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Cardiff University in the News - August & September 2010

A selection of news highlights from the media in August & September 2010. The Public Relations office prepares and distributes media releases on behalf of the University and each year responds to more than 600 calls from the media (ranging from expert comment to filming location requests).

Reconstruction of Caerleon in the Roman period, showing the newly discovered monumental suburb (© 7reasons)Reconstruction of Caerleon in the Roman period, showing the newly discovered monumental suburb (© 7reasons)

A monumental discovery

A team of archaeologists made a fortuitous discovery outside the Roman fortress at Caerleon, leading to a rethink about how the Romans conquered Britain over 2,000 years ago. National media coverage included The Guardian. Yahoo also placed the story on their front page and within a day exceeded 500,000 hits

Dr Peter Guest, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, was also interviewed on ITV Wales, Good Evening Wales and BBC Radio Wales. The Western Mail featured a double-page spread of the story as did the South Wales Echo.

A virtual tour of the new discover can be viewed here:

The story unfolded further in September with the discovery of a rare suit of Roman armour. Coverage ranged from The Toronto Sun to The South Wales Argus.

ADHD’s genetic link

Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Institute [logo]

The Public Relations team worked with the Science Media Centre and the Wellcome Trust holding a press conference in London and gaining extensive worldwide coverage of a study published in The Lancet. The study by a team of University Research Institute scientists revealed the first direct genetic link to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Professor Anita Thapar from the School of Medicine, who led the study, was interviewed on BBC Breakfast. Professor Thapar’s interview can be watched again at Coverage included The Washington Post, Time Magazine, The Australian, BBC Radio Four,The Guardian, The Times, Bloomberg, The Independent, New Scientist, Nature, CBS News and more than 600 others.

Professor Karen HolfordProfessor Karen Holford

New Director Cardiff School of Engineering

The appointment of Professor Karen Holford as the new Director of the School of Engineering was featured in Times Higher Education, Western Mail and South Wales Echo. Professor Holford is the first female head of the school, which is one of the premier engineering schools in the UK

Antibiotic resistant gene discovered

Research into a new antibiotic resistant gene identified by Professor Tim Walsh, School of Medicine, was discovered in UK patients for the first time. Professor Walsh was extensively interviewed about the findings, which were published in The Lancet.

Widespread coverage included: BBC Breakfast News, BBC News online, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Daily Mirror, The Sun, Daily Mail online, Daily Express, Daily Star, The Independent, Jakarta Star, Bangkok Post, Agence France Presse, ABC News, Bloomberg, Wales online and more than 100 others - local and internationally.

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Cardiff is one of the first UK universities to partner with international research news website Futurity. All partners are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) or the Russell Group.

Cardiff research featuring on Futurity in August and September included the discovery that starlight is a key ingredient for making water in the atmosphere of some stars, the cloning of a human virus that could potentially help to develop treatments for life-threatening diseases, the discovery of an antibiotic resistant gene, and the ground-breaking study revealing a direct genetic link to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

World-leading research

Research from the Universities’ Police Science Institute, led by Professor Martin Innes, challenging the way police respond to anti-social behaviour, gained local and national interest. Coverage included: BBC News, The Western Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Guardian, Channel 4 News, BBC Wales, Good Morning Wales, BBC News 24, ITV Wales.

The Wales Autism Research Centre at Cardiff University was launched by Health Minister Edwina Hart. The Centre aims to improve scientific understanding of autism and make a positive change for those affected and their families. Professor Susan Leekam, School of Psychology and Director of the new Centre was interviewed on ITV Wales. The launch was also featured in the Western Mail andSouth Wales Echo.

There was widespread national media interest in a study by Dr Sarah Jones, School of Medicine, suggesting that newly qualified young drivers should be banned from night-time motoring and carrying passengers of a similar age. Coverage included: BBC News Online, BBC Radio Wales, London Wired, NHS Choices, The Times, Daily Mail, Western Mail, South Wales Echo, Daily Telegraphand Daily Mirror.

Welsh ballads for a world audience

The Information Services Directorate and the National Library of Wales launched their new Welsh Ballads digital web project, by making freely available 4,000 18th century to 20th century early rare Welsh ballads via their website. The launch, which was organised for the National Eisteddfod of Wales at Ebbw Vale, was hosted by the President of the National Library, Mr Dafydd Wigley. Coverage included: Western Mail, Guardian Unlimited, Welsh Icons News, BBC Wales online

Puffin being releasedPuffin being released after being colour ringed for population monitoring, Fair Isle, UK

Photography success for Biosciences student

Adam Seward, an ecology student at Cardiff School of Biosciences, snapped up two UK photography awards. Adam won in two out of five awards in the British Ecological Society photographic competition. His image of a puffin being released was voted the best entry in the Ecology in Action category by the panel of judges, while his photograph of wheatears in a May snow shower won the Student category. Coverage included: Guardian Unlimited, BBC Wales Online,South Wales Echo.

Media services

University staff can sign up for the Daily Media summary, prepared by the Communications and International Relations Division, by emailing: . The media summary is prepared from web news sources, local news media and national newspaper education supplements.

Staff can also view copies of articles in full via the comprehensive news database Lexis Nexis. Copies of coverage from the last month can also be requested from the Public Relations Office. Please contact Jessica Kelly ( or 70298) or Catrin Palfrey ( or 70293).

If you have a potential news story, please contact the Public Relations Team.