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Issue 02 – 2010

alumnium The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff Alumni Magazine

inside... Honouring Alumni page 3

60 Years of Sport pages 5

Building the Future page 8

PDR: Design For Life page 10

Forest School page 11

“Nodyn gan…” page 13


the design of disease page 9


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Welcome from the Alumni Office

Meet the team! Do you know who’s who at College House? Here’s a guide to who might pick up the phone when you call… L-R: Dominic Codera, Development Office Administrator. Dominic supports all areas of our work, through research, collaboration and general organisation. I’m next, with Andrew Walker to the right. Andrew is Director of Development at the UWIC Foundation and is himself an alumnus of South Glamorgan Institute in the 1980s. On the far right is Sheona Evans, Development Manager. Sheona is responsible for fundraising and developing support from alumni, friends and charitable organisations.

Welcome - & Win a Wii!!

Above: Claire Grainger, UWIC Alumni Officer

Welcome to Issue 2 of our alumni magazine! So much has happened in the last year. I’ve met a wide range of alumni, from near and far, young and ‘young at heart’ – each one with a fascinating story to tell. I’ve tried to bring some of those stories, and the best of what UWIC has to offer, in to the following pages which I hope you’ll enjoy reading. As ever – do spread the word: you are our network, and I’m here to make it work for you. This year I made the big step onto the stage at one of the graduation ceremonies – quite a daunting task, but one that gave me immense pleasure to see brand new alumni sitting there in all their regalia. It’s a pleasure to welcome you all to our network.

Win a Wii If you update your contact details (email, phone or home address) or put us in touch with one of our ‘lost’ alumni, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a Nintendo Wii games console. A winner will be drawn at random on 31st October 2010. 1

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Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor

Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor

Singapore graduates mean business

We are coming to the end of a momentous year at UWIC, with many changes visible on the campuses. The Cardiff School of Management has moved into their new building. The main entrance and library have been extended to provide space for the many more students who will now be studying in Llandaff and the old campus at Colchester Avenue has said goodbye to its final students after more than 40 years.

We have embarked on a robust strategic consultation which will equip UWIC with a framework for the future, allowing us to address the financial, political and demographic demands of the coming years. We shall always remain passionately committed to our core beliefs in quality, diversity, accessibility and most importantly of all, employability. 96% of UWIC graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduation. UWIC was once again identified as “top new university in Wales” in all four league tables and our International Students rated us the best university in Wales for the quality of their time here.

Our International Office is not only bringing students from abroad to study in Cardiff – we’re also taking our knowledge and expertise to them. Via our partnerships with international institutions such as the East Asia School of Business in Singapore, Hong Kong University, the Arab Academy Egypt and more, we are now delivering world-class education to students in nine countries. With our Associate College, the London School of Commerce, we now have more than 3,500 full-time international students.

I know that with the support of our alumni and friends, we will be able to create a truly forwardthinking institution, building a brighter future for Wales, for the UK and beyond. I hope you enjoy reading our various alumni stories, as much as we enjoy sharing in their success.

Professor Antony J Chapman Vice-Chancellor

Professor Antony Chapman presided at a graduation ceremony in Singapore for students who have been studying UWIC degree programmes at the East Asia School of Business (EASB). Also in attendance was Andrew Chua, Principal and Chief Executive of EASB and UWIC Honorary Fellow. With a relationship going back more than 10 years, UWIC’s links with the EASB have been further strengthened following the recent validation of new programmes in Accounting Business Information Systems and Banking and Finance. 2 2

