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Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. The University has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth, and we have achieved our ambition to be a top thirty research University, soaring up the 2014 Research Excellence Framework* league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008.
Additionally, an ambitious Campus Development Programme is well underway – one of the largest knowledge economy projects in the UK and within the top five in Europe. It involves the creation of the Bay Campus, a brand new £450 million in development on the eastern approach to the city, and the transformation of our existing Singleton Park Campus. Swansea's multicultural dual-campus community provides a global perspective and opportunities to gain skills that last a lifetime. True to the vision of its industrial founders in 1920, Swansea University will: Provide an environment of research excellence, with research that is world-leading, globally collaborative, and internationally recognized. Deliver an outstanding student experience, with research-led and practice-driven teaching of the highest quality that produces global graduates educated and equipped for distinguished personal and professional achievement. Use its research strength, collaborate with industry and global reach, drive economic growth, foster prosperity, enrich the community and cultural life of Wales, and contribute to the health, leisure, and wellbeing of its citizens.
The University's foundation stone was laid by King George V on 19 July 1920, and 89 students (including eight female students) enrolled that same year. In 1921, Dr. Mary Williams became the first woman to be appointed to a Chair at a UK university when she became a Professor of French language and literature. By September 1939, there were 65 staff and 485 students.
In 1947 there were just two permanent buildings on campus: Singleton Abbey and the library. The Principal, J S Fulton, recognized the need to expand the estate and had a vision of a self-contained community, with residential, social, and academic facilities on a single site. His vision was to become the first university campus in the UK.
By 1960 a large-scale development program would be underway to see the construction of new halls of residence, the Maths and Science Tower, and College House (later renamed Fulton House). The 1960s also saw the development of the "finite element method" by Professor Olek Zienkiewicz. His technique revolutionized the design and engineering of manufactured products, and Swansea started to stake its claim as an institution that demanded to be taken seriously.
Work began on the student village at Hendrefoelan in 1971, the South Wales Miners' Library was established in 1973, and the Taliesin Arts Centre opened on campus in 1984. The Regional Schools of Nursing transferred to Swansea in 1992, and the College of Medicine opened in 2001. Technium Digital was completed in 2005, and, barely two years later, the University opened its Institute of Life Science, which commercializes the results of research undertaken in the College of Medicine. Work commenced on a second Institute of Life Science in 2009.
An ambitious campus expansion and development project is now underway, ensuring that Swansea University will maintain its momentum and continue to work for its people, people, and industries. The University's coat of arms was granted by the College of Heralds in 1921 and remained an elegant representation of its traditions, heritage, and standing. Swansea's industrial and maritime heritage is depicted on the shield by the hammer, pickaxe, and anchor. The book represents academia, and the dragon symbolizes Wales.
The University's motto, Gweddw Crefft Heb Ei Dawn, which can be translated as Technical Skill is Bereft Without Culture, is taken from the Myvyrian Archaeology, one of the earliest collections of medieval Welsh literature to be printed entirely in Welsh. Swansea University aims to provide an inclusive and supportive working and learning environment, which is free from unfair discrimination and enables staff and students to fulfill their personal potential.
The University's Equal Opportunities team actively supports staff and students to identify and remove any potential barriers and ensures that the University offers equality of opportunity to all staff and students, regardless of race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity status, or marriage and civil partnership status.
The Dignity at Work and Study policy promotes the dignity of all students and staff at the University by eliminating all forms of offensive behavior and establishing a working and learning environment that is free from harassment and aggression. Members of the University are to be treated with dignity and respect and to be protected from harassment and intimidation at work and study.
We are committed to actively supporting, promoting, and enriching Welsh culture and the Welsh language. As part of our vision, we aim to enhance our student experience by increased opportunities to study through the medium of Welsh and improved take-up of the provision. We will also increase the opportunities for all members of the University who can, to use the Welsh language, and so strengthen the University's image in Wales as a bilingual institution.

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