WHERE BRIGHT FUTURES BEGIN SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
From the moment you arrive, you will feel at home. Swansea isn’t just a city or university, it’s a way of life. By studying at Swansea University, you will receive the benefits of academic rigour and quality teaching that have served our students for over 100 years and produced many distinguished, prominent alumni. Our stunning waterfront campuses and friendly Welsh welcome make Swansea University a desirable destination for students all over the world. We pride ourselves on the warmth of our welcome and culture of inclusivity, which has created a rich, varied environment where the very best learning and research can take place. Your contribution is vital – we welcome fresh perspectives, and you will receive all the support you need to thrive at Swansea. Find out for yourselves, discover more about Swansea University and our degree programmes by booking on to one of our upcoming open days*.
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UPCOMING OPEN DAYS Saturday 17th June 2023 Saturday 16th September 2023 (NHS Careers Open Day)
Saturday 21st October 2023 Saturday 11th November 2023
*please check our website for full details, dates and formats of upcoming open days.
OF GRADUATES ARE IN EMPLOYMENT, STUDY AND/OR OTHER ACTIVITIES 15 MONTHS AFTER LEAVING SWANSEA UNIVERSITY 93 % (HESA 2022)
(The Guardian University Guide 2023) 25 UNIVERSITY IN THE UK
(The Guardian University Guide 2021)
(StudentCrowd 2022) BEST UK UNIVERSITIES 26 IN THE UK OVERALL UK UNIVERSITY RANKING (The Guardian University Guide 2023) 25 UNIVERSITY (The Guardian University Guide 2021)
NERVOUS? DON’T BE
SWANSEA LIFE Check out our Freshers’ Top 10 of things to do in Swansea
Check out our Students’ Union and Support and Welfare pages
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LOOKING TO TRAVEL ABROAD DURING YOUR STUDIES?
MAKING AN APPLICATION Check out the easy-to-use checklist and get advice from our Admissions office on making an application
TEACHERS AND ADVISERS Full course details are available in the courses section. How to Apply pages also provide detailed information on our offer, including our ‘guaranteed offer’ of a place
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DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT… Find out more from our current students about living and studying at Swansea Uni
WORRIED YOU MAY NOT GET THE GRADES? WE CAN HELP
Explore your options; we have a variety of Integrated Foundation Year programmes with a range of acceptable qualifications. See the Foundation Year pages and look out for the foundation symbol on each course page
THINKING OF STUDYING THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF WELSH?
MANAGING YOUR MONEY Find out typical living costs and budgeting tips, together with full details on fees, funding and scholarships
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YOUR CAREER Check out the Employability pages and the future careers list on each course page
04 A SWANSEA WELCOME 06 DISCOVER WALES, DISCOVER SWANSEA 08 CAMPUS MAPS
JARGON EXPLAINED Check out our Jargon Buster
12 WHY RESEARCH MATTERS 14 TEACHING AND LEARNING
16 CAREERS, SKILLS AND EMPLOYABILITY 18 JOIN OUR OUTSTANDING ALUMNI 20 WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
22 FRESHERS’ TOP 10 24 ACCOMMODATION
HEALTH AND WELLBEING is important to us, check out Student Services
28 STUDENT SUPPORT AND WELFARE 30 WELSH-MEDIUM OPPORTUNITIES 32 STUDY AND WORK ABROAD 34 STUDENTS’ UNION 36 SPORT 40 FACILITIES 43 SUSTAINABILITY 44 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION 48 FEES, FUNDING AND BUDGETING 52 PARENTS AND GUARDIANS 54 HOW TO APPLY
56 YOUR APPLICATION CHECKLIST 58 INTEGRATED FOUNDATION YEAR 66 A-Z COURSES 162 COURSE REFERENCE GRID 176 INDEX 177 MAP
GETTING HERE AND AROUND
We’re closer than you think! Check out travel times to Swansea and find out how easy it is to get from campus to campus and from campus to city
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(meaning: Welcome in Welsh)
Do you speak Swansea? Swansea isn't just a city or university, it's a way of life. It's in the people, the places, the food, the experiences, the memories… The following “Swansea Icons” have been selected by our students from all over the world, to describe what makes Swansea so special. From Varsity to Verdi's, Sin to Swansea Bay, Swansea has it all! Look out for our colourful icons on campus when you visit, where you can scan the QR codes to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Swansea.
