Swansea University has been at the cutting edge of research and innovation since 1920. They have a long history of working with business and industry but today their world-class research has a much wider impact across the health, wealth, culture, and well-being of our society.
They have achieved an extraordinary level of success in recent years and the research activity exceeds that of many larger universities yet this has not compromised the friendly and relaxed atmosphere that has always characterised the “Swansea experience”.
History and Heritage:
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. 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 Swansea University Medical School. Work commenced on a second Institute of Life Science in 2009.
In 2012, they began an ambitious campus expansion and development project, including the opening of the Bay Campus in 2015; which is home to the College of Engineering and the School of Management. In 2018 they opened the doors to two further projects, The College; Swansea University’s joint venture with Navitas (The International College Wales Swansea, ICWS) and the Computational Foundry; the home of the College of Science’s departments of Computer Science and Mathematics.
Swansea University spans two stunning campuses at each end of Swansea’s waterfront. Singleton Park Campus is set in mature parkland and botanical gardens, overlooking Swansea Bay beach. Bay Campus is located on the beach on the eastern approach into Swansea.
Our multicultural dual-campus provides lots of opportunities for students, staff and the community and the friendly and relaxed atmosphere is often characterised as the “Swansea experience”.
Since 2010, they have embarked on a programme of significant transformation investing in student experience, academic and research facilities. The development has included the construction of the Bay Campus which doubled the size of the University overnight.
THINK SPORT – THINK SWANSEA.
Swansea University prides themselves on the dedication and commitment to sport and active living for everyone from the beginner to the elite athlete.
With more than 60 sports teams and excellent facilities on both campuses, they offer everything needed for a healthy, sporting lifestyle.
The International Sports Village, next to the Singleton Park campus, includes the 50m national pool, athletics track, pitches, gym, and much more, while the Bay Campus has a full-height sports hall and gym too. There are regular fitness classes on both campuses, with dedicated staff to help with the training needs.
Sport Swansea is about supporters too. Every Wednesday the Green and White Army – hashtag #GWA – is out in force, cheering on their teams.