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Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant

Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant

Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, as the 125th and final contributor to My Cardiff, recounts some of his most memorable Cardiff moments and speaks of his pride in the University’s achievements. …

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Sarah Woods

Sarah Woods

Sarah Woods graduated from the Cardiff Business School in 2006. Now she is working for the University as a Graduate Assistant…

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Tony Friend

Tony Friend

Tony Friend, Campus Patrol Officer recalls his time working for Cardiff University…

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Brian Richardson

Brian Richardson

Brian Richardson, the University’s Director of Public Relations and Communications, shares some random reminiscences about the University and the City.…

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Les Rees

Les Rees

Les Rees is Director of Regional Liaison at Cardiff University. He writes of his 20 year association with the University and his involvement in the merger of the University of Wales College of Medicine and Cardiff University in 2004 …

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Sir Aubrey Trotman-Dickenson

Sir Aubrey Trotman-Dickenson

Sir Aubrey Trotman-Dickenson, appointed Principal of the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST) in 1968 and later becoming Vice-Chancellor of the Cardiff University 1988-1993, recalls the challenges and development of UWIST and its merger with University College Cardiff. …

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Professor B.S. Sathyaprakash

Professor B.S. Sathyaprakash

Professor B.S. Sathyaprakash, of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University, talks of the quest of black holes, the Big Bang and gravity’s sirens.…

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Professor Nick Topley

Professor Nick Topley

Professor Nick Topley, the Sub-Dean for Research operations at the School of Medicine and Director of the Healing Foundation UK Centre for Burns Research recalls his first days as a student at Cardiff University.…

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Marian Williams

Marian Williams

Marian Williams has a long and varied association with Cardiff University. She was an employee, an undergraduate, a postgraduate, and a researcher. Here, she recalls her time at the university.…

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Dr Adrian Hull

Dr Adrian Hull

Dr Adrian Hull, a composer, conductor, lecturer and PhD graduate of the School of Music has just embarked upon a unique business venture that aims to make commissioning classical music accessible to everyone.…

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Nicki Phillips

Nicki Phillips

Nicki Phillips, Vice Dean of the School of Healthcare Studies at Cardiff University and Director of the Postgraduate Department in that School, has worked for the University for ten years.…

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Professor David R Williams OBE

Professor David R Williams OBE

Emeritus Professor David R Williams OBE, Chief Marshall, recalls the numerous graduation events of Cardiff University that he has attended.…

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Adriano Graziani

Adriano Graziani

Adriano Graziani is one of the students studying at the prestigious Dennis O’ Neill Cardiff International Academy of Voice. He has recently landed himself a part with the Welsh National Opera to understudy Rodolfo in Puccini’s opera La Bohème and then play the role in one of the matinee performances, on the 30th May in Birmingham’s Hippodrome theatre.…

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Jayne Dowden

Jayne Dowden

Jayne Dowden, Director of Human Resources, is the proud owner of a Cardiff BA and MA and has a long and varied association with the University. Her story is recalled below in three parts.…

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Martin Engel

Martin Engel

Martin Engel, a third year Neuroscience student from Germany is the first ever recipient of a special annual award for the outstanding volunteer of the year with Student Volunteering Cardiff.…

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Isabelle Durance

Isabelle Durance

Born in Paris in 1965, Isabelle Durance was nominated by Cardiff University as ‘best returner to the workplace’ in the Welsh Woman of the Year awards, 2008. She works on climate change and ecosystems in the School of Biosciences.…

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Professor Sir Brian Smith

Professor Sir Brian Smith

Sir Brian Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University 1993-2001, recalls becoming Vice-Chancellor and the challenges and excitement of his leadership years.…

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Ben Bryant

Ben Bryant

Ben Bryant, gair rhydd editor and an English Literature graduate explains what he thinks makes student life at Cardiff University unique.…

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Patrick Hannan

Patrick Hannan

Patrick Hannan, writer and broadcaster is an honorary fellow of Cardiff University.…

