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Swansea University wins 2019 WUSCA and best international university

Swansea University has won both university of the year and the international category at the WUSCA's 2019, as voted for by students.

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For the past six years, students across the UK have been making their voices heard by reviewing their university as part of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards. This provides an alternative to traditional ranking systems which allows students the chance to rate their university experience, providing prospective students with an un-biased, student-led perspective.


For this year’s awards, Swansea University was crowned university of the year and also came out on top for the international category.


Swansea University Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle said, “We’re obviously immensely proud to have won the Whatuni university of the year award for the second time in five years. The fact that the students have voted for us twice now in five years to be the winners in the UK is just a fantastic achievement.”


As for the international category, Professor Iwan Davies, Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor for Estates and Internationalisation said, "We are delighted that our students have voted to put us at the top of this category – our international student body greatly enriches campus life, so to learn that there is mutual appreciation between our student body and staff is hugely satisfying."


International student community

Swansea University welcomes 3,000 international students through its doors every year, forming a diverse and friendly student community. The university has also been awarded a gold rating for its teaching quality by TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework), reflecting its reputation as a top UK institution. As a beach-side institution, Swansea University offers a unique experience for international students.


Review collection process

More than 41,000 student reviews were collected from 160 UK institutions this year. Within this, a total of 8,829 international students also submitted reviews from 55 UK institutions.


The review form invites students to rate their university based on the following 12 categories using a score of 1-5 (5 being the highest):


  • Course & Lecturers
  • Student’s Union
  • Clubs & Societies
  • International
  • Student Support
  • Further Education College
  • Independent Higher Education
  • Accommodation
  • Job Prospects
  • Postgraduate
  • City Life
  • University of the Year


A further two categories are university submission-based and judged by the Whatuni Student Advisory Board:


  • Best Prospective Student Engagement
  • Giving Back


The international category award is based on the average scores of international students’ overall experience of their university.  The following reviews were submitted by international students at Swansea University for this year’s awards:


Swansea student reviews

Tanmay Tiwari, undergraduate Aerospace Engineering student:

Overall experience

“My two years in Swansea have been some of the best years in my life. I have enjoyed it and I love my course. The environment here is really great. No matter where in the world I am Swansea and Swansea uni will hold a special place in my heart.”


Students union

“I am a fan of the Swansea uni students' union. It is a highly respected body and the elected committee never fails to deliver on their promises. I am involved with the students' union.”


Stavros, postgraduate Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations student:

Overall experience

“It has been life-changing and amazing, THE BEST DECISION EVER. I came here only being hired in the catering and hospitality industry and now I leave confident, professional and ready to keep progressing and growing.”


Job prospects

“My lecturers helped me identify the skills that could make me unique and stand out in certain fields and along with SEA (Swansea Employability Academy) I have achieved the most in my one year of full-time studies than ever in my life. I have been working consistently for the past year, done two placements, recently started a third paid placement and achieved a 2.1 overall for my course (distinction for my dissertation).”


Alex, undergraduate physics student:

Overall experience

“At first, I had really mixed feelings about coming to uni. But as soon as I arrived here, it started to be amazing. I enjoy every part of it from the accommodation to the campus, to the lecturers and facilities. It’s been some amazing three months here so far and I’m still excited about it.”


City life

“It’s quite fun. People are friendly and willing to help. Swansea is a beautiful city with stunning beaches. There are a lot of activities out there for every kind of person. The night life is also great. Everyone knows the famous Wind Street where all the fun is.”

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