The Guardian University Guide 2014 has shown Swansea University to be the most improved Welsh university, and the fourth largest riser in the UK.
Swansea University rose 34 places over the past three years, from 94 to 60. There are 120 universities ranked in total.
Swansea University scored particularly well for teaching, overall satisfaction and career prospects. The University has a remarkable track record of graduate employment: within six months of graduating, 92% of graduates found full-time employment.
Swansea University has also launched a paid internship scheme allowing undergraduates to gain valuable work experience. In partnership with the South Wales Evening Post, Swansea University undergraduates are placed on summer internships with local business.
The paid internship scheme is one of several schemes the University has launched in order to better assist students find gainful employment after graduating, delivered under the Swansea Employability Academy.
Of the ranking results, Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott said: “To have soared 34 places in just three years in one of the UK’s most renowned league tables is outstanding. The rankings are a recognisable measure of our performance, reputation and the excellence of the experience which we provide to our students.”
“The University is pushing ahead with its £250m Science and Innovation Campus development to be completed in 2015 and is already spending £70m modernising facilities on our Singleton Campus. Coupled with a stunning location and even sharing sports facilities with a Premier League football club the vibrancy and reputation of the University is starting to be recognised. We will continue to push forward our ambitious agendas to help propel us further.”
Sports Science is an area that Swansea University has performed well in, jumping to 5th place from 40th last year. Head of Sports Science at Swansea, Prof Gareth Stratton said: “Maybe the best way of describing sports science is that it’s the same as CSI, but it’s the forensics of exercise instead of crime. We want to produce graduates who are scientists, using sport and exercise as a background.”
Stratton believes part of this success stems from the re-locating of the Sports Sceince department from the School of Health to the College of Engineering. Stratton said: “There is a tight focus on how Sports Science can be practically applied, using engineering skills to look at sports injuries, or, for example, barriers to an individual’s movement caused by disability. This, together with high-profile internships with major sporting teams and venues, has made Swansea students highly employable when they graduate.”
The Pro Vice-Chancellor added: “Earlier this year Swansea University was recognised as one of the world’s top 200 institutions by the QS World University Subject Rankings. Since 2012 it has excelled with not one but four subject areas in the top 200. An outstanding performance.”
“Together these tables show that as an ambitious, research-led institution with top quality teaching, Swansea is an excellent place to study for UK, EU and international students. All in all Swansea is a University on the way up.”