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SWANSEA AND THE REGION WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY SINGLETON PARK CAMPUS MAP BAY CAMPUS MAP ACCOMMODATION FUNDING YOUR STUDIES CAREERS, SKILLS AND EMPLOYABILITY STUDY AND WORK ABROAD WELSH-MEDIUM OPPORTUNITIES STUDENTS’ UNION SPORT FACILITIES SUSTAINABILITY STUDENT SUPPORT AND WELFARE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION CHOOSING A POSTGRADUATE DEGREE
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Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle
We welcome fresh perspectives, and you will receive all of the support you need, through access to our resources and from our dedicated staff, to achieve your ambitions while enriching our research environment. Research and innovation are at the heart of the Swansea experience and feed directly into the quality of our teaching. You will find reference to the real-world impact of our research, from energy-positive classrooms to pain-free vaccines, within the pages of this prospectus. I hope my faith in our University is clear, but don’t just take my word for it – please attend one of our open days to find out more.
My first academic role was as a young lecturer in the Department of Geography at Swansea University, and I can personally say that the
quality of the education and nurturing environment here is hard to find elsewhere.
Our University has evolved greatly over the years, but our principles remain the same. We are a community, we put our people first and the valuable input of our postgraduate students contributes greatly to our success. As an institution, we were ranked Top 10 in the 2020 WhatUni Student Choice Awards Postgraduate category, a clear recommendation by those who matter most.
From: making greener, cleaner steel; turning plastics into hydrogen; improving the health of the population; preserving ancient monuments, to; challenging and shaping policy around fairness and equality and ensuring the safety of individuals and communities across the world; our research helps prevent, combat, and reverse the global challenges of today. Swansea University boasts interdisciplinary research across all areas, encouraging original thinking and collaborative working to create innovative outcomes. You can help change the world and overcome global challenges at Swansea University, by working with world-renowned academics, using leading research facilities, and collaborating with global businesses, partnerships and academics.
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HEALTH INNOVATION Health is important, whether it’s our minds, bodies, or our wellbeing. At Swansea University, we develop, and improve the way the world looks at health policies, systems, products, technologies, and services that help make people and society better. Swansea University is home to the world-class SAIL Databank which securely stores and uses anonymised person-based data. Research undertaken at the Health Informatics Group produces outcomes to improve health, wellbeing, and services. Our researchers are leading the way in health innovation to improve people’s lives, from: creating the next generation of implantable blood pumps for advanced heart failure, to testing microneedle skin patches to administer vaccines. Swansea University researchers are taking innovative approaches to medicine and health by exploring the use of maggots to clean wounds, and using salmonella to cure cancer. We understand the importance of health, both physical and mental, and strive to improve the health of the population, and the health systems across the UK. swansea.ac.uk/research/research-highlights/ health-innovation 05
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STEEL INNOVATION We believe steel is a 21st century industry that is essential for the future. Our researchers are exploring ways that create lighter cars and greener buildings. We are finding ways for a more sustainable economy; creating smarter, greener, cleaner steel, saving the industry, energy, raw materials, and millions of pounds. We are transforming the UK steel landscape with the aim of making the industry carbon-neutral by 2040. Research within Swansea University has helped create new steel-based products, which, when used on buildings can capture energy from the sun, then store and release their own energy, decreasing the need for other resources. From nano-level technology, to the huge impact of blast furnaces, our research in steel aims to influence industry and organisations to help the environment. Our research in steel impacts upon the automotive industry too, by developing lighter steel for more energy-efficient cars. We aim to develop a smarter, greener, cleaner future for all.
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SMART MANUFACTURING We are working in collaboration with leading companies to bring about meaningful change, and enhancing global competitiveness and productivity. Our researchers are seeking out the most efficient and productive methods for manufacturing sustainably, creating value in innovative ways. Swansea University leads on the ASTUTE 2020 project, collaborating with the manufacturing industry across Wales to innovate, by exploring new advanced technologies and streamlining processes. We are pioneering change within a range of industries, from aerospace and automobile engineering, to industrial manufacturing. We have revolutionised the speed of aerodynamic design, helping to create the world’s first 1000mph supersonic car, and developed new coated metal products in construction which carry a 40 year anti-corrosion warranty. Our research constantly shifts and advances technologies, materials, and methods, in order to help sustain and improve economies and the environment.
