Sian Collins

Sian Collins


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Dr Mina Moore: marriage and motherhood at Cardiff University in the 1940s

Posted on 28 November 2016 by Sian Collins

Over the last year or so we’ve been very proud to share stories about the inspiring women who worked and studied at Cardiff University (formerly University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire). The founders of the College in 1883 were adamant that women should be admitted on equal terms to men and educated alongside them
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Serendipitous discoveries: a vignette of Percy Bush, early C20th Welsh rugby player

Posted on 26 August 2016 by Sian Collins

In a meeting on Monday morning I mentioned the delight of serendipitous finds in archives; how you can often just pull something off the shelves and discover an intriguing story or fact.  I hadn’t realised it then but, by a strange coincidence, that is exactly what happened to me earlier in the day when I had a few spare
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Cardiff University in the Blitz: 75 years on (1941 – 2016)

Posted on 25 February 2016 by Sian Collins

Seventy-five years ago, the University like so much of the country became a victim of the bombing raids in the Second World War. The heaviest bombing in Cardiff fell between February and April 1941, with the University hit on the 26th February and 3rd March. On the 26th February, bombs fell on the original Students’
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Cardiff University: a patchwork of predecessors

Posted on 29 January 2016 by Sian Collins

As described recently in the Cardiff University Alumni magazine (Autumn 2015), today’s Cardiff University is the product of a number of other educational institutions coming together over the last century or so.  The development of further and higher education in Cardiff is a complicated one, with institutional name changes and mergers making it hard to follow. 
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Records relating to students held in the Institutional Archive

Posted on 29 January 2016 by Sian Collins

The following is a fairly rough list of records relating to students held in our collections.  There are different types of information in the various series of records and there are significant gaps in coverage.  Looking for a particular student can be frustrating as – apart from UCSWM – there are no centralised indices to
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How archivists can make an unconventional Impact…

Posted on 27 November 2015 by Sian Collins

Last week we thoroughly enjoyed tweeting a number of images for #explorearchives, and seeing all the fabulous documents and ideas from other repositories. Interestingly, our most popular contribution (apart from a random photo of my cat posted for #archiveanimals!) was a short piece on our blog about how University institutional archives can be used by different categories
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Research Data and Information Management – Update

Posted on 3 November 2015 by Sian Collins

Nicola Dawson, Business Change Manager, updates us on the RDIM programme The Research Data and Information Management (RDIM) programme will help the University meet its strategic research objectives by developing the University’s research environment. Providing a single platform for many aspects of the research data lifecycle will streamline research administration, make our research and outputs
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Copyright legislation update

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Sian Collins

Today we feature a guest post by Andrew McVay, Governance Officer, about changes to Copyright legislation. This post will be looking at copying permissible under S32. “Illustration for Instruction”.  This replaces the old Section 32, “Things done for the purpose of instruction or examination”. The important changes to note are as follows: the new S32.
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Another perspective on a tragedy: the value of archives

Posted on 4 August 2015 by Sian Collins

At Cardiff University we have many fascinating records and photographs in the archives and we have enjoyed sharing some of them via Twitter and our Blog over the last few months. We hope they have been fun, entertaining and informative. However, we also have items that are incredibly moving and stop us in our tracks.
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Ever wondered about why some lecture theatres have particular names?

Posted on 6 May 2015 by Sian Collins

We were asked a few months ago about the meaning behind the names of certain buildings and lecture theatres in Cardiff University. Their names are something that many of us take for granted and probably don’t think about too much. However, when we started to look into it we unearthed some interesting stories about people
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