student population is drawn from a variety of backgrounds, with
students attracted from throughout Wales, the rest of the UK and
world-wide. International students comprise some 17 per cent of
the total student population. Government performance indicators
show that our students are more likely to succeed in their studies,
with first-year completion rates considerably higher than national
averages and also higher than some similar universities.
Many of the
University’s degree schemes provide partial or complete
exemption from relevant professional examinations and more than
forty schemes of study benefit from accreditation and input from
professional bodies. More than twenty per cent of Cardiff University
students pursue postgraduate study.
health and welfare with special reference to the needs of Wales
is an important role of the University and one which is fulfilled
via a strongly inter-disciplinary and multi-partnership approach.
Central among our partners in this all-Wales role is the National
Health Service (NHS) in Wales, with which the University is linked
at all levels
is located in and around the Portland stone buildings, parks and
tree-lined avenues that form Cardiff’s magnificent civic
centre. In recent years, substantial investment has been made
in the University estate, including the expansion of life sciences
facilities, current development of a new brain research centre
and a new building for Optometry and Vision Sciences.
for a civic university, most of the University’s student
residential accommodation is within easy walking distance of lecture
theatres, libraries and the students’ union, saving our
students time and money.
A place in
one of the University’s 5,100 student rooms is guaranteed
to all first-year undergraduates entering through the normal admissions
cycle. The vast majority of student residences are single en-suite
study bedrooms in self catered flats — and students enjoy
some of the lowest rents in the UK, according to a survey by the
National Union of Students.
computers offering a wealth of software applications are available
to every student, there is a dedicated Graduate Centre providing
support and facilities for postgraduates additional to those available
within their Schools.
is attached to ensuring that Cardiff University graduates have
the personal and intellectual skills demanded by employers, and
this results in very high levels of graduate employment.
is the largest provider of adult education in Wales, with the
Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning providing several hundred
courses in venues across South East Wales. The University’s
lifelong learning activities also encompass the professional development
work carried out by schools for employers, and many of these courses
are custom-made to suit an individual company’s needs. The
Centre also offers business language training at all levels.
is one of the largest employers in Cardiff, with a staff of some
5,000 and is a substantial purchaser of goods and services, making
a major contribution to the prosperity of the region. Academic
expertise and research facilities are used to advantage by industry
and commercial partners, government bodies and other organisations.
combined with the provision of professional updating courses and
the provision of sophisticated equipment and specialist skills,
enable the University to help improve the efficiency, competitiveness
and profitability of industry and commerce.
also helps to generate new business ideas and spin-out companies
in the region; technology transfer activities, from start-up companies
and the licensing of new products to industry, contribute tens
of millions of pounds to the economy each year.
Cardiff University Innovation Network has introduced several hundred
companies to the expertise, knowledge and facilities of the University.
The University’s Manufacturing Engineering Centre, has a
customer base of some 100 small and medium size enterprises and
it regularly disseminates the results of its ground-breaking work
to more than 2,000 companies throughout the UK.