"TECHNICAL SKILL IS BEREFT
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ROOMS WITH A VIEW
ENJOY A SLICE OF SWANSEA LIFE
WAVES FOR DAYS
GREEN AND WHITE 'TIL WE DIE
THE JACK ARMY NEEDS YOU!
M4 & CARDIFF
STRYD Y GWYNT
SINGLETON PARK CAMPUS
HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE WIND ST?
TICK TOCK, BAY O'CLOCK
WHAT'S YOUR FLAVOUR, JOE'S OR VERDI'S?
WHEN YOU SEE IT YOU'RE HOME
– DISCOVER SWANSEA
Come and discover our: breathtaking secret photo spots, more castles than any other country in Europe, stunning coastal walks, world-class mountain bike trails and award-winning beaches. We have it all on our doorstep here in Wales.
Pennard Castle, Three Cliffs Beach, The Gower, Swansea
SWANSEA AND THE AREA 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. SHOPPING Shop big high street names as well as independent boutiques, specialist shops and traditional arcades. You can visit designer boutiques in the quaint village of Mumbles, birthplace of Catherine Zeta Jones, shop vintage outlets in Uplands or pick up some Welsh produce in Wales’ largest indoor market in the heart of the city. 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 cafés to pubs and parks.
Brecon Beacons, Wales
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 Arena, Singleton Park and the Swansea.com stadium have seen some big names perform including: Sir Elton John, The Kooks, Kaiser Chiefs, and Anne-Marie.
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(People and Planet University League 2022)
CITY CENTRE 15 MINUTE BUS RIDE, 5KM
BAY LIBRARY FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)
STUDENTS’ UNION THE COLLEGE SWANSEA SOCIAL HIDEAWAY, FOOD COURT THE GREAT HALL THE HAVEN 24HR BUS (term-time) Approximately 20 minutes to Singleton campus, 15 minutes to city centre (quiet multi-faith space, to relax or meet friends)
FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (COMPUTATIONAL FOUNDRY – COMPUTER SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS) FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING GYM AND SPORTS FACILITIES MY UNIHUB Your one-stop-shop offering information and guidance on any aspect of student life; from finances, to course-load, to housing. STUDENT ACCOMMODATION
OTHER FACILITIES: • Coffeeopolis coffee shop • Launderette • Students' Union Bar • Supermarket • 24 hour security
ACADEMI HYWEL TEIFI FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY OF MEDICINE, HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCE FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (BIOSCIENCES, CHEMISTRY, GEOGRAPHY, PHYSICS) FULTON HOUSE Several food outlets (including vegan), Greggs and Tortilla (Mexican food outlet). A nightclub, shops, Students' Union bar, supermarket and a zero waste shop. MYUNIHUB Your one-stop-shop offering information and guidance on any aspect of student life; from finances, to course-load, to housing SINGLETON PARK LIBRARY STUDENT ACCOMMODATION STUDENTS’ UNION SWANSEA BAY SPORTS PARK TALIESIN ARTS & EGYPT CENTRE THE LIGHTHOUSE 24HR BUS (term-time) Approximately 20 minutes to Bay campus, 10 minutes to city centre
5 MILE STRETCH OF BEACH ON YOUR DOORSTEP
CITY CENTRE 10 MINUTE BUS RIDE, 3.5KM
(quiet multi-faith space, to relax or meet friends)
OTHER FACILITIES: • Chaplaincy • Dentist/Doctors • Launderette • Mosque • 24 hour security
IN THE UK 13 TH
(People and Planet University League 2022)
Our research changes lives, drives innovation, and is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are exploring new ways to assess and mitigate the climate crisis and are working to protect the most vulnerable in our society. We work to improve health and wellbeing for
Browse our quarterly research magazine and find out more about Swansea University’s research here:
all and to enrich all our lives through our understanding of history and the arts.
Many of our researchers teach on courses here too, which means you could be working with international experts in their fields. As you progress, you could become part of their research team, helping to explore, prevent, and solve global problems.
25 RESEARCH QUALITY (The Complete University Guide 2022)
86 % OF OUR OVERALL RESEARCH IS RATED WORLD-LEADING OR INTERNATIONALLY EXCELLENT
Our research portfolio is diverse: from making GREENER , cleaner steel; to protecting ECOSYSTEMS and leading on NET ZERO technologies. We are improving the HEALTH OF THE POPULATION ; PRESERVING ancient monuments, and SHAPING P OLICY around fairness and EQUALITY , ensuring the safety of individuals and communities across the world. We continue to be recognised for the impact of our research which makes a real, positive difference to the lives of people across the world.
