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Cardiff Metropolitan University has been awarded the highly prestigious title of University of the Year 2021 by the Times Higher Education. This follows a number of successes, including being named the Welsh University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, the second highest rise in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2022 and the institution’s highest ever rise in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Cardiff Met was the highest ranking post-1992 institution in the last Research Excellence Framework. The quality of the contribution made by Cardiff Met was significant, with a quarter of all research identified as 'world leading' with 4* research identified in all units of assessment, highlighting Cardiff Met’s significant impact on the economy, society, culture and wider public policy.

Our Global Academies create and build on our successes, bringing together our research expertise to develop inter-disciplinary, international and impactful approaches to some of the most entrenched challenges affecting us locally, nationally and internationally. By bringing together our strengths in education, research and innovation we aim to help improve the world around us collaboratively and compassionately.

Welcome to the Global Academies

Cardiff Metropolitan University's Global Academies are collaborative and interdisciplinary endeavours bringing together our strengths in research, innovation and teaching to address challenging global priorities.

Offering a range of post-graduate learning and research opportunities, the Global Academies aim to improve us as individuals and the world around us.

Our three Global Academies are Health and Human Performance; Food Science, Safety and Security; and Human Centred Design. More information about each of these academies can be found below.

Academy of Health and Human Performance

Understanding the role of human potential and performance in tackling global challenges.

"Rob truly embraced the work of Help for Heroes and was keen to develop his understanding of the offer for WIS (wounded, injured or sick) veterans in South Wales from the get go. This desire led to Rob participating in a range of physical activity sessions across the region including weekly exercise classes at the Help for Heroes Bridgend Hub and monthly sport sessions at the Help for Heroes Newport Hub. Rob was quickly able to build the trust of veterans that were being supported and this allowed him to truly investigate their feelings and behaviours regarding physical activity."


Help for Heroes PhD student


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Food Science, Safety and Security

Supporting and developing food standards and the supply chain with a view to a more sustainable future.

“As a result of the knowledge & expertise of the ZERO2FIVE technical team, we have been able to adapt and strengthen our quality management systems at Puffin Produce; resulting in maintaining our BRCGS and Red Tractor accreditation. The support we have received from ZERO2FIVE has been invaluable and we look forward to continuing to work with them."



Huw Thomas, Managing Director, Puffin Produce



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Academy Human Centred Design



Fuelling innovative solutions to our modern social needs, placing people at the heart of design.


HUG, is a device developed by researchers in Cardiff School of Art & Design that improves the lives of people living with late stage dementia and is now being used in care homes across the UK.


"The HUG, I don't know what it is about it but it has kind of brought her (mum) back again. The recognition, the smiles, the happiness all seem to have come back."


Alison, Family Carer for a resident living with dementia


GLoabl Academy

Case Studies and Articles

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Global Academy Development

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Our Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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