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Thrive winner revealed

10 May 2012

Thrive winner Chris Nation

Thrive winner Chris Nation

Chris Nation has been revealed as the University’s Thrive Challenge winner securing free University tuition-for-life.

Aspiring lawyer, Chris was awarded the Ultimate Scholarship after proving his academic ability, skill and commitment during the Thrive Challenges.

Chris excelled at a University assessment day where he competed against fellow finalists in one-to-one interviews and a ten minute presentation on his chosen subject, law.

Chris impressed judges with his presentation on some of the most controversial and topical legal issues including super-injunctions and human rights, concluding with a moral scenario to challenge the audience. 

Head of Cardiff Law School Professor Nigel Lowe said: "This is excellent news. We are extremely proud that one of our future students has won the Thrive Challenge - this shows the high calibre of students that we have applying to Cardiff Law School. 

“As well as being academically capable of meeting the rigorous demands of a law degree, it is important that our students have a genuine commitment to the subject and also possess good all-round skills. 

“Chris demonstrated all of these qualities throughout the Thrive challenges.

“We were very impressed by his creativity and his ability to communicate complex legal matters in such an engaging manner. We look forward to welcoming Chris in September and are sure he will be an excellent ambassador for Cardiff Law School."

Chris also used humour to ensure his presentation was light-hearted and engaging, while also tackling some serious topics.

Jackie Davies, Cardiff Law School’s Senior Admission Tutor believes the Thrive Challenge has helped raise the standard of this year’s University applicants. 

Jackie added: "I am absolutely thrilled that Chris won the Thrive challenge. He was an outstanding candidate.  From his application to the Law School, it was evident that he was an excellent all rounder with a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the law.

“Every year we accept over 200 students onto our undergraduate courses, and this year we have had over 800 applications, so to stand out in such a strong way is an achievement in itself.

“The Thrive campaign has definitely raised the standard amongst the applicants this year and highlights the exceptional candidates that apply to the University."

Thrive finalists

Thrive finalists: Matthew Rolley, Aimee-Louise Paddock, Chris Nation, Aarifa Hussain, Nina Di Cara and James Ledward

The Thrive Challenge was open to all undergraduate students from the UK and EU applying to Cardiff for 2012 entry.

All finalists have a firm offer from Cardiff University and must fulfil the academic terms of their offers with their exam results to receive the scholarships.

Learn more about Chris Nation and his reaction to winning the Thrive Challenge.

University reaction to the Thrive Challenge

Professor George Boyne, Chair of the Undergraduate Recruitment Campaign and Dean of Cardiff Business School said: “Congratulations to Chris who is a worthy recipient of the Lifetime Scholarship. He embodies the spirit of the Thrive Challenge and the values of the University.  It was a really tough decision as all the finalists impressed the judges.

“It has been a resounding success and we were hugely impressed with the calibre of the entrants and particularly the six finalists. It was an extremely hard decision but Chris stood out. 

“We look forward to building on this success and attracting the most talented students in 2013 and beyond.”

Louise Casella, Director of Strategic Development said: “We launched the Challenge to generate extra excitement around Cardiff University’s 2012 undergraduate recruitment campaign, ‘Thrive’, and recognise the quality of applicants we continue to attract each year.

"While Chris may have won the "Ultimate Scholarship", thousands of other new students at Cardiff in September will be benefitting from the wider package of bursary and scholarship support that the University has put in place. 

“If household income is below £30,000, Cardiff University will top up the total amount of money students receive from the government to £7,500.

“If household income is between £30,001 and £42,600, Cardiff University will top-up the total students receive from government funding to £6,750. The Thrive Campaign and the Challenge competition overall has ensured that information on the full range of support and help on offer at the University has been promoted to the widest possible audience.

“It has been a resounding success and we were hugely impressed with the calibre of the entrants and particularly the six finalists.”


Chris Nation winner of Thrive

Professor Jonathan Osmond Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Students; Professor George Boyne, Chair of the Undergraduate Recruitment Campaign and Dean of Cardiff Business School; winner Chris Nation and Louise Casella, Director of Strategic Development


David Roylance, Head of Undergraduate Recruitment said: “Thrive encompasses a large body of work undertaken by the University’s undergraduate recruitment office and stretching out in support of academic Schools across the University.

“Thrive’s aim was simple: to re-focus the University’s message to potential undergraduate students. Its goals and activity focused on increasing application rates to the University, specifically from high achieving students offering AAB+ grades or equivalent and importantly increasing the conversion rates of those applicants made an offer by Cardiff.

“Initial feedback and indications are positive with the Thrive Challenge helping generate extra excitement. The calibre of candidates was exceptional with our eventual winner proving a worthy winner.

“Many congratulations Chris, we look forward to welcoming you to Cardiff.”

School of Dentistry’s School Manager, Martin Haynes said: "The Thrive campaign has successfully sparked interest and excitement amongst prospective undergraduate students this year, and we were very pleased to see a dental applicant reach the final of the Lifetime Scholarship series of challenges. 

“The campaign has had the twin benefits of attracting positive attention to the University from undergraduate applicants, whilst also providing a unique prize to a very worthy winner."