Cardiff University

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Cardiff Universityís Postgraduate Open Day 2015 will be held on Wednesday 25 November. To find out more and book a place, visit our website: Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain's leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research with its proud heritage of service and achievement.
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About Cardiff University

Cardiff Universityís Postgraduate Open Day 2015 will be held on Wednesday 25 November. To find out more and book a place, visit our website: University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain's leading teaching and research universities.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research with its proud heritage of service and achievement.

In 2005, the title 'Cardiff University' and a new Supplemental Charter was formally granted to the University by the Privy Council on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, meaning that Cardiff became a university in its own right, fully independent of the University of Wales. Cardiff University admits students to courses leading to Cardiff University degrees.

The University's breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. The University is also home to three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places.

From its outstanding central location amidst the parks, Portland-stone buildings and tree-lined avenues that form the city's elegant civic centre, the University's students and staff are drawn from throughout the world, attracted by its international reputation and commitment to innovation and excellence in all areas of activity. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain's leading research universities.

Having gained national and international standing, Cardiff University's vision is to be recognised as a world-leading university and to achieve the associated benefits for its students, staff and all other stakeholders.

The 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 Universityís 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.

Promoting 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.


Cathays Park

The Cathays Park campus is where most of our academic schools are based. With wide tree-lined avenues and elegant Portland stone buildings, it's an inspiring place to study.

The palpable feeling of history is contrasted by state-of-the-art facilities including new labs, lecture theatres and IT suites.

  • 22 of 27 academic schools on site
  • Less than half a mile from Cardiff's vibrant city centre
  • Recent £200m investment in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Large Students' Union
  • Dedicated Graduate Centre for postgraduates
  • Several libraries on site or nearby
  • Close to several halls of residence

The main Studentsí Union building, located at the heart of the campus on Park Place, is one of the biggest and most active in Britain. Events, clubs and information services are provided, and on-site facilities include a café, general shop, bookshop, student letting agency, large games room, nightclub and pub.

Heath Park

If your course is healthcare-related you'll be based at Heath Park. It's just a mile from the city centre and next to 100 acres of parkland and playing fields.

Our academic schools share the site with the University Hospital of Wales, the third largest hospital in the UK.

Each school has its own specialist resources and facilities. Reading rooms and IT facilities are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Lecture theatres, seminar rooms, libraries and operating theatres are also on campus.

World-famous research facilities and international experts in various medially-related fields provide valuable services, including patient care, in this major teaching and research centre.

Residences and Studentsí Union services are also at the site, and students can take advantage of the numerous sports amenities, including a pool, squash and badminton courts, and fitness suite.

  • Dedicated healthcare campus shared with the University Hospital of Wales
  • World-famous research facilities
  • New £18m Cochrane building with three-storey library, labs and seminar space
  • Operating theatres on site
  • Residence on site
  • Students' Union and support services on site
  • Sport and fitness facilities (including swimming pool)
  • One mile north of the city centre

Campus Horizons

Our major new development project, Campus Horizons, will include an entirely new campus, the Maindy Park Campus, where Research Centres will be housed and additional facilities will be available for postgraduate research students.

The project also includes the new Cochrane Building at the Heath Park Campus, providing improved facilities for all five healthcare Schools, and a £4 million extension to the School of Biosciences. New developments are also proposed for the Cathays Park campus, including major upgrades to the information and communications technology.

Facilities & services

There are a wide range of facilities and support services available to you as a Cardiff University student. These are in place to make your life easier while at university, whether helping to ease you into university life, giving you timely information and support, or guiding and advising you as and when you may need it.


With over 3,000 study spaces in conveniently-placed libraries & IT rooms plus widespread Wi-Fi access, you're never far from somewhere comfortable to get your work done.

  • 16 separate libraries spread throughout both campuses
  • 1.3 million books and journals including rapidly expanding range of electronic versions
  • Selected library areas open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Specialist libraries include architecture, health, law, music and science
  • "Ask a librarian" live chat service
  • Workstations with networked software in most libraries
  • A range of special collections covering Welsh, Humanities & Social Sciences, Music, Science & Medicine and the European Union & United Nations
  • 14,000 rare items with a 40" 3D touch-screen and turning pages software


We have over 60 sports clubs ranging from traditional sports (like rugby, football, cricket or tennis) to martial arts, motorsport and watersports.

