Our ambition

In five years’ time Cardiff will consistently be among the top 100 universities in the world and the top 20 in the UK.

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What is Cardiff University for?

The University exists to create and share knowledge and to educate for the benefit of all


Guiding principles for our actions

  • Outstanding academic and professional performance
  • Respect for people and diversity
  • Academic freedom
  • Financial resilience
  • Integrity
  • Subsidiarity
  • Dynamism
  • Accountability
  • Self-determination
  • Environmental and social sustainability

What kind of university do we want to be?

A world-leading, research-excellent, educationally outstanding university, driven by creativity and curiosity, which fulfils its social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.


Our commitment

Underpinning these efforts will be a commitment to exercising a conscious financial discipline to maintain our self-determination and allow us to fund our ambition. As an organisation we will be focussed, professional, efficient and effective, with infrastructure and support services working to the highest standards in comparison with our peers. We are committed to providing an excellent staff experience to match that of our students.



Progress in achieving our ambitions by 2017 will be measured by the following key performance indicators:

Top 10 in the Research Excellence Framework

10% Research income growth per annum

90% overall satisfaction in NSS for every school (at least)

80% satisfaction in NSS assessment and feedback category for every school (at least)

2 Institutional collaboration with two other universities

Top 100 world position

Top 20 Times position

17% of our home students internationally mobile

5% cash surplus per annum (at least)

54% staff costs (of total income per annum)