As a leading research-intensive University, Cardiff understands the socio-economic benefits of bringing great ideas to life. Innovation builds great partnerships to tackle ‘real world’ issues – from public health to policing and pollution. Students with soaring imaginations instinctively rise to the challenge of tackling these and other big ideas. Our Student Ambassadors who have volunteered to curate our week-long Student Innovation Festival (10-16 March) are no exception.
The Student Innovation Festival is part of our plans to both recognise and increase the opportunities our students have to be part of our innovation culture at Cardiff University. Our new Innovation for All programme will create opportunities for every student at Cardiff to experience a taste of innovation during their time with us. We aim to create an environment where student ideas matter: not just in relation to entrepreneurial or commercial activities, but also in fostering new ways of working and thinking, including through community projects and social enterprise.
Equipping students with the right aptitude and attitude is a big step along the way in preparing our students for bright, global futures. Through the Cardiff Innovation System, we are creating an innovation capital for Wales that operates across all disciplines, from life sciences and creative and digital economies to manufacturing and social science.
Our inaugural Student Innovation Festival features talks, displays and a number of pop-up events. The idea is to get our students thinking and working in new ways, and engaging with innovation from across the University. If you would like to know more about how to get involved, search the staff intranet for ‘Student Innovation Festival’ or email InnovationforAll@cardiff.ac.uk
Professor Amanda Coffey, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience & Academic Standards, and Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Engagement.