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awarded for recognising the life-changing importance of the Living Wage
The University has been chosen as the winner
of the Living Wage Champion Awards 2015 for the Wales region and becomes the
only university in the UK to receive this recognition.
The awards, coordinated by the Living Wage
Foundation, celebrate Living Wage Employers that have made great contributions
to communities and industries by implementing and recognising the life changing
importance of the Living Wage.
The awards are part of Living Wage Week 2015,
a national celebration of responsible pay, running from 1st-7th November.
Living Wage Foundation Acting Director, Sarah
Vero, said: “Congratulations to Cardiff University on becoming a Living Wage
Champion Award winner. With 2,000 employers now signed up, it is wonderful to
have Cardiff University leading the way in Wales. The leadership of responsible
employers is making a profound difference in the lives of families and communities
across the UK. Thank you very much for celebrating the Living Wage.”
In November 2014, Cardiff University became
Wales's first University to be accredited as a Living Wage employer and one of
only a handful of Russell Group universities outside London.
Cardiff University's Vice-Chancellor,
Professor Colin Riordan, said: “We are delighted to be named a Living Wage
Champion and to act as an exemplar for other Welsh employers and the higher
education sector more broadly. Becoming a Living Wage employer has sent a clear
message that we value all the people who work for us.”
The Living Wage Foundation offers a
recognition mark for employers that commit to paying the voluntary Living Wage
rates to their directly employed staff and sub-contractors on their premises.
There are now over 2,000 employers registered with the Foundation.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set
independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to
the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK.
Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a
social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
One Champion Award winner has been named in
each region of the UK: Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; the East Midlands;
the West Midlands; the East of England; Yorkshire and the Humber; North East
England; North West England; South East England; South West England; and
The awards were judged by an independent panel
of community leaders from Citizens UK, national community organising charity
and home of the Living Wage campaign.
nursing researcher takes helm at Cardiff’s UK top five school
internationally-renowned eye nursing researcher has been appointed to lead
Cardiff’s School of Healthcare Sciences.
Professor Heather Waterman, who joins the School from the University of
Manchester, will replace Professor Sheila Hunt as head of School, where she
will work to build on its reputation of excellence for teaching and innovative
Following the assessment of a government-backed panel, the School of Healthcare
Sciences’ research was recently ranked among the top-5 schools of its kind in
the UK. Ninety per cent of its research was deemed ‘world-leading’. The
School’s physiotherapy course was also ranked best in the UK by the latest
Complete University Guide.
With over 25 years’ experience in healthcare sciences research, Professor
Waterman will bring to the School an expertise in medical and surgical eye
problems, with a specific focus in glaucoma – a vision impairing condition that
affects around half a million people in England and Wales.
Speaking of her appointment, Professor Waterman said: “I am extremely excited
and honoured by the opportunity to lead the School of Healthcare Sciences.
Cardiff University is a Russell Group university with excellent traditions in
teaching and research.
“My vision for the School is to build on its existing strengths; its reputation
for high education standards, an incredibly high rating for research in the
latest Research Excellence Framework, and its size – such a large School can
command serious influence. Above all, of course, the School’s biggest
strength is its people; academics, professional services staff, and students
alike. They are what makes the School what it is.
“My aim as head of School is for us to continue to deliver an excellent student
experience which gives rise to caring, competent, ethically aware and
knowledgeable health care professionals, who will be future leaders in their
field. “ And I want to ensure that we deliver world-leading research that
generates knowledge which has direct impact on the well-being of people living
in Cardiff and beyond.”
The University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan welcomed the new
appointment: “Professor Waterman is a key appointment for the university as it
develops the School of Healthcare Sciences. I am confident that her experience
and expertise will be a great boost for the School, and to the delivery of the
University’s overall strategic aims.”
The focus of Professor Waterman’s current project - which she will bring with
her from the University of Manchester’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social
Work – lies in patients’ perspectives of living with both dementia and
She qualified as a nurse from Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1983. After gaining
her degree from Kings College London, she joined the University of Manchester
where she gained her PhD in 1994. Once there, she became Professor of Nursing
and Ophthalmology for some 13years.
She also has an international reputation for her research into the promotion of
self-care of patients with long-term conditions, particularly those concerning
loss of sight.
MP delivers keynote speech at Cardiff Business School
Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb MP
visited Cardiff University today to deliver a keynote speech on his vision for
devolution and the Welsh economy.
Speaking at Cardiff Business School, the Secretary of State outlined how
the UK Government’s programme of devolution and decentralisation could be
harnessed as an opportunity for innovation and growth in Wales.
