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22 September 2009
Wales’ ability to protect its environment and manage long-term water supplies against the threat of climate change has been boosted by a new link-up between Cardiff University and Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.
Designed to share expert knowledge and research, the new joint working arrangement will provide Welsh Water with access to Cardiff University’s research expertise in a number of key areas including water and waste management systems, energy efficiency, water quality and pollution control.
Professor Derek Jones, Cardiff University’s Director of Business and Strategic Partnerships said: "We’re delighted to be embarking on a new working arrangement with Welsh Water.
"Water is a vital resource. The threat of climate change will make water management both more important and more challenging. This agreement will help the University to share and apply its expert knowledge and research skills not only for the benefit of our students, but also for people living in Wales in some very important areas of their lives."
Nigel Annett, Managing Director of Welsh Water said: "This historic agreement forges the link between two valued Welsh institutions. We are looking forward to the benefits this will bring to our customers through combining the skills, expertise and enthusiasm of the people within our businesses."
In one of the first results of the new arrangement, two MSc students from Cardiff University’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences will work closely with Welsh Water on a number of practical research projects. The partnership also allows the students to gain practical experience in an industrial setting, providing them with ideal training to improve their practical skills.
Dr José Antonio Constantine from Cardiff University’s School of Earth and Ocean said: "With the stresses of climate change, the new arrangement between Welsh Water and Cardiff University will do much to improve the management of water resources in Wales while protecting our local environment for future generations.
"Thanks to this arrangement, Welsh Water will have access to the University's world leading and diverse range of expertise to help in improving its environmental services to Wales."
As well as student sponsorships, Cardiff University and Welsh Water are seeking to collaborate and share knowledge in a number of ways including specific research and development projects, student projects, staff exchanges, placements and secondments.
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today 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. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.
Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk
Professor Derek Jones
Director, Business & Strategic Partnerships
Tel: (0)29 2087 4480
Tel: 029 20 874731
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