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Rule-breakers and Change-makers: 30ish alumni making a big impact

20 October 2022

2022 30Ish Alumni Award winners

Eschewing the format of traditional ’30 Under 30’ lists, the inaugural awards were open to alumni under or over 30, who feel 30(ish).

Designed to recognise the change-makers, innovators, and rule-breakers in the Cardiff University alumni community, there was an overwhelming response, with nearly 300 nominations submitted. Or 300(ish).

Alumni from across the globe and a wide range of industries, nominated themselves, or were put forward by their fellow alumni, staff, or colleagues.30(ish) winners were invited to the inaugural awards event at the University’s innovative sbarc | spark building, hosted by Chair of Council and alumnus Pat Younge (BSc 1987) and emceed by alumna Babita Sharma (BA 1998).

Around 70 alumni, guests and staff attended this special night, with some travelling from as far as the USA and Canada to receive their awards.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences alumni featured among the glittering list of winners, including Jasper Wilkins (BA 2017) and Kate O'Connor (BA 2012) from the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

Eight alumni received further special recognition awards in categories ranging from Community activist, Equity activist and Wales to the world to Entrepreneurship and Journalism and media.

The 2022 People’s Choice winner was Jessica Mullins (BSc 2011), announced following a live vote at the ceremony on 20 October.

Read the full 2022 list of 30(ish) winners.

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