Professional Legal Studies which offers the Graduate Diploma in Law as well as the Legal Practice Course, and the Department of Criminology.
College of Engineering
The Engineering department is ranked 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines according to REF 2014 and 94 per cent of Swansea’s engineering research is classed as world leading and internationally excellent.
Materials Engineering is 1st in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and 5th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide). Civil Engineering is ranked 9th in the UK (The Times Good University Guide) and is recognised as one of the top 200 departments in the world (QS World Subject Rankings). Sports Science is ranked 15th in the UK according to REF 2014 and 10th in UK for research impact.
The college also offers courses in Aerospace, Chemical and Biological, Electrical and Electronic, Environmental, Information, Communication and Computing Technology, Mechanical, Medical, Product Design, Engineering and Technology.
College of Human and Health Science
The college offers courses in Health and Social Care, Audiology, Cardiac Physiology, Nuclear Medicine or Radiotherapy Physics, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences, Medical Sciences and Humanities, Midwifery, Nursing (Child, Adult and Mental Health), Osteopathy, Paramedic Science, Psychology (including Psychology and Criminology), Social Policy and Social Work. It also offers post-graduate programmes in Ageing, Childhood Studies, Education, Health and Social Care, Management, Psychology and Social Research Methods and a range of work-based learning and continuing professional development programmes.
The Psychology Department is ranked in the top 30 in the UK for research excellence – 100% of the research impact for psychology was ranked as world-leading. Social Work is ranked 14th in the UK, and first in Wales for research quality. Swansea is ranked ninth in the UK for allied health professions research – 100% of the research impact for nursing is of world-leading international excellent quality.
The Medical School is ranked joint first in the UK for Research Environment, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, and second in the UK out of 94 in the Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy (Unit of Assessment 3).
Established in 2004, the Medical School works closely with government, industry and the NHS, in particular Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, over teaching, research and innovation. It is home to four research council centres: the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Facility, the MRC Consortium for Medical Microbial Bioinformatics, the ESRC Administrative Data Research Centre Wales and the MRC Centre for Improvement in Population Health through E-records Research (CIPHER). It also has two Institute of Life Science research centres, equipped with clinical trials, medical imaging, research and business development facilities and a Centre for NanoHealth.
Courses available include Graduate Entry Medicine (four-year programme), Biochemistry, Medical Biochemistry, Genetics, Medical Genetics, Applied Analytical Science, Autism and Related Conditions, Health Data Science, Health Informatics, Leadership for the Health Professions, Life Science and Healthcare Enterprise, Medical Physics, Medical Radiation Physics, NanoMedicine and Trauma Surgery. Research degrees are also available across the College’s four research themes: Biomarkers and Genes, Devices, Microbes and Immunity and Patient and Population Health and Informatics.
College of Science
Swansea’s Department of Biosciences is ranked 7th in the UK for its research excellence.
The Geography department and it is ranked joint 6th in the UK for research impact.
The Computer Science department is ranked 18th in the UK according to REF 2014 and 80 per cent of its research was judged to be internationally significant and world leading.
The College of Science offers courses in Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics and Physics.
The university also provides Welsh medium courses delivered by Academi Hywel Teifi, named after Hywel Teifi Edwards, which offers subjects across all colleges. Academi Hywel Teifi was established in 2010 in memory of Hywel Teifi Edwards, a former Professor of Welsh at the university, and father of broadcaster Huw Edwards.
The University’s foundation stone was laid by King George V on 19 July 1920 and 89 students (including eight female students) enrolled that same year. In 1921, Dr Mary Williams became the first woman to be appointed to a Chair at a UK university when she became Professor of French language and literature. By September 1939, there were 65 staff and 485 students.
In 1947 there were just two permanent buildings on campus: Singleton Abbey and the library. The Principal, J S Fulton, recognised the need to expand the estate and had a vision of a self-contained community, with residential, social and academic facilities on a single site. His vision was to become the first university campus in the UK.
By 1960 a large-scale development programme was underway that would see the construction of new halls of residence, the Maths and Science Tower, and College House (later renamed Fulton House). The 1960s also saw the development of the “finite element method” by Professor Olek Zienkiewicz. His technique revolutionised the design and engineering of manufactured products, and Swansea was starting to stake its claim as an institution that demanded to be taken seriously.
Work began on the student village at Hendrefoelan in 1971, the South Wales Miners’ Library was established in 1973 and the Taliesin Arts Centre opened on campus in 1984. The Regional Schools of Nursing transferred to Swansea in 1992, and the College of Medicine opened in 2001. Technium Digital was completed in 2005 and, barely two years later, the University opened its Institute of Life Science, which commercialises the results of research undertaken in the College of Medicine. Work commenced on a second Institute of Life Science in 2009.
An ambitious campus expansion and development project is now underway, ensuring that Swansea University will maintain its momentum, and continue to work for the benefit of the city, its people and industries.
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Swansea University is set in mature parkland and botanical gardens, overlooking Swansea Bay beach in south-west Wales, UK.
There’s stunning coastal scenery on our doorstep (we’re on the edge of the beautiful Gower Peninsula), yet we’re within easy reach of Swansea, which offers a thriving cultural scene and the best of modern city life. You can find out more about our unique location here.
The Bay Campus located on the eastern approach into Swansea and is home to the College of Engineering and the School of Management. This brand new, 65 acre campus opened on time and on budget in September 2015.
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