Swansea University is a world-class, researchled university founded in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom to provide innovation and high-calibre employees for local industry. It currently offers about 330 undergraduate courses and 120 post-graduate courses to 18,127 undergraduate and postgraduate students. In December 1014, when the Research Evaluation Framework results came out, Swansea University achieved its ambition to become a UK Top 30 university. It was chartered as University College of Swansea in 1920, as the fourth college of the University of Wales and in 1948 became the first campus university in UK. In 1996, it changed its name to the University of Wales Swansea following structural changes within the University of Wales. The title of Swansea University was formally adopted on 1 September 2007 when the University of Wales became a non-membership confederal institution and the former members became universities in their own right.
It is the third largest university in Wales in terms of number of students. The university campus is located next to the coast at the north of Swansea Bay, east of the Gower Peninsula, in the grounds of Singleton Park, just outside Swansea city centre. In 2014 Swansea was named University of the Year in the WhatUni.com Student Choice Awards and shortlisted in the same category in the Times Higher awards. Ninety per cent of student places go to applicants from state schools and colleges.