Teaching Excellence Framework 2017
An independent panel of experts has judged that Swansea University delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education and deservedly has been rated worthy of a Silver award.
The National Teaching Excellence Framework was introduced by the UK Government to identify excellence in undergraduate teaching above the quality of teaching recognised by the QAA, as a way of:
- Better informing students’ choices about what and where to study
- Raising esteem for teaching
- Recognising and rewarding excellent teaching
- Better meeting the needs of employers, business, industry and the professions
Professor Martin Stringer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) welcomed the good news saying: “Swansea University took the decision to enter the Teaching Excellence Framework because it recognises, rewards and encourages excellent teaching and learning in Universities and Colleges and helps students to choose where to study by providing clear information about teaching provision and student outcomes."
Welsh University of the Year 2017
Swansea University became the top university in Wales in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 league table – and also won the inaugural Welsh University of the Year title. Its top ranking reflects the University’s ambitious campus development programme, with a £60m upgrade of the Singleton Park Campus less than a year after opening the spectacular new Bay Campus in 2016.
Commenting on Swansea’s Welsh University of the Year award, Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Swansea made a compelling case to be our first Welsh University of the Year. The opening of the Bay Campus has had a transformational effect on the university, offering students first-rate facilities in a great location – and attracting huge inward investment in the form of research projects. It has also fuelled a considerable expansion of student numbers, making Swansea a hugely attractive options for students both within and from outside of Wales.”
Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Review
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s (QAA) Institutional Review of Swansea University found the University had met UK academic standards and quality expectations, and the University was also commended for its enhancement of student learning opportunities. The main purpose of the review, which took place in May this year, was to investigate the higher education provided by Swansea University and to make judgements as to whether or not its academic standards and quality meet UK expectations.
Judgements about the University’s standards and quality found:
- Academic standards at the University meet UK expectations for threshold standards.
- The quality of student learning opportunities at the University meets UK expectations.
- The enhancement of student learning opportunities at the University is commended.
- Information about learning opportunities produced by the University meets UK expectations.
A full copy of the Institutional Review of Swansea University by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education can be found here
Stonewall Cymru Workplace Equality Index Awards 2017
The LGBT+ Staff Network within Swansea University won Network of the Year at the recent Annual Stonewall Cymru Workplace Equality Index Awards 2017.
The award follows the news that Swansea University was ranked the second-highest scoring university in the whole of the UK in Stonewall's annual list of the 100 most incousive places to work in 2016, and one of only ten organisations in Wales to be included in the Top 100 employers.
Athena SWAN Silver Award
Swansea University has been formally recognised as the first Welsh University to achieve a Silver Athena SWAN Charter award at University level for its commitment to promoting gender equality in the latest review round by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).
Swansea University is the only University or HEI to receive the silver institutional award in this latest round.
ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter is a highly successful national programme, which has grown from ten founding university members in 2005 to 146 UK university and research institute members, recognising institutions’ and departments’ commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education and research. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. Click here for more information.
Times Higher Education Leadership & Marketing Awards
Swansea University beat off tough competition to win the prestigious Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2016 (THELMA) for its Outstanding Leadership and Management work.
The annual THELMA awards showcase and celebrate the best examples of professional services innovation, teamwork and enterprise underpinning university achievements. Improvements in research quality, undergraduate enrolments and the successful opening of a £450 million second campus earned Swansea University the award for Outstanding Leadership and Management Team.