Cardiff University and the University of Waikato

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Our partnership

The University of Waikato and Cardiff University signed an agreement to establish a strategic partnership in October 2019. This agreement initiated our commitment to develop a mutually beneficial relationship to promote innovative collaboration and co-operation in the pursuit of academic and professional excellence.

Following the visit of a delegation from Cardiff University in February 2020 to the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus, collaboration between staff at both institutions has increased and, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, we have shared a number of early successes.

Our shared vision is a sustained partnership, across multiple disciplines and themes, that increases our research performance and impact as well as enriching the staff and student experience at both institutions. We formally launched our strategic partnership in November 2021.

Seed funding for collaboration and mobility

This seed fund supports staff at Cardiff University and the University of Waikato to develop collaborative research, teaching and/or professional services projects that have clear outcomes and a pathway to develop and sustain the collaboration.

  • September 2023 call
    • Applications open: 11 September 2023
    • Applications due:  16 October 2023
    • Review and funding panel: October-November
    • Applicants notified: 4 December 2023
    • Project time: Dec 2023-June 2024 (funding available Jan)
    • Reports due: 12 August 2024
  • March 2024 call
    • Applications open: 19 February 2024
    • Applications due:  8 April 2024
    • Review and funding panel: April-May
    • Applicants notified: 27 May 2024
    • Project time: June-December 2024
    • Reports due: 24 February 2025

View more information about previously funded projects.

If you are interested in being involved as a peer reviewer, please contact


Rolling fund / Small grants

Our collaboration seed fund is allocated over two calls annually, one in the Spring and one in the Autumn. However, we understand that on occasion, ad-hoc, short notice, specific, unique funding requests may also arise.

As such, and only if budget allows, we will consider rolling requests for funding up to the value of 2000 NZD / 1000 GBP.

Find out more about Rolling Fund / Small grants.


Additional sources of funding


Student mobility funding

Coming soon...


Or contact the Global Engagement and Partnerships Team at

Further Information

Launch event

We formally launched our partnership with a blended event on the 10th of November 2021. If you missed it, you can watch it on You Tube (it starts at 16:20).

The launch event aimed to raise awareness of the partnership with staff and students, acknowledge success to date, and build further connections across our institutions. The guest speakers included:

  • Professor Colin Riordan, ​President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University
  • Professor Neil Quigley, Vice-Chancellor, University of Waikato
  • Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales
  • Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language
  • Hon Aupito William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples and Minister for Courts. Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Associate Minister of Education (Pacific Peoples), Associate Minister of Justice and Associate Minister of Health (Pacific Peoples)
  • Her Excellency Ms Laura Clarke, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to New Zealand
  • Shannon Austin, Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom
  • Grant McPherson, Chief Executive, Education New Zealand
  • Harvey Griffiths and Katie Drennan, former exchange students.

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