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Engineering walking at the Bay Campus.

Swansea University has been successful in its bid to the Department for Education (DfE) to recruit 250 extra engineering students as part of a Government drive to provide over 9,000 additional places at UK universities for courses that will deliver vital services, support the economy and create positive outcomes for students.

The new student places follow a Government announcement offering eligible universities the opportunity to bid for extra places for engineering, science and nursing courses starting this September. The scheme is part of a drive to increase science and innovation and encourage STEM subject take-up, investing in skills that will be crucial to the UK’s economic recovery post-coronavirus.

Swansea University is one of only two universities in Wales, to be awarded extra places in addition to the DfE student number cap for 20/21. Bids for extra places were assessed on the quality of each provider, including their rates of continuation and graduate employment outcomes.  The University has been granted the extra places as it could demonstrate that:

  • Their student continuation rate is above 90%.
  • Students go on to high skilled employment or further study.
  • It has the facilities and infrastructure capabilities to support the extra students in their learning.

Swansea University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle said: “We are delighted to have been successful in our bid to recruit 250 extra students, which is indicative of the UK Government’s confidence in Swansea University to deliver a high quality student learning experience. These extra places will deliver the best outcomes for our students, who will go on to become the next generation of engineers, driving forward innovation with the skills and expertise that will be so critical to the UK in the future.”

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