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                                Vacancy Pack


    1. Job details.

    2. Main duties.

    3. Role Profile.

    4. Person specification.

    5. Guidance notes on how to apply for a job at Cardiff University.

    6. Project Description.

    7. Information on the School / Directorate.

    8. General information on working for Cardiff University.

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                               Section 1 - Job Details

Job Title:               Research Associate. (Part-time)

School:                  School of Psychology and School                of    Medicine
                         (Psychological Medicine and Neurology)

Duration:                Fixed-term for 30 months.

Salary Details:          £29853 - £35646 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked.
                         It is not anticipated that an appointment will be made
                         above £30747 pro-rata for hours worked. (Grade 6).

Hours of work:           This is a part-time position of 21 hours per week.

Relocation               Relocation expenses may be available for staff needing to
Expenses                 relocate in order to take up employment with the
                         University.   Full   details  can      be     found    at
                         www.cardiff.ac.uk/humrs/newstaff/index.html Information
                         on properties and schools in the Cardiff area can be
                         found at www.icwales.co.uk

Responsible to:          Professor Thapar and Professor Van Goozen.

Date of
Appointment:             This post is available from 01 February 2011.

Closing Date for
Applications:            5pm GMT on Wednesday, 22 December 2010.

Working in the           The University has a legal responsibility to ensure that
UK:                      prospective employees have the right to work in the UK
                         before they commence employment. From November
                         2008 the UK government introduced a Points -Based
                         Immigration System to enable overseas nationals to visit,
                         study and work in the UK. Further information can be
                         found at http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/.
                         We would draw your attention to Tier 1 (Highly Skilled
                         Migrant Workers), and Tier 2 (Skilled Sponsored Migrant
                         Workers). Please note that under Tier 2 (General) the
                         qualification level for the post must be equivalent to
                         National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 3 or above,
                         in order to secure a Certificate of Sponsorship.

                         For European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals
                         wishing to work in the UK, please note that further
                         information can be found at the following website

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Rehabilitation of This job is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
Offenders:        1974.

                         Please see Guidance Notes in Section 4 for further

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                               Section 2 - Main Duties

Main Function            Research and associated work for the MRC funded
of Post:                 study: “ Antisocial behaviour in young people with
                         ADHD: identifying risk pathways”.

Job Description:          To oversee and work with the project team to achieve
                             the aims of the project.
                            To become familiar and proficient in the research
                             assessment procedures.
                            To carry out cognitive and psychophysiological
                             assessments of adolescents in a laboratory setting
                             (most testing will be undertaken after school and in
                             school holidays and will require flexibility of hours).
                            Recruitment and engagement of families and
                             maintaining involvement of families for the research
                            To    maintain confidentiality and            professional
                            To travel between the Schools of Psychology (testing
                             base) and Medicine (clinical and genetic base) to
                             conduct study.
                            To carry out and supervise administrative tasks such
                             as data collection, recording and maintaining records
                             and data as required for the proficient running of the
                            To liaise with the genetics laboratory at School of
                            To prepare data, undertake analysis and maintain
                             high quality data.
                            To present findings at meetings when needed.
                            To present information on research progress and
                             outcomes to the grant applicants.
                            To prepare papers for high quality journals.
                            To supervise and monitor junior team members.
                            To actively participate as a member of a research
                            To plan own day-to-day research activity within the
                             framework of the agreed programme.
                            To attend research group meetings.
                            To train in the areas of principal responsibilities and
                            To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory
                             requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data
                             protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial
                             and other University policies, procedures and codes
                             as appropriate.
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                          To take reasonable care for the health and safety of
                           yourself and of other persons who may be affected by
                           your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the
                           Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, EC directives
                           and the University‟s Safety, Health and Environment
                           Policies and procedures and to cooperate with the
                           University on any legal duties placed on it as the
                          You may be asked to perform other duties
                           occasionally which are not included above, but which
                           will be consistent with the role.

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                              Section 3 – Role Profile

The Role Profile defines the level of responsibility at which the duties of the job
should be performed and is therefore used to further inform the Job Description
detailed in Section 2.

The role holder is required to:
    deal with routine communication using a range of media.
    communicate complex information orally, in writing and electronically.
    prepare proposals and applications to external bodies e.g. for funding and
       accreditation purposes.
    communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

The role holder is required to:
    work with colleagues on joint projects, as required.
    collaborate with academic colleagues on areas of shared research interest.
    attend and contribute to relevant meetings.
    manage own research and administrative activities, with guidance if required.