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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
plastic crisis, finding a use for plastic that cannot be recycled and transforming it into hydrogen that can power transport and industry in a clean and sustainable way. Our research has protected areas affected by wildfire from serious erosion and revolutionised our understanding of animal movement, migration and behaviour. In Greenland, our researchers drill deep into the ice to understand climate history to protect the world’s future. At Swansea University, we are tackling today’s issues, with tomorrow’s thinking. swansea.ac.uk/research/research-highlights/ sustainable-futures-energy-environment
Our researchers are striving for solutions to the global challenges of today. In collaboration with partners from across the world, Swansea University is working to preserve our planet for future generations. We are working to revolutionise the way we live by creating buildings that can generate, store, and release their own energy using the sun. We have developed the technology to remove half a billion tonnes of carbon each year by capturing and converting carbon dioxide, offsetting global carbon emissions. At the Energy Safety Research Institute, we are discovering and implementing new technology for a sustainable, affordable, and secure energy future for all. We are developing solutions to the
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JUSTICE AND EQUALITY Our research challenges conventional thinking and has changed policy to protect the futures of those most vulnerable in our society. We have worked to help reduce sustained inequalities in communities. We have shaped new law on the human rights of children and young people by providing guidance for policy change. Our research has directly informed policy on workplace discriminations by revealing deeply entrenched inequalities in Wales and the UK. We have reframed the way drug policy is talked about, and pioneered concepts such as promoting harm reduction practices including needle exchange programmes and opioid substitution therapy. We are influencing the care, wellbeing, and life-quality of older people, by providing advice and guidance through Wales’ leading centre for ageing studies; The Centre for Innovative Ageing. We look at the past and present in order to create a more just, equal and fair future for all. swansea.ac.uk/research/research-highlights/ justice-equality
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India, improve health care in Swansea hospitals and examines the impact of technology on democracy. We are the first university in the UK to launch a master’s programme in LegalTech, equipping students with the skills to be 21st century lawyers. We are also home to the multidisciplinary research centre, CHERISH-DE where researchers explore digital innovations that help people respond to our rapidly expanding technological world, with a focus on health and social care, resource-constrained communities, heritage, cybersecurity and cyberterrorism. swansea.ac.uk/research/research- highlights/digital-futures
We live in a digital age where technology constantly changes, disrupts, and transforms. Researchers at Swansea University are constantly thinking about what it means to be human in an increasingly technological world. Our human-centred research examines how technology advances and improves our lives across all disciplines including law, health, science, engineering, arts and humanities. Our researchers use technology to improve healthcare, tackle climate change, analyse Big Data and create new commercial opportunities. Through our interdisciplinary approach, Swansea University carries out research into technology projects that address inequalities in cities in
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CULTURE, COMMUNICATIONS AND HERITAGE
Challenging, compassionate, influential and pioneering; our research is tackling the grand societal challenges of today. With an ever-growing and ageing population, global economic, political and environmental uncertainties, we are living in a fast changing world where the need to create a culture of sensitivity, compassion and respect is key. We need to reflect on the past to inform the future, preserve our cultural and industrial heritage for future generations, celebrate diversity and protect the physical and mental health of the population. At Swansea University, we explore these topics in a range of research focuses. The world is forever changing. Whilst we are always looking forward, we believe it is important to learn from the past.
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ON YOUR DOORSTEP On the Gower Peninsula you can unwind in the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, relax on award-winning beaches and explore unspoilt countryside, with the Brecon Beacons National Park just a 30 minute drive away. The region has some of the UK’s best locations for coastal path walks, surfing, cycling, watersports, rock climbing and golf; for the adventure sport enthusiast to the lazy walk on the beach, there’s something for everyone. MUMBLES Birthplace of Catherine Zeta Jones, the quaint village of Mumbles is host to a great variety of shops, cafés, wine bars, pubs and restaurants. Take a stroll and enjoy an ice cream at one of the many parlours dotted along the promenade or grab a bite to eat at one of the seafront cafés or restaurants overlooking Swansea Bay. SHOPPING Shop big high street names as well as independent boutiques, specialist shops and traditional arcades. You can visit designer boutiques in Mumbles, shop vintage outlets in Uplands or pick up a bargain in Wales’ largest indoor market in the heart of the city.
