Access and learning for all (part 2)

Posted on 8 June 2015 by Judith Dray

“Female students shall be admitted to attend any of the courses of instruction…” By Siân Collins Following on from our blog post last week about equal opportunities for all social classes at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (later Cardiff University), this time we look at how female students were welcomed and encouraged
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Death of John Viriamu Jones, Cardiff’s First Principal

Posted on 1 June 2015 by Judith Dray

Today (1st June 2015) marks the 114th anniversary of the death of John Viriamu Jones, the first Principal (equivalent of the Vice-Chancellor) of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (later Cardiff University). Although a prominent physicist who worked extensively on the ohm, Viriamu Jones’ enduring work is his contribution to education. The order of proceedings for
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Photograph of the old college on Newport Road

Access and learning for all: University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire in the 1880s (Part 1)

Posted on 28 May 2015 by Judith Dray

Old college building on Newport Road “Nerth gwlad ei gwybodaeth – A nation’s strength is in its learning” In 1882 the first draft of proposals for the planned University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire set out that the College should provide the following forms of education:- students taking a degree at any of the
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Could better Records Management have saved the clones? Orphan Black, inadequate archivists and the 5¼” floppy disk dilemma

Posted on 14 May 2015 by Judith Dray

By Siân Collins WARNING: SPOILERS FOR SERIES 2, EPISODES 1-8 OF ORPHAN BLACK!! I am currently catching up with the second series of Orphan Black. Although I’m enjoying the story I’ve been distracted by two things. First of all, Sarah was led down to the crypt of a church where the archives of a local
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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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Home of Sporting Legends: Jack Matthews

Posted on 23 April 2015 by Judith Dray

Cardiff’s win at the 2015 Welsh Varsity rugby match, held at Liberty Stadium in Swansea, is only the most recent in a long line of Cardiff University’s sporting achievements. They have, both recently and historically, sparked some illustrious sporting careers. The former Welsh Captain, Jack Matthews was a student in the School of Medicine (formerly
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Old Rules and Regulations: Picnics!

Posted on 14 April 2015 by Judith Dray

Back in Cardiff’s early days, any students who fancied enjoying the warm weather with a picnic would have to give it some serious consideration. Picnics were highly regulated in the rules and regulations of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (as Cardiff University was then known): These rules are emblematic of the very
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Sir Mortimer Wheeler at Cardiff University

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Judith Dray

Dubbed ‘the most famous British archaeologist of the twentieth century’, Sir Mortimer Wheeler was the first lecturer in the archaeological department at University College Cardiff (now Cardiff University).[1] He held a joint position with the National Museum of Wales as Keeper of the Archaeological Department. He became Director of the National Museum of Wales before
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On Managing Records and Personal Data at Dunder Mifflin: The Michael Scott Approach

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Judith Dray

I’ve recently been watching the US series of the Office – for purely professional purposes, of course… I was struck by the amount of times records management issues jumped out at me (a worrying thing to admit, I know!). In Series 2, Episode 21 “Conflict Resolution” which originally aired in May 2006, the office manager
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The UK’s First Female Professor: Millicent MacKenzie

Posted on 17 March 2015 by Judith Dray

Hettie Millicent Hughes was Normal Mistress at the University College of South Wales & Monmouthshire from 1891-1904.  “Normal Mistress” was a term to describe someone who provided instruction to trainee teachers.  We have a copy of her 1898 contract – see image below. Millicent was made an Associate Professor in 1904 and Professor of Education
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