Appointment of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor

Cardiff Metropolitan University, with its origins dating back to 1865, is a driver of education and social transformation, a catalyst for innovation and the economy, and a key contributor to inclusive and sustainable growth in Wales and the wider world. The University has experienced recent growth in its ambition, scope, scale and reputation in line with our Strategic Plan devised in 2016/17 and focused on improvement, diversification and growth. Our staff and students, working in partnership and in collaboration with an extensive range of partner organisations, drive this inclusive and sustainable growth within a context shaped by our shared values and ambitions and aligned with the aspirations of the Future Generations Wales Act and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This is therefore an exciting time to join our University, recently awarded the title of Welsh University of the Year 2021 by The Times and The Sunday Times. This website is designed to assist you in determining the alignment of your experience, skills and aspirations with our development as a high performing, impactful, collaborative and compassionate community.

I am delighted that you have expressed interest in the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and in leading significant aspects of our current and future strategy. While the Coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly posed challenges for the higher education sector, Cardiff Met has responded admirably and the University’s performance remains among the strongest in the sector in relation to the sustainability of our finances, league table positions reflecting student and staff satisfaction, student recruitment and outcomes, research and innovation, international collaboration and our civic mission.

Financial Sustainability and Student Recruitment

The University’s strong financial position, resulting from the extensive development of new courses, significant growth in undergraduate, postgraduate and international student recruitment, and increases in research and innovation, has provided a sustainable financial base from which to invest in the future. Indeed, a recent report by the Wales Governance Centre described Cardiff Met as the most financially sustainable university in Wales.

Student recruitment for 2020/21 has surpassed target and has increased year-on-year over the last three years to reach a population of over 11,500 based at our two main Cardiff campuses with a further 8,700 students studying with our international partners in 15 countries.

Student engagement, satisfaction and outcomes have also improved significantly. In the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS) the University achieved 85% overall satisfaction, 2% above the UK average and up from 3% below average five years ago. A total of 96% of our graduates secure employment, run their own business or enter further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes 2017/18) and 72% of graduates are in high skilled employment or higher level further study (Times University Guide 2021).

League Table Performance

Colleagues and students have worked hard over the lifetime of the current Strategic Plan to deliver improvements in all major league tables in 2020:

  • The Complete University Guide 2021: 87th in 2020, up from 96th in 2019
  • The Guardian Good University Guide 2021: 72nd in 2020, up from 113th in 2019
  • The Times Good University Guide 2021: 79th in 2020, up from 112th in 2019
  • THE World University Rankings 2021: 801-1,000 banding in the world
  • Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey 2020: 1st for supervision and 2nd for satisfaction

In the most recent Staff Survey, conducted by Capita in November/December 2020 and designed to evaluate progress against areas of improvement identified in the 2019 survey, Cardiff Met was ranked first in the UK as an ‘Employer of Choice’ from all HEIs surveyed by Capita in 2019 or 2020. The results of the 2020 survey demonstrated that:

  • 96% of staff agree that Cardiff Met is a good place to work (sector average of 87%)
  • 94% of staff agree that they would recommend Cardiff Met to a friend as a place to work (sector average of 78%)
  • 93% agree that they feel proud to work for the University (sector average of 84%)
  • 90% agree that the University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group manage and lead the University well (sector average of 60%)
  • 75% agree that communication in the University is effective (sector average of 50%)
  • 74% agree that they feel valued by the University (sector average of 57%)

The award of ‘Welsh University of the Year 2021’ by The Times and The Sunday Times recognised Cardiff Met’s strong performance in the 2020 National Student Survey where the University featured in the UK top 40 for both satisfaction with teaching quality and the wider student experience. The review also recognised the progress made in delivering our ambitious strategy and associated range of developments over recent years. In particular, the development of Cardiff School of Technologies, launched in 2018 and now with almost 1,000 students, and our long-standing and outstanding contribution to sport performance and participation were highlighted. The University was also recognised as a supportive, inclusive and welcoming work and study environment that strives to nurture healthy and resilient staff, students and communities across Cardiff and beyond by widening participation and adding value to the lives of our diverse students.

A Values Driven Community

Recent success, evidenced by student engagement and outcomes, league table results and awards recognises that Cardiff Met is a values driven organisation seeking to widen educational opportunities by establishing a cohesive, collaborative and compassionate community. Throughout the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, this combination of financial sustainability and sense of community has enabled us to live our shared values of Creativity, Freedom, Diversity and Innovation and our valued behaviours of Leadership, Trust, Courage and Accountability.

While the Coronavirus pandemic has brought the worst of times for Wales and the wider UK, it has shown the very best of Cardiff Met: academic and professional services staff have ensured that high quality learning and teaching has continued and that students’ mental health needs are supported; health and social care staff and students have returned to work on the front line; biomedical science staff have remained at work to pioneer research into antibody testing; teacher education students have supported parents with home schooling; scientists and product designers have created and donated PPE and testing equipment; sport staff have kept our community active with online wellbeing programmes; and estates and commercial services staff have helped us host Wales’ national blood donor centre and a Covid testing centre and managed accommodation and catering for front line workers and students for whom Cardiff Met has remained home.

Our staff and students feel a strong sense of belonging  and, over the last year, our decision-making has placed the physical, financial and mental health and wellbeing of our staff and students at the heart of our response: we retained all staff on full salaries throughout 2020; we are currently recruiting to almost 100 posts for 2021 starts; and we were the first university in Wales to offer rent rebates to students in our university-operated accommodation in both the first and current wave of the pandemic.

Through the delivery of the Strategic Plan, and the response to the Coronavirus pandemic, our highly professional and dedicated staff have established a positive platform on which to build the next phase of our development. We are now looking for a values-driven leader to assist us as we move forward with our passion to deliver the priorities set out in our current Strategic Plan and to develop a new Strategic Plan that will take effect from 2022/23. This new Strategic Plan will strengthen further our delivery of improved educational, social and economic outcomes for our students and stakeholders we seek to serve in Wales and the wider world.

