Posted: Fri 10th Jun 2016

Reflecting On The University Year /
This article is old - Published: Friday, Jun 10th, 2016

The University’s achievements and milestones in 2015 have been recorded in its Annual Review which is published today (9 June 2016). ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Detailing progress on the University’s strategy, The Way Forward, the Review was presented to the annual meeting of University Court by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Notable achievements during 2015, which are detailed in the Review, include: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • The award of the University’s sixth Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the work of the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics.
  • The launch of five new flagship University Research Institutes which aim to develop cures for major chronic disease, reduce crime and increase security, harness ‘Big Data’ to tackle real-world problems, develop wiser methods of water use, and support the development of smarter energy systems.
  • The University’s highest ever level of overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey with 90% of students saying they were satisfied with their overall experience.
  • A £17.3m award from the UK Government that will put the University at the cutting edge of semiconductor technology.
  • A historic agreement between the University and Beijing Normal University which will see students of the new Cardiff-Beijing Chinese Studies Joint College follow a collaboratively developed curriculum in Chinese Language and Cultural Studies leading to a dual undergraduate award by both universities.
  • The Phoenix Project which is using University expertise in collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM) to provide the country’s first specialist anaesthesia training.

Professor Riordan said: “2015 could not have started any better for Cardiff University, following the outstanding outcome of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which put us in the top 5 UK universities for the quality of our research. This superlative achievement set the tone for what proved to be a year of significant and sustained progress in each of our key areas of activity.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

University Court meets annually to receive the University’s Financial Statements and Annual Review. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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