Many clubs travel all over the UK to compete against other universities in the British Universities & Colleges Sports competition.

There is a small charge to join each club but this includes insurance.

If you donít have time to commit to a sports club, we also have several extremely popular leagues including 11-a-side and 7-a-side football, netball, squash, tennis, badminton and dodgeball. Simply get a group of friends together and form a team.


Our sports facilities are located on four sites across both campuses and include a training village, swimming pool, fitness & squash centre and 33-acre sports fields (used by touring international squads).

Student support

We have a range of services dedicated to helping you to make the most of student life. The staff at the Student Support Centre are here to offer confidential advice and support when you need it.

Advice & Guidance

Face-to-face, phone and email advice for prospective and current students.

International Student Support

Confidential advice and support for students from outside the UK on a wide range of issues including immigration and visas.

Disability and Dyslexia

Confidential information, advice and support for students with dyslexia or disabilities. Dedicated mental health adviser.

Financial Support

A range of support is available for students with financial difficulties including the Financial Contingency and Hardship Funds.


Confidential counselling for students feeling distressed or anxious.

Careers & Employability

Our careers service gives advice and information, workshops, events, work experience placements and more.

Health Centre

A drop-in service for general healthcare.

Graduate Centre

We are proud to be among the few universities in the UK which have a dedicated university-wide facility exclusively for taught and research postgraduates.

The Graduate Centre complements our academic schools by offering additional resources of space, study and social facilities, as well as workshops and events for students.

Key facts

Location: 3rd floor of Studentsí Union building on Park Place (Cathays Park Campus)

Opening times: Mon-Fri 8am-midnight; Sat-Sun noon-midnight, except mid Jul-mid Sep, when it closes at 10pm.

Facilities: Wireless internet access, 36 networked terminals, printers, scanner and photocopier, five meeting rooms, Reading Room for up to 32 people, newly refurbished informal lounge area with 8 networked PCs, Café Bar with food and licensed bar.

Excellent study facilities

Group work

There are five meeting rooms for workshops, project groups, seminars and presentations. Group study is welcomed in the newly refurbished Coffee Lounge, where you will also find 8 additional computers for checking email.

Individual study

The Reading Room has individual quiet study space for up to 33 people, offering a welcome change from your regular library or School study area.


With wireless internet access throughout the Centre, wireless access to the Universityís computing network, and a dedicated IT room with 36 networked computers, printers, scanner and a photocopier, the Graduate Centre is fully equipped for quality study and research. We also have an additional 8 networked PCs in our newly refurbished coffee lounge

Socialising at the Centre

Café Bar

This is the place to relax and meet friends for lunch, or after a day of study. It is a modern, comfortable space with a big-screen TV, Nintendo Wii, and food and beverage service, which can also be booked for events. During term-time weekdays, the food and bar service is open 11am-2pm, and 5pm-11pm. In the autumn term, the bar service is also open on Saturday evenings 5pm-11pm.


Past and present Graduate Centre events include a Welcome Fortnight for new students, live music, day trips, games nights, quiz nights and film screenings. Students are encouraged to become involved in the planning of events.

Key facts

Location: 2nd Floor Medical School, Main Hospital Building, Heath Park Campus

Opening times: 24/7 access with student ID card.

Heath Park Postgraduate Space

Opening in Autumn 2012, the space consists of a study area and social space. The study area is for private or group work and has access to the university wi-fi, projector, and 3 networked computers.

The social space has a number of sofas and soft seating to take a break from study with free-view TV, DVD Player, and Nintendo Wii for you to use and enjoy. If you are interested in holding any social events in this space please contact the graduate centre.

Computing services

Whether you need to crunch gigabytes of research data with our supercomputer or simply find the nearest free PC, we're here to help.

  • 25 computer rooms aross both campuses
  • Wi-fi access in many buildings including all residences (from September 2012)
  • The latest versions of common software on all networked computers (or anywhere in the world via remote access)
  • Cardiff University mobile app (for Android, Blackberry and iOS) including "Find a free PC" tool and "Ask a librarian" live chat
  • Discounted computers and software
  • Web-based access to your University email, calendar, lecture handouts, storage space, assignment submission, library catalogue, journals, collaborative learning area and more
  • Free and friendly support and advice from our IT clinic (in the Students' Union)
  • Computer sales, rentals and repairs from our IT shop
  • Training courses and workshops to help you make the most of our IT services


We've introduced a raft of energy-saving initiatives to reduce the impact of our IT systems on the environment:

  • lecture handouts and slides are posted online rather than printed
  • flat-screen monitors across campus (using only 46% of the energy of standard monitors)
  • automatic power-down if computers are not switched off
  • at least 98.5% of old equipment is reused or recycled
  • we actively purchase greener equipment (to EPEAT and Energy Star standards)
  • our ARCCA supercomputer and datacentre have received several environmental award commendations and nominations

Day care centre

Voted Welsh Nursery of the Year 2010 by the National Day Nurseries Association, our Day Care Centre welcomes the children of both students and staff, aged 10 weeks to 5 years.