You can find out more about the University and the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor on this site. Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be pleased to discuss the role with you – their details can also be found on this site.

I do hope that you will express an interest in joining us.

Professor Cara Aitchison
President and Vice-Chancellor

About us


Cardiff Metropolitan University’s academic portfolio is oriented towards practice-focused and professionally recognised education and research. Our taught programmes align with the University’s research and innovation agenda and deliver impact in a wide range of areas across art and design, business and management, education and social policy, sport and health sciences and digital and data sciences, computing design and engineering technologies.

Today the University has around 11,500 students based on two campuses in Cardiff and almost 9,000 trans-national education students studying Cardiff Met degrees at partner institutions in 15 countries around the world. Students come from over 100 countries and among our Cardiff-based students 50% are from Wales, 17% are international, 15% are from Black, Asian and minority ethnicities, 54% are women, 37% come from UK low participation neighbourhoods and over 25% are studying for postgraduate degrees.

Having undergone significant recent change, the University is in a strong financial position with turnover having increased from £98m in 2015/16 to £107m in 2019/20. Significant cash generation, including over £13m in 2018/19 and £8.6m in 2019/20, continues to enable the University to invest in the development of its campus environment and facilities and a new Master Plan is currently being developed for a post-Covid world and a programme of transformation placing community, health and wellbeing at the heart of both campuses.

Our University has grown and diversified over the last three years by developing over 40 new degree programmes and revalidating over 30 existing programmes to meet student demand and employer need. New programmes include a wide range of provision in computing, engineering, robotics and data science that has seen the School of Technologies grow since its launch in February 2018 to have almost 1,000 students today.

Together with new programmes in initial teacher education, law, policing, and architecture and in health sciences and allied health professions, many of which are supporting responses to and recovery from Covid-19, the University has developed in scope, scale and reputation while remaining true to its roots. Our students now arrive with the second highest entry tariff of all universities in Wales and we remain the university with the largest percentage of Welsh students from those areas of greatest social and economic deprivation identified by the lowest two quintiles of the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Strategic Plan

Cardiff Met is rooted in Wales while providing practice-focused and professionally oriented education to students from around the globe. Our Strategic Plan 2017/18 to 2022/23 highlights our commitment to education, research and innovation undertaken in partnership with our students, governments, business and industry and with tangible benefits for individuals, society and the economy. We are committed to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to realise their full potential to make outstanding graduate-level contributions to their own and future generations through sustainable economic growth and social cohesion for our city, Wales and the wider world.

Our strategy is underpinned by our values of creativity, diversity, freedom and innovation and through the development of trusted partnerships that generate educational transformation, research with impact, sustainable economic growth, social cohesion, health and wellbeing.

In addition to our longstanding reputation in education, our reputation for research has grown recently and the was judged to have the highest quality research amongst modern (‘post-92’) universities in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). The synergies between our teaching, research and innovation are now being developed further, including via the creation of our recently launched Global Academies.

Our Strategic Plan has seven priorities and was recently refreshed mid-cycle in autumn 2020. We will continue to:

  • Improve the quality and outcomes of teaching and the wider student experience through delivery of the Cardiff Met EDGE enabling all students to develop ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial skills
  • Increase our student population by extending our geographical reach, diversifying our programme portfolio and enhancing our partnerships with employers and stakeholders
  • Focus on growing the new Cardiff School of Technologies by using the School’s unique mix of disciplines to offer education, research and innovation that addresses student demand and employer need in digital and smart technology, data science and informatics, and electronics and robotics engineering to raise Wales’ international profile in creativity, sustainability and technology
  • Build on our position as the UK’s modern university with the highest quality research (REF 2014) to develop our reputation through diversifying income, maintaining volume and focusing on long-term staff development and support, including a systematic increase in research output quality, value and impact of research and innovation through the Global Academies
  • Build and strengthen our global links by connecting with partner universities, organisations and people around the world; producing research with global relevance and impact; and graduating students as global citizens who will play a leadership role in their communities wherever they live
  • Build on our civic mission work in line with Welsh Government priorities
  • Improve our digital infrastructure to support online teaching, learning and co-curricular activity post-Covid to support a learning environment where online and flexible provision is recognised as being of paramount importance.

University Campuses

Cardiff Met has two campuses, Cyncoed and Llandaff; both offer excellent environments in which to work, study and relax and each is surrounded by green space and woodland supporting the University’s emphasis on health and wellbeing.

Cyncoed Campus is home to Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy and Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences. The campus offers outstanding sporting facilities reflecting the University’s long-standing reputation as Wales’ leading university for both elite performance sport and widening participation in sport. It also has an outdoor centre, large refectory, student halls of residence, on-site shop, coffee bars and acts as the head office for the Students’ and Athletics Union.

Cyncoed is also home to NIAC, the National Indoor Athletics Centre. The facility is fully equipped to international standard and has a seating capacity for 690 spectators. NIAC is utilised by students on sports courses, student clubs and the general public. Governing bodies of sport, including Welsh Athletics and Welsh Netball, also use this facility on a regular basis. Sports medicine services are located within NIAC offering physiotherapy and sports massage. NIAC is used to host major events and, outside the sporting calendar, it has the flexibility to be transformed into a Conference Centre.

Llandaff Campus is the home of Cardiff School of Management, ​​​Cardiff School of Art & Design and the recently established Cardiff School of Technologies​. With millions of pounds of recent investment in Cardiff School of Technologies, as well as an increase in state-of-the art learning facilities for our students, the campus offers a gym and sporting facilities, Students’ Union offices, on-site shop, coffee bars, and large refectory. The campus is located approximately two miles from the city centre and is surrounded by parks, playing fields, the River Taff and the historic Llandaff Cathedral.

