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Cardiff Met PDR staff selected for high-profile research programme



​Dr Peter Dorrington

​Dr Andrew Walters

​Two academics from Cardiff Met’s product design and research (PDR) service have beaten off strong competition from across Wales to take part in this year’s Welsh Crucible. 

Research Fellow, Dr Peter Dorrington and Director of Research, Dr Andrew Walters will take part in this award-winning programme of personal, professional and leadership development.

Now in its fourth year, the Welsh Crucible supports research-inspired innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration in Wales.

Funded by a consortium of Welsh universities, in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (Hefcw), there is a high demand for places on Welsh Crucible from researchers who are beginning to demonstrate excellence in their respective fields.

Every year, 30 researchers are selected to participate in a series of residential workshops or ‘skills labs’ where participants explore how they can benefit from working with researchers in other disciplines, how their research can have greater impact, and how they can build international research careers in Wales.

Peter and Andrew will attend sessions throughout the summer in Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Swansea.

Participants continue to build collaborations with each other beyond the formal programme and the Welsh Crucible alumni network allows connections to be made between cohorts.

Welsh Crucible won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development in 2013, with judges commenting that it delivers ‘game-changing impacts on attitudes and behaviours’.

Speaking about the news, Director of Research and Graduate Studies, Professor Scott Fleming, said:

“Building on the University's outstanding success in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, this news of the inclusion of Andy and Peter in the Welsh Crucible continues our record of engagement and achievement in this excellent opportunity for career development in research.

“Previous successful applicants have been able to capitalise on their experiences of the programme and have gone to strength to strength. We are hoping and expecting that Andy and Peter will be able to do the same."

Dr Peter Dorrington joined PDR to lead the patient-specific medical design centre. His current role is that of Research Fellow at PDR, with interests in the area of emergent technologies (e.g. desk-based 3D printing), knowledge transfer with SMEs and creative practitioners, and Open Innovation.

Dr Andrew Walters is Director of Research and Reader in Product Design at PDR. Andrew leads the academic research strategy for the Centre and supervises a broad range of design research projects and doctoral students. His research examines the application of user- centred design processes and technologies, especially in SMEs.

Cardiff Met staff have taken part in the Welsh Crucible in previous years; Dr Karianne Backx and Dr Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos participated in 2014, whilst Dr Tom Crick and Dr Kate North took part in 2013.