Further investment for the Computational Foundry

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones has announced further EU backed investment of £31m in the College of Science ‘Computational Foundry’ which will establish world class computer science hub based at the Bay Campus.

Exciting times for Computer Science and Mathematics! The First Minister of Wales announced today while visiting the Bay Campus, that the Computational Foundry has been secured the £17m funding from WEFO and is going ahead as planned.


The First Minister has described the Foundry "as a beacon for pioneering collaborations with researchers and industry, attracting further research funding and establishing Wales as a world-leading centre for computer science and innovation.”

The Computational Foundry will establish an internationally renowned, digital ecosystem for world-class computer science research that brings together interdisciplinary research and addresses grand challenges for the economy and society under the three themes of Sustaining Life; Enhancing Life; and Securing Life, areas that impact on billions of people globally.

It will house a modern state-of-the-art centre, enabling world class researchers to carry out focussed research and includes teaching space, development laboratories, postgraduate and researcher areas, and networking and inspiration space for industry engagement.

The backing signifies real vote of confidence in Swansea University, a sign of the ambition and deserved recognition for the dedicated staff in the College who have worked hard to make this happen. The computer science department is ranked first in Wales and seventh in the UK in the Times Good University Guide and the Foundry will build on the strengths and support the strategic aim to be ranked within the top 200 of global universities.

The announcement is also part of our ambitious campus development programme and signifies the start of Phase 2 activity at the Bay Campus. Building work on the Foundry is due to begin in November with occupation from September 2018.

Further information about this exciting development is available on the Campus Development webpages.