Siginificant investment is planned for both campuses; new academic buildings and further sport and health facilities are planned for Cyncoed Campus and at Llandaff Campus a new centre for combined Students Services will be established. There are also plans to develop a cycle super-highway in partnership with Cardiff Council – the highway will be located on the perimeter of the Llandaff Campus and will stretch to the city centre and on to Cardiff Bay with the centre of campus then being pedestrianised to enhance health, wellbeing and the environment.

Academic structure

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The University’s Schools

Cardiff School of Art & Design

Cardiff School of Art & Design (CSAD), founded in 1865, is based on the Llandaff Campus and is home to students united by ambition and a true passion for creative enquiry. They are makers and thinkers in the fields of architecture, design, fashion, fine art and a range of craft disciplines including ceramics for which the School is particularly well regarded.

The curriculum is innovative and interdisciplinary, allowing for transformative collaboration and opportunities and merging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects with the crucial creative ingredients of Art and Design. Access to ‘state of the art’ facilities and exposure to world leading research enables students to navigate their own journeys to being practitioners, future academics, entrepreneurs, employable graduates and the employers of the future. The School is also home to FabLab Cardiff, the Perceptual Experience Laboratory and a number of major research and innovation initiatives that cohere around art and science, design and wellbeing, interaction and inclusivity, and user-centred design linking disciplines across the university.

Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy offers a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in education, social policy and the humanities.

Based primarily on the Cyncoed campus, the School offers programmes in collaboration with schools, local authorities, housing associations and social services. Many programmes have work placements and professional accreditation that supports graduate outcomes by ensuring students are prepared appropriately for employment in professions such as teaching and social work.

The new BA Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status recruited its second cohort in 2020 with 164 new students. This programme, together with a large PGCE programme that also recruits international students, contributes to Cardiff Met now being Wales’ largest provider of initial teacher education and the provider with the highest pass rate.

Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences is a recognised centre of excellence in the UK and has established a national and international reputation for the quality of its teaching, research and innovation in the areas of sport and exercise sciences, sport development, sport management, physical education, psychology, biosciences, podiatry, dental technology, food science, ditetetics, speech and language therapy and health sciences. Our vision is recognised globally for our employability-focused education and impactful research. The School has a strong portfolio of interdisciplinary programmes that provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills, gain practical experience and utilise cutting edge equipment and facilities. Many of our programmes are professionally accredited to meet the requirements of the sport and healthcare professions, and a number are unique within Wales.

The University has an established record in performance sport supported by strong taught programmes and research in sport science, coaching, strength and conditioning and performance analysis. The Cyncoed Campus also makes a major civic contribution to sport, health and wellbeing through Open Campus, a unique partnership between 28 local schools, the University and Cardiff Council’s Sport Development function which is run by the University and seeks to increase participation in sport and physical activity.

Cardiff School of Management

Based in a spectacular state-of-the-art building, which includes dedicated labs for digital and fashion marketing, a Bloomberg Trading Suite and a moot court to support a new undergraduate LLB programme in Law, Cardiff School of Management (CSM) is a dynamic and professionally focussed school offering a wide range of programmes designed in partnership with business and industry to ensure graduates are highly employable.

CSM was the first Management School in Wales to be awarded the prestigious Small Business Charter in 2017 in recognition of its work with business and its commitment to supporting students in enterprise and entrepreneurship activities. Staff and students are actively engaged in high quality, high impact applied research and knowledge transfer, both to business and to government policy makers.

The School also educates thousands of students at our international partner colleges around the world, including many students who progress to Masters and higher degrees at our Cardiff-based campus.

Cardiff School of Technologies

Cardiff School of Technologies is based on the Llandaff Campus and was launched in 2018. This new School, which focuses on computer and data science, cyber security, robotics and electronic engineering, already has around 900 students and has developed a thriving research community. The School works in partnership with industry and also offers degree apprenticeship programmes in data analytics with the Office for National Statistics.

The School ethos is to develop students’ academic skills and knowledge alongside providing an opportunity to develop personal and professional skills. This approach recognises the multi-disciplinary nature of their subject within an international context so that all students, on graduating, are rounded individuals with the competencies needed for industry and further study.  Programmes and modules are developed in partnership with stakeholders from industry and current and future students thus ensuring a rounded curriculum that is fit for the future.

Responding to student demand and employer need, the School has been designed to support the growing number of digital and technology companies clustering in the Cardiff Capital Region and is key to developing the University’s already strong position as a top 12 UK HEI for graduate start-ups.

Global Academies

We have grown not just within individual Schools but across Schools and the development of our new Global Academies epitomises this sense of collaboration. The Global Academies have been designed to develop our interdisciplinary, international and impactful research, innovation and postgraduate education as catalysts for economic and social growth, both here in the UK and around the globe.

The three Global Academies all tackle global challenges identified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and national priorities, highlighted in The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. They complement and supplement our undergraduate portfolio by offering a solutions-focused approach building on our high-quality education that places emphasis on ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial skills; something we refer to as the Cardiff Met EDGE. This approach has helped to secure significant improvements in graduate outcomes and employment through our practice-focused model of professionally recognised degrees designed to deliver economic prosperity, social justice and environmental sustainability for Wales and the wider world.

Using our expertise and a collaborative approach, we are working with a wide range of employers and stakeholders to address these global challenges in partnership. We welcome new ideas and approaches from students and partners in Wales, the wider UK and around the globe who want to join us in making our world a more productive, inclusive and sustainable place in which to study, work and live.