(Research Excellence Framework 2021)
EXPLORING GLOBAL PROBLEMS
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Our commitment here at Swansea University is to provide you with the best possible teaching and learning experience for you to reach your full potential. You will have access to:
(The Guardian University Guide 2021)
(The Guardian University Guide 2023)
TEACHING BY EXPERTS You’ll be taught by experts in their field who continue to be recognised for the impact of their research which makes a real, positive difference to the lives of people across the world. A PERSONALISED STUDY ENVIRONMENT We have two main campus libraries open 24 hours a day during term time, where you can book a private, group or PC study space, or use one of our brand new informal study spaces on either campus. Our virtual learning environment also gives you access
to study materials and activities online, as well as interactive sessions with staff and other students – so you can organise your studies to suit you. BLENDED, FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES We are proud to provide an outstanding educational experience, using the most effective learning and teaching approaches, carefully tailored to suit the specific needs of your course. Our approach to blended and flexible learning is part of our commitment to create increased student choice and flexible learning through
combinations of face-to-face, online and blended learning. This is not online teaching, but about supporting your in-person lectures, seminars, labs, Q&As, discussions, and workshops with high-quality online materials. We have already introduced digital enhancements such as e-textbooks, virtual labs and Simulated Learning Environments. This allows material to be provided in different formats, to meet different learning preferences, and to offer flexibility when and where you engage with your studies.
ACADEMIC AND PASTORAL SUPPORT Swansea Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success (SAILS) provides inclusive academic and pastoral support for our diverse student population. Working with colleagues across the University, SAILS ensures inclusive learning, teaching and assessment is accessible to all students, that you have access to the opportunities available, and all students are supported to reach your full potential.
LEARNING IN WELSH We are proud to be a Welsh institution, and we offer the option of learning in the Welsh language, offering a Welsh-medium provision in every faculty. From degree courses which are completely taught in Welsh, to courses where some modules are offered in Welsh, or in some departments it is possible to have Welsh language seminars and tutorials for modules which are mainly taught through the medium of English. Swansea University works in partnership with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and the University’s branch is situated within Academi Hywel Teifi. Academi Hywel Teifi provides support and assistance to students wishing to study through the medium of Welsh, as well as providing opportunities to socialise with other Welsh speakers. swansea.ac.uk/academi-hywel-teifi
CENTRE FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS The Centre for Academic Success will support you in developing your academic study skills to achieve your goals. You can maximise your potential and develop confidence through a range of courses, workshops, and one-to-one tutorials, helping you bridge the gap between where you are and where you need to be. swansea.ac.uk/academic-success
ADDITIONAL TEACHING SUPPORT We understand that the transition to university study can take some getting used to, so we offer a range of additional support through our academies and training centres, in addition to that provided by your faculty. We are committed to enabling access to all students, helping you to thrive in your studies. We offer a range of support, including making special arrangements for assessments, providing additional equipment and library services. Our Transcription Centre provides course and library materials in several formats, including electronic text, large print, braille, accessible PDF files, tactile diagrams, DAISY audio books as well as print transcriptions of audio recordings. There are also dedicated Student Information Teams and Disability Coordinators within each faculty. swansea.ac.uk/student-support-services
CAREERS, SKILLS, EMPLOYABILITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP We help our students achieve the careers they deserve. The University offers a variety of paid work experiences and careers advice through its dedicated employability and enterprise teams, as well as regular careers fairs, entrepreneurial activities and alumni networking events to help you find work or start your own business.
CREATING EMPLOYABLE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL GRADUATES Employers are looking for much more than a degree when choosing graduates to employ. Gaining experience and developing skills whilst at university will give you a competitive edge. Our award-winning team, the Swansea Employability Academy can help you: • Gain impartial careers information, advice and guidance from qualified careers consultants. • Find an internship, placement, part-time job, graduate job or volunteering role. • Connect you to employers through our careers fairs, employer events and skills training/coaching sessions. • Develop your CV, interview skills and commercial/self awareness. • Connect you with an alumni mentor.
YEAR IN INDUSTRY Propel your career with a year in industry as part of your degree. Many of our degree programmes include the option to work a year in industry as part of the course, providing valuable experience and the opportunity to put theory into practice whilst being paid. This puts you ahead of the game when embarking on your career and looks fantastic on your CV. For full details of programmes offering a year in industry please check individual course pages: swansea.ac.uk/ undergraduate/courses EMPLOYMENT ZONE DIGITAL JOBS BOARD Through the Swansea Paid Internship Network we connect employers with students and recent graduates from all disciplines for four-week graduate level internships. All roles are advertised via our digital Employment Zone jobs board and our dedicated team are here to support you throughout the internship process. Internships can run throughout the year across a huge range of subject areas. We also run the Santander Universities Internships Programme providing students and recent graduates with paid work experience within local SMEs and third sector organisations.
