Stacks of innovation 

Posted on 8 March 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Another milestone has been reached on Cardiff Innovation Campus with the installation of the final aluminium flue stacks on the roof of the Central Utility Building (CUB).  Part of the Translational Research Hub (TRH), the CUB contains plant rooms that will drive innovation across labs inside the building.  TRH will be home to two centres for world-leading science –
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Transforming eyecare services in Wales

Posted on 2 March 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

An innovative partnership to bring critical eyecare appointments closer to patient’s homes has helped to transform services in Wales. In December 2019, nearly 115,000 patients at risk of irreversible sight loss were waiting for a hospital eye appointment in Wales. Here, Cardiff University optometrist Sharon Beatty explains how High Street optometrists, clinicians and Welsh Government plan to reduce the burden on hospitals. “When an ageing population combines with the
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Modest Trends making global impact

Posted on 22 February 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Rifhat Qureshi’s (BSc 1999, Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship 2020-) business Modest trends is bringing diverse, sustainable clothing to women who dress to suit their spirituality as well as their style. Here, she tells us about her mission to empower others to become enterprising citizens whilst ensuring ethical and sustainable practices are adopted. “The term ‘modest fashion’
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Investing in post-pandemic recovery

Posted on 19 February 2021 by Heath Jeffries

Cardiff’s Innovation Campus will be a magnet for post-pandemic recovery. Social science researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, professional advisers, academics and students will eventually create, test and incubate new initiatives and nurture partnerships in the sbarc | spark building. It will be home to SPARK – the world’s first Social Science Research Park – where specialists
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Supporting you to grow and scale up your SME

Posted on 15 February 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Covid-19 and Brexit will have a long-lasting impact on the economy. SMEs must find new ways to survive. However, where there is change and uncertainty, there is opportunity: a chance to build resilience, adopt new ways of working and thrive. The SETsquared Scale-Up Programme is supporting innovative SMEs to rise to the next level, in
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Illuminating breakthroughs   

Posted on 11 February 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

The trials of 2020 spurred scientists worldwide to overcome challenges. Despite restricted operating restrictions, experts at Cardiff University’s Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) ended the year by successfully demonstrating their ability to process multiple 6” compound semiconductor wafers on specification, and on time, to a customer. Here, ICS Director, Professor Peter Smowton, outlines the achievement.  “It’s a year that will live long in the memory. Bringing disruption and an adjustment to working patterns, the 2020 pandemic led to full closure of the ERDF-funded ICS from the end of March until July.  We gradually re-opened the
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Dam burst highlights need for climate change awareness    

Posted on 8 February 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Last weekend’s dam burst in northern India has led to loss of life, property and damaged infrastructure. A surge of water from a Himalayan glacier swept away a dam in its path in the state of Uttarakhand. The tragedy highlights the danger of damming rivers against meltwaters swollen by climate change. Dr Abid Mehmood has been exploring (virtually) how we can transform public thinking on climate change in mountainous regions. Here, Dr Mehmood, a Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff’s Sustainable Places Research Institute, speaks
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Looking for love through music?

Posted on 1 February 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Cardiff University student start-up POM bids to forge meaningful connections through a shared love of music.  Here, founder and CEO, Vihan Patel (BScEcon 2020) outlines his eureka moment, the turning down of a graduate job offer and his journey of entrepreneurial discovery to raise £250,000 – less than a year after graduating. “The ‘eureka moment’
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Catalysing Innovation

Posted on 25 January 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Switching online for its eighth annual conference, Cardiff Catalysis Institute’s showpiece symposium continued to attract top speakers from academia and industry. Institute Director, Professor Duncan Wass, outlines the success of the recent event.  “It’s long been the highlight of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute calendar. The CCI Annual Conference attracts experts from around the world. We usually meet over two days, enjoying lectures, lunch and presentations from researchers in the University’s Main Building, together with
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Banking on innovation

Posted on 18 January 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

The Development Bank of Wales works with Cardiff University to turn research into products and processes that drive prosperity. Together, we share knowhow to nurture home-grown businesses. Here, Dr Nick Bourne, Cardiff University’s Head of Commercial Development and Dr Phil Barnes, Investment Executive in the Development Bank’s technology venture investments team, examine a long-standing partnership.
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