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Paying it forward: The alumna supporting young girls to access education

Paying it forward: The alumna supporting young girls to access education

Posted on 1 May 2024 by Alumni team

In 2023, entrepreneur Grace Munyiri (MSc 2023) won the Gavin Davidson Social Enterprise Award. Funded by alum Gavin Davidson (MBA 1992), the award supports Cardiff University students who are passionate about tackling inequality and creating positive social change.

Top tips for starting your creative project – Bossing It

Top tips for starting your creative project – Bossing It

Posted on 25 April 2024 by Alumni team

Creative projects can teach new skills, open new doors, and make quality time for your personal interests. Whether you’re looking to turn a hobby into a career or bring ideas to life in your spare time, a bit of guidance can help you get started. We asked some of our fantastic alumni who have worked on a range of projects – from magazines to podcasts – to share their top tips.    

Trekking Wales’ highest mountain for cancer research

Trekking Wales’ highest mountain for cancer research

Posted on 16 April 2024 by Alumni team

Bilal (Law 2023-) has set himself the challenge of climbing Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) – at night! As part of #TeamCardiff, his fundraising efforts will support cancer research at Cardiff University. Here, he tells us his motivations for joining the trek, and his advice for others looking to support life-changing research.

Knowing what you want to be when you grow up – Bossing It

Knowing what you want to be when you grow up – Bossing It

Posted on 15 March 2024 by Alumni team

‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ A question that most of us are asked when we are younger, but while some fulfil their childhood aspirations, others may still be looking for their dream role deep into adulthood and that shouldn’t be a taboo! We spoke to some of our incredible alumni about this age-old question.

“I was convinced I’d never be able to run again”: taking on the Cardiff Half for cancer research

“I was convinced I’d never be able to run again”: taking on the Cardiff Half for cancer research

Posted on 1 March 2024 by Alumni team

Alumnus and university staff member Abyd Quinn-Aziz (MPhil 2012) has been a keen runner since his youth. Following some health problems, he’s recently returned to running and has set himself the challenge of this October’s Cardiff Half Marathon. 

TV series starring Cardiff University

TV series starring Cardiff University

Posted on 22 February 2024 by Alumni team

Craving a bit of Cardiff University nostalgia? Excited to spot familiar locations on the telly? We’ve put together a list of TV series filmed in and around our campus buildings.

My experience as a Cardiff newbie – For Alumni, By Alumni

My experience as a Cardiff newbie – For Alumni, By Alumni

Posted on 22 January 2024 by Alumni team

Nori Shamsuddin (LLB 1998) is a mother, self-proclaimed poet, hopeless romantic, and freelance writer. Here, she reflects on her experience of travelling to Wales for the first time from her home country of Malaysia, and her memories of settling in as an international student.

My Womentoring experience – Jane Cook (BA 2008)

My Womentoring experience – Jane Cook (BA 2008)

Posted on 5 December 2023 by Alumni team

In March 2023, independent PR consultant Jane Cook (BA 2008) took part in our annual flash mentoring scheme for Cardiff’s alumnae – Womentoring. Here, Jane reflects on her experience of mentoring several fellow alumnae and shares insights for those considering taking part in next year’s scheme.

My Womentoring experience – Jamie Marie Ellis (MA 2019)

My Womentoring experience – Jamie Marie Ellis (MA 2019)

Posted on 5 December 2023 by Alumni team

In March 2023, freelance writer, content producer, and communications consultant Jamie Marie Ellis (MA 2019) took part in Womentoring, our annual flash mentoring scheme for Cardiff’s alumnae.  Jamie was mentored by fellow alumna Jane Cook (BA 2008), an independent PR consultant and founder of Cardiff Wine Passport. Jamie reflects on her experience as a mentee on the programme and shares how it has positively impacted her career.  

My Cardiff Half for neuroscience and mental health research – Professor Neil Harrison

My Cardiff Half for neuroscience and mental health research – Professor Neil Harrison

Posted on 4 December 2023 by Alumni team

Neil Harrison is a Clinical Professor in Neuroimaging based in Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC). In October he ran Cardiff Half Marathon as part of #TeamCardiff to raise funds for neuroscience and mental health research at Cardiff University. Professor Harrison shares his Cardiff Half journey and the difference fundraising makes to early career researchers.

