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A year of achievement

25 March 2011

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The discovery of a major Roman monumental complex in South Wales, University scientists revealing the first genetic link to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the first President’s Research Scholars embarking on their world-leading research at Cardiff have been reported to University Court by Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant.

The Court of the University receives the Annual Report and Financial Statements of the University at its annual meeting. The achievements reported this year by Dr Grant included:

  • The launch of three new University Research Institutes addressing key global challenges in cancer, sustainability and mental health;
  • Achieving the Investors in People standard for the entire University;
    Investors in People | Buddsoddwyr mewn Pobl
  • The 40th anniversary of the Centre for Journalism Studies and the 75th anniversary of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences;
  • International recognition for Cardiff staff including Professor Adam Hardy of the Welsh School of Architecture who was commissioned to design a Hindu temple in a style that has not been practised for some seven hundred years;
  • Sporting success for Cardiff students competing in the Six Nations; the European universities Rowing Championships and the women’s Ashes series.
  • Cardiff leading the Doctoral Training Centre, a Wales consortium with Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea universities, allowing more than 30 new postgraduate studentships to be offered every year in Wales for the next five years.
Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant

Speaking to the meeting of University Court, Dr Grant said: "Although the past twelve months have been rich in achievements, honours and recognition for Cardiff University - I have to report that Higher Education in Wales and across the UK is in a period of unprecedented and in some ways unpredictable change.

"Despite these challenges, as Vice-Chancellor, I have a duty to help maintain momentum, morale and ambition for sustaining the success of Cardiff University. In describing some of the highlights of the past year, I hope you will agree that our achievements give Cardiff an opportunity to weather the storms.

"I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to Cardiff’s success – our staff, students and supporters. In today’s challenging economic environment, I remain confident that your talent and enthusiasm will stand us in good stead to meet the opportunities of the future."

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