Swansea University 2023 Undergraduate Prospectus

WHERE BRIGHT FUTURES BEGIN SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

UNDERGRADUATE 2023

WELCOME TO

WHERE BRIGHT FUTURES BEGIN We are, and always have been a community university with a focus on student satisfaction and excellence, (ranked 12th in the UK for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2021)). 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 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 creates a rich, varied environment where the best of learning and research can take place, and welcome you to join us where your contribution is vital – we welcome fresh

perspectives and you will receive all the support you need to thrive at Swansea. Find out more about Swansea University and our degree programmes by booking on to one of our upcoming open days*.

BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY

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TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND STUDENT OUTCOMES FRAMEWORK

(The highest award for Teaching Excellence at UK universities)

6 IN THE UK FOR STUDENT SATISFACTION TH (Based on a list of 131 institutions that appear in the Times Good University Guide 2020) FOR STUDENT SATISFACTION IN THE UK 12 TH (Based on a list of 131 in titutions that appear in Th Times Good University Guide 2021) 2 ND 25 UNIVERSITY (The Guardian University Guide 2021) 25 U IVERSIT (The Guardian University Guide 2021) (The Guardian University Guide 202 ) IN THE UK (WhatUni Student Awards 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 sections 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

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THINKING OF STUDYING THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF WELSH?

MANAGING YOUR MONEY Find out typical living costs as a student in Swansea and 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

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04 WHY RESEARCH MATTERS 06 MAKING A DIFFERENCE 08 TEACHING AND LEARNING

JARGON EXPLAINED Check out our Jargon Buster

10 CAREERS, SKILLS AND EMPLOYABILITY 12 JOIN OUR OUTSTANDING ALUMNI 14 SWANSEA AND THE REGION 16 FRESHERS’ TOP 10 19 WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY 22 CAMPUS MAPS 26 ACCOMMODATION 30 STUDENT SUPPORT AND WELFARE 32 WELSH-MEDIUM OPPORTUNITIES 34 STUDY AND WORK ABROAD 36 STUDENTS’ UNION 38 SPORT 42 FACILITIES 45 SUSTAINABILITY 46 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION 50 FEES AND FUNDING 52 PARENTS AND GUARDIANS 54 HOW TO APPLY 58 INTEGRATED FOUNDATION YEAR 66 A-Z COURSES 160 COURSE REFERENCE GRID 172 INDEX 173 MAP

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING is important to us, check out Student Services

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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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RESEARCH-LED UNIVERSITY

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 risks of the climate crisis and are working to protect the most vulnerable in our society; to improving the health and wellbeing of our society 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.

Browse our quarterly Research Magazine and find out more about Swansea University’s research here:

25 RESEARCH QUALITY (The Complete University Guide 2022)

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Our research is helping prevent, combat, and reverse global challenges; making a difference to people’s lives and industry. 30 RESEARCH UNIVERSITY (Research Excellence Framework REF 2014)

Our research portfolio is vast: from making GREENER , cleaner steel; using micro-algae to convert food and farm waste into SUSTAINABLE products; 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.

DISCOVER MORE:

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STUDENT MATT SAYS COVID-19 TAUGHT HIM WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE A NURSE Matt was awarded ‘Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year’ in the prestigious Nursing Times (2020 Awards).

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Swansea University was founded in 1920 to respond to the needs of our local and wider community, through research, through innovation: making a difference has been part of our culture for over 100 years. The global pandemic has had a significant impact on us all, but we believe there is much we have learnt from our situation, resulting in many positive outcomes. We have discovered that we are able to adapt – not just sufficiently, but incredibly well – to new ways of studying, working, and living. We are excited to see what the future holds, and we are entirely committed to making the Swansea University experience a positive and rewarding one for all our students.

Over 1,000 students from the Medical School and the School of Health and Social Care volunteered to help health service colleagues during the pandemic: • Final year medical students were inducted as doctors after the General Medical Council offered early provisional registration • 662 nursing students were placed within health boards • The entire third year of the

University’s midwifery degree assisted qualified midwives

• At least 101 paramedic students signed up to work with the Welsh Ambulance Service

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SWANSEA UNIVERSITY STUDENT-LED CHARITY

DISCOVERY CHARITY awarded funding to assist in COVID-19 pandemic.

Our projects aim to enrich the lives of disadvantaged people across Swansea and work with different community members, whether it’s children and young people, individuals with additional needs, refugee and asylum seeker families or older people. We have a wide range of projects you can get involved with to help make a difference, learn new skills and meet new friends along the way.

swansea.ac.uk/discovery

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HOW WE

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TEACHING SATISFACTION

Our commitment at Swansea University is to provide you with the best possible teaching and learning experience.