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Robert Court

Robert Court

Robert Court, the University Organist has had a long relationship with Cardiff which has ranged through his time as student, to full-time member of the practical staff and now as part-time Associate Lecturer.…

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Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith is currently finishing a part time MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy alongside setting up his own business venture, EcoVigour Ltd.…

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Percival Hugh Powell

Percival Hugh Powell

Percival Hugh Powell, in his 96th year, is one of the oldest surviving graduates of Cardiff University, this year being the 75th Anniversary of his BA award. Professor Powell, now lives in Bloomington, USA, where he is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of Indiana. Here, he shares some of his undergraduate memories.…

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Professor Anthony Campbell

Professor Anthony Campbell

Professor Anthony Campbell, Professor in Medical Biochemistry and Director of the Darwin Centre is one of life’s genuine enthusiasts. He has pioneered the use of bioluminescent proteins and DNA to light up chemical reactions in live cells. His chemiluminescent technology has received the Queens Anniversary Prize and was selected as one of the top 100 inventions by universities in the past 50 years, now used in over 100 million clinical tests per year.…

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Nathan Cleverly

Nathan Cleverly

Nathan Cleverly, recently crowned the Light Heavyweight Commonwealth Boxing Champion is also currently a 3rd Year student studying for his Mathematics Degree.…

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Maggie Furness

Maggie Furness

Maggie Furness, retired director of nursing education, recounts her long history with Cardiff University.…

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Heather and Clive Mann

Heather and Clive Mann

Heather and Clive Mann have collectively served 74 years at the University, with Clive celebrating his 40th year of service this Christmas. They met at a Cardiff University Staff Association event and later married. Clive works as a technician in the Joint Biological Services Division while Heather works as a Library Operations Manager in the Science and Biomedical Sciences Libraries. This is their story.…

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Gwilym Roberts

Gwilym Roberts

Gwilym Roberts, Director of Occupational Therapy and Deputy Director of the School of Healthcare Studies, recalls student life.…

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Vivian ZHOU Wei

Vivian ZHOU Wei

Vivian ZHOU Wei travelled to Cardiff in 2006 as part of the British Chevening scholarship scheme and enrolled in the MA in International Public Relations. Zhou recalls some of her first few days in Cardiff…

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James Taylor

James Taylor

James Taylor, a graduate of the School of Psychology, established sports coaching company SportStars in February 2005 with help and support from the University’s Research and Commercial Division. Since then, James and the company has won numerous awards including the Shell Live Wire Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006, and the HSBC Start-up and Natwest Community Impact awards in 2007…

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Dennis Sellwood

Dennis Sellwood

Dennis Sellwood, a student at Cardiff in the 1950’s relives the day when Welsh poet Dylan Thomas addressed the University’s English Society…

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Captain Kenneth Nelson

Captain Kenneth Nelson

Captain Kenneth Nelson (a.k.a. Skip) was a student here in the 1940s. Since 1950 he has lived in Melbourne, Australia. Ken is a great supporter of the University; he gives regularly to the Nelson Scholarship Fund, which provides bursaries to students in the School of Engineering, and most recently became a sponsor of the new Trevithick Library.…

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Mothers of Africa in Ethiopia

Mothers of Africa in Ethiopia

Cardiff University and NHS departments of Anaesthesia have set up a charity called ‘Mothers of Africa’ in response to the appalling maternal mortality figures in Sub Sahara Africa. Paul Clyburn and Jill Curtis describe a recent visit to Ethiopia.…

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Professor Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

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.…

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Martyn Fowler

Martyn Fowler

Martyn Fowler, Head of Rugby, joined Cardiff University in 2002. His achievements include leading the Cardiff University Rugby team to three Varsity victories.…

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Andrew Glanfield

Andrew Glanfield

Andrew Glanfield, School Manager of Cardiff Business School has worked for the University for 9 years, including a memorable first five years in the Research and Commercial Division .…

