The History of Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff Metropolitan University as it is today was established in 2011. Our roots date back to the mid 1800s, a history of which we are very proud. What follows are some of the landmark events over the last 150 years which have formed who we are today.
1865: The School of Art opened in the Old Free Library Building, St.Mary’s Street, Cardiff.
1900: School of Art moved to the Technical Buildings in Dumfries Place.
1940 (circa): Cardiff College of Food Technology and Commerce opened at Crwys Road.
1949: The School of Art moved to The Friary.
1950: Cardiff Training College opened at Heath Park.
1954: Llandaff Technical College opened at Western Avenue, now the site of UWIC’s Llandaff Campus.
1962: Cardiff Training College moved to new buildings at Cyncoed, now UWIC’s Cyncoed Campus.
1965: The College of Art & Design (as Cardiff School of Art & Design was then called) moved to new buildings in Howard Gardens, now Cardiff Metropolitan University's Howard Garden’s Campus.
1966: Cardiff College of Food Technology and Commerce moved to Colchester Avenue.
1976: The four colleges merged to form South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education.
1990: The institute changed its name to Cardiff Institute of Higher Education in preparation for incorporation.
1992: In April, the Institute became incorporated. It was now an autonomous body, no longer under the jurisdiction of the local county council.
1993: The Institute was given power to award its own taught degrees, but decided to strengthen the existing links with the University of Wales.
1996: The Institute became a college of the University of Wales and its name was changed to University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC).
2004: UWIC’s status within the University of Wales was raised from University College to Constituent Institution, the highest level of membership.
2006: UWIC celebrated its 10 year anniversary.
2011: UWIC adopts the new name Cardiff Metropolitan University, signalling nationally and internationally our departure from the University of Wales. Having a name which features the city more prominently will significantly help maintain the profile of Cardiff as a Capital City of Learning.
This university has been integral to the City since 1865. We pride ourselves on being a strong, student-centred university, focused on the economic, social and cultural well-being of Cardiff and South East Wales.
At Cardiff Metropolitan University there is a continuous effort to maintain and raise the standards for all who study here. In 2007, under our former name, UWIC became the first UK university to be awarded the Government’s Charter Mark for Excellence for the fifth time. We are committed to setting high standards to ensure the education received by our students is of the highest quality and reinforces our vision, mission, values and motto.