Swansea University Faculty Of Science & Engineering

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SWANSEA UNIVERSITY Making Waves Since 1920
The Abbey A stunning historical building, rich in wildlife, at the heart of Singleton Campus; one of our two award-winning beachfront campuses

Swansea University is a research-led institution that thrives on exploration and discovery. We offer a compelling balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life on our two beachfront campuses. Having celebrated our centenary year in 2020, we are extremely proud of how our University has contributed to the transformation of Swansea as a city of distinction, since 1920.
With more than 20,000 students, we have enjoyed a period of tremendous growth, which has been matched by the highest standards of student experience.
Despite the ongoing challenges of Covid-19 and the neccessity to take a flexible approach to our teaching delivery and operations, we are confident in our resilience and ability to adapt to the changing landscape. This is testament to our collaborative staffing community, and our commitment to providing the highest standards.
We are ranked Top University in Wales and a Top 25 UK University, in the Guardian University Guide 2022. We also hold a gold rating, the highest possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). In addition, we have recently seen 10 of our subjects rank ‘top 10’, in the Complete University Guide 2022.
Students are at the heart of what we do, evidenced by our University of the Year award, in the 2019 What Uni Student Choice Awards. We also took the top spot in the International category, and were placed 3rd in the Postgraduate, and Course and Lecturers categories. In the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS) results, we ranked 12th in the UK for Student Satisfaction.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 saw us grow our overall proportion of world-leading and internationally excellent research from 80% in 2014 to 86% in 2021. We have also achieved our best ever QS World University Rankings by subject in 2022, with two subjects in the top 100 and 10 in the top 250.
The University is also ranked in the top 200 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022, which capture universities’ impact on society, based on institutions’ success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We were ranked within the global top 20 for three SDGs, highlighting our strength in areas of Responsible Consumption and Production (!4th), Peace, Justince and Strong Institutions (14th) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (18th).
We have excellent industrial collaborations that drive economic growth, foster prosperity, and enrich the community and cultural life of Wales.
Swansea University is committed to promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and has been a member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2008. We proudly hold a Silver Institutional Award; the highest standard currently awarded to any UK University; and were the first university in Wales to achieve this.

View the full list of Awards here. View the full list of Rankings & Ratings here.






(National Student Survey 2021)


(C omplete University Guide 2022 )












(2014 Research Excellence Framework)


The highest standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework

Swansea University’s Singleton Campus was established in 1920, when King George V laid our University’s ceremonial foundation stone, at Singleton Abbey. Located in parkland, on Swansea’s seafront, it was designed to be the first campus university in the UK. The Abbey remains at the heart of the campus, which has continued to develop and has been the main home of our University for almost a century. More recently, we have established our Bay Campus: a £450 million beachfront development, which has doubled our research and teaching capacity, on the eastern approach to the city. Together with the continuing transformation of Singleton Park Campus, this development signals our intention to be one of the finest places to live, teach, research and collaborate in Europe.
Computational Foundry: a £32.5m world-class facility A beacon for pioneering collaborations with researchers and industry, attracting further research funding and establishing Wales as a world-leading centre for computer science and innovation. First Minister of Wales, 2018

Bay Campus


An integral part of our success is our ability to provide excellent teaching and research, as well as an enviable quality of life for both our colleagues and students.

We are, and will continue to be, a principled, purposeful and resilient University that balances excellent teaching with world-leading research and innovation in an open environment which enables our students and colleagues to excel. While we are valued globally as a trusted partner, we are deeply committed to our region and are proud to be a University for Wales.
Gweddw crefft heb ei dawn / Technical skill is bereft without culture

