Swansea Metropolitan University has been a major centre for the delivery of vocational higher education since 1853. The University employs more than 500 staff and teaches more than 6,000 students. The University was formed from the three former Swansea colleges of Art, Teacher Education and Technology which were founded in 1853, 1872 and 1897 respectively.
All main campuses at Dynevor, Mount Pleasant and Townhill have a comprehensive library well-stocked with materials relating to the courses taught on each site. All three offer a wide range of books and journals, as well as other resources and facilities. You can also access electronic books and electronic journals, plus other databases and information on and off campus 24/7, via the library website. In all three libraries photocopiers are available for your use, in addition to open access computer areas with PCs linked to the University’s network giving you the option to print and photocopy in black and white or in colour. Additionally you can access the University’s wireless network if you bring in your own laptop.
IT and Computing
Open Access PCs are available in all three libraries; in addition there is a dedicated computer suite available in the Thompson Building on the Mount Pleasant Campus which offers extended opening hours. All PCs offer a range of general purpose packages and have internet connectivity. Printing provision is available in all areas. Technical queries and support to users is provided by a dedicated group of staff technicians.
The Students’ Union run many different teams catering for all abilities, whether you’re interested in playing sport socially or competitively in the British University Sports Leagues, the Athletics Union has a team for you.
Added to the enjoyment of training, competitive matches and massive social nights out is the added knowledge that your team mates will become friends for life.
Student Services provides a framework of advice, support and information relevant to you as a student. The work of Student Services recognises that life as a student is varied. It can be exciting, enjoyable and hard work; it can also be stressful, challenging and expensive. It is particularly important to remember that the adjustment between school or college and university can be daunting. Specialist professional staff within Student Services are available to assist with the provision of part-time work, advice on childcare, support for study difficulties, careers guidance, counselling and welfare advice, advice and support on issues of special needs, disability, gender and ethnicity. All advisers offer assistance which is entirely confidential.
Students’ living away from home are advised to register with a local doctor as soon as possible. The University’s Medical Officer, a local GP, is also available to resident students in halls.
There are many GP surgeries located in the city centre and close to student accommodation. Swansea is served by Morriston and Singleton hospitals which are a few miles away from University’s main campuses.
There are various places to eat on the main campuses. The University has six catering units which are popular with students. All serve a variety of hot and cold meals at reasonable prices.
Alternatively, there are many restaurants, fast food and other facilities available near to the main campuses or a short walk away in the city itself.
All the major banks and building societies have branches in Swansea and are located close to student accommodation in the city centre.
All three campuses are approximately two miles apart. It is possible to walk between sites but you may prefer to use the local bus service provided by the First Cymru. Annual student tickets cost from as little as £1 per day and students can use their ticket to travel outside term time, during holidays and at weekends.
The Careers Service is available to all and aims to enhance your employability and to assist in your career planning. Employability is at the heart of the University’s undergraduate provision.
A Careers and Employability Service provides advice and guidance on career planning, job seeking skills, CV writing, interview techniques and confidence building.
Each campus library has a careers section where you are able to research career options and acquire specific employer knowledge. Online information and guidance is also available and students can develop E-portfolios and Personal Development Plans to create an employability profile.
The University has a track record of supporting graduates who wish to start their own business and we rank as the best in Wales for producing successful graduate start-up businesses. In total, 26% of all thriving Welsh graduate start-ups, which have survived three years or more, began life at the University.
Employability and entrepreneurship are embedded in the curriculum through the promotion of entrepreneurial skills such as creativity and innovation as well as providing advice on commercialising ideas and making them work.
The University provides a free and easy to access employment service for students, including those looking for part-time, seasonal or vocation work in the Swansea area. There are currently plenty of opportunities for students to gain part-time work in Swansea and surrounding area.
The University is surrounded by many places of worship which include: Anglican, Baptists, Baha’i, Buddhist, Greek Orthodox, Hindu, Jehovah Witness, Jewish, Methodist, Mormon, Muslim, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and Sikh. You will find more information from Student Services or student welcome packs on arrival in Swansea.
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Bars, Pubs and clubs
The city has a thriving nightlife and excellent reputation for student themed nights. Wind Street is the centre of Swansea’s entertainment district. Here you have all the ingredients for an amazing night out, from stylish café-bars, pubs and clubs to some of the finest restaurants you’ll find anywhere.
