• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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    311
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    14.7
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.09 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,387
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.13 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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    493
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    81.1 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    90.0 / 100.0
  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    76.1 / 100.0

History

  • Founded in 1920. In 1948 it became the first campus university in UK.
  • Welsh motto Gweddw crefft heb ei dawn (Skill is nothing without culture) points to long history of entwining science with the humanities, academia with industry.
  • In 1921 Professor Mary Williams was the first woman in the UK to be appointed to a university chair.
  • Kingsley Amis wrote Lucky Jim while lecturing in Swansea in 1954.
  • In 1967 Professor Olak Zienkiewicz revolutionised engineering with his paper The Finite Element Method for Solid and Structural Mechanics.

Location and Transport

  • Our two coastal campuses are three hours from London direct by rail and just off the M4.
  • 46-acre Park Campus two miles west of city centre, houses the colleges of Science, Arts and Humanities, Human and Health Sciences, Law and Criminology, and the Medical School.
  • 65-acre beachfront science and innovation Bay Campus is three miles east of the centre. It’s home to the College of Engineering and School of Management.
  • 15th overall in the Lloyds Bank Student Life Survey, 2015. Factors considered included cost of living, crime rates and social life. First Class Award in People and Planet's Green League 2015.
  • Nearby Gower peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Brecon Beacons has international dark sky reserve status. The Bay Campus is next to a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

Student Mix

The 16,020 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 84%
  • Postgraduate 16%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 81%
  • Part Time 19%

Domicile

  • UK 83%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 14%

Student gender

  • Male 56%
  • Female 44%

Course Flexibility

  • Wide range of joint honours.
  • Department of Adult Continuing Education offers part-time degrees.
  • The Colleges of Science and Engineering offer an Integrated Foundation Year for applicants without the necessary entry requirements to start a three-year degree course.
  • All students can apply for work placements as part of the Swansea Employability Academic, but many degree programmes also have an integral year in industry/placement option.

Teaching Standards

  • 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).

Research Standards

  • Ranked 26th in the UK for research excellence in REF 2014 which looked at the work of almost 400 staff across 18 subject areas.
  • A third of Swansea's research is now classed as world-leading, with 90% internationally excellent, across all disciplines.
  • Ranked 22nd in the UK for delivering research that has genuine impact on global issues.
  • Athena SWAN Bronze awards for advancing women’s careers in STEMM subjects have been made to the Colleges of Human and Health Sciences, Medicine and Science.
  • Research income in 2014–15 was about £60 million.

Academic Strengths

  • 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.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • Services include money advice and support office, mental health support, health centre, dentist, chaplains and mosque, the Academic Success programme and specialist tuition.
  • Free wi-fi.
  • Nine out of 10 for supporting gay students in Stonewall’s Gay By Degree 2015 guide.
  • Taliesin Arts Centre on Singleton Park campus, Great Hall on Bay Campus, plus a variety of cafes, shops and other venues.

Disability Services

  • Rooms adapted for wheelchair users and mobility, visually and/or hearing impaired students.
  • Professional guidance for disabled students and those with specific needs or medical conditions from the point of application to graduation.
  • Independent Assessment Centre for students accessing Disabled Students Allowance funding (DSA) and personal care support; appointments with an educational psychologist to assess for dyslexia and other SpLDs.
  • Alternative provision for exams such as extra time or the use of a PC; access to support for students who have been recommended note-takers, readers and specialist help to study.
  • A transcription service provides alternative accessible formats (braille, audio, large print, electronic text and tactile diagrams).

Students' Union

  • The union supports more than 175 student clubs and societies covering everything from political societies to cult TV
  • The union runs student bars and nightclubs, a travel shop offering trips around the UK and Europe, a radio station, nursery, launderette and shops.
  • Profits are reinvested into improving the student experience, including supporting students through its Advice and Support Centre.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Students’ Union offers a wide range of part-time jobs to fit around studies including retail and bar work, Welsh translation and events promotion.
  • Students’ charity Discovery has 300 volunteers involved in 40 projects and won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2014.

Careers Guidance

  • 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).

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The £450m 65-acre beachfront science and innovation Bay Campus opened in 2015. It houses the College of Engineering and School of Management, a Great Hall seating 700 and a library offering views over Crymlyn Burrows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
  • The Bay Campus is also home to collaborations with industry including the UK’s first Energy Safety Research Institute and the University Technology Centre for Rolls Royce materials testing.
  • In 2015 the £9.3m Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research and the £8m Administrative Data Research Centre Wales opened, joining the two Life Science buildings on the Park Campus. The projects allow data scientists and NHS and industry staff to work together on a suite of supercomputers. 
  • The College of Science will shortly expand across both campuses with the development of the multi-million pound Computational Foundry which will be a beacon for computational sciences globally, driven by researchers in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Notable Alumni

  • Edward George "Taffy" Bowen (Physics, 1930) who made a major contribution to the development of radar and so helped win the Battle of Britain.
  • Sir Terry Matthews (Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1969) telecommunications pioneer, owner of Celtic Manor Resort and Wales’s first billionaire.
  • Dr Lyn Evans CBE (Physics, 1970) who led the international project to build CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.
  • Dame Jean Olwen Thomas (BSc and PhD Chemistry 1964/1967) First female Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
  • Colin Pillinger CBE (BSc and a PhD in Chemistry) planetary scientist of Beagle probe fame.

Further Details

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