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Facts and figures

Cardiff University was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) based on quality, and is a member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 leading UK research intensive universities.

We are the 9th largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers with a total estimated income for 2017/18 of £518m.

  • 33,190 students
  • £100M research contracts
  • 84% student satisfaction

Our students

We have 33,190 students enrolled, representing over 130 countries.

  • 23,960 undergraduates
  • 9,230 postgraduates
  • 8,620 international students (non-UK EU included)
  • 84% overall satisfaction in National Student Survey 2019
  • 1,000 students volunteer in the local community each year.

Student numbers confirmed by HESA for 2018/19.

Our graduates

Our graduates are sought-after by employers - more so than most other major UK universities.

  • 95.7% of graduates enter employment, further study or both shortly after graduating*
  • 160,000 alumni across the globe from more than 180 countries.

* HESA Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2016/17

Our research

We have a world-leading research community with a strong and broad research base:

  • 5th university nationally in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) on rankings based on quality
  • 2nd university nationally in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) on rankings based on impact
  • our research contract awards have a total value of £100m
  • we have won six Queen's Anniversary Prizes
  • more than £45m has been invested in Cardiff University/Fusion IP spinouts
  • we are 8th in the UK for interactions with SMEs since 2008*
  • we rank 5th in the UK for estimated turnover (£72m) of all active graduate start-ups during the period 2008/09 - 2013/14**
  • our researchers include two Nobel Prize winners - Professor Sir Martin Evans and Professor Robert Huber.

*Encouraging a British Invention Revolution, Sir Andrew Witty, October 2013.
**Higher Education - Business Collaboration Interaction (HE-BCI).