Swansea University is a research-led university that has forged trusted collaborations with industrial partners since its inception under the University of Wales in 1920. In 1966 it became the University of Wales Swansea before adopting the title of Swansea University in 2007. It has two campuses located on the north coast of Swansea Bay: Singleton Park Campus to the west of Swansea City centre; and Bay Campus to the east. It is the third largest university in Wales with around 18,000 students. It is ranked as a top-thirty research university, soaring up the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) league table to 26th in the UK. Swansea’s approach to research builds on the aspirations of its founders, who in 1920 set out to respond to the requirements of industry. Their first five Chair appointments were in engineering, metallurgy, physics, mathematics, and chemistry – fields which remain prominent in the form of today’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. This underpins many of Swansea’s most notable advances. Each of Swansea’s five Colleges and two Schools houses research clusters that bring together research institutes, private companies, the public and voluntary and community organisations, and which build its capacity to lead in new and emerging areas.
Swansea University has long-standing and notable experience in collaboration with industry and research institutions in the UK and abroad. Its College of Engineering has excellent facilities to support space and space-related activities and is delighted to work/collaborate with potential external customers on a commercial basis subject to resource availability and terms. Large scale chemical propulsion tests can be realised in collaboration with several proving grounds in the UK.