The Bay Campus opens its doors
Professor Richard B Davies, Vice Chancellor of Swansea University, on the opening of the Swansea University Bay Campus:
“On 21 September this year, we opened the doors to our new Science and Innovation Bay Campus. We also recently welcomed the First Minister of Wales to the Bay Campus to open the Engineering Quarter.
The completion of this landmark development is the realisation of a vision that heralds a new era for the University, and the region.
We have effectively doubled in size overnight and Swansea has become a dual campus University. The magnificent buildings, squares, and quadrangles of our Bay Campus have really sprung to life with the arrival of our new and returning students.
The £450m Bay Campus has been described as a ‘global exemplar’ in its use of higher education and industry to drive economic regeneration. It is at the heart of a development scheme that aims to transform the Swansea region and is within the top five developments of its kind in Europe, expected to deliver economic impact in excess of £3bn over a ten year period.
The QS World University Rankings recently revealed that Swansea University has broken into the top four per cent of universities in the world. In May, the University was rewarded with the largest growth in Quality Research (QR) funding in Wales as the Higher Education Funding Council of Wales (HEFCW) allocated us an extra 20% (2.24m) of QR funding.
This recognition is based on Swansea’s rising research profile, demonstrated by our dramatic success in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, which placed us in the top 30 of UK research universities.
All of this confirms that Swansea is on a strong upward trajectory, with research at the heart of all our work.”