We have a thriving innovation culture and excel in connecting industry, business, government and NGOs with our academics, nurturing student entrepreneurship and championing grass-roots business development.

We are experts at turning our world-leading research into commercial success, with 85 percent of all IP income in Wales generated by the University.

Ranked in the top 5 UK Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) for the number of knowledge transfer programmes, our innovations and expertise have helped manufacturing and businesses, medical and healthcare sectors and the cultural industries improve their performance, processes and sustainability.

Since inception, our innovative partnership with Fusion IP has led to more than £40M investment in Cardiff University spinouts. Our talented, enterprising graduates have established more than 270 start-up companies in the last three years, making us the first Higher HEI in Wales and sixth in the UK for the level of graduate start-ups.

Our future ambition

We are committed to boosting growth and prosperity in Wales and reinforcing our civic responsibility. Our plans for the future are ambitious. Supported by a multi-million pound research and innovation capital development plan we will transform our working culture and physical landscape with the aim of catalysing the Welsh economy and gaining recognition as a powerful engine for growth, and for tackling the scientific, economic and policy challenges of the future. 

Our aim is to act as a hub for research and development activity in Wales, cultivating an innovation capital for the country that operates right across the region and in all spectrums of work including life sciences, creative and digital economies and manufacturing.

We plan to further connect industry with academia to tackle the needs of businesses and accelerate the translation of our innovations into new products and technologies, services, spin-outs and start-ups in Wales and globally.

Our students will be encouraged to create jobs, not just seek jobs. Through work- based experience, industry-focused degree programmes and management and executive education, we will provide a steady stream of highly-skilled graduates to businesses in Wales and beyond.