Cardiff Metropolitan University
Welsh: Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd
|University of Wales Institute, Cardiff|
|Motto||The most valuable possession is knowledge|
2011 – Cardiff Metropolitan University |
1996 – University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)
1976 – South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education
1865 – Cardiff School of Art & Design
Association of Commonwealth Universities|
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Welsh: Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd), formerly University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), is a university situated in Cardiff, Wales. It operates from two campuses: Llandaff on Western Avenue and Cyncoed campus on Cyncoed Road.
The university has over 12,000 students. The university offers degree courses in a variety of disciplines. Study is available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, full-time and part-time, and research opportunities are offered. Cardiff Metropolitan University has a number of research and enterprise centres, including the Food Industry Centre, the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, and the National Centre for Product Design and Development Research.
- 1865 – The School of Art opened in the Old Free Library Building, St Mary's Street.
- 1900- School of Art moved to the Technical Buildings in Dumfries Place.
- 1940 – (circa) Cardiff College of Food Technology and Commerce opened at Crwys Road.
- 1949 – The School of Art moved to The Friary.
- 1950 – Cardiff Training College opened at Heath Park.
- 1954 – Llandaff Technical College opened at Western Avenue, home to health sciences, design and engineering students.
- 1962 – Cardiff Training College moved to Cyncoed, now home to the Schools of Education and Sport.
- 1965 – The College of Art (as the Cardiff School of Art and Design was then called) moved to a new Campus in Howard Gardens.
- 1966 – Cardiff College of Food Technology and Commerce moved to a new Colchester Avenue Campus, home to management, business, leisure, hospitality, tourism and food students.
- 1976 – The four colleges merged to form South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education.
- 1990 – Name changed to Cardiff Institute of Higher Education in preparation for Incorporation.
- 1992 – The Institute joined the University of Wales as an autonomous body, no longer under the jurisdiction of the county council.
- 1993 – Teaching Degree Awarding Powers (TDAPs) granted by the Privy Council. The Institute was given the power to award its own degrees in August but placed the powers in abeyance, choosing instead to strengthen their links with the University of Wales.
- 1996 – Granted University College status within the University of Wales and named the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC).
- 1999 – National Indoor Athletic Centre opened at the Cyncoed Campus.
- 2003 – Became a Constituent Institution of the University of Wales. Enters into and then withdraws from merger talks with the University of Glamorgan
- 2004 – Launch of the FE2HE-UWIC Consortium: an FE/HE partnership established with Barry, Bridgend, Coleg Glan Hafren and Ystrad Mynach FE colleges, with St David’s College joining in 2009. Professor Tony Chapman becomes Senior Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Wales
- 2005 – Enters into and then ends merger talks with the University of Newport. A vote of no confidence is passed by the staff in the Vice Chancellor Professor Tony Chapman.
- 2006 – London School of Commerce became an Associate College.
- 2009 – Launch of the UWIC Foundation to advance the quality of teaching and research. The opening of the Food Industry Centre at Llandaff with a multi purpose Campus Centre to be unveiled at Cyncoed in the Autumn.
- 2010 – In October the new building for the Cardiff School of Management opened in Llandaff with the closure of the Colchester Avenue campus. Also at Llandaff, the refurbished campus centre and the new i-zone reception areas were opened.
- 2011 – In June the new Learning Centre on the Llandaff campus was officially opened. Starts and then ends merger talks with Swansea Metropolitan and Trinity St David Universities. In November UWIC formally ended its association with the University of Wales and was renamed Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Split from University of Wales
Under its previous name (the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, or UWIC), the university had its degrees awarded by the University of Wales. However, UWIC formally ended its association with the University of Wales, and was renamed Cardiff Metropolitan University in November 2011. The university will also now award all of its degrees in its own name.
Despite this 'withdrawal' from the University of Wales, the new Cardiff Metropolitan University retains close formal links with it. Until summer 2012 they shared the same Pro Vice Chancellor of Research, Professor Robert Brown. Cardiff Metropolitan University briefly continued to supply its staff for the University of Wales to use as moderators for their overseas franchised degrees. From 2004 to 2007, Cardiff Metropolitan University's Vice Chancellor, Tony Chapman, was the Senior Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Wales, whilst also holding the post of Vice Chancellor at UWIC.
Pressure to merge with other HE institutions
In December 2003, UWIC withdrew from merger talks with the University of Glamorgan, stating that it was not in the ‘best interests of UWIC and the students’. In December 2004, UWIC announced merger talks with University of Wales, Newport, but withdrew from merger talks in July 2005 when HEFCW stated they indicated that any proposed merger must also include the University of Glamorgan.
