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Cardiff Racing’ team make history by picking up Formula Student 2017 title at Silverstone

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Cardiff University’s student racing team have won the annual Formula Student competition at Silverstone, becoming the first UK winners in the competition’s 19-year history.

The ‘Cardiff Racing’ team, made up of 56 students from the University’s School of Engineering, beat off competition from over 100 university teams from around the world.

Throughout the weekend, the building and engineering skills of the students were put to the test as the car went under scrutiny by the judges, before the students took their car onto the track to perform a number of speed and agility tests.

The Formula Student event is a fantastic and highly competitive competition. It takes considerable dedication, hard work and skill to win such an event and we could not be more proud of our students for this achievement. We are quite simply blown away.

– Dr Mark Eaton, Cardiff University

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Cyber security centre of excellence to open at Cardiff University

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A new research centre to research into cyber security has been launched by Cardiff University and Airbus.

The Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics will be in Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics and is said to be the first of its kind in Europe.

Researchers will carry out studies into machine learning, data analytics, and artificial intelligence for cyber-attack detection. The research aims to protect corporate IT networks, intellectual property, and critical national infrastructure.

Cyber security analytics is about improving our resilience to cyber-attacks through data modelling to detect and block malicious behaviour before it causes its full impact; but also about understanding what motivates the behaviour, what its likely impact will be, and how to communicate security alerts among decision and policy-makers.

– Dr Pete Burnap, Cardiff University

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Substance misuse and binge drinking 'higher in young people in foster care'

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A Cardiff University study of secondary school students (11-16 years) in Wales looked at the issues affecting youngsters and their relationship with caregivers, teachers and friends.

Those in foster care reported almost 8 times the rates of weekly smoking compared to young people living with both parents, and almost 4 times higher than among those living with a single mother.

Young people living in foster care experience significantly worse outcomes than young people not in care, likely due to a range of care and pre-care factors, which can impact adversely on the formation of positive and healthy social relationships.

Our research highlights a real need for the development and evaluation of interventions to improve wellbeing, and reduce substance use among young people in foster care by supporting looked after young people in the development of healthy interpersonal relationships.

– Dr Sara Long, Cardiff University

Go ahead for £50m Centre for Student Life

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Cardiff Council has granted planning permission for Cardiff University to begin construction on a £50m building at its Cathays Campus.

The Centre for Student Life is said to be part of the biggest campus upgrade in a generation.

The University says the new building will create a central hub for student support services as well as offering social learning spaces and a 550-seat lecture theatre.

This is a major investment in our students and their learning experience. Our students expect world-leading facilities and the Centre for Student Life will meet those high expectations. Our students and staff are not the only beneficiaries because this will be a landmark building for the people and city of Cardiff.

– Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor
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