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.
A beacon for pioneering collaborations
In the Research Excellence Framework of 2014, Swansea University achieved its ambition to become a UK top 30 research institution.
Our REF ranking of 26th was the “biggest leap among research-intensive institutions”, according to Times Higher Education. Now, as the university nears its centenary year in 2020, we have new goals. They are to:
- Become a UK top 30-ranked university by 2018
- Continue our ambitious expansion plans
- Extend our global reach; and
- Move closer to becoming one of the world’s top 200 universities.
In REF 2014 the quality of Swansea’s research was put on a par with or out-performed six Russell Group universities. We were also ranked 22nd for the impact of that research.
We believe in
Equality of opportunity
Swansea University aims to provide an inclusive and supportive working and learning environment, which is free from unfair discrimination and enables staff and students to fulfil their personal potential.
The University's Equal Opportunities team actively supports staff and students to identify and remove any potential barriers, and ensures that the University offers equality of opportunity to all staff and students, regardless of race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity status, or marriage and civil partnership status.
Ongoing university equality projects include Athena SWAN, the Workplace Equality Index, the Race Charter Mark, and the Stonewall University Guide (AKA Gay By Degree).Further information is available on the Equal Opportunities web pages.
Dignity at work and study
The Dignity at Work and Study policy promotes the dignity of all students and staff at the University by eliminating all forms of offensive behaviour and establishing a working and learning environment that is free from harassment and aggression.Members of the University are to be treated with dignity and respect and to be protected from harassment and intimidation at work and study.
Supporting the Welsh language
We are committed to actively supporting, promoting and enriching Welsh culture and the Welsh language.
As part of our vision, we aim to enhance our student experience by increased opportunities to study through the medium of Welsh and improved take-up of the provision.
We will also increase the opportunities for all members of the University who can, to use the Welsh language and so strengthen the University’s image in Wales as a bilingual institution.
Enriching the lives of others
Discovery is a volunteer-led, charitable organisation that aims to enrich the lives of people in Swansea. The organisation envisages a community where people are treated as equals and are not discriminated against or disadvantaged by society.
Discovery aims to:
- Enrich the lives of people in Swansea in order that they may fulfil their potential as empowered individuals and as members of groups and communities.
- Offer new experiences and opportunities through a broad range of student-led activities in the community leading to increased mutual understanding and equality.
- Actively support students to be aware of their personal development and the impact on themselves and the lives of others through their involvement in community-based activities.
A Healthy University
Swansea has been designated one of the World Health Organisation's 'Healthy Cities', joining an elite band of cities that are working together to improve the health of local communities. Similarly, Swansea University has been designated a Healthy University and has established a healthy network on campus with a remit to enhance the health and well-being of the university community.
Swansea University is recognised as a World Top 200 University for International Students and we welcome applications from International students from across the globe.
We encourage our international students to make applications via our online application system. For more information on making an undergraduate or postgraduate application to study at Swansea University please visit our application pages.