About us

Our internationally leading research and education is focused on tackling the important scientific challenges of the 21st century.

We provide an outstanding and stimulating environment for chemical research and education. Our excellent reputation in modern chemical science attracts over 230 students from around the world every year:

Research and teaching is led by 37 members of academic staff with support from more than 80 postdoctoral and other staff. Our staff also engage in a range of community programmes, involving schools outreach, public awareness and encouraging young learners.


Our collaborations with international companies help our research achieve global impact and create industrial opportunities for our students. 

  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise all of our research output was rated at least 2* (internationally recognised), with 60% graded as 3* (internationally excellent) or 4* (world-leading).
  • In 2012, 89% of our graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduation.


With an investment of over £14 million in recent years, our state-of-the-art facilities enable research in all branches of core and interdisciplinary chemistry.  

We are home to the recently established Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI), a University-supported initiative to establish a centre of excellence for catalysis within the UK.

Our laboratory spaces have also been recently renovated to create a thriving research atmosphere for major new initiatives in Chemical Biology, Structural Chemistry, Nanoscience, Catalysis, Physical and Organic Chemistry.

Equality and diversity

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of our practices and activities.

Our aim is to establish an inclusive culture which welcomes and ensures equal opportunities for applicants of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities, family structures, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, races, religious or other beliefs, and socio-economic backgrounds.

We are proud to hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and we continually strive to ensure gender equality.

Chemistry Athena Swan application 2011

24 July 2014

Learn how we have committed to a range of actions to promote gender equality within the School.

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Learn more about the  Athena SWAN Charter.