Swansea University excels in new university ratings

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Swansea University has once again been recognised as an outstanding University with the news that it has improved 5 places in the Guardian University League Tables 2016.

In addition, the University has also been awarded 5 Stars in the globally recognised quality rating by QS Stars, placing the institution in the company of top global universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge. 

The Guardian League tables published today confirm that Swansea University is a rising star with a remarkable improvement of 42 places in just 5 years, (from 94th in 2012 to 52nd in 2016). In particular, the rankings also confirm Swansea University as a top-20 institution (ranked 18th) for graduate employability and supporting our students to do well.

The tables also show that Swansea University delivers subjects that appear in the top 10 and 20 in the UK:

  • Top 10 for Engineering: Materials and Minerals, Social Work and American Studies.
  • Top 20 for Computer Science, Medicine, Engineering: Chemical, Health Professions, Social Policy & Administration and Media & Film Studies. 

The Guardian University Guide also states “Swansea University is a hot contender for any best campus award going…and is a forerunner in terms of academic and scientific discovery, the university is developing plans for a new science and innovation campus to include teaching and research facilities for the College of Engineering, Business and Economics.”

QS 5 Stars logo

Swansea’s new 5 stars rating in the QS Stars assessment firmly places the institution amongst the world leading universities to have also achieved 5 stars such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge. QS Stars is a quality rating system which allows students to get a wider picture of an institution’s qualities, looking at everything from the employability of its graduates, to sports facilities and community engagement.


In the assessment, Swansea achieved a top 5 star rating for Teaching, Innovation, Facilities, Internationalisation and Inclusiveness with Employability and Research receiving an excellent 4 stars. Since the first QS Stars audit in January 2012 Swansea has continued to go from strength to strength improving from an overall 4 star rating to 5 stars.

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Swansea University’s Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor, said:

“The Guardian League table improvement and 5 star QS Stars rating are both recognisable measures of our performance, reputation and the excellence of the experience which we provide to our students.

“The improvements are the most recent in a long line of successes and achievements that reflect our continued momentum towards becoming a recognised top UK and international institution.

“Adding these successes to our top-30 UK ranking for research (in the Research Excellence Framework 2014) and appearing in the top-500 universities in the world (in the most recent QS World University rankings) demonstrates that Swansea is firmly on the right path to achieve its ambition.”     

Extracts from the QS Stars category audit of Swansea University state that:

  • Teaching – Swansea has outstanding results in the overall student satisfaction and satisfaction with teaching.
  • Research – Research output is very high and Swansea can boast having internationally awarded faculty staff amongst its academic body.
  • Employability – Employability is a key component in the University’s success with an excellent employability rate contributing to its overall excellent performance.
  • Internationalization – Swansea has deployed excellent internationalization tools and has succeeded in attracting many foreign students and international faculty staff.
  • Facilities – the University’s facilities are world-class, the campus is modern with access to a wide range of sporting facilities, a medical centre and excellent WIFI coverage, student clubs and associations and sufficient accommodation. All of which contribute to form an elite study environment, which helped the University achieve maximum score in this category.
  • Innovation – The University fared extremely well in Innovation, with maximum points being scored.
  • Inclusive – It is clear that the University focuses on attracting students from diverse backgrounds. There a variety of scholarships on offer, a good disabled access to most buildings and a balanced gender representation.