Transforming Cardiff’s media sector

Posted on 15 September 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Sara Pepper, Director of Creative Economy, shares the ambition of Creative Capital – a Cardiff University-led consortium bid to the UKRI Strength in Places Fund to transform the media sector in the Cardiff Capital Region.   “Cardiff is one of the UK’s leading media cities. Film and television production forms a significant part of the Cardiff
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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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Double first for electronics forum

Posted on 24 August 2020 by Heath Jeffries

Cardiff University recently broke new ground as it hosted a global conference on high frequency electronics. The event notched up two major ‘firsts’ as it was hosted in the UK and delivered virtually. Here, the event chair, Professor Paul Tasker, highlights the success of the International Workshop on Integrated Nonlinear Microwave and Millimetre-wave Circuits (INMMiC).
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Clinical innovation team goes virtual

Posted on 7 August 2020 by Heath Jeffries

There has never been a more pressing time to find solutions to clinical need. The Clinical Innovation Partnership forged between Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in 2016 is itself being innovative: monthly meetings of its highly successful Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) are now being hosted as virtual sessions as substitutes for its
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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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