University of Swansea

University Information, Campus and History
(Swansea, Wales)

The University of Swansea is located in Swansea, Wales, UK. The campus overlooks Swansea Bay and is founded on a vast parkland on the edge of Gower Peninsula. Founded in 1920 when King George V laid its foundation stone, the university started out with only 81 male students and 9 female students. Its main thrust then was research and scientific discovery.

Today, the university is home to over 12,000 students taking up 130 postgraduate and 500 undergraduate courses in various fields such as economics, arts, business, science, engineering, law, and medicine. It is ranked among the top 20 UK universities for its student satisfaction and teaching quality.

The university offers various facilities for the well-rounded individual. It is home to a sports centre, several specialised libraries, laboratories, student residences and campus shops.


The university offers several library facilities. These libraries are organised by expertise, and have their own set of books, journals, archives, and special collections. The university libraries include the following:
  • Morriston Hospital Library
  • Natural Sciences Library
  • Education Library
  • South Wales Miners' Library
  • Banwen Library

South Wales Miners' Library and the Education Library are located in the Hendrefoelan campus, while the Natural Sciences library is on the Singleton campus.

There is a frequent bus service to the main campus, and a limited amount of visitor car parking is available on site. Drivers displaying a disabled badge will be directed by porters to appropriate parking spaces.

The university also offers its students several physical and sports recreation facilities. These facilities are all housed at the Sports Centre, where courses and competitions are often held in cooperation with the Athletics Union. Some of the university's sports facilities include playing fields, outdoor tracks, unigyms, tennis courts, swimming pools, and indoor courts for fencing, badminton, and basketball.

The university also offers several sports clubs for men and women. Some of the sports clubs include Badminton, Aikido, Cricket, Men's Basketball, Men's and Women's Hockey, Judo, Fencing, Lacrosse, Rowing, Rugby, Squash, Surfing, and Tennis. All university clubs are Athletics Union-registered.

Athletes who have incurred sport-related injuries may contact the university's Physiotherapy Clinic. Located in Sports Centre, Sketty Lane, the clinic houses several chartered physiotherapists who treat bodily injuries using only the natural healing powers of one's body, without using unnecessary medication. The clinic charges affordable fees for initial and follow-up assessments.

Dance and dramatic performances, as well as concerts and film showings are held in the university's Taliesin Arts Centre. Located at the centre of the University of Swansea, the Taliesin Arts Centre is a state-of-the-art facility with a 365-person seating capacity. This theatre also doubles as a concert hall and cinema.

The Digital Technium is a technologically-advanced facility that offers research and development facilities, incubator units, and a virtual reality cave. The university also has the Egypt Centre, a museum specialising in Egyptian antiquities. The museum provides examples and advice to British museums and offers talks and lectures.

Aside from these facilities, staff and students can also find a bank, hairdresser, dental clinic, bookshop, and chaplain centre all around the university. Other facilities include a Counselling Service, Careers Centre, Estates Services and a Nursery.

Famous Students

The university has produced graduates who have been successful in fields such as sport and music. Some of the university's famous students are Manic Street Preachers members Nicky Wire and Richey James. Former Wales rugby international Rob Howley was also a graduate of the university.

Interested international students can direct their queries to the university's International Office Team. The team's campus office is located at Grove Building, Room 268, Singleton Park. Prospective international students can call the office on +44 1792 295 818, fax them on +44 1792 295 839.

The university's International Office Team is composed of dedicated members who are assigned to different areas of responsibility. For detailed information for students coming from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, and Pakistan, call +44 1792 295 818. Indonesian, Singaporean, Vietnamese, Thai, and Malaysian prospective students can call the university's representative office in Singapore on 65 62335046 or fax them on 65 62336872.

Contact University of Swansea:
Address: Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1792 205 678
Fax: +44 (0) 1792 295157
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