Cardiff University

Cardiff University and the University of Waikato

Strategic Partnership

Welcome! Croeso! Haere mai!

The University of Waikato and Cardiff University are committed to developing a mutually beneficial strategic relationship which will allow us to maximise strategic outcomes across multiple disciplines and initiatives.

We strongly encourage you to get involved in the partnership: connect with your counterparts; apply for seed funding; investigate opportunities for virtual collaboration as well as staff and student exchange.

Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University and Professor Neil Quigley, Vice-Chancellor of the University of  Waikato

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. Read more...

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.

Please note: The Guidelines for applicants and all forms have been updated. Please ensure you are using the forms linked to below and not the forms from 2022.

Information about previously funded projects can be found here.

Application process

Please note: These files are all 'view only'.  In order to complete these documents collaboratively with your co-lead from Waikato/Cardiff you will need to download a copy (File → Download a copy)  to save in OneDrive etc..  or create a copy (File → Make a copy) to work in google drive.

If you are interested in being involved as a peer reviewer, please get in touch.

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.

Additional sources of funding

Student mobility funding

Coming soon...


NZWalesEventJoining Information
Week of 7 Nov 2022Week of 7 Nov 2022

Cardiff-Waikato Crime & Security Knowledge Exchange Wānanga

The Security Crime & Intelligence Innovation Institute, Cardiff and Te Puna Haumaru, the New Zealand Institute for Security & Crime Science, Waikato are running a three day virtual and in person event focused on research areas of mutual interest, including: violence risk assessment, counterterrorism and extremism and cybercrime.

Invitation only
23-24 Nov  
23-24 Nov  

Te Puna Aurei LearnFest is an annual symposium organised by Te Puna Ako Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning at the University of Waikato.

This year, Te Puna Aurei LearnFest22 Higher Education Symposium will be held in partnership with Cardiff University.

Come and join engaged academics and educators from around the world in a two-day exploration of contemporary tertiary education!


Connecting Staff

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.