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Welsh universities measure world-class innovation

17 October 2017


Cardiff University is joining three other Welsh universities along with key businesses in the region to take stock of world-class research and innovation in Wales.

Led by Swansea University, the Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) for Wales will examine steel innovation, smart manufacturing, health innovation and agri-tech, with further focus on digital technologies and renewable energy.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will oversee the review, which will validate Cardiff’s work on solutions to 21st century global challenges - from cutting-edge Compound Semiconductor research to innovation in healthcare design and delivery.

"The Science and Innovation Audit for Wales will document the strength and depth of research and innovation across the country, highlighting world-beating research in key areas that can help to build the UK’s competitive advantage in global markets."

Professor Colin Riordan Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University

The consortium includes the universities of Bangor and Aberystwyth, together with research centres of excellence and major international companies. It is backed by the Welsh Government.

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation said: “Now in its third wave, the Science and Innovation Audits are providing valuable insight into the ground-breaking work taking place across the UK and the contributions we are making to solve challenges across the world..."

"The work of the successful regions undertaking their SIA in this wave will support the development and delivery of our Industrial Strategy and allow local places to build on their strengths. This will ensure that the UK remains competitive in the global market and is best placed to continue leading scientific discoveries and taking them to market."

Jo Johnson MP Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Wave three of the Science and Innovation Audit process is expected to run from November 2017 to Spring 2018. Cardiff University previously participated in the successful first wave South West England and South East Wales Science and Innovation Audit alongside its GW4 partners, the universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter.