Cardiff named University of the Year

3 November 2017

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Cardiff University has been named University of the Year at the 2017 Business and Education Partnerships Awards.

It was one of four prizes on a night of success that saw the University win every award for which it was nominated.

Alongside the title honour, the University was recognised for a collaboration with IQE through the Economic Impact Award. The collaboration with IQE was also acknowledged in Professor Peter Smowton’s award for Individual Impact of the Year.

Work between the School of Psychology and the Chief Fire Officers Association completed the clean sweep with the New Process Award.

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The success follows The Times and The Sunday Times recognising Cardiff as Welsh University of the Year 2018.

Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and Engagement, said: "We are delighted to have been named University of the Year. It follows The Times naming us Welsh University of the Year and our move into the world’s top 100 under the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities..."

Professor Hywel Thomas (Square)

"The credit goes to all of our staff, who work tirelessly to ensure Cardiff University fulfils its civic mission."

Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Engagement

Professor Peter Smowton is Director of the EPSRC's Future Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Hub. The Hub takes decades of silicon expertise and makes it usable for one of this century’s growth industries: compound semiconductors.

Professor Rob Honey and Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton developed a new process to improve decision-making at emergency incidents. The insights came from attaching GoPro cameras to the helmets of firefighters, helping the researchers to understand how decisions were being made.

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