Awards & Achievements

Awards & Achievements


Swansea University’s expertise and skills in a number of areas have been recognised by awards and prizes during recent years. A summary of all the awards Swansea has won and been shortlisted for is included by year below.

Teaching Excellence Framework - Gold


“This gold award reflects the high calibre of teaching and the outstanding student experience that Swansea has to offer, both of which are enhanced by our world-class research and facilities. 

“The recent Guardian University Guide found Swansea to be the top university in Wales and to have one of the best employability prospects for graduates in the UK. Students are at the heart of what we do, and our employability strategy equips our graduates well for their future careers. We work to develop their confidence and character, helping them to prepare for a good life, not just a good career.

“This gold rating is testament to the quality of our teaching, and I am incredibly proud of all the academics who have worked so hard to make this happen”.

Professor Martin Stringer
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic)



Welsh University of the Year 2019 - Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Guardian University Awards 2018 – Social and Community Impact

The Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018 – Top 10 for 6 categories

International – (7th)

University of the Year – (8th)

Clubs & Societies – (8th)

Giving back – (8th)

Postgraduate – (8th)

Courses & Lectures – (9th)


UK University of the Year - Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019


University of the Year - Times Higher Education (THE) Awards

Technological Innovation of the Year - Times Higher Education (THE) Awards

THE DataPoints Merit Award - Times Higher Education (THE) Awards

Times Higher Leadership & Management Awards (THELMAs)

Outstanding Library Team

International Strategy of the Year

CUBO Awards – Best Marketing Campaign 2018

View our Awards by year

The Year 2017


The Student Choice Awards (WhatUni) 2017- Top 10 for 6 out of 12 categories:

Postgraduate (1st)

International (3rd)

Courses & Lecturers (4th)

University of the Year (4th)

Clubs and Societies (4th)

Giving Back (6th)

Athena SWAN

First Welsh University and the only smaller research intensive institution outside of the traditional large scale civic institutions to achieve a Silver Athena SWAN Charter award.

Winner - “Physics Society of the Year” University Student Networks 2nd Annual Societies Forum 2017

Winner - Chwarae Teg Womenspire Awards – Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology (STEM) Pioneer Category

The People and Planet Green League 2017 – 1st Class award.

Learned Society of Wales Awards 2007 - Dillwyn Medal for Outstanding Early Career Research in the Creative Arts and Humanities, Dr Amanda Roger (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography)

Fulbright Award 2017 – British Fulbright Scholar Award Grantees:

Cyber Security Scholar Award, Dr Lella Nouri

All Disciplines Award, Professor Siwan Davies

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, Zita Jessop

Stonewall Cymru Workplace Equality Index Awards 2017 – Network of the Year, Swansea University LGBT+

Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2017 – Ranked 2nd in the UK in list of 100 most inclusive places to work

Famelab Wales 2017- Winner, Carol Glover (College of Engineering)

Construction Excellence Wales Awards 2017- Innovation Award, the “Active Classroom” built by SPECIFIC. Swansea University was also shortlisted for three other categories: Young Achiever Award (Tom Griffiths), Integration & Collaborative Working Award (in conjunction with Tata Steel), Sustainability Award

Young Gastroenterologist of the Year 2017, British Society of Gastroenterology - Laith AlRubaiy, Clinical Lecturer in Medicine and Gastroenterology

Leading Wales Awards - Finalist, Mary Gagen, Associate Professor of Geography

Swansea City of Sanctuary Awards 2017 – Recognition award for historic and ongoing awareness raising activities - Department of Adult Continuing Education

Welsh Book of the Year Awards 2017 – Three authors from College of Arts and Humanities feature in the shortlist for awards

Santander Cycles University Challenge – Winner

BMA Cymru Wales/BMJ Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards – Four Swansea University Healthcare Professionals nominated


Guardian University Awards 2017 – Shortlisted for:

Sustainability Project Award

Business Partnership Award

Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017 (THELMA) – Shortlisted in two categories:

Outstanding Library Team

Outstanding Administrative Services Team

The Times Higher Education Awards 2017 – Shortlisted for two awards:

Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year - Yogesh Dwivedi

Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration- Rolls-Royce, In collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Swansea

Student Nursing Times Awards - Shortlisted for awards in four categories:

Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration)

Return to Practice Course of the Year

Adult Student of the Year – Michelle Bowen

Educator of the Year – Debbie Rowberry

International Museums and Heritage Awards 2017 – Egypt Centre shortlisted for Volunteer Team of the Year

The Year 2016


The Times Good University Guide 2017 – named Welsh University of the year, ranked top in Wales.