The role holder is required to:
    liaise with colleagues and students.
    build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of
       information and to form relationships for future collaboration.
    join external networks to share information and identify potential sources of

The role holder is required to:
    deal with internal or external contacts who ask for service or require
    create a positive image of the institution by being responsive and prompt in
       responding to requests and referring the user to the right person if necessary.

Contact is usually initiated by the customer and typically involves routine tasks with
set standards or procedures.

The role holder is required to:
    use new research techniques and methods.
    use initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop new
       research methods and extend the research portfolio.
    use creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on
       the outcomes.
    contribute to collaborative decision making with colleagues in areas of

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The role holder is required to:
    use research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate.
    plan and manage own research activity in collaboration with others.

The role holder is required to:
    use new research techniques and methods.
    use initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop new
       research methods and extend the research portfolio.
    use creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on
       the outcomes.
    contribute to collaborative decision making with colleagues in areas of

The role holder is required to:
    develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with the
       assistance of a mentor if required.
    conduct individual and collaborative research projects.
    write up research work for publication.
    continually update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.
    translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.

The role holder is required to balance with help, the competing pressure of research
and administrative demands and deadlines.

The role holder is required to be aware of the risks in the work environment and their
potential impact on their own work and that of others.

The role holder is required to show consideration to others.

The role holder is required to manage own research and administrative activities,
with guidance if required.

The role holder is required to:
    be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of
    assist in the development of student research skills.

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The role holder is required to:
    possess sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline
       and of research methods and techniques to work within established research
    engage in continuous professional development.
    understand equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of
       research content.

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                         Section 4 - Person Specification

Essential Criteria

1. Excellent interpersonal skills.
2. Excellent written communication skills.
3. Excellent oral communication skills with a demonstrated ability to liaise
   with different research disciplines.
4. Excellent organisational skills with a proven ability to prioritise and meet
   deadlines within the framework of an agreed programme.
5. Proven ability to work as part of a team.
6. Proven ability to conduct research studies of children‟s mental
7. Proven ability to work with a wide range of individuals and organisations.
8. Expertise in assessing child and adolescent psychopathology.
9. Expertise in cognitive testing of children and adolescents.

10. Experience of working in an academic dept of child and adolescent
11. Experience of experimental or developmental psychology.
12. Previous experience in conducting and organising research projects.
13. A demonstrable history of contributing to excellent publications in the
14. Experience of giving presentations at conference/meetings.

Qualifications (IT/Academic/Vocational)
15. A first class or good second class degree in psychology or relevant
16. A PhD in child/developmental psychopathology.

Specific Qualities (e.g. attitudes)

17. Self-motivated with a proactive approach to work.
18. Ability to work in a multi disciplinary team.
19. Willingness to be flexible about hours (most testing has to be
    undertaken after school and in school holidays ).
20. Willing and able to travel between Schools of Psychology and Medicine.

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              Section 5 - Guidance notes for completing Application Pack

Vacancy Information

We strongly advise that you carefully read all available information for this job before
you start completing the form. The Vacancy Information includes a full job
description and a person specification, which details the skills, qualifications and
experience which are required for this job.

The Person Specification is split into 2 sections: essential and desirable. You
should ensure that you meet all of the essential criteria for the job and that how you
meet these criteria is communicated fully in your application.

The desirable section contains a list of skills, qualifications and experience which it
would be beneficial for the jobholder to have.

All shortlisting decisions will be based initially on essential criteria, with desirable
criteria being used to further select or deselect candidates as appropriate. We
interview those candidates who are the closest match to the identified criteria.

Closing date
The closing date for the job is on both the advert and the Vacancy Information.
Please ensure that your application reaches us by 5pm on the specified date, as late
applications will not normally be accepted.

Acknowledgement of your Application
Due to the high volume of applications received by the University, we are unable to
acknowledge receipt of individual job applications. Should you wish to receive an
acknowledgement, please include with your application a stamped, self-addressed
postcard, which we will return to you on receipt of your application. On the reverse,
you should state the vacancy title and reference number for which you are applying.