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Honorary Fellowships

Alumni awarded Honorary Fellowships

Phil Davies, or “ Abs “ as he is known from his days on the rugby field, is the Managing Director of Hospital Innovations and one of Wales’ leading entrepreneurs. Based in St Mellons, Hospital Innovations has an international reputation for specialist surgical services such as orthobiologics, and they maintain the only human tissue bank of its kind in Wales. Phil studied Physical Education and History (1978 – ‘81) playing rugby alongside Rhodri Lewis, Kevin Edwards (UWIC’s 1st Sports Personality of the Year), Geraint John (Canada’s RFC Coach) and Cardiff School of Sport’s own John Rawlins. He went on to work in Sales and Marketing for companies such as Johnson and Johnson before founding Hospital Innovations in 2007. At that point, Phil says, “"I no longer wanted to work for large multinational 3

corporations. Starting my own business meant better income opportunities, improved quality of life, autonomy and the ability to influence my own future.” Phil is a patron of UWIC rugby in his role as President of UWIC RFC, who are about to celebrate their 60th Anniversary Dinner at Celtic Manor in November. He is also a great contributor to the Cardiff School of Management, offering student and graduate placements within Hospital Innovations. “I’m a great believer in UWIC, the management course is geared up to promote a practical, project-led approach which is what the modern business world needs. It’s a pleasure to help out my old college and to be associated with this great institution. I have many happy memories of my time at Cyncoed.”

David Emanuel graduated from UWIC’s Cardiff School of Art & Design in the early 1970s, moving to the Harrow School of Art, then Paris. After being chosen to design “the” wedding dress - worn by Diana Princess of Wales in 1981 David’s profile soared and he became a household name. He has been involved with numerous television projects, as well as designing sets and costumes for ballet, film, concert, music videos, ad campaigns, theatre and television productions.

some of the most creative people in the world.

A passionate Welshman, he said he had a tear in his eye when the harpist started at the recent graduation ceremony. “I found it moving and was very touched,” he said. “It was a strange experience listening to one’s achievements being read aloud because I just do my job and don’t really think about it - I’m very fortunate to work with

His advice to those wishing to follow in his footsteps is simple: work hard and believe in yourself. And as for his favourite dress? “Either the one I’ve just done, or the one I’m about to do. I get so excited about my work, I don’t think back to ‘that’ wedding dress, though everyone always asks me about it.“

“A lot of people in London think I’m terribly English but I’m so proud to be Welsh. It makes it really personal to be honoured by your own country particularly in Cardiff, because this is where my career started.” He also demonstrated a cheeky sense of humour, starting his acceptance speech “Vice-Chancellor, when do I get the little gold statuette? And where’s the red carpet? This one’s blue!”

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Honorary Fellowships

Honorary Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have attained distinction in the arts, literature, science, business or public life; or have rendered exceptional service to UWIC; or have had a close association with UWIC. As such, we are delighted to have honoured three of our own alumni this year, alongside other major figures from industry and the arts.

Paul Williams OBE – CEO NHS Wales. Paul Williams spent a year studying at Colchester Avenue before starting an illustrious 40-year career in the NHS which culminated in his appointment as Chief Executive at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABM) NHS Trust, one of the largest in the UK.

He then joined the Welsh Assembly Government as Director General for Health and Social Services and Chief Executive of the NHS in December 2008. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of St John in 2009. Paul has very fond memories of his lecturers who helped to guide him in his early career.

Honorary Fellowships also awarded this year:

Gillian Clarke – Author. National Poet for Wales since 2008, Gillian’s poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain.

Henry Engelhardt – CEO, Admiral Group. Philanthropist, businessman and Cardiff Ambassador, Henry is CEO of one of the rare companies that has continued to excel despite the worsening economy. “His message to our graduates: “If I can do it, you can.”

David Richards CBE – Chair, Prodrive. The former professional rally driver formed his own rally team and set up independent motorsport and automotive technology business Prodrive in 1984.

