- Admin. staff 5,230
- Affiliations Russell Group EUA University of Wales Universities UK
- Campus Urban
- Colours Black and Red
- Endowment £22.09 million (2008/09) 
- Established 1883 (as the University College of South Wales & Monmouthshire)
- Location Cardiff, Wales, UK
- Motto Welsh: Gwirionedd Undod A Chytgord
- Motto Truth Unity and Harmony
- Postgraduates 7,840
- President Sir Martin Evans
- Students 1,290 FE
- Students 30,930
- Type Public
- Undergraduates 21,800
- Vice Chancellor Dr David Grant
- Vice principal http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/
Cardiff University (Welsh: Prifysgol Caerdydd) is a research university located in the Cathays Park area of Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. It received its Royal charter in 1883 and is a member of the Russell Group of Universities. The university is consistently recognised as providing high quality research-based university education in Wales. Ranked number 122 of the world's top universities. Cardiff University celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2008. Before August 2004, the university was officially known as University of Wales, Cardiff (Welsh: Prifysgol Cymru, Caerdydd), although it used the name Cardiff University publicly.
The university also has a popular Centre for Lifelong Learning which has been teaching a wide range of courses to the public for over 125 years. In July 2009, the University announced it was ending the teaching of over 250 humanities courses at the centre making over 100 staff redundant. The University has since reintroduced a number of humanities courses for a trial period beginning in 2010. Cardiff University and the Swansea University entered a partnership to provide a four-year graduate-entry medical degree. An annual intake of around 70 post-graduate students undertake an accelerated version of the Cardiff course at the Swansea University for the first two years before joining undergraduate students at Cardiff for the final two years.
Cardiff University aims to be one of the 21st Century’s leading international universities. Campus Horizons, a programme of ambitious capital projects, is one step towards that aim. The programme includes major new development projects, including an entirely new campus for the University’s research. The existing campus will be upgraded and transformed, as will the information and communications technology.