Rehabilitation of Offenders/Criminal Records Bureau
 A criminal conviction will not necessarily be a bar to employment. Cardiff University
complies with the Criminal Records Bureau‟s Code of Practice and will consider the
suitability of all applicants on merit and ability.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 entitles people who have been convicted
of a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to 30 months‟ imprisonment and who
have completed the appropriate period of rehabilitation to regard their conviction as
„spent‟. „Spent convictions‟ can then be regarded as never having occurred.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975, however,
exempts certain types of employment from the provisions of the Act. So, if you are
applying for a clinical post, a post in the Daycare Centre, a post which requires that
you are a full member of one of the CCAB accountancy institutes, or any other
excepted post, you are not entitled to withhold information about spent convictions.

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In addition, the Police Act 1997 requires Police checks for all posts that come into
contact with under 18s and vulnerable adults on a regular basis. Appointment to all
such posts will require the postholder to undergo checks by the Criminal Records
Bureau before commencing any duties which could bring them into contact with
children and/or vulnerable adults.

Any information disclosed will be kept in strict confidence and used only in
consideration of your suitability for the job for which you are applying. If you fail to
disclose relevant information requested at any stage of the recruitment process,
then your employment could be subject to withdrawal of contract, dismissal or
disciplinary action by the University.

Cardiff University‟s policy on emplo ying ex-offenders is available on request, as is
the Criminal Records Bureau‟s Code of Practice.

Vacancy Number
It is important that the vacancy number is quoted on all correspondence. This is the
3 digit number used in the advert, or the last 3 digits of the number on the top right
hand corner of this document.

Application Form

Please complete ALL sections of the application form. If a section does not apply to
you, please just write „not applicable‟ in the box.

If you wish, you may attach a CV to the fully completed application pack.

Incomplete forms and CVs sent without an accompanying completed form will
not be accepted and will be returned to you.

If you need to attach a continuation sheet to any section, please ensure that your
initials, surname and Vacancy Number are included at the top of the page. NB: If
you are planning to submit your application electronically, all documents,
including any attachments, must be sent in Microsoft Word format. We regret
at this time that we are unable to accept any documents, including the
application form, in any other format. If this is an issue for you please contact

Higher Education and/or Professional Qualifications
Please give us details of all relevant qualifications, including those for which yo u are
currently studying. You will be asked to provide proof of qualifications achieved if
you are offered employment at the University.

Membership of Professional Organisations/Registration Details
You should detail information on any relevant professional affiliations and/or
registrations. Again, proof of membership may be sought prior to employment.

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Certificate of Sponsorship/Permit Free Training/Evidence of permission to
work in UK
Prior to being permitted to commence employment with the University, you will be
required to produce documentary evidence of permission to work in the United
Kingdom. You could provide for example, either a British passport, or a passport or
National Identity Card from an EEA Country or Switzerland; or alternatively a
document showing your permanent UK National Insurance Number and your full UK
Birth Certificate; or a certificate of sponsorship and your passport.

A full list of acceptable documentary evidence is available on request.        Original
documents must be seen before you start working for Cardiff University.

For further information please           refer   to   the    Home     Office   website

Useful information on living and working in the UK can be found at

Registration Details
Please complete this section if you are applying for a clinical post, including those
jobs which require you to be registered with the General Medical Council, the
General Dental Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and all allied health

Employment/Work Activities
Please give us details of your complete work history. This should include
information on your current and past employers, job title, dates employed and
salary, together with salary scheme and spinal point where applicable.

Please give us a full list of your publications with bibliographical details in
chronological order. You may continue on a separate sheet if there is insufficient
space. Where applicable, please also provide us with the web addresses of your

Please do not send copies of your publications. Any received will be returned to

Additional Information
This section is designed for you to give us details of any activities and/or significant
achievements which are not documented elsewhere in your application and which
you believe will enhance your contribution to the University.

Special teaching and research interests and other factors, such as consultancy
work, should also be detailed in this section.

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Statement in support of your application
In this section, you need to demonstrate clearly how your experience, knowledge,
skills and abilities match those required in the job, as detailed in the Person
Specification. Where possible you should give examples of when you have used
specific skills and abilities or needed to develop competencies in the relevant areas.
You can draw on elements from any aspect of your life, such as education, work,
home or community life, as long as you focus on its relevance in comparison to the
needs of this job.

If you do not demonstrate that you meet all of the ESSENTIAL criteria then you will
not be invited to interview. You do not need to demonstrate that you meet all of the
DESIRABLE criteria in order to be invited to interview, though you should give us
information where possible.

