City of innovation
Through Swansea's universities, businesses have access to cutting-edge expertise in areas such as life science, advanced engineering, materials, low carbon technologies, digital technology and creative industries.
Swansea University's Vision as a research-intensive UK Top-30 University has been achieved; it increasingly attracts global companies such as Rolls Royce, Tata Steel and BP to collaborate on innovation and establish operations in the City Region.
The Institute of Life Science at Swansea University Medical School co-locates interdisciplinary research and development with state-of-the-art clinical research facilities and business incubation units, and is supporting the growth of a dynamic life science cluster. The University is also a major partner in the ARCH project, known as 'A Regional Collaboration for Health', a world-class, visionary project with the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg (ABMU) and Hywel Dda University health boards. ARCH promotes research, training and skills, to help deliver a vibrant economy through investment, innovation and sustainable employment.
University of Wales Trinity Saint David's ambitious campus development in SA1 Swansea Waterfront will help create additional opportunities for it to engage with industry in open innovation and knowledge exploitation, and complement the cultural quarter in the city centre.
Swansea has a burgeoning technology sector, with many new enterprises emerging to commercialise research and expertise in areas such as digital media and ICT; Swansea TechHub (one of only seven TechHubs around the world) and Indycube Swansea Central are thriving examples of new co-worker spaces supporting enterprising and innovative business activity.
A strong creative sector is developing which includes Wales's first dedicated space built purely for use by the creative industries is located at Swansea's Urban Village development in the City Centre, providing an affordable and cutting-edge hub for small start-ups, creative companies and the performing arts.