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Mariners of the future enjoy glimpse of sea life

05 April 2012

Pupils from two South Wales schools took part in workshops on climate change, shipping and marine geography, to coincide with the launch of a new book on the life of ship-owner Sir William Reardon Smith, who made his fortune in South Wales.

The Year 10 and 11 pupils, from Willows High School in Cardiff and Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School in Pontypridd, were joined by students from the University who are benefiting from scholarships awarded by the Reardon Smith Nautical Trust, which supports young people who wish to pursue marine related studies.

A winning pupil from each school was awarded an action-packed day on Challenge Wales – a sailing experience on the charity’s 72ft round-the-world yacht which is the largest sail training vessel in Wales.

After the workshops the young people were given the chance to explore some of the opportunities on offer in the marine industry at a careers event, where the University welcomed representatives from the Royal Navy Reserves, Challenge Wales and the Merchant Navy who gave out information and advice.

Andrew Coles, from Willows High School, said: "The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and they all got a great deal out of the workshops and careers fair. Hopefully I’ll bring a coach-load of students to the next event! Thank you to all involved."

Liz Kerr, from Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, added: "We had a great time at the University and the pupils gained a valuable insight into the marine industry."

The Trust worked in partnership with Cardiff University and publishers, the University of Wales Press, to release the much-anticipated biography of the successful businessman, which was launched at the Reardon Smith Nautical Trust Lecture.

The keynote speaker was Jan Hoffmann, Chief of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Trade Facilitation Section, who spoke about the future of shipping. The lecture also included a talk from the book’s author, Dr David Jenkins, who is the curator of the Waterfront Museum in Swansea.

Notes to editors

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.
Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.

The Reardon Smith Nautical Trust

The Reardon Smith Nautical Trust, a registered charity, gives grants to young people through working directly with the providers of recognised nautical or maritime courses. These relate to shipping, maritime law and commerce, navigation, sailing, oceanography and marine related environmental issues, in particular those which afford the individual first hand practical experience of being at sea, whether such courses are offered within the UK or abroad. Since 2005, the Trust has been providing valuable bursary support for undergraduate Marine Geography students at the Cardiff School of Earth & Ocean Sciences.

For more information and additional high-res images of the day, please contact:

Bruce Etherington

Community Engagement Manager

Cardiff University

Tel: 029 208 76934