Strengthening the exploitation of knowledge
Cardiff Met continues to receive high levels of interest and requests for innovative solutions from commerce, industry and business.
The University is renowned as a leading provider of graduate start-ups and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, shown by the extremely high demand for places on the ‘20 Twenty’ Leadership Programme led by Professor Brian Morgan at the Cardiff School of Management. This programme is designed to encourage business leaders to adapt flexibly to change and to provide them with the skills to compete in an increasingly difficult trading environment.
Other examples include two projects being managed by the Univeristy’s Research and Enterprise Services which are being supported by the Wales Structural Funded European Social Fund:-
- The Knowledge Economy Scholarships Scheme focusing on providing collaborative research projects between the University and other organisations which leads to a participating scholar obtaining a PhD.
- The Access to Masters Programme recruiting scholars onto Masters courses where the project or independent study is undertaken with input from an external organisation.
Among the aims of both of these programmes is to improve and develop further links between Welsh HEIs and SMEs, increase the research capacity of SMEs in the Convergence Area of Wales, meet identified skills gaps in the local economy, and the support the knowledge economy and increase productivity.
Cardiff Met’s ongoing participation in the Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) continues to provide added value for all participants. The Programme is a HEFCW-funded initiative which enables universities to build relationships with business and industry through staff exchanges typically through a secondment lasting an average of 10 days. A notable example from this year’s projects was the BBC’s commissioning of Dr Katie Thirlaway, Head of the Department of Applied Psychology, to appear in a series of BBC Wales Today reports on diabetes following her placement with Diabetes UK Cymru. Since its introduction of SIP, Cardiff Met has successfully participated in more than 100 projects, engaging over 90 members of staff with new businesses and organisations.
Finally, computing experts at the Cardiff School of Management hosted the inaugural meeting of the ‘Computing at School South Wales Hub’ – which is a major initiative to promote computer science in UK schools. ‘Computing at School (CAS)’ is a membership association run by BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, with support from Microsoft Research and other industry partners. It was created to support and promote the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines in UK schools.