Meeting all of the essential criteria does not guarantee you an interview, however,
as there may be other applicants who have demonstrated that they meet some or all
of the desirable criteria, or that they meet the criteria to a greater depth and/or
relevance. Essential criteria may be tested at interview stage.

Please give details of 3 referees who can comment on your suitability to do this job.
At least 1 reference MUST be from your current or latest employer. It is University
policy to request references prior to interview but if you do not wish for your current
or latest employer to be contacted before the interview, then please make this clear
on the application form. The University reserves the right to contact your current or
latest employer following the interview and prior to offering a contract of

In providing the names of referees, you are agreeing that the University may ask
their opinions on your character in relation to this application. These opinions, given
in trust, will remain confidential.

Interviews will be held as soon as possible. Please note that if you do not receive
an invitation to interview within six weeks of the closing date, then you may assume
that your application has been unsuccessful.

We reserve the right to invite applicants to apply and undergo the same recruitment
process as that undertaken by candidates who have applied via an advert. These
applicants may be introduced to the University via a Search and Selection Agency
or some other method.

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Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Why do we ask for this information?
Cardiff University is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to ensuring
that all job applicants are treated fairly regardless of gender, age, disability,
nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation and religion or belief.

To ensure that this policy is working effectively, we need to collect information about
people who apply for jobs in the University.

Who will see this information?
Personal and Monitoring information will be retained in the Human Resources
Division and will not be forwarded to the recruiter. It will not be used at any stage in
the selection process.

What will happen to this information if you are not appointed to a job?
Your personal information will be archived in hard copy in line with current
legislation, after which it will be destroyed using secure means. Part or all of your
application may also be held in a computer database and used to provide
information for administration and reporting purposes. You will not be identified via
any information contained in reports.

What will happen to this information if you are appointed to a job?
This information will be used as the basis for your confidential personal data record
and will be used to provide compliance and statistical information throughout the
course of your employment. Yo ur data may be held in hard copy and/or

How will we keep your information secure?
Personal and Monitoring information is treated as strictly confidential and will be
dealt with in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998).

How is disability defined?
The Disability Discrimination Act (1995) defines a disability as a physical or mental
condition which has a substantial and long -term (ie more than 12 months) adverse
effect on a person‟s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. You may still be
considered to be disabled under the terms of the Act if you are not currently
adversely affected but it is deemed that the impairment is likely to recur. Conditions
such as diabetes, depression and cancer are included.

Fitness to Practice
For all clinical posts that require an honorary contract, Cardiff University needs to
establish if you have been subject to any fitness to practice proceedings. If you
answer „Yes‟ to this question, you must provide details, on a separate sheet, of t he
nature of the proceedings undertaken, or contemplated, including approximate date
of proceedings, country where proceedings were undertaken and the name and
address of the licensing or regulatory body concerned.

Who can I contact if I need help in comp leting the form?
Please contact us on 029 2087 4017 or email Vacancies@cardiff.ac.uk

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Please return the completed application pack to: HR Division, Cardiff University,
McKenzie House, 30-36 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0DE. Alternatively, you
may email the pack to vacancies@cardiff.ac.uk

Please note that if you apply via email, you must complete both the signature
tick-box and the signature section of the pack. By doing this, you are
confirming that the information you have provided on all documentation is
correct. Any incomplete or incorrectly completed forms will not be accepted
and will be returned to you.

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                         Section 6 - Project Description

This is an MRC funded project-joint between Psychology (Stephanie Van Goozen)
and Medicine (Anita Thapar, Kate Langley).

Childhood-onset CD accompanied by ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder) is a clinically important problem as it is associated with higher symptom
severity and poorer outcomes than either problem alone. CD is influenced by both
genetic and environmental risk factors although this subgroup of CD shows
especially high heritability. Four studies (3 UK, 1 New Zealand, 1 American) and a
pooled analysis have now found association between a gene variant affecting
COMT enzyme activity (COMT val/met) and CD problems in those with ADHD. This
relationship was not found for CD alone. There is now a need to move beyond
simply observing association to testing likely risk mechanisms.

Specifically we propose to capitalise on an existing sample of children with ADHD
who have been genotyped and undertake experimental cognitive and
psychophysiological testing in the laboratory to test the hypothesis that impai red
affective response is an intermediate phenotype that mediates the links between the
COMT risk genotype and CD problems. As different genetic and environmental risk
factors could impact on similar risk pathways we will also examine that this
intermediate phenotype distinguishes those with and without CD problems
regardless of genotype.

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                         Section 7 - Information on School/Directorate

The School of Medicine

The mission of the School of Medicine is to pursue the highest standards of
research, education and training, in medicine and related subjects, so as to enhance
the health and wealth of the people of Wales and the wider world.

The School of Medicine at Cardiff is one of the largest in the UK, employing nearly
500 academic and 300 support staff with o ver 1,000 undergraduate and 1,100
postgraduate students currently enrolled on medical and science courses.

The School has an annual financial turnover of over £50 million, of which nearly
50% comes from competitive external research funding. This will increase in the
next one to three years as the recent increase in research funding awards feeds
through into annual income.

The relationship of the School of Medicine with the NHS is a positive and dynamic
one, driven by the close links of the University with the Welsh Assembly

School Structure
Each of the three main areas of Teaching, Research, and Innovation & Engagement
are delivered by staff from a wide range of biomedical disciplines. However all staff
are affiliated to traditional, clinical speciality-based Departments. In addition to
maintaining a single line-management structure, this has the advantage for clinical
academics of preserving the identity of their clinical discipline which has major value
in strengthening links with the NHS, for medical teaching, professional development
and recruitment purposes. The School is organised into nine Departments:
 Genetics, Pathology & Haematology;
 Infection, Immunity & Biochemistry;
 Psychiatric Medicine & Neurology;
 Primary Care & Public Health;
 Child Health;
 Surgery, Obstetrics & Anaesthetics;
 Oncology, Pharmacology & Radiology;
 Medicine (Cardiology, Respiratory, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology &
    Diabetes, Geriatrics);
 Dermatology & Wound Healing.

Heads of Department are directly responsible to the Dean of Medicine (Head of
School) for their overall line management. The Head of School and Dean of
Medicine has executive responsibilities for the resource and budgetary management
and leadership of the School of Medicine.

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Administration in the School of Medicine is organised around the following main
 Finance;
 Human Resources;
 Research;
 Undergraduate Studies;
 Postgraduate Taught Courses;
 Postgraduate Research;
 Information Technology.

The School of Medicine is largely based on the Heath Park Campus of Cardiff
University alongside the University Hospital of Wales. Teaching is also carried out in
the neighbouring Cathays Campus (School of Biosciences), at the second teaching
hospital in Cardiff at Llandough, and throughout Wales. Medical students benefit
from the full range of residential and other amenities provided across Cardiff by the

Teaching in the School of Medicine
The School‟s major Undergraduate Programme is the MBBCh in Medicine. This is a
modern integrated five-year curriculum based on the guidelines of the General
Medical Council (GMC) publication „Tomorrow‟s Doctors‟. The curriculum structure
enables students to combine and use knowledge, skills and judgement, and to
develop appropriate attitudes so they can deliver a high standard of care in the
medical profession. Following the last assessment of teaching quality by the Higher
Education Funding Council, this course was rated as „Excellent‟; the highest rating

The MBBCh is delivered in partnership with the School of Biosciences with
additional contributions from Psychology and Social Sciences. Clinical placement
teaching occurs in partnership with over a dozen NHS Trusts and over 150 General
Practices, covering the whole of Wales. This „hub and spoke‟ model gives a unique
diversity of clinical learning experience in both hospital and community settings.
Other Undergraduate contributions are to the Honours BSc Programme in
Pharmacology and to the BDS Degree in Dentistry.
A wide range of Post-Graduate Taught (PGT) Schemes is also offered. Indeed the
School is the largest provider of medically related PGT courses in the UK,
welcoming more than 1,000 postgraduate taught students per year, who benefit
from studying in a dynamic but highly supportive environment alongside staff who
are working at the very forefront of knowledge in their disciplines. These courses
include both conventional and, increasingly, “distance learning” (e-based) teaching.
Many courses are aimed specifically at qualified doctors and healthcare
professionals such as the Diploma in Practical Dermatology and the MSc in

Research in the School of Medicine
Research in the School is focused on interdisciplinary themes, each of which spans
the spectrum from basic science to clinical practice in either hospital or community
settings. These groups foster collaboration and the development of new initiatives.

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The underlying aim of research in the School is to ensure the optimum „translation‟
of fundamental knowledge to patient benefit.

Five such Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) exist at present, and are
detailed below. All five groups are producing forefront international research. This is
reflected in a sharp upturn in external grants and awards, which for the year ending
July 2007 exceeded £49 million.

Infection, Immunity, Inflammation and Injury (I4)
The I4 IRG conducts research in the area of infection, immunity, inflammation and
injury that is recognised as internationally excellent and in doing so contributes to
the improvement of treatments for inflammatory and infectious diseases. This it
achieves through genuine interdisciplinary collaborations in the School of Medicine
at Cardiff and the wider immunological research community. The I4 IRG will promote
the highest standards of research and scholarship, develop and deliver training in
research skills and promote technological advances designed to maximise
healthcare benefit.

The predominant research themes within the Group are: innate immunity, microbial
and viral infection, cellular and molecular immunology, cancer immunology and
tissue repair.

Full members include all staff, honorary staff, postdoctoral fellows and students in
the School of Medicine who are research active and contribute to the research
excellence in the areas of Infection, Immunity, Inflammation and Tissue Repair.

Cancer Studies
Cancer Studies is undertaken by an integrated interdisciplinary group of researchers
from six departments covering basic, through translational, to clinical research. This
highly successful group of 28 academics has over £47 million in current research
income, while 66% of its publications were deemed internationally excellent in the
2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).                    It covers aspects from
molecular/cellular biology through to clinical trials. Merger, in 2004, of the former
University of Wales College of Medicine with Cardiff University, facilitated closer
links with the Schools of Pharmacy and Biosciences where there are significant and
complementary cancer research programmes.
The strategy of the Group is to continue to take basic research with model systems
through to the clinic and, reciprocally, for clinical research to identify additional
avenues that need to be studied at a basic level.
Its aims are, in relation to carefully selected tumour types, to:
 understand the genetic basis for predisposition to cancer;
 understand the mechanisms of tumour initiation and progression;
 understand the genetic basis for inter-individual variations in therapeutic
 employ information from basic and clinical studies to develop new diagnostic and
    therapeutic approaches.

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Cardiovascular Sciences
This IRG aims to facilitate basic and clinical research in vascular and myocardial
biology, particularly within the Schools of Medicine, Biosciences and Pharmacy.

Many of the member groups are based in the purpose-built Wales Heart Research
Institute. There are major interests in vascular and myocardial biology from the basic
and clinical ends of the spectrum, and much of this basic research has major
translational potential.

A deeper understanding of the effects of nutritional, metabolic and inflammatory
factors on endothelial function will find application in the treatment of diseases as
diverse as hyperhomocysteinemia, diabetes and sepsis. Furthermore, analysis of
abnormal intracellular and intercellular myocardial signalling may ultimately allow
genetically determined abnormalities to be detected preclinically and suggest new
avenues for the treatment of arrhythmia.

Future basic and clinical cardiovascular research in Cardiff should be greatly
enhanced by recent and proposed developments in imaging that include both
preclinical and clinical MRI and PET/CT systems.

Neuroscience & Mental Health (MRC Centre Status)
This IRG builds upon the MRC cooperative group, „Genetic Basis of
Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases‟, to facilitate collaboration
between neuroscience researchers in the School of Medicine who are working
towards improving human mental and neuro logical health.

The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit (BBU) is integral to the IRG and provides
the biomathematical expertise that is essential to much of the work. It provides high-
quality statistical and bioinformatic expertise to enable research g roups working in
the fields of biosciences and genetics in Wales to make best use of their complex
biological data. The BBU has established several long-running collaborations with
research groups in Wales (notably the Department of Psychological Medicine), the
UK and abroad, and is involved in the analysis of several large -scale and high-
profile studies (e.g. the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium). In addition to its
considerable research output, the BBU takes an active role in training future
researchers in bioinformatics and statistical genetics.

The interdisciplinarity of the group is underscored by the strong and developing links
with other schools of Cardiff University, for example, the Schools of Optometry and
Vision Sciences, Biosciences, Psychology, and the Cardiff University Brain
Research and Imaging Centre (CUBRIC). There are also links with the School of
Social Sciences, in particular the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
centre CESAGen, on Genetics and Society. The Neuroscience & Mental Health IRG
will also be strongly embedded in the emerging Cardiff Neurosciences
Interdisciplinary Centre (CNIC).

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Clinical Epidemiology (formerly Community Health Sciences Research)
The Clinical Epidemiology IRG aims to undertake research that makes an important
difference to patient care, within the broader public health agenda that has been
earmarked as a key strategic focus for Wales by the Welsh Assembly Government.
This is a truly overarching Group in which the term „health sciences research‟
broadens the frame of reference beyond health and social care services research to
include the wider determinants of health, health and social inequalities, and well -
being and quality of life.

The Group has won significant research income over the last few years and has
collaborations throughout Cardiff University with the Schools of Social Sciences,
Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Computer Science, Architecture, Psychology,
Mathematics, Business, and Law. The Group is interested in discussing
collaborations to develop new, multidisciplinary approaches to healthcare problems.
The work of the Group is divided into two broad research areas:
 clinical and environmental epidemiology (including: mental health, child
    protection, cancer, and environmental, economic & social risk factors);
 development and evaluation of complex interventions (including: antibiotic
    prescribing & common infections, healthcare communication, learning
    disabilities, and traumatic stress).

The Group also includes two trials units and specialists in statistics, psychology,
sociology and systematic reviews. It endeavours to bring developments in
fundamental science into healthcare practice, assessing the effectiveness of new
health technologies for both patients and carers. The research takes place in a real
world context and so requires complex experimental designs and analytical

Innovation & Engagement in the School of Medicine
Innovation & Engagement is a rapidly growing part of the School‟s activities and
covers a wide range of areas from „contract research‟ with pharmaceutical
companies through provision of policy advice to local and UK Government on
health-related issues, to initiatives in public understanding of science.

The School of Medicine is committed to ensuring that Innovation & Enterprise
activity is seen as appropriate and complementary to research, learning and
teaching, and clinical excellence. The overarching aim is to develop the whole range
of Innovation & Enterprise activity in the School from outcomes to outreach,
underpinned by a culture of entrepreneurship.

The School of Medicine has been successful in winning funding to support major
Innovation & Enterprise projects, working in partnership with NHS Wales.

Some examples include:
 the contract to provide the CRC Cymru Co-Ordinating Centre, a partnership
  working with Velindre NHS Trust. CRC Cymru is a new research & development
  infrastructure for Wales and represents the Welsh Assembly Government‟s
  response to the establishment of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration

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   funding to support the development of the Wales Research & Diagnostic
    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Centre, a partnership working with Cardiff
    and Vale NHS Trust. The PET Research Centre will form an integral part of the
    University‟s multimodal imaging strategy

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                         Section 8: Working for Cardiff University

Vision – To be a world-leading university
Mission –To pursue research, learning and teaching of international distinction and

The success of Cardiff University depends la rgely upon the commitment, energy
and enthusiasm of the people working here. We are keen to provide excellent
working conditions and policies, a selection of which are listed below:

Holidays - Generous leave entitlement (minimum of 32 days‟ holiday plus statutory
   days) from your first day of employment with us.

Pension – Contributory final–salary pension scheme.

Hours – a standard 35-hour working week applies to the majority of jobs in the

positiveBenefits – The University operates positiveBenefits for staff, a scheme
   which enables you to reduce the amount of income tax and/or National
   Insurance contributions you pay, thereby increasing your take -home pay.
   positiveBenefits incorporates schemes in relation to pension, childcare and
   cycling. For further information please visit:


Work/Life Balance Policies – Reasonable working hours are complemented by a
  comprehensive package of work/life balance policies:

Flexible working               Maternity                 Paternity
Dependants                     Career break              Adoption
Parental leave                 Childcare                 Special leave
Sick pay scheme                Civic and public duties

Continuing Personal Development - We provide excellent training and
  development opportunities and all staff are encouraged to acquire the
  knowledge, skill and motivation to fulfil the potential of their current work and to
  realise their personal career aspirations. Staff Development and Performance
  Management policies underpin this area.

Equality and Diversity - The University has a long-standing commitment to equal
  opportunities. In support of this, we have adopted, and work within, Equality &
  Diversity and Race Equality Policies.

Induction – Comprehensive induction process for all staff.

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University Facilities - A wide range of facilities are available, including: state-of-
   the-art computer services; libraries; sport and recreation facilities; public concerts
   and lectures; a wide range of catering facilities; a social Staff Association;
   discounted private medical insurance and an eye clinic.

Health, Safety and Security - We are committed to the maintenance of safe and
  healthy working conditions for our staff and a safe and secure working
  environment. We have a professional Security Patrol that provides 24-hour
  cover and back-up for any emergency.

 Please note that the contract of employment will provide definitive details on
                            provision of the above.

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