Update and information about Swansea University

Hello everyone,

Apologies for not posting last week, I have been extremely busy and have found it hard to post, but I am hoping to rectify that from now on. This post will be a bit shorter but will give some integral news about Swansea University.

The first thing that I wanted to write about is the fantastic news that Swansea are in the top 15 for Student Satisfaction. According to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) Swansea University has been ranked at number 14th in the UK for student satisfaction. Students from Swansea rated their overall satisfaction with the University at 90%, which is higher than the 86% Wales and UK overall figures.

Within the 42 subject areas in the survey, 13 of them were in the top 10 for overall satisfaction. Additionally five of these were 1st in their category including Osteopathy, Media Studies, Zoology, French and Materials Engineering, in addition to having four others in the top five which includes; Accounting, Spanish, Environmental Science, Welsh and Physical Geography.

Professor Martin Stringer Pro-Vice Chancellor said: “While we are delighted that the overall satisfaction levels remains very good compared to other Universities in Wales and in the UK, there are some areas to be addressed. We will be looking carefully at the issues behind the figures and will work together to seek significant improvements over the coming year.”

So well done Swansea but there are things to look improve upon.

Additionally, the Santander branch on the Bay Campus is now open. It is located next to Tescos under the student accommodation.

This branch will offer a wide variety of services and products to the university community and the local neighbourhood as well as having a cash machine for students, staff and visitors to use.

This is part of an on-going partnership between Swansea University and Santander. Since joining the Santander Universities’ Network in 2014, Swansea University staff and students have been able to take advantage of a number of travel grants and scholarships that facilitate and enable mobility and engagement with institutions around the world. The partnership has also provided support for student start-ups and an internship scheme which provides placements for students with local small and medium sized companies.

This branch opening times are listed below:

Monday: 10:00 am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30 am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00pm

The contact number for the branch is 05511 486405

Finally I wanted to give some information about the Catering Outlets opening times from 15th – 21st August 2016. As many post-graduate studetns are continuing to work at Swansea over the summer I thought it might be useful to let you know about the catering outlets opening times.

Singleton Campus

Monday to Friday

Blas (Ground Floor, Fulton House) 0800-1600

Fusion Café (1st Floor, Fulton House) 1100-1430

Café Glas (1st Floor, ILS 1) 0900-1700

Callaghans (Lower Ground Floor, James Callaghan Building) 0800-1430

Blas (Wales National Pool) 0800-1800

Taliesin Bar will be CLOSED throughout August 2016


Saturday and Sunday

Blas (Wales National Pool) 0900-1600


Bay Campus

The Great Hall – OPEN 1100-1700 (Monday to Friday) / 1200-1700 (Saturday) / 1200-1600 (Sunday)

52 Degrees – OPEN 1100-1500 (Monday to Friday) Serving hot food / CLOSED Saturday & Sunday

Coffeeopolis – OPEN 0800-1600 (Monday to Friday) Serving Starbucks coffee, sandwiches, paninis & snacks. CLOSED Saturday & Sunday

The Core (Cegin, Stryd & Koop) – CLOSED

Joanna Wolton

I am a PhD student in the Centre for Innovative Ageing within the College of Human and Health Sciences. I hope this blog is insightful and gives you some tips and information about what it is like to be a student living in Swansea.

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