Clubs and societies
There are over forty clubs and societies which unite students with a common interest and which is supported by the Students’ Union. These societies are fun and can add value to your university life. They are a great way of meeting like minded people, can look good on your CV and give you the opportunity to gain new skills and try new things.
There are five halls of residence based on two separate campuses. There are over 300 rooms for first year students to apply for with a mixture of standard study bedrooms and rooms with en-suite facilities. Of course there’s also plenty of excellent affordable student accommodation in Swansea itself. If you apply for a place in mixed accommodation halls, you can specify your preferred place to stay. The Accommodation Department allocates all rooms in halls over the summer from July until September. Every effort is made to give students one of their three main preferences, although because of demand this may not always be possible. Here’s a quick guide to campus accommodation:
Townhill Campus • 259 individual study bedrooms Small number of flats including two flats for disabled use • Amenities include the Main Refectory (Metro 2), Campus Café, Student Bar (Metro Lounge), Fitness Centre and Library
Mount Pleasant Campus • 37 study/bedroom units • 6 twin bedroom units • Amenities include two Cafés (Metro and Metro Xtra) as well as Starbucks Coffee and a Library
If you don’t plan to stay in halls, there is no shortage of good quality housing in the city centre. The University’s Residential Services Team can assist in finding you suitable accommodation in the private rented sector.
Visit www.metsu.org for more info.
- Swansea has a population of 230,000 and received its city status in 1969 from Queen Elizabeth II. Swansea is Wales’s premier waterfront city and the bay upon which it stands provides the city with a beautiful setting.
- At the other end of the sweeping Swansea Bay, just 5 miles along the coast from the city centre, lies Mumbles, a place that has a well-established reputation for its special, seaside village atmosphere. Mumbles is a place that has been much appreciated by generations of Swansea students.
- In recent years, the attractions of the city have been enhanced by the Maritime Quarter which combines a 600-berth marina, a waterfront village, restaurants, art gallery, theatre, sailing and sea angling schools. Swansea is transforming as a city, and is witnessing unprecedented levels of investment with many visionary schemes currently underway.
- At the forefront of these developments is the £200million SA1 waterfront development, on a prime waterfront site, with a mixed use of business, leisure and residential development. The city’s newest attraction is the cutting edge and contemporary £32million leisure centre (The LC) located in the heart of the city centre.
- The city is also home to the £30million National Waterfront Museum which attracts over 250,000 people a year. The eagerly awaited £1.7million transformation of Swansea’s historic Patti Pavilion was unveiled in 2010. This Grade II listed building houses a café-bar and award-winning restaurant which overlooks the stunning panorama of Swansea Bay.
- Swansea is also home to the £9million Wales National Pool and the new £27million state-of-the-art ‘Liberty Stadium’ home to the Ospreys regional rugby team and Swansea City F.C.
- Located in the city centre around historic Wind Street is the city’s famous café quarter, providing a host of popular pubs and clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues including a 12-screen state-of-the-art multiplex cinema and multi-million pound casino.
- Swansea is also popular for its shopping experience and construction work has been completed on a new £30million retail complex in the heart of the city centre. The three-storey glass and steel built centre houses a host of top fashion and retail stores.
- Another well-established shopping destination is the Quadrant Centre, which offers the complete shopping experience from fine jewellery and speciality outlets to the very best in fashion and retail names.
- In a city that numbers Dylan Thomas among its notable sons, Swansea’s cultural life is very active. Each autumn, the city hosts the ‘Festival of Music and the Arts’, when international orchestras and soloists visit the city’s Brangwyn Hall. The Grand Theatre offers top entertainment all the year round, from pantomime and drama to opera and ballet. Opportunities for sport abound, watching or playing, with soccer, rugby union and cricket.
- Swansea is surrounded by resorts, parks, wildlife centres, caves and castles. The Gower Peninsula was the first part of Britain to be awarded the title of ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ by the Government in 1956. It is one of the loveliest peninsulas in the UK, with wide, clean sands and steeply cliffed coves protected by thick woods. The whole area is ideal for swimming, sailing, water ski-ing, surfing, sea angling, canoeing and rowing, or just for exploring on foot.
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