Cardiff University – then University College, Cardiff - opened in 1883 and was formally established by Royal Charter in 1884. It currently has over 30,000 students, representing over 100 countries, over a quarter of them postgraduates, and a fifth of them international students (continental EU included). This is almost a tenth of the City’s population of 346,000.
The School of Social Sciences currently has over 160 academic staff and around 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. There are 32 Cardiff staff who are Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences, the highest representative body of social sciences in the UK. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework evaluation, Cardiff’s Sociology (including Criminology) was ranked third in the UK, and its criminology staff and graduate students are international in their research foci and in their geographic origins.