FLEXIBLE LEARNING 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. We value the importance of in-person teaching and will make this available to all students within any government guidelines that might be in place. However, our approach also includes the use of online learning to support and enhance traditional face-to-face teaching. Practical skills sessions, lab work seminars, and workshops predominantly take place in person,

allowing for group working and demonstrations. We also operate virtual labs and Simulated Learning Environments which will facilitate greater access to training opportunities in the future. Online learning may take place ‘live’ using software such as Zoom, allowing you to interact with the lecturer and other students and to ask questions. For those who have difficulty accessing the lectures, the recording lets you catch-up flexibly ‘on-demand’. Some modules have extra resources in Canvas, such as videos, slides and quizzes enabling further flexible study.

Whether teaching is delivered online or in person, we will ensure you can get to know your academics well, and to engage in lively discussions with your peers to deepen your knowledge and further your understanding of your subject area. Our adapted approach to teaching and learning is designed to enhance your student experience,

providing you with greater flexibility, while still retaining the quality you expect from a university education.

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ACADEMIC AND PASTORAL SUPPORT Swansea Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success (SAILS), provide inclusive academic and pastoral support for our diverse student population. Working with colleagues across the University, SAILS ensure 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 is a centre of excellence for studying Welsh, and 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

swansea.ac.uk/inclusivity-academy

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

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THINKING ABOUT 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.

For degree programmes with a work placement or internship opportunity

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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. 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. • For students facing barriers to work, a work experience programmme available through the Go Wales programme:

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EMPLOYER LINKS INCLUDE:

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THE ENTERPRISE TEAM A dedicated support to develop your skills, gain valuable experience and test your business ideas through a range of services, including: workshops, competitions, schemes and business mentoring alongside corporate partners with a wealth of industry experience.

enterprise@swansea.ac.uk

swansea.ac.uk/enterprise

Joshua took part in the annual Big Pitch event run by the Enterprise Team and was awarded £3,000 for his business!

Founded by Joshua in March 2020, Letzee is a business that offers 3D Virtual Tours of properties for prospective tenants and to allow landlords the ability to handle more viewings without having to physically be at the property. Letzee also creates 3D Virtual Tours of commercial spaces, such as shop floor tours, offices and much more. When asked about running a business alongside his studies, Joshua said: The level of support from the University has been incredible. If anyone is interested and would like to chat to me about things, please feel free to get in touch. I encourage everyone to keep an eye out for the Letzee app and website this year, follow us on Social Media and join us in revolutionising the rental house-hunt! In terms of balancing the business with my studies, I have to be productive with my time and make sure I am on top of deadlines. Whenever I feel too busy, I take a step back, try to look positively at what I have achieved so far and go for a surf on the Gower to clear my head! Joshua has been nominated as Swansea University’s submission for the 2021 Santander Universities Emerging Entrepreneurs Awards. Joshua Blackhurst founded Letzee in March 2020

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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.

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KATE MCMURDO, LLM Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting. Class of 2019.

DISABILITY RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER. EDUCATION ACTIVIST. SUPERMUM. “I realised that if I wanted to change things and really challenge the system, I needed to understand the law and be a part of the change that I wanted to see. I thought that if I trained to become a barrister, perhaps I could advocate for families facing injustice and discrimination.” swansea.ac.uk/alumni/alumni-profiles/kate-mcmurdo

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See more Alumni stories on our website:

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SION WILLIAMS, BSc Business Management. Class of 2021. ENTREPRENEUR, UPCYCLER, FASHION BUYER. After a great success selling vintage clothing on Depop, Sion set-up his very own fashion store ‘RAVS’ in the centre of Swansea. “Our main aim at RAVS is to combat fast fashion. It is our mission to change people’s perceptions on second-hand goods. The Business Management course at Swansea offered opportunities in entrepreneurism that I did not find elsewhere.”  swansea.ac.uk/alumni/ alumni-profiles/sion-williams Business start-up supported by Swansea University Enterprise Team:  swansea.ac.uk/enterprise

DR KATE EVANS, BSc Zoology. Class of 1996. AWARD-WINNING BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGIST AND CONSERVAT ION 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.  swansea.ac.uk/alumni/ alumni-profiles/kate-evans

DAVID SMITH, MEng Aerospace Engineering. Class of 2014. PARALYMPIC GOLD MEDAL IST. “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

ALEX RUDDY, Graduate Entry Medicine. 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 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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GET TO KNOW

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! Joanna Wolton 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.

Brecon Beacons, Wales

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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.

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 some Welsh produce in Wales’ largest indoor market in the heart of the city.

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 is now open and already has some big names lined up including John Bishop and Kathryn Ryan!

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.

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HIT THE BEACH

WELSH VARSITY

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.

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SUMMER BALL

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, Pixie Lott,

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 an earthier 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

CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL

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.