ARTS Swansea is a vibrant centre for art and The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is widely recognised as the city’s premier venue for art exhibitions. All national museums and art galleries in Wales are free to enter, so you can soak up our history and join one of the many trips organised by Swansea University’s Students’ Union. THE TALIESIN ARTS CENTRE The Taliesin Arts Centre sits at the heart of the Singleton Park Campus and hosts regular productions, mainstream and alternative cinema screenings, a restaurant, bar, and the award-winning Egypt Centre, home to a collection of over 5,000 Egyptian antiquities. MUSIC & FESTIVALS Wales is famed as the ‘land of song’ and as a student at Swansea University you won’t be disappointed by the range of music on offer across the city! Swansea boasts a huge variety of music venues and plays host to a number of music festivals and events throughout the year. The brand new Swansea music arena is due to open in the autumn/winter of 2021. ENTERTAINMENT
I do like a good market, and I am lucky that where I live in the Uplands, we have a monthly market where local growers, producers, farmers and caterers sell their wares. This is a cute little market, so if like me you love food and trinkets give it a visit!
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HOME OF DYLAN THOMAS Swansea’s most famous son, Dylan Thomas, said: “Swansea is still the best” and the poet’s legacy can be found throughout the city from cafes to pubs and parks.
Find out more from our current and recently graduated postgraduate students who share their own experiences of both academic and student life here at Swansea Uni. Watch our student videos, listen to our podcasts and follow our social media channels for useful tips on everything from: life after your undergraduate degree, to the ‘Three Minute Thesis’, and what it’s like to live in Swansea.
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V I RTUAL TOUR
24HR BUS (term-time) Approximately 20 minutes to Bay campus, 10 minutes to city centre FULTON HOUSE Students’ Union bar, nightclub, shops, supermarket, zero waste shop, food outlets (including vegan) STUDENTS’ UNION ACADEMI HYWEL TEIFI SWANSEA BAY SPORTS PARK
ARTS AND HUMANITIES HUMAN AND HEALTH SCIENCES LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY MEDICINE SCIENCE SINGLETON PARK LIBRARY STUDENT ACCOMMODATION TALIESIN ARTS & EGYPT CENTRE MY UNIHUB Your one-stop-shop offering information and guidance on any aspect of student life; from finances, to course-load, to housing
• Chaplaincy • Dentist/Doctors
• Launderette • Mosque
BAY LIBRARY COMPUTATIONAL FOUNDRY (Computer Science and Mathematics) ENGINEERING STUDENT ACCOMMODATION SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT THE COLLEGE THE CORE, FOOD COURT THE GREAT HALL STUDENTS’ UNION, Tafarn Tawe
24HR BUS (term-time) Approximately: 20 minutes to Singleton campus, 10 minutes to city centre MY UNIHUB Your one-stop-shop offering information and guidance on any aspect of student life; from finances, to course-load, to housing
OTHER FACILITIES: • Coffeeopolis coffee shop • Faith space • Gym and sports facilities
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LIVING IN THE STUDENT VILLAGE*
As a postgraduate student joining the Swansea University community, we want to help you find a place you can call home. Postgraduate accommodation is provided at four residences: Bay Campus, Singleton Park Campus, Beck House in the nearby Uplands area, and at Hendrefoelan Student Village. Tenancies are mainly offered on a fixed, 51 week basis although we are also able to offer some designated postgraduate flats on a 40 week tenancy at the Student Village and Bay Campus respectively. LIVING ON CAMPUS Living in Singleton Park or Bay Campus residences puts you right at the centre of University life. Self-catering accommodation comprises fully-furnished, en suite rooms with a shared kitchen and dining area.
Approximately two miles from Singleton Park Campus is the Hendrefoelan Student Village. The Village provides self-catering accommodation and shared facilities in 7 bedroom flats. If you choose to live in the Village, you will have your own room at an affordable rate that compares favourably with private sector accommodation. Student life at the Village is sociable and supportive, and you will benefit from: • On-site launderette • Free First Group Unibus Bus pass for contracts over 13 weeks *accommodation at Hendrefoelan Student Village available for 2021/22 academic year
ACCOMMODATION AT BECK HOUSE
We have a number of single and family flats at our designated quiet residence, Beck House, approximately a mile from Singleton Park Campus in the popular area of Uplands. Due to the 51-week tenancies, this accommodation is mostly suitable for postgraduate and international students.
• Our rooms have free Wi-Fi • You will be represented by ResNet, a network of live-in student volunteers, who ensure each student has the best experience possible • Rooms are single occupancy only (exception being Beck House family flats and a small number of twin rooms on the Bay Campus) • Launderette facilities • Adapted rooms are available for students with special requirements, including wheelchair users. Contact the Disability Office for further information • En suites available
TYPICAL LIVING COSTS
STUDENT BUS PASS Student pass with unlimited travel £30 PER MONTH MEAL OUT FOR TWO £22 (based on main meal & drink at a local restaurant) AVERAGE WEEKLY RENT Top 10 most affordable UK university town (totallymoney.com 2019) £91
CAMPUS TO CITY
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GYM MEMBERSHIP University Sports Village £18.99 PER MONTH
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FINDING THE PERFECT PRIVATE SECTOR HOME
We also have some areas that are quiet and alcohol free.
