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Hello and Goodbye

11 September 2012

Hello and Goodbye - Ed WildingProfessor Ed Wilding, Head of the School of Psychology

Professor Ed Wilding has recently been appointed as Head of the School of Psychology. Ed joined the School in 1999 and his research focuses on human long-term memory, the majority which has been in memory retrieval. Blas caught up with Ed to find out about the best bits of his new role...

Where are you based in the University?

Tower Building, Park Place. I have a corner office with views to the west and north. There are few better spots for watching the changeable weather Cardiff enjoys.

What’s your area of research?

Learning and memory

What are your plans for the School?

To continue developing an environment that promotes teaching and research excellence.

What's the best part of your new job?

The coffee machine right outside my office

If you weren't in your current role, what would you be doing?

In order of preference: playing sport, coaching sport, writing about sport.

Where is your favourite place on campus?

Is the Millennium Stadium on campus?

What’s your favourite TV show?


Where are we most likely to find you outside of work?
On a fairway


Goodbye to...

Hello and Goodbye - Rhian ThomasRhian Thomas in front of the Red Fort (Lal Qila) in Old Delhi

Rhian Thomas, Head of the International Office and Deputy Director of the Communications and International Relations Division leaves the University after 10 years. Here she tells Blas about her new life in India and what she’ll miss most about the University.

"I’d been at Cardiff University less than a month before I was packing my bags to go to India. My first time to the country that I would subsequently grow to love (and hate on occasions!) and to call home! India is now very much like a second home to me. A place where I spend considerable time both professionally and personally.

"Though my role at Cardiff University has changed considerably since I began at the International Office way back in January 2002 my responsibilities for recruiting Indian students and helping the institution raise its profile in the Indian market have remained throughout. From just over 200 Indian students in 2002 to nearly 350 in 2012, along with its growing portfolio of research and teaching links, it has been wonderful to see the University’s relationship with this diverse country blossom.

"But after nearly 11 years at Cardiff University it is time for a new challenge. Time to experience something different in life. Time to move to India to live!

"As of October 2012 I will be based in New Delhi working for the largest student recruitment agency in India – The Chopras. My contact with Cardiff University however will be regular and I will be sure to keep colleagues updated with all the latest Indian news.

"What will I miss most about Cardiff University? My colleagues. This institution has some of the best people I have ever worked with and it is they that have kept me going through both the good times and the bad. However, this really is an ‘au revoir’ rather than a ‘goodbye’ as I will be back at the end of 2014 to work with Cardiff University once again full of ideas on how the institution can maximise the opportunities that the wonderful country – called India – presents.

"Thanks to all that have made my time at Cardiff so enjoyable and so memorable. Remember to look me up if you are in Delhi. Otherwise I’ll see you again at the end of 2014!"