The coastal city of Swansea is the second largest in Wales, with a population of 246,500 and a daily commuting inflow of 12,800 workers. It is a major regional, administrative and commercial centre and 36% of its working population is qualified to degree level or higher. Swansea is home to two universities and has a student population of over 25,000 people, and Swansea Bay received 4.8 million visitors in 2018, spending £448 million that year.
Located along the M4, it has excellent connections to London and the South East of England, and links to the Midlands and the North via the M50 and M5. Its rail links include all UK main cities.
Swansea’s residents benefit from an attractive urban environment, with a strong heritage, close to the waterfront and outstanding countryside. The city centre is home to a number of well visited cultural institutions: The Brangwyn Hall, the Grand Theatre, the Glynn Vivian Art and the Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea City FC have their home ground at the Liberty Stadium, which also hosts European rugby. Swansea is also known as the Gateway to the Gower, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is in close proximity to the Mumbles, the Mawr Heritage Trail and the Gower Way walks.
Specialist research centres at the Universities include Europe’s first Centre for NanoHealth at Swansea University and The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre (CIRIC) at UWTSD which is a hub for research, learning and Intellectual Property development.
Swansea University has recently completed a new Computational Foundry at its £500m Bay Campus to house the School of Computer Science which is ranked 1st in Wales for its research excellence.