Alumni inspire future media professionals

Alumni inspire future media professionals

Posted on 22 November 2023 by Alumni team

In October, five change-making alumni returned to Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture to speak with current students. Postgraduate student Sophia Crothall (Cultural and Creative Industries 2023-) attended the talk and shares her key takeaways from their career stories.   

Running for your life – what running can do for your mental health – For Alumni, By Alumni

Running for your life – what running can do for your mental health – For Alumni, By Alumni

Posted on 20 November 2023 by Alumni team

George Watkins (BA 2018) is a seasoned Cardiff Half Marathon runner and former Mental Health Officer at Cardiff University. In 2018, 2019 and 2022, he ran for #TeamCardiff, fundraising for vital Cardiff University neuroscience and mental health research. Here, George shares his journey with running and his own mental health.  

How to smash your next interview – Bossing It

How to smash your next interview – Bossing It

Posted on 27 October 2023 by Alumni team

Amazing – you’ve been offered an interview for an exciting new role, but what next!? Sometimes anticipating an interview can feel daunting, but with the right preparation you can rest assured that you’ll be able to tackle it with confidence. We spoke to some of our wonderful alumni who have shared their top tips on how to smash your next interview. 

Is this gap year really ‘well-deserved’? Or is that just post university imposter syndrome talking? – For Alumni, By Alumni

Is this gap year really ‘well-deserved’? Or is that just post university imposter syndrome talking? – For Alumni, By Alumni

Posted on 28 September 2023 by Alumni team

New graduate Lucy Robertson (BA 2023) reflects on her time as a student, and the idea of taking a post-university gap year instead of heading straight into the world of work.  

The power of alumni mentoring

The power of alumni mentoring

Posted on 7 September 2023 by Alumni team

Tyrone Stewart (MSc 2022) was mentored as part of our alumni mentoring programme during his master’s, by Andrew Jones (BSc 2014), a business coach.

The 2023 30(ish) winners have been chosen – special preview

The 2023 30(ish) winners have been chosen – special preview

Posted on 15 August 2023 by Alumni team

Following an enormous response by the alumni community, Barry Sullivan, Head of Alumni Relations, gives us a teaser for what’s happening next and what to look out for on the list.

I want to make my Nan proud – fundraising for Cardiff’s cancer research

I want to make my Nan proud – fundraising for Cardiff’s cancer research

Posted on 15 August 2023 by Alumni team

Katy Thomas (BA 2004) is a seasoned Cardiff Half Marathon runner and is taking on her 13th race this October. Having lost several close family members to cancer, she’s been inspired to raise money for Cardiff University research that will improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Meet the new Head of the School of Music

Meet the new Head of the School of Music

Posted on 14 August 2023 by Alumni team

Dr Nicholas Jones (BMus 1994, MMus 1995, PhD 1999), began his role as the Head of the School of Music in August 2023, succeeding Professor Ken Hamilton. A triple Cardiff alum, Nick has studied and worked at the University for over 30 years. Ahead of the start of the new academic year, Nick shares his hopes and priorities for the future for the School of Music.

What the Eisteddfod means to me Beti George (BA 1960) – For Alumni, By Alumni

What the Eisteddfod means to me Beti George (BA 1960) – For Alumni, By Alumni

Posted on 26 July 2023 by Alumni team

Beti George (BA 1960) studied Welsh at Cardiff University and is a renowned Welsh broadcaster of television and radio. Beti shares her childhood memories of the Eisteddfod, and talks about what it, and the Welsh Language means to her.

Wales to the World – Florida law students meet Cardiff alumni

Wales to the World – Florida law students meet Cardiff alumni

Posted on 17 July 2023 by Anna Garton

Students from the University of Florida visited Cardiff recently to learn more about Welsh and British law. Led by Cardiff University alumnus Dr Matthew Jones (MA 2017), Assistant Instructional Professor at University of Florida, the students attended a special networking event to connect with Cardiff alumni working in law and politics.