Cardiff Metropolitan University has been shortlisted in the annual Times Higher Education Awards. Now in their 11th year, the awards are a highlight of the academic calendar and a celebration of the best establishments within the Higher Education sector.
The University’s International Office has been shortlisted in the International Student Strategy category; while Professor Rob Pepperell from Cardiff School of Art and Design has been shortlisted in the Research Project of the Year category for his and his colleague Alistair Burleigh's 'Fovography' research. Dr Dominic Eggbeer from PDR - International Centre for Design & Research has also been shortlisted in the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation & Technology category.This is in recognition of the extensive Surgical & Prosthetic Design work he has led from the centre’s base at the University.
The International Office’s shortlisting acknowledges the University’s response to continual changes to UK immigration policy coupled with increased competition from global players in international student recruitment. The International Office has identified key areas of importance for international students in order to meet their needs and expectations.
In 2013, student response to the International Student Barometer placed Cardiff Met as top in the UK for student support for the fifth year in a row.
Prof Pepperell’s ‘Fovography’ is a novel method of depicting the visual world in the way humans actually perceive it, rather than via current imaging technologies, such as cameras and computer graphics, record it with linear perspective to depict visual space.
The research explores methods of producing images with much greater depth and breadth than current methods, and has a similar effect to 3D without goggles, glasses or special screens.
Dr Eggbeer’s Surgical & Prosthetic Design group has applied innovative product design methodologies to develop safer and more efficient procedures in the field of cranio-maxillofacial surgery and prosthetics. Promoting more effective communication between clinical end users and specialist design engineers, the group focusses on more effective use of Computer Aided Design and 3D Printing (CAD/3DP.)
This research led to the development of new processes that promote more effective communication between clinical end users and specialist design engineers. Researchers have been placed within hospital surgery departments to learn first-hand about the challenges posed by trauma, deformity and disease, in order to process, technical and material challenges more effectively.
These processes have helped reduce surgery time which ultimately reduces NHS costs. Use of these methods has led to a 19% reduction in the cost of delivering an average sized semi-digital cranioplasty when compared with conventional methods.The group is now researching new ways of using this technology for other medical purposes, such as developing artificial limbs from non-contact 3D scanning systems.
Professor Antony J Chapman, Vice-Chancellor at the University said: “Congratulations to the shortlisted candidates and their teams. It is wonderful to be recognised as among the best in the higher education sector alongside peers from other universities for outstanding work in these categories.
“At Cardiff Met, we have built a reputation for innovative applied research which often leads the way and it is a great accolade for our staff to be recognised for this. We also place much emphasis on our International strategy, and for it to be highlighted as one of the best among UK universities is a great honour.”
Winners will be announced at a high profile awards dinner in London on November 26th.