Putting steel into Swansea - Tata support for University’s Welsh Varsity teams

Tata Steel is to be the Welsh Varsity sponsor for Swansea University, supporting Swansea’s student athletes from over 40 sports in the annual Varsity competition against Cardiff University, which runs from 18-25 April.

The Welsh Varsity is a week-long festival of sport. Now in its 22nd year, Varsity is the biggest student event in Wales and the largest student multi-sport event in the UK.

200 x 60Tata’s support for Varsity further strengthens its longstanding partnership with Swansea University. 

This covers a wide variety of projects and work areas, including:

  • The SPECIFIC project, which is developing coatings enabling buildings to store their own energy
  • The METal project, run by Swansea University’s College of Engineering, which trains employees in the advanced materials and manufacturing sector
  • The new Steel and Metals Institute, based at Swansea University
  • Work with the University’s Employability Academy  to support talented graduates. The aim is to create opportunities for graduates to encourage them to stay in the region, which would help to boost the Welsh economy.

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Picture:  Varsity 2018 sports captains, pictured at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Ruth Knoyle, UK Resourcing Lead for Tata Steel, said:

“We are delighted to be the Welsh Varsity sponsor of Swansea University for 2018. This sponsorship agreement not only demonstrates the continuity of our engagement and working relationship with Swansea University, but our commitment to recruiting graduate and placement talent into Tata Steel across the UK.”

‌Students will compete in over 40 different sports for the Varsity Shield, including Ultimate Frisbee, swimming, golf, fencing, squash, boxing, basketball, and hockey.

The majority of the Welsh Varsity games take place at Swansea University’s International Sports Village in Sketty Lane on Wednesday 25 April, culminating with the men’s rugby match at the Liberty Stadium at 7pm.

Swansea will be looking to retain the Varsity Shield for another year, having taken it home for the first time in the competition’s history in 2017.

Welsh Varsity 2018 logo Richard Lancaster, Swansea University’s head of development and engagement, said:

“Welsh Varsity is a big day in the life of our students, the University and Wales.  Tata Steel’s support will help make it a memorable occasion for everyone. 

It’s another example of how the partnership between Swansea University and Tata Steel is making a positive difference.” 

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