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Nobel prize winner bids to attract ‘best minds’ to Wales

08 February 2011

One of the world’s most influential and celebrated scientists is urging promising students to consider new financial scholarships on-offer in a bid to help retain and attract the best minds to Wales.

Professor Sir Martin Evans’ call comes as the second round of Cardiff University’s flagship President’s Research Scholarships for 2011 are rolled out.

Sir Martin Evans, President of Cardiff University, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2007 for his pioneering research into embryonic stem cells, said: "Cardiff University’s President’s Research Scholarships offer outstanding students the financial support needed to continue their postgraduate research studies.

"In the current economic climate, students could be thinking twice about continuing their studies. These scholarships are designed to ensure that lack of funds do not become a barrier to continuing cutting-edge postgraduate research."

The President’s Research Scholarships were established to coincide with the inauguration of Professor Sir Martin Evans as Cardiff University’s new President in 2010.

The scholarships are designed to attract students seeking to work on exciting and challenging projects in dynamic and well-resourced research environments under the supervision of successful and established researchers. The scholarships are targeted at the highest quality candidates.

The first 38 students have already joined the University, the majority of them from the UK but including outstanding students from countries worldwide. Areas already under investigation include the ice sheets in past eras of global warming and the effect of environmental change on the Severn Estuary. Many other projects tackle issues of sustainability. They include decarbonising the power sector, planning in Sub-Saharan Africa and biofuels production.

Health projects include new therapeutics for breast cancer and imaging of functions in the brain cortex. Other students are investigating issues around multiculturalism and national identity.

"Cardiff University is home to some of the world’s leading experts in medicine, sustainability, climate change and the humanities. The President’s Research Scholarships offer students from the UK and across the world an opportunity to conduct pioneering research with the support of some of the world’s leading academics in their field," said Sir Martin.

"We should ensure that the best minds come to Wales. From helping to tackle climate change, developing new drugs for patients, creating new and sustainable ways of producing food, to understanding the implications of multiculturalism – these Scholars are helping push the boundaries of research," he added.

In all, there are 11 programmes, providing President Research Scholarship opportunities, involving the Schools of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Biosciences, Psychology, City and Regional Planning, Engineering, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Chemistry, Social Sciences, Law, Pharmacy, Medicine, European Studies, History, Archaeology and Religion, Computer Sciences and English, Communication and Philosophy.

Further information on all of the available President’s Research Scholarships and dates for entries are available at:



A selection of case studies of existing President’s Research Scholars discussing their research and the impact of receiving a President’s Research Scholarship, are available on request.

Cardiff University
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.

Further information

Chris Jones
Public Relations
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 20 874731