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People’s Fellow shortlist announced

18 June 2008

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Three of South Wales’ finest are finalists in the search for the Cardiff University People’s Fellow, with the special beneficiary set to join the elite ranks of the University’s Fellows.

The University annually bestows Fellowships upon a small number of individuals who have achieved distinction in their field. As part of our 125th Anniversary celebrations, Cardiff University has joined forces with the South Wales Echo to honour an outstanding member of our local community worthy of becoming the first Cardiff University People’s Fellow.

Nominated by readers of the South Wales Echo, the response to the search was overwhelming. The People’s Fellowship is soon to be bestowed on one of the three individuals featured here, whose inspirational approach stands out as making a sustained and positive difference in the community in which they are involved and changing people’s lives for the better. Read their full stories here.

The special Fellowship will be bestowed as part of the University’s 125th anniversary celebrations during Graduation 2008. The panel of judges, which includes of the University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant, Strategic Development Director, Louise Casella, President of the Students’ Union, Johnny Cox, and editor of the South Wales Echo, Mike Hill, will select the winner, to be announced later this month.

The shortlist

Margaret McCarter Jervis, founder and operational director of Valleys Kids, a charitable community development organisation that develops innovative and creative ways to empower people of all ages to achieve their own potential and develop their skills and knowledge.

Maureen Booth-Martin who founded both Children Under Risk from Bullying (Curb) and MGM Community Action Group, and has also helped raise thousands of pounds for hospital equipment for children.

Paul Marshallsea is a champion for young people having turned the Engine House in Dowlais, near Merthyr Tydfil, once a rundown building into a hub where they can find a purpose by taking part in sporting activities, music and training opportunities.