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Double St David Delight for Cardiff

23 March 2018

Carwyn Jones

Two outstanding Cardiff University partnerships have scooped St David Awards.

The Phoenix Project scooped international honours for improving lives in Namibia, whilst IQE claimed the innovation award for its cutting-edge work on Compound Semiconductors.

A partnership with the University of Namibia (UNAM), the Phoenix Project works to tackle three broad areas - women, children and infectious diseases; science; and communication.

IQE works with Cardiff to develop Compound Semiconductor wafer technologies. A joint venture – the Compound Semiconductor Centre – develops leading-edge products.

Professor Judith Hall, who leads the Phoenix Project, said the award was recognition for everyone involved.

“The Award is the result of the commitment and effort of many incredible people in Wales and Namibia who are making a real difference to people’s lives.

“Without the fantastic, strong relationship that has been built between Cardiff University and the University of Namibia, none of this would be possible. These awards are so beautifully fitting that it feels like you’ve been honoured by the Welsh Government and the Welsh people.”

Dr Drew Nelson, President and Chief Executive of IQE plc, praised the hard work of IQE staff for building IQE’s worldwide success and its partnership with Cardiff.

“I’m really proud of every single one of them. They’re a great bunch and they have really put their heart and soul into making IQE a great global company, and I accept the award on their behalf.”

The St David Awards, presented by First Minister Carwyn Jones at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of people and groups from all walks of life in Wales.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “The winners are a true credit to your families, friends, communities, and to Wales as a whole. Many congratulations to you and also to everyone who was a finalist."

Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Engagement, said: “It’s very satisfying to see the hard work of colleagues and partners acknowledged by the prestigious St David Awards.

“The Phoenix Project, which has benefited both Wales and Namibia, has made a meaningful contribution to changing people’s lives and has been widely recognised for its excellent partnership with the University of Namibia.

“Our work with world-leading Compound Semiconductor specialists IQE continues to gather accolades. The joint venture continues to develop leading-edge projects that are winning new business.”