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Positive response to new CPD modules

Posted on 14 January 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Public sector workers have praised the benefits of the CPD modules from the new MSc in Data Analytics for Government (MDataGov). The MSc is provided through the strategic partnership between the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Cardiff University.  Designed to build data science capability across government, the degree equips civil servants with a key set of skills required from a modern government data
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The future for sustainable food

Posted on 6 January 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Experts from Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACE) say sustainable and just food systems are more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Academics from the Institute joined ASPECT’s Annual Event 2020 to set out their vision for the future Supported by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund, Aspect is a £5 Million UK project
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Rising to the challenge of 2020

Posted on 16 December 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Despite the stark trials of 2020, innovation at Cardiff maintained continuity. Partnerships thrived, talented people secured funding and future innovation places headed skywards towards completion.   HEFCW’s Research Wales Innovation Fund provided welcome additional resources to support our spin-out pipeline and enterprise ecosystem, aligned to a refreshed strategy, The Way Forward – a guide to help the University play an active part in Wales’ post-COVID-19 renewal.  More students than ever before made enquiries about 1-2-1 business mentoring in 2020. SPARK – the Social
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Shaping Spaces: a new ASPECT for CAUKIN

Posted on 2 December 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Cardiff University graduate start-up CAUKIN Studio has been creating impact through architecture for five years. Working with communities, NGOs, students, and professionals, CAUKIN Studio creates access to better designed and built spaces. Here, co-founder and Cardiff graduate Harry Thorpe (M.Arch) celebrates CAUKIN Studio’s latest success – acceptance onto the ASPECT Student Accelerator Programme. “CAUKIN Studio
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Championing Student Innovation

Posted on 25 November 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Are you a student with a big idea? Cardiff University ‘s Enterprise and Start-up Team is leading two projects to champion student innovation and entrepreneurship projects across Wales. Cardiff University’s Enterprise Manager, Rhys Pearce-Palmer, explains more…. “Times are tough, but uncertainty doesn’t appear to be diminishing students’ interest in innovation and enterprise. Quite the opposite.
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A Covid-19 boom in student start-ups?

Posted on 11 November 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

We live in unprecedented and uncertain times. Despite the economic gloom, Cardiff University’s Enterprise and Start-Up team have experienced a surge in demand for 1:2:1 business mentoring since March 2020, and a 73% increase in bookings for 1:2:1 mentor meetings. Why? Claire Parry-Witchell, our Student Enterprise Business Mentor, shares some thoughts on the story behind the start-up statistics.  “I can only assume
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Graduate Business aids local SMEs through pandemic

Posted on 4 November 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Steph Locke (BA 2008), a Cardiff University Philosophy graduate founded Nightingale HQ, a digital platform for Artificial Intelligence (AI) adoption in 2018. Named with inspiration from Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale, Steph set out to make a positive impact on local businesses, aiding their AI Readiness and giving them the tools to grow, drive success
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Sparking the imagination

Posted on 29 September 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Drone film footage recently captured the physical impressiveness of the sbarc | spark building – soon to be home to interdisciplinary social science researchers, students and a range of external partners. Here, Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Damian Walford Davies goes beyond the material to imagine a walk through the completed building and the experience of meeting
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Bags of Airline Innovation

Posted on 10 September 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

It’s the bane of the air traveller’s life: standing by the carousel, waiting in vain for a suitcase to arrive. Innovators at Siemens Logistics and Cardiff University have developed solutions avoiding unexpected system downtime.  Here, the outline of the research project.   “The project began in a fairly usual way during a weekly enhancement workshop at two major Hub airports. Stakeholders, including airport operations and maintenance, baggage handling system suppliers and asset managers, were discussing operational problems. Every baggage handling system
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Business booms for graduate’s tech tour start-up

Posted on 26 August 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Cardiff University Alumni start-up Virtus Tech – a virtual reality company for the property and retail sector – has come on leaps and bounds since the Home of Innovation blog last interviewed CEO and Co-Founder George Bellwood (BA) in January of 2019. Here, George tells us how they have navigated from final year entrepreneurial fledgling
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