Our strong links with industry

The College of Engineering has strong and established links with industry nationally and internationally.

There are many ways in which companies can work with the College of Enigneering including through our industrial mentoring scheme, annual careers fair, site visits, workshops, mock interviews and hosting employer talks.

You can contact our Director of Employability Dr Gavin Bunting or email our Engineering Employability Team for more information.

Placement Information

Year In Industry

The Year in Industry is a 10-12 month placement programme embedded within our undergraduate Engineering degrees.

Our industry partners are able to handpick an individual to join their team, ensuring that they receive a highly competent, technically skilled student to work at their company.

The placement consists of paid, graduate-level work benefiting both the student and the employer.


Through Swansea University's Paid Internship Network we seek to connect our students to employers for graduate level placements. Paid internships can be organised between June and September each summer. 

Swansea University's Employment Zone connects our talented students with graduate recruiters, part time jobs and work experience opportunities.

The Employment Zone team run a hugely successful work placement programme for paid internships, graduate placements and voluntary roles.

This site explains how employers can get involved.

How a placement can enhance graduate recruitment opportunities for your company

Benefits of our Year In Industry/Placement scheme includes:

  • Targeting students with the skills and qualities that you require and using the placement year as a recruitment drive
  • Giving the opportunity to evaluate potential new graduate employees
  • A placement allows students to experience your company culture and you can elevate your company's exposure via a student
  • Developing management experience of the industry-based supervisor

Find out more information by emailing eng.employability@swansea.ac.uk

Dr Kristen James, Director of Clinical Studies, Acuitas Medical

“We are a partner to the College of Engineering through the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) scheme. The thesis project for one of our KESS students targeted development of a novel technique for diagnosis of osteoporosis. We have referred to the student's research in developing diagnostic technique for this crippling disease.

We are happy to say that the student has recently signed on with us, and we know she will prove to be an invaluable employee.”

Our interaction with industry includes

Paul Jones, Technology and Innovation Manager,Tata Steel

“We have been working with the College of Engineering at Swansea University through the Steel Training Research and Innovation Partnership (STRIP) and Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovation in Functional Coatings (SPECIFIC). It is a great way for us to tap into the knowledge and enthusiasm that exists in abundance within the University.

The EngD and MRes students we have working on the STRIP scheme have brought a fresh way of thinking to our company and they receive valuable training and access to real industrial conundrums.”

How our industry links benefit you as a student

  • Close working with industry ensures graduates are kept up-to-date with industry trends
  • Learning approaches are industry-led, benefitting from practical work, examples and courses designed to encompass current practice and demands
  • Collaboration with industry improves graduate employment prospects
  • Practical degree programmes ensure that graduates are equipped with the full range of skills required to make a major contribution to organisations from day one
  • A multi-faceted approach to addressing employer/industry issues has been established

Opportunities for postgraduates to foster links with industry in research