Swansea University

History

  • Founded in 1920. In 1948 it became the first campus university in UK.
  • Motto “Skill is bereft without culture” points to long history of entwining science with the humanities, academia with industry.
  • In 1921 Professor Mary Williams was the first woman in the UK to be appointed to a university chair.
  • Kingsley Amis wrote Lucky Jim while lecturing in Swansea in 1954.
  • In 1967 Professor Olak Zienkiewicz revolutionised engineering with his paper The Finite Element Method for Solid and Structural Mechanics.

Location and Transport

  • Two coastal campuses three hours from London direct by rail and just off the M4.
  • 46-acre Singleton Park campus, in parkland two miles from city centre, houses the colleges of Arts and Humanities, Human and Health Sciences, Medicine, Science and Law.
  • 65-acre beachfront science and innovation Bay Campus, opening September 2015, is three miles from the centre. Home to the College of Engineering and School of Management.
  • In UK Top 10 for quality of life (Lloyds TSB University Survey, 2014). First Class Award in People and Planet's Green League 2014.
  • Nearby Gower peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Brecon Beacons has international dark sky reserve status.