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Professor Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Professor Ilora Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, an honorary professor, consultant at the Velindre Trust, Patron of Student Volunteering Cardiff and former Vice Dean of the University’s School of Medicine congratulates the University on its 125th Anniversary.

Professor Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Professor Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

I first came to live in Cardiff in 1976. Since then our family has also lived in America for a year and spent five years in Glasgow. During my time in Glasgow, I was so homesick for Cardiff and was delighted to be able to return. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to live any where else in the world. I also feel indebted to Wales for the career I have today; I was the first consultant for ‘care of the terminally ill’ as the speciality for Palliative Medicine didn’t exist back then. In 1996 I was Welsh Woman of the Year and in 2001 I was in the first group of ‘People’s Peers’, being elevated to a set as an independent crossbencher in the House of Lords. In Parliament and outside I try to promote Wales on every front.

Cardiff is a fantastic city, there’s just so much going on; there are so many facilities, and the Cardiff Bay development is exciting. Most of the University buildings are around the magnificent civic centre which is a great strength; interestingly, many great universities around the world are in beautiful surroundings.

Although Cardiff broke away from the University of Wales with an independent charter, it has managed to maintain its links which means we can carry on using the facilities at Gregynog Hall which are quite magnificent. As a learning environment Gregynog is beautiful. Because it’s isolated with no mobile phone signal, when a group go away to Gregynog, they simply work together, study together and enjoy each others company. The beautiful surroundings are very intellectually stimulating and it’s quite interesting to see how powerful that is as a learning environment.

The University has an incredibly important economic function in Wales given the science, research, innovation, potential for spin-out companies, and ongoing investment and revenue generation that is created. Cardiff Law School has an important role in relation to the Welsh Assembly Government; it has been cataloguing all the pieces of legislation that have gone through Wales. The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is also very important, not only does it have a high reputation but it’s also shaping the future when you look at the power of the press and the media in this country. If we have a School that has high ethical and human standards, then we able to improve a lot of the country as a whole, so Cardiff is very influential on the UK stage.

I would like to see Cardiff University heard of internationally in the same way we’ve heard of Harvard and Yale. The faculties which do have individual strengths need to be valued and built upon so that they become increasingly important nationally and internationally. It’s the intellectual capital that will earn us our future.

I believe our students are the most important asset to the University. If students know they can come to Cardiff and have high quality teaching and supervision then that will drive up our reputation - they will go out there and say they had a fantastic time at university - they are our ambassadors. They are our future and we need to look after them and value them.

125 years is a significant milestone for Cardiff University and it is bigger and stronger than it has ever been. My message is to value the students, because if we value our students, we will have value in the future.

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