WATERFRONT WINTERLAND

We’re proud to share our city with Swansea City’s Championship 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, Take That and the Kings of Leon. With even more on the horizon with the opening of the brand new Swansea music arena.

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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.

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Living and studying in Swansea

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Follow us for more videos and student takeovers, regularly posted by our current students throughout the year:

Check out these videos to find out more about sports, societies, student accommodation and general student life at Swansea Uni:

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BEACHFRONT LOCATION

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V I RTUAL TOUR

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CITY CENTRE 15 MINUTE BUS RIDE, 5KM

BAY LIBRARY FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

STUDENTS’ UNION THE COLLEGE THE CORE, FOOD COURT THE GREAT HALL THE HAVEN (quiet space to relax,faith space or meet friends) 24HR BUS (term-time) Approximately 20 minutes to Singleton campus, 15 minutes to city centre

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 / Supermarket

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5 MILE STRETCH OF BEACH ON YOUR DOORSTEP

CITY CENTRE 10 MINUTE BUS RIDE, 3.5KM

V I RTUAL TOUR

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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 Students’ Union bar, nightclub, shops,

supermarket, zero waste shop, food outlets (including vegan) 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 (quiet space to relax,faith space or meet friends) 24HR BUS (term-time) Approximately 20 minutes to Bay campus, 10 minutes to city centre

OTHER FACILITIES: • Chaplaincy • Dentist/Doctors

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• Launderette • Mosque

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MAKE YOURSELF

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

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. Whether you want to live in one of our campus residences, in our leafy student village, or in one of the nearby private properties managed by our Student Accommodation Services (SAS) letting agency, our Residential Services team

life quickly and easily. LIVING IN THE STUDENT VILLAGE

are there to ensure that you choose the accommodation that is perfect for you.

Approximately two miles from campus is the Hendrefoelan Student Village. The Village provides cost effective self-catering accommodation and shared facilities in flats for seven students. 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. • Free car parking Please check our website for up-to-date information: swansea.ac.uk/accommodation 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.

KEY POINTS

• 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

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TYPICAL LIVING COSTS:

£84

AVERAGE WEEKLY RENT

(2020 Natwest Student Living Index) 5th lowest private residence monthly rent of UK university cities

MEAL OUT FOR TWO £22

(based on main meal and drink at a local restaurant)

£3.50 A DAY (£2.34 with My Travel pass)

BUS TRAVEL

Term-time and annual tickets also available (free if living in the Hendrefoelan Student Village) ALL LOCAL BUS TRAVEL IN WALES Students are eligible to apply for a Welsh Government funded discount card (terms and conditions apply) 1/3 OFF GYM MEMBERSHIP Swansea Bay Sports Park £19.00 PER MONTH

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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. 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 Singleton Park Campus. Their residences in St. Thomas and Port Tennant are close to our Bay Campus. These areas are also close to local shops, bars and takeaways. Our online, searchable database, Studentpad, is invaluable. It allows you to locate other available housing in the area and takes the effort out of house-hunting. saslettings.co.uk

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.

swansea.ac.uk/accommodation accommodation@swansea.ac.uk

+44 (0)1792 295101

LOOK INSIDE OUR CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION:

V I RTUAL TOUR

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BAY CAMPUS

SINGLETON PARK

Dentist & Doctor

Café Bar

Faith Space

Faith Space

Food Outlets

Food Outlets

Great Hall

Health Centre

Launderette

Launderette

RESIDENCE

TYPE OF ROOM

WEEKLY RENT*

Hendrefoelan Student Village Standard

£95

Mini Market

Mini Market

Standard (self-catering) En suite (self-catering)

£131 – £136 £138 – £164 £144 – £150 £160 £114 – £120 £132 – £143 £183 – £221 £154 – £159 £101.50

Singleton Park Campus

Standard (with catering card)** En suite (with catering card)**

Sports Facilities

Sports Facilities

Standard En suite Family flat

Beck House

Students’ Union

Students’ Union

En suite Twin En suite

Bay Campus

Private Housing Standard

£82 – £120

Taliesin Arts Centre

24hr Security

* These fees are for the academic session 2021-2022. Please note that rates for 2022/2023 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 £28.00 per week is included. Credits are applied per term so you can use as much or as little as you want each week.

24hr Security

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WE’RE HERE

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.

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.

MYUNIHUB HOW CAN WE HE L P

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, MyUniHub is the place to go!

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 in acknowledging and admitting that you may need some additional help and support (as hard as this may be).

Joanna Wolton Social Policy student

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Secured from Welsh Government (2020) £1.5m STUDENT WELFARE SUPPORT

Your wellbeing is important to us. To enjoy and enrich your experience at Swansea University, you can access free, impartial advice and a range of support services in a relaxed, friendly and confidential environment.