On 4 July 2011, UWIC pulled out of merger talks with both Swansea Metropolitan University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, for a new University of Wales citing the fact that it was ‘dissatisfied with a lack of attention to good governance, due process and administration (in the University of Wales)'. This was despite the fact that its own Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Robert Brown, was also one of the most senior figures in the University of Wales, serving as a member of the University of Wales Council. In December 2011 the newly established Cardiff Metropolitan University rejected HEFCW plans for the future structure of Wales’ universities which proposed merging it with the universities of Glamorgan and Newport to form the UK’s largest higher education institution.
Pressure on Cardiff Met to merge continued to mount throughout 2011 and 2012, however, in line with Leighton Andrews' controversial Higher Education agenda. This included a plan to create a new super-university of 45,000 students in the Welsh Valleys, involving the University of Glamorgan, the University of Wales, Newport, and Cardiff Metropolitan. Newport had already agreed to merger plans put forward by Glamorgan, although it was described as a 'bilateral arrangement' with neither institution technically taking precedence. This merger plan left open the possibility of a third university becoming involved, which was recognised as a reference to Cardiff Met's position.
Cardiff Metropolitan continued to oppose a merger with its neighbours, citing the lack of a business case, concerns that the new institution (which would be the largest campus university in Britain) would simply be too big to manage properly, and the 'predatory' attitude of Glamorgan, which has led to concerns they were intent on taking over rather than merging with Newport and Cardiff Met. In response to their efforts, Leighton Andrews (a strong supporter of the mergers on any terms) threatened to forcibly dissolve Cardiff Metropolitan and hand its assets over to the University formed by Glamorgan and Newport's merger. As of October 2012, more time had been granted to consider a three-way merger, but Cardiff Metropolitan still demanded more evidence before committing to further talks. Cardiff Metropolitan has described the existing plans as high cost and high risk, and have threatened to refer the matter to spending watchdogs, including the Auditor General. However, Cardiff Metropolitan stressed that it retained an 'open mind' on the subject of a merger, and has ruled out moving to the private sector.
On 6 November 2012, the threat of dissolution was removed when the Education Minister made a statement to the Senedd that he had taken the decision to cancel the previous consultation on the proposed dissolutions because of a request from the chairs of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. It was on that basis that the Minister took the decision to cancel the consultation that was previously in operation. Responding to the statement Angela Burns AM, shadow minister for education, said: "This is a massive climb-down for the Education Minister, but a win for diplomacy over belligerence and aggression." In the Summer of 2018 the new Vice Chancellor Cara Aitchison caused a series of controversial news stories concerning her management style and fall out with senior colleagues resulting in their departures from the university.
Since 2007, £50 million has been invested in estate developments. In May 2009 the £5million Food Industry Centre – Zero2Five at the Llandaff Campus opened. Cardiff Met's £20 million Cardiff School of Management building officially opened in October 2010 at the Llandaff site. Student facilities, learning centres and the provisions within have also been updated.
The Cyncoed campus opened the campus centre in October 2009, which houses the Students' Union, bar and cafe for student, staff and visitor use.
The Student I-Zone opened in October 2010, to provide information to students from one location.
The UWIC Foundation has been set up to develop, promote and encourage improvements to the quality of teaching and research at the university. It is funded through charitable donations.
In 2012 the University commenced the building of a major new development for its School of Art & Design. The £14m investment will enable a new building to be built on the University's Llandaff campus, and existing accommodation will be substantially improved to provide a contemporary home for the internationally recognised School.
Cardiff Metropolitan University is made up of five academic schools:
Research & Enterprise Centres
Cardiff Metropolitan University's research is organised through a number of research centres, offering applied research and consultancy to business and industry, and to local and national government across the UK and abroad.
National Centre for Product Design & Development Research (PDR)
Designated a National Centre of Excellence for Technology & Industrial Collaboration, PDR works in partnership with manufacturing companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and Government bodies, offering applied research and consultancy in the fields of product design, development and manufacture. PDR works to aid the development and adaptation of new processes, tools and techniques for use in new product development.
School of Art & Design
Cardiff School of Art & Design opened in 1865 as the Cardiff School of Art and is the oldest constituent part of the university. From September 2012 onwards CSAD’s learning & teaching, research and enterprise activities are focused in twelve 'subjects': Fashion Design; Interior Design; Animation; Fine Art; Illustration; Textiles; Ceramics, Artist, Designer: Maker; Graphic Communication; Product Design; Architectural Design and Technology; and International Design. The school is housed in a new purpose built building with extensive studios and workshops on the Universities Llandaff Campus.
