This week Swansea University formally opened its new £450m science and innovation Bay Campus.
Taking just over two years to build, the new campus will be home to close to 5,000 students and 1,000 staff from the university’s College of Engineering and School of Management.
Built on an old BP transit site, as well as offering students state of the art learning resources it has a wide range of food, retail and sports facilities. In addition, the campus is one of just a few in the world that has direct access onto a beach and its own seafront promenade.
“We have effectively doubled in size overnight and Swansea has become a dual-campus university,” says Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies.
“The magnificent buildings, squares and quadrangles have really sprung to life with the arrival of our new and returning students. There is already an academic vitality, but there is also an excitement about the future, about how the modern, well-equipped facilities will provide our students with life and career-enhancing opportunities.”
“The Bay Campus has been recognised as among the most ambitious projects in the UK higher education sector for decades and its realisation heralds a new era and a new status for Swansea University,” continues Professor Iwan Davies, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, who led the Bay Campus development.
“We are delighted to see the first phase in the realisation of our strategic vision come to fruition, with this significant investment to transform and expand the university’s estate into a fit-for-purpose, research-driven global exemplar of a 21st-century university.”