An ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Its world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. It provides an educationally outstanding experience for its students. Its academics and researchers have won many honours and awards in recognition of their innovations and discoveries. The advancements they have made have changed the face of their chosen areas of work and have helped to make it a world-leading institution. Its research teams and staff members have been awarded seven Queen’s Anniversary Prizes. Driven by creativity and curiosity, it strives to fulfil its social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.
Cardiff is a very accessible city with good road, rail and air connections. London can be reached by train in just over two hours. Cardiff International Airport is located just outside the city and the M4 motorway provides fast links to the rest of the UK. Due to the size of the city and the central location of campus buildings, it’s very easy to get around on foot. Public transport links are good and cycling is also very popular in the city.
It’s undertaking its biggest campus upgrade for a generation – a £600m investment in its future. This major upgrade will transform the campus for the 21st Century. It is constructing an iconic student building at the heart of the University, the Centre for Student Life. Innovation Central will be providing companies with the resources and support to encourage growth with confidence. The Translational Research Facility is home to two institutes, both using world-leading research to improve industrial processes.
Students living in Cardiff benefit from the combination of a small, friendly, inexpensive city with the cultural and recreational amenities of an ambitious and progressive capital city. Cardiff is the capital of Wales and its largest city. It has a distinctive character with an excellent quality of life and an international reputation. Many national cultural and sporting institutions are based in Cardiff, including the National Museum of Wales and the Principality Stadium. Cardiff Castle sits in the centre of the city, bordered on one side by beautiful parkland and on the other by excellent shops, restaurants and nightlife. The waterfront area at Cardiff Bay is home to the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex. There are regular food, arts and craft festivals and visitors can walk across the barrage or take a boat trip around the bay. Students in Cardiff lead a busy life, both with their academic studies and the social and cultural activities that take place.
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