Swansea University’s expertise and skills in a number of areas have been recognised by awards and prizes during recent years. A summary of all the awards Swansea has won and been shortlisted for is included by year below.
2021 HEIST Awards
Best Use of Content, Social or Digital (Come Find Space) - Gold
Marketing team of the year - Silver
Best Community/Business Engagement Campaign (Santander Rewards Scheme) - Bronze
View our Awards by year
WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020
- Nominated - International
- Nominated - Postgraduate
- 8th in Best 10 Halls of Residence for 2020 (Bay Campus)
- 10th in Best 10 Universities for 2020
- 9th in Best 10 Student Cities for Nightlife for 2020
View full ranking information here.
Complete University Guide 2021
- 32nd overall
- 13th for Graduate Outcomes
Guardian University Awards 2020 - Student Experience
University of the Year - The Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019
The Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019
International – 1st
Postgraduate – 2nd
Courses and Lectures – 3rd
Job Prospects – 4th
Clubs and Societies – 5th
Student Support – 7th
Guardian University Awards 2019 - Sustainable Buildings that Inspire Award
Welsh University of the Year 2019 - Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
Guardian University Awards 2018 – Social and Community Impact
The Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018 – Top 10 for 6 categories
International – (7th)
University of the Year – (8th)
Clubs & Societies – (8th)
Giving back – (8th)
Postgraduate – (8th)
Courses & Lectures – (9th)
UK University of the Year - Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
University of the Year - Times Higher Education (THE) Awards
Technological Innovation of the Year - Times Higher Education (THE) Awards
THE DataPoints Merit Award - Times Higher Education (THE) Awards
Times Higher Leadership & Management Awards (THELMAs)
Outstanding Library Team
International Strategy of the Year
CUBO Awards – Best Marketing Campaign 2018
The Student Choice Awards (WhatUni) 2017- Top 10 for 6 out of 12 categories:
Courses & Lecturers (4th)
University of the Year (4th)
Clubs and Societies (4th)
Giving Back (6th)
First Welsh University and the only smaller research intensive institution outside of the traditional large scale civic institutions to achieve a Silver Athena SWAN Charter award.
Winner - “Physics Society of the Year” University Student Networks 2nd Annual Societies Forum 2017
Winner - Chwarae Teg Womenspire Awards – Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Pioneer Category
The People and Planet Green League 2017 – 1st Class award.
Learned Society of Wales Awards 2007 - Dillwyn Medal for Outstanding Early Career Research in the Creative Arts and Humanities, Dr Amanda Roger (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography)
Fulbright Award 2017 – British Fulbright Scholar Award Grantees:
Cyber Security Scholar Award, Dr Lella Nouri
All Disciplines Award, Professor Siwan Davies
Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, Zita Jessop
Stonewall Cymru Workplace Equality Index Awards 2017 – Network of the Year, Swansea University LGBT+
Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2017 – Ranked 2nd in the UK in list of 100 most inclusive places to work
Famelab Wales 2017- Winner, Carol Glover (College of Engineering)
Construction Excellence Wales Awards 2017 - Innovation Award, the “Active Classroom” built by SPECIFIC. Swansea University was also shortlisted for three other categories: Young Achiever Award (Tom Griffiths), Integration & Collaborative Working Award (in conjunction with Tata Steel), Sustainability Award
Young Gastroenterologist of the Year 2017, British Society of Gastroenterology - Laith AlRubaiy, Clinical Lecturer in Medicine and Gastroenterology
Leading Wales Awards - Finalist, Mary Gagen, Associate Professor of Geography
Swansea City of Sanctuary Awards 2017 – Recognition award for historic and ongoing awareness raising activities - Department of Adult Continuing Education
Welsh Book of the Year Awards 2017 – Three authors from College of Arts and Humanities feature in the shortlist for awards
Santander Cycles University Challenge – Winner
BMA Cymru Wales/BMJ Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards – Four Swansea University Healthcare Professionals nominated
Guardian University Awards 2017 – Shortlisted for:
Sustainability Project Award
Business Partnership Award
Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017 (THELMA) – Shortlisted in two categories:
Outstanding Library Team
Outstanding Administrative Services Team
The Times Higher Education Awards 2017 – Shortlisted for two awards:
Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year - Yogesh Dwivedi
Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration- Rolls-Royce, In collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Swansea
Student Nursing Times Awards - Shortlisted for awards in four categories:
Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration)
Return to Practice Course of the Year
Adult Student of the Year – Michelle Bowen
Educator of the Year – Debbie Rowberry
International Museums and Heritage Awards 2017 – Egypt Centre shortlisted for Volunteer Team of the Year
The Times Good University Guide 2017 – named Welsh University of the year, ranked top in Wales.
