SWANSEA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
A member of the University of Wales, the Swansea Metropolitan University has developed a strong tradition and reputation for providing a high quality education over the past 155 years. In 1976, the Swansea College of Art, Swansea College of Education and Swansea Technical College came together to form the West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education. A few years later in 1992 the institution was renamed Swansea Institute of Higher Education and became an independent Higher Education Corporation away from local authority control. In 2008, following a successful two- year inspection, the Privy Council gave permission for the institution to be renamed Swansea Metropolitan University.
Today the university provides vocational training and education to over 7,000 students from across the world. Academics are divided between the university’s four schools, faculty of arts and design, faculty of humanities, faculty of business and management and faculty of applied design and engineering.
“Despite being a university, there is still a strong emphasis on research at Swansea Metropolitan. The facilities, teaching, academic autonomy and environment for research students are great,” says Pooja Mulchandani, 27, a research student at the university.
The majority of first year students stay on campus in one of the halls of residence. This gives students the opportunity to adapt to university life at their own pace. The university gives priority to foreign students in their first year of study for accommodation on campus itself. “If you decide to take up a place in one of the halls of residence you will instantly be mixing with other students in the same situation as you. It’s a great way to make new friends and network with students from others courses. Many fun activities and weekend trips are also often arranged by the halls for its residents,” adds Mulchandani.