For degree programmes with a work placement or internship opportunity
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DEDICATED SUPPORT • Gain recognition in your Higher Education Achievement Report on completion of the Career Development Course. •Employability bursaries can help cover employability related costs such as travel to job interviews, equipment for remote working, business attire and similar. • On-campus and remote, paid, part-time work through the Student Ambassador Scheme. • Santander Training Bursaries – apply for up to £500 to cover the cost of employability-related training.
one of the city’s hotspots thanks to links the Enterprise Team have with Urban Foundry, who manage a regeneration scheme in the city. The Enterprise Team have been extremely helpful from the start, they’ve supported my business with funding, opportunities to trade both on campus and in the city, which has allowed me to meet other businesses. They’ve promoted my business on the University’s social media channels and beyond and grown the awareness of my business and my customer base faster than I could have on my own. I would recommend anyone starting a business to get in touch with the Enterprise Team, the opportunities have been endless. Ashima Anand, founder Aspera Life
Ashima Anand founded Aspera Life in February 2022 in the third year of her Civil Engineering degree. Her
love for plants and plant care developed during
her second year of university, whilst using plants to decorate her student house.
Aspera Life started as an online shop selling house plants and pots, the origin of the name comes from a Latin phrase which means from darkness to stars. In March 2022, Ashima entered Swansea University Enterprise Team's 'The Big Pitch' competition where students present their ideas to win a variety of prizes to develop their start-ups. The judges were excited by Ashima's pitch and she was awarded funding to grow her online business. This led Ashima to expand to have physical presences in the renowned 'pop up' markets throughout the city and open her own shop in
THE ENTERPRISE TEAM
swansea.ac.uk/enterprise Swansea University Enterprise Enterprise_swanuni email@example.com
A University-wide service dedicated to developing your entrepreneurial skills, provide valuable experiences allowing you to test your business ideas in a variety of ways including workshops, competitions, test trading, 1-2-1 business advice, start-up programmes, business mentoring and placements alongside corporate partners with a wealth of industry experience.
EMPLOYER LINKS INCLUDE:
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JOIN OUR OUTSTANDING
At Swansea University we are extremely proud of our graduates. When you study with us, you’ll join the thousands of alumni who have used their experiences at Swansea to make their mark on the world. Many have gone on to achieve great success in their careers; becoming business leaders, sporting champions, undertaking ground-breaking research, or finding their place in the limelight. Here we share some of their inspirational stories.
RAWAN TAHA, MSc Public Health and Health Promotion. Class of 2018. EIRA FRANCIS DAVIES SCHOLAR. HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS FELLOW. CLIMATE CHANGE COMBATANT. “As a young scholarly African woman, I was looking for a university that provided opportunities for young leaders like myself. My advice to current students is to use university time to go beyond your degree, beyond your thesis and beyond your transcripts. Only then will you be able to get a job and live a life that is beyond your expectations.” swansea.ac.uk/alumni/ alumni-profiles/rawan-taha
“I knew that Swansea University had brilliant Welsh and Politics departments, so I wanted to study there to be taught by the best. Also, the appeal of the nearby Gower and beaches was a massive draw. Being taught by absolutely outstanding lecturers, the friends that I made at university and the many sporting activities that I took part in were defining memories of being a student at Swansea. Had it not been for Swansea University I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
JASON MOHAMMAD, BA Welsh and Politics. Class of 1996. RADIO AND TELEVISION PRESENTER.
