Cardiff University Alumni9 July 2014
Congratulations on becoming a Cardiff University graduate – you are about to join an elite class of alumni! Many of our past students have gone on to do brilliant things, including these well-known household names:
Nathan Cleverly: Professional boxer and former WBO light heavyweight world champion Nathan enrolled in Cardiff University as it allowed him to continue with his sporting career. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics in 2010 and said: “These years at Cardiff University have been the best of my life. I have no regrets about combining boxing and mathematics – they have both given me a tremendous amount.”
Martin Lewis: The founder and editor of MoneySavingExpert.com graduated from Cardiff with a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism. According to Google, he is now the most searched-for British man. He also hosts his own ITV show, writes numerous columns for national newspapers and was recently made an OBE for his work towards ensuring consumer rights.
Lord Kinnock: Neil Kinnock came to Cardiff in 1961 when it was the University of Wales College and credits the Students’ Union, student newspaper and debating society in being great training grounds for real-life politics. He became Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1983 until 1992, making him the longest-serving Leader of the Opposition in British political history.
Baroness Kinnock: Glenys Kinnock graduated from Cardiff in 1966, having been an active member of the University’s Socialist Society. She said: “As fate would have it, the Chair of the society was one Neil Kinnock, and I can fairly say that from that point on we never looked back.” Baroness Kinnock later became Labour Party MEP from 1994 to 2009 and was made an Honorary Fellow in 2013. She and her husband are one of the very few couples to both hold life peerages in their own right.
Jason Mohammad: Radio and TV presenter Jason is an alumnus of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, having completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism in 1997. Today he has various television and radio credits under his belt and is known amongst sports fans as the host of Final Score, as well as presenting the BBC’s snooker and international rugby coverage.
Huw Edwards: The BBC News at 10 anchor graduated from Cardiff in 1983 with a degree in French and has maintained his ties with the University ever since. He is a Pro-Chancellor, an Honorary Fellow and an Honorary Professor in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, as well as the BBC’s go-to presenter with credits including the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the Royal Wedding.
Dame Mary Perkins: The founder of Specsavers trained as an optometrist at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, where she met Doug Perkins – future husband and Chairman of the £1bn+ company. Dame Mary was made an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University in 2005 and a DBE in 2007, in recognition of her contribution to optometry.
Dr Jamie Roberts: The Wales and British and Irish Lions hero graduated with a degree in Medicine in 2013, following eight years of juggling his university commitments with his rugby day-job. Of his achievement, he said: “I’ve a huge amount to thank the University for, most notably the School of Medicine, and I’m eternally grateful for their help and support.”
These Cardiff University alumni are clear examples of how our past students achieve success in their chosen area, as we’re sure you will too. We’d love to hear about your post-university achievements so don’t forget to join our Alumni Network and keep us informed!