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Cardiff University breaks the £100m investment barrier

10 July 2007

Academics at Cardiff University have won research contracts totalling more than £100m for the first time in a single year.

The University reached the £100m mark for new research awards and grants with two months of the academic year still to go. The figure is a 45 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Funding from the UK Research Councils and from charities contributed £44.75M to the total. These awards are based on in-depth peer review and are the toughest to win of all the research awards for which universities and other research institutions compete. The University was also successful in securing research contracts from UK industry and commerce, with awards totalling more than £16M in the year to date, and awards from UK central Government adding a further £29.3M.

The University’s strong performance has been reflected in substantial increases in employment. Staff numbers are up by 450 on this time last year, and by 650 on two years ago. The University now employs more than 6,000 people, making it one of the largest employers in the region.

The research success has been across the board, with academic teams in the arts, sciences and healthcare all securing major contracts. The University’s School of Medicine won £46M - a 162 per cent increase on this time last year. The new research projects will offer health benefits in a wide range of areas.

Dean of the Medical School, Professor David Wynford-Thomas, said: "This covers the whole spectrum of our research - from basic laboratory science to population studies. Large awards have been won in all our research themes, including Immunology, Cancer, Mental Health, Heart Disease, Wound Healing and Public Health.

The Welsh School of Architecture also had a record year in securing research funding.

Four awards totalling £1.4M were won as part of the Welsh Assembly Government/European Structural Funding to the Welsh Energy Research Centre. A major Arts and Humanities Research Council award worth £505,749 was also won.. The School has also just received a contract with Atkinsglobal to work on Dubai’s first low carbon tower, the Lighthouse Building, which will be around 400m in height.

Other Schools which more than doubled their funding included Law, Computer Science, City and Regional Planning, English, Communication and Philosophy, Mathematics, Optometry, Religious and Theological Studies and Nursing and Midwifery Studies.

The Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, Dr David Grant, said: "I am delighted to see the continuing growth in research awards. The strong and sustained upwards trajectory demonstrates the confidence of our many sponsors in the quality and relevance of research carried out throughout the University. The additional income is good news for the economy both of the city and of Wales, and will allow us to make further discoveries and innovations that will benefit people world-wide."

"The strong and sustained upwards trajectory of our research awards is good news for the University, good news for the City of Cardiff and Wales and above all good news for the many critical areas of human endeavour which benefit from the work."


Notes to Editors:

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