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 12th largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers with a total estimated income for 2013/14 of £460M.

  • 28,540 students
  • £500M research contracts
  • 89% student satisfaction

Our students 

We have 28,540 students enrolled, representing over 100 countries.

  • 21,020 undergraduates
  • 7,520 postgraduates
  • 5,885 international students
  • 89% overall satisfaction in National Student Survey 2013
  • 1,000 students volunteer in the local community each year

Student numbers confirmed by HESA for 2012/13.

Our graduates

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

  • 95% of graduates enter employment or professional training/postgraduate study shortly after graduating*
  • 78% obtain graduate level employment, placing the University 16th in the UK for this measure
  • 170,000 alumni across the globe from more than 180 countries

*HESA Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2012/13.

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
  • £20M has been invested in Cardiff University/Fusion IP spinouts
  • we are 8th in the UK for interactions with SMEs since 2008*
  • we rank 6th in the UK for estimated turnover (£43M) of all active graduate start-ups since 2008
  • 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.