The School of Built and Natural Environment covers two different disciplines, the built environment and the natural environment.
The built environment isn't just about buildings. It's about roads, bridges, tunnels and railways, as well as houses, offices, super markets and leisure centres. The built environment is much more than new construction because it also includes repairing, refurbishing, renovating and restoring the ones that are already there. It's about conservation of the built environment. So even in times of recession, when there isn't much new construction work going on we still need and use the skills and people of the built environment.
Our links with the industry are extensive and during the course, we offer our students a unique opportunity to gain practical experience working on live projects.
Swansea Metropolitan University's environmental activities are not just felt within the institution but also have an impact through the wider community.
Working together with other educational institutions, charities, organisations and companies, staff and students from the School are active in promoting environmental issues to a wider audience.
The School also actively participate in Swansea's annual Environment Week, raising awareness of issues such as recycling, energy reduction, sustainable travel and fair-trade.
Swansea Metropolitan University is home to the UK's first 'Living Sustainably' module, aimed at increasing the awareness of sustainable development and global citizenship.
Our students are offered a unique opportunity to gain practical experience through real life projects, both locally, nationally and internationally. In recent years, students have undertaken a range of environmental projects in Wales, England, Southern Ireland, Turkey and the Azores.
The environmental efforts of the School have been recognised through numerous acolades in competitions such as the Green Gown Awards, NIACE/Cyfanfyd Global Learning Awards, South-West Wales Integrated Transport Consortium Travel Awards and the Sustainable Swansea Awards.