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Postgraduate Facilities

University Graduate College

The University Graduate College aims to support the work of academic Schools and supervisors and to enhance the experience of postgraduate research students at Cardiff University.

All of Cardiff's postgraduate research students and their supervisors are members of the University Graduate College and are strongly encouraged to contribute to its development.  The governance and organisational structures are designed to increase participation and linkages with academic Schools.

The University Graduate College Office is located on the ground floor of 60 Park Place.  Email or telephone 02920-(8)79408.  Web:


Graduate Centre

Based on the third floor, Union Building, Park Place, the Graduate Centre is a dedicated facility for Cardiff’s currently enrolled postgraduate students, both taught and research, and its staff.  Email:  Web page:

Opening Hours and Facilities

The Graduate Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 midnight and on Saturday and Sunday from 12.00 noon until 12.00 midnight.  It is open throughout the year, though hours are slightly reduced in late summer. 

Facilities include the Café Bar social venue, which provides a comfortable, informal environment to take a break and relax, watch TV, have a coffee or lunch. It can also be booked for postgraduate events. The food and bar service within the Café Bar is operated by the Students' Union and is open during term time, from Monday to Friday: 11.00 – 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm.  A range of sandwiches, snacks, hot drinks and cold alcoholic or soft drinks are offered.  In the autumn term, the Bar is also open on Saturday evenings, 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm.

There is a computer room with 35 networked computers, as well as printing and scanning services.  The five meeting rooms can seat from 4 to 40 people, and may be booked without charge for projects, presentations, conferences or seminars. Laptops and data projectors can also be borrowed for use within the room.

The Reading Room provides space for quiet, individual study and can seat up to 33 people.  There is also a lounge with eight computers, sofas and work tables for group study. There are vending machines for out of hours snacks in the foyer, as well as a microwave for student use.  Details of all of these can be found on the Graduate Centre web pages.

More Information

The Graduate Centre’s web site is updated frequently and the page for New Postgraduates offers useful information and links to other helpful sites.  There is a fortnightly email bulletin to all postgraduates and you’ll be added to this list automatically after enrolment. If you are not receiving this, please e-mail the Centre at