Cardiff University Innovation

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Cardiff University Innovation

We have a thriving innovation culture and excel in connecting industry, business, and government with our academics, nurturing student entrepreneurship and championing grass-roots business development.

Our vision

We connect people, places and partners.

Our experts work with organisations worldwide to turn great research into social prosperity. We are giving work-ready graduates the spirit and skills to succeed. We are building new facilities to translate big ideas into policies, products and services. An international web of partnerships drives research, innovation and knowledge exchange.

Creative thinkers

Innovation Central
The planned Innovation Central building

We are committed to fostering economic growth and social progress in Wales, reinforcing our civic responsibility. We are experts at turning our world-leading research into commercial success, generating 85% of all intellectual property income raised by Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in Wales.

Ranked in the top five UK HEIs for the number of knowledge transfer programmes, our innovations and expertise have helped manufacturing and businesses, medical and healthcare sectors and the cultural industries improve their performance, processes and sustainability.

Our students are being encouraged to create jobs, not just seek jobs. Through work-based experience, industry-focused degree programmes, and management and executive education, we will provide a steady stream of highly-skilled graduates to businesses in Wales and beyond. Our enterprising graduates have established more than 270 start-up companies in the last three years, making us first in Wales and sixth in the UK for the level of graduate start-ups.

Places for sharing ideas

Our Innovation Campus is transforming our working culture, creating a hub for research and development activity in Wales. Our emphasis on the social value of innovation is reflected in our creation of the world’s first social science research park.

International partnerships

We will continue to connect industry with our academics, tackling the needs of businesses and accelerating the translation of our innovations into new products and technologies, services, spin-outs and start-ups in Wales and globally.