Expanding Swansea University said to be entering a take-off period
EXPANDING Swansea University is entering a take-off period, a visiting baroness has said.
Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson learned more about the planned £250 million Science and Innovation Campus, east of Swansea docks, during a visit yesterday.
Last November the UK Government pledged £38 million to the university to set up a new energy institute at the planned campus with British Petroleum and Tata Steel Europe.
Lady Randerson, whose daughter is a Swansea University graduate, said: "The second campus is a huge development for the university, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot and for Wales as a whole.
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"It (the university) is entering a take-off period as a university with a big international reputation."
She learned about the education, research and spin-off work being carried out at Singleton Park Campus, which will be complemented in the years to come by its sister development across the bay.
She toured ILS2 (Institute of Life Science) and the Welsh Centre of Printing and Coating.
Universities needed to develop research capabilities, she said.
Lady Randerson praised the ILS for its "considerable and rapid development over the last decade" and its "new approach" to medical training.
She added: "It is so important for every university to have these international research links."
Swansea University has been granted detailed planning permission for the second campus by Neath Port Talbot Council, as previously reported in the Post.
If things go to plan, work will begin on site early next year, with the first students arriving in 2015.
The Post asked the university which companies would be working with researchers at the second campus. A spokesman said: "The details and number of companies is commercially sensitive at this time."
Yesterday First Minister Carwyn Jones began a four-day trade mission in the San Francisco area to drum up potential business with science and creative ventures. A number of Welsh businesses joined him.
"It is vitally important in my role as first minister that I seek to build relationships that will open doors for Welsh business," said Mr Jones.