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Simon Hall

Simon Hall

Simon Hall, is best known as the BBC’s Crime Correspondent and the author of The TV Detective novels. He describes some of the remarkable events he has witnessed in his time as a television reporter.…

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Professor Sheila Hunt

Professor Sheila Hunt

Professor Sheila Hunt, Dean and Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, thanks Cardiff for widening her world.…

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Stefanie Kautzmann

Stefanie Kautzmann

Stefanie Kautzmann, an international PhD student in the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy, is now Head of International Relations at one of Germany’s leading Business Schools.…

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Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts, a fourth year medical student describes how it’s possible to combine studying with a successful career as a rugby player for Cardiff Blues and Wales.…

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Jane Boggan

Jane Boggan

Jane Boggan, Deputy Director of the University’s Planning department, describes how Cardiff University has transformed her life.…

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Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Mark Baker, a PhD student at Cardiff University and the author of 10 books, recalls his passion for Welsh historic architecture.…

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Tamsin Carey-Lang

Tamsin Carey-Lang

Tamsin Carey-Lang, Head of the International Office recalls her first trip oversees for the University.…

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Caroline Brown

Caroline Brown

Caroline Brown, School Manager of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy moved 400 miles to take up a post at the University.…

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Richard White

Richard White

Nearly forty years ago, Richard White, a Cardiff graduate travelled with three other students, two of whom were also from the University, to Johannesburg. They called themselves the Cardiff University TransAfrica Expedition. Richard recalls their remarkable adventure below.…

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Professor Geoff Wainwright

Professor Geoff Wainwright

Eminent archaeologist and author Professor Geoff Wainwright provides an insight to his life as a Cardiff University student in 1955.…

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Professor Mike Rowe OBE

Professor Mike Rowe OBE

Professor Mike Rowe spent 43 years working at Cardiff University and is now an Honorary Professor at the School of Engineering.…

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William Wilkins

William Wilkins

William Wilkins, Welsh artist and cultural consultant, describes how his involvement with Cardiff University led to becoming an Honorary Fellow.…

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Carol Floris

Carol Floris

Carol Floris graduated from Cardiff University in 1989 and is Advice and Support Manager at Voices From Care.…

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Professor Stephen Tomlinson

Professor Stephen Tomlinson

The former Vice-Chancellor(VC) of the University of Wales College of Medicine, and Deputy VC now Provost of the University, Professor Stephen Tomlinson recalls all those he’s met since coming to Cardiff in 2001.…

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Roger Mansfield

Roger Mansfield

Roger Mansfield, Sir Julian Hodge Professor of Management and Dean and Acting Head of the School of Healthcare Studies recalls his past 32 years at the university.…

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Professor Sam Salek

Professor Sam Salek

Professor Sam Salek, director of the Centre for Socioeconomic Research, remembers the chance encounter that led him to Cardiff University.…

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Haley Gomez

Haley Gomez

Haley Gomez, a lecturer in the School of Physics and Astronomy reflects on her past 11 years at the university.…

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Sandra Elliott

Sandra Elliott

Sandra Elliott , reflects on her recent role of International Development Director at Cardiff University.…

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Saleem Kidwai

Saleem Kidwai

Saleem Kidwai, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales, fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming part of Cardiff University when he became an honorary fellow.…

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Professor Patricia Price

Professor Patricia Price

Patricia Price is a Research Professor and Academic Director of the Department of Wound Healing in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University.…

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Susmita Bhattacharya

Susmita Bhattacharya

Susmita Bhattacharya, former postgraduate in creative writing, looks back fondly on her memories of Cardiff University and the birth of her daughter.…

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Dean Burnett

Dean Burnett

Dean Burnett first discovered a gift for making people laugh when acting in student comedy shows as he studied for a neuroscience degree at the School of Biosciences. Now researching a PhD on memory at the School of Psychology, Dean is also putting his understanding of the mind to use in stand-up comedy..…

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Sir Donald Walters

Sir Donald Walters

Sir Donald Walters, a member of Cardiff University’s Council, praises the students and the Union that supports them.…

