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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Becoming an elite Cardiff DevilCardiff 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.
University staff can sign up for the Daily Media summary, prepared by the Communications and International Relations Division, by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
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