A truly research-intensive University

Unprecedented levels of investment in our research infrastructure have included state-of-the-art developments on campus and structural changes within our academic Colleges, fostering an environment in which world-class research flourishes.

In the latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Swansea achieved the highest growth in world-leading and international-quality research activity of any university in the UK, effectively confirming our position as a truly research-intensive university. The subsequent doubling of our research income is evidence that this upward trajectory is being maintained.

Now we stand at a critical point in our development, as we move towards our centenary in 2020.  Swansea’s new Science and Innovation Campus is among the most exciting and ambitious projects in the UK Higher Education sector for decades.  Alongside the associated redevelopment of the Singleton Park Campus, this project reinforces Swansea’s growing reputation as one of the most rapidly progressing universities in the UK.

The University has been hailed by the European Commission as an exemplar of how higher education can support innovation and knowledge economy growth within a region, and our proactive engagement with economic, social, and political challenges is true to the vision of our founders.

Capitalising on the advantages of a campus environment and a new medical school, we have committed ourselves to a multidisciplinary approach to research, vastly increasing our success in winning major research grants and strengthening our joint ventures with industry and other organisations in the public and private sectors.

These are exciting times for Swansea University, as we continue to progress towards our aspiration of being one of the top 200 universities in the world and our immediate goal of becoming a top-30 research-led university in the UK by 2017.

Breakthrough provides an overview of the scale and impact of research being undertaken at Swansea, and captures the vitality of the research environment now firmly established at the University.

Professor Richard B. Davies

Professor Richard B. Davies

Vice Chancellor,
Swansea University

Introduction to Breakthrough

“We are accelerating into the future”

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, our Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, outlines the university’s research aspirations here