The Postgraduate Recruitment Team provides leadership, guidance and facilitative support in the recruitment of high-calibre postgraduate students to Cardiff University from the UK and European Union (EU). A particular emphasis is placed on supporting the University’s strategic priority of expanding the postgraduate research student community.
The Postgraduate Recruitment Office is also the point of contact at the University for prospective UK and EU postgraduate students who are considering studying and living in Cardiff.
Note to prospective students
This page provides information for university staff. If you are a prospective student seeking information on postgraduate opportunities at Cardiff University, please click here or use the link opposite to visit our website for prospective postgraduates.
Alternatively, for further assistance please contact the Postgraduate Recruitment Office.
The following is a summary of the key support and facilitative services we offer to colleagues in academic schools and is organised into four main sections. Please select a link from the following list for details:
- Strategic support
- Promotional literature and print advertising
- Online profile - maintenance and development
- Communication and representation
You can also view contact and role details for each member of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team, including lead contacts for specific schools.
Strategic support for Schools
Including postgraduate programme development
The Postgraduate Recruitment Team offers advice and assistance to schools in developing effective postgraduate recruitment strategies for the UK and Europe and in support of the development of new postgraduate programmes.
Each year, market data is bought in from HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency) and this is used to provide a snap-shot summary of the prospective postgraduate market entering the UK, leading competitors and key source countries for specific subject areas – enabling academic schools to undertake further detailed analysis. We can also advise schools on investigating relevant postgraduate provision across the UK market, enquiry management, stimulating applications and converting offers into firm acceptances.
The Postgraduate Recruitment Team collaborates with colleagues and sections in other administrative divisions on the continuing development of related areas of the University's strategies. We also provide support and advice to projects such as the ongoing development of the Online Application Service, the development and promotion of University-funded studentship packages and also reviewing the use of management information to monitor postgraduate recruitment performance.
Further information: to discuss strategic support for postgraduate recruitment activity, please contact Tom Hay.
Please note: in order that we can be of most help to schools during the development of new postgraduate programmes and to allow for maximum possible promotion opportunities for the initial intake, we ask that schools make contact with us at an early stage of their programme development activity.
The Postgraduate Recruitment Team manages production of the University's annual Postgraduate Prospectus, liaising with academic schools and administrative divisions to update and collate information as required.
Enquiries (production/development): for further information on the ongoing development of the prospectus or to provide feedback, please contact Tom Hay in the first instance.
School prospectus requests: to request copies of the prospectus for use by academic schools, please contact Hannah Simpson.
School Postgraduate Brochures/Promotional Material
The Postgraduate Recruitment Team provides full project-management support for the development and production of school-specific postgraduate literature, including school postgraduate brochures, posters, flyers etc. Schools requiring brochures for specific activities are asked to contact us to discuss their needs well in advance of the relevant deadline, to ensure that sufficient lead-time is allowed for production.
High quality photographic images are available to Schools and Divisions throughout the University. These typically show students, university buildings, student residences, library and computing facilities, School facilities, views of Cardiff and staff. The images are available either on disk or electronic format. Further information is available from Sophie Pearce.
Further information: to request advice and assistance in producing postgraduate literature, please contact Sophie Pearce.
Cardiff Guide to Postgraduate Life in Cardiff
The Cardiff Postgraduate Guide brochure is emailed to all UK and EU postgraduate offer-holders; mailings are sent on a weekly basis as offers are recorded on SIMS. The brochure contains information on the Cardiff postgraduate experience that will assist students when considering whether to accept the University's offer.
Further information: to request a copy or to provide feedback, please contact Hannah Simpson.
The Postgraduate Recruitment Office offers advice and project-management support for the production and placement of print and online advertisements to promote postgraduate opportunities at Cardiff, including postgraduate programmes and funded studentships. We regularly investigate potential cost-effective advertising opportunities, in particular those with potential university-wide recruitment benefit. University-wide subscription to www.findaphd.com is currently provided by the Postgraduate Recruitment Office; we are also usually able to provide discounted promotion on www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk by means of centrally-purchased bulk advertising packages.
Prospective Postgraduate Website - www.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate
Our website for prospective UK and EU postgraduates offers a comprehensive information resource for those considering postgraduate study; the site also provides an at-a-glance guide to the Cardiff postgraduate experience. The site includes sections dedicated to postgraduate study options , postgraduate life at Cardiff, postgraduate funding, and the application process (including downloadable application forms). We also offer a regularly-updated list of available school and university studentships, while our News and Events page provides a digest of relevant news stories and useful links. A section on Frequently Asked Questions is also available to address the most common queries concerning postgraduate study.
Course Finder Database - www.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgcoursefinder
The Course Finder database aids students in the identification of suitable programmes of study. It contains a brief outline of each taught course and research opportunity, together with, for example, contact details, tuition fees, duration and available modes of study, and date of next intake.
Enquiries: for queries or comments regarding our prospective postgraduate website, the Course Finder or Funding and Scholarship Search services please contact Daniel Guth in the first instance.
To request corrections to your entries on Course Finder or the Funding and Scholarship Search, please contact Daniel Guth.
