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News in brief

03 December 2012

News in briefA roundup of some of the news from across the University, including staff fundraising activities for Children in Need.

Journalism award

Elena Cresci, a recent graduate of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies was named ‘Student Digital Journalist of the Year’ at the 2012 Guardian Student Media Awards for a blog she started as part of her course. Now in their 34th year, the awards recognise the highest standard of student journalism from universities across the UK and highlight the very best of breakthrough talent across print, online, broadcast and digital media.

Biosciences students excel

Exceptional students enrolled on the Masters in Bioscience Research (MRes) have been recognised with scholarships to support their learning. Applicants each submitted a personal statement and were selected for the awards based on academic achievement, motivation and scientific ambition. Professor Tim Jacob, who leads the course said: "The MRes is now very competitive and places are in great demand, so these students represent the creme-de-la-creme. The effect of offering scholarships has been to increase competition further both from home and overseas students."

Children in Need

Staff and students across the University have raised money for BBC Children in Need, which took place on Friday 16th November 2012. Events included a coffee morning at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and a Scooby Doo themed cake sale at the School of Psychology which raised £850. Take a look at the School of Psychology team in action:


As well as working in the Lean Team, David Melkevik has written a short film in his spare time. Fetch is a ten minute comedy about a teenager and his pet zombie and will be broadcast on BBC 2 Wales on Thursday 13th December 2012. The film was produced by It's My Shout productions and made with BBC Wales as part of their Made in Wales series.

Eye clinic

Book yourself a free eye examination and support Cardiff’s optometry students in the process.  The 90 minute examination will be supervised by qualified optometrists and gives final-year students the chance to work with real patients as they train to professional standards. As an added bonus, you’ll also receive a 20% discount off the cost of new spectacles. To book an appointment at the Eye Clinic ring: 02920874357 Email: or for more information visit