Courses in digital media, data sciences and design technologies to be provided at proposed city centre campus
The University has today (March 9) announced plans to develop a Cardiff School of Technologies in the capital city.
The proposed school will offer courses in digital media, data science, and design technologies, and is expected to welcome its first cohort in 2020.
The school will provide for 2,000 students, while the proposals also include the relocation of the current Cardiff School of Education from its existing location on the University's Cyncoed campus.
Cardiff Metropolitan's President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Cara Aitchison said the new school was a project which would address student demand and employer need, and would also respond effectively to the evolving economic strategy in Wales and the wider UK.
The school builds on a proposal first announced by Cardiff Metropolitan in February 2016 for a city centre School of Media.
Prof Aitchison said: "This new proposal has been developed following extensive research and consultation, and will have significant impact on the economy of the Cardiff Capital Region.
"The proposed new school is focussed on education, research, innovation and higher-level skills in digital media, data science, and design technologies.
"These are key sectors of national and international student demand, which will lead to highly paid graduate-level employment, and have been identified as having significant growth potential in South-East Wales, the UK, and internationally.
"The new proposal therefore responds more effectively to economic strategy in Wales and the wider UK, and to educational and industry needs from the Cardiff Capital Region to the global stage."
In addition, the University believes the project is better aligned with existing educational provision in South-East Wales, and will deliver a 'pipeline of education and aspiration' through closer links with schools, the further education sector, and employers across the Cardiff Capital Region.
Cardiff and Vale College is the first such partner to be confirmed, and discussions are continuing with others.
Today's announcement also includes the potential relocation of the University's existing School of Education.
Prof Aitchison said: "The University's educational technology and computing staff have been at the forefront of designing the new Digital Competence Framework for the new Curriculum for Wales.
"The intention is for Cardiff Metropolitan to co-locate the School of Education with its new School of Technologies, thus driving forward innovation in educational technology to support teacher education and training and the development of new educational technology in schools in an effort to raise aspirations and attainment in STEAM education."
Discussions on the exact location are on-going.
Notes to Editors:
1. Cardiff School of Technologies (4D Data Digidol, Dylunio Dyfodol - Data, Digital, Design Futures)
The new proposal is for a Cardiff School of Technologies focussed on education, research, innovation and higher-level skills development in digital media, data sciences and design technologies. These are key sectors of national and international student demand, lead to highly paid graduate-level employment and have been identified as having significant growth potential in South-East Wales, the UK and internationally.
The new proposal therefore responds more effectively to economic strategy in Wales and the wider UK and to educational and industry needs at all levels from the Cardiff Capital Region to the global stage. The University is also now seeking to develop educational provision for a 'post-Brexit' world.
2. Extending the Arc of Innovation from Cambridge to Cardiff
The School will contribute directly to extending the Arc of Innovation that stretches from Cambridge through Oxford to Bristol along the M4 corridor. It will expand the innovation core of Cardiff City Centre to connect with the corridor of commercial research and development from Newport to Bridgend and, in line with the emerging strategy of Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, will develop connectivity and new SMEs in Valley communities spreading wealth generation to areas not traditionally seen as locations for commercial investment.
3. Complementing Cardiff's Existing Higher Education Offer
This developed proposal is better aligned with existing educational provision offered by the other two universities in the region.
Cardiff School of Technologies is being developed to deliver a pipeline of education and aspiration through closer links with schools, further education and employers in the digital media, data sciences and design technologies fields.
Each of Cardiff Met's current five Schools will benefit from the investment in digital, data and design technologies with technological innovation applied to the specific sectors addressed by the Schools.
In particular, Cardiff School of Technologies will focus on digital media for the education, creative industries and personalized healthcare sectors; data science for the management and finance sectors; and design technologies for the biomedical and health sciences sector.
As such, the School of Technologies has been designed to complement existing foci of both Cardiff University and the University of South Wales and, together, the three universities will be able to fully support the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, particularly through an agreed collaborative innovation in the development of data sciences.
4. Developing STEM (Science, Technology, Arts and Maths Education) in Wales
The University's educational technology and computing staff have been at the forefront of designing the new Digital Competence Framework for the new Curriculum for Wales. The intention is for Cardiff Met to co-locate its exiting School of Education with its new School of Technologies thus driving forward innovation in educational technology to support teacher education and training and the development of new educational technology in schools in an effort to raise aspirations and attainment in STEAM education.
5. Commercialising Cardiff Met's existing and new innovation in digital media, data science and design technology
The University is already a world leader in areas of digital and design technologies and the interface between neuroscience, human perception, behaviour and product design.
This work is currently being taken forward through cutting-edge work within the University's International Centre for Design & Research (PDR), which was awarded The Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2015; its Fovography Lab which has developed a unique way of creating 3D visual experiences without glasses, goggles, or expensive screens; the Perceptual Experience Lab, a synthetic reality facility that enables academics and businesses to examine how people interact with the world around them; and FabLab Cardiff, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) accredited facility at the cutting edge of 3D printing and design technology.
Together these innovations have had major impacts ranging from health technology and surgical innovation including the development of surgical implants and prostheses, through to business and marketing via the development of more customer-focussed approaches to sales and customer relations.