Cardiff University Funding and Scholarship Search - www.cardiff.ac.uk/searchforfunding
The Funding and Scholarship Search facility provides prospective students with relevant information on current funding opportunities available at Cardiff University, as well as details of other potential funding opportunities and further sources of information to help them research their funding options. Funding options can be selected, tailored to the individual’s needs by region of domicile, level of study, subject area and funding type.
Staff are encouraged to take advantage of this free-of-charge advertising channel to promote all studentships which become available. For queries, or to receive a copy of the Studentships Proforma to be completed when placing advertisements, please contact Daniel Guth.
Data on all postgraduate taught and research programmes is regularly supplied to Graduate Prospects (view their web site at www.prospects.ac.uk), to Hotcourses (who collect data which drives the Government's Learn Direct portal – view their website at www.hotcourses.com) and to Studylink (who publish listings on all taught postgraduate programmes in the UK in supplements in the Guardian - view their website at www.studylink.com).
The Postgraduate Recruitment Office also funds annual subscription to the Findamasters.com website and maintains listings of all postgraduate taught programmes on this site (www.findamasters.com), as well as the Mastersportal website (www.mastersportal.eu) and the GRB UK (Graduate Recruitment Bureau) website (www.grb.uk.com).
Updates to database entries: databases are updated each year following receipt of information from schools for the annual production of the Postgraduate Prospectus; ad hoc amendments can also be made at the request of schools. If on viewing your entry you require any changes to be made, please contact us (details below).
However, please bear in mind that many external databases impose word limits which require us to abbreviate course entries; the aim is for prospective students to read the summaries on these external sites and subsequently refer to the University's website for further details.
Further information: for queries or update requests relating to our listings on any of the above databases, please contact Hannah Simpson in the first instance.
Communication with Enquirers and Applicants
The Postgraduate Recruitment Office is the central point of contact for UK and EU postgraduate enquiries by telephone, email and in person. We aim to respond to all email enquiries within a 24-48 hour period. We also advise prospective postgraduates on arranging visits to Cardiff to meet with prospective tutors and supervisors in academic schools, and endeavour to offer a guided-tour of the Cathays Park campus area to accompany such visits.
The Postgraduate Recruitment Office also operates a programme of mailings (from late January – early September) to UK and EU postgraduate applicants who are holding offers from the University. These mailings provide relevant information on accommodation options and pre-departure details as appropriate. The programme is designed to maintain communication with postgraduate offer-holders as they consider whether to accept the Cardiff offer, and to provide those who accept with the information they need to prepare for their arrival at the University.
Further information: for queries relating to our enquiry management activities or applicant mailing programme, please contact Hannah Simpson in the first instance.
Postgraduate Open Day
Held annually in late November, this event provides an opportunity for potential students considering postgraduate courses to visit the University and meet representatives of Cardiff's academic schools, as well as other specialist advisers. Information and advice is available on issues such as: the application process, graduate careers, funding postgraduate study, tuition fees, and the facilities available to postgraduate students at Cardiff. Both a daytime and evening session are held to meet the needs of prospective students.
The University’s Postgraduate Open Day Steering Group meets on a regular basis to oversee the planning, development and evaluation of the event; membership of the Group comprising staff from all academic schools and relevant support directorates.
House Hunting Event for UK Postgraduates
The Postgraduate Recruitment Team organises an annual event, in conjunction with staff at the Graduate Centre and the Students' Union, targeted at UK/EU postgraduate offer-holders who are not covered by the University's residences guarantee. The event is held in late August each year and offers participants the opportunity to meet other new postgraduates who are seeking private accommodation; social events are laid on to encourage networking among prospective housemates. Current postgraduates and staff from the Students’ Union Advice Centre offer advice about living in Cardiff and what to consider when looking for private accommodation in and around the city.
All UK applicants who are offered a place on a full-time programme of study will automatically receive information and a booking form for this event; this information is mailed out from early May onwards, and schools are encouraged to mention this event in any correspondence with their offer-holders during the early summer months.
UK and EU Postgraduate Exhibitions
Each year, staff from the Postgraduate Recruitment Office attend a selection of postgraduate recruitment events within the UK and EU to inform prospective students of the opportunities available at Cardiff. A calendar of recruitment events can be found on our Postgraduate News and Events webpage. Enquiries are welcome from staff who may wish (i) to take the opportunity to talk to enquirers about their postgraduate courses and the University in general (staff costs being met by the academic school), or (ii) to provide the Postgraduate Recruitment Team with relevant subject-specific publicity materials which staff may wish us to distribute at these events.
Further information: please contact Tom Hay in the first instance.
UK University Careers Services Mailing List
The UK Careers Service contacts database is updated annually. This database holds postal addresses for all university careers offices and can be provided to schools on request for use in direct marketing.
Further information: for queries relating to this database or to request a copy, please contact Shân Williams in the first instance.
Tel: (029) 2087 4587
Sophie Pearce, Daniel Guth
Tel: (029) 2087 0408
Tel: (029) 2087 0084
Lead contact for central PG Recruitment Office Enquiry Management, PG Prospectus Requests and amendments to Course Finder/Funding and Scholarship Search entries.
Tel: (029) 2087 9187
General contact details:
The Postgraduate Recruitment Office
Student Recruitment and Web Division (SRWEB)
2-4 Park Grove