The 2008 RAE results highlighted the strength and breadth of our research. Almost 60 per cent of all research was assessed as worldleading or internationally excellent, and 33 out of 34 research areas submitted were shown to be undertaking research that included work that was ‘world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour’.
It is this strong and broad disciplinary research base that positions the Schools at Cardiff to combine their expertise to tackle the big issues of today and tomorrow through multi-disciplinary research. Increasing our ability to gain greater impact from multi-disciplinary work was a core objective in the merger of the University of Wales College of Medicine and Cardiff University in 2004 and the importance of this continues in our future research plans.
We aim to achieve international recognition across the breadth of our research activity through the pursuit of excellence in fundamental, applied and practice-based research. We support excellence in single disciplines and in interdisciplinary research, and endeavour to anticipate and help shape future research agendas.
Our research reputation is built on the excellence of our academic staff and the vitality of our research culture. This excellence is based within our Schools and cross-School research centres. In turn, research reputation is one of the principal factors in staff and student recruitment and this is likely to be an increasingly important consideration as the global market in higher education becomes even more competitive. In attracting, developing and retaining staff capable of working at a level which is internationally competitive, and in growing our postgraduate research student community, we will be securing sustainable foundations for research.
These researchers form valuable collaborations and partnerships within academia as well as links with the private sector, the professions and public sector bodies. Alongside our international ambitions therefore, we will demonstrate the tangible benefits that an internationally-recognised, research-intensive university brings to Wales through our contribution to economic, social and cultural development.