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Abigail Carter

Abigail Carter

Abigail Carter graduated from Cardiff School of History and Archaeology in 2004 and with support from the University has now become founding director of Forensic Resources Ltd.…

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Roger Lewis

Roger Lewis

Roger Lewis, Group Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union explains how the award of an Honorary Fellowship from the University has given him exciting new opportunities.…

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Professor Wen G. Jiang

Professor Wen G. Jiang

Professor Wen G. Jiang, one of the world’s leading cancer researchers, reflects on leaving his home in China for a career at Cardiff University.…

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Menna Richards

Menna Richards

Menna Richards, Vice-President of Cardiff University and Controller of BBC Wales, reflects on her role at the University and the award of her Honorary Fellowship.…

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Margaret McCarter Jervis

Margaret McCarter Jervis

Margaret McCarter Jervis, MBE is the founder and operational director of Valleys Kids and Cardiff University’s first People’s Fellow. This special Fellowship recognises an individual who has demonstrated a sustained and positive contribution to their local community through their activities..…

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Reverend David Yeoman

Reverend David Yeoman

Reverend David Yeoman, Assistant Bishop of the Church of Wales in Llandaff, recounts his lifelong relationship with Cardiff University.…

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Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis Cardiff University Head of Student Advisory Services reflects on changing lives for the better..…

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Siân Lloyd

Siân Lloyd

Weather presenter Siân Lloyd graduated in Welsh from Cardiff University in 1979.…

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Lin Li

Lin Li

Lin Li, a postgraduate student at the School of Social Sciences has found ambition and friendship and discovered ballroom dancing during his time at Cardiff.…

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Dr David Gwynfor Samuel

Dr David Gwynfor Samuel

Dr David Gwynfor Samuel, a recent medical school graduate, reflects on how the University helped him achieve a life-long dream of becoming a doctor.…

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Professor Peter McGuffin

Professor Peter McGuffin

Professor Peter McGuffin, Honorary Fellow and former chair of psychological medicine at Cardiff University, recounts the department he helped build and its continuing success.…

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Dr Victor Oyaro Gekara

Dr Victor Oyaro Gekara

Victor Gekara, a recent graduate of the Seafarers International Research Centre Nippon fellowship programme, came to Cardiff University from Kenya to find an ocean of opportunities.…

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Professor Bryan Jones

Professor Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Cardiff in 2007. He reminisces about some of his experiences in Cardiff and their subsequent influences on him.…

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Karl Jenkins

Karl Jenkins

Best selling composer Karl Jenkins graduated from the School of Music in 1966 and became a Fellow of the University in 2005. After a career in jazz, and composing advertisements for the likes of Levi’s and British Airways, he returned to his ‘classical’ roots with the album Adiemus, achieving fifteen platinum and gold albums. His works include those commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales and In These Stones Horizons Sing for the opening of the Welsh Millennium Centre.…

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Jane Stewart

Jane Stewart

Jane Stewart is a Community Archaeologist at the School of History and Archaeology…

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Edna Adan Ismail

Edna Adan Ismail

2008 Honorary Fellow Edna Adan Ismail reflects on her long-held ambition to build a hospital in Somaliland and discovers new opportunities at Cardiff University..…

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Professor Justin Lewis

Professor Justin Lewis

Professor Justin Lewis is Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.…

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Dr Merideth Gattis

Dr Merideth Gattis

Dr Merideth Gattis, a senior lecturer at the School of Psychology, talks of her research with babies.…

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Dr Verner Bickley, MBE

Dr Verner Bickley, MBE

Dr Verner Bickley, MBE, is a writer, broadcaster and actor. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong and Chairman of the English-Speaking Union in Hong Kong. Here he recounts his days at Cardiff in 1944 amidst World War II…

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Sarah Day

Sarah Day

Sarah Day studied at Cardiff and is now a project worker with Student Volunteering Cardiff…

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Jenny Randerson, AM

Jenny Randerson, AM

Jenny Randerson is the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Cardiff Central…