ALEX RUDDY, MBBCh Medicine (Graduate Entry). Class of 2019. STEPPED UP TO WORK AS A FRONTLINE MEDIC DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
“The prospect of beginning my career as a doctor a few months early filled me with a sense of nervous duty. We trained for this moment for four years – and working towards it for much longer – above the sense of personal fear or anxiety, I think we were all eager to apply ourselves to the crisis and help our NHS during a time of immense need.” swansea.ac.uk/centenary2020/century-of-inspiring-people/alex-ruddy
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OLUWASEUN OSOWOBI, MSc International Relations. Class of 2012. CAMPAIGNER, COMMONWEALTH YOUNG PERSON AWARD WINNER, OBAMA FOUNDATION LEADER IN AFRICA. As a master's student at Swansea University, I was keen on not only gaining academic experience, but also professional experience. I was able to get a job within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as in other formal work sectors. Since graduating, the proudest moment for me has been founding the 'Stand To End Rape Initiative', experiencing the joy in the faces of the survivors we have worked with. There is an innate sense of accomplishment when the organisation removes a victim from an abusive situation. It feels great to have been honoured as a Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2019 and an Obama Foundation Leader in Africa. swansea.ac.uk/alumni/ alumni-profiles/oluwaseun-osowobi/
DR KATE EVANS, BSc Zoology. Class of 1996. AWARD-WINNING BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGIST
DAVID SMITH OBE, MEng Aerospace Engineering. Class of 2014. PARALYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST. “I wanted to study Aerospace Engineering, the staff around the course, the general atmosphere and the beach were the main draw. Some of my favourite memories include the study trips that involved flying, like the flying lab at Cranfield or flying around the Gower.” Receiving his first Paralympic gold just before fresher’s week, World and Paralympic Champion, David dominates in the sport of Boccia and won his fifth paralympic medal at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics Games. swansea.ac.uk/alumni/ alumni-profiles/david-smith
AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGIST. FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF
ELEPHANTS FOR AFRICA. “I wasn’t sure whether further education was the right route for me. Thankfully I found myself in the wonderful environment of Swansea University, and on a course I loved and was able to excel at, Zoology.” Kate founded the conservation charity – Elephants for Africa – which has a holistic approach
to elephant conservation, focusing much of its work in Botswana; home to the world’s largest remaining elephant population.
Find out more from our current and recently graduated students who share their own experiences of both academic and student life here at Swansea University. Watch our student videos, listen to our podcasts and follow our social media channels for useful tips on everything from settling in to uni to what it’s like to live in Swansea. CHECK OUT SWANSEA UNI ON TIKTOK: Watch Swansea University's Newest TikTok Videos. swanseauni
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HIT THE BEACH
Get your green and white army gear on and give it up for Swansea at Welsh Varsity, the biggest student event in Wales.
Come rain or shine there are over 50 bays and beaches to choose from! Try a spot of surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, or just a beach walk to get away from it all.
Swansea University’s festival-style Summer Ball takes place on the meadow in front of the University’s Singleton Abbey and is a big night in the student calendar. The event regularly attracts high profile acts – headliners have included Pendulum, Rudimental, Stormzy,
Wind Street is a café quarter by day and a party paradise by night where 20 bars and restaurants line a 160m stretch of road. Revellers come from far and wide to experience it. Check out Brewdog for their craft beers, Founders & Co for their food hall or try the Uplands, for a cosier vibe and live music events held in the region’s pubs and cafés. ENJOY THE NIGHT LIFE
Tim Minchin, Sub Focus and Florence and the Machine.
TRY JOE’S ICE CREAM
Whether it’s a sunny summer’s day or the temperatures drop below zero, you’ll always find a queue of people outside Swansea’s legendary ice cream parlour.
GET ON YOUR BIKE
Hire one of our Santander bikes. With docking stations based at six hubs along the city’s main cycle route and one on each campus, you can ride at your leisure.
We’re proud to share our city with Swansea City’s team,
the mighty Swans. See them in action at the impressive Swansea.com Stadium.
A highlight in Swansea’s winter calendar. Fancy a cinnamon latte whilst ice-skating in the middle of the city ? This is your place. Open from around mid-November until the New Year.
GO BONKERS IN BUNKERS
TAKE IN A SHOW
If you’re looking for a fun night out in Swansea head to Bunkers – adventure golf with two crazy golf courses, ping pong, electro darts, lush drinks and bangin’ bites to eat.
The city’s impressive Swansea.com Stadium has previously hosted acts including Pink, Elton John and the Kings of Leon. With even more on the horizon with the opening of the brand new Swansea music arena.
University halls of residence – room tour
Starting university can be a bit of a whirlwind and, amidst it all, you need a place where you can chill out, take stock, and feel right at home, right away. Our Residential Services team are here to help you find the accommodation that is right for you.
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 and standard rooms with a shared kitchen and dining area – ideal for helping you to settle into student life quickly and easily. FAMILY ACCOMMODATION AT BECK HOUSE We have a number of family flats at our designated quiet residence, Beck House, approximately a mile from 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 and supported by ResNet, a network of staff and students 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 flats and twin rooms on the Bay Campus). • 24/7 launderette facilities. • Adapted rooms are available for students with special requirements, including wheelchair users. Contact the Disability Office for further information. • En suites available. • Welsh language-only accommodation available.
FINDING THE PERFECT PRIVATE SECTOR HOME
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. Uplands and Sketty which are within two miles of Singleton Park Campus and St. Thomas and Port Tennant are close to our Bay Campus. These areas are also close to local shops, bars and takeaways. The online, searchable database, Studentpad, allows you to locate other available housing in the area and takes the effort out of house-hunting.
There are designated flats for Welsh speakers and learners on both Singleton Park Campus and Bay Campus.
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR ACCOMMODATION?
The sooner the better! If you have a firm offer of a place and your student number, you can make an accommodation application in February – you will receive details about making an online application with your academic or university offer. We encourage you to apply early, particularly for the very popular en suite accommodation.
We also have some areas that are quiet and alcohol free.
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Choosing where to live at Swansea University
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TYPE OF ROOM
Standard (self-catering) En suite (self-catering) Standard (with catering card)**
£134 £139 – £152 £164
Singleton Park Campus
Sports Facilities (at Swansea Bay Sports Park)
Standard En suite Family flat
£115 £133 £195
En suite Twin en suite
£161 – £167 £240
Private Housing Standard
£82 – £120
Taliesin Cinema and Theatre and The Egypt Centre
* These fees are for the academic session 2022/2023. Please note that rates for 2023/2024 entry will be published on our website as soon as they are confirmed. ** A prepaid dining card for use in the University catering outlets with £43.00 per week is included. Credits are applied per term so you can use as much or as little as you want each week.
SETTLING INTO UNI
I remember the first few months at university were the hardest to adapt to. Not only was I ill and wanting the comfort of home but I was quite shy and felt as though I couldn’t connect to my flatmates who all wanted to go out partying most of the time. I am aware that others feel or have felt similar emotions at university but it is important to know and understand that you are not alone and do not have to deal with things by yourself. Sometimes, university can feel like a lonely place but having people accept and care about your wellbeing can help to off-set these feelings of isolation. It is also important to note that if you are too ill, you do not have to soldier on and make yourself worse (and feel as though you are in a rut), there are options for medical leave or extenuating circumstances. The University offers many services to help students who may be struggling; from in-house counselling and wellbeing services, to pastoral support from staff. There is no shame in using these services and acknowledging and admitting that you may need some additional help and support (as hard as this may be).
You can access a range of student support services throughout your time at university to make your whole time spent here as stress free and easy as possible.
HOW CAN WE HELP MyUniHub is here to offer information and guidance on any aspect of student life. So whether you would like help enrolling as a student, want to pay your fees in person, want advice on housing, student financial aid, or help with managing your course load,
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(Swansea University student, WhatUni review)
MyUniHub is the place to go!
• A dedicated multi-faith and community space on both campuses for all students. • On-campus nursery providing flexible childcare options. • Additional support for mature learners and students with caring responsibilities. • Dedicated Students’ Union Officers to represent Swansea’s growing undergraduate community. Dedicated support for you as an undergraduate student: YOU
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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.
University dental care offers a full range of NHS and private treatments to students. Dentist and Doctors’ surgeries are located on Singleton Campus.
WELLBEING SERVICES A range of free student services to look after your wellbeing, including: a mental health support service, LGBTQ+ support, meditation, a listening service and bereavement support – all delivered via our friendly @campuslife team.
Are always on hand to help you max your cash and keep your finances in check.
See page 50 for Budgeting Tips.
Tom Kemp SU Welsh Affairs Officer 2022-2023
Swansea University provides a number of opportunities for you to both study and socialise through the medium of Welsh, and you’re actively encouraged to do so. The University’s Academi Hywel Teifi is a centre of excellence and gives Welsh-speaking students, or those keen to learn the language, the opportunity to study courses through the medium of Welsh and significantly increase graduate employment prospects in the process. Our TEF data over the last two years shows that Welsh-speaking students are high achievers with regards to employability. 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. WELSH LEARNERS Would you like to learn or improve your Welsh whilst studying ? There are a range of fun and rewarding courses available – from short beginners’ classes up to proficiency level. We also offer courses for Welsh-speakers who want to improve their Welsh skills. You can learn in a virtual classroom, or in person, during the daytime or evening. If you’re aged 18—25, it’s easier than ever to learn Welsh with new FREE courses starting throughout the year. For students who are over 25, it’s possible to claim a 40% discount when registering for a course.
