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This year’s 30(ish) Alumni Award winners announced

25 September 2023

A collage of nominees

The University’s 30(ish) Awards celebrate the achievements of alumni who have made a positive contribution to their community, and all before they hit 30. Well, 30(ish).

Eschewing the format of traditional ‘30 Under 30’ lists, the 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 more than 250 nominations submitted.

Alumni from across the globe and a wide range of industries, nominated themselves, or were put forward by their fellow alumni, staff, or colleagues.

After much consideration, 30(ish) winners were selected in categories including Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Social Impact, Journalism and Media, and Health and Wellbeing. From each category one winner received a further Special Recognition Award.

View a full list of winners.

The winners will collect their awards at a special event on 5 October held at sbarc | spark. The evening will be hosted by President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Larner and emceed by alumnus Matt Barbet (BA 1997, PgDip 1999). Guests will attend from across the University and Cardiff community, including Cardiff alumna, The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Bablin Molik (BSc 2001, PhD 2008, PGCE 2014). On the night, the ‘People’s Choice’ winner will be announced, having been voted for by their fellow winners.

Barry Sullivan, Head of Alumni Relations said: “Following the success of 30(ish) last year, we couldn’t wait to see what 2023 had in store. We know Cardiff alumni are making the world a better place, and we’ve uncovered even more amazing stories from across the globe.

“I’m so grateful to the staff who took the time to nominate former students, and to the rest of our panellists for helping us make some really difficult decisions. With 2022 30(ish) winners also attending, I can’t wait to see old friends reuniting, and new networks being formed. Being Cardiff-made is what this lifelong community is all about.”

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