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Dr Peter Brabham

Dr Peter Brabham

Dr Peter Brabham has had links with the University for more than 20 years…

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Nelson Turgo

Nelson Turgo

Nelson Turgo is an SIRC-Nippon Fellow studying for his PhD at the School of Social Sciences. Originally from Manila in the Philippines, Nelson talks about his last two years in Cardiff…

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Sandra Bonney

Sandra Bonney

Executive Officer Sandra Bonney reveals how the University has helped her learn a third language…

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The Reverend Gareth Powell

The Reverend Gareth Powell

University Chaplain, The Reverend Gareth Powell recalls his vivid memories of visiting Cardiff as a child…

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Dr John Jewell

Dr John Jewell

Dr John Jewell of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies talks about his undergraduate life and the University today…

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Louise Casella

Louise Casella

Louise Casella, Director of Strategic Development celebrates 20 years at Cardiff University this month…

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Ankit Jain

Ankit Jain

Ankit Jain studied for an MBA at Cardiff Business School in 2005/06. He remembers influential Professors and lasting friendships.…

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Professor Len Nokes

Professor Len Nokes

Professor Nokes is co-director of the Institute of Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, and is the team doctor for Cardiff City Football Club.…

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Shahbaz Malik

Shahbaz Malik

Shahbaz Malik graduated from Cardiff University in 2007. Here he talks about his experiences as a Medical student at Cardiff and life as a junior doctor…

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Professor Chris McGuigan

Professor Chris McGuigan

Professor Chris McGuigan is a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Welsh School of Pharmacy…

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Professor Júlio Pedrosa de Jesus

Professor Júlio Pedrosa de Jesus

Professor Júlio Pedrosa de Jesus is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He gained his PhD at Cardiff in 1977 and has maintained and developed joint novel lines of research with the Cardiff School of Chemistry…

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Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno

Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno

Research student Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno talks about research, friendship and success at Cardiff…

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Dominic Hannigan

Dominic Hannigan

Dominic Hannigan studied Politics at the School of European Studies between 2004 and 2007. He now works in the National Assembly For Wales.…

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Professor Sir Martin Evans and Lady Judith Evans

Professor Sir Martin Evans and Lady Judith Evans

Professor Sir Martin Evans was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine. Here, he and his wife Judith talk about their week in Stockholm and the “glittering experience” that was the Nobel Prize Ceremony…

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Glenys Kinnock

Glenys Kinnock

Glenys Kinnock graduated from the University in 1966 and is now a Member of the European Parliament.…

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Jacqui Lewis

Jacqui Lewis

Jacqui Lewis, Day Care Centre manager at the University talks about life in the nursery…

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Jonny Cox

Jonny Cox

Jonny Cox President of the Students’ Union writes about how life as an undergraduate inspired him to seek election as President.…

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Gwyneth Stroud

Gwyneth Stroud

Graduate Gwyneth Stroud reveals the way her life has been shaped by the University…

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Sam Smith is a student studying for an MSc in Sustainable Energy and Environment. He is Chair of the Board of Student Volunteering Cardiff, one of the largest student volunteering organisations in the UK for which he was recently awarded the Leading Wales Young Leader Award.…

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Professor Julie Williams

Professor Julie Williams

I have benefited from being part of what is now one of the leading centres for psychiatric genetic research in the world…

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Piyush Roy

Piyush Roy

Piyush Roy studied an MA in International Journalism at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies in 2003/04. He is currently working as a Special Correspondent in The Indian Express.…

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Sara Parkin

Sara Parkin

Sara Parkin recalls the graduates she joined when she received her honorary fellowship from the University…

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Anne Morgan

Anne Morgan

Anne Morgan, J.P., D.L was a student at Cardiff University and was recently appointed the High Sheriff of the County of Mid Glamorgan…

