Swansea University’s College of Engineering set to expand with 18 new academic jobs

Swansea University’s College of Engineering is advertising for 18 new academic posts in accordance with major expansion plans following the College’s relocation to the new Bay Campus.

The extensive Engineering Quarter at the Bay Campus is designed to capitalise on the College’s research expertise and collaboration with major companies, including Rolls-Royce and Tata Steel. 

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 showed that 94% of research produced by the College’s academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

The College’s move to the Bay continues to yield impressive results with a doubling of student numbers and an unprecedented rise in funding in line with the College’s increasing profile.

The new academic jobs are being advertised for a spring/summer 2017 start date ahead of the 2017/18 academic year.

The expansion plans are taking place under the leadership of Professor Steve Brown, Head of the College of Engineering.  Professor Brown said:  “The College of Engineering at Swansea University has undergone a very significant period of transformative growth and development over the past five years which has included doubling student numbers while increasing quality, raising our international research profile and moving to a brand new purpose built campus in 2015. The College is now seeking applicants who would like to be part of this dynamic collegiate environment.”

The recruitment of new staff is in line with a substantial increase in funding awarded to the College of Engineering in recent years. Student grants for Engineering as a whole for example, have increased by 32% since 2014 with research funding in the field of Nanotechnology rising by a substantial 78% over the same period. 

Amongst the jobs advertised are several lecturer posts within the Materials Research Centre at the College of Engineering which under the leadership of Professor Geraint Williams has seen a 536% increase in research grants since 2014.   The internationally-leading materials research conducted at the Centre is funded by prestigious organisations such as Airbus, The European Space Agency, Timet and Tata Steel. The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Materials, directed by Professor Martin Bache, will directly benefit from one of these new appointments. Others focus on steels metallurgy and polymer composites.

The Materials Research Centre has pioneered postgraduate degrees that are tailored to the needs of industry and produce top quality research. This successful approach is demonstrated by a research grant portfolio in excess of £40 million.

With news that the tidal lagoon is likely to go ahead in Swansea Bay, one area set to be of major concern is that of coastal and marine engineering.  The College of Engineering is seeking to expand its environmental research with the appointment of a new lecturer to the Energy and Environment Group which focuses on the engineering and environmental interactions of all types of marine renewables.

Professor Dominic Reeve is Head of the Energy & Environment Research Group located in the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) building within the College of Engineering. He said: “This opportunity to join us comes at a momentous time following the recommendation, in the Hendry report, that the tidal lagoon should go ahead in Swansea Bay.

We have the largest facility in Wales that is directly suitable to support tidal lagoon technology. The person who joins us in this post will be part of a team that helps support the first-ever UK tidal lagoon project, and will work at the cutting edge of research into the protection of the coastal environment and exciting new marine energy technologies.”

The Applied Sports Technology Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre is situated within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the new Swansea University Bay Campus.  The Centre is currently looking to appoint three lecturer posts in ‘Sociology of Sport and Exercise’.

Professor Gareth Stratton is Head of A-STEM.  He said: “Swansea University launched its Sport and Exercise Science BSc in 1998 and our success has gone from strength to strength. Between 2012 and 2016, our undergraduate intake increased from 60 to 150 full time equivalents and our postgraduate research students increased from 8 to 53.  The Applied Sport Technology Exercise and Medicine Research Centre was ranked 5th in the UK for research impact and 11th for research environment in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

We have an ambitious growth plan and our mission is to develop world leading sport and exercise scientists that can make a difference.   This is an excellent time to join our team.”

Details of the academic posts within the College of Engineering can be found on the Swansea University website (three posts pending) here: