UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering starts its journey to SA1


Specialist equipment from UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering has started its journey to the university’s £350 million SA1 Swansea Waterfront development. In just a few months’ time, the university will welcome its first students to its new prime waterfront location.

SA1 will be the new home for the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Yr Athrofa, The Institute of Education, the library and the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC).

Staff and students will relocate from the university’s Townhill and Mount Pleasant campus at the end of the summer term ready to start the new academic year in the exciting new city centre location. The University will retain a presence at Mount Pleasant and the University’s Faculty of Art & Design (Swansea College of Art) will remain on Alex Road along with a number of support functions including the Students’ Union. Swansea Business campus will operate as usual on High Street.

Work on the exciting SA1 development, is almost complete, with handover of the main academic building, called IQ and the new library, Y Fforwm, taking place next month.

Professor Michael Fernando, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering said: “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. 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, UWTSD’s Senior Estates Manager (Development & Planning) said: "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 has 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.”


  • IQ totals 10,109 square metres over 4 floors and provides provision for the Faculty of Architecture Computing and Engineering and Yr Athrofa - the Institute of Education.
  • Y Fforwm is 2,705 square metres over 3 floors and provides provision for Library Services and teaching activity on the ground floor.
  • 22 welsh subcontractors working on the project
  • £18.5m Welsh Works Value
  • 12 new apprentices
  • 22 new jobs created
  • 17 work experience placements to date
  • 49 University educational engagements
  • 324 hours given back to the community to date
  • Over £30m in construction costs.
  • Over £1.6m investment in new IT and AV infrastructure and equipment
  • Over £500k investment in new automotive machinery
  • Over £1m investment in furnishings to create an outstanding learning environment

Note to Editor

Construction Wales Innovation Centre

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and a consortium led by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, are working in partnership to deliver (CWIC) state-of-the-art facilities and training for individuals and construction companies, with CITB investing £6.5m. The centre will open in autumn 2018 and will see a minimum of 1100 students trained at the SA1 hub each year.

Situated in phase one of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s new £350m SA1 Swansea Waterfront development, the building is being constructed by Kier. It will cover 1,000 square metres of floor space, providing a ConstructZone, classrooms, dedicated IT suites and conference facilities. A dedicated scaffolding training facility will also be sited close by.

Around 1,550 people have received training from CWIC, support has been provided to in excess of 350 companies and more than 220 courses, events and other activities have been completed – before the hub has even been built at the SA1 waterfront site.

To date the partnership which includes Coleg Sir Gâr, Coleg Ceredigion, Coleg Cambria and Coleg y Cymoedd , has supported 305 Welsh employers through its engagement with Welsh construction industry professionals, operatives and related staff.

CWIC is already delivering world-class training and courses including the scaffolding management course at Coleg Cambria and the heritage plastering course at Coleg y Cymoedd – taught for the first time in Wales.


Yr Athrofa

Yr Athrofa – the Institute of Education – is a coalition of international leaders of education working to transform education and transform lives in Wales.

Established by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Yr Athrofa has three component parts – A Professional Learning PartnershipCentres of Research and Innovation and the Wales Education Commission – that build on the proud history of teacher education in South West Wales.

The university’s long association with educational change and innovation began in Carmarthen in 1848, when the then South Wales & Monmouthshire Training College was established to train teachers for church schools in England and Wales.

It later became known as Trinity College and subsequently Trinity University College, before becoming a key part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s teacher education offer – making it the oldest teacher training centre currently in operation in Wales.

But the university’s reach is much broader and its base in Swansea is also steeped in tradition, with a reputation for educational excellence.

Launched in 1872 as Swansea Training College, the university’s Townhill centre was a women-only site until after the Second World War.

The college did not become fully co-educational until 1965, when it underwent the first in a series of name changes culminating in the merger of Swansea Metropolitan University with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2012.

Today, Yr Athrofa seeks to learn from its founding fathers and rich heritage, while developing an exciting new legacy of its own.

The firm foundations on which Yr Athrofa is built allows for careful reflection, but a determination to drive forward educational change in Wales as part of our national mission.

Yr Athrofa, in partnership with key stakeholders across the spectrum of education, builds bridges and seeks to learn from the very best.

It believes in the power of collaboration and harnessing the strength that exists within Wales’ education system and beyond for the benefit of all learners.

Y Athrofa teaches, researches, reflects and analyses – and looks forward to playing a full and active role in the future development of education in Wales.


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