Cardiff University is a public research university in Cardiff, Wales. It was founded in 1883 as the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. It was later changed to University College Cardiff from 1972. It became a founding college of the University of Wales in 1893. It merged with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology in 1988 to form the University of Wales College, Cardiff . It has again became University of Wales, Cardiff from 1996. In 1997 it received its own degree-awarding powers, but was temporarily withheld. The college adopted the public name Cardiff University in 1999 in 2005, this became its legal name, when it became an independent university and began awarding its own degrees.
Cardiff University was ranked as one of the world’s top 154 Universities by the QS World University Rankings 2019/20. As a member of the Russell Group, Cardiff is one of Britain’s top 24 leading research universities. Cardiff University is the third oldest university in Wales and contains three colleges: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences and Physical Sciences and Engineering. It is the only Welsh member of the Russell Group of research-intensive British universities. In 2018–2019, Cardiff had a turnover of £537.1 million, including £116.0 million in research grants and contracts. It has an undergraduate enrolment of 23,960 and a total enrolment of 33,190 making it one of the ten largest UK universities. The Cardiff University Students’ Union works to promote student interests in the university and further afield. Cardiff has two Nobel Laureates on its staff. A number of Cardiff University staff have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society. In 2013, Cardiff University was ranked as one of the best UK universities for supporting LGB students, by the charity Stonewall in its annual Gay by Degree guide. The University was one of only two in the UK and the only one in Wales to achieve top marks in a Stonewall checklist of priorities for LGB students.
The University’s academic facilities are centred around Cathays Park in central Cardiff, which contains the University’s grade II listed main building, housing administrative facilities and the science library, previously called the Drapers’ library. A number of University academic facilities are located at the Heath Park campus, based at the University Hospital of Wales. This covers the Cardiff University School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, the School of Healthcare Sciences, and the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. Cardiff University has 12 library sites, they are: Aberconway Library provides information services for the Cardiff Business School, Archie Cochrane Library which is based at Llandough Hospital, Architecture Library which provides information services to the Welsh School of Architecture, and houses the RIBA Trade Literature Collection and Rare Book Collection, Arts and Social Studies Library which is also home to the Special Collections and Archives, and the Law Library, Brian Cooke Library, Bute Library which houses collections related to Journalism, Optometry and Pharmacy, City and Regional Planning, Architecture and Social Sciences, Central Square Library which provides resources for the School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Velindre NHS Trust Library which is the only specialist oncology library in Wales, Health Library, Music Library, Science Library, Senghennydd Library also provides information services for the School of Mathematics and the Centre of Lifelong Learning and the Trevithick Library which also provides information services for the Cardiff School of Engineering, School of Computer Science and the School of Physics and Astronomy
Cardiff University has an acceptance rate of 72.5%. Applicants are expected to have a high score in their enhance exams to ensure admittance into the school.