We are at heart an intrinsically principled, purposeful and resilient organisation, characterised by the distinct values, culture and behaviours that lie at our core and underpin the five key strategic pillars:
1. Our Civic Mission: We are proud to belong to the City of Swansea and the Swansea Bay City Region. With campuses in three local authority areas, we recognise that our University is the region’s university.
2. Our Student Experience: Our students are at the heart of our University and we can take pride in our consistently strong reputation for the quality of our student experience, the strength of our student support services, and our commitment to student mental health and wellbeing.
3. Our Learning and Teaching: The sharing of knowledge to nurture independent, critical thinking is fundamental to our purpose. It enables our students to be resilient in the face of global challenges and to adapt to the changing world of work. We celebrate our Welsh heritage and are proud to be part of a bilingual nation.
4. Our Research: Our research changes lives, drives innovation and regional growth, and is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It impacts on our culture, society, health, wellbeing, economy and our planet.
5. Our Enterprise: We are exceptionally collaborative and entrepreneurial. We were founded by industry, for industry, and we remain true to the ambitions of our founders, working with industrial, commercial and public sector partners for the benefit of our region and nation.
Each of these areas is marked by our commitment to making a difference, to being socially and environmentally responsible, to striving for excellence, and to maintaining a global outlook that enables us to be a community University with international reach and reputation.
View our full Strategic Vision and Purpose online


Swansea University currently holds TEF Gold, the highest possible rating in the national Teaching Excellence Framework, cementing its position as a top UK university. We are an ambitious institution providing an outstanding and balanced academic environment that enables students and colleagues to excel.
Commitment to diversity, combined with our ability to take students with low entry tariffs whilst achieving sector-leading graduate employability, demonstrates the value that is added by our University’s rich student experience and teaching quality. Our University is one of the UK’s leading HEIs for learning gain, with graduate employment at the heart of our provision. This is evidenced by Swansea being ranked 6th in the UK for Student Experience and 23rd for Graduate Prospects (Guardian University Guide 2022).
Colleagues at Swansea are committed to professional development, continually providing inspirational and transformative learning, working at the leading edge of

teaching activities. Our Academic community includes individuals who have received independent recognition for their achieves such as; BMA Cymru Wales/BMJ Clinical Teacher of the Year; WISE Innovation award winner; Nation’s Lifesavers – top 100 individuals; Advance HE National Teaching Fellowship; and many more.
Our teaching colleagues are supported by the Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching (SALT), which is home to resources and support for all learning and teaching enhancement.
We also have a number of unique academies and services, that leverage our research credentials and industry partnerships to support our world class teaching and learning offering.
Our state-of-the-art Health and Wellbeing Academy provides opportunities for students to work alongside highly qualified practitioners, in a professional, relaxed and friendly environment. The academy supports the health and wellbeing

of people in local region. In 2018 it was recognised for its achievements; winning the Social and Community Impact category, in the Guardian University Awards.
The Swansea Employability Academy (SEA), in partnership with the Students Union, provides funding for student-led employer engagement events. SEA enables students to lead on their own initiatives, ensuring that learning and experience exists in tandem, resulting in successful graduate career opportunities.
All our academies focus on enhancing teaching and learning excellence and aim to maximise the benefits not only to our students and colleagues, but to the wider community too.

Health and Wellbeing Academy A College of Human and Health Science initiative, supporting the health and wellbeing of people in south-west Wales.

Swansea University was founded by industry, in 1920, to delivery for industry. Nearly one hundred years on, we continue to have impressive links with commercial and industrial partners across a range of sectors. We lead Wales in research areas critical to economic growth and population well-being including Environmental Sciences, Medicine and Engineering.
We are committed to promoting and supporting collaborations that lead to innovation. We are proud to have homegrown, award-winning enterprises actively working with our University. We currently have:
• Over 40 companies co-located on our campuses • Over 30 Bay Campus spin-out enterprises, since it
opened in 2015 • Been awarded 1st in Wales, and 5th in the UK for Staff
start-ups active after three years (HEBCI 2018).
We listen to business needs and have developed effective strategic collaborations that are mutually beneficial, helping to:
• Solve industry challenges and discover new opportunities • Provide two-way access to talent and future-proofing
Skills for industry • Provide commercial opportunities such as flagship industry
co-located centres.
In recognition of our University’s importance to the Swansea Bay City Region, we have pledged, alongside Swansea Council, to work closely to create more jobs, improve education and continue promoting a culture of enterprise and innovation.
We have a number of significant, long-term partnerships with industry, ranging from TATA and Rolls Royce to the DVLA and SKY.

