New computing school to open in Swansea

The University of Wales Trinity St David’s computing and engineering faculty is to move to Swansea Waterfront as part of a £350 million redevelopment project.

Specialist equipment from the school has begun its journey to the university’s new SA1 campus. It’ll also be home to the Institute of Education and Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC).

At the end of the summer, staff and students will relocate from its current Townhill and Mount Pleasant campus to a high-tech, modern education complex.

Work at the site is almost complete, and handover of the main academic building is scheduled to take place next month. The new campus had been in development for several years.

Professor Michael Fernando, who leads the faculty of architecture, computing and engineering, said the SA1 campus will at the heart of the university’s technology initiatives.

“We are passionate about STEM, and very excited about the new purpose-built SA1 Swansea Waterfront development and the opportunities it brings to the faculty,” he said.

“At SA1, the faculty will co-exist and co-create with industrial partners around the development. We will build further on this opportunity to create a Higher Education model that specialises in developing world-class industrial partnerships, excellence in STEM education and facilitates commercialisation and enterprise activities.

“This new model will also serve to re-skill and up-skill the existing Welsh workforce, starting at Swansea. The faculty has the potential to play a key role in sustaining and future-proofing Welsh-based STEM industries.”

Emyr Jones, senior estates manager at the university, added: “The move of key, specialist machinery from the Mount Pleasant Campus signifies an important and exciting chapter in the transition to the new custom built facilities at SA1 Swansea Waterfront.

“The planning and co-ordination of the move have been extensive and the scale of the transfer and the logistics involved has truly been impressive.

“The move of the specialist machinery is just the start of proceedings and the focus will then cover the wider migration process that will conclude prior to the commencement of academic activities during late August.”