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#TeamCardiff’s virtual fundraisers: Nelson Selvaraj

#TeamCardiff’s virtual fundraisers: Nelson Selvaraj

Posted on 2 October 2020 by Kate Morgan (BA 2017)

Nelson Selvaraj (MSc 2015) is a staff member and former student who has just completed an impressive Great North virtual run to raise money for research at Cardiff University. Here he explains what motivated him to take on this test of physical endurance and shares his words of wisdom for those considering doing the same.

Meet the Researcher – Dr Sarah Lauder

Meet the Researcher – Dr Sarah Lauder

Posted on 17 September 2020 by Alumni team

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and each year around 55,000 people are diagnosed in the UK alone. Ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, we spoke to cancer researcher Sarah Lauder (BSc 2002, PhD 2007), a Research Associate at Cardiff University’s Gallimore Godkin Cancer Immunology Lab.

Building a sustainable future for both the environment and the economy

Building a sustainable future for both the environment and the economy

Posted on 17 August 2020 by Anna Garton

Founder of award-winning start-up Ecoslurps, Gerwyn Holmes (BSc 2005), talks to us about reducing our reliance on single-use plastic, lessons learnt in business, the effects of COVID-19 and his advice for the Class of 2020.

Examined Life – Dino Willox (BA 1996, MA 1999, PhD 2003)

Examined Life – Dino Willox (BA 1996, MA 1999, PhD 2003)

Posted on 17 August 2020 by Kate Morgan (BA 2017)

Dino was a Cardiff University student three times over and has always championed diversity and inclusion in Higher Education. Here, they reflect on their career, reminisce about Cardiff, and offer some valuable insight.

Love food, hate waste – eating ethically and the impact of lockdown

Love food, hate waste – eating ethically and the impact of lockdown

Posted on 31 July 2020 by Kate Morgan (BA 2017)

Lia Moutselou (Geography and Planning 2002-2005) works as a senior policy manager for a water consumer watchdog and is one of the four directors of Lia’s Kitchen, a community interest company. Lia’s worn many hats and has been a lecturer as well as a student at Cardiff University. Here she discusses food waste, the food industry, new recipes and the world, post-pandemic.

Dealing with controversial monuments in Estonia and beyond

Dealing with controversial monuments in Estonia and beyond

Posted on 23 July 2020 by Kate Morgan (BA 2017)

Federico Bellentani (PhD 2018) is a digital research manager for a Google Cloud partner based in Italy. His PhD research into controversial monuments has become increasingly relevant due to international protests and calls to remove statues. He discusses his findings from Estonia and his thoughts on dealing with controversial monuments across the globe.

Mercy Ships, the NHS, and healthcare systems across the globe – For Alumni, By Alumni

Mercy Ships, the NHS, and healthcare systems across the globe – For Alumni, By Alumni

Posted on 16 July 2020 by Alumni team

Leo Cheng (LLM 2006) is an oral, maxillofacial, head and neck surgeon who has spent most of his life travelling the globe and helping those from the poorest areas by performing free surgery and providing much needed medical care. He has now turned his attention and efforts to COVID-19 and reflects on his experience so far with the NHS and his concerns for those without a national health system.

Creative industries must move away from tokenism, superficiality and insincerity

Creative industries must move away from tokenism, superficiality and insincerity

Posted on 26 June 2020 by Alumni team

Joycelyn Longdon (BSc 2019) is a freelance marketeer and founder of BLACKONBLACK, a creative agency which champions diversity in the creative industries and supports creatives of colour. We talked to her about her work, the impact of COVID-19 and #BlackLivesMatter, and what the future holds.

Keeping people connected through art – For Alumni, By Alumni

Keeping people connected through art – For Alumni, By Alumni

Posted on 22 June 2020 by Alumni team

Artist and architect, Katherine Jones (BSc 2011, MArch 2013, PGDip 2015), explains how the power of nostalgia and connectivity can be encapsulated in both buildings and the art depicting them.

The family full of Cardiff alumni

The family full of Cardiff alumni

Posted on 19 June 2020 by Kate Morgan (BA 2017)

Dr Abdul C.M. Rasheed is a first-generation immigrant from a small rural village in Sri Lanka. He worked as a Research Officer for the School of Chemistry between 1975-78. He is now a retired Senior Development Engineer, but still remembers his time at Cardiff fondly. So fondly, in fact, that he encouraged all four of his children to attend Cardiff University.

Examined Life: James Smart (MA 2016)

Examined Life: James Smart (MA 2016)

Posted on 29 May 2020 by Kate Morgan (BA 2017)

James Smart (MA 2016) is a successful broadcast journalist based in Nairobi. Some of his career highlights include being an anchor for Kenya’s leading television networks, working on the BBC’s ‘Focus on Africa’ broadcast, creating two hugely successful television shows and, more recently, covering the impact of coronavirus on the most vulnerable in society.

A Statue for Lady Rhondda – For Alumni, By Alumni

A Statue for Lady Rhondda – For Alumni, By Alumni

Posted on 13 May 2020 by Alumni team

Julie Nicholas (MSc 2005) explains why she is fundraising for a new statue of former Cardiff University President, Lady Rhondda, in her home city of Newport.

Cardiff alumni: stepping up in the face of crisis

Cardiff alumni: stepping up in the face of crisis

Posted on 1 May 2020 by Kate Morgan (BA 2017)

Members of the Cardiff family are taking on new responsibilities in the global effort to combat COVID-19. Whether they have a background in engineering, medicine, communications, computer science, business or sports, these Cardiff University alumni are contributing their time, energy and skills to fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Working from home works – For Alumni, By Alumni

Working from home works – For Alumni, By Alumni

Posted on 21 April 2020 by Alumni team

In the first of our blogs For Alumni, By Alumni, Graham Findlay (PgDip 1991) considers how the COVID-19 pandemic might have brought flexible working a step closer for disabled people. Graham has worked as a disability rights campaigner for many years.

A faith response to crisis

A faith response to crisis

Posted on 27 March 2020 by Alumni team

Reverend Delyth Liddell (BTh 2003, MTh 2014) is a Methodist minister, and is the Coordinating Chaplain for Cardiff University’s Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy provides a place of friendship, hospitality, reflection, prayer, support and dialogue, where students and staff can engage socially and explore faith and spirituality. Each of the chaplains comes from a different faith and religious background.