Education for all
From its inception, Cardiff University set out to offer equality of opportunity to both men and women. Indeed, the highest entrance scholarship offered to a student in the 1883 intake was made to a female student.
Aberdare Hall, a women-only hall of residence, was opened in 1893, providing female students with respectable and very comfortable accommodation near the University. It was only the second women’s hall of residence to be built in the UK, and gave women from outside Cardiff the opportunity to attend university without the stigma associated with living alone in rented accommodation.
Times have changed, and today around half of the total student intake is female. Most now choose to live in modern student flats on mixed sites around the campus, but Aberdare Hall is still a popular hall of residence, offering a home-from-home to 125 women every year.