Cardiff University Info

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Cardiff University Info

We are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Our world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. We provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students.

Driven by creativity and curiosity, we strive to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.

The University opened its doors on 24 October 1883 and was formally established by Royal Charter in 1884.

We were named the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and were tiny in comparison to our current size. There were just:

  • 13 academic staff
  • 12 departments
  • 102 full-time degree students
  • 49 part-time students.

In 1893 we became one of the founding institutions of the University of Wales and began awarding their degrees. By 1972 we had taken the name University College, Cardiff.


We merged with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology  (UWIST) in 1988. In 1999 the public name of the University changed to Cardiff University.

In 2004 we merged with the University of Wales College of Medicine. The College of Medicine was part of the original University but had split off in 1931, making this a reunification.

In December 2004 the Privy Council approved a new Supplemental Charter granting us university status. Our legal name changed to Cardiff University. We are now independent of the University of Wales.

We awarded students admitted before 2005 University of Wales degrees. Since then we award students Cardiff University degrees.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms
Our coat of arms

The College of Arms granted our coat of arms in 1988 after the merger with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology.

The arms feature ‘supporters’, which in heraldry are rarely granted to universities. The angel and the dragon are derived from the crests of the merged institutions.

The motto “Gwirionedd, Undod a Chytgord” is the closing phrase of the prayer for the Church Militant in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. It means “Truth, Unity and Concord”.

Who we are

We excel in producing high quality, innovative research which translates into benefits both locally and worldwide.

We have a diverse student population with students coming from more than 100 countries and with a range of backgrounds. Our academic staff are driven by creativity and curiosity and many are leaders in their fields, creating a stimulating environment for learning.


Our students benefit from research-led teaching that develops their individual intellectual abilities.


We use our knowledge to develop innovative research that will have an impact on the world.


We excel in connecting industry, business, government and NGOs with our academics.


Cardiff is an international university – from worldwide collaborations to the students we welcome from over 100 different countries.


We aim to demonstrate our commitment to the communities of Cardiff and Wales through knowledge exchange projects that help those who do not traditionally engage with us.

A Welsh university

The Welsh language is integral not only to our culture and society, but in fostering the economic development of Wales.


We are committed to creating a more sustainable University and to developing sustainability research.

University for all

We are dedicated to promoting equality across the University and our whole community benefits from having a diverse and talented student population.

Contact us

You can contact the University in a number of ways.

General enquiries

Cardiff University
CF10 3AT

Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 4000
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4000

In an emergency

Please contact the Security Office on +44 (0)29 2087 4444.

The office is open 24 hours, seven days a week.