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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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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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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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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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