Research activity that thrives and is effective
Cardiff Met has a strong track-record of applied research that is at the interface of new knowledge creation and its practical application.
In 2010-11 there have been a number of varied and successful research initiatives across the University which include:-
- The Ecodesign Centre was awarded E300,000 through the European Union’s INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme to help develop the Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network.The project aims to adopt responsible and open innovation philosophies in the development of a knowledge transfer and innovation network.
- Internationally-renowned sustainability Dr John Littlewood, from Cardiff School of Art and Design presented at the prestigious ‘Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB) 2011’ conference in Marseille. He provided delegates with an insight into the ‘mechanisms for assessing the environmental performance of dwellings through the interaction of universities and SMEs’.
- The Welsh Government awarded £315,000 worth of funding for a project which will be at the fore-front of research into respiratory disease – which causes more deaths in the UK than any other disease. Lung Research Wales is a collaborative venture bringing together expertise from Cardiff Met, Swansea University, Cardiff University and Bangor University, with the aim of strengthening respiratory research in Wales.
- Professor Rose Cooper has developed her work into how manuka honey interacts with three types of bacteria that commonly infest wounds. Her group found that honey can interfere with the growth of these bacteria in a variety of ways and suggests that honey is an attractive option for the treatment of drug-resistant wound infections. This research may increase the clinical use of manuka honey as doctors are faced with the threat of diminishingly effective antimicrobial options.
- The Cardiff School of Sport’s SESAME (Sensing for Sport and Managed Exercise) Project, led by Dr David Kerwin, was awarded the 2010 European Athletic Innovation Award. The project, which is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is set to provide elite athletes and coaches with the competitive edge in the run up to 2012 and is being delivered in partnership with colleagues from University College London (UCL), The Royal Veterinary College and the University of Cambridge.
These are some examples of the research undertaken by Cardiff Met which provides direct support to industry, commerce and the local community, making an important contribution to the economic, social and cultural well-being of Wales and beyond.