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Our quality standards

External accreditation and assessments are an important way of validating our position as a university operating at the highest quality standards.

We are dedicated to providing a first-class learning and teaching environment for our students and ensuring our staff feel valued and supported throughout their careers.

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

UK Quality Assured

The QAA, an independent body entrusted with monitoring and advising on standards and quality in UK higher education, has confirmed the quality and standards of our provision.

The team of QAA reviewers visited the University in 2020. They confirmed that the University meets the requirements of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) Part 1 for internal quality assurance, and the relevant baseline regulatory requirements of the Quality Assessment Framework for Wales.

This is a positive judgement, which means we have robust arrangements for securing academic standards, managing academic quality and for enhancing the quality of the student experience.

Read the full report.

Investors in People

Investors in People logo

In 2011 we became one of the largest organisations in Wales to be awarded the Investors in People accreditation, and the first of the Russell Group research-intensive universities to gain the standard across the whole institution.

A nationally recognised framework, Investors in People gives staff the assurance that they are working for an organisation that cares about improving performance and realising common objectives through the effective management and development of their people.

It is one of the most respected benchmarks of excellence and a reflection of the commitment it takes and the standards that need to be reached in order to obtain the accreditation.

Following a second review in June 2014, the University has successfully maintained the accreditation across the entire organisation.

Athena SWAN

Athena Swan bronze award

The Athena SWAN Charter is a recognition scheme for UK universities who are working to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics.

We were awarded a University-wide bronze award in 2009 which was renewed in 2014. Currently there are three Silver and six Bronze award holding Academic Schools with a further six working towards awards.


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We continue to be ranked as one of the UK's top LGBT employers. We are ranked 10th in Stonewall's Top 100 Employers 2020 in recognition of our commitment to equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees. We are the top university in the list and have been for the past five years. Stonewall have also recognised us as a Top Trans Employer and our Staff and Postgraduate Network Group Enfys is a Highly Commended Network Group.

The Workplace Equality Index is Britain's leading tool for employers to measure their efforts to tackle discrimination and create inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees.

HR Excellence in Research Award

We are committed to providing a positive experience for research staff. We evaluate this through national frameworks which support researchers.

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers  outlines seven principles underpinning recruitment and recognition and complements the European Charter and Code for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.  Our Concordat Plan  outlines the action we are taking to embed these principles.

Our HR Excellence in Research accreditation recognises our implementation of these principles. Our 2016 overview report and targeted Action Plan for 2016-18 reflect our current progress and aims. Read the report and action plan.

ISO 14001

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ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard that sets out a framework for an effective environmental management system.

This system allows us to manage the aspects of our business that have an impact on the environment – and helps us to determine the relevant laws we must comply with – so that we’re continually fulfilling our environmental obligations and improving our performance.

BS OHSAS 18001

Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 is an internationally recognised British standard that helps us to promote a safe and healthy working environment.

It outlines a framework that allows us to identify and control our health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, assist with legislative compliance and boost our health and safety performance.

Living Wage Employer

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Cardiff University became Wales's first University to be accredited as a Living Wage employer in 2014.

Agreeing to be a Living Wage employer means that everyone working at Cardiff University, regardless of whether they are University employees or employed by third-party contractors and suppliers, receives the Living Wage as recognized by the Living Wage Foundation.

The Living Wage, which is paid voluntarily, is independently-calculated each year and based on the cost of living.