Responding to industry

Swansea University’s approach to research builds on the aspirations of our founders who in 1920 set out to respond to the requirements of industry.

Their first five Chair appointments were in engineering, metallurgy, physics, mathematics, and chemistry – fields which remain prominent in the form of today’s STEM subjects and underpin many of Swansea’s most notable advances.

In the Research Excellence Framework (2014) Swansea University:

  • Achieved its ambition to become a top 30 UK university 
  • Was ranked 26th for research excellence and 22nd for research impact, out-performing many Russell Group universities
  • Doubled our volume of world-leading academic researchers in six years [58 FTE staff rated 4* in 2008 and 114 FTE in 2014]

But the university is not complacent. 

We have pledged to:

  • Make further strategic research appointments
  • Sustain the growth in our research grant income
  • Engage more researchers in grant-winning activities, and
  • Build further effective national and international collaborations.

Each of our seven colleges brings together research institutes, private companies and the public and third sectors. These clusters build our capacity to lead in emerging areas such as nano-technology, health informatics and sustainable energy technologies.

We encourage interdisciplinary and cross-college collaboration in areas such as Sports Science. But we do not excel only in STEM subjects. Our research in the fields of social science, arts and humanities, business, economics and law has had an impact on complex and pressing challenges such as cyber-terrorism, the use of non-prescription drugs and the rights of children.

Science and Innovation Bay Campus

The new science and innovation Bay Campus is a European-standard hub for STEM research and collaboration with industry. It heralds a new era for the University, enabling us to harness research strengths to a broad range of local and transnational businesses and promote the growth of high technology clusters.

We are accelerating into the future. By developing the University’s research portfolio, attracting and retaining the most talented researchers and postgraduates, and by working within and across disciplines, Swansea will continue to address the challenges that confront Wales and the wider world.

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research