Driven by creativity and curiosity, the university strives to fulfil its social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales and the wider world. It provides an educationally outstanding experience for its 21,500 undergraduate and 8,900 postgraduate students. Nearly 23% of its student body and 22% of its academic staff are from outside the UK. It employs more than 6,600 staff and has a turnover of £482 million.
The university ensures its research has global impact by working across disciplines to tackle the major challenges of our time. The discoveries of stem cell pioneer and Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Martin Evans are now being applied in virtually all areas of biomedicine and have been key to establishing Cardiff as a world-leading centre for biomedical research. In the recent UK-wide assessment of the quality of research in universities, 40% of the university’s research was rated as world-leading and a further 47% rated internationally excellent.
In 2015 its Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for pioneering research in the genetics of mental disorders, making landmark discoveries about the risk of schizophrenia from cannabis use and genetic links to autism, ADHD and Alzheimer’s.
The case studies below are just a snapshot of the range of activity taking place at Cardiff University. From world-class research and collaboration with industry to innovative programmes designed to improve access for all students to higher education.