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Breaking boundaries, building bridges

Posted on 22 March 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

A creative ‘toolbox’ for social science research and innovation is taking shape in the heart of Cardiff. Over the next few weeks, new labs are being fitted out inside Cardiff University’s £60m sbarc building. The future home of innovation will eventually host up to 400 academics and their collaborators. Here, Professor Chris Taylor, Director of SPARK – the world’s first Social Science Research Park – outlines why pooling expertise in bespoke places can shape society after Covid-19.   “We’re about to do something that’s never been done before. Bringing
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A New Innovation Agenda for Wales

Posted on 10 March 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

This has been a busy time for UK innovation policy with the latest announcement confirming plans for the creation of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA). The new £800 million scientific research agency draws its inspiration from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It is designed to be unbureaucratic, to “embrace failure” and
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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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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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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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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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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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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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