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Nicole Cooke MBE

MBA 2015

Nicole is a former professional road bicycle racer and Commonwealth, Olympic and Road World champion. She became the first cyclist to win the Road Race World Championship and Olympic gold medal in the same year.

Rhys Jones

Dr Rhys Jones

BSc 1999, MPhil 2003, PhD 2010

Rhys is a Cardiff University lecturer, reptile specialist, environmental consultant, researcher and BAFTA-nominated television and radio presenter.

He is the Wildlife Trusts Wales Ambassador, the Welsh Libraries Ambassador and Champion of reading and Skills Ambassador to ACT training alongside Jonathan Davies MBE.

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Dr Jamie Roberts

MBBCh 2013

Jamie graduated from Cardiff's School of Medicine in 2013. In the eight years before earning his degree, Jamie played rugby for the Cardiff Blues, as well as participated in Six Nations Championships, World Cups and international tours with both the Wales and British and Irish Lions teams.

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Dr Gwyn Jones

MBBCh 2003

Gwyn is a GP, as well as a television rugby analyst and former Wales international rugby union team captain.

In 2002, the Welsh Rugby Former International Players' Association and the Welsh Rugby Union honoured Jones with a Bravery Award.

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Photo: Ben Winston

Richard Parks

Dental Surgery, 1997 - 2000, Hon 2013

Richard is a former Wales international rugby union player turned extreme environment athlete and author.

He was the first-ever person to climb the highest mountain on each of the world's seven continents and stand on all three poles (the North Pole, the South Pole and the summit of Everest) within seven months.

Rhys Williams (Physiotherapy, 1998 - 1999)

President of the Welsh Rugby Players Association and former Wales and Cardiff Blues winger/full back.

Nathan Cleverly (BSc 2010)

Professional boxer and former WBO light heavyweight world champion.

Gareth Davies (BSc 1977, Hon 1995)

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions international rugby union player, chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union

Daniel Price (BSc 2009)

Environmental scientist and founder of Pole to Paris awareness campaign.

Nikita Salmon (BSc 2013)

Wingwalker for the Breitling Wingwalking display team.

James Tomlinson (BA 2004)

Cricketer who has played for Hampshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire Cricket Board.

Hallam Amos (BSc 2019)

Wales international rugby union player who plays for the Cardiff Blues