Skip to content


We aim to demonstrate our commitment to the communities of Cardiff and Wales through knowledge exchange projects that help those who do not traditionally engage with us.

As well as creating projects and partnerships with communities we also welcome the public at many of our events and activities. They can access our facilities, from libraries to our Occupational Therapy Clinic - or take Continuing and Professional Education courses.

Flagship projects

We have five flagship engagement projects – known as our Transforming Communities programme – which work with communities on issues such as tackling poverty, boosting the economy, and improving health, education and wellbeing. The Welsh Government, the Welsh NHS and local authorities, among others, play important roles in the development of the projects.

The ideas and enthusiasm in the communities themselves are inspiring and we are channelling that into innovative schemes to bring long-lasting benefits. The communities play a major role in shaping the activities, drawing on their local knowledge. The five projects are:

City Region Exchange

Our work is playing a pivotal role in shaping the Cardiff Capital Region as it strives to boost the economy and create new jobs.

Community Gateway

We are working with residents as equal partners to bring innovative schemes to life that will benefit their community, starting in Grangetown, Cardiff.

Community Journalism

We are supporting communities lacking in access to local news to develop hyperlocal news websites.

The Phoenix Project

Working with the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme, we will operate in Namibia and contribute to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Strong Communities, Healthier People

This project focuses on health and wellbeing, initially in north Merthyr and the Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown areas of Cardiff.

Professor Colin Riordan

This is the University's most ambitious plan to date for communities, and one of the most forward-thinking of its kind attempted by any university in the UK.

Colin Riordan, President and Vice-Chancellor

Supporting education

We work closely with schools and colleges to support young people's learning so that they can achieve their potential. We want to encourage them to aspire to - and reach - higher education.

We are developing strategic partnerships with secondary schools to support and enrich the curriculum.

We run activities throughout the year which help pupils gain the necessary skills and experience needed to achieve a place at university. We run science and technology activities for schools that reach over 28,000 people.

Supporting communities

Our academics and students support communities through access to research and specialist skills. Examples include:

  • The Law Clinic - assists members of the community and vulnerable groups for which there is no legal aid.
  • The CAER Heritage Project - a partnership between archaeologists and the communities of Ely and Caerau helping to connect communities with their heritage and develop educational opportunities.
  • Cardiff Volunteering - based in the Students' Union, Cardiff Volunteering offers a wide variety of exciting projects to choose from.
  • Student Volunteering Cardiff - an independent charity run by students studying in the City of Cardiff.

Download the report

Engagement at Cardiff

Engagement at Cardiff

22 December 2017

Read our review highlighting some of our engagement activities in Cardiff, Wales and further afield.



Engagement Team