In particular, the Secretary of State emphasised
the need for Wales to compete with fast-growing economies overseas and other
parts of the UK. He told the audience
of business leaders, policymakers and academics that Wales needs to move beyond
debates around the constitution, and focus on the challenges laid down by a
globalised economy. Mr Crabb also added
that the city of Cardiff is innovative and entrepreneurial, and has the potential
to become an engine of innovation and wealth creation which would benefit the
whole of Wales.
Following his speech at the Business School, the
Secretary toured the University’s Hadyn Ellis building where he met academics
at the forefront of Cardiff’s ground-breaking research.
During the tour, Mr Crabb saw how the University’s
Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Institute is working to improve the understanding
and treatment of major mental disorders, such as dementia, by bringing together
the University’s strengths in psychiatry, neuroscience, and psychology.
He also visited the European Cancer Stem Cell
Research Institute, which was established to tackle some of the most pressing
issues in cancer treatment.
The Secretary of State concluded his tour by
meeting representatives from the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging
Centre (CUBRIC), who explained how the University’s new £44M state-of-the-art
imaging facility will establish Cardiff as a European centre for neuroimaging. The Centre, which will allow the University
to further its world-leading research into neuroimaging, psychiatry and
psychology, is due to open in the spring of 2016.
improve relations between faith groups and local government planning systems
academic from the University’s School of Planning and Geography has co-authored
a policy briefing that has been commended by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Richard Gale, Lecturer in Human Geography, co-authored the policy briefing
which identifies key challenges for both faith groups and the planning sector.
alongside Dr Andrew Rogers at Roehampton University, he led an Arts and
Humanities Research Council-funded network on Faith and Place. This network set
out to explore the effects of planning laws and regulations
on faith groups.
Gale said: “We focused on bringing together pools of expertise around the
topic in a unique 'task' group, which included planners, policy-makers, faith
group representatives, and academics. Our discussions built on longstanding research that I have done on the
effects of planning controls on Muslim communities trying to establish mosques
and education facilities, and similar research Andrew Rogers has done
on Black Majority Churches.”
research has shown that many faith groups - and minority groups especially
- face difficulties, including extensive local opposition, to the
development of religious facilities
Following 14 months of meetings and deliberations, the outcome of the Faith and
Place Network is a
policy briefing on how local planning authorities across the UK should
respond to the growing spatial needs of religious minority groups.
briefing makes 15 recommendations as to how relations between growing faith
groups in need of places to worship and the local government planning system
can be improved. These include:
Gale added: “Our briefing identifies key challenges for both faith groups and
the planning sector. Ultimately both sides need a greater understanding of each
other if growing religious communities in our cities are to thrive and be able
to worship with dignity.
have evidence of Christian and other faith groups resorting to industrial
estates and retail parks to establish sites of worship. Clearly this isn’t
ideal for them, and it rarely accords with the wishes of councillors who want
to encourage business growth.”
Justin Wellby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has spoken out in favour of
the briefing, encouraging planners and faith groups to ‘engage seriously
with the Faith and Place Network's recommendations.' The briefing has also been
favourably received by The Minister for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis MP,
Department for Communities and Local Government.
Faith and Place Network has been supported by
Town Planning Institute. Following a launch event at the House of Commons
last week, the policy briefing will be circulated to all local planning
authorities in England and Wales.
project is testing ways of automatically repairing concrete without human
The first major trial of self-healing concrete in the UK,
led by a team of researchers from the School of Engineering, is
being undertaken at a site in the South Wales Valleys.
The project, entitled Materials for Life (M4L), is piloting
three separate concrete-healing technologies for the first time in real-world
settings, with a view to incorporating them into a single system that could be
used to automatically repair concrete in the built environment.
At present, billions of pounds are spent every year
maintaining, fixing and restoring structures such as bridges, buildings,
tunnels and roads.
It is estimated that around £40 billion a year is spent in
the UK on the repair and maintenance of structures, the majority of which are
made from concrete.
The overall aim of the Cardiff-led project is to develop a
single system that can be embedded into concrete when it is initially set, and
then automatically sense when damage occurs. Once damage is detected, the
system will be able to repair itself autonomously without the need for human
The trial is being undertaken in collaboration with one of
the major industrial partners on the project, Costain, and is taking place at
one of their construction sites on the Heads of the Valleys road improvement
scheme in South Wales – the A465.
The research team, which also includes academics from the
University of Bath and the University of Cambridge, is trialling three separate
technologies at the site.
The first technique uses shape-shifting materials, known as
shape-memory polymers, to repair large cracks in concrete. When these materials
are heated with a small current, they can transform into a different shape that
the material has ‘memorised’. The researchers believe that these materials can
be embedded into concrete and used to close cracks or make them smaller.
