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Outstanding year of success for Cardiff University

15 March 2008

Court - main building

The University has recorded an outstanding year of success as it celebrates its 125th anniversary year.

The achievements reported to the annual meeting of the University Court by Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant included:

• the award of the Nobel Prize for Medicine to Professor Sir Martin Evans (who became the University’s second Nobel Laureate, following the appointment of Professor Robert Huber); Sir Martin Evans and King Carl Gustav

winning a Queen’s Anniversary Prize, in recognition of excellence in the Institute of Medical Genetics;

high levels of satisfaction in student surveys; strong demand for places to study at the University, and good progress on widening access programmes;

• being ranked for the first time among the top 100 universities in the world;

• advances in research across all disciplines and the establishment of several new research centres;

• winning a record breaking £110M of research awards;

• a range of activities on community and other external engagement, including some notable achievements by Cardiff’s students;

• important developments with several international partners providing new opportunities for staff and students;

• completion and operation of the new £21M building for the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.

Court - OPTOM launch

"These achievements represent very significant progress" said Dr Grant.

"The University’s work goes beyond the lecture theatre and laboratory. We are clear that our research, our teaching and scholarship all have a benefit to society. We are here to make a difference and we work hard to engage with wider audiences - be they business, public services or communities at large".

"While we are constantly seeking to ensure that the potential benefits of our work are properly developed and recognised through our industrial and commercial partnerships, the benefits the University can bring to society at large are also celebrated and developed in our community partnerships.

"I am constantly delighted and grateful for the numerous ways in which our staff and students are making vital and much appreciated contributions to the community. Our extensive lifelong learning network; our recruitment outreach work; the provision of public lectures, concerts and public art, and the hugely valuable community work done by our Student Volunteers. Contributions on an international stage include our staff engagements in projects such as "Mothers of Africa" - a charity that addresses maternal mortality rates in Africa; the Sierra Leone charitable project, and a myriad of other individual and group engagements which take the expertise created here and apply it for the good of society worldwide.

"Cardiff’s achievements over the past 125 years are a source of pride and an inspiration to those of us who are working and studying here today."