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From excellent to outstanding: Cardiff Met launches new strategy

News | 7 December 2022

Cardiff Met launches new strategy

Cardiff Metropolitan University has launched its new strategy which will shape and strengthen the institution over the next seven years.

Strategy 2030 will build on the significant achievements established over the last five years, a period that has seen over 40 new degree programmes introduced leading to significant growth in the number of students, turnover and major investment in new facilities and staff. The focus will be on further enhancing Cardiff Met’s reputation as a distinctive and progressive, high-performing, values-driven university with a strong reputation, sustainable finances, innovative professional partnerships and significant local, national and global reach and impact.

Cardiff Met has seen major success recently, winning the Times Higher Education title of UK and Ireland University of the Year 2021 as well as The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide Welsh University of the Year 2021. The University was also deemed to be Most Financially Sustainable University in Wales by the Welsh Governance Centre in 2020 and, just this week, has also been recognised as the top UK university in the People and Planet Green League 2022/23 which assesses the sustainability, environmental and ethical performance of over 150 UK universities.

Strategy 2030 will be delivered with purpose, impact and compassion, focusing on ‘Belonging and Becoming’, further enriching its sense of being a thriving community, by addressing four thematic priorities: learning, teaching and student engagement; research and innovation; civic mission; and global engagement.

It will do so by working in partnerships with its students, staff and partners to fulfil their life chances and those of the communities and economies they belong to.

Cardiff Met will deliver five strategic priorities: enhancing the culture; transforming campuses; creating a low carbon futures platform; consolidating its position as Wales’ sporting university; and further strengthening its global academies which deliver inter-disciplinary research and postgraduate education to tackle some of the world’s most entrenched challenges in health and human performance, food science, safety and security, and human-centred design.

President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cara Aitchison, said: “Cardiff Met is at a pivotal juncture and I look forward to leading staff and students in making Strategy 2030 a success.

“It’s critical we maintain the momentum established over the past five years by continuing our work as a distinctive, progressive and high-performing university.

“I am fortunate to be surrounded by dedicated staff who come to work every day with purpose and who deliver our impact with professionalism and compassion.

“Together we will make Strategy 2030 a success and fully achieve our strategic ambitions of establishing Cardiff Met as a leading and progressive university.”

Our strategic plan for 2017/18 to 2022/23 emboldened our commitment to education, research, innovation and civic mission and was undertaken in partnership with our students, governments, business and industry.

Chair of the Board of Governors, John Taylor, said: “Strategy 2030 will build on the sense of purpose, professionalism, aspiration and real achievements delivered by the strategy launched in 2017.

“Our new Strategy 2030 will intensify our focus on values and creating outstanding learning experiences that equip students for life, and research and innovation with purposeful impact and global reach.

“Our new strategic focus will enhance our ability to respond to student demand and employer need to address major local, national and global challenges, as we rebuild our economy and society following the pandemic, while improving the reputation and financial stability of the University and strengthening our reach and impact.”