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Bridging Disciplines

Cardiff University recognises that interdisciplinarity across the breadth of its research activity strategy will help deliver its world-class research ambition by supporting exciting and innovative research, appointing high quality staff who can work at the interface of disciplines and solving complex problems that are relevant to society and the environment.

Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies

The University’s appointment of Professor Peter Halligan as the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies provides leadership and focus for building on the many excellent interdisciplinary initiatives across  the University, and for identifying exciting new opportunities.The appointment reflects Cardiff’s commitment to be a world-leading, research-led university where interdisciplinary themes facilitate research and teaching excellence.

Administrative Support

Interdisciplinary Support Officer

To support the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies in the further development of interdisciplinary programmes at Cardiff University a new Interdisciplinary Research Officer, Dr Alison Powell, has been appointed, with specific responsibility for identifying, developing and supporting new and existing research- and teaching-based initiatives directed at facilitating interdisciplinary activities.

Research and Commercial Development Division

To realise the research ambitions of Cardiff University, the Research and Commercial Division exists to support and facilitate the process of University-wide research. Research Development Officers support and assist in promoting research expertise and looking for new sources of potential funding and help to bring together research partners.

We aim to make ourselves available to meet potential and existing research sponsors with academic staff and researchers and can provide input at a variety of levels from advising on approaches to collaboration and funding mechanisms, making formal presentations to sponsors and providing legal/contractual support to formalise links.

Staff are asked to discuss proposed projects with us at the earliest opportunity in order to ensure that applications and proposals are properly costed and comply with any applicable terms and conditions.

University Initiatives

Link Chairs Scheme (2005-2007)

A multi-million pound investment brought world-class researchers to Cardiff University to head major interdisciplinary centres. Six internationally-renowned researchers and ten research fellows were appointed under the university’s Link Chairs Scheme. The research areas targeted under this scheme include enzyme catalysis,clinical epidemiology, infection and immunity, mental health, imaging and genetics and society.

Distinguished Professorial Fellowships Scheme (2002-2006)

A £5 million investment, between 2002-2006, targeting outstanding researchers to complement and extend research strengths at Cardiff and have a significant effect and influence beyond departmental boundaries. Research areas targeted under this scheme include education, religious and theological studies, cancer, early building materials, nanoscience and complex fluid dynamics.

RCUK Fellowships

Priority Areas encompassing key strengths in a number of academic schools were the focus for each of these highly prestigious appointments. Over 20 Researchers have been appointed through this scheme in areas such as imaging body and brain, cancer, knowledge transfer, astronomical instrumentation, risk perception and microsystems.

Richard Whipp Studentships (2005-2007)

23 full-time PhD studentships created, in honour of the late Professor Richard Whipp, as part of the University's commitment to supporting interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary activities. The scheme offers exciting opportunities for high calibre PhD students to work full-time on interdisciplinary research projects at the University. The awards provide a unique opportunity to work with leading UK researchers in academic schools across the University.

Project areas include: nanoscience (including nanomedicine), tissue engineering and repair, vision sciences, health sciences (including biomechanics, nursing, and medical genetics), computer simulation and visualisation techniques, knowledge transfer and economic development, language and literature, musicology, and late antiquity.

The studentships help to maintain the spirit of Professor Whipp's academic excellence and provide opportunities and support for outstanding students from all social backgrounds to undertake interdisciplinary PhD studies at the University.  Each studentship is awarded for three years.

  • Graduate College

     The new University Graduate College brings together the work of four previous, discipline- based Graduate Schools and the postgraduate research activity of the Graduate Centre. It aims to support the work of academic Schools and supervisors and to enhance the experience of postgraduate research students at Cardiff University.

    Modern IT Working Environment (MWE)

    MWE will provide a personalised, single point of access to the online resources, which will support Cardiff University users in all aspects of their learning, teaching, research and administration.

    Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)

    ARCCA provides, co-ordinates, supports and develops advanced research computing services for researchers at Cardiff University. It is staffed with experts in the field and is procuring dedicated high-end computing equipment which is planned to be fully operational by early 2008.