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University of Wales, Swansea Institute of Higher Education (Welsh: Prifysgol Cymru, Athrofa Abertawe) is an institution of higher education which resides on mainly two campuses in Swansea, South Wales. SIHE was formed in 1992, when it achieved its status as an independent Higher Education Corporation, having previously been known as the West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education. However, its roots date back over 150 years. Its predecessors are the colleges of Technology, Art and Teacher Training, which have been providing education in the area prior to 1900.

The Institute is a full member of the University of Wales. It is an approved centre for BTEC Higher National and NVQ programmes. Consequently, their standards are carefully regulated and regularly monitored by external, as well as internal, specialists. The Institute is firmly rooted in the community it serves, and maintains close links with industry, commerce and the public services.

SIHE's study programmes cover a wide range of career opportunities. The basis of all of its courses is the application of knowledge to real-life situations, whether in the classroom, laboratory or workshop . The best known course of the Insitute is Glass, but the other best known school is the school of applied computing at the Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering.


Swansea Institute has three faculties:

Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering


  • Architectural Glass
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Built and Natural Environment
  • Applied Computing
  • Digital Media
  • Industrial Design
  • Logistics and Manufacturing Engineering

The school of automotive engineering is well known in south Wales for its motorsport engineering and courses. The school works closely with the Pembrey Circuit nearby, for the development and testing of competition cars and motorcycles.

Faculty of Art and Design


  • School of Contextual Studies and Visual Communication
  • School of Fine and Applied Arts
  • School of Photography and Video
  • School of Research and Post Graduate Studies

The Faculty of Art and Design has an international reputation and has been recognised as a major centre in Wales for Art, Craft, Design and Media studies. It has been awarded an overall "Excellent" grading by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. The Faculty continues the tradition of Swansea School of Art and Design in delivering quality programmes to students for more than 150 years.

CLASI The Centre for Lens-Based Arts at Swansea Institute is an innovative development within the Institute�s School of Art & Design which celebrated its� 150th anniversary in 2003.

Faculty of Humanities


  • Swansea Business School
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities and Performing Arts
  • Centre for Leisure, Tourism and Sport.
  • School of Education

The School of Education and the School of Humanities and Performing Arts are situated primarily on the Townhill campus with spectacular views of Swansea Bay.

The School of Education offers courses reflecting the practical and academic needs, of the teaching profession.

The School of Humanities and Performing Arts has a modern, well-equipped Library, Drama Room, Lecture Theatre, Computer Rooms and Teaching Resources Workshop.

Swansea Business School and the Centre for Leisure, Tourism and Sport are based on the Mount Pleasant Campus within easy reach of the city centre.

Swansea Business School achieved an "Excellent" grading for the quality of its teaching from the Higher Education Funding Council (Wales) and has a long and successful tradition of providing business education.

The Centre for Leisure, Tourism and Sport is a national centre for Leisure, Tourism, Transport, Advanced Transport Telematics, European Studies and Languages.


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