Gerald Davies CBE DL – Wales and British Lions Rugby legend. On receiving his award, Gerald said, “It is with a huge sense of privilege that I accept the Honorary Fellowship from such an exceptional institution.” Since his retirement from the game, Gerald has become a respected journalist with the BBC and The Times and is Chairman of the Wales Youth Agency. 4

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Cardiff School of Sport

From the Playground to the Podium

This year the School of Sport will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary – 60 years since the first young men were trained to become the next generation of much-needed PE teachers after the war. From an army barracks in Heath Park to one of Wales’ premier sporting centres, the Cardiff School of Sport has come a long way in its 60 year history. Cardiff Training College started in 1950 with just 30 students and three PE staff, including of course

the legendary Syd Aaron. Cardiff School of Sport now has 80 staff and over 1500 students: arguably the largest school of its type in the UK. UWIC is now consistently recognised as one of the UK’s best universities for sport-related study not least because of its long list of sporting success stories. Heroes of the early 1960s included Olympic athletes such as Lynn Davies and Peter Radford. The influence of the School in the ‘Golden Years’ of

Welsh rugby can’t be ignored, with legends like Gareth Edwards and JJ Williams all coming out of UWIC in the 1960s. In total, UWIC boasts 48 Internationals, eight Test Captains and 13 British Lions. And it’s not just rugby stars that the UWIC School has nurtured. Over the years, our graduates have made a great impact as excellent teachers and coaches, and elite athletes in sports as varied as judo, cricket, netball, gymnastics,

swimming, weightlifting and athletics. In fact, more than 500 names in at least 30 different sports are listed in the UWIC Hall of Fame, including Wales Grand Slam 2008 Captain, Ryan Jones. Our most recent success stories include the UWIC Archers women’s basketball team winning both the British University Championship and the English National League – the first Welsh team since the Rhondda Rebels – and our women’s rugby team

being crowned British University Champions for the fifth successive year. The facilities at Cyncoed are used by student clubs, elite performers, the general public and importantly, 1,700 children per week are on campus as part of the UWIC Junior Sports Academy programme. We will also host competitors from Australia, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago in preparation camps for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

60 Years of UWIC RFC

UWIC RFC Storm to Victory 5

Over its 60 year history, UWIC RFC has produced more than 50 rugby international players and a dozen or more British Lions, and this year, UWIC RFC continues this proud tradition having been crowned winners of the SWALEC National League Division One East.

In November 2010 UWIC Rugby is celebrating this Diamond Jubilee with a gala dinner at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. It seems unnecessary to name some of our rugby greats – Gareth Edwards, JJ Williams, Clive Rowlands, Tony Copsey, Gareth Cooper, Ryan Jones, Selwyn Williams the list is almost too long

to complete! To add to the occasion, some of our other UWIC alumni have kindly agreed to host the evening, namely John Inverdale, Roy Noble, Rick O’Shea and Phil Steele. Invitations will be sent out to all former players around the same time as this magazine – if you’ve not had yours, do get in touch.

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Cardiff School of Sport

UWIC Athletes going for Gold It has been an eventful year for UWIC AC, for both current students and alumni members. Dai Greene won Gold in the 400m hurdles at the recent European Championships in Barcelona , confirming his status as best in Europe and adding to the Gold won at the European Team Championships in Norway earlier this year. Olympian from 2008, Tom Parsons made it to the final of the high jump in Barcelona, having come second in Norway with a clearance of 2.25m. Both Dai and Tom are now looking forward to the Commonwealth Games in Dehli in October, where they will be joined by one of our alumni-supported Sports Scholars, Brett Morse. At just 21 years of age, Brett has already represented Great Britain

in a number of international events including the World Junior Championships in 2008, the European under-23 Championships in 2009 and more recently the European Team Championships. Brett is currently ranked 2nd in the Commonwealth and is one of Wales’ best shots for a medal at the Games. Hoping to join him is our other alumni-supported Sports Scholar, Bryony Raine. Alumni athletes Lee

Doran, Ryan SpencerJones, Chris Gowell and Gareth Warburton hope to represent Wales at the games, while others may have the opportunity to represent England if selected. As well as the athletes, BSc Sports Science graduate and forthcoming PGCE student Caroline Harvey will be representing Wales in the Badminton events.

Not just athletes: Jon Murray (Sports Massage 2009) was selected as team staff for the Great Britain team at the European Championships in Barcelona, where he acted as the soft tissue therapist to the endurance squad.




