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Our newly renovated histology laboratory

Interesting facts and figures about the School and Cardiff University.

  • The earliest forerunner of Cardiff University was founded in 1883 as the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire
  • With 28,000 students and 6,000 staff, the Cardiff University academic community is the size of a small town
  • The University has an annual turnover of £429 million
  • The University has over 5,000 student residences
  • Some 8,200 students graduate each year
  • Cardiff is consistently ranked as the best university in Wales (Sunday Times Newspaper)
  • The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences was founded in 1936
  • It is the only Optometry ‘School’ in the UK!
  • The School was visited by Her Majesty the Queen in 2000
  • The School has its own dedicated building in Maindy Road
  • BSc Optometry course starts in September of each year
  • BSc Optometry course length is 3 years
  • Number of applicants in 2010: 565
  • Number of applicants enrolled in 2010: 70 UK/EU students and 18 overseas students
  • Number of alumni: 1656