Chair and Vice-Chancellor's Message
This Annual Review summarises the University's development and achievements during the academic year 2010-11
There is much for Cardiff Metropolitan University’s staff and students to celebrate in our achievements during the last year. Building on these achievements in the areas of art and design, education, health, management and sport we will continue to work to promote social justice and support a buoyant economy in difficult times. Our teaching and research will continue to enhance the economic and social well-being of Cardiff and Wales. With resilience, consistency and confidence we can further develop our vibrant academic community and maintain and improve one of the best student experiences in Wales.
Over the past year, the University has been pleased to participate in graduation ceremonies held inside and outside Wales - including Singapore, Morocco, Colombo and in our Associate College, the London School of Commerce (LSC), in London.
Capital investment in our facilities continues with the decision made during the year to construct a £10m building for Cardiff School of Art & Design on the Llandaff Campus. The project will bring the School together on one site, further promoting its position as a leading Art School, with worldclass and internationally-excellent research, befitting of Cardiff as a European Capital City of Learning.
During the course of the year the Board of Governors determined that there was a pressing need to invoke our own degree awarding powers and to adopt our University title, thereby signalling nationally and internationally our departure from the University of Wales. Following wide consultation the decision was made that the title should be Cardiff Metropolitan University. This institution has been integral to the city since 1865 and this new name makes ever clearer the pride we take in our location in the Welsh capital and our close links within the city-region.
The Board of Governors and Executive pay tribute to staff and students for their hard work during the past year. They pass on congratulations and thanks to those staff who have been awarded prizes and won competitive research grants. There is continual admiration at the level of professionalism and dedication shown by staff across the entire University.
Looking to the future, the University is ready to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by an uncertain future and a changing Higher Education landscape. To make the University distinctive we will strive for quality in all we do, in the facilities we have and in the teaching and research that we deliver. We look forward to a bright future as Cardiff Metropolitan University, further developing a strong, studentcentred institution focused on the economic, social and cultural well-being of Cardiff and South East Wales.