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Bangor and Cardiff collaborate on health

17 December 2008

Bangor and Cardiff universities have announced plans to work together across areas of mutual interest in health-related disciplines and medicine.

The universities have established the Strategic Health Alliance for Research and Education (SHARE) project in order to improve the development of the health professions in partnership between North and South Wales whilst continuing to grow the successful collaborative research capabilities of both institutions.

The plans include:

  • Building on areas of complementary research strength
  • Extending existing programmes of learning in key health areas that draw on expertise at both universities
  • Developing new academic and Continuing Professional Development programmes to deliver health care education in both North and South Wales
  • Increasing Welsh Medium provision in medical and other health professional education
  • Using their combined strengths to secure additional funding to support high quality education and leading research.

Cardiff University Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant said: "Improving the health and well-being of people in Wales and beyond is a vitally important aspect of our work. We undertake it together with a very large number of partners and I am delighted with the planned collaboration with Bangor announced today. The project builds on our existing research and successful partnerships in this field and will bring further real benefits to society."

Bangor University Vice-Chancellor Merfyn Jones said: "Bangor University is keen to play a major role in developing medical education in north Wales. We are delighted to be co-operating with Cardiff University in this exciting venture."

A Steering Group is being established to carry out the scoping and option analysis as the first part of driving the partnership forward.

It is anticipated that the enhanced training of health professionals in North Wales will (amongst other things) help with the recruitment of medically qualified staff in North Wales.

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