Partnerships

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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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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Driving successful graduate careers

Posted on 10 December 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Even before 2020, there was growing uncertainty over young people’s career prospects. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated that concern – and spurred the hunt for solutions. In the latest Home of Innovation blog, the Edge Foundation (Edge) summarises a recent symposium on employability in higher education chaired by Professor Colin Riordan, President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University and Edge Trustee.  Three exciting pieces of research explored how innovative Higher Education (HE) provisions in the UK are approaching graduate employability. While the aim of
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Shaping Spaces: a new ASPECT for CAUKIN

Posted on 2 December 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Cardiff University graduate start-up CAUKIN Studio has been creating impact through architecture for five years. Working with communities, NGOs, students, and professionals, CAUKIN Studio creates access to better designed and built spaces. Here, co-founder and Cardiff graduate Harry Thorpe (M.Arch) celebrates CAUKIN Studio’s latest success – acceptance onto the ASPECT Student Accelerator Programme. “CAUKIN Studio
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