Your child in good hands

  • Divided into sections appropriate to age and development
  • Well-established routines in each section ensure that your child gets appropriate care and stimulation.
  • Each child has a "keyworker" - a member of staff responsible for their individual needs

As a parent you would be encouraged to visit the Centre, especially during the first few weeks of the new term


  • A nutritious, well-balanced meal cooked on the premises
  • Mid-morning and afternoon snacks
  • Vegetarian and other diets catered for

Practising your religion

Cardiff has a strong history of diversity in faith and culture, and welcomes students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Finding others who share your faith

There are various religious societies in the Studentsí Union representing different faiths which you can think about joining, including amongst others the Islamic, Jewish and Christian Societies.

Places of worship for all major religions and faiths can be found around the city. The Chaplaincy has information about all the churches, synagogues, temples and other places of worship around Cardiff.

Quiet rooms

A number of quiet rooms on both the Cathays and Heath Park campuses have been set up for individual prayer & reflection, meditation, contemplation or just quiet time. There is also a quiet room available every day during term-time on 3rd floor of the Studentsí Union in The Lounge.

Religion Café

Held twice a semester, our Religion Café brings all students together, no matter which faith tradition you are from, to make new friends and learn about the beliefs of others.


Our Chaplaincy is made up of Anglican, Catholic, Methodist and Muslim Chaplains. They work alongside other denominations and faith communities in Cardiff, welcoming students from all parts of the world regardless of their nationality or religion and are committed to encouraging discussion between students of different faiths and backgrounds.

The chaplaincy is a place of friendship, hospitality, prayer and support. It offers opportunities for students to relax and explore faith and spirituality. It provides advice, support and care, support student groups and organise a regular programme of worship, lectures and social events. Through events such as the Student Drop-in Café, the Easter Egg Hunt and the Pancake Day Party, the Chaplaincy creates a community feeling helping students settle in and meet new people.

Student life at Cardiff University

Cardiff - A Capital City

Lively, elegant, confident, cosmopolitan, Cardiff caters for all tastes, offering everything from the excitement of a vibrant city life to the peace and tranquility of the nearby coast and countryside.

A city with both heritage and ambition Cardiff has a distinctive character, a good quality of life, and a growing national and international reputation.

It is presently host to numerous large and high profile events, including Britainís largest free summer festival.

As the capital city of Wales it is home to many national institutions including the National Museum of Wales and the much-admired Millennium Stadium.

The city centre skyline is testimony to its heritage and ambition, with landmark buildings ranging from the ornate civic centre to the historic Cardiff Castle.

Cardiff is well established as ĎEuropeís Youngest Capitalí but its history dates back more than 2000 years to the Romans. It was once one of the busiest ports in the world, exporting the coal which fuelled the industrial revolution.

The famous Tiger Bay docklands have been substantially transformed into Cardiff Bay, a modern development of homes, shops, offices, visitor attractions and the National Assembly for Wales, all surrounding a huge freshwater lake.

In 1905 Cardiff was proclaimed a city and in 1955 it became the capital city of Wales.

A Friendly City

The city of Cardiff offers an excellent location in which to study. Students at Cardiff benefit from the combination of a small, friendly, inexpensive city with the cultural and recreational amenities of an ambitious and progressive capital city.

With a population of 327,500, Cardiff does not suffer from overcrowding. Students in Cardiff lead a busy life, both with their academic studies and the social and cultural activities that take place.

Convenient Location

Cardiff is an extremely accessible city, benefiting from excellent road, rail and air communications. Using the hourly high-speed train service, London is reached within two hours.

Cardiff has convenient connections to Heathrow and Gatwick airports and the city also benefits from its own international airport. The city is served directly by the M4 motorway providing fast links to the rest of the UK.

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