KTPs – partnerships for prosperity 

Posted on 20 September 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Now is the perfect time for Welsh companies to get involved with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP).  The outbreak of COVID-19 led Welsh Government to support organisations in recovery by uplifting their grant to 75% for Welsh SMEs who apply for the programme before February 2022. The Home of Innovation blog spoke to Rob Rolley, recently appointed KT advisor for South East Wales, about the all-round benefits of KPTs.   “Led by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), KTPs help
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A taste of milk&sugar

Posted on 9 September 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Independent café group, milk&sugar, will provide hospitality in Cardiff’s landmark sbarc | spark building, fuelling great ideas. Here, the group’s owner, Tim Corrigan, explains why he’s delighted to be opening the company’s sixth Cardiff outlet on Cardiff Innovation Campus.  “We were absolutely delighted – and really excited – when we were chosen to be part of this incredible project. sbarc |spark and Milk&Sugar are all about creating new things in
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MAGMA – a magnet for Innovation

Posted on 31 August 2021 by Heath Jeffries

Cardiff University’s newly refurbished state-of-the-art MAGMA (Magnetic Materials and Applications) laboratories are now open for collaborative research and industrial projects in the School of Engineering. MAGMA Research Associate and lab manager Phillip Lugg-Widger outlines the great new facilities for trialling and testing magnetic materials. “Following a great deal of effort from our team over the
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Good vibrations for TRH

Posted on 23 August 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

‘In scientific terms, it’s difficult to overstate the importance of the surface,’ Professor Philip Davies writes.   ‘The semiconductor industry, for example, could not exist without exquisite knowledge, and control, of the surface. The chemicals industry, one of the other pillars of modern society, depends on the surface properties of nanometre-sized particles that make up the
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New cleanroom for CS technologies

Posted on 9 August 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Scientists who will work in Cardiff University’s state-of-the-art Compound Semiconductor (CS) cleanroom have visited their future home.   Researchers from the ERDF-funded Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) were given a tour of the facility, which will offer an 8-inch wafer fabrication line to cope with growing demand for CS devices.  The Cleanroom is being delivered by Ardmac – the leading provider of high-tech cleanrooms – and forms a key part
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Growing social innovation

Posted on 2 August 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

A three-way partnership to grow mint commercially on a not-for-profit basis has brought benefits to rural Uganda. The Community Enterprise Model for Plant Oil Production (CEMPOP) was forged five years ago as a partnership between academics in Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, the Department of Food Technology & Nutrition in Makerere University, Kampala, and the
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A clean approach to water disinfection

Posted on 26 July 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Undoubtedly some of the greatest challenges of this century will revolve around the adequate provision of clean water. An estimated 5.7 billion people will live under the threat of water-scarcity by 2050,1 driven largely by increasing urbanisation, rapid population growth and climate change, it is essential that water sanitation infrastructure and services are adapted to
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Why go back to the office?

Posted on 19 July 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

The Coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly catalysed one of the most rapid transformations in many people’s working lives for decades. UK data suggests that while 5% of workers worked from home prior to March 2020, this increased to approximately 43% at the beginning of the first lockdown in 2020. The same study suggests that around half
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RemakerSpace leads green revolution

Posted on 12 July 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

A new centre dedicated to repair, reuse and recycling will make its home in sbarc | spark,  Cardiff University’s new #HomeofInnovation. RemakerSpace is Wales’ first not-for-profit academia/industry centre focused on the circular economy, remanufacturing and sustainable material use. A community and business engagement initiative, RemakerSpace is funded by the Welsh Government with support from Cardiff University and global
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Shaping a seat of innovation

Posted on 5 July 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Choosing the right furniture, finishes and fixtures for a building can inspire creativity and bring ideas to life. Cardiff University is partnering with Bridgend-based BOF to furnish sbarc | spark – the University’s future ‘Home of Innovation,’ due to open this coming winter.  And as befits an innovation centre, flexibility will be key. The University’s sbarc | spark transition manager, Kate Lane, explains.   “In the race to completion, the sbarc | spark building is close to the finish line. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing work is
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