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About us

We aim to address the major global challenges of our time in sustaining and keeping healthy both the world’s growing population and the planet's ecosystems.

Our research contributes to the underlying biological mechanisms of life and disease, seeking to deliver new solutions with major economic, societal and environmental impact. Through our research-led teaching, we will inspire and train new generations, equipping our graduates with the skills and understanding needed to contribute to research, the knowledge-based economy and wider society.

We provide a dynamic and stimulating research environment with impressive modern facilities and high-calibre research-active staff. We have an international reputation for our teaching and research and within the School there are:

  • over 100 academic staff
  • around 150 research staff
  • over 160 postgraduate students
  • around 2000 undergraduate students.

Supported by a range of high quality facilities, our topical courses and advanced research spans the full range of the life sciences from whole (eco) systems to molecular biology.

Our reputation

In the 2019 World University Ranking (based on research strength and performance) complied by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Biological Sciences at Cardiff University was ranked in the top 25 worldwide and the top 5 in the UK.

Facilities for staff and students

A £4M extension to the School's building complex in 2010 means we have high quality meeting facilities, a coffee shop for staff and students and well-equipped offices. In recent years there has been extensive refurbishment of laboratory space and investment in new state-of-the-art equipment (for example, a Two-Photon System).

We are home to the Welsh Centre for Anatomical Education, providing resources and training for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The new £30M Hadyn Ellis Building houses two University Research Institutes in which the School has a key role: the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute and the Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Institute. The building is also used for research and postgraduate training.

Equality and diversity

We endeavour to promote equality and diversity in all of our practices and activities.

Our aim is to establish an inclusive culture which welcomes and ensures equal opportunities for applicants of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities, family structures, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, races, religious or other beliefs, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Find out more about the University's Equality and Diversity policy.

Athena SWAN Silver Award

Athena SWAN

We are proud to hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and we continually strive to ensure gender equality.

Cardiff School of Biosciences 2016 Athena SWAN Silver Application

Cardiff School of Biosciences 2016 Athena SWAN Silver Application

6 October 2016

Cardiff School of Biosciences 2016 Athena SWAN Silver application.


BIOSI 2016 Athena SWAN Silver action plan

BIOSI 2016 Athena SWAN Silver action plan

6 October 2016

Cardiff School of Bioscience 2016 Athena SWAN Silver action plan,


Learn more about the Athena SWAN Charter.