As a top 30 research-intensive University, we continue to excel with over 90% of our research being classed as world-leading or internationally excellent for its real-world impact.
We have had a 300% increase in UKRI funds since 2014, and our overall research income has increased by 70% in 10 years.
In alignment with this growth, we have expanded of our research facilities, through the opening of state of the art science and innovation facilities on our Bay Campus.
We submitted the work of a record number of researchers (578) for assessment to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, representing a 56% increase on the 370 submitted in 2014. We are therefore delighted that we have grown our overall proportion of world-leading and internationally excellent research from 80% in 2014 to 86% in 2021. This a very real endorsement of the dedication and hard work that so many colleages across our University community have put in over the REF period.
We are committed to research with real-world benefit; whether it be in the capture of carbon dioxide to create a greener plastic, or in building houses that act like power stations; to regenerating and transforming industrial landscapes or understanding better the needs and aspirations of an ageing population.
BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car An industrial collaboration with the College of Engineering, following the success of the THRUST Supersonic Car, which currently holds the world land-speed record

IN WALES For Citation Impact
(The WUR 2018)

500 TOP Global QS Ranking

(HEBCI 2 018)

Swansea University is a bilingual university and a beacon for Welsh language, heritage and culture.
From humble beginnings as a local University College over one hundred years ago, today we are confident, and are proud to be a University for Wales.
We promote and celebrate our Welsh heritage, whilst being strong enough to hold our own alongside many of the world’s top institutions.
We are a cultural and economic anchor within our community, with a distinct role to play in driving regional development, including advocating the use of Welsh language. We are committed to the Welsh Language Standards and are fully inclusive in welcoming students, colleagues, partners and public to use Welsh in whichever way they wish when interacting with us.
Y Gymraeg yw calon ein cymuned - yn gyfrwng dysgu, ymchwilio, cymdeithasu a dathlu.
The Welsh language is at the heart of our community - a medium to learn, research, socialise and celebrate.
SD, Geography


Academi Hywel Teifi is the Welsh-language powerhouse of the University – a centre of excellence for studying the Welsh language and literature, promoting Welsh-medium teaching and learning across the range of subjects.
Established in 2010, it is named in memory of Professor Hywel Teifi Edwards, a former Professor of Welsh at the University and one of the nation’s greats.
Whilst the Academi is home to a core team of staff, it also provides a community for all those offering Welsh-medium provision and to the thousands of Welsh-speaking students on campus. It works to ensure a greater status for the language in all aspects of our university’s life and in south-west Wales
Through various activities it supports, increases and enriches the Welsh-medium provision and research at Swansea University and encourages collaboration, entrepreneurship and opportunities. The aim is to ensure that Swansea University students have the best of two worlds - a Welsh-medium experience in a university with multicultural and international connections.

The Academi houses;
• Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol - Swansea University branch: Plans and supports the Welsh language Higher Education provision in a strategic manner across Welsh universities. It plays a key role in ensuring and developing Welsh-medium study opportunities for learners, students and apprentices.
• Learn Welsh – Swansea Bay Region: Delivers high quality language courses and activities, on behalf of the National Centre for Learning Welsh, to the City of Swansea, and Neath Port Talbot Council.
• Ty’r Gwrhyd: A partnership between Academi Hywel Teifi and Neath Port Talbot Council, (which received a £300,000 Welsh Government grant) to establish a Welsh community centre located in the heart of the Swansea Valley.

Swansea University boasts a global reach and reputation and works with international partners to deliver world-class research, enhanced opportunities for learning and teaching, and lifechanging opportunities for students.
Our campuses are vibrant and diverse with individuals from over 130 different countries making up our friendly community.
Our University has continued to adapt and develop our international market reach. Our Bay Campus is home to The College (the successor to the previously known International College Wales, Swansea [ICWS]), which has now seen more than 2,000 students progress to our University – a 95% progression rate.
Between 2008 and 2018, we saw a 56% increase in total student numbers, across all markets. During the same period, we experienced growth of 112% within international student recruitment, specifically.
In 2019 we were honoured to win the International category, in the What Uni Student Awards, and in 2020 we were placed in the UK top 10 for International. This recognition is testament to our commitment to internationalisation through the highest standards of student satisfaction.
In 2021, we achieved our highest ever ranking in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. We now proudly appear among the top 300 elite institutions across the globe.

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