Interdisciplinary research is a major part of the school’s strategy and staff are actively encouraged to collaborate within and outside the University.
Within the University there are equitable mechanisms for sharing studentships and an established network of interdisciplinary research groups, seminars and teaching in which staff and students participate.
There is also a programme of University-funded interdisciplinary PhD studentships, which reside in the School of Dentistry. External collaborations at national and international levels serve to strengthen further the School’s research:
- Current grant funding and studentships with ENGINEERING, MEDICINE, PHARMACY, BUSINESS, COMPUTER SCIENCE and BIOSCIENCES within the University and non-dental Higher Education institutions in the UK and internationally
- Significant programme grant funding in engineering and the physical sciences in collaboration with other universities (Imperial College London, King's College London, University of Bristol, University of Padua)
- School participation with ENGINEERING in Swansea in the £5.3M HWFCW award which saw the establishment of the Welsh Nanotechnology Centre
- Platform group membership by staff members in the Cardiff EPSRC Nanomedicine Platform Grant; with King's College London, University of Oxford, and University of Bristol
- CITER (Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering & Repair) is a key link between different disciplines within the University
Increased industrial funding has been the result of successful collaboration with major international companies (Astratec, GlaxoSmithKline, S&N, Johnson&Johnson, Unilever) and innovative partnerships with smaller “spin out” companies (AlgiPharma, Principality Medical).