If you’d prefer to live off campus, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a good supply of quality private sector student houses and flats in Swansea. Our letting agency, Student Accommodation Services (SAS) manages 130 properties in the nearby local communities of Brynmill, Uplands and Sketty which are mostly within two miles of the campus, and in St. Thomas and Port Tennant, close to the Bay Campus. These areas are also close to local facilities such as shops, bars and takeaways. Our online, searchable database, Studentpad,
There are designated flats for Welsh speakers and learners on both Singleton Park Campus and Bay Campus
is invaluable. It allows you to locate other available housing in the area and takes the effort out of house-hunting. saslettings.co.uk FOR MORE INFORMATION swansea.ac.uk/accommodation firstname.lastname@example.org +44 (0)1792 295101
WHAT WILL I BE CHARGED? The rent you pay will depend on the residence and room you choose:
TYPE OF ROOM WEEKLY RENT*
Hendrefoelan Student Village
Dentist & Doctor
Singleton Park Campus
£140 – £151
Standard En suite Family flat
£111 £128 – £134 £178 – £216
£152 – £158
£82 – £120
* These fees are for the academic session 2020-21. Please note that rates for 2021 entry will be published on our website as soon as they are confirmed.
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We commit to a significant investment in postgraduate education. In 2019/20 over £8 million in scholarships and bursaries were available to study postgraduate courses at Swansea University.
Swansea University is commited to rewarding its students in recognition of their academic and non-academic excellence, and have on offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to help towards the cost of study. Income-related bursaries are also available, together with funding towards studying in another country if chosen as part of a degree programme. For further information, to check your eligibility or make an application please visit:
FIND OUT MORE For further details on Fees and Funding, see pages 158-159.
EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS* MASTER’S PHD SCHOLARSHIPS* FULLY-FUNDED WELSH GOVERNMENT STEMM MASTER’S BURSARIES* £2,000 (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine)
SPORTING EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP* £1,000 MUSICAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP* £1,000 WELSH GOVERNMENT £4,000 For the over 60 MASTER’S BURSARIES* WELSH GOVERNMENT £1,000 MASTER’S BURSARIES*
For studying through the medium of Welsh
(Available to taught master’s students only)
Terms and conditions apply – please visit: swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding *Details for 2021 funding to be confirmed
EMPLOYABILITY: CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP One of the University’s primary aims is ‘to prepare and promote the employability of our students’. The Swansea Employability Academy provides an essential function; linking business and industry and creating networking opportunities for you that have real impact. Our academic programmes provide engaging learning opportunities that enable you to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that employers and businesses value. We tailor our courses to make sure that you gain those professional and high-level skills that will enable you to thrive in today’s competitive world. Wherever possible, courses are also accredited by professional bodies. Our long history of working with business, industry, commerce and the public sector enables us to add real value to your education. We work with employers to provide a range of placement and experiential opportunities that support you to achieve the outcomes you are looking for following graduation.
INSPIRATIONAL TEACHING AND LEARNING Our excellent teaching is underpinned by the
groundbreaking research taking place across the colleges. All of our courses benefit from being at the cutting edge of any new developments and are closely aligned to industry, ensuring you are well-equipped for your future careers.
HOW CAN SWANSEA UNIVERSITY HELP ME?
From the moment you arrive, specialist staff in the Swansea Employability Academy will help you plan and prepare for your future. Support available to you: • One-to-one careers advice and guidance provided by professionally qualified Careers Consultants • CV writing and interview preparation workshops • Paid, short-term internships • Bursaries towards employability activities • Part-time work opportunities such as the Student Ambassador Scheme • You can complete our online ‘Career Development Course’ which enables you to prepare for your professional life and further enhance your graduate career • College - specific employability initiatives • Annual careers fair
THE ENTERPRISE TEAM A dedicated support to develop your skills, gain valuable experience and test your business ideas through our range of services, including: workshops, competitions, schemes and business mentoring alongside corporate partners with a wealth of industry experience.
