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Project information

Cardiff Met Development Fund

The Development Fund has been established to enable all our alumni and friends to make a difference. From supporting ground breaking medical research to helping those in need with a scholarship or bursary, all donations make a huge impact.


Charity information: Cardiff Metropolitan University

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  • Need


    All universities are under increasing financial pressure and Cardiff Met is no different. Many students are struggling to meet their cost of living and therefore not reaching their academic potential. Vital research projects are not going ahead due to the lack of sufficient funding. Campus resources and facilities are no longer providing for the needs of our local community.


    The donations we receive do not replace government funding, but enable projects and activity that otherwise wouldn’t go ahead. The work that is funded here through donations can really transform lives. The Development Fund will distribute the money it has raised on an annual basis to support four priority areas.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce the financial burden placed on students so they are able to reach their academic potential.


    » Seek to raise funds to support undergraduate scholarships and bursaries.
    » Seek to raise funds to support postgraduate scholarships.
    » Seek to raise funds to support Sport Scholarships for talented athletes.

    What success will look like

    Success will be funding 50 undergraduate scholarships

    Aim 2

    Enhance our facilities for everyone in our community.


    » By improving our sports facilities for the hundreds of students, staff, school children and community groups that use them every week.
    » Build a new art gallery, open to the public for everyone to enjoy.
    » Develop an improved Forest School facility for local school children in the woods at Cyncoed.

    What success will look like

    Success will be new sports facilities at our Cyncoed and Llandaff campuses, improved Forest School facilities at Cyncoed and a new art gallery.

    Aim 3

    Stregthen our research portfolio to address the problems that face our society today.


    » By supporting research projects with vital funds to ensure they go ahead.
    » Improve our laboratory resources and equipment needed to carry out this research.

    What success will look like

    Success will be supporting more PhD studentships, funding expensive laboratory consumables and equipment and supporting research dissemination.

    Aim 4

    Improving resources that focus on providing the best experience for our students.


    » Fund new library resources such as books and e-learning resources to enhance the educational experience.
    » Provide new or improved equipment for the many student clubs and societies that play an important part in student life.
    » Fund new and innovative teaching resources.

    What success will look like

    Success will be improved resources for our libraries, student support services (disability, careers and counselling services) and student clubs and societies.

  • Impact


    Donations to the Development Fund do not replace governement funding, but they make a difference by creating opportunities that would otherwise not be possible. While the Development Fund addresses the immediate needs of the University's students, in the long term it aims to make a real difference to people's lives. This will be through the impact of our research, community outreach and scholarships.


    The Cardiff Met Development Fund faces the risk of not raising enough funds to meet the increasing need. We try to deal with this by ensuring we communicate the need for the Development Fund and the impact it can have. We hope that by showing what a difference just a small gift will make, others are inspired to give.


    Each donor will receive a twice yearly newsletter, which reports on what projects and activity have been able to go ahead through their generosity. The newsletter aims to show the impact that philanthropy can have at Cardiff Met and how it can transform lives.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Scholarships Supporting 30 scholarships annually
      £30,000 Research Supporting 3 research projects annually
      £20,000 Facilities Supporting 1 new development annually
      £20,000 Resources Ensuring current demand for new resources is met

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Alumni £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Cardiff Metropolitan University has a proud history dating back to 1865 when the Cardiff College of Art was established. Based over 3 campuses, the University has over 10,000 students from more than 130 different countries and prides itself on accessibility and student employability.


    Our main beneficiaries are the students that study here, who are provided with a quality education and the skills to prepare them for the world of work. The University has a large applied research portfolio so there are many individuals who benefit as a result of this research e.g. medical research. Thousands more beneficiaries are reached every year within the local community through a wide range of projects and activity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Cardiff Metropolitan University is a registered charity and well-respected institution with a stong track record of delivering high quality teaching, research and community projects. The University has established a Development Office to steward all donations from alumni, staff, friends and organisations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sheona Evans

    Sheona manages the Development Fund, recruits new donors and reports to existing donors.


Will provide a scholarship for 1 year

"I'm grateful for the chance to give back even just a small amount to the place where I spent the happiest 3 years of my life"

Howard Tear (Education, 1969)