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Cardiff University in the News - October & November 2010

A selection of news highlights from the media in October & November 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).

Vice-Chancellor Dr David GrantVice-Chancellor Dr David Grant
Vision for the future

In his University View column for the Western Mail in November, Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant argued that, in tough economic times, the best universities are catalysts for regeneration and growth. They are members of the world’s best networks, and are local sources of creativity and innovation for the advancement of society and the economy.

£76m boost to Welsh economy

Times Higher Education, the Western Mail, and the South Wales Echo all covered a new independent report which found that Cardiff Business School boosts the Welsh economy by £76M per year. As well as the economic impact the report also highlights Cardiff Business School’s contribution to teaching – estimated to produce an income of around £25M per year, as well as research income which the Business School has helped secure, in excess of £20M in the last five years.

Pioneers honoured

Professor Sir Martin Evans, University President, and Professor Alan Burnett, Cardiff Cancer Stem Cell Institute, were both honoured by inclusion in lists marking them as pioneers in their fields. Sir Martin, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2007, was ranked at 30 in a list of the most important people in British science. This was published in Eureka, The Times’ monthly science magazine. Professor Burnett, who is at the forefront of research into acute myeloid leukaemia, featured in another list in The Times of Britain’s top doctors.

cancer-stem-cell-research-institute-logoImproving prostate cancer survival chances

A study led by Professor Malcolm Mason, School of Medicine, found that deaths from high-risk prostate cancer can be cut by giving men radiation treatment as well as hormone therapy. The study was featured in the Western Mail, the South Wales Echo, The Scotsman and Nursing Times. During November, Professor Mason was also interviewed on the One Show (BBC One) about the controversial sale of cancer drugs over the internet.

Stockmarket imageBlood on the trading floor

Dr Paul Crosthwaite, a lecturer at the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, made the business pages of numerous publications following his claims that the bankers who brought the global economy to its knees may have enjoyed the situation. His article, published in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, received coverage in The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Independent, the Daily Star, and the Western Mail. Dr Crosthwaite was also interviewed on Three Counties Radio and Newstalk (Ireland).

Winter survival

The increasingly cold weather during October and November meant that survival tips from the University’s Common Cold Centre were in high demand. Research and advice on how to fend off winter colds featured in several publications, including The Times, the Daily Mail, The Independent, the Sun, and Sainsbury’s Magazine.

Studying smokers

Research led by Dr Sarah Whitehead, Cardiff Institute of Society and Health, found that smokers are much more likely than non-cigarette users to drink heavily, have a poor diet and develop mental health problems. These results were covered by The Guardian and on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales show.

Dr Rhys Jones with a Green Cat SnakeDr Rhys Jones at the School of Biosciences, with a Green Cat Snake
Rhys to the Rescue

BBC One series Rhys to the Rescue saw Dr Rhys Jones, School of Biosciences, visit Kenya with a group of students to uncover a snake murder mystery. Watch the series again on BBC iPlayer.

Expert comments

University researchers provided comments, advice and opinions on a range of diverse subjects during October and November. Dr Dominic Dywer, School of Psychology, commented on a new flavour boosting powder that can help people lose weight (Times of India, The Sunday Times, the Daily Mail), Professor Jonathan Shepherd, School of Dentistry, commented on new teenage drinking figures (The Times, BBC News online and the Daily Mail), and Dr Fred Slater, School of Biosciences was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live about the record-breaking temperature of -17.3C recorded in Llysdinam during November.

Wales’ reaction to cuts in public spending

New polling data from researchers working at the University’s Wales Governance Centre and the Institute of Welsh Politics at Aberystwyth University showing what the Welsh electorate think of the spending cuts received extensive media attention in November, including the Western Mail, BBC Wales Online, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Wales Breakfast and Newyddion. Professor Richard Wyn Jones, School of European Studies interviewed.


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 on Futurity in October and November included a study which found that girls who live in economically deprived neighbourhoods are more likely to encounter violence than their male counterparts and the discovery of a major lead for potential new treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease.

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.