Swansea University in top 50 of Sunday Times guide
SWANSEA University has made it into the top 50 in an influential guide to the best in the UK.
It has been ranked 47th in The Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 being published this weekend.
The result comes only a few days after an international survey showed Swansea had also moved up among the top 500 universities in the world — which puts it in the top five per cent of all universities globally.
The Times and Sunday Times Guides have been combined for the first time this year.
In the 2014 Guide they analysed around 120 institutions across the country, looking at areas such as graduate prospects, student satisfaction and spend per student.
Data from the Guide showed 77 per cent of graduates were in professional jobs or graduate-level study.
£1,477 per student was spent on facilities, the second highest in Wales.
There was increased demand for places in 13 out of 15 subject areas, including a 15 per cent increase in languages and a 64 per cent rise in maths, computer science and engineering.
The guide sates: “Most students who take up places seem to enjoy their time at Swansea with overall satisfaction higher than in most universities in Wales.”
Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Swansea University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said: “I’m really encouraged to see that we’ve moved into the top 50 UK universities in the new Times and Sunday Times Guide, which is one of the most comprehensive guides to higher education.
“This excellent result follows the recent news that we have moved up amongst the top 500 universities in the world, putting us in the top five per cent globally.
“It shows that our hard work is paying off in areas including improving the student experience.
“We are delighted that our big increase in spending per student is also reflected in the results.
“We’ve also recently achieved a top five-star rating for our teaching in the QS Awards, and won the Times Higher Education award for Outstanding Student Services team in the UK.
“The Times/Sunday Times survey therefore provides further evidence that Swansea University is on the way up.”