Shwmae! I’m Tom Kemp, and I’m the Students’ Union Welsh Affairs Officer for this academic year. My main responsibilities are to ensure that Welsh-medium students receive equal opportunities in terms of their education, ensure a bilingual university and to promote the Welsh language, culture, and heritage to the wider student community. My aim for this year is to make Swansea University feel like a Welsh University, not just a university in Wales! If you’d like to find out more about any of the above, you are more than welcome to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
GROWTH In students studying 40+ credits in Welsh since 2011 135 %
For Welsh-medium study between £300 and £1,000 a year
WELSH-MEDIUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
FOR WELSH SPEAKERS DESIGNATED ACCOMMODATION
Aelwyd Penmaen on Singleton Park Campus Aelwyd Emlyn on Bay Campus
Across a range of subjects
SCHOLARSHIPS LOOK OUT FOR THIS SYMBOL on individual course pages
MOBILE APP 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.
For students who study at least 66% of their course (80 credits a year) through the medium of Welsh MAIN SCHOLARSHIP £3,000
ACADEMI HYWEL TEIFI AWARD The Academi Hywel Teifi Award has been created to reward students who contribute to the Welsh-medium cultural and academic life and activities of Swansea University. The award recognises the role, contribution and achievements of supporting, promoting and ensuring a greater status for the Welsh language in all aspects of university life. For more information, visit: swansea.ac.uk/ academi-hywel-teifi-award/ SPEAKERS IN HALLS You have the option to live with other Welsh speakers in designated halls of residence on Singleton and Bay Campus. It is well worth you taking this opportunity in your first year as it will assist you in making LIVE WITH OTHER WELSH new friends quickly and settling into university life. Make sure to note your preference on the application form.
WELSH-MEDIUM CLUBS AND SOCIETIES Swansea University has a range of options for you to engage with Welsh clubs, societies and culture whilst you're here with us. The GymGym (Welsh Society) will give you a range of opportunities to socialise with other Welsh speakers in an informal environment. They host regular socials and international rugby trips as well as competing at the inter-college Eisteddfod. Aelwyd yr Elyrch is a great opportunity suitable for 18-25 year olds and offers opportunities for you to compete in the Urdd Eisteddfod, volunteer in the local community and get involved in practical activities and much more. If playing sport is of interest, Clwb Rygbi Tawe offers an opportunity for students to play rugby through the medium of Welsh. Cymdeithas Feddygol Gymraeg Prifysgol Abertawe is dedicated to providing Welsh-medium education and social opportunities for medical students to become confident Welsh speaking doctors for Wales.
INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP £1,500
For students who study at least 33% of their course (40 credits a year) through the medium of Welsh
For a full list of eligible courses, application forms and terms and conditions please visit: swansea.ac.uk/scholarships For students who study part of their degree through the medium of Welsh ACADEMI HYWEL TEIFI SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES £300 UP TO A YEAR
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 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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YEAR OR SEMESTER ABROAD Some courses allow you to spend a year or semester abroad. The year abroad adds an additional year to a standard degree and you will usually study at a partner university, complete a work placement or a teaching assistantship, depending on your course. The semester abroad usually takes place during the second year of a three-year degree. Further information is available on your chosen course page and also online: swansea.ac.uk/goglobal Please note: Enrolment on a programme with a semester or year abroad does not guarantee you a semester or year abroad placement. Spaces are limited, subject to a competitive selection process and you will need to meet a minimum academic threshold in order to participate. Available destinations and associated programme costs vary. In the event you do not secure a semester or year abroad placement, you will be transferred to the standard variant of your degree scheme without a semester or year abroad. SUMMER PROGRAMMES Summer programmes are open to all students and offer you valuable international experience in addition to your degree. You can choose from internships, cultural, study and volunteering programmes in countries such as Costa Rica, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the USA and across Europe. You may also want to think about taking part in an online, virtual summer programme to develop your
Alice completed a year abroad in Canada as part of the BSc Business Management course
At the University of Windsor I took some fantastic classes, one of which gave me the opportunity to work as an intern at a film festival. I gained invaluable insights into the world of work and it gave me a clearer image of the career I wish to pursue.
