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Dear all,

I hope this latest issue of Cardiff Connect finds you well. As usual it's full of all the latest headlines from Cardiff University, but it's also the first issue where we are including some of the letters and notes we have received from graduates, especially those who are looking for their old friends. Please take a scroll down the newsletter and see if you can put some old friends back in touch.

If you are a 2013 graduate, I would also like to invite you to take part in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey. This official governmental survey determines employment and study outcomes from courses and influences University league tables, and you can take part online. You might also be interested in the exclusive Interview Skills Workshop coming up on December 11th in Cardiff - there are only 20 spaces for this session so do book early if you want to come along.

On a personal note, I wanted to say how much I truly enjoyed meeting alumni in China earlier this month, and that I'm looking forward to seeing over 120 graduates at our networking event, Cardiff in London, on 12th December. You can still book your space for that online if you haven't made the reservation yet. 

Last, but not least, I also hope you enjoy some Cardiff memories with our latest seasonal photos, of Cardiff in Autumn.

With my very best wishes,

Sarah Price,
Acting Director of Development and Alumni Relations


Read about Sarah's trip to China

Alumni volunteers in Beijing with Sarah Price
and Professor Colin Riordan

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 Cardiff University: Latest headlines and blog posts

New Alzheimer's risk genes discovered in record study

Alzheimer's Disease Discovery with Professor Julie Williams

In the largest ever study of its kind, an international collaboration of scientists, jointly led by Cardiff, has uncovered 11 new susceptibility genes linked with Alzheimer’s disease.

This major breakthrough will significantly advance scientists’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s. It throws open new research avenues and enables a better understanding of the disease’s disordered functional processes.

"This discovery will pinpoint new mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease," said Professor Julie Williams, Head of Neurodegeneration at the School of Medicine’s Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre on Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, who led one of four global research consortia.

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Hadyn Ellis Building launch

Hadyn Ellis Building

The University’s new £30M flagship research facility - the Hadyn Ellis Building - has been officially opened by the Welsh Government’s Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart AM.

The Hadyn Ellis Building is the University’s latest research facility housing highly advanced facilities for some of the University’s world-leading research teams. The University’s European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics and National Centre for Mental Health are all housed in the state-of-the-art facility.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan said: "The opening of the new Hadyn Ellis Building marks a new and important chapter for the University.

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Queen's Anniversary Prize 

Queen's Anniversary Prize
A pioneering University research centre that has tackled the legacy of past industrial activity and provided solutions to the world's future energy challenges has been recognised for its achievements.

The Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC), based in the University’s School of Engineering, has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, one of the UK’s most prestigious forms of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution.

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Leveson and the use
and abuse of history
(Professor Justin Lewis)


BlogIs American culture
thriving in China?
(Professor John Jewell)


Twitter and Journalism 
(Professor John Jewell)


Stop watching us protests
- but not in the UK
(Dr Lina Dencik)


Law on Fracking: Mistaking
coverage for adequacy
(Elen Stokes)


Zero hours contracts:
who benefits?
(Pauline Roberts)


25 sponsored internships for graduates and SMEs

Cardiff University and Santander have organised for a range of local businesses to benefit from employing newly qualified graduates into paid 3 month internships.  

If you have just graduated and are interested in pursuing a paid internship opportunity with an employer in South Wales, then we want to hear from you. 

Alternatively if you run an SME and are interested in hosting one, we would like to hear from you too.

Email us or read more.


Fundraising update

Thank you to everyone who donated to Rachel Morgan's fundraising run which we mentioned in our last issue, and congratulations to Rachel for her successful run.

Rachel raised over £1,100 for bowel cancer research at Cardiff University and we're all extremely grateful for her dedication.

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Have you ever set up your own company?

We want to improve our services to you and other alumni entrepreneurs, as well as report back to the government about business start-ups from Cardiff.

Please take two minutes to tell us about your startup.

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Cardiff in London

Over 120 alumni have registered so far for this informal drinks and networking evening in London.

If you're in the city and fancy catching up with friends, alumni and staff from Cardiff, book your space now for Cardiff in London (12th Dec 2013)

Don't miss Cardiff in London on Dec 12 2013

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Cardiff Network: Alumni stories 

Tom Cumiskey, GoiDeed

Alumni Story: Helping people to donate cashback to charity with GoiDeed.com

You can raise money for charity this winter without spending an extra penny, through this new alumni-led company.

Martin Edser, Wayne Ellis and Tom Cumiskey all met whilst undertaking the MBA at Cardiff Business School.

All three were sponsored by their employers to take the course part-time, and after their graduation in 2010 they kept in touch and remained good friends.

They have just set up a joint philanthropic business venture, GoiDeed.com, which lets you donate to charity through your every day purchases. 

Are you about to do your Christmas shopping? Have a look and get involved!

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 Could you offer an alumni discount?

We are hoping to gather a discounts package from alumni-led or owned companies.

If you can offer your fellow graduates a discount to help promote your business, please get in touch.

All promotions can be in a secure login zone, or publicly listed. Terms and conditions apply, please follow the link for more information.

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 Alumni Stories:  Life after graduation 

Three young alumnae have been telling us more about their experiences after graduation: 

Victoria Robinson (BA, Journalism, Film & Media, 2012) talks about the first year of job-seeking and travel which led to her current role as Press and Communications Officer for million+

Hannah Richardson (BA English Literature) explains how a portfolio of work experience  and GO Wales were instrumental in gaining her first job within her preferred field. 

Freya Kendall (BA Philosophy, 2013) talks about her summer volunteering with the International Citizen Society in Tanzania, Africa, and how you could get involved too. 

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What were your experiences like? Write in and tell us, and remember that you still have free access to Careers Services at Cardiff University. 




Cardiff Network: Noticeboard and Letters to Editor

Introducing the Noticeboard


This is a new way of using the e-newsletter to try and help you connect with the University and each other. We are really keen to include emails and messages for the Cardiff Community.

To add your note or news here next time, just email us at alumni@cardiff.ac.uk with the subject line 'Letter to editor, Cardiff Connect'.

Find a friend

Find a friend

New! Find-a-friend noticeboard.

Is someone looking for you, or are you searching for a friend?

Current requests include class groups (French 91-95, English 1962, Law 1988) and specific names: read more.

South-Wales chiller published by Law graduate

John Rogers Prosser writes:

The Cool, Coal and Black Lightning

"Greetings everyone. Old law grad here.

If anyone has a Kindle and is mad or reckless enough to part with £2.05, you might enjoy, The Cool, Coal and Black Lightning, my first book, a spine chilling yet somehow heart warming rock'n'roll comedy thriller, set in the valleys in 1962."

Vote for Heather Knight!

Sports enthusiasts at Cardiff University have asked us to pass this on:

"As cricket fans will already know, Heather Knight (BSc Biomedical Sciences, Physiology) scored 157 in the Ashes Test in the summer to spur an England fightback and ultimately a series win.

She has been nominated for The Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards, and you can now vote to help her to win the BT ActionWoman of the Year Award too.  Please take a moment to support a fellow graduate! 


Luke Higgott, picture copyright BUCS.com, click for link and details

Luke Piggott, Team GB Flagbearer 

More sports news and congratulations:

"Congratulations to Cardiff alumnus and PhD student Luke Piggott who will be Team GB's flagbearer at the opening ceremony of the World University Winter Games.

Luke, also a Cardiff Devils Elite League player will captain the Men's Ice Hockey Team in what is his third time competing in the Games.Games in Trentino, Italy on December 11th.

Earlier this year he completed a PhD in cancer research at Cardiff University, publishing a paper about a treatment he discovered that prevented the spread and relapse of breast cancer.

We'll keep you updated of Luke and the team's progress!"


The team

Cardiff Alumni come second in UK Adventure Race

Cardiff Business School shared this news on Twitter recently:

"A team of Cardiff Alumni recently participated in a two-day Corporate Adventure Race organised by the Duke of Edinburgh Charity in the Brecon Beacons.

Carduro Racing Club, founded by MBA alumnus and International Advisory Board member Hywel Loveluck, is made up of several Cardiff University alumni brought together initially by their studies and now by their love of adventurous activities."

Read more and learn how to take part online.


Cardiff couple still together after 50 years

We were touched to hear from Peter and Carol Travis via Facebook who wrote:

"We both started at Cardiff Uni 50 years ago this month. We met in our second year. We're going back tomorrow for a 36 hour reunion with a great city.Will be good to see the campus too. Had such good times there and subsequently. Cardiff Uni enabled us to make so much of our lives."

Congratulations Peter and Carol and we hope you enjoyed your visit! We would love to hear from any other Cardiff couples out there too.


50th Anniversary Celebrations for the School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry write:

"Remember to save the date for our 50th Anniversary celebrations and reunion on 16-18th May 2014.

You can now also join the Cardiff School of Dentistry on Facebook for graduate news and events - follow the link or look up 'Cardiff Dental Alumni' on Facebook itself."


  Music graduate launches performance company

The School of Music writes:

"Guy Withers (Music, 2013) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Indomitable Productions, along with final year undergraduate Jessica Haig and another colleague.

They are promoting their first touring production at the moment, Britten's Five Canticles, a dramatic narrative which uses sound design and physical storytelling to cohesively link the five pieces into a one-act pseudo opera. The production will tour three centres in Bristol, Bath and Cardiff in December 2013, and they would be delighted to see Cardiff graduates come along and enjoy the piece too.

We are already really proud of Guy's achievements and can't wait to see how his work progresses over time."


Physiotherapy alumni awards

The School of Healthcare have passed on this great news:

"Michael Delahay (School of Healthcare graduate) is a Physiotherapist at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, and he's just won the 'raising the profile of the profession' award for his work in keeping NHS staff fit for work and reducing sickness absence.

The award for 'Physiotherapy service of the year' also went to a team containing several Cardiff alumni too."


Holocaust Memorial Lecture

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion recently arranged an event along with the Holocaust Educational Trust, to listen to the account of Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke.

Attendees in the Julian Hodge Lecture included many alumni, students and staff, and for those who ended up on the waiting list or just want to catch up, you can find the podcast and photos online.


Impact, the UWIST student newspaper

The alumni team was grateful to receive emails from James Myatt (UWIST President 1978-9) and friends after they received the Vice-Chancellor's letter earlier this year, telling us all about the UWIST student newspaper, Impact. 

Sadly this publication did not make it into the University's archives, and therefore it escaped our notice, but as Simon Hepworth (Editor 1977-79) wrote, "Gair Rhydd and Impact could not have been more different." 

We would like to apologise to anyone else who wondered where Impact disappeared to, and add a public thanks to Simon and friends for offering their back-copies to the permanent archives. 

If you have any old copies, or other University publications which you would like to donate permanently to the University, please get in touch

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