The school was assessed as number 39 of the top 80 destinations to study art and design in the UK by the Guardian's University Guide in 2010. The postgraduate programme includes MA MDes, MFA, and MPhil/PhD and Professional Doctorates in Art and also Design, which can be taken in any of the Schools subject areas, as well as MA Ceramics, MSc Advanced Product Design. A transnational MDes is co-taught with Samsung Art and Design Academy (SADI) in Korea.
School of Education
The School of Education has over 2000 students and over 100 academic and administrative staff.
The School was established in 1951 to provide Initial Teacher Education Training (ITET) provision in Cardiff, and it remains the largest in Wales and one of the largest centres for ITET in the United Kingdom.
Initial Teacher Education and Training courses include: BA Educational Studies (non QTS), BA Youth & Community Education, PGCE Primary (1yr), PGCE Secondary Education.
In 2011 the School closed its Humanities courses in Sociology, Criminology, Modern History, Politics and Popular Culture at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The only Humanities courses remaining in the School and at Cardiff Metropolitan University from 2011 onwards are those connected with English.
Professional Development courses include: Post Compulsory Education & Training, MA English, Management in the Community Professions.
School of Health Sciences
The School of Health Sciences is made up of 9 areas and provides applied research and consultancy services. The Centre for Biomedical Research conducts research on the biology of disease with a focus on molecular and cell biology. In addition to research funded by medical charities, government and industry, the centre provides a range of consultancy services to the private sector.
The Centre for Health, Safety & the Environment delivers applied research and consultancy in occupational and personal health and safety, environmental risk management, pollution and health and waste management. It works with industry partners and has a collaborative programme with the School of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Hong Kong.
The Food Research & Consultancy Unit conducts applied food safety research, with specialist expertise in research on the psychology of food handlers' behaviour. The unit delivers applied research and consultancy in food science, nutrition & health for numerous clients including the Food Standards Agency, Welsh Assembly Government and industry.
The Zero2Five Food Industry Centre is a partner in Food Network Wales, and provides consultancy to the Welsh Food Industry and undertakes consultancy services and training programmes for clients in the UK and overseas.
The Wales Centre for Podiatric Studies was established in 1970 for training health care professionals, integrating of theory and evidence-based practice. The Centre uses its own facilities including three large clinics, laboratories, x-ray unit and a private practice facility.
The Department of Applied Psychology offers an undergraduate degree BSc(Hons) Psychology that is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society and also MSc Health Psychology and MSc Forensic Psychology. There are also four active research centres Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology and Educational Psychology.
School of Management
Research activities at the School are organised into five broad themes within business and management and six Research Centres in specific areas.
The Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) acts as an umbrella organisation for various streams of work within the Cardiff School of Management (CSM). Centres of research activity include: The Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, The Wales Institute for Research into Cooperatives, and EUSPRIG – the spread sheet risk research centre. In addition, research groups focusing on management in higher education and the pedagogy of business and management education have been established. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the Business and Management entry for the School scored an average of 1.350.
The Wales Institute for Research into Co-operatives is a national research unit providing basic, strategic and applied research to the social economy, broadly defined as the area covering the relationship between political and social objectives and their economic implementation. The Institute works with industry, commerce and local communities to help to achieve sustainable growth in localities that are affected by social exclusion, the decline of old industries and the pressures of the international market.
The Welsh Centre for Tourism Research (WCTR) conducts research and consultancy in critical tourism studies, in partnership with universities in the Netherlands and New Zealand. Researchers also have links with industry and engage in applied tourism industry research, especially in the areas of tourism advertising and branding, coastal tourism environments, small tourism business innovation, and ITC applications in tourism.
The European Spreadsheet Risk Group was founded in 1999 by CSM staff in collaboration with staff from HMRC and University of Greenwich. EuSpRIG’s purpose is to raise awareness of the problems associated with the use of spreadsheets in organisations and develop risk reduction techniques. It conducts research in partnership both with industry organisations and with academic institutions. The most famous alumni of school is Vikas Jain who is one of the prominent analysts in financial community globally. The Centre for International Competitiveness was founded in 2007, and focuses on researching and exploring the competitiveness of economies and businesses. It aims to stimulate and disseminate research on competitiveness for business, policy-makers, and academic communities.