Mikolaj completed a semester abroad in the USA as part of the BEng Aerospace Engineering course
Academic life in the USA was intense but the challenge allowed me to expand my knowledge and increase my confidence. Experiencing American culture during my semester abroad at Texas A&M University was an amazing opportunity.
employability skills and international network. See our website for more information about all opportunities:
Lamaa (LLB Law) spent a month in Fiji over the summer, volunteering with Think Pacific
FUNDING There are a range of funding opportunities available to support students who choose to go abroad. For the latest information please visit:
My project involved building a medical centre. It was fantastic to provide the Fijian community with something so essential to the village. This opportunity in Fiji enhanced my ability to adapt, multitask and work in a diverse environment.
Esyllt Rosser SU President 2022 – 2023
As students at Swansea, you are automatically members of the Students’ Union! We are run by students for students. We’re a registered charity who are responsible for making your student experience here at Swansea the best it can be. We are responsible for the societies, sports clubs, events, a series of services, and an Advice and Support centre to ensure you have the best time here. We also hold elections each year where we elect a team of 6 full-time officers to ensure your voice is heard by the University. They represent you in all things, Education, Welfare, Societies and Services, Sports, and Welsh Affairs!
We have faculty and school reps too – these are students who work with the uni to handle anything students may face whilst studying. We also run the shops and bars on campus – JC's, Root, Costcutter, and Fulton Outfitters. All the money spent at these venues is reinvested back into the student experience. The Students' Union also organises a number of unforgettable events such as Freshers' Week, Summer Ball, and Varsity... to name just a few!
• O ver 150 societies and 50+ sports clubs. • U nforgettable student events. • A n Advice and Support Centre helping with everything from landlords to academic disputes. • A n 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. Our Achievements • V oted Top 15 Students' Unions by Student Beans. • Ranked #20 in the Student Crowd Awards Best Universities for Students' Union 2022. • A chieved Excellent in the most recent Green Impact Awards run by SOSUK. • W as awarded NUS Wales Higher Education SU of the Year. SWANSEA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ UNION OFFERS:
SUPPORTING YOU Our full-time officer team run campaigns throughout the year to raise awareness of important issues, and initiatives to support you! Here are just a few. Study Aid: Free sessions to help you get through intense study periods! From everyone’s favourite cuddle a dog session, to hot drink and snack stations provided in the library to help you push through. Liberation: We want everyone to feel safe, welcome, and included at Swansea. So, we run campaigns throughout the year on topics such as Black History, LGBTQ+ Pride, Disability Awareness, and Trans Rights to educate the wider student community and make our campuses as inclusive as possible! Movember: During Movemeber we mobilise a community of students who make a difference by fundraising and promoting awareness of mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer. This is one of our biggest campaigns and is always a whole-university spectacle. If you want to follow us to see what it’s like being a student at Swansea, we’re on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter, you can find us at: @swanseaunisu
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At Swansea University, we have a passion for sport and helping students thrive and flourish in every aspect of their lives through sport, health and fitness. We have sporting opportunities to suit all our students, whether you are a sporting professional or complete beginner, the University has the perfect activity for you. SPORT FOR ALL
JOIN OUR ACTIVE CAMPUS COMMUNITY
Get ACTIVE offers a comprehensive and inclusive programme of physical activities and events designed to get you moving more. As well as a core timetable of physical activity on campus, Get ACTIVE also offers tasters, pop ups, challenges and coached sessions, covering a wide range of activities from walking and jogging to volleyball, boules or badminton, as well as opportunities to get offsite and make the most of the Welsh outdoors. SPORTING SCHOLARSHIPS & TASS The University also offers sports scholarships to highly talented student athletes, with financial benefits up to £2,000 per year and a support package which may include: strength and conditioning training, physiotherapy, psychological aid and SCHOLARSHIPS See website for conditions: £2 , 000 swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/scholarships
SOCIAL LEAGUES Social leagues give you the chance to compete with your friends right here on campus, making competitive sport social, affordable and accessible. Our leagues are open to all abilities and cover a growing range of sporting activities, from football and basketball to netball and more. SPORTS CLUBS Whether you’re interested in swimming, sailing, archery or golf, there’s something for everyone at Sport Swansea. Whatever your level, beginner; intermediate; or elite, through our 50+ clubs, we offer fantastic club sport opportunities for all. HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME Our High Performance programmes offer an elite training and competition environment for athletes in a range of sports, each delivered in conjunction with a professional sport club or national governing body. Each sport receives high performance coaching, sports analysis services, athlete lifestyle management, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning support. These sports are currently: rugby union, football, swimming, hockey and table tennis.
nutritional advice, all delivered by qualified practitioners. Other benefits may include free facility membership and campus parking permit.
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) 21st in 2021/22 BUCS table
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