Visions & Strategic Goals
To create four internationally recognised research centres that build upon complementary expertise at
- The Centre for Catchment and Coastal Research
- The Centre for Integrated Research in the Rural Environment
- The Centre for Advanced Functional Materials and Devices
- The Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
- To develop international networks of researchers and stakeholders to underpin these research programmes and to ensure the effective flow of knowledge between the research base, the economy and society
- To develop further areas of collaboration, building on the initial centres, leading to a far-reaching alignment of the institutions' research strategies
- To develop an innovative knowledge exchange infrastructure that aims to make a significant and measurable difference to the economy of North and Mid-Wales
The formation of the Research and Enterprise Partnership has provided an environment that has encouraged further collaborations between Aberystwyth and Bangor, and also with Cardiff and Swansea Universities. These initiatives include:
• The Biosciences, Environment and Agriculture Alliance (BEAA), which is a strategic partnership between Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities and the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC), and is
the largest multi-disciplinary bio-environmental grouping in the UK. The merging of the former BBSRC Institute for Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER) with the Aberystwyth University Biological Sciences and Rural Sciences Departments to form the Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), in addition to a strategic alliance with the Bangor University College of Natural Sciences (CNS), creates an internationally competitive strategic research and development capacity in Wales to address 21st century environmental challenges. Funding for BEA was provided by Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities, BBSRC, and HEFCW, with a total budget of £55m.
• Initial Teacher Education for North and Mid-Wales. From 2010 this jointly managed Aberystwyth and Bangor University Centre will be one of three national centres training primary and secondary school teachers.
• The HEFCW Reconfiguration and Collaboration-funded Climate Change Consortium for Wales (C3W), which is a partnership between the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea with the aim of building a world-class research centre for the study of climate change, and in doing so provide educational outreach and inform policy-makers.
• The Welsh Assembly Government Research Institute of Visual Computing (RIVIC) is the first pan-Wales National Research Centre. The Centre strengthens the research partnerships between computer science
departments in Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea Universities, and exploits the latest digital technologies and includes the production of computer imagery for science and entertainment, as well as understanding
information in images and video.
• SEACAMS  (Sustainable Expansion of the Applied Coastal and Marine Sectors) is the strategic integration of catchment and coastal science and management expertise in Wales, which will provide the science to meet the challenge of sustainable use of the sea in a rapidly changing marine environment. The project brings together Bangor, Aberystwyth and Swansea Universities, with the aim of increasing investment in commercially-driven research and development; maximising the economic impact of academia & business; supporting knowledge-based technology companies in Wales; promoting benefits of innovation & science; and providing timely research
and policy advice to government, agencies and local authorities.
• WISE 2  is a partnership between Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities, which builds on an earlier project and is designed to make it easy for Welsh enterprises working in, or using, the natural environment/
natural resource base to access experts based in the Universities. This initiative maximises the use of University research expertise and equipment for the benefit of the Welsh economy.