A thriving and attractive city, Cardiff combines the advantages of a compact, friendly and inexpensive location with all the cultural and recreational facilities of a modern capital city.
A city with both heritage and ambition, Cardiff has a distinctive character and is widely recognised as an outstanding place in which to live and work. Located on the southern coast of Wales, it is a designated Centre of Culture, and boasts a variety of attractions, including the Welsh National Opera, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, world-class sports facilities and of course the world-famous Principality (Millennium) Stadium, not to mention Cardiff Castle, beautiful parks and fascinating museums.
Cardiff has more green spaces per person than any other UK core city, and is host to one of Europe’s largest waterfront regeneration projects in the beautiful Bay area with the waterside area of Mermaid Quay. It is also within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the outstanding landscapes of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, and the award-winning beaches and unspoilt countryside of the Gower Peninsula - the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The city is synonymous with sport. Cardiff is the home of Welsh rugby, with the 75,000 capacity Principality Stadium in the heart of the city centre. The SWALEC Stadium hosts major cricket matches and the Celtic Manor Resort has hosted golf’s Ryder Cup in past years. The International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay offers an ice rink and an international standard swimming pool, and the UK’s first on-demand white-water rafting and canoe centre.
The city is also one of the UK’s best shopping destinations, with the £750 million St David’s retail centre standing alongside pedestrianised shopping streets, indoor and outdoor markets, and a network of glass-canopied Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades.
Getting around within the city is quick and easy, with good road, cycle, bus and rail networks, and at just two hours from London by train, Cardiff is at the heart of an international transport network that connects the city to major UK, European and global destinations. Nearby Cardiff International Airport offers direct flights to 12 European countries and a range of UK destinations.
Diverse and cosmopolitan yet compact and affordable, the capital of Wales is a lively, bilingual city and a thriving location in which to live, work and study.
Please note that the deadline for all applications to be received is the 9th September 2017 and that interviews will be held around the week commencing 9th October 2017 – subject to panel availability.
Cardiff residents are blessed with the best quality of life in Britain.
Having returned to Cardiff to set up a lab here after 8 years working in Melbourne I was amazed at how the town centre had been regenerated, and genuinely did not recognise where I was when exiting the splendid new St David’s Shopping Centre. Cardiff was a very student-friendly city when I left but now it clearly has cultural interests and leisure facilities to accommodate all spectrums of society, including young families, which is great for me with a 4 year old and another on the way. I had also forgotten how easy it is to access the beautiful countryside surrounding Cardiff, and within 10-15 minutes you are in narrow country lanes with a huge variety of coastlines, forests and national parks to explore. It’s great to be back.
Toby Phesse, Research Fellow, European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute