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University research ranked as excellent.

TWO of Cardiff University's schools have achieved excellence ratings in research rankings of European universities published by Germany's influential Centre for Higher Education Development.

The School of Psychology was one of just 22 UK departments achieving the rating for Psychologist, while the School of European Studies was one of just 21 for Politics.

The rankings are aimed as a guide for students looking to study for masters and doctoral degrees. Universities were assessed on criteria including publications, citations and staff mobility.

The School of Psychology was able to point to the wide range of research topics - from the fundamental workings of the brain to wider social behaviour - "from synapse to society".

The school also has strong support for its research in place, from a wide range of laboratories to staffing training to support for its international conferences.

In particular, there is support for the postgraduate researchers. They are encouraged to go to international conferences and there are regular seminars with international speakers for the research community at the school.

There is also strong mentoring of early stage researchers, particularly with getting to grips with the funding system.

Head of School Professor Dylan Jones said: "We try to make people aware of the funding opportunities available. It is part of the reason why we have a large number of post-doctoral fellowships."

The School of European Studies' success in the assessment was built on exceptional performance in publications, citations and staff mobility - partly a reflection of the school's multilingual research environment.

Head of School Professor David Boucher stressed that research at the Schools of Business, Law and City and Regional Planning was also assessed.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 31, 2009
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