Our three Global Academies are, launched last year, are:

  • Health and Human Performance
  • Food Science, Safety and Security
  • Human Centred Design

Health and Human Performance

The Health and Human Performance Global Academy is designed to enable individuals, organisations and society to focus on wellbeing as a means to realising potential. It brings together our expertise in wellbeing, public health, biomedical sciences, leadership and management, sport, physical activity, coaching and technology to take a holistic view of human performance. From improving public health to achieving world-leading success, this Global Academy focuses on how individuals can improve their health and human performance for the benefit of wider societies and economies. As such, the Global Academy for Health and Human Performance addresses the UN Sustainable Goals of: Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality;  Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Reducing Inequality; Sustainable Cities and Communities; and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Food Science, Safety and Security

The Food Science, Safety and Security Global Academy brings together our expertise in technical, operational and commercial food production and biomedical sciences, along with nutrition, perceptual science and psychology. The Global Academy builds on the world-leading work of the Food Industry Centre which has enabled the sustainable growth of the food and drink industry in Wales, contributing significantly to employment, exports and the sustainability of rural and remote communities. Contributing to wider impacts through new product development, consumer health, inward investment and export initiatives, this Global Academy addresses global challenges related to UN Sustainable Goals of: Zero Hunger; Good Health and Wellbeing; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Reducing Inequality; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action; Life Below Water; and Life on Land.

Human Centred Design

Organisations, products, processes and services that place the individual at their centre provide effective solutions. Human centred design fuels the creation of innovative solutions to global challenges and this Global Academy builds on the strong reputation established by our Centre for Product Design and Research, including its pioneering work that has enabled the rapid production of devices for use in surgical procedures and recognised with the awards of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in late 2015. The Global Academy links our expertise in design with technology, art, architecture, health sciences, perceptual science and public policy to address a diverse range of global challenges and UN Sustainable Goals including: Good Health and Wellbeing; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Reducing Inequality; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production.

Teaching and research

Outstanding Learning and Teaching

Cardiff Met has a well-established reputation for learning, teaching and assessment that prepares students to achieve graduate outcomes and fulfilling lives. Our approach is founded upon: high quality academic standards; working in partnership with students; active learning; work experience; volunteering; international mobility; global citizenship; and research-informed teaching.

The Cardiff Met ‘EDGE’ enables all students to develop Ethical, Digital, Global and Entrepreneurial skills, experience, knowledge, confidence and resilience as core strengths around which their specialist degree subject is developed and delivered (University’s Strategic Plan, 2017/18 – 2022/23).

Our person-centred approach is supported by small class sizes, high levels of class contact and a strong framework of Personal Tutors and Programme Directors. Cardiff Met is committed to providing every student with supportive and enabling learning opportunities, environments and facilities that promote learner progression, satisfaction and success. Our Student Engagement Strategy 2018 – 2023, produced in partnership with the Students’ Union and students, aims to ensure that students have fair and equitable access to opportunities that promote and encourage academic engagement and student success. The outcome is that our students are equipped to thrive not just at university, but in employment and life beyond their studies, whether in Wales or the wider world.

Our focus on employability has ensured that 96% of our graduates secure employment, run their own business or enter further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes 17/18) and 72% of graduates are in high skilled employment or higher level further study (Times University Guide 2021), while our entrepreneurship team helps students and graduates realise their business ambitions (DHLE 2017). For the last five years the University has featured in the top 15 of over 160 UK higher education institutions for the number of graduate start-ups and the University offers substantial support for graduates who wish to start a business, social enterprise or charity.

Cardiff Metropolitan University was awarded Silver status in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF); one of only four universities in Wales to achieve this rating. In the most recent National Student Survey (2020), 85% of students at Cardiff Met agreed or strongly agreed that overall, they were satisfied with the quality of their course. This score is above the Wales average of 84% and the UK average of 83% and has improved significantly and consistently over the last five years.

The University has a long-established record of delivering high quality teacher training programmes and is the largest provider of Initial Teacher Education in Wales. We take great pride in our teaching and have the highest number of National Teaching Fellows of any university in Wales. Over 86% of staff on academic contracts are classified as ‘qualified to teach’, including fellowship recognition, 79% of staff are members of Advance HE, 49 staff are recognised as either Principal or Senior Fellows and four staff are National Teaching Fellows. In recent years a number of accolades have been received by the University for our teaching, our students’ experience and our students’ success and our plan is to build on this solid platform to deliver even more far-reaching success in partnership with our students.

The University’s growth and diversification has enabled an increase in the geographical reach and improvements in entry tariff while maintaining our strong reputation for widening participation.  Students now enter Cardiff Met with the second highest entry tariff among universities in Wales and, staying true to our values, we admit the highest percentage of Welsh-domiciled students from the lower two quintiles identified by the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Research and Innovation with Impact

Cardiff Metropolitan University undertakes research at the cutting edge of new knowledge creation, application and impact. Our research has direct application in business, industry, professions and the community and our innovation activities are aligned with an academic portfolio oriented towards practice-focused and professionally recognised education, research and innovation.

The University’s research and innovation activities deliver impact in art and design, business and management, education and social policy, sport and health sciences and digital, data and design technologies. Key strengths of the University’s interdisciplinary and international research include those advancing human performance and product design.

Staff are engaged in a diverse range of innovation underpinned by research activity including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), consultancy, collaboration, contract research and training. Renowned organisations such as Logitech Allergan, GE Healthcare, Kenwood, Principality Building Society, European Central Bank, Ford, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Cardiff and Vale Health Board have all featured in our portfolio of applied research and knowledge exchange partners.

The results of REF 2014 revealed that 80% of the University’s submission was ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*), leading to The Times Higher Education placing Cardiff Met as the highest-ranking ‘post-92 university’ (and 41st overall). The institutional ranking based on ‘impact’ placed Cardiff Met 50th overall and the second highest ‘post-92 UK university’.

The University’s growing international reputation was confirmed by our inclusion in the World University Rankings for the first time in 2019 and consolidated in 2020, partly as a result of our research reputation and output. Cardiff Met continues to cement that position, developing its leading research groups, supporting new and emerging areas of research and realising ambitious plans in relation to REF 2021. Meanwhile, the 2020 UK Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey ranked the University 1st out of all UK HEIs for supervision and 2nd for satisfaction.

