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Innovation winners

20 May 2011

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University collaborations delivering high-skilled maths graduates for the tough jobs market; creating a unique and continuous way of monitoring toxicity in water; and developing new technology to help remove water impurities in former South Wales coalfields have been recognised at the University’s annual innovation awards.

The University’s annual awards for innovation are designed to recognise and celebrate successful collaborations forged between the University and industry.

The 2011 Innovation Prize went to a successful strategic collaboration between the School of Mathematics and the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The collaborative project has created a new postgraduate mathematics course offering skills for students ready to compete in the ever increasing tough jobs market and support the development of one of South Wales’ largest employers.

A winning formula - Watch a video explaining the success of the University’s collaboration with the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

A 2011 Innovation Award went to a joint collaboration between the School of Biosciences and water company, Cymtox. The collaboration led to the development of an innovative new product: the only real-time broadband continuous toxicity monitor.

The technology works by using bioluminescence to detect the presence of toxins and immediately warn of suspicious changes.

Clean water – Learn how an innovative collaboration has created a new product improving water quality across the world

Also recognised with an Innovation Award was a partnership between the School of Engineering and The UK Coal Authority. This innovative collaboration has created new ways of treating water impurities in former South Wales coalmines and further afield.

Coal water clean-up - Watch how an innovative University collaboration is helping to clean-up the former South Wales coalfields

Cardiff University Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant said: "The University’s Innovation Awards, now in their twelfth year, are an opportunity to celebrate connections and successful collaborations between the University and industry.

"This year’s winners are great examples of the work that the University is doing to help support industry in Wales and further afield to develop innovative business solutions.

"On behalf of the University, I congratulate the award winners for their outstanding achievements."

The Innovation Awards are a key part of the University’s Innovation Network. Founded in 1996, Cardiff University Innovation Network aims to develop a strong network for business in the regional knowledge-economy.

The Network provides opportunities for business to business and business to University engagement across all disciplines.

The 2011 awards were sponsored by Geldards Law Firm and Fusion IP

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