23 Facts About Swansea University


Swansea University is a public research university located in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom.

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In 1996, it changed its name to the University of Wales Swansea following structural changes within the University of Wales.

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The title of Swansea University was formally adopted on 1 September 2007 when the University of Wales became a non-membership confederal institution and the former members became universities in their own right.

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Swansea University has 8 colleges spread across its two campuses which are located on the coastline of Swansea Bay.

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Swansea University was granted a coat of arms by the College of Heralds in 1921 with the motto Gweddw Crefft Heb Ei Dawn, translated as 'technical skill is bereft without culture.

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Swansea University was tried at the Old Bailey and sent to prison for nine months.

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Swansea University acquired departments of philosophy 1925, German in 1931, economics in 1937, social policy in 1947, political theory and government in 1954 – the same year that a civil engineering and a geography department were added.

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In 1961 Swansea University became a centre for Russian and East European studies, whilst Italian and Spanish joined the Department of French.

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Since 2015, Swansea University has operated as a dual-campus university with the 'Park Campus' located in its traditional Singleton Park grounds, and the Bay Campus, at Crymlyn Burrows.

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Centre, opened in autumn 2012, is a not for profit company set up by Swansea University offering a range of activities and training such as kite surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and beach volleyball.

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Swansea University received its royal charter in 1920 and like many universities is governed by its constitution that is set out in its statutes and a charter.

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The governing body of Swansea University is its Council, which is supported by the Senate and the Court.

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Swansea University opened its School of Law in 1994, in order to complement its departments in engineering, the sciences, and arts and humanities.

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Swansea University was ranked 22nd in the UK for delivering research that has genuine impact on global issues.

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Swansea University is listed as one of the top 500 universities in the World Swansea University Rankings.

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Swansea University improved in each of the 22 questions in the survey.

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Swansea University is in the top third of institutions for levels of student satisfaction, and are 42nd out of 136, a jump of 38 places compared to last year and the biggest improvement in Wales.

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In May 2014, Swansea was voted University of the Year based on student reviews carried out by Whatuni.

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In recent years, Swansea University has established many partnerships with leading universities in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

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Swansea University has a strategic partnership with Wuhan Union Hospital in Wuhan, China.

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Swansea University has established a joint medical centre at the Wuhan Union Hospital to engage in clinical collaboration.

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Swansea and Cardiff University compete in an annual varsity competition, known as the Welsh version of the Oxbridge event, which includes the Welsh Varsity rugby match and The Welsh Boat Race.

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Swansea University maintains on-campus and off-campus halls of residence and the purpose built Hendrefoelan Student Village.

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