Our ambition

Cardiff University sees fundamental research both as essential to human aspiration and as critical to the development of cultural artefacts, technologies and services to improve the quality of life for all.

Our experts are acknowledged as undertaking work of national and international significance. Their cutting-edge research has earned us a reputation for excellence and impact.

We value the whole range of intellectual activity equally, excluding no area of intellectual discovery, the overwhelming ambition being the achievement of outstanding quality.

We are now challenged to enhance our position as a successful, research intensive university on an increasingly competitive international stage. Our ambition is to be consistently among the top 100 universities in the world and the top 20 in the UK.

Our Research, Innovation and Enterprise strategy (2012-2017) is based on supporting and delivering research excellence. We will ensure our research has global impact by tackling the grand challenges of our time.

We will be achieve this by:

  • increasing our research income from grants and contracts and broadening the range of income sources
  • continuing to develop our University Research Institutes, tackling critical global issues that require cross disciplinary co-operation
  • growing our reputation as an Innovation University with the development of an Innovation System 
  • continuing to develop innovation and development links with business in Wales, in the UK more widely and internationally as part of a strategic aim to boost growth and prosperity in Wales
  • equipping our graduates with the required entrepreneurial capacity so that they can contribute to the growth of the knowledge economy
  • engaging closely with Horizon 2020 and other aspects of the European innovation agenda and explore collaborations with high-quality research universities in Wales, the UK and internationally

Meet our Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Innovation and Enterprise, Professor Hywel Thomas.

The Way Forward: Research cover

Research, innovation and enterprise

1 December 2014

Read our research, innovation and enterprise strategy, which shows how we will increase our research income from grants and contracts, as well as ensuring our research has global impact.

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Research, innovation and enterprise strategy - Welsh language

1 May 2014

Read our research, innovation and enterprise strategy in Welsh.

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