We trace our history back to 1865, when the School of Art first opened in the Old Free Library in Cardiff. Since we developed into a university, we have remained rooted in Wales while providing practice-focused and professionally oriented education to students from around the globe. Our Strategic Plan for 2017/18 to 2022/23 emboldens this commitment to education, research and innovation undertaken in partnership with our students, governments, business and industry and with tangible benefits for individuals, society and the economy. Our University is committed to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to fulfil their full potential to make outstanding graduate-level contributions to their own and future generations through sustainable economic growth and social cohesion for our City, Wales and the wider world.
Improving the student experience is at the heart of our values-driven strategy. Our origins in the Cardiff School of Art have established a rich environment in which creativity is highly prized. Our unique and successful approach to internationalisation enables us to advocate diversity from a position of strength. We are all committed to championing academic freedom. Our outlook, our research and our mind-set prioritise innovation. These four values are driven by the behaviours of our talented staff and students, by our leadership, trust, courage and accountability to each other and to our stakeholders and collaborative partners; we are one community: we are the ambitious and competitive Cardiff Met.
Our strategy is one of improvement, growth and diversification that will ensure our place in the top 50 UK universities by 2022/23 and a place in the global university rankings for the first time. Our reputational enhancement will make Cardiff Met a university of first choice for students wishing to study art and design, business and management, education and public services, sport and health sciences, and digital, data and design technologies.
Investment in the student journey and in our estate and facilities will enhance our student experience and outcomes. This will be achieved by extending our reach to partner schools and colleges in Wales through our new Cardiff Open Colleges model, improving our learning, teaching and student support on campus, and integrating our global partners. A new model of curriculum delivery will enable students to develop ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial skills, experience, knowledge, confidence and resilience in addition to their subject specialist knowledge.
Our reputation as the university judged to have the highest quality research amongst 'post 92' universities in the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) will be strengthened through the creation of Global Academies for world leading interdisciplinary and international research and innovation with impact. Ours is a truly international university with students from over 140 countries and our growing reputation and size will ensure more leading international academics and students choose to work and study at Cardiff Met.
Ours is a future where talent will be attracted and supported and where creativity, diversity, freedom and innovation will establish Cardiff Met as one of the world's most international and impactful universities, a university that changes the world one student at a time.
Professor Cara Aitchison MA(Hons) PgDRLP CertEd MA PhD FAcSS FRGS FHEA
President and Vice-Chancellor
Professor in Geography and Cultural Economy