Peter Rawlinson

Peter Rawlinson


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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 partnership for better public policy 

Posted on 20 November 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Innovation in public policy is founded on trust over time. After years of joint working, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Cardiff University forged a strategic partnership in pursuit of mutual goals in July last year. Here, the UK’s National Statistician, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, and Cardiff University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan, examine how the challenges of COVID-19 have brought both organisations closer together.  ‘In little more than a year, our
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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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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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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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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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