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Cardiff University in the News - August & September 2011

A selection of news highlights from the media in August and September 2011. The Public Relations office prepares media releases on behalf of the University and each year responds to more than 600 calls from the media (ranging from expert comment and filming location requests).

Graduation 2011 - webCardiff graduates excel in tough jobs market

94% per cent of 2010 Cardiff University graduates found a job or entered further study within six months of completing their studies, a major graduate employment survey has found. The survey, conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa), found of the 3,100 University graduates in 2010, 2,915 were successful in gaining employment or continued their studies. This story was featured in the Western Mail Education supplement and on Graduate-Jobs.com.

police - webFunding cuts to hit local policing

A report by Cardiff’s Universities’ Police Science Institute shows Government grants for local policing will fall by £1.36bn, or 14 per cent, over the four years to 2014-15. The author, Dr Timothy Brain, former Chief Constable of Gloucestershire and ACPO lead on finance, also challenges claims by ministers that the cuts can be largely absorbed by ‘back office’ efficiency savings, with little impact on front line services. Dr Brain predicts a total of 16,000 front-line posts could be lost – exactly the number of police officers called in to deal with the London riots. The Metro, Daily Telegraph, Coventry Evening Telegraph, The Western Mail and The South Wales Echo covered this story.

Caerleon trench - webLost Roman port found in Wales

The remains of a 2000-year-old Roman port have been discovered in south Wales by archaeologists from the University. Uncovered outside the Roman fortress in Caerleon by a team of staff and students from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, the port is only the second known from Roman Britain and sheds new light on Wales’ role in Roman Britain. This story was covered by The Guardian, The South Wales Echo, The Western Mail, The South Wales Evening Post and The South Wales Argus, as well as the BBC.

Dara 1 - webAstronomy proves no joke for well-known comic

Innocent Twitter banter between a Cardiff University astronomer and well-known Irish TV presenter and comic Dara O Briain has sparked a major on-line search for stars. Thousands of Twitter followers of the Irish TV presenter and comic were treated to a lesson in star gazing with the help of a University astronomer and an internet controlled telescope. The one-off on-line event followed a chance exchange of tweets.
"Dara O Briain had his first taste of using a robotically controlled telescope when he took part in the BBC’s Stargazing Live event earlier this year," said Honorary lecturer and Las Cumbres Observatory director of Education and Public Outreach, Dr Edward Gomez from the School of Physics and Astronomy. As well as attracting coverage in specialist publications PhysOrg.com and My Science, the story was featured in the South Wales Echo, The Western Mail, The Irish Independent and The Dallas Morning News.

wound healing 1 webWound test could save NHS millions

Scientists in Cardiff are developing a simple but effective test to predict whether chronic wounds will respond to conventional treatment - which could save the NHS tens of millions of pounds annually. Two leading academics at Cardiff University’s School of Medicine have now developed a test to predict how well a wound is likely to respond to conventional treatment and optimise the treatment accordingly. Professor Keith Harding, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine/Wound Healing and Professor Wen Jiang, Professor in Surgery and Tumour Biology, have been awarded £150,000 from the Welsh Government’s Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) programme to validate the technology. This story was covered by The Western Mail and The South Wales Echo.

LUKE PIGGOTT webBecoming an elite Cardiff Devil

Becoming an elite Cardiff Devil
Cardiff PhD student Luke Piggott will be splitting his time this season between the laboratory and the ice hockey rink, having signed a new contract with Cardiff Devils Elite League team. Luke, who has played for the National League side for the last four years and was last season’s top scorer, has just signed a two-way contract. This allows him to play professionally for the Elite League team, as well as taking to the ice as assistant captain of the National League squad. This story was covered by The Daily Mail, The South Wales Echo, The Western Mail and The Daily Express alongside specialist health publications.

Academic Expertise

  • Dr Chris Wooldridge, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, commented on the potential environmental impact of tidal energy projects in the Severn Estuary (The Western Mail)
  • Lori Frater, Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) commented on the confusion from shoppers and retailers over the mandatory carrier bag charge (The Western Mail)
  • Dr Frederic Boy, Cardiff University Brain Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), commented on how aggressive and impulsive behaviour in men could be linked to a type of neurotransmitter in the brain (BBC)
  • Dr Huw Morris, MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics, commented on the University’s discovery of a rogue gene linked to the development of motor neurone disease (The South Wales Echo, The Western Mail)

Media services

University staff can sign up for the Daily Media summary, prepared by the Communications and International Relations Division, by emailing: publicity@cardiff.ac.uk . The media summary is prepared from web news sources, local news media and national newspaper education supplements. Staff can also view copies of articles in full via the comprehensive news database Lexis Nexis. Copies of coverage from the last month can also be requested from the Public Relations Office. Please contact Sarah Bunney (BunneySL1@cardiff.ac.uk or 70293). If you have a potential news story, please contact the Public Relations Team.