Whilst the Human Resources Department's web pages aim to provide general information and guidance to all members of staff on policies and procedures that apply to those employed by the University, on this page we have attempted to include general information to help those who are due to or have recently joined the University. We hope you will find this information useful and easy to follow, however, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to raise them with a member of the Human Resources Department. We also welcome suggestions for future improvements on this section.
Swansea, Wales' City by the Sea and birthplace of Dylan Thomas, is a lively and vibrant maritime city and regional shopping centre. Only a stone's throw away, the Victorian resort of Mumbles offers a fantastic array of attractions, including a pier, traditional boutiques, craft shops and ice-cream parlours. Mumbles is known as the 'Gateway to Gower', designated as Britain's first 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. The Gower Peninsula extends West of Mumbles in a succession of stunning coastal and rural sceneries. To the East, the 'Waterfall Country' at Afan and the Vale of Neath is a haven for walkers and bikers alike.
Founded in 1920, the University stands in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula. As Wales' second city, Swansea enjoys a complete range of social, cultural and sporting amenities and excellent transport links; London is 192 miles away, under three hours by train, and Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is less than an hour away.
The University offers over 529 undergraduate courses and 130 postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from American Studies to Zoology. As well as these full and part time options, the University offers an extensive range of continuing education programmes and we pride ourselves on the holistic experience we are able to offer our students. With around 10,300 students, the University is substantial enough to have excellent facilities, but small enough to have a friendly feel.
BENEFITS OF WORKING AT SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
Swansea University is an ambitious research-led University employing over 2,500 staff. The University provides an enviable working environment, supported by a welcoming campus community. In addition to the pay and benefits listed in advertisements, the University can also offer:
Benefits of working for the University
Benefits of working for the University (Welsh Version)
If you require advice about accommodation please, please visit the Accommodation website, or contact the Accommodation Office via email or phone (+44 (0) 1792 295101).
You must have a UK bank account to receive your salary. There is a bank on campus or alternatively you will find many different banks off campus in Swansea. We can provide you with a letter confirming your employment if a bank requires this.
NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER
This is a unique number that is required when you start work. Please click here for further information. If you do not already have a National Insurance Number, you will need to make an appointment to attend for an interview with the Social Security Office; when you arrive in Swansea if you telephone 01792 450200 they will arrange an interview and answer any questions you may have.
All appointments are made subject to a medical appointment. The purpose of this is to ensure you are fit for work and to inform us if you need any support, for example, a special chair if you have a back problem. The medical is normally on campus with Occupational Health and Emergency Services, but may be arranged with your own GP.
You will automatically be included in the Swansea University pension scheme on commencing employment with the University. If you would rather be omitted from the scheme, please contact Jane Baker, Superannuation Officer on extension 5353 to discuss this and all other pension-related matters.
ON YOUR FIRST DAY:
You will need to go to the Human Resources Department on your first day – please arrange to meet with the Human Resources Officer or Human Resources Assistant and present the following:
• Your passport. This is required for identification and to ensure that you are eligible to work in the UK
• Your qualifications
• The forms which were sent out to you with your letter of appointment
• Your Swansea address (if this is temporary, please inform the Human Resources department when you move).
STAFF ID CARD
All staff are issued with a staff card for identification and to allow access to buildngs. To obtain this card you will need to call Estates sevices on extension 3012 to arrange for a photograph and collection of your card.
OVERSEAS NATIONALS REGISTERING WITH THE POLICE
Police Registration will take place every Thursday from 12.30pm to 3.00pm in Student Support Services, Keir Hardie Building (No 3 on the Singleton Park campus map). Please call or visit Student Services reception to make an appointment beforehand.
Alternatively, you can visit the Civic Centre on Oystermouth Road on a Friday only between 9.00am to 12.30pm. You do not need an appointment, however, you must attend at these times as you cannot register at any Police Station in Swansea.
You can catch any bus from the University Singleton Campus to the Quadrant Bus Station and it is then a 5-10 minute walk to the Civic Centre (Post Code SA1 3SN).
Please enquire at the Reception Desk in Student Support Services or phone 01792 602000 for more information.
When you register for the first time you will need:
- Your passport
- 2 passport photos
- £34 in cash
- Statement confirming your employment with the University and a copy of your visa (if applicable).
Additional support for International Staff moving to UK Universities can be accessed at: