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Dear friends

I hope this email finds you well. Here in Cardiff, the leaves are just starting to turn red and gold, and a new generation of students are just starting to find their way around the city.

We hope that they will love studying here - it's been great to see that Cardiff students remain Wales' most satisfied students, and if you haven't been back to Cardiff for a while, you can catch up with what the University offers in the new Stephen Fry's "Tour of the Student High Street" video too.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy catching up with the latest news from Cardiff in this newsletter. We would love to hear from you with any news you would like to share.

With my very best wishes,
Sarah

Sarah Price
Acting Director of Development and Alumni Relations

 

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Sir David Attenborough delivers outstanding lecture

Sir David AttenboroughSir David Attenborough, whose work has spanned more than 60 years, inspired an audience of more than 1,000 people last week with his personal insights into some of the most mysterious, exquisite and colourful families of birds.

The well-known natural history film-maker and broadcaster was celebrating the work of Welsh naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace. He took the audience on a journey to uncover Wallace’s ocean voyage to the Malay Archipelago and his pioneering observations of the bird of paradise.

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Cardiff takes massive step

FutureLearn

FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), is from today offering learners around the world access to free, high quality courses from university partners including Cardiff.

Cardiff University’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) will be 'Muslims in Britain: Changes and Challenges' delivered by the University’s Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, based in the School of History, Archaeology & Religion. The course will start in March 2014 led by Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray. 

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Are you on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn has started a new feature called University Pages.

These pages offer career insights from courses based on LinkedIn profiles.

If you don't have a profile already, we'd encourage you to create one and list Cardiff University in your education.

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What are universities for?

Colin Riordan, Cardiff University's President and Vice-Chancellor tackles the role of a university in today's world:

"Everybody knows that universities exist to educate students and help to create a highly educated workforce. Most people know they're also the place where research is done that ends up in technologies like smartphones, fuel-efficient cars and advanced medical care. That means universities are a critical part of the innovation process."

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Favourite staff competition

Thank you to over three hundred alumni who took part in this competition.

We're still putting the replies together and will be featuring these and the winners in the next issue.

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Where did you live in Cardiff?

You might find some old flatmates from this conversation on Facebook, as we heard from people from different decades and residences.

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Watch this video - The European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute (ECSCRI) unveils its new approach to tackling cancerFundraising for Cancer Research

Rachel Morgan works as a Senior Development Manager at Cardiff University, and is running the Cardiff Half Marathon to raise money for bowel cancer research and for palliative care.

"I'm running in memory of my mum, Rosemarie Dillon," Rachel says. "Supporting cancer research is one of the reasons why I love working as a fundraiser for Cardiff University. I do think that researchers here could one day help to cure cancer through their pioneering work with stem cells." 

Watch this 3-minute video to see Cardiff University's approach to cancer research

 

In the video above, Professor Alan Clarke from the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute (ECSCRI) explains his new approach to tackling cancer by focusing on a small part of the tumour - the cancer stem cell. This new strategy could lead to the development of new treatments and improve the prognosis for patients

For the cost of a cup of coffee, you could help fund a cure for this disease: please donate and support Rachel's run for cancer research here

Thank you - every little helps.

Alumni Guide to Cardiff University

Don't be afraid to ask questions


Diolch - thank you
to everyone who took part in this inaugural guide for the 2013 Freshers.

We were really touched by the help and words of wisdom you offered, and have already heard back from students saying thanks.

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Science in Health Public Lecture Series 2013-14

The highly successful series returns with a fascinating programme of talks.

All lectures are free to attend and you don't need to book (apart from on 8th October).

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Win £20 of coupons for Cineworld...

Last, but not least, in honour of the journey our freshers are beginning to make as they arrive on campus, and to prove that it's not just them who are having a little bit of fun, you've been coming up with epic Cardiff Movie Lines and sharing them online.

It's been great to hear from lots of you - and if you're a movie buff with a great quote on the tip of your tongue, why not tweet your 'Cardiff' version @CardiffAlumni with #CardiffMovieLines? We have a £20 Cineworld coupon to give to one lucky respondent (T&Cs apply, email us for more details).

"We'll always have Cardiff..." 

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