Cardiff Metropolitan University (Welsh: Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd), formerly University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), is a university situated in Cardiff, Wales.
On 1 November 2011, the university officially became Cardiff Metropolitan University.
In 1996, the university gained university status and became known as the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC). Prior to this the university was known as Cardiff Institute of Higher Education. In 1992 it gained independence from the local county council.
The history of the university can be traced back as far as 1865 with the opening of the School of Art in Cardiff city centre.
The School of Art merged with Cardiff Training College, Cardiff College of Food Technology & Commerce and Llandaff Technical College in 1976 as the South Glamorgan Institute for Higher Education. This institution occupied the same sites and offered similar vocational subject areas as Cardiff Metropolitan University does today.
The university celebrated its 150 year anniversary in 2015.
Cardiff Metropolitan University is made up of five academic schools:
- Cardiff School of Art & Design
- Cardiff School of Education
- Cardiff School of Health Science
- Cardiff School of Management
- Cardiff School of Sport
Entry requirements for programmes vary depending on the programme.
Various programmes require specific qualifications e.g. some art and design programmes require an art foundation qualification.
The Cardiff School of Sport is a recognised centre of excellence in the UK.
The Cardiff School of Education has an enviable reputation for the excellence of its provision in Teacher Training (Primary and Secondary), Humanities, including English, Creative Writing, and Contemporary Media.
The Cardiff School of Health Sciences has particular strengths in offering professionally accredited programmes in biomedical science, dental technology, dietetics, environmental health, food science and technology, housing, podiatry, psychology, social work and speech and language therapy.
The Cardiff School of Art & Design has been at the hub of creativity in Cardiff for over 140 years. This long-established position has enabled the school to develop into a contemporary, dynamic and creative establishment that enjoys a strong position alongside its counterparts across the UK and beyond.
Their focus on employability has ensured that 94% of their graduates secure employment or enter further study within six months of graduation (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) 2013).
In its 2014 report on the university, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education affirmed that Cardiff Metropolitan met UK expectations for academic standards and student learning opportunities.
Their Careers Service can help the students whilst their study and after they graduate.