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18 November 2011
The University’s new flagship health education centre offering students the latest teaching, library and state-of-the-art simulation facilities has been officially opened.
The Cochrane Building provides teaching and learning facilities for all healthcare schools based on the Heath Park Campus and is named after the University’s medical pioneer, Professor Archie Cochrane.
The building was officially opened by Sir Iain Chalmers who established the Cochrane Collection – the largest collection of evidence based medicine in tribute to his pioneering work.
Officially opening the Cochrane Building, Sir Iain Chalmers said: "This building is named after one of the world's true medical greats.
"Archie Cochrane challenged medical orthodoxy to produce evidence to support its practices. He changed fundamentally our approach to teaching and understanding medicine.
"If Archie was still with us today, he would be clear: it's not the bricks and mortar that matter most, it's the people who work and study within them.
"For Archie, the measure of this building's success would be how the teaching, learning and research it fosters will respect the need for evidence. It's a challenge that I feel sure coming generations of Cardiff students will accept.
"His contributions to medical research and teaching in Cardiff and South Wales, and to the mining valleys in particular, deserves to be recognised. This building finally offers Archie and his pioneering work the local recognition it deserves.
"It's a great honour to declare Cardiff University's new Cochrane Building officially open."
"The dedicated facilities include an extensive inter-professional library, modern clinical skills and high-tech simulation centres, postgraduate teaching areas, seminar space, wireless access to on-line services and student support services.
University Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant said: "Cardiff University is the main provider of medical and healthcare training in Wales, with more than 750 healthcare professionals graduating from the University every year. "The Cochrane Building represents a major investment in providing excellent teaching facilities for the doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals of the future. "We believe it is entirely fitting that this new building bears the name of Professor Cochrane. Professor Cochrane's contribution to medicine, the South Wales valleys and to this University is huge. "We hope by naming this new building we will go some way to honour and recognise his name and help inspire the next generation of medical pioneers."
In addition to the state of the art teaching facilities offered in the Cochrane Building, there is a three storey library at its centre, with a variety of study places, from the social and informal, to the quiet and individual.
Ten group study rooms are available for discussions, and an innovative learning hub will allow presentations to be shared among a group. Medical, nursing and midwifery, and healthcare students, plus NHS clinicians, will share the new facility, with library facilities open for 24 hours per day, supported by both Library and IT staff.
Learn more about the work of Professor Archie Cochrane here
View a gallery of images of the construction of the Cochrane Building
Read what key figures from across the University, NHS Wales and Welsh Government have to say about the Cochrane Building
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