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Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills visits Cardiff

17 December 2008

The Department of Innovation, Universities & Skills’ Director General of Science and Research Professor Adrian Smith and Head of the Exploitation Directorate Dr Graeme Reid, have paid a visit to the University to see first hand the world-leading research being undertaken at Cardiff.

Part of a fact-finding mission to better understand the breadth and significance of research activities, and the specific funding and policy issues affecting higher education institutions in Wales, the visit was coordinated by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

Welcomed by Professor Peter Blood, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Smith, Dr Reid and Professor Phil Gummett, Chief Executive of Higher Education Funding Council for Wales toured the £10M Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre.

Meeting with the Head of the School of Psychology, Professor Dylan Jones, and CUBRIC Directors, they had the opportunity to understand the potential of the state-of-the-art Structural and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI/fMRI) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and gain an insight into the workings of the latest brain scanning technologies and research. They also toured the internationally- renowned School of Optometry and Vision Sciences with Head of School Professor Tim Wess.

Professor Blood said: "Visits such as these are a great way to demonstrate how we are combining innovation, science, research and technology to drive the knowledge economy in Wales and beyond. This visit also provided a good opportunity for some of our leading academics and senior research managers to speak directly with government officials at a UK level about the challenges facing us as a sector."

This visit follows another high-profile visit by the UK Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Mike O’Brien, who visited the School of Engineering to gain an insight into the impact of proposed Severn Tidal Power projects, including the controversial Severn Barrage.