Key Research Areas:

  • Cardiff School of Art & Design

Architecture and architectural design technology | Art history, theory and philosophy | Art-science collaboration | Ceramics | Creative digital technology | Design history, theory and philosophy | Ecological building practices | Embodied interaction | Fine art | Engineering building services | Environmental energy | Sensory design | Sustainable built environment | User-centred design.

  • Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Adult and continuing education | Contemporary media | Creative writing | Drama | Education policy | Educational technology | English | Higher education | Language in education | Music education | Outdoor learning | Primary education and early years | Science education.

  • Cardiff School of Management

Leadership and enterprise | Events management | Lean thinking | Public sector management | Renewable energy and systems | Sustainability | Tourism | Value flow | Wine industry.

  • Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Cardiovascular health and ageing | Food, nutrition and health | Health and risk management | Performance analysis | Physiology | Sociology and philosophy of sport | Sport, exercise and health psychology | Sport biomechanics | Sport coaching and pedagogy | Sport development and management | Sports injury and rehabilitation.

  • Cardiff School of Technologies

AI & robotics | Applied engineering and management | Computing and informatics | Data Science | Industry 4.0 and software engineering | Machine learning | Multimedia and games, AR and VR | Networking: sensors, wireless, security | Visualisation and graphics.

Our reach

Our Global Reach and International Partnerships

International collaborations provide the delivery mechanism for the University’s Global Engagement Strategy Looking Out 2018/19-2022/23. Cardiff Met is proud to be associated with high-calibre partners around the world to enhance international students’ inward mobility, domestic students’ and staff’s outward mobility, transnational education and research collaboration and to support the internationalisation of our academic Schools and professional services.

Inward international student mobility internationalises our campuses, programmes and student experience. Diversifying our student body is a key priority within the University’s internationalisation strategy and our international partnerships form an important part of this, together with our overseas offices in China, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.

There are over 8,700 students studying Cardiff Met programmes overseas through our network of transnational education (TNE) partnerships spanning 15 countries. Our current partners are in Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Cardiff-based students can study part of their degree at a partner university and students on Cardiff Met degrees at our partner institutions can opt to study part of their programme in Cardiff.

We also have 1,500 international students from 80 countries studying at our Cardiff campuses with ambitions to grow our international student cohort to 20% of the overall student body over the period of the Strategic Plan.

Global responsibility is one of the central themes of our Global Engagement Strategy; enhancing and developing our global reach to bring about positive social change, acting sustainably and ethically. Our current global outreach activity includes internationalisation capacity building projects in Vietnam and Pakistan: working closely with the British Council and QAA, the University is delivering bespoke development packages to education institutions in countries and regions in the process of developing their education systems.

In partnership with The Council for At-Risk Academics, Cardiff Met has been able to help academics at risk of persecution in their home country to reach a place of safety to continue their academic career. Cardiff Met is also proud to be recognised as a University of Sanctuary as a result of our commitment to creating a culture of welcome for people seeking sanctuary within and beyond our campuses.

Our Local Impact in Education, the Economy and Society

Open Colleges Network 

A priority of the University’s Strategic Plan is the development of a greater range of appropriate progression routes from our partner colleges into undergraduate programmes based at our Cardiff campuses.

Working in partnership with further education colleges across Wales, the University has developed a network of Cardiff Open Colleges to deliver progression routes from schools and colleges, support the expansion of Welsh-medium provision and foster civic engagement in the Cardiff Capital Region in line with Welsh Government’s priorities.

The University has strong links with FE colleges across Wales and particularly with Bridgend College, Cardiff and Vale College, Coleg Gwent and, in support of Welsh medium provision, Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Our Civic Mission

Cardiff Met is committed to making a positive and enduring impact on the economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of the places within which our university is located. Working Together is Cardiff Met’s Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility strategy and is an outward demonstration of this values driven approach. It locates Cardiff Met at the very heart of our ‘place’ in Cardiff; open and accessible to all members of our local community. The strategy is delivered with internal and external partners and within the context of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015). The University is committed to informing policy and leading the conversation in accordance with the sustainable development principles contained within the Act, helping to establish Wales as a nation in which more people want to live, study and work now and in the future.

We are striving to make Cardiff Met a healthy, supportive, inclusive and welcoming work and study environment that helps nurture healthy and resilient staff, students and communities. To this end, our smoke-free Cardiff Met environment emphasises the vital role we all play in supporting a healthier environment for one another.

We recognise the importance of the role we play in environmental management of our estate and in promoting principles of sustainability across all activities, including teaching and research. We manage and control our environmental risks in a sustainable manner by complying with relevant legislation and adopting, where appropriate, best practice.

We are also committed to supporting sustainable travel to reduce our impact on the environment, improve the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, and play our part as a responsible member of the local community. Our Travel Plan provides a comprehensive framework to continually review and improve University travel practices and is an essential element of the University’s corporate values.

Cardiff Met is committed to ensuring that it treats the Welsh and English languages on a basis of equality when conducting our business in Wales. We aim to provide an environment where Welsh speaking staff, students and the public feel comfortable and confident in engaging with the University through the medium of Welsh and we aim to develop this environment by fostering a welcoming ethos and understanding of the diverse needs of all who are involved with the University.

About Cardiff

The capital city of Wales has changed beyond recognition over the past two decades with very significant development in its environment and infrastructure supporting a growing population, increasing business development and investment in world-leading sporting and cultural facilities.


Cardiff has a population of 361,200, including 244,300 aged 16‐64. Compared with the UK as a whole, Cardiff has a greater proportion of its population aged 15 to 34 which makes it a young and vibrant capital city. By 2036, Cardiff’s population is projected to increase by 20% to 433,400, including 273,700  aged 16 to 64, with the city expected to be the UK’s fastest growing city over the next 20 years; it is a young and talented city, primed for economic growth and where the role of higher education has never been more important.

