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Cardiff University’s year of achievement

25 March 2011

The discovery of a major Roman monumental complex in South Wales, Cardiff 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 in Wales.

These are just some of Cardiff University’s achievements that Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant has reported to the University’s Court.

The Court of the University receives the Annual Report and Financial Statements of the University at its annual meeting. The achievements highlighted 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 whole University;
• 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 being commissioned to design a Hindu temple in a style that has not been practised for over 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.

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.

"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."


Notes to editors

Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.

For further information
Victoria Dando
Public Relations
Cardiff University
Tel: 02920 879074