Facts and figures

Cardiff University was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) based on quality, and is a member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 leading UK research intensive universities.

We are the 8th largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers with a total estimated income for 2013/14 of £460m.

  • 30,180 students
  • £500M research contracts
  • 90% student satisfaction

Our students 

We have 30,180 students enrolled, representing over 100 countries.

  • 21,495 undergraduates
  • 8,685 postgraduates
  • 6,605 international students (continental EU included)
  • 90% overall satisfaction in National Student Survey 2015
  • 1,000 students volunteer in the local community each year

Student numbers confirmed by HESA for 2013/14.

Our graduates

Our graduates are sought-after by employers - more so than most other major UK universities.

  • 95.5% of graduates enter employment, further study or both shortly after graduating, the highest in the Russell Group*
  • 84% obtain graduate level employment*
  • 170,000 alumni across the globe from more than 180 countries

* HESA Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2013/14

Our research 

We have a world-leading research community with a strong and broad research base:

  • 5th university nationally in the Research Exercise Framework (REF) on rankings based on quality
  • 2nd university nationally in the Research Exercise Framework (REF) on rankings based on impact
  • our research contract awards have a total value of £500m
  • we have won five Queen's Anniversary Prizes
  • more than £45m has been invested in Cardiff University/Fusion IP spinouts
  • we are 8th in the UK for interactions with SMEs since 2008*
  • we rank 5th in the UK for estimated turnover (£72m) of all active graduate start-ups during the period 2008/09 - 2013/14**
  • our researchers include two Nobel Prize winners - Professor Sir Martin Evans and Professor Robert Huber.

*Encouraging a British Invention Revolution, Sir Andrew Witty, October 2013.
**Higher Education - Business Collaboration Interaction (HE-BCI)