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CardiffConnect Sep 2012


Greetings from Cardiff, where we have just welcomed over 5,000 new students to campus.

We have also been delighted to formally welcome our new Vice-Chancellor and President, Colin Riordan, who is now responsible for the overall leadership and management of the University.

In our last issue we asked you how often you would like to receive this newsletter. It seems that most of you would prefer to hear from us every other month, so from now on Cardiff Connect will be sent on alternate months.

Remember to join us on Facebook for more frequent updates and to see more photos like the one above!

Very best wishes

Sarah Price
Deputy Director of Alumni and Development

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Campus news

Winners of the Graduation Prize Draw: meet the lucky winners, including Holly Rust (BA English Literature) who loves her new iPad.

'Kick-starting' male fertility: The School of Medicine have found a way to add a missing protein to infertile human sperm, which can 'kick-start' its ability to fertilise an egg.

Communicating Science: Prof. Nick Pidgeon is one of a small number of eminent individuals approved as Honorary Fellows of the British Science Association.

Nomination Success: Pioneering University research by Prof. Jonathan Shepherd into violence, alcohol and late-night safety has been recognised with a nomination for the prestigious Times Higher Education awards.

Cracking e-Crime: Prof. Mike Levi and Dr Matthew Williams conclude that more cooperation amongst public and private organisations is needed to help reduce growing levels of e-Crime.

The Ethical Professor: Prof. Robin Attfield has published a new book called 'Ethics: An Overview', and former students explain why it's such a great read.

Inspiring a generation: Jenny McLoughlin, a Cardiff student competing in the London 2012 Paralympics, secured a bronze medal in the 4x100m T37 relay, and alumnus Paul Atherton has shared a photo from volunteering in the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony.

And last, but not least, Prof. Duncan Bloy, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, comments on the legal action being taken by Prince William.

- Read more news online

Fundraising updates

Trevithick Library welcomes sponsors: we recently celebrated the library's success with its original sponsors, including ninety-one year old Captain Ken Nelson who travelled from Australia to see the Silent Study Area he funded.

Running for cancer research: Anna Calnan is running the Cardiff half-marathon in support of bowel cancer research at Cardiff University - help to fight the disease by sponsoring her online today.

Upcoming events

Save the date...

Live or work in London? Don't miss the exclusive networking event Cardiff in London on 6th December - email your interest now to

Avid reader? Cardiff Booktalk is exploring 'The Little Stranger' on 30th October

Love music? Get your tickets for the Concert Series 2012-13

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