The Way Forward 2018-23 is currently undergoing a strategic review. These pages will be updated in the autumn.
Cardiff University has an international profile as a successful, broad-based, research-intensive University, confirmed by the achievement of a top five position in REF 2014.
Our ambition for the next period is to secure our reputation as a community of scholars with the imagination, energy and capacity to co-create the future. We want to be recognised for our innovation and contribution to the health, wealth, security and well-being of future generations in Wales, in the UK and globally.
We view disciplinary, interdisciplinary and applied research as interrelated and mutually constitutive, and strive for excellence in each.
Building on the previous strategy
We were delighted with the results from REF 2014, which placed Cardiff University in the top five institutions (based on GPA). The period following the REF 2014 result has seen continuing research success including major new publications, projects, and partnerships and a steady increase in research income from a diverse range of funders. This confirms to us that we have a cohort of excellent staff, producing research and impact that is genuinely world leading.
‘Research Forward 2015’ was a systematic reflection on our REF 2014 performance. The project enabled us to identify what the University needs to do to secure a similar outcome in the next REF.
We will continue to work with our GW4 partners to deliver globally competitive research. Together, we have the research and innovation capacity, capability and motivation to deliver cross-sectoral partnerships and solve global challenges.