The Cardiff City Region consists of the ten local authority areas of Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen, and Vale of Glamorgan. These 10 authorities comprise partners in the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal which has leveraged significant funding for research, innovation and business development and in which the University is playing a key role.

Significant developments in sustainable transport and active travel are underway with the University’s Llandaff Campus, which borders the River Taff, Llandaff Fields and Sophia Gardens, providing land for a planned cycle superhighway and a largely pedestrianised campus.

Cardiff Bay

The former docks have been regenerated to form the superb Cardiff Bay waterfront which, in addition to providing outdoor sport and recreation opportunities, is home to the Wales Millennium Centre and the BBC Orchestra and Welsh National Opera alongside the devolved Senedd (Welsh Parliament) and Roald Dahl Plass. Cardiff is, today, an exciting European destination and a very ‘liveable’ capital city.

The bowl-shaped area of Roald Dahl Plass, with its amphitheatre-style seating, acts as a venue for open-air concerts and festivals throughout the summer and both the Bay and Roald Dahl Plass are accessible by boat from the city centre and the nearby seaside town of Penarth.


Cardiff is also home to the National Museum of Wales, the Museum of Welsh Life at nearby St Fagan’s and stunning civic buildings surrounded by many acres of parkland which form the ‘green lungs’ of the city stretching all the way from Cardiff Bay to the University’s Llandaff Campus four miles to the north. Despite the recent rapid growth, Cardiff remains a famously friendly city which has all the facilities and advantages of a European capital city yet is still compact enough to navigate easily. It is a vibrant city full of character and atmosphere and with a range of first-class facilities for sport, nightlife, shopping and sightseeing along with a year-round calendar of cultural and sporting events.

Cardiff boasts Europe’s largest waterfront development, Cardiff Bay which was formed in 1999 when the Cardiff Bay barrage created a huge freshwater lake which is now surrounded by waterfront bars, restaurants and cafes. The harbour area has always been important to the city and in the late 19th century Cardiff was the world’s busiest coal port. The Roald Dahl Plass, named after the famous Cardiff-born author, is a stunning public plaza next to the Senedd, the modern Welsh Parliament Building, and the equally iconic Wales Millennium Centre where our graduation ceremonies are held each July.


Cardiff is without doubt a sporting capital. The Principality Stadium, unusually situated at the very heart of a city centre, dominates the skyline and has seen sporting history played out under its retractable roof since 1999. A legendary destination for rugby fans on an international match day, Cardiff is frequented by sport fans from around the world. In addition to rugby, the Principality Stadium is also home to the British Speedway Grand Prix and has hosted international boxing clashes and large scale music concerts.

Cardiff City FC also has its stadium at Leckwith and Glamorgan County Cricket Club, which also hosts international test match cricket, is located at Sophia Gardens near the Llandaff Campus. Ice hockey fans can see the Cardiff Devils team in action at the city’s ice-rink at Cardiff Bay where boxing contests are also held.

Cardiff Met itself has some of the best sporting facilities in Wales with facilities accessible to staff, students, professional and amateur sport cluns and the general public, and beyond the University there is also plenty of opportunity for recreational sport.


The River Taff runs right though the city centre and the beautiful surroundings of Roath Park Lake, near the Cyncoed Campus, are also worth a visit. The Welsh Institute of Sport at Sophia Gardens, a short walk from the Llandaff Campus, has world class facilities, including badminton, tennis and netball courts. Cardiff’s surroundings are beautiful, within easy access of the coast and stunning countryside, including Gower and the Brecon Beacons National Park, with ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and sport including mountain biking, sailing, cycling and walking.

Cardiff itself has excellent transport links and is the closest European capital city to London, soon to be accessible in under 100 minutes by train. Situated just off the M4 motorway, the city is served by Central Station in the heart of the city and is only two hours from London by train. Cardiff Airport is located just to the west of the City and offers easy access to many domestic and international destinations by air and there is a regular non-stop bus link to Bristol Airport from Sophia Gardens near the Llandaff Campus.

The role

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Job reference:

Job Title: Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Department: Vice-Chancellor’s Office
Location: Llandaff Campus
Grade: Level 2
Tenure: Permanent
Hours: Full-time
Accountable to: President and Vice-Chancellor
Accountable for: Deans of Schools (5)

The role

Responsible to the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor will build on the University’s growing reputation for high quality learning, teaching, research and innovation supported by its outstanding staff and strong financial position.  The DVC will play a key role in positioning Cardiff Metropolitan as a global university that meets the economic, civic and international needs of Wales and the wider world by responding to student demand, employer need and national and international policy contexts.

The DVC is central to ensuring the delivery of the University’s measures of success within a positive and enabling culture of high performance. In doing so the DVC will work closely with the Vice-Chancellor to provide outstanding strategic and academic leadership to Cardiff Metropolitan University’s staff, students and stakeholders. In particular, by providing highly effective line management of the Deans of School, the DVC will ensure that the University’s five Schools contribute fully to the University’s growing success.

The DVC will inspire excellence in undertaking the planning, leadership and management of academic performance across the University to ensure the ambitious goals outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan are met in full. These goals are designed to ensure all Cardiff Metropolitan students benefit from outstanding education, research and innovation in a student-centred environment, supported by excellent facilities and services and leading to high levels of graduate employment.

For the last three years the University has been in the top 12 of over 160 UK higher education institutions for the number of graduate start-ups per student and this spirit of innovation and enterprise lies at the heart of the University.

The University’s academic portfolio is oriented towards practice-focused and professionally recognised programmes of education and research. These are designed to enable students to fulfil their full potential in making outstanding graduate-level contributions to society, economy and culture in Wales and the wider world. Taught programmes align with the University’s research, innovation and enterprise agenda that delivers impact to meet local and global challenges in the areas of art and design, education and public services, sport and health sciences, business and management, and digital, data and design technologies.

