The University of Wales, Cardiff (UWIC) has a long history dating back to the 1800s. It has its roots in the establishment of The School of Art in 1865 in Cardiff. In 1940 Cardiff College of Food Technology and Commerce was opened. 10 years later in 1950 Cardiff Training College came about and in 1954 Llandaff Technical College was opened. Then in 1976 the four colleges merged to form South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education. The institute changed its name to Cardiff Institute of Higher Education in 1990 to prepare for incorporation. In April 1992 the institute became an autonomous body and finally in 1993 the institute was given its own degree awarding powers and it decided to strengthen its existing links with the University of Wales. In 1996 the institute became a college of the University of Wales and its name was changed to University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC). In 2004 UWIC gained the highest level of membership within the University of Wales and became a constituent Institution. And the success story continues. In 2009 there was launch of UWIC Foundation to advance the highest quality of teaching and research.
UWIC is situated in Cardiff which is the capital city of Wales. It is one of Europe's most exciting and multi-cultural destinations. The city of Cardiff has a very friendly environment and it offers students a high standard of living that is not much expensive. Therefore the city attracts many students from all over the world. Cardiff has excellent road, rail and air links that connects it to the rest of UK and Europe. It is just 2 hours away from London which makes it easily accessible.
The University of Wales, Cardiff is spread over four campuses located around the city centre. These campuses are:
- Colchester Avenue Campus : It is located in the city centre and has the Cardiff School of Management and students from Cardiff School of Health Sciences undertaking Food Science & Technology.
- Cyncoed Campus : It is also situated in the city centre and houses the Cardiff School of education and Cardiff School of Sport. The campus includes student accommodation and has extensive grounds and sports facilities.
- Howard Gardens Campus : Located in the city centre it is the destination of Cardiff School of Art & Design and also has the Howard Gardens Gallery.
- Llandaff Campus : This campus is situated on Western Avenue and is the place of Cardiff School of health Sciences and part of the Cardiff School of Art & design.
In addition to the educational campuses, UWIC also has a residential campus called Plas Gwyn Residential Campus with en-suite accommodation.
Sports and Activities
UWIC has been consistently ranked in the top 3 UK Universities for Sport. It provides commendable sports facilities. The sports teams of the university compete among the best in inter-university competitions. The University has a National Indoor Athletics Centre which is fully equipped and has been recently designated the UK Athletics Talent Development Academy. It has a 200 m banked track, 140 m straight for all throwing and jumping events and also provisions for netball, basketball and volleyball. There is also Russell Rees Gymnasium which is mainly used to teach educational gymnastics and trampolining and Llandoff Fitness Centre that houses the latest cardio vascular and weight training equipment. In addition, UWIC has various outdoor pitches, 2 squash courts located in the Sports Block, the Sports Hall which is 5 court badminton hall that caters to all sports, dance studios and Syd Aaron Gymnasium specially designed to meet the Olympic standard in athletics. The presence of a 4 lane 25 meter indoor swimming pool caters to the needs of all students and there is also Wales Sports Centre for the disabled which meets the requirements of disabled and able bodied athletes. The student's Athletic Union of the University also supports a club structure and administrates the competition programmes for various sports clubs.