In the second technique, researchers will pump both organic
and inorganic healing agents through a network of thin tunnels in the concrete
to help repair damage.
In the third technique, the team will embed tiny capsules,
or lightweight aggregates, containing both bacteria and healing agents into the
concrete. It is anticipated that once cracks occur, these capsules will release
their cargos and, in the case of the bacteria, the nutrients that will enable
them to function and produce calcium carbonate, which the researchers envisage
will heal the cracks in the concrete.
The researchers have cast six concrete walls at the test
site, each containing the different technologies. Over time the team will load
the concrete at specific angles to induce cracks, and then monitor how
effective each of the self-healing techniques is.
Professor Bob Lark, the principal investigator on the
project from Cardiff University’s School of Engineering, said: “Our vision is
to create sustainable and resilient systems that continually monitor, regulate,
adapt and repair themselves without the need for human intervention.
“These self-healing materials and intelligent structures
will significantly enhance durability, improve safety and reduce the extremely
high maintenance costs that are spent each year. This major trial, the first of
its kind in the UK, will provide us with important insights to help transfer
the technologies from the lab into real-world settings.”
Oliver Teall, a civil engineer at Costain, said: “We are
supporting this innovative research to unlock the many potential benefits of
self-healing concrete for use within infrastructure. From this trial we should
gain an insight into the feasibility of constructing a full-scale structure
using these techniques and their early-stage effects on structural properties.
We will be monitoring properties such as stiffness, permeability and the
mechanical damage recovery of the trial walls in comparison with conventional
reinforced concrete walls.”
An opportunity to
play a key role in the success of a major sporting event that will bring some
of the world’s best athletes to Cardiff is up for grabs
IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships, which takes place in
just 150 days’ time on Easter Saturday 26th March 2016, requires 1,500 volunteers
to ensure athletes and spectators have the best day possible.
volunteer ‘Extra-Milers’ follow in the footsteps of the huge success of the
70,000 ‘Games Makers’ at the London Olympics in 2012 and the ‘Clyde-siders’ at
the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
global half marathon event, sponsored by Cardiff University, features an elite
race with more than 200 top athletes and a mass participation race involving
those supporting the race are former Wales rugby union star turned extreme
environment athlete Richard Parks, who is a Cardiff University Honorary Fellow.
He said: "As an honorary fellow and
former student, it's awesome to be a part of Cardiff University's World Half
Marathon. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our great city, Cardiff.
“The impact that world class events such as
this can have on Wales cannot be underestimated and I am proud to help support
this exciting event.
“It's also a great opportunity for volunteers
to be part of such a unique and special occasion, and help create some
wonderful memories alongside all the elite athletes taking part."
are various opportunities for volunteers to get involved, including being a
race steward, handing out medals and goody bags, looking after water stations
and helping to set up the start and finish areas.
will receive a Cardiff 2016 uniform provided by global sportswear manufacturer
Adidas after it confirmed its partnership with the race.
Cardiff University’s involvement will go
beyond simply providing sponsorship.
health is a major part of the University’s work, not only undertaking important
research in this area, but also training the people who will become the
healthcare professionals of the future.
University aims to bring together its local communities and the health sector
to promote the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.
and staff from all parts of the University are expected to get involved.
information about volunteering at the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half
Marathon Championships can be found at www.cardiff2016.co.uk and volunteers can get involved in the discussion about the
event on Twitter using the hashtag #extramilers.
Cardiff has been named
a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in a network of hubs to develop precision medicine
across the UK
expertise in researching and developing innovative technologies for the UK
healthcare sector will support the Precision Medicine Catapult’s Cardiff Centre. It is one of six centres
named in the £50m Precision Medicine Catapult project funded by Innovate UK,
the UK Government's innovation agency.
Led by a consortium
headed by Welsh Government, NHS Wales and the University, the Centre will work
on local programmes, building expert teams across the city. The centre will
collaborate with local, national and global stakeholders including Welsh
Government, academia, health systems and SMEs, to identify and resolve barriers
to building a leading UK precision medicine industry.
Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, said: “The announcement
highlights both the city’s expertise in precision medicine, and the
University’s reputation for outstanding UK research. The Cardiff Centre will
support major UK clinical and data programmes, such as testing of new clinical
trial models and the development of NHS adoption routes. Bringing Cardiff
inside the UK Catapult Network will also bring wider benefits to the Welsh
The centre, which will
also be supported by Swansea University, will collaborate with local, national
and global partners to identify and resolve barriers to building a leading UK
precision medicine industry.
