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Higher Education Review

25 June 2009

Cardiff Campus

Cardiff University has welcomed this week’s phase two report of the Review of Higher Education in Wales. The Review Group was asked to report to the Welsh Assembly Government on the future role and purpose of the higher education sector in Wales.

In a statement, the Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, Dr David Grant, said:

"Cardiff University welcomes the report on phase 2 of the Review of Higher Education in Wales.

"The review correctly points out that Higher Education will play a vital role in bringing Wales out of recession and establishing an internationally competitive economy in the longer term. Cardiff alone adds an estimated £1bn to the Welsh economy annually and the University aims to build substantially on that figure. However, the report equally correctly emphasises the need for investment in Welsh Higher Education to match that of other parts of the UK, if ambitions for the sector in Wales are to be met.

"The University is pleased with the review’s emphasis on research in its statement of purposes. The call for greater capacity-building is in keeping with our own investment plans for high-quality new research facilities. Cardiff is leading on several collaborations with Welsh partners to build the critical mass to compete for UK and international research funding, as the review suggests. We also agree it is vital to attract high quality postgraduate researchers to Wales and this is built in as a key objective of the University’s strategy."