School of Sport
The School of Sport is based at the Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff.
The National Indoor Athletics Centre is an indoor athletics centre housed at the university's Cyncoed campus, and was opened in January 2000 by Colin Jackson OBE. The centre offers multi-sport provision and includes a sports injuries clinic and biomechanics laboratory. It is the only designated 'High Performance Centre' in Wales. The Centre for Performance Analysis conducts performance analysis research and development.
Reputation and rankings
| The Guardian
| Times/Sunday Times
British Government assessment
|Teaching Excellence Framework||Silver|
As of 2016 the university is ranked as the top 'new' university in Wales by the major university guides – The Guardian University Guide 2013, the Complete University Guide 2013 published in The Independent and the Times Good University Guide 2013.
Cardiff Metropolitan University has been independently acclaimed for its academic standards, with an old QAA Institutional Report (2008) stating that ‘confidence can be placed in the soundness of the institution's current and likely future management of the quality of its programmes and of the academic standards of the associated awards.’
Samsung Art & Design Institute
Cardiff School of Art & Design and the Samsung Art & Design Institute offer a trans-national Master of Design (MDes). Students study component parts in for this master's degree in both Cardiff and Seoul and a system of free study and research exchange exists between the two institutions. A new Professional Doctorate in Design which will act as a doctoral extension of the Masters award will commence in October 2012.
London School of Commerce
London School of Commerce (LSC) is an associate college of the university and the relationship dates back to 2004; they deliver MBA, BA Business Studies, MSc Management Consultancy, MSc Hospitality/Tourism Management, BSc/MSc in Computing, Research degrees and an International Foundation Programme to over 6000 students across 130 countries. Westminster International College Malaysia is an Associate College of London school of commerce and the relationship dates back to 2008 they deliver MBA, BA Business Studies.
International College of Business and Technology(ICBT)
Set up in 2000, the International College of Business and Technology (ICBT) is one of the leading tertiary education providers in Sri Lanka. Popularly known as ICBT Campus, it delivers Certificate, Diplomas, pre University programs, Undergraduate programs, Masters level programs including Doctorate level programs in association with some of the Universities and educational service providers in UK, Australia, Thailand, India and Sweden.
ICBT Campus has expanded their operation in setting up branches island wide. Main branch is located at Mount Lavinia. Other branches are located in Bambalapitiya, Kandy, Matara, Nugegoda, Galle, Negombo, Kollupitiya & Jaffna.
Cardiff Metropolitan University has student accommodation available close to its campuses in Cyncoed and at Plas Gwyn. The university also has agreements with private residences such as Tŷ Pont Haearn in the city centre, which has 179 beds reserved for students and Victoria Hall which is located near to the Llandaff Campus and has 198 beds reserved for students.
The university's sporting Roll of Honour includes over 300 International performers from 30 different sports. The Roll includes:
- 7 Captains of the Welsh Rugby Team
- 15 British Lions
- 7 National Rugby Coaches
- 25 Netball Internationals
- International Gymnastics Coaches who produced British Internationals for every Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic championship from 1976–1992
- Technical Directors for GB Gymnastics, English Swimming and the England and Wales Cricket Board
- National coaches for athletics, basketball and weightlifting
- 7 Welsh, 2 English, 1 Scottish and 1 Irish squash internationals
- 1 Olympic Gold medallist – rowing
- Sports teams
National Indoor Athletics Centre
This large indoor sporting facility is a venue for many sporting events such as the Welsh Open Taekwon-Do Championships hosted there each year by the United Kingdom Taekwon-Do Association. The UK Open Taekwon-Do Championships is often held there too.
- Roy Noble
- Rhodri Williams
- Michael Buerk
- Simon Fowler
- John Inverdale
- Phil Steele
- Rick O'Shea
- Jill Dando
- Sue Lawley
- Brett Morse – Olympic Discus thrower
- Ben Simons – Olympic Bobsleigh Athlete
- Colin Smart
- Nicky Piper
- Hugh Morris
- Gareth Cooper
- Kieran Crawford
- John Devereux
- Gareth Edwards
- Ben Evans
- Non Evans
- Lynn Davies – Olympic Gold Medallist
- Helen Glover – Olympic Gold Medallist
- Alex Jones, cricketer
- Ryan Jones
- Elli Norkett
- JJ Williams
- Gable Garenamotse
- David Richards
- Steve Tomlinson
- Ieuan Lloyd
- Businesspeople and entrepreneurs
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