Williams, Chief Scientific Officer for Wales and Dean of Research at Cardiff’s
Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, said:
“Precision medicine uses diagnostic tests and data-based insights to understand
a patient's disease more precisely and so helps develop treatments with more
predictable, safer, and cost-effective outcomes. The Cardiff Centre will work
with UK and Welsh Government initiatives, industry and regulators to build the
First Minster of
Wales, Carwyn Jones, said: “Wales has a thriving life sciences sector and a
worldwide reputation for excellence in research. Today’s announcement of
Cardiff as one of the centres of excellence to develop precision medicine is a
further boost to the sector.”
Science Minister Jo Johnson said, “The UK is a world leader in the life
sciences and we are committed to strengthening our capability in this crucial
industry. These centres of excellence will support researchers across the
country in developing precision medicine technologies that will save lives and
help grow the sector.”
architects with a track record of high-profile public projects have been chosen
to design Cardiff University’s Centre for Student Life
Bradley Studios (FCBS) has been selected to design the new building, proposed
for Park Place, which is part of a £45m investment in the student experience at
FCBS has experience working on university projects both in the UK and
internationally and has worked on numerous flagship schemes for major clients
such as the Manchester School of Art, National Trust, Royal Airforce Museum and
the Southbank Centre.
The Centre for Student
Life, developed in partnership with the Students’ Union, will transform the
delivery of all non-academic services to students.
customer service excellence, it will establish a single gateway to all
non-academic student services, provide a welcome point for students and
visitors, and will adjoin the current Students’ Union building.
It will house a
state-of-the-art lecture theatre and a range of informal learning spaces
alongside an exciting range of shops and catering outlets.
Riordan, Cardiff University Vice-Chancellor, said: “The Centre for Student Life
is a significant investment in our students and their learning experience here
“This project is
all about the delivery of a world-leading student experience covering every
facet of student life in a landmark building for the University and the city of
rightly expect the very best facilities in every part of their Cardiff
education and I am therefore delighted that we have secured designers with a
proven track record for this type of high-profile project.”
President Claire Blakeway said: “The Centre for Student Life is a huge
investment in the student experience at Cardiff University.
“It is fantastic
news for our students and will transform their non-academic services, while
providing them with the very best facilities.
underlines the strength and importance of the partnership between the
University and the Students’ Union.”
FCBS partner Tom
Jarman said: “FCBStudios are thrilled to have been selected to support Cardiff
University as they embark on this innovative and exciting Student Centre at the
heart of their campus.
“Situated on Park
Place between the Main Building and the Students’ Union, the new facility will
provide excellent learning and support environments to students at the
“The project will
also serve to create much improved connections to the Students’ Union and
Cathays railway station beyond.”
FCBS won the
prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008 for an innovative housing scheme in
Cambridge, while in 2013 it won the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building
Award for its new Business School and student hub at Manchester Metropolitan
Scientists design more effective approach to deliver
drugs targeting cancer cells and other diseases
Scientists have designed a novel
method for improving the delivery of therapeutic molecules into diseased cells
such as those found in cancer and tuberculosis.
Many drug treatments do not work in patients because of their poor ability to
reach their intended targets that lie inside cells.
To address this, researchers from the University’s Schools of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Biosciences, sought to improve the delivery of a
relatively new class of drugs called biotherapeutics.
These drugs include antibodies, such as Herceptin, that target breast and
stomach cancer cells. Cancer cells often contain a unique protein on their
surface that acts as a barcode, uniquely identifying these cells as cancerous
against their healthy counterparts.
Published in the Nature
publication Molecular Therapy, the researchers describe experimenting
with new ways of targeting breast cancer cells with Herceptin that interacts
specifically with a barcode protein called ‘Her2’.
Scientists know this protein barcode to be a major driver of cancer cell growth
In the paper, the researchers describe being able to manipulate how Herceptin
interacts with Her2, which sits on the surface of some breast cancer
cells. By modifying how Herceptin interacts with Her2, they show that
Herceptin and Her2 were rapidly engulfed by the cancer cells that then
proceeded to destroy the protein barcode.
Lead author Professor Arwyn T. Jones, from the School of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences, believes this new approach for drug delivery - called
“receptor crosslinking” - could be used to target a wide range of diseases,
from different types of cancers and inherited genetic diseases to infectious
diseases such as tuberculosis.
“The striking thing is that we have tested our approach on both Her2, as well
as other barcode proteins, and each one gave the same result,” said Professor
Jones. “It looks like this could be a universal strategy to increase the uptake
of drugs into different kinds of cells involved in many types of diseases.”
David Needham, from the University of Southern Denmark, said: “I
think the data is spectacular, and paves the way for nanoparticles to be taken
in by cancer using one of many receptors.”
The research was funded by the EPSRC.
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