Swansea University has been voted the Overall Best University in the UK in the main award category of the 2014 WhatUni.com Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs).
The results from a survey of over 26,000 students was announced on Thursday May 15, 2014 at a gala dinner at the Waldorf Hilton, London and was hosted by award winning comedy presenter Clive Anderson.
The WUSCAs are voted exclusively by students at UK universities,to showcase and celebrate the excellence of UK Higher Education.
Awards are given in 9 categories: Course and Lecturers, Accommodation, City Life, Facilities, Clubs and Societies, Students’ Union, International, Job Prospects and University of the Year.
Swansea University, nominated in 3 other categories, was voted second in the UK in both the Courses and Lecturers and Student Union categories, and third in the Clubs and Societies category.
Professor Alan Speight, Swansea University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said: “We are absolutely delighted that UK students have voted Swansea University to be the Best University in the UK because students are at the centre of everything we do. Swansea University is committed to providing an excellent student experience and to have been recognised by so students in these major categories is a major reflection of our devotion to the excellence of the learning experience and supportive environment which we provide to our students. We have achieved this excellent accolade of Best University by listening to and working in partnership with our students.”
Earlier in the week the newly published Complete University Guide 2015 showed Swansea University Swansea moved up the overall rankings from 48th to 42nd out of the 127 UK universities listed leaving it in the top 20 in the UK for a wide range of subjects, from engineering and medical technology to social work, thereby putting it among the UK’s leading Universities.
The Complete University Guide is an independent guide, which analyses universities across the UK, looking at areas such as graduate prospects, student satisfaction and spend per student.
Swansea University also ranked in the top ten UK universities for social life, in joint fourth place.
The annual Times Higher Education survey looks at areas such as high quality staff/lectures, well-structured courses, and good industry connections, as well as good support/welfare, good environment on campus/around university, and good social life.
Professor Richard B Davies, Swansea University’s Vice-Chancellor, said responding to the good news: “What a week! As staff and students, we of course know Swansea is a world-class university offering an outstanding student experience, in an unrivalled location. However, it is always heartening to receive independent national accolades, which confirm we are continuing our upward trajectory. The number of students applying to study at Swansea has greatly increased in the last two years and these survey results this week are an indication of why Swansea’s popularity continues to rise with Welsh, UK and International students.”
He concluded, adding that the university is sure of achieving its ambition “to be a research-intensive, top-30 UK University by 2017,” ahead of its centenary celebration in 2020.
Recently, a delegation from Swansea university came to Nigeria for the UKEAS, KOT and ESCC Education fairs at Port Harcourt, Calabar and Lagos.
The delegation was led by Dr. Ubaka Iwobi of the College of Law who discusses the benefits of a Swansea Education here.