Partnerships

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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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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Drive your career with a KESS 2 scholarship

Posted on 29 October 2020 by Heath Jeffries

Teaming academic expertise with organisational knowhow is at the heart of innovation. For young researchers in Wales, Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) can open the door to a job in industry, bringing benefits all round. Dr Manon Pritchard, Research Associate in the School of Dentistry, is one of scores of Cardiff University academics who took
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Shooting for the Earthshot Prize

Posted on 21 October 2020 by Heath Jeffries

When it comes to saving our planet, Adam Dixon believes he can help. The Cardiff University graduate (BEng 2015, MPhil, 2016) founded Phytoponics. The company designs and manufactures Deep Water Culture (DWC) hydroponic growing systems that produce high-yield crops whilst drastically cutting the use of land, water and carbon emissions. The 2017 UN Environment Young
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