About Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff Metropolitan University has been awarded the highly prestigious title of UK and Ireland University of the Year 2021 by the Times Higher Education.
Now in their 17th year, the Times Higher Education Awards are a highlight of the academic calendar and a celebration of the very best within the Higher Education sector in the UK and Ireland.
The award recognises Cardiff Met's achievements throughout the 2019/20 academic year and the ways in which the University has established itself as a progressive values-driven university with an excellent student experience, staff culture and impactful research and innovation. The compassionate leadership and proactive approach to managing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic were also highlighted as features of Cardiff Met's outstanding performance. The University's recent success is evidenced by a track record and trajectory of growth, diversification and improvement, supported by sustainable finances, with Cardiff Met deemed to be the most financially sustainable university in Wales by the Wales Governance Centre in 2020.
The award also recognises how overall student satisfaction improved from three per cent below average in the 2015/16 National Student Survey to two per cent above average in 2019/20. With students benefitting from the Cardiff Met EDGE to the curricula, with its focus on Ethical, Digital, Global and Entrepreneurial skills and experiences, the University also entered the top 40 in 2019/20.
In addition to improving the experience and outcomes for students, Cardiff Met has delivered cultural change by prioritising health, wellbeing, equality and diversity as evidenced in the 2020 Capita staff survey results that showed that 96 per cent of staff agreed that Cardiff Met is a good place to work – against a sector average of 87 per cent.
Reasons to Study at Cardiff Metropolitan University
1. League Table and Rankings Success
Cardiff Met has been busy climbed up all of the major UK league tables and rankings. 33 places in the Sunday Times Good University Guide. 51 places in the Guardian Best UK University Rankings. 24 places in The Complete University Guide, which is the second highest rise in the UK. The view from up here is pretty special.
2. University of the Year 2021
Cardiff Met has already been named The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide Welsh University of the Year 2021.
On 25th November 2021, Cardiff Met was awarded the highly prestigious title of UK & Ireland University of the Year 2021 by the Times Higher Education.
2. 156 Years of History
Now whilst the name Cardiff Metropolitan University is only 10 years old, the university ha been a long time in the making. Formed of more than 17 different institutions over 156 years. The first of which was founded in the year 1865. Cardiff Met is now stronger than ever and ready for the future, with our history to support us, and our students by our side.
3. A University for Scholarships Winners
Cardiff Met is a University for Scholarships Winners. Cardiff Met is the home of international scholarship winners from a number of high profile scholarships schemes. This September alone we had students with Chevening Scholarships, British Council Scholarships, Global Wales Scholarships, and many other prestigious awards. So if you’re thinking of applying for one of these sought after scholarships, make sure you include Cardiff Met as one of your university options.
4. The City of Cardiff
Studying at Cardiff Met means you’ll be living in the student city of Cardiff. Cardiff is a modern capital city with a low cost of living, and high quality of life. It’s a safe, friendly city that is easy to travel around. There’s loads of options for food and drink, entertainment, shopping, culture, music, nightlife, international sport, museums, theatre, events and pretty much anything you can think of.
5. Unicompare Top 10 in UK
Cardiff Metropolitan University has been ranked best in wales and top 10 in the UK in the Uni Compare Top 100 university rankings 2021. The Uni Compare rankings use student reviews to give you an insight into opinions of higher education institutions across the UK. Cardiff Met joins big names such as Oxford University in the top 10, and has climbed the highest in the 2021 rankings.
6. An International University
We’re an International University. Over the past 5 years we have welcomed students from 137 different countries. There are currently 1881 international enrolled here in Cardiff, and thousands more students studying with us at fifteen partner institutions the world.
7. The Graduate Skills Award
This year Cardiff Met launched a new Graduate Skills Award for all international students. We know that your UK experience doesn’t end when you graduate. The Graduate Skills Award is a package of expert support and opportunities to help international graduates make the most of their time studying, working and excelling in the UK
8. International Student Support
Our Legacy of International Student Support. Cardiff Met has a longstanding reputation for International Student Support. Last year the university was in the Global Top 15 for International Student Support, and over the last 10 years we’ve been voted number one in the UK for International Support six times.
9. The Cardiff Met Edge
The Cardiff Met EDGE is a set of skills that our community strives to give each and everyone of our Cardiff Met students. EDGE stands for Ethical, Digital, Global and Entrepreneurial skills. These skills are at the heart of everything we do as a university and will be there for you to learn and embrace, whatever course you choose to study with us.