Swansea University has achieved its ambition to be a UK top 30 research university.
The University has risen the Research Excellence Framework (REF) league table to 26th in the UK, as it prepares to open its new £450m Science and Innovation Bay Campus.
For the first time, the REF judged universities on the effect their research has on the wider world.
Using that measure, 90 per cent of Swansea’s research was judged to be internationally excellent in its impact, which was said to demonstrate its contribution to the city region, the Welsh economy and internationally.
“But even we are surprised by the scale of our success. It is extremely gratifying that we have doubled our world-leading research in the six years since the 2008 results, with a third of our research now classed as world-leading.
“This ranks us with some of the big players in UK higher education. It also opens up greater opportunities for research funding. We have shown that we are strong across academic disciplines, from STEM subjects to arts and humanities.”
The first building on the Science and Innovation Bay Campus has been completed and handed over to the city’s university by developer St Modwen.The College of Engineering’s Institute of Structural Materials was build by Vinci Construction UK and will open next September.
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