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RAVS (Retro and Vintage Store) Picton Arcade, Swansea Swansea University Student Start-up
The Enterprise Team have been extremely supportive throughout the process of setting-up and running my business. I have a lot of engagement with members of the team who provide me with opportunities for seed funding and events at which I can sell my products. The resources and information that they have gone out of their way to provide me with have been a real boost to the business and I have much to thank them for. I look forward to working with them again next year and hopefully beyond that! ‘RAVS’ was Co-Founded by Sion Williams from the School of Management at Swansea University. Sion initially set-up his business as part of his module on the Entrepreneurship Pathway. After a great success selling vintage clothing on Depop, Sion set-up his very own store in the centre of Swansea, which he is still currently running alongside his studies. Sion has had continued support from the Enterprise Team after a successful pitch at the Big Pitch competition, where he was awarded £2,000 and an Enterprise Work Placement.
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Swansea University recognises that enhancing its future graduates’ employability has never been more important. As more and more businesses recruit from a global talent pool, it is vital that you stand out from the crowd with additional skills. Employers highly acknowledge the value of international experience and students who spend time abroad develop and demonstrate the qualities that employers seek: global and intercultural awareness, maturity, confidence and adaptability to new environments and challenges. Studying and working abroad: • Rewards you with an international outlook and experience • Enables you to gain confidence and become more self-reliant • Helps you develop independence and initiative
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As part of the Extended MA in Translation and Interpreting, Ulrike spent a semester at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a semester at Université Catholique de Louvain, both located in Belgium. Ulrike Leonhard
My year abroad in Belgium has been a great experience. I made new friends from all over the world and was able to travel throughout Belgium. The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France are all within close distance so there are no limits when it comes to exploring! My student experience at both universities could not have been better.
As a Swansea University student, you will have the opportunity to gain international experience during your degree. Some courses provide you with the option to spend a period overseas, undertaking a study or research placement for example. Details of these options are available on specific course pages. You can also explore the many cultural, volunteering and study programmes available via: swansea.ac.uk/summerprogrammes
What a great opportunity it was to take the Extended Master’s which has enabled me to study abroad at the Bush School Texas A&M. It has been an incredible experience as the Bush School boasts one of the best International Relations courses in American public schools. Not only has this opportunity furthered my career opportunities but it has allowed me to study my course from a different perspective. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my course and I am so glad I chose to further my study here at Swansea University.
There are a range of funding opportunities available to support students who choose
to go abroad – please refer to our website for the latest information:
Natalie Pittman studied an Extended Master’s in International Relations and spent a semester abroad in The Bush School at Texas A&M University. Natalie Pittman
Swansea University provides a number of opportunities for you to study though the medium of Welsh at postgraduate level. If you have been studying through the medium of Welsh at undergraduate level, continuing to study through the language at postgraduate level is a natural step and we actively encourage you to do so. Since 2011, there has been a 113% increase in the number of students studying through the medium of Welsh at Swansea University and our TEF data over the last two years shows that Welsh-speaking students are high achievers with regards to employability. In line with the Welsh Language Standards, your academic work can be submitted and assessed through the medium of Welsh across all subject areas and you will receive support from a Welsh-speaking personal tutor. ACADEMI HYWEL TEIFI The University’s Academi Hywel Teifi is a centre of excellence for studying the Welsh language, its literature, and culture. It gives Welsh-speaking students, or those keen to learn the language, the opportunity to study courses through the medium of Welsh and significantly increase their graduate employment prospects in the process. For detailed information about the Welsh-medium provision on offer, please pick up a Welsh prospectus or visit our website. WELSH-MEDIUM
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY BRANCH OF THE COLEG CYMRAEG CENEDLAETHOL Swansea University works in partnership with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and the University’s branch is situated within Academi Hywel Teifi. Its main aim is to provide students with assistance and support to study and socialise through the medium of Welsh. The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Research Scholarships Scheme supports students studying for a doctorate through the medium of Welsh. Recent Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol funded PhDs at Swansea University include, Psychology, Translation, Welsh, Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences. FUNDING FOR WELSH-MEDIUM POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT PROGRAMMES The Welsh Government offers a bursary to Welsh domiciled students willing to complete at least 40 credits of their taught master’s degree through the medium of Welsh. Each bursary is worth £1,000. Students who choose to study a qualifying course in an aspect of science, technology, engineering, maths or medicine can also receive an additional bursary of £2,000. Further details can be found on page 23.
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Arwain is a bilingual mobile app for students and prospective students who speak or are learning Welsh. Arwain brings together the essential information needed by students who want to study and live through the medium of Welsh at Swansea University.