The DVC will be responsible for the line management of the University’s five Deans of School:

  • Cardiff School of Art & Design
  • Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy
  • Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences
  • Cardiff School of Management
  • Cardiff School of Technologies

The DVC and will work closely with the Schools to deliver key aspects of the University’s Strategic Plan focused on improvement, diversification and growth. In working with the Schools, the DVC will ensure delivery of high performance outcomes including recruitment to new programmes and review and closure of small programmes. The DVC will work with the Deans to drive performance in Schools, through the further development of a positive culture, and ensure the effective use of resources.

The DVC will work closely with the three Pro Vice-Chancellors, the University Secretary, Chief Officer (Resources), Directors of Professional Services and Directors of Academic Areas in the development and delivery of all aspects of the strategic plan to ensure outstanding performance in relation to academic development and delivery.

Working in partnership with the PVC for Research & Innovation and Deans of School, the DVC will also be responsible for informing the direction of the ‘Global Academies’ initiative. The Global Academies are designed to develop the university’s postgraduate taught and postgraduate research provision and are international and interdisciplinary in outlook and impact. Three Global Academies have been established – in Health and Human Performance, Food Science, Safety and Security, and Human Centred Design – and the DVC will play a key role in helping to take these forward into the future with the PVC Research & Innovation.

The DVC will chair a number of strategic University Committees, Sub-Committees and Project Groups and will act as Deputy Chair for all committees and groups chaired by the Vice-Chancellor.

The DVC is the deputy to the Vice-Chancellor in relation to all aspects of University business and will act on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor in their absence. As such, the role carries significant ambassadorial responsibility and the DVC will represent the Vice-Chancellor at a number of high-profile international events and engagements with business, industry and political leaders in Wales and the wider UK. The University has 16 international partners institutions where over 9,000 students are studying for Cardiff Met awards and the DVC will be expected to support the work of the VC and PVC Partnerships & External Engagement responsible for the international portfolio by presiding over a number of overseas graduation ceremonies each year.

Responsibilities and accountabilities

Deputising for the Vice-Chancellor

  • Deputise for the Vice-Chancellor in relation to all aspects of University business, including at external engagements and events, and act on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor in their absence.
  • Act as the Deputy Chair for all Committees and Groups chaired by the Vice-Chancellor.
  • Provide a clear line of communication from staff across the University to the Vice-Chancellor to ensure the smooth and effective running of the University.

Strategic Academic Planning

  • Provide strong, visible and effective strategic leadership for the University’s Schools and Global Academies by demonstrating clear and ethical decision-making, harnessing the energies of staff within a culture of high performance and equality of opportunity to deliver the goals of the Strategic Plan 2017/18 – 2022/23.
  • Support the Vice-Chancellor in delivering the measures of success identified within the Strategic Plan by building on existing strengths and driving forward further achievements and success to deliver enhancement, diversification and growth in financial sustainability and reputation.
  • Support the Vice-Chancellor, University Secretary and Chief Officer (Resources) in the leadership of the annual academic planning cycle and inform budgetary decisions relating to the development and delivery of the academic portfolio and associated resources, working closely with the Head of Strategy, Planning and Performance to develop data for Schools to help drive performance.
  • Lead proposals for taught programme developments and closures with proposals supported by clear business cases.
  • Lead proposals for changes in academic staffing to deliver the portfolios of Schools and Academies in line with the goals of the Strategic Plan.
  • Lead the reporting of student recruitment and work with the Deans of School and Director of Marketing and External Relations to ensure recruitment targets are achieved.
  • Co-ordinate and present key performance indicators for all measures of success in relation to Schools and Academies and identify and implement steps to address under-achievement, working with the Head of Strategy, Planning and Performance and the Strategy Team to develop approaches to monitoring performance.

Academic Schools

  • Lead the partnership with the Deans of the five Schools to develop and deliver ambitious targets designed to achieve the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan.
  • Manage the performance of the five academic Schools and provide regular reports on plans and performance to the Board of Governors, Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group and relevant University Boards and Committees.
  • Identify staff development needs across Schools and work with the relevant PVCs and Director of People Services to address developments required to deliver the goals of the Strategic Plan.

Global Academies

  • Work strategically with the PVC Research & Innovation to drive the ongoing development of the recently launched ‘Global Academies’, designed to develop key areas of the University’s postgraduate taught and postgraduate research provision to address global challenges through research and postgraduate education that is international and interdisciplinary in outlook and impact.
  • Work with the PVCs, Deans and Directors of Professional Services and Academic Areas to develop the Global Academies as a route to increasing postgraduate recruitment and interdisciplinary research with an international reach.
  • Set and model expectations, internally and externally, relating to external engagement through the Global Academies.
  • Work strategically with the PVC Research & Innovation to ensure the Global Academies contribute to the development of research excellence as defined by the Research Excellence Framework and the World University Rankings.

Chairing and Membership of Committees

  • Chair committees and sub-committees relevant to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s portfolio.

External and Ambassadorial Role

  • Represent the University with a high level of academic and professional credibility and integrity and in a wide range of external fora.
  • Represent the Vice-Chancellor at a range of high profile events including overseas graduation ceremonies, engagements with key stakeholders such as Welsh Government, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and Universities Wales, and engagements with business and political leaders in Wales and the wider UK.
  • Influence the policy agenda of external stakeholders by working in the best interests of the University.
  • Synergise external intelligence to inform University strategy and policy, working closely with the Vice-Chancellor, University Secretary, Director of Marketing & External Relations and Head of Strategy, Planning and Performance.


