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About Cardiff University


Cardiff University was established in 1883 as one of the founding colleges of the University of Wales. Our motto, Gwirionedd, Undod a Chytgord – ‘truth, unity and concord’ – sets out our commitment to working together to make a positive and lasting difference to our communities, and continues to shape our institution today.

We are one of the largest universities in the UK and the only Welsh member of the Russell Group. Our vision is to be a world-leading, research-excellent, and educationally outstanding university with a transformative social, cultural and economic impact for Cardiff, Wales, the UK and the world.

We are firmly grounded in our sense of place. As the biggest university in Wales – and a major employer, with more than 7,000 staff – we work with communities, industry and government to help overcome the most urgent challenges of our times. Our widening participation and civic mission activity sees engagement from across the university community and makes a difference to a diverse range of people.

Our economic impact is significant. A recent report estimated our contribution to be £3.7 billion in 2020–21, at the height of the pandemic. Our benefit to cost ratio stands at 6.4:1, higher than the Russell Group average of 5.5:1.

Over recent years we have invested heavily in our estate and infrastructure, making transformative improvements in both teaching and research facilities, the latter of which has brought exciting new external partnerships and collaborations.

Our real strength comes from the diversity of our community, with over 30% of staff originally from outside the UK. Staff and students from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives work together, driven by a continuing curiosity and a desire to make a positive difference.

Our students leave us well-prepared for their continuing success, in 2019-10 96% of graduates were in employment, further study, due to start a new course/job or doing other activities in 2019/20. Our alumni network continues to grow, creating enthusiastic ambassadors for our University across an ever-increasing range of countries.

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