MY LANGUAGE RIGHTS
You have a legal right to receive services in Welsh. These rights have been created as a result of setting ‘Standards’ on the University.
LETTERS in Welsh
APPLY FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
in Welsh MEETINGS
WELCOME BOOKLET in Welsh
in Welsh CERTIFICATES
SUBMIT WRITTEN WORK in Welsh
PROSPECTUS in Welsh
Welsh speaking PERSONAL TUTOR
in Welsh FORMS
THE WELSH SOCIETY (GYMGYM) Whether you’re a fluent Welsh speaker or just looking to practice your Welsh, the GymGym will give you a range of opportunities to socialise with other Welsh speakers in an informal environment. The GymGym hosts regular events including quiz nights, volunteering opportunities and socials. However, the most memorable events include their annual international rugby trip (in recent years to Dublin or Edinburgh), the inter-college dance and the inter-college Eisteddfod. These three events bring together all Welsh Societies across Wales – giving you the opportunity to socialise with Welsh speakers from all over the country. The GymGym also supports the University’s Welsh-language rugby and netball club, Rygbi a Phêl-rwyd Tawe.
Ffion Davies SU President 2020 – 2021
Swansea University Students’ Union is run by students, for students. We’re a registered charity who support and represent all students at Swansea Uni. Every year we elect full-time officers who represent students with everything university related; from Societies and Services to Sports, Welsh Affairs and Welfare and Education.
We have college and subject reps too – these are students who work with the Uni to handle any issues students may be having on their course. We also run the shops and bars on campus – JC’s, Tafarn Tawe, Rebound, Root Zero, Costcutter and Fulton Outfitters. All of the money spent at these venues goes straight back into the student experience… The Students’ Union also organises Freshers’ Fortnight, Summer Ball, Varsity, Tooters, and a host of other great events for you to enjoy!
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ UNION OFFERS: • Over 150 societies and 50+ sports clubs • Union Collective; a platform for helping students with funding and resource to take your business ideas off the ground • A chance to work for the student newspaper, TV station and radio station • An Advice & Support Centre helping with everything from landlords to academic disputes • An on-campus nursery that’s flexible around students’ lectures • A voice for the students at the University, ensuring student views are heard at every level
SUPPORTING YOU Our full-time officer team run campaigns throughout the year to raise awareness of super important issues, and initiatives to support you! Here are just a few: Study Aid: Free services to help you get through intense study periods (including a visit from cuddly pups from our friends at Greyhound Rescue Wales. Donate Don’t Ditch: At the end of every year, we take your unwanted items so that they don’t go to landfill and offer them out to new students in September. Pots, pans, dishes - you name it, we’ve probably got it! BloodyHell: To help beat period poverty, we have made sanitary items freely available to all students in our toilets and reception areas. You can follow the team on Instagram @susuofficers to find out what else they are getting up to!
Here at Swansea we pride ourselves on our dedication and commitment to sport and active lifestyles. We have sporting opportunities to suit all of our students; from elite/international athletes to complete beginners, there is something for everyone.
ACTIVE AND HEALTHY CAMPUS PROGRAMME
COMPETITIVE SPORT We are the fastest improving
university in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings, finishing 18th in the 2018-19 table. With membership to over 50 different sports clubs available, there is a vast array of opportunities for you to competitively represent the University in BUCS and key domestic competitions. Our clubs provide a range of coach led training sessions to give you the opportunity to achieve your sporting goals. 18 BUCS RANKING TH British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) 2018-19 table
In the 2020-2021 academic year we will be offering a great, new range of activities for students who would like to become more active and take part in some form of exercise. So if you are starting out, we have fun social activities and courses to suit you, such as our hugely popular social leagues. FACILITIES Swansea is home to two of the leading sports facility sites in Wales, including the International Sports Village and the Fairwood Training Ground, providing the training base for Swansea City Football Club. Both campuses also house excellent health and fitness facilities, including top-of-the- range equipment and classes. The University also offers a high-end strength and conditioning facility (The Shed) available to elite athletes. Our extensive range of sporting facilities for students includes: • Wales National Pool Swansea • Astroturf pitches • Playing fields • Indoor athletics track • Sports pavilion • Tennis courts • Two multi-purpose sports halls and outdoor games areas • Cycle hire and running routes The New Zealand All Blacks have used our International Sports Village as a Rugby World Cup training ground and our 50m National pool has been used as a training base for two international Paralympic teams. As a student, you will have access to these first-class facilities.
