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Welcome to your alumni magazine

Croeso/welcome to the latest issue of SAIL.

I can hardly believe that a year and a half has gone by since I took up my role as Head of Development and Alumni Relations. 

In that time I’ve got to know not only the institution, but my colleagues who make up this wonderful University.

What is clear to me is that there are many talented students and staff in Swansea, as well as a huge number of successful and supportive alumni around the world.

During my first 18 months I have purposefully engaged with alumni in the Middle and Far East as well as Canada and across the UK.

In these countries I have talked about live projects for which we need sponsorship and philanthropic support, as well as discussing how we can best assist our alumni in a fast changing world.

With that in mind, my colleagues and I are determined to engage with all of our alumni so that we collectively support the University’s prime aim: to position Swansea as a strong research-led UK top-30 University by 2017, which can aid wealth creating activity and be a major driver for economic regeneration.

As you know, the University’s ambitious Campus Development Programme is already well underway – one of the largest knowledge economy projects in the UK and within the top five in Europe. The programme involves the creation of a new Bay Campus, a brand new £450 million development on the eastern approach to the city which will welcome its first students in September 2015, together with the transformation of our existing Singleton Park Campus.

Our ambition in the next five years leading up to our centenary in 2020 is for the Development and Alumni Office to grow, improve its services with additional resources and to develop relationships with our alumni to explore how, together, we can help the University to grow and achieve its strategic aims.

I am aware that many of you are already helping to support our students through mentoring, through donating towards scholarships and capital programmes and through helping new graduates to find employment once they leave Swansea. The University is very grateful for this.

There are many ways in which your help is already making a difference towards the future ambitions we have here at Swansea. The most important thing is that we share the future together.

With many thanks for your continued support,

Michael Rees

Head of Development and Alumni Relations