FIND OUT MORE

 swansea.ac.uk/student-services

Students enjoying SUP during Freshers’ week organised by @campuslifeSU

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.

DISABILITY OFFICE

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.

WELLBEING SERVICES

MONEY (CAMPUSLIFE)

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. Check out the pre-arrival money checklist:  swansea.ac.uk/ money-campuslife

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WELSH-MEDIUM

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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 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 graduate employment prospects in the process. Since 2011, there has been a 135% increase in the number of students studying at least 40 credits 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. 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 For a rewarding and fun experience why not learn Welsh while studying ? If you want to learn or improve your Welsh, there are a range of courses available – from short beginners’ classes up to proficiency level. We also offer courses for Welsh-speakers who want to improve their Welsh skills. swansea.ac.uk/learnwelsh

In students studying 40+ credits in Welsh since 2011

WELSH-MEDIUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Across a range of subjects

SCHOLARSHIPS

For Welsh-medium study between £300 and £1,000 a year

FOR WELSH SPEAKERS DESIGNATED ACCOMMODATION

Aelwyd Penmaen on Singleton Park Campus Aelwyd Emlyn on Bay Campus

My main role as SU Welsh Affairs Officer is to represent all students of the Welsh community within the University. I can be seen as their main contact with the Students’ Union, ensuring that their voice is heard within it. Throughout the year, my aim is to promote the use of Welsh across campus by increasing educational and social opportunities, and also opportunities for Welsh learners to socialise. I intend to raise awareness of Welsh culture through numerous events and celebrations during the year.

Gwern Dafis SU Welsh Affairs Officer 2021-2022

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SCHOLARSHIPS

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/learn/employability- entrepreneurship/aht-award/ LIVE WITH OTHER WELSH 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 new friends quickly and settling into university life. Make sure to note your preference on the application form. 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. The GymGym also supports the University’s Welsh-language rugby club, Rygbi Tawe.

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For students who study at least 66% of their course (80 credits a year) through the medium of Welsh MAIN SCHOLARSHIP £3,000

INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP £1,500

For students who study at least 33% of their course (40 credits a year) through the medium of Welsh

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For detailed information about the Welsh-medium provision on offer, please pick up a Welsh prospectus or visit our website:  swansea.ac.uk/ cy/israddedig

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

Welsh opportunities available

ARWAIN 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.

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Are you ready to Go Global ?

Swansea University aims to offer all its undergraduate students the opportunity to gain international experience through a range of year, semester and summer programme options. Spending time in another country gives you the chance to develop an entirely new set of skills while building an international network of friends and contacts. You will be able to: • Increase your confidence, self-awareness and maturity • Develop a global perspective and intercultural awareness • Become more resilient • Improve communication and language skills • Develop transferable skills to enhance your future career prospects

swansea.ac.uk/goglobal

SwanseaUniGlobal

SwanUniGlobal

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STUDENT

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 China, Fiji, Japan, Zambia and across Europe. You may also want to think about taking part in an online, virtual summer programme to develop your employability skills and international network. See our website for more information about all opportunities:  swansea.ac.uk/summerprogrammes FUNDING There are a range of funding opportunities available to support students who choose to go abroad, for the latest information please visit:

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. Alice completed a year abroad in Canada as part of the BSc Business Management course

Tyler completed a Year in Industry abroad in Borneo as part of the BSc Zoology course

My year in industry abroad gave me the incredible opportunity to work amongst wild orangutans, wild pangolins, clouded leopards and leopard cats. If you have the opportunity to go abroad, do it! The skills you’ll develop are priceless.

Niraj completed a semester abroad in the USA as part of the BEng Aerospace Engineering course

I gained a better understanding of the way engineering is taught and demonstrated within the US as opposed to the common practices in Europe that I am familiar with. My semester abroad at Texas A&M University gave me the chance to experience so many new things, network and develop new friendships.

Romari (BSc Sport and Exercise Science) spent a month in Fiji over the Summer, volunteering with Think Pacific

I decided to participate because I wanted to improve my confidence and communication skills. The Think Pacific programme gave me the opportunity to coach different sports in Fiji. As a sport science student and someone with a passion for coaching, this was a fantastic opportunity to develop my coaching skills.

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UNION

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Katie Phillips SU President 2021-2022

S W ANSE A UNIVE R SIT Y S TUDEN T S ’ UNION

UNDEB M YFY R WYR PRIF Y SGO L ABE R T A WE

Swansea University Students’ Union is run by students, for students. We’re a registered charity who support and represent all students at Swansea University. 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!

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SWANSEA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ UNION OFFERS:

• Over 150 societies and 50+ sports clubs • U nion 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 • A n Advice & 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

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 session to help you get through intense study periods, including a visit from cuddly pups from our friends at Greyhound Rescue Wales. 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 Movember we mobilise a community of Mo Bros and Mo Sisters 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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