Business Gateway

The Business Gateway connects industry to state of the art facilities and world-leading knowledge and expertise that exist within the College. The Gateway promotes and facilitates knowledge exchange and collaborative industrial research and development (R&D) with companies and other organisations within Wales, UK and internationally.

There are many opportunities for industrial partners to become involved with the College, beyond accessing our skills, knowledge, expertise and facilities. We are keen for businesses to contribute to the education and employability of our students, via:

  • assisting with delivery and content of our courses
  • supporting undergraduate and postgraduate projects
  • sponsoring key research and educational facilities
  • providing vacation and year-out placements.

Some of the leading organisations which our students have been placed with include: ONS, Welsh Government, Lloyds Banking Group, HEFCW, GE Aviation, Admiral, Network Rail, Roche, MOD, QinetiQ, Rolls Royce, Dept of Health, PwC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and many more.

Find out more about the Business Gateway.

If you are interested in contributing in any of these areas please contact us at:

Open for business

A key strategic driver of the College is to work with industry to translate our world-leading research into real solutions for societal and economic impact, as well as to create new job opportunities for our graduates.

The College is committed to supporting companies and there are many examples of successful collaboration involving research, problem solving, consultancy, collaborative research and development and longer term strategic partnerships.

Watch a film about an award-winning University partnership from the College's School of Engineering, Welsh School of Architecture and School of Computer Sciences and Informatics, that increased productivity and reduced costs at car giant Ford.

Cardiff's internationally acclaimed experts are committed to collaborative research and development. The College is keen to:-


We also reach out to engage with the communities on our doorstep. For example, our Welsh School of Architecture is working in partnership with the local Cardiff community to develop derelict and underused buildings/areas. Staff and students throughout the College are involved in a variety of projects, working with Schools, community networks and local authorities. These have helped forge close connections with the local communities and reflect the College's civic role.

Working with business, informing public policy and service development, increasing the public understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), developing relationships with local communities and organisations and a commitment to corporate social responsibility are all key elements of our engagement work.

Spin outs

The College works with Fusion IP to turn world-class research into valuable businesses through the creation of companies. Our College spin outs include:



Q Chip develops advanced life science and therapeutic products using its proprietary MicroPlant platform for the production of precision loaded polymer microspheres.



Mesuro Ltd is an early stage company which develops new approaches for the mobile communications industry.

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QMC Instruments Ltd

QMC Instruments Ltd develops instrumentation for the detection and processing of electromagnetic radiation at wavelengths ranging from microwaves to the near infrared.


Fault Current Limited

Fault Current Ltd aims to develop and produce a series of unique 'fit and forget' magnetic fault current limiter (mFCL) protection products for installation in electrical power distribution networks

Watch a film about a cutting-edge project with Mesuro that has improved wireless communication systems and had a positive economic impact in South Wales.

"My placement year has made me even more motivated to work hard, it is so refreshing to be around people who are incredibly enthusiastic and love what they do."

Emily Baker, studying BSc in Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics undertook a placement with Roche Products Ltd working on the statistical analysis of data from clinical trials.

As well as contributing to the education of our students, all of the above provide valuable profile-raising benefits.

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