British and Irish Lions, Wales and Ospreys player and Swansea Law graduate Alun Wyn Jones
While studying at Swansea University, the Sports Scholarship allowed me to pursue two career paths simultaneously. I fondly remember my time at Swansea and particularly a Varsity win. In the future, knowing a career in sport doesn’t last forever, I won’t rule out returning to further my qualifications.
VARSITY Varsity is the biggest student event in Wales, and is the second largest of the British Varsity Games, behind Oxford/Cambridge. Varsity sees Swansea University and Cardiff University compete in over 30 different sports, such as basketball, rowing, golf, hockey, fencing, squash and ultimate frisbee. Watch Varsity highlights here: welshvarsity.com HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME Our High Performance Programme offers assistance to elite athletes in a wide range of sports, with each delivered in conjunction with a professional sports club or national governing body or sport partner. Our programme currently supports six sports and is growing annually. Each sport receives high performance coaching, sports science services, athlete lifestyle management, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning support. These sports are currently:
• Hockey • Netball • Table Tennis
• Rugby • Football • Swimming
The University also offers Sports Scholarships & TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Schemes) to highly talented student athletes with financial benefits up to £1,000 per year and a support package which may include: strength and conditioning training, physiotherapy, psychological aid and nutritional advice, all delivered by qualified practitioners. Other benefits may include free facility membership and campus parking permit.
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DUE TO OUR SUPERB COASTAL LOCATION, SWANSEA HAS ONE OF THE BEST WATER SPORTS OFFERINGS OF ANY BRITISH UNIVERSITY
DUE TO OUR SUPERB COASTAL LOCATION, SWANSEA HAS ONE OF THE BEST WATER SPORTS OFFERINGS OF ANY BRITISH UNIVERSITY
EMBEDDING SUSTAINABILITY INTO
At Swansea University we are blessed with a wealth of habitats, from beaches to woodland to parks, and we are passionate about sustainable development to benefit our local community, the UK and the wider world. As a student, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with practical conservation. You can volunteer to help keep these areas special by joining our regular beach cleans, work parties and wildlife monitoring. As well as helping the environment, you’ll learn new skills and meet new friends along the way. THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD Whether you’re interested in recycling, biodiversity, wellbeing, or anything in between, we’ll have something for you!
Plastics, including single-use
plastic bottles, are now the most frequently-found type of litter on UK beaches.
And you don’t have to look far to find them littering our towns and green spaces too. Swansea University is a leading sustainable university and we are delighted to be able to support Refill (a scheme providing water refill stations in venues across Swansea and the University) with our partners in Plastic Free Swansea and the Students’ Union. Our Students’ Union officers have been busy supporting the launch of the campaign; we’ve now got at least 30 Refill stations located across our Bay and Singleton Park campuses for the whole community to use. Teifion Maddocks Sustainability and Wellbeing Officer, Swansea University
Our stand-out student engagement programme is the Sustainability Award . Students of any subject, in any year of their degree, can work towards this award throughout their time with us at Swansea University. Completing the award contributes to your academic record and teaches you a wide range of skills.
(Guardian People & Planet University league 2019) 0 swansea.ac.uk/sustainability
I have grown so much as a person throughout my undergrad at Swansea and now my postgrad as well and I feel so much more confident in myself. I have come to realise just how much I love learning compared to when I was at school learning because I have chosen to study something that is so much more enjoyable than GCSE or A level where I felt like I wasn’t able to learn what I wanted. I have been involved with societies for the past 4 years and they have made my time at uni better than I could ever have dreamed. There is such a range on offer and it’s incredibly easy to start your own if there isn’t something that takes your fancy. From being on a committee I have improved my leadership and organisational skills and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The academic feedback is very good, work is marked promptly and there is usually a lot of very useful comments and suggestions that are helpful in the future. I have used the University Advice Centre a couple of times and they have been incredible. I was able to see someone within a couple of days and I got some really useful advice and support. Caroline (Postgraduate student, 2019, WhatUni review)
You can access a range of student support services throughout your postgraduate studies, ensuring your time spent at Swansea University is as stress-free and easy as possible.
MYUNIHUB HOW CAN WE HELP ?
MyUniHub offers information and guidance on any aspect of student life from enrolment to graduation. The team also provides advice, guidance and referrals for all your support requirements during your time at Swansea University. You can visit our experienced and friendly teams on Singleton and Bay Campus.
