What people are saying...
Sarah Halpin, Cardiff University Students' Union’s Healthcare Integration Officer said: “Healthcare students at Cardiff University have been steadily increasing in numbers for years and the opening of a fantastic facility such as the Cochrane marks a new era for healthcare degrees at Cardiff. Our healthcare students are some of the most capable and promising students in the country and finally they shall get the state-of-the-art home they deserve.
“The merger of four libraries means there will be the opportunity to have contact with students of different disciplines and forge future professional relationships. On top of that, it will bring healthcare staff, students, lectures and training facilities all under one roof, firmly rooting Cardiff University's presence at the Heath Hospital.
“It is important to recognise that this is not just a building; it is a symbol of all that the School of Medicine, along with the other healthcare schools, hopes to achieve and mirror in its innovative, 21st century teaching.
“I am sure the students will see a direct benefit from the opening of this long-awaited education centre and hope it inspires our students to graduate with brilliant degrees from Cardiff and to be proud of their University's reputation."
Graham Shortland, the Medical Director for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “We welcome the opening of the Cochrane building and our continued collaboration with the university in a variety of areas.
“The UHB Improvement Faculty will extend the Health Board’s already strong relationship with the university, bringing together academic and clinical expertise from across both organisations and beyond to look at ways of providing the best possible care, experience and value from the work we do.
“The Cochrane building is an excellent example of the Health Board and University working together to improve standards of medical education and in turn patient care.”
Officially opening the new building, Sir Iain Chalmers said: “This building is named after one of the world’s true medical greats. Archie Cochrane challenged medical orthodoxy to produce evidence to support its practices. He changed fundamentally our approach to teaching and understanding medicine.
“If Archie was still with us today, he’d be clear: it’s not the bricks and mortar that matter most, it’s the people who work and study within them.
“For Archie, the measure of this building’s success would be how the teaching, learning and research it fosters will respect the need for evidence. It’s a challenge that I feel sure coming generations of students will accept.
“His contributions to medical research and teaching in Cardiff and South Wales, and to the mining valleys in particular, deserves to be recognised. This building finally offers Archie and his pioneering work the local recognition it deserves.
“It’s a great honour to declare Cardiff University’s new Cochrane Building officially open.”
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths AM said: "The Welsh Government is committed to building and sustaining the highest quality of training for all our health professionals.
“The opening of the Cochrane Building provides a great opportunity to create a truly multi-professional approach and to give students the best possible environment to learn and flourish."
Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Tony Jewell said: “I am delighted to see Cochrane's contribution to medical science, research and public health policy recognised by Cardiff University’s School of Medicine. I hope this will be a positive influence for future doctors and healthcare professionals trained in Wales.”
Janet Peters, Cardiff University’s Director of University Libraries and University Librarian said: “In addition to the state of the art teaching facilities offered in the Cochrane Building, there is a three storey library at its centre. With a variety of study places, from the social and informal, to the quiet and individual, there will be a space for everyone.
“Ten group study rooms will allow for discussions, and an innovative learning hub will allow presentations to be shared among a group. Medical, nursing and midwifery, and healthcare students, plus NHS clinicians, will share this wonderful new facility, which will be open for 24 hours per day, supported by both Library and IT staff.
“This is a great step forwards for a modern information service, which also celebrates the close partnership between the University and the University Hospital of Wales.”
Professor Paul Morgan, Dean of Cardiff University’s School of Medicine said: “I am delighted that this superb new building is now available for our students to use. Superb library and tutorial space and state-of-the-art clinical skills teaching resources will provide an unrivalled environment to teach and train our students.
“The Cochrane Building represents a key part of our strategy to develop a Medical School fit for the 21st Century; along with ongoing reorganisation of the School structure and the evolving new medical curriculum, it signals a quantum leap in the quality of medical student teaching and the student experience in Cardiff.”
Professor Sheila Hunt, Dean and Head of Cardiff University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies said: “I am delighted that the new Cochrane Health Library will be opened on the UHW site. This is a major step forward for Nursing and Midwifery clinical practice, research and education. This brand new world class, accessible, high quality facility will provide all current and future nursing and midwifery clinicians, undergraduate and postgraduate students with the resources they need to provide the highest quality care for patients, child bearing women and their families. Cardiff University library facilities for health care practitioners and students are now better than ever.“
Professor Patricia Price, Head of Cardiff University's School of Healthcare studies said: "The new building provides an opportunity for many of the health students, from different disciplines, to work alongside each other and forge ways of collaborative study that will prepare them for the teamwork approach that lies ahead within the modern NHS."
Professor John Bligh, Dean of Medical Education at Cardiff University's School of Medicinesaid: “Medical students rightly demand the best teaching and facilities to support their learning. Until now students’ tutorials and lectures were spread right across the Heath Park site, creating a somewhat disjointed atmosphere among the students of the Heath Park Campus.
“The number of undergraduate medical students in each year has also grown from 180 to 300 in the last seven years. These students, who are some of the most promising and talented in the UK are currently accommodated in buildings that are now forty years old, and that were designed to accommodate a very different curriculum to that which we now teach.
“The new building – alongside new facilities in the University’s School of Biosciences - means more interaction with staff and students from other schools, as well as increasing the number of world-class teaching venues. The financial support of the University and the Cardiff and Vale Local Health Board has been crucial in making this new facility become a reality.
“The Cochrane Building provides healthcare students with brand new facilities to help aid teaching and learning and some of the best and highest quality facilities in Wales and the rest of the UK."
Professor Derek Gallen, Cardiff University’s Dean of Postgraduate and Dental Education said: “This will be a real boost to recruitment for all of Wales. Having dedicated first class facilities will attract the brightest and the best. This is a great step forward for medical education in Wales.”