Friday 19 July 2013
Overall ranking: 48th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: Began life in 1920 as the University College of Swansea, when it was very much geared to the needs of local industry. In September 2007, the university changed its title from University of Wales, Swansea, to Swansea University.
Address: On the south coast of Wales, two miles from Swansea city centre.
Ambience: Laid-back- this is a holiday spot after all. Lovely seaside parkland site overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, just a short stroll from the quaint village of Mumbles.
Who's the boss? Professor Richard B. Davies, a statistician, has been vice-chancellor since 2003.
Prospectus: 01792 602 295 or request one here.
UCAS code: S93
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Not particularly- the average entry requirement is ABB-AAB or equivalent. English asks for ABB at A-level, but the requirements for integrated foundation programmes in science and engineering are lower. The ratio of applications to places is 5:1.
Vital statistics: Nearly 16,000 students and over 2,500 staff form a multicultural campus community. Renowned for civil engineering. 88% of places to go state school applicants- significantly higher than the UK average.
Added value: Has around 100 links with universities outside of the UK, giving students the opportunity to study for a degree in Catalan, for example. Programmes are supported in China, India, the USA and Europe. Work has just started on a £250m Science and Innovation Campus, due for completion in 2015. Established law school offers options in European and international law. The university launched Wales' first-ever accelerated graduate entry course in medicine in 2004. Specialist facilities for students with disabilities include an on-campus recording centre for the blind. The Museum of Egyptology opened in 1998. The £20m Sports Village is the setting of the new Wales National Pool, the principality's only 50m Olympic-sized venue. With 50 stunning beaches on its doorstep, there's great surfing nearby.
Teaching: 76th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide.
Research: 47th out of 124 in the latest Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: 38th out of 124 with 70.2 per cent finding graduate level employment upon completing their degrees.
Any accommodation? Yes- nearly 3,400 rooms in university-managed residences across three main sites. Self-catered rooms cost £80 to £128 per week and include the option of quiet halls (Beck House) in which loud music and noise is restricted between certain hours. Part-catered rooms are £111.50 to £116.50 per week. Off campus accommodation is £77 to £105 (en-suite) per week.
Cheap to live there? Just £60 per week for a room in a shared flat.
Transport links: Efficient train and coach services to Cardiff, London and beyond. Cardiff International Airport is just over 30 miles from the University. There are frequent ferry crossings from Swansea to Cork in the Republic of Ireland.
Fees: Full-time home and EU undergraduates pay £9,000 per year. However, the Welsh government will subsidise Welsh students, meaning degrees will cost £3,375 a year for them. International students will pay between £10,500 and £13,500 per year depending on the course of study.
Bursaries: Excellence bursaries of £3,000 across two years are available to students who achieve three A grades at A-level or equivalent. Merit awards of £2,000 are given to those who achieve AAB. Financial support is offered to students from families with a low household income and there are sports scholarships too.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Club nights and live music in the Students' Union on campus and the university's venue, Sin City, in town. Swansea is legendary across Wales for its wild nightlife, with the city's main strip, Wind Street, offering many a night of debauchery to students. The mammoth Oceana nightclub opened in 2008 and is a firm favourite.
Price of a pint: £2.50 for a pint of lager.
Sporting reputation: Pretty good- ranked 25th in the current BUCS league, with good sporting facilities on campus.
Notable societies: Join Dead Poets if you're into your words, or let your hair down with the Beer Pong society for "beer, balls and banter". Give pole-dancing a whirl with the Pole Fitness group.
Glittering alumni: Richey Edwards and Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers fame; Olympic runner Daniel Canes; Olympics swimmer Liz Johnson; HTV newsreader Jonathon Hill; TV and radio presenter and journalist Jason Mohammad. Other notable alumni include Wales’ first billionaire, Terry Matthews; Professor Lyn Evans, the CERN director responsible for the ongoing Large Hadron Collider project; and Alun Wyn Jones, recent captain of the British Lions.
Alternative prospectus: Put any queries to current or recent students by posting in Swansea's forum on The Student Room here.
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