DEDICATED SUPPORT FOR YOU AS A POSTGRADUATE STUDENT: SUPPORTING YOU
• On-campus nursery providing flexible childcare options • Additional support for mature learners / students with caring responsibilities • Specific skills training programmes for postgraduate taught and research students • Dedicated Students’ Union Officers to represent Swansea’s growing postgraduate community
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HEALTH INFORMATION University dental care offers a full range of NHS and private treatments to students. Dentist and Doctors’ surgeries are located on Singleton Campus.
Ensuring the same student experience for all. The Swansea University Transcription Centre (SUTC) for example, is a dedicated transcription service which provides accessible learning resources to print for disabled students.
A range of free student services that cultivates and looks after your wellbeing, including a mental health support service.
Are always on hand to help you max your cash and keep your finances in check.
DEVELOPING YOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS If you think you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, or if you need support with the English language while studying with us, our English Language Training Services (ELTS) offers a range of British Council accredited programmes to help you achieve your academic goals. For further information, please contact the English Language Training Services (ELTS):
We have a thriving international community with students from all over the world choosing to study with us. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to settle into student life in a new country and strive to provide a high level of advice and service to make sure that this happens. SCHOLARSHIPS Swansea University offers a range of scholarships for international students. We are proud to support the Chevening Scholarship Programme. We recognise the ambition and talent of many international students by offering an International Excellence (up to £4,000) scholarship for postgraduate study. For details of all our international scholarship opportunities, please visit:
+44 (0)1792 295391 email@example.com swansea.ac.uk/elts
WELCOMING YOU TO THE UK We run a Meet and Greet service from London’s Heathrow Airport, and provide all new international students with a full orientation programme to help them get to know the University, Swansea and the region. More information about our services for new students can be found at: swansea.ac.uk/international-students TUITION FEES If you are an international student, the fee you will be charged depends on your home country and what you choose to study. You will find the tuition fee clearly displayed on each postgraduate course page on our website: swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate
INTERNATIONAL@CAMPUSLIFE International@CampusLife provides information and advice on non-academic matters, including immigration advice and services, to all international (non-UK) students and their dependants. We support all non-UK students regardless of nationality, religion, gender, age, sexual preference or health status. Advice is offered free of charge and without discrimination. For further information, please contact: +44 (0)1792 606557
HOW TO APPLY Please see pages 160-165.
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PRE-MASTER’S This is stage one of the postgraduate pathway. It is one, two or three semesters long, depending on your chosen pathway and qualifications (English language and Academic) at the point of entry. This programme is available in the areas of: languages, politics and culture, engineering, children and young people, business management, accounting and finance, and computer science. Designed to prepare international students who do not qualify for direct entry to Swansea University master’s degrees, the pre-master’s programme allows you to adjust to the rigorous research and independent study requirements of a postgraduate degree. The pre-master’s programme will: • Help you develop fundamental knowledge and an understanding of the basic principles relevant to your particular degree • Help you develop numerical techniques, research methodologies and ICT, presentation and communication skills • Help you develop your intellectual and practical skills building to a set of transferable skills that will support you in your onward academic studies, careers and decision-making • Ensure you have attained the prescribed level of interdisciplinary language competence MASTER’S The master’s degree is stage two of the postgraduate pathway, and is taught by Swansea University.
A postgraduate pathway is a single course comprising two stages of study. Successful completion of both stages leads to a master’s degree from Swansea University. The College, Swansea University, offers academic pathways in partnership with Swansea University that lead to postgraduate degrees. Our unique approach to education transforms international students into Swansea University graduates and lifelong learners. Innovative courses are delivered by highly qualified teachers in a modern, dynamic environment, supported by our friendly team. The postgraduate pathway is designed for students who: • Require additional English language training • Come from an academic background different to that of the UK and do not meet university direct-entry requirements • Have been away from studies for a period of time • Are looking to fine-tune skills already gained during their undergraduate studies or employment The language of instruction at The College, Swansea University is English. To attain entry into the postgraduate pathway you must be able to demonstrate you have a suitable level of English proficiency. For further details, contact our team at: firstname.lastname@example.org If you do not meet the English language requirement for direct entry to your chosen pathway, you can receive the required amount of English language tuition to prepare you for successful entry at a later date. English language training is delivered by the University’s English language Training Services (ELTS) with multiple entry points throughout each year. For a full list of countries and entry requirements visit: swansea.ac.uk/the-college/entry
POSTGRADUATE PATHWAYS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS: • Accounting and Finance • Children and Young People • Computer Science • Engineering • Languages, Politics and Culture • Management • Public Health and Management
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