For the past two years, universities and students across the world have been forced to adapt because of the coronavirus pandemic. But despite lockdowns, restrictions and online learning challenges, Cardiff Metropolitan University has still managed to come out top. 

The university was recently awarded UK and Ireland University of the Year 2021 by Times Higher Education, which recognised the institution’s innovative research, good staff culture and excellent student experience. 

And that’s not all. Cardiff Met has also managed to climb up other major UK league tables and rankings, even topping the green league for sustainability.  

While the university’s name may only be 10-years old, Cardiff Met has a long history. It was formed 156 years ago when the School of Art first opened in the Old Library in Cardiff. Since then, the university has continued to develop, welcoming international students from more than 143 countries. Right now, there are approximately 11,000 students enrolled at Cardiff Met, with over 1200 international students. 

Cardiff Met has two separate campuses dotted across the capital, giving students’ the opportunity to explore. With beautiful parks and gardens, Cardiff has more green space per person than any other city in the UK. It’s known for its low cost of living and high quality of life – and there are plenty of shops, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres and international sporting events available for students to enjoy outside their studies. 

Sport is a big part of Cardiff Met. With a reputation as one of the leading universities for student sport, it’s also the only university in the world that has had two football teams compete in a major UEFA Champions League tournament. From korfball to water polo, there are many different clubs and societies available for you to join because Cardiff Met is all about making sure every student fulfils their sporting potential. 

Since 2018, Cardiff Met has been recognised as a University of Sanctuary, providing a safe and supportive educational environment and a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees. Most recently, the university pledged £400,000 of fellowships and scholarships, as well as accommodation, for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. 

With 95 per cent of graduates finding work or starting further study within six months of graduating, Cardiff Met provide their students with the EDGE – a series of Ethical, Digital, Global and Entrepreneurial skills – to help graduates reach their goals, because life doesn’t stop after graduation. 

One student who couldn’t wait join Cardiff Met is 24 year old Caoimhe, who travelled from Mayo, Ireland to study a postgraduate degree in sports broadcasting.

Read about her decision to study at Cardiff Met here. For further information on Cardiff Metropolitan University, click here

Will you be next to enrol at Cardiff Met?  For further information, visit Study in the UK - Cardiff Met International Office


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