The People and Planet Green League 2016 – 1st Class award.
Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2016 (THELMA) – winner of Outstanding Leadership and Management Team
Rated 5 stars in the global QS Stars Quality Assessment
The Student Choice Awards (WhatUni) 2016. Top 10 for 8 out of 9 categories:
Courses & Lecturers (1st)
Clubs and Societies (3rd)
University of the Year (3rd)
Job Prospects (4th)
Student Support (4th)
Student Union (8th)
Uni Facilities (10th)
AUDE Estates/Facilities Team of the Year Award 2016
National Student Housing Survey 2016 – Best Student Broadband
Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016
Ranked 36th in UK
Ranked 2nd in Education Organisations (behind Cardiff University)
Winner of Advancing Staff Equality award in Guardian University Awards 2016
CIM’s Marketing Excellence Awards 2016 (previously Canmol)
Gold award in Education & Training (Where Bright Futures Begin: Undergraduate Open Day)
Swansea University Medical School achieved Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award. Engineering achieved Bronze.
Insider Wales Property Awards named Bay Campus as winner of Property Development of the Year 2016 (in partnership with St Modwen)
Bay Campus won Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors’ Regeneration award 2016
The Times Higher Education Awards 2016 – One of only 4 universities shortlisted for the Merit Award for excellence in Research and Teaching.
Chartered Institute of Public Relations Cymru awards 2016. Shortlisted for:
Best Arts, Culture or Sport Campaign (International Dylan Thomas Prize)
Public Sector Team of the Year
Green Gown Awards 2016. Shortlisted for:
Facilities and Services
The Student Choice Awards (WhatUni) 2015:
University of the Year (3rd)
Clubs and Societies (4th)
Student Support (5th)
Course and Lecturers, Student Union and Uni Facilities (6th)
National Student Housing Survey 2015 – Best Student Community
The People and Planet Green League 2015 – 1st Class award
The Student Nursing Times Awards 2015 – Return to Practice Course of the Year.
Cabinet Offices Customer Services Excellence Award 2015 – Awarded to Marketing, Internationalisation and Development for recognition of individuals and teams who have delivered outstanding customer services (Jan 2015).
HR Excellence in Research Award – retained for 2015 after external review.
Chartered Institute of Public Relations Cymru awards 2015 for:
Best low-cost media
Best publication (UG prospectus)
The Times Higher Education Awards 2015 - Shortlisted for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts (2nd year running) for Swansea University Rediscovers Dylan Thomas. Awards announced on 26th November 2015.
Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2015 (THELMA) – shortlisted for Outstanding International Strategy (2nd year running) and Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year.
Taliesin Arts Centre – Under Milk Wood nominated for:
World Premier Award at the International Opera Awards
Best Opera Production and Best Design/Costume – Wales Theatre Awards
The Student Choice Awards (WhatUni)
University of the Year (1st place) - Winner
Course and Lecturers (2nd place)
Student Union (2nd place)
Clubs and Societies (3rd place).
The Student Nursing Times Awards 2014 – Best Nurse Education Provide of the Year (Pre-Registration).
CASE Circle of Excellence Awards 2014 – International Development Office ‘Bright Futures Begin’ video
2014 Times Higher Education Award - Outstanding Student Admissions Team
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014 – Discovery Student Volunteer Group
The Canmol: Wales Marketing Awards 2013 – Award in the Education and Training category for the 2012-2015 UK undergraduate recruitment campaign
The Times Higher Education Awards 2014 - Nominated for University of the Year and in three other categories; Employer Engagement, Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, Research Project of the Year.
2014 Times Higher Education Award - finalist for Outstanding International Strategy team.