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Year of success for Cardiff University

13 March 2009

Cardiff University's impressive results in assessment of teaching and research, important breakthroughs in many academic areas and celebrations for the University’s 125th anniversary year have all been reported to University Court by Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant.

The Court of Cardiff University receives the Annual Report and Financial Statements of the University at its annual meeting. The achievements reported this year by Dr Grant included:

• outstanding endorsement of the University’s teaching quality and standards in the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education assessment.

• the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise in which 33 of Cardiff’s research areas were shown to be undertaking world-leading research.

• Cardiff’s international partnerships and successes, including the first formal agreement with an Ivy League University, the University of Pennsylvania.

• major new lecture and teaching facilities at the Heath Park campus, which has greatly enhanced the learning experience of our healthcare students.

• the installation of a high performance supercomputer to support research, one of the most powerful machines in any UK university.

• the launch of The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods, led by the School of Social Sciences, which has attracted funding of £9M.

• celebrations for the University’s 125th anniversary year including: the University’s biggest ever presence at the National Eisteddfod; a gala concert at the Wales Millennium Centre, and an award-winning garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower Show.

Dr Grant said: "2008 was the 125th in our history. I was delighted to see how many of the people of Wales joined in our anniversary celebrations.

"It has been a successful year, but the University cannot stand still. We have plans for greater interdisciplinary research, for more flexible teaching and learning, and for smarter use of IT.

"I would like to thank everyone - staff, students and supporters - who has contributed to the achievements of the past year. Their talent and enthusiasm stand us in good stead for the challenges and opportunities of the future."


Notes to Editors:

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Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

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