Transforming communities

We have five flagship engagement projects which are ambitious in scope and varied in nature.

We work with communities on issues such as tackling poverty, boosting the economy, and improving health, education and wellbeing.

This is the University's most ambitious plan to date for communities, and one of the most forward-thinking of its kind attempted by any university in the UK.

Colin Riordan, President and Vice-Chancellor

The Welsh Government, the Welsh NHS and local authorities, among others, play important roles in the development of the projects. Most of the projects draw on already long-established research, work and relationships.

The ideas and enthusiasm in the communities themselves are inspiring and we are channelling that into innovative schemes to bring long-lasting benefits. The communities play a major role in shaping the activities, drawing on their local knowledge.

The five projects are:

City Region Exchange

Our work is playing a pivotal role in shaping the Cardiff Capital Region as it strives to boost the economy and create new jobs.

Community Gateway

We are working with residents as equal partners to bring innovative schemes to life that will benefit their community, starting in Grangetown, Cardiff.

Community Journalism

We are supporting communities lacking in access to local news to develop hyperlocal news websites.

The Phoenix Project

Working with the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme, we will operate in Namibia and contribute to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Strong Communities, Healthier People

This project focuses on health and wellbeing, initially in north Merthyr and the Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown areas of Cardiff.