Swansea University (Welsh: Prifysgol Abertawe) is a public research university located in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. It was chartered as University College of Swansea in 1920, as the fourth college of the University of Wales and in 1948 became the first campus university in UK. In 1996, it changed its name to the University of Wales Swansea following structural changes within the University of Wales. The title of Swansea University was formally adopted on 1 September 2007 when the University of Wales became a non-membership confederal institution and the former members became universities in their own right.
Swansea University has two campuses located adjacent to the coast at the north of Swansea Bay. The Singleton Park Campus is set in the grounds of Singleton Park to the west of Swansea city centre. The Bay Campus which opened in September 2015, is located adjacent to Jersey Marine Beach to the east of Swansea city centre.
It is the third largest university in Wales in terms of number of students. It currently offers about 330 undergraduate courses and 120 post-graduate courses to 17,445 undergraduate and postgraduate students. In 2014 Swansea was named University of the Year in the WhatUni.com Student Choice Awards and shortlisted in the same category in the Times Higher Education awards.
In 2016, Swansea University was named as the best university in Wales by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 League Table. It was also awarded the inaugural Welsh University of the Year title.
Swansea University’s academic departments are organised into seven colleges:
- College of Arts and Humanities
- School of Management
- College of Law
- College of Engineering
- College of Human and Health Science
- Medical School
- College of Science
Average entry requirement BBB–AAB or equivalent.
Integrated foundation programmes in Sciences and Engineering have lower requirements.
From 2017 each programme will have specific A level and GCSE requirements.
Knowledge economy clusters in Advanced Engineering, Information Communication Technology, Medical Engineering and Bioscience.
In Medicine, Law, and Health and Human Sciences, teaching staff are active practitioners. Some courses lead to professional accreditation, for example Engineering, Law and Psychology.
One of the first universities to issue an electronic Higher Education Achievement Report to students.
Commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education for enhancing student learning opportunities.
Joint 8th in the UK (91%) for overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2015).
First for student satisfaction in Genetics, Media Studies, Medical Technology and Historical and Philosophical Studies (NSS, 2015).
In the UK top 10 for 18 of 41 subjects assessed (NSS, 2015).
94.8% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (HESA, 2013–14); 81.4% in professional level jobs.
The university’s Employability Academy coordinates independent, professional careers guidance, work placements and a range of employer-led events including Entrepreneurship Week, My Employability Week and Get Ready for Work Week.
October induction events and careers fairs at both campuses are followed by activities including workshops, recruiter Q&A sessions, mock interviews and speed networking.
The Academy’s Employability Award supports the development of skills and attributes that employers look for and encourages students to develop leadership potential.
Work tasters and placements are provided through WoW (Week of Work), four-week full or part-time paid internship SPIN (Swansea Paid Internship Network) and Santander Internships (three-month paid graduate level employment).