Research strategy

Realising our ambition to become a top 30 research university in the UK.

Research is at the heart of Swansea University's vision and plays an important role in many of the policy challenges set out in our Strategic Plan and those of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government. Integrated planning and implementation is therefore paramount to ensure that key tasks and projects are aligned within our research environment and culture.  

The University's Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for research leadership is Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott. 

Professor Lappin-Scott engages with Heads of Colleges and Schools to assist with the strategic allocation of resources and to advance collaborative research across the academic community and with industry and Government.

The University is preparing for the next Research Excellence Framework, which places great weight on the quality of published outputs, as well as the impact of our research with a range of end users. It is therefore vital that we have in place clear targets for these key aspects of the REF, and the infrastructure and mechanisms necessary to achieve them. Registering and assessing the volume, quality and impact of the University's research activity will be critical to our preparations.


Directors of Research

Each of the University's six academic Colleges has an associated Director of Research responsible for developing and leading the implementation of the research strategy for the College.

The Directors of Research work together and with the Pro-Vice Chancellors for Research to promote inter-departmental and interdisciplinary research activity and to raise the profile and esteem of their Colleges with external networks, funders, government bodies and industrial partners.