Further accolade for Swansea in annual Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey

There is more good news for Swansea University as the Times Higher Education publishes the results of its Student Experience Survey 2014 – an overall joint ranking of 27th place (up from 42nd place last year).

Fulton studentsSwansea University is also ranked in the top ten UK universities for social life, in joint fourth place.

The annual Times Higher Education survey looks at areas such as high quality staff/lectures, well-structured courses, and good industry connections, as well as good support/welfare, good environment on campus/around university, and good social life.

This latest accolade comes in the same week the University celebrates the news it has moved up from 48th to 42nd place in The Complete University Guide 2015 (published on May 12th), which analyses universities across the UK and looks at areas such as graduate prospects, student satisfaction and spend per student.

The Complete University Guide 2015 showed that Swansea University is in the top 20 places in the UK for a range of subjects, from engineering and medical technology to social work, putting it among the UK’s leading universities.

And on May 13th, it was announced Swansea University has been voted the Overall Best University in the UK in the main award category of the prestigious WhatUni.com Student Choice Awards 2014, which are voted exclusively by students at UK universities.

Also nominated for three other categories in the awards, Swansea University has been voted second in the UK in both the Courses and Lecturers and Student Union categories, and third in the Clubs and Societies category.

Professor Richard B Davies, Swansea University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “What a week!  As staff and students, we of course know Swansea is a world-class university offering an outstanding student experience, in an unrivalled location. However, it is always heartening to receive independent national accolades, which confirm we are continuing our upward trajectory.

“The number of students applying to study at Swansea has greatly increased in the last two years and these survey results this week are an indication of why Swansea’s popularity continues to rise with Welsh, UK and International students.

“We are confident of achieving our ambition to be a research-intensive, top-30 UK University by 2017, ahead of our centenary in 2020.”

Story by Bethan Evans: b.w.evans@swansea.ac.uk