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23 March 2012
The identification of five new genes related to Alzheimer’s disease and the launch of a new employability award for Cardiff students are just two of the highlights from the last twelve months reported to University Court by Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant.
Receiving the Annual Report and Financial Statements, the Court of the University heard how Cardiff academics across all disciplines were recognised internationally for their outstanding work in the last year with elections to the British Academy and Royal Society, amongst others.
Dr Grant also outlined a number of recent highlights in his speech including:
· The opening of the Cochrane Building on the University’s Heath Park site which provides teaching and learning facilities for all healthcare schools;
· The discovery of a 2000-year-old Roman Port by Cardiff archaeologists on the site of the Roman Fortress in Caerleon, South Wales;
· A Memorandum of Understanding between the National Assembly and the University-led Wales Governance Centre which will help make devolved governance in Wales as effective as possible;
· The launch of the Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory, the most advanced University based lightning test facility in the UK.
During his speech – his last to Court before his retirement in September - Dr Grant also reflected on significant University developments during his tenure.
He referred to the creation of the world-leading Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre in 2004 as one of the most exciting and important research endeavours in Cardiff’s recent history; and described the major impact the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society has had in fields such as corporate social responsibility and food sustainability.
Speaking to the meeting of University Court, Dr Grant said: "By September this year I will have seen almost 70,000 students graduate since I was appointed Vice-Chancellor. In that time the University has also seen the competitive award and completion of 8,000 research contracts valued in total at a billion pounds.
"I believe the time ahead will have many further opportunities and continued success. Cardiff’s people and their strengths will sustain our momentum and ambition.
"I would like to say that it is a privilege to be part of Cardiff’s talented and vibrant community. I wish the University, our staff and our students, every success in the future."
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