Swansea University is on a strong upward trajectory which is attracting significant investment to provide the most up-to-date facilities. In the Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF) 2014, Swansea was identified as one of the top 30 research universities in the UK. In the recent Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, Swansea University was named the top university in Wales.
Swansea University is the top university in Wales in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 league table – and has also won the inaugural Welsh University of the Year title.
The University’s strength in terms of graduate prospects is a major factor in this year’s ranking success, where Swansea is well inside the UK top 30, with the work of the Employability Academy highlighted, which provides paid internships and co-ordinates a variety of career support activities for students.
"The fact Swansea was in the top 10 safest places to study was why I came to wales. The willingness of the Lecturers and Admin staffs to go the extra mile for me coupled with the state of the art facility is why I stayed. The Kindness of the locals that warms your heart in the chilly weather the amazing social life plus the Diversity, garnished with the amazing scenery of being surrounded by the sea is why there is no place I would rather study than here." - Michael Ijaiyemakinde
Research is at the core of Swansea University’s vision. We aim to foster research excellence across a broad range of subjects in arts and humanities, engineering, science and technology, medicine and social sciences, with internationally leading research staff informing all our teaching.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, showed that Swansea University achieved its ambition to be a top 30 research university, soaring up the league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd position in 2008.
Swansea University has been identified as a 5-star University (the highest achievable), in 2016 the QS World University Rankings revealed that Swansea has improved its position among the world’s top 900 universities with a new global ranking of 390th.
Our excellent teaching QS 5Star teaching is underpinned by the ground breaking research taking place across our academic colleges. All of our courses benefit from being at the cutting-edge of new developments and are closely aligned to industry, ensuring that our graduates are well equipped for their future careers.
Swansea University is top in Wales and 16th in the UK when it comes to graduates getting professional level jobs. The independent report, entitled "What do graduates do?" found that 81.4% of Swansea University Graduates (2013/14) were in professional level jobs within 6 months of graduating. The report presents findings from a survey of 267,000 UK graduates. It examines first degree graduate destinations six months after graduation.
A new national report shows that more graduates are finding work than ever before, more of that work was professional level, and unemployment rates were down to pre-recession levels.
We have gained momentum as one of the UK’s most ambitious, research-led universities has made us a natural choice for many talented students. Swansea University has been awarded 5-Stars for excellence in the global QS Stars quality assessment, placing the University amongst other world-leading institutions to have also achieved 5-Stars such as Harvard and Oxford.
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