The People and Planet Green League 2016 – 1st Class award.

Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2016 (THELMA) – winner of Outstanding Leadership and Management Team

Rated 5 stars in the global QS Stars Quality Assessment

The Student Choice Awards (WhatUni) 2016. Top 10 for 8 out of 9 categories:

Courses & Lecturers (1st)

International (2nd)

Clubs and Societies (3rd)

University of the Year (3rd)

Accommodation (4th)

Job Prospects (4th)

Student Support (4th)

Student Union (8th)

Uni Facilities (10th)

AUDE Estates/Facilities Team of the Year Award 2016

National Student Housing Survey 2016 – Best Student Broadband

Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016

Ranked 36th in UK

Ranked 2nd in Education Organisations (behind Cardiff University)

Winner of Advancing Staff Equality award in Guardian University Awards 2016

CIM’s Marketing Excellence Awards 2016 (previously Canmol)

Gold award in Education & Training (Where Bright Futures Begin: Undergraduate Open Day)

Swansea University Medical School achieved Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award. Engineering achieved Bronze.

Insider Wales Property Awards named Bay Campus as winner of Property Development of the Year 2016 (in partnership with St Modwen)

Bay Campus won Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors’ Regeneration award 2016


The Times Higher Education Awards 2016 – One of only 4 universities shortlisted for the Merit Award for excellence in Research and Teaching.

Chartered Institute of Public Relations Cymru awards 2016. Shortlisted for:

Best Arts, Culture or Sport Campaign (International Dylan Thomas Prize)

Public Sector Team of the Year

Green Gown Awards 2016. Shortlisted for:

Student Engagement

Facilities and Services

Built Environment

The Year 2015


The Student Choice Awards (WhatUni) 2015:

University of the Year (3rd)

Clubs and Societies (4th)

Student Support (5th)

Course and Lecturers, Student Union and Uni Facilities (6th)

National Student Housing Survey 2015 – Best Student Community

The People and Planet Green League 2015 – 1st Class award

The Student Nursing Times Awards 2015 – Return to Practice Course of the Year.

Cabinet Offices Customer Services Excellence Award 2015 – Awarded to Marketing, Internationalisation and Development for recognition of individuals and teams who have delivered outstanding customer services (Jan 2015).

HR Excellence in Research Award – retained for 2015 after external review.

Chartered Institute of Public Relations Cymru awards 2015 for:

Best low-cost media

Best publication (UG prospectus)


The Times Higher Education Awards 2015 - Shortlisted forExcellence and Innovation in the Arts (2nd year running) for Swansea University Rediscovers Dylan Thomas. Awards announced on 26th November 2015.

Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2015 (THELMA) – shortlisted for Outstanding International Strategy (2nd year running) and Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year.

Taliesin Arts Centre – Under Milk Wood nominated for:

World Premier Award at the International Opera Awards

Best Opera Production and Best Design/Costume – Wales Theatre Awards

The Year 2014


The Student Choice Awards (WhatUni)

University of the Year (1st place) - Winner

Course and Lecturers (2nd place)

Student Union (2nd place)

Clubs and Societies (3rd place).

The Student Nursing Times Awards 2014 – Best Nurse Education Provide of the Year (Pre-Registration).

CASE Circle of Excellence Awards 2014 – International Development Office ‘Bright Futures Begin’ video

2014 Times Higher Education Award - Outstanding Student Admissions Team

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014 – Discovery Student Volunteer Group

The Canmol: Wales Marketing Awards 2013 – Award in the Education and Training category for the 2012-2015 UK undergraduate recruitment campaign


The Times Higher Education Awards 2014 - Nominated for University of the Year and in three other categories; Employer Engagement, Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, Research Project of the Year.

2014 Times Higher Education Award - finalist for Outstanding International Strategy team.