Teaching Excellence at Swansea

Swansea University is one of four institutions in the UK that is recognised for its excellence in both teaching and research. We are an ambitious, top 30, research-intensive institution providing an outstanding and balanced academic environment that enables students and staff to excel. Commitment to diversity, combined with our ability to take students with low entry tariffs whilst achieving sector-leading graduate employability, demonstrates the value that is added by the University’s rich student experience and teaching quality. This is evidenced by Swansea being consistently ranked in the UK top 20 for graduate employability / further study, as well as top 15 for overall student satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2019). We are committed to working with students to enhance the student experience, creating an environment of openness and willingness to involve students for the benefit of all. Staff at Swansea are committed to professional development, continually providing innovative, inspirational and transformative learning, which is working at the leading edge of teaching activities. The University is one of the UK’s leading HEIs for learning gain, with graduate employment at the heart of our provision. We are dedicated to engaging with a wide range of students and pride ourselves on inspiring and supporting all students to achieve positive outcomes that exceed sector norms.

The UK Context

You can find out more about TEF and the rationale behind it by visiting the website of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/teaching/what-is-the-tef/

You can find information about higher education in Wales through the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. https://www.hefcw.ac.uk/policy_areas/learning_and_teaching/developing_learning_teaching.aspx

What happens next:

We are currently engaged in two major change programmes aimed at enhancing our teaching excellence still further:

  • STEP4Excellence focuses on working closely with our students to embed co-creation and enhance the student experience.
  • Go Beyond focuses on undertaking a campus-wide review of our curriculum aimed at embedding best practice and enhancing employability.

These two projects will continue to work to enhance and develop the offering here at Swansea.

The University is also preparing to take part in the next part of the TEF process. 2019/20 TEF will focus on subject areas and we are currently taking part in the subject-level pilots, working with the Office for Students to help shape the future of TEF.