  • Work to promote the University’s values of Creativity, Diversity, Freedom and Innovation and to exemplify the key behaviours of Leadership, Trust, Courage and Accountability.
  • Ensure the efficient recruitment, induction, management, development and appraisal of all staff within the ambit of the role, in line with the University’s HR policies and procedures, promoting effective people management practices that ensure staff are engaged and aligned to achieve effective outcomes in pursuit of the University’s strategic ambition.
  • Manage budgets as necessary, including those of the department(s) for which they have responsibility, in line with the University’s Financial Regulations.
  • Take responsibility, within the University’s policies for employment and health and safety at work and for the health and safety of immediate line reports.
  • Take responsibility for on-going personal and professional development in line with the University’s needs and that of the role.
  • Act in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures on employment, equalities, environment & sustainability, IT and financial management.
  • The role will require overnight stays away from home and national and international travel.
  • The specific range of direct reports may be changed by addition or removal over time in line with the needs of the University.
  • In addition to the above areas of responsibility, the post holder may be required to undertake any other reasonable duties in line with the needs of the University and the seniority of the role.




  • A strong belief in, and commitment to, the purpose and priorities of the University as defined through the vision, values and ethos of the University and its role in education, research and innovation within Wales and the wider world.
  • Proven ability to engender the trust of colleagues and an unquestionable track record of integrity, resilience, openness and honesty informing a strong and proactive approach to equality, diversity and social mobility throughout the University and beyond.


  • An earned doctoral level qualification and related academic and/or professional qualifications, accreditations or fellowships.
  • A recognised academic profile and reputation that meets the University’s criteria for the award of Professorial title.

Skills and Competencies

  • The emotional intelligence to influence and operate across matrix management structures and processes.
  • The ability to reflect, to exercise considered judgement and to ensure that all decisions made and implemented have been adequately consulted on and communicated appropriately to relevant stakeholders in ways that reflect the values of the organisation.
  • Excellent communication skills, a collaborative leadership approach and the proven ability to identify and nurture talent within an enabling culture.
  • Highly developed ambassadorial skills with the ability to represent and promote the University externally across business, industry, government and the education sector including schools, colleges and higher education.
  • A high degree of political astuteness with a sound understanding of ways in which to influence Welsh and UK higher education policy.
  • An established profile as an intellectual leader of education and research with the requisite academic skills, experience and reputation to operate with strong academic credibility in a progressive, high impact academic environment.


  • A clear understanding of the University’s structure and the ability to develop the organisation’s culture to deliver the University’s strategic goals and future ambitions.
  • An understanding of, and regard for, the importance of the Welsh Language in the culture and values of the University and its community.


  • A proven track record of leading the delivery of transformational change while maintaining and enhancing the performance and quality of existing provision.
  • A proven track record of managing people and performance to deliver improvements in recruitment, reputation and financial sustainability.
  • A proven track record of managing strategic projects resulting in successful delivery of agreed outcomes.
  • A proven track record of establishing creative and sustainable academic partnerships with the ability and credentials to engender the respect of internal and external stakeholders nationally and internationally.
  • Experience in leadership of curriculum development, teaching, learning and assessment.
  • A track record of successful financial management and financial literacy commensurate with overseeing the Schools’ budgets.
  • Experience of operating at Board level within a university or similarly large organisation (desirable).
  • International experience and networks in education and research (desirable).
  • A track record of publications commensurate with entry to the REF 2021 (desirable).
  • Programme leadership experience including the development and validation of new programmes (desirable).
  • Experience of holding senior office in academic or professional associations and/or experience chairing external Boards or Committees (desirable).
  • Experience of managing and delivering major developments and capital projects (desirable).
  • An understanding of, and regard for, the importance of the Welsh Language in the culture and values of the University and its community (desirable).

For candidates who wish to be considered for a Professorial appointment:

Candidates should supply a list of three referees who are able to comment on both the candidate’s leadership and management experience and the candidate’s ability to meet the criteria for the award of Professorial title.

Cardiff Metropolitan University Professorial Criteria:

All Personal Chair applicants have to be able to demonstrate the following in their application:

(i) Sustained outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge through one or any of the following in combination:

a. Learning and Teaching supported by appropriate evidence: for example, a portfolio of esteemed pedagogic publications and presentations, curriculum design and recognised international level esteem indicators such as national teaching fellowship, external experience of evaluating learning and teaching (e.g., QAA) and funding for learning and teaching developments;

b. Research supported by appropriate evidence: for example, a portfolio of extensive peer-reviewed international research publications or outputs relevant to the discipline; significant and prestigious external research funding; successful research supervision and examination experience; and recognised esteem indicators such as awards, invitations to present international keynote presentations and office in external associations, boards and committees;

c. Innovation supported by appropriate evidence: for example, a portfolio of esteemed outputs relevant to knowledge transfer activities, innovation or entrepreneurship, a significant track record of external funding for innovation; the exploitation of intellectual property and recognised international-level esteem indicators such as prominent external advisory roles and innovation project funding; and,

(ii) Significant leadership and/or academic-related management experience relevant to the candidate’s individual application.

Terms of appointment

A competitive salary will be agreed with the successful candidate, commensurate with the responsibilities of the role.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to Cardiff Metropolitan University. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Elliott Rae on +44(0)7584 078 534, Ed Pritchard on +44(0)7980 817 927 or Carolyn Coates on +44(0)7825 871 944.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 26th February.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of three pages) setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the experience criteria of the person specification.
  • Please include the names and email addresses of two referees (or if you wish to be considered for a professorial appointment, three referees, as described in the section at the end of the person specification). Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates.
  • We use the following link to complete an online Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form.

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the reference AQ1055


Closing date: Friday 26th February
Longlisting: Friday 12th March
Preliminary Interviews with AQ: w/c 15th and 22nd March
Shortlisting: Monday 12th April
Assessment Exercise: Wednesday 14th April
Psychometric Assessment: 15th / 16th April
Final Panel Interviews: Friday 23rd April