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On 1 November 2011, the university officially became Cardiff Metropolitan University.
In 1996, the university gained university status and became known as the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC). Prior to this the university was known as Cardiff Institute of Higher Education. In 1992 it gained independence from the local county council.
The history of the university can be traced back as far as 1865 with the opening of the School of Art in Cardiff city centre.
The School of Art merged with Cardiff Training College, Cardiff College of Food Technology & Commerce and Llandaff Technical College in 1976 as the South Glamorgan Institute for Higher Education. This institution occupied the same sites and offered similar vocational subject areas as Cardiff Metropolitan University does today.
Location and Transport
Cardiff Metropolitan University operates from three teaching campuses in Cardiff (Llandaff, Cyncoed and Howard Gardens) with one additional halls of residence campus at the Plas Gwyn Campus.
All conveniently located in the city of Cardiff, with excellent road links via the M4. Rail links and public transport provide access to shopping, nightlife and leisure activities.
Students have access to a dedicated bus service between all campuses and the city centre through the university’s Rider bus service.
Entry requirements for programmes vary depending on the programme, but range between 140 and 320 UCAS tariff points.
Various programmes require specific qualifications e.g. some art and design programmes require an art foundation qualification.
Research & Enterprise Services engage in research at the interface of new knowledge creation and its application. The research has direct application in business, industry, the professions and the community at large.
Research Areas include Art & Design, Education, Health Sciences, Management, Product Design (PDR) and Sport. The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) recognised the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff Met's success in supporting the development of world-class research, particularly in art and design.
The Cardiff School of Management offers a wide range of programmes in Accounting, Economics and Finance; Business, Management & Marketing; Computing & Information Systems and Tourism, Hospitality & Events.
The Cardiff School of Education has an enviable reputation for the excellence of its provision in Teacher Training (Primary and Secondary), Humanities, including English, Creative Writing, and Contemporary Media.
The Cardiff School of Health Sciences has particular strengths in offering professionally accredited programmes in biomedical science, dental technology, dietetics, environmental health, food science and technology, housing, podiatry, psychology, social work and speech and language therapy.
The Cardiff School of Art & Design has been at the hub of creativity in Cardiff for over 140 years. This long-established position has enabled the school to develop into a contemporary, dynamic and creative establishment that enjoys a strong position alongside its counterparts across the UK and beyond.
We offer facilities of the highest standard to our students and staff. Across all campuses we offer first class libraries and learning centres, print studios and support services. Our aim is to provide students with a safe and supportive learning environment.
Student facilities, learning centres and the provisions within Cardiff Met are constantly being updated and reviewed to make sure student satisfaction is not just met but exceeds expectation. Library users have direct access to an overall stock of approximately 270,000 books and 1,000 journals.
The Cardiff School of Sport is a recognised centre of excellence in the UK, with an established national reputation for the quality of its academic, sporting and professional work.
The Cyncoed campus offers students some of the best sports facilities in the UK.
The university Scooped six gold medals at the 2010 BUCS Championships in Sheffield. Rugby (both men's and women's) is particularly strong, regularly competing for BUCS Championships. The women's rugby side have won the championships for the last five years.
A total of 17 former and current individuals from the university athletics team took part in the Commonwealth Games in New Dehli.
Past graduates have gone on to represent their country in all forms of sport, including recent graduate Dai Greene, who won Gold at the 2011 World Athletics Championships.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
The start of the 2010 academic year saw the opening of the brand new, £20-million, state-of-the-art, Cardiff School of Management building at the Llandaff campus.
2009 saw the opening of the £4.9-million Food Industry Centre at the LLandaff Campus.
A brand new Learning Centre opened at the Llandaff Campus in 2010
A new Student Centre at the Cyncoed Campus also opened in 2009.
2014 will see the opening of a brand new, £14-million, state-of-the-art Cardiff School of Art & Design building at the Llandaff campus.
Availability of Part-Time Work
Cardiff is one of Europe's fastest growing capital cities and part-time work is readily available within the city. Our Career Development Service offers lots of help with finding part-time jobs. Find out more about part-time work.