Success for Language Mentoring Project

Posted on 4 August 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

The MFL Student Mentoring Project began in 2015, funded by Welsh Government. It was conceived as a response to the steep decline in the number of young people opting to study a Modern Foreign Language at GSCE Level. It brought together staff and students at Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea Universities to try to arrest
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Have you got the Spot-a-bee buzz?

Posted on 27 July 2020 by Heath Jeffries

The next time you are in the garden or walking the dog, look out for bees. If you take a picture on your phone of the plants they visit, and share them on Spot-a-bee, you’ll be helping scientists in their quest for new antibiotics. Here, Professor Les Baillie, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, explains
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The road from evaluation to public service reform

Posted on 22 July 2020 by Heath Jeffries

In 2014, in a report for the UK Cabinet Office, Professor Jonathan Shepherd introduced the concept of the evidence ecosystem. For the first time this integrated the processes of evidence generation, evidence synthesis, the production of guidance from this synthesis, and implementation of this guidance in public services. In the period post-COVID when public finances
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Connecting the Compound Semiconductor Cluster

Posted on 20 July 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Compound Semiconductors are tiny electronic chips that drive tomorrow’s technologies. Faster and more versatile than silicon, they are found in a range of leading-edge products, from mobile phones to electric vehicles. Along the M4 corridor, businesses and academic institutions have been working on CS for decades – from pure academic research through to device design and wafer manufacture. Now,
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A New Era for Electron Microscopy at Cardiff

Posted on 13 July 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Cardiff University’s Translational Research Facility (TRF) – currently under construction on Cardiff Innovation Campus – is set to transform the research capability of two of the University’s leading centres: the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS).   The impressive five-story structure, alongside the sbarc ǀ spark building and ICS Cleanroom, is a monument to the new era of transformative and translational research set to begin on Cardiff University’s Innovation Campus.    There is however, a relatively smaller building nestled within this complex that may only have been
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Britishvolt boss backs cleaner future

Posted on 7 July 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Cardiff Business School graduate Orral Nadjari (MBA, 2008) wants to build the UK’s first and biggest green battery ‘gigaplant’ in the Vale of Glamorgan. Here, the CEO and Founder of Britishvolt tells the Home of Innovation blog why he believes the immediate challenge of COVID-19 will give rise to future opportunities for battery-powered vehicles.  Mr. Nadjari’s road to success began at Cardiff University.  A BSc in
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Celebrating sbarc | spark – investing in innovation

Posted on 6 July 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

A future centre for start-ups, spinouts, student businesses and social enterprises has reached its highest construction point. sbarc | spark will help enterprising people connect, collaborate and create.  Here, Cardiff University’s Dr Nick Bourne outlines how the hub can help drive recovery after COVID-19.    “Put simply, sbarc l spark will put ideas to work. It is a magnet for commercial
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Collaboration helps social scientists launch ideas

Posted on 2 July 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

A project which helps academics launch social enterprise start-ups or businesses is celebrating SUCCESS. Cardiff is one of 10 universities delivering the programme – a first-of-its-kind opportunity to help social scientists with innovative research ideas to get the training, support and funding to transform them into solutions for pressing social challenges. The programme was open
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Alpacr raises $200k in Silicon Valley

Posted on 29 June 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Cardiff University student start-up Alpacr – the social network for travel and adventure lovers – has journeyed far since it was launched two years ago. Here, CEO and Cardiff graduate Dan Swygart (BSc Econ) explains Alpacr’s trek from Wales to Silicon Valley as he closes a major funding round. “Alpacr came from an idea we’d
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