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Professor Jonathan Shepherd

Prof. Jonathan Shepherd

Cardiff University has given me unique opportunities to research city centre violence – and more importantly, to work with colleagues to get our findings implemented. I arrived in Cardiff in October 1991, wanting to do something about the seemingly endless stream of facial injury victims who ended up on NHS operating tables after a night’s drinking.…

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Wendy Sadler

Wendy Sadler

I have been in the field of science communication for almost 15 years now. I began as an exhibition helper for Techniquest (Wales’s hands on educational science centre) whilst I was in my final year as a Physics and Music undergraduate at Cardiff University…

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Barbara Wilding

Barbara Wilding

Barbara Wilding, Chief Constable of South Wales Police and honorary fellow reveals how the University has helped her achieve her vision for policing…

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Ning Li

Ning Li

International student Ning Li is studying for a Masters in International Journalism at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies. He describes his first impressions of Cardiff and his involvement with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

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Victoria Dando

Victoria Dando

Public Relations Officer Victoria Dando talks radio and rowing...

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Rachel Bentham

Rachel Bentham

Rachel Bentham is an award-winning writer currently based at the University as part of a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship. The fellowship allows Rachel to share her experience and skills with Cardiff students who would like to develop their written work...

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David Jones

David Jones

Cardiff Law School graduate David Jones relives his first days at Cardiff University and reveals the lifelong friendships he forged

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Wyn Roberts

Wyn Roberts

One cannot be other than impressed with the achievements of the University

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Jo Davies

Jo Davies

As you can see a theme was developing and I would be doing anything that involved water or the sea

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Dr Judith Hall

Dr Judith Hall

When Dr Judith Hall from the University’s School of Medicine learned that African mothers are more than 80 times more likely to die in childbirth than those in developed countries she decided she had to do something.

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First Minister Rhodri Morgan

First Minister Rhodri Morgan

Cardiff University means a lot to me. It may indeed be that I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Cardiff University.

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David Vivian Thomas

David and Elaine

Aberdare Hall Ball was one of highlights in the year for the women students’ resident in the Hall.

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Eileen Thomas

Elaine Thomas

The year in which I was Vice–President of the Students’ Union in Cardiff was a memorable one indeed.

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Sophie Bright

Sophie Bright

During my time at Cardiff University, I learnt a lot about business, management and finance and was taught by some really inspirational lecturers. Both during and after my studies I’ve tried to put the key skills that I’d learnt to good use.

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Professor Mike Bruford

Professor Mike Bruford

Professor Mike Bruford research is helping to conserve species such as orang-utans and to protect their habitats.

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Elaine Morgan

Elaine Morgan

Writer Elaine Morgan recalls the day she became an Honorary Fellow of the University.

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Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards

I am very proud of my association with Cardiff University, which began as an undergraduate in 1979 and continues today as an Honorary Fellow, and as Honorary Professor of Journalism.

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When Kelly met Charles

HRH Prince Charles and Kelly Bérubé

Kelly BéruBé was one of a number of staff who met HRH the Prince of Wales when he visited the University to officially open the School of Biosciences. It was an experience she, and possibly also Prince Charles, will not forget…

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Rob Sidoli

Rob Sidoli

Rob Sidoli, Cardiff graduate and Cardiff Blues rugby player recalls his early morning dash for lectures, the lure of a cooked breakfast and the supportive staff on and off the pitch.

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Professor Steve Ormerod

Professor Steve Ormerod, at Reedley cricket ground, Burnley, aged 4.

“He owned the ‘I-spy birds’ book, and so was an expert. Where my dad played cricket for his factory team, he showed me how the groundsman left ajar the door of the tractor-shed each spring for the swallows that nested in the rafters.”

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Barbara Michaels, the grandmother "Fresher"

Barbara Michaels graduating from Cardiff University

“I am always thrilled to hear of Cardiff University’s successes, and still feel personally involved with the University. I initially gained entrance to university when I was 17, but decided to pursue a career in journalism instead.”

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Neil Kinnock, president of Cardiff University

Neil Kinnock

“An institution to which I owe so much, indeed only my parents gave me greater opportunities.”

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