Subject studied


David Greene

400m Hurdles


BA (Hons) Leisure & Sports Management, 2008

Malcolm Arnold

Tom Parsons

High Jump


BA (Hons) Sport & Physical Education, 2005

Fuzz Ahmed

Brett Morse



HND Sport Development & Coaching

Nigel Bevan

Bryony Raine

Pole Vault


BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, 2005 MSc Sport & Exercise Science

Scott Simpson

Lee Doran



BA (Hons) Leisure & Sports Management, 2008

John Davies

Ryan Spencer-Jones

Shot Putt


BA (Hons) Leisure & Sports Management, 2009

Nigel Bevan

Chris Gowell



BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Food Science, 2008

Gareth Warburton



HND Leisure & Sports Management, 2004

Darrell Maynard


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UWIC Foundation

Telephone Fundraising Thank you! Thank you to all of our alumni, staff and friends that have supported UWIC this year. We have raised over £300,000 since the last edition of Alumnium! UWIC Libraries have benefited from the purchase of new equipment, a Scholarship Scheme for students studying at the Cardiff School of Management has been created for those who are most in need and a new Research Fund has been created to support some of UWIC’s world leading research across all fields. This support will have an impact on so many lives and we are so grateful. If you would like to find out more about how to support UWIC, please contact Sheona Evans, Development Manager on 029 2020 1593 or You can donate online through JustGiving at: uwicfoundation/donate

UWIC Annual Fund The Annual Fund distributes all the money raised on an annual basis to support new scholarships and bursaries, new student resources and ground breaking research. Every gift, large or small can make a difference to support current and future generations of students.

Later this year, the UWIC Foundation will be embarking on our first ever telephone fundraising campaign. To give you a flavour of what this is, and why we’re doing it, UWIC Foundation interviewed our Development Manager, Sheona Evans. Q: Why is UWIC running a telephone fundraising campaign? A: Quite simply, it’s a fantastic way for us to keep in touch with our alumni. We let them know about news and events in the institution, and find out more about each individual. Crucially, it is also a vital source of raising funds to support our newly established Annual Fund. Q: Are you making all the phone calls yourself? A: No, sadly there’s simply not enough time! We will employ current students to telephone 5,000 alumni over four weeks. 7

Q: Why student callers, and not staff? A: If you’ve only ever worked here, you won’t have had the same experience as our alumni. Student callers provide a unique opportunity for alumni to engage with us at a different level, to share experiences separated by time – rooms, canteens and sports facilities may not have changed all that much! Q: What do current students know about being alumni? A: Students are keen to be involved as they are the alumni of the future! We try to match them up with alumni who studied the

same course as they are doing now. The telethon will give them the opportunity to talk with professionals already working in their chosen field of study and to receive careers advice, tips and general life lessons from former students. Q: How will alumni know if they are going to be called? A: We won't be cold calling! Everyone who we plan to call will receive a letter beforehand giving the option to opt-out, though of course we hope people will talk to us – it’s a chance for our alumni to have their say to us, as well as for us to find out more about them, so we

can better plan our alumni work. So even if someone is not sure about giving, we hope they will at least let us call them. Q: Why are you only calling 5,000 people out of our alumni network of over 35,000? We would love to be able to call everyone but unfortunately we lack telephone numbers for many of our alumni. If you would like to be involved, please get in touch with your up to date telephone number!

Q: How much money do you hope to raise? A: If everyone we called could give us £10 a month for three years, then we could raise £600,000 in the first year alone! That’s more than £2 million over the three years when you include Gift Aid and Matched Funding. It shows how small amounts of money can grow into something really meaningful. Q: What about people who can’t give? A: We know that not everyone wants to give, or is able to. To be honest, being able to speak to our alumni and gain their insights is just as valuable to us!

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UWIC Graduates transforming our campuses

Willmott Dixon Scholarships In addition to improving UWIC’s built environment, Willmott Dixon also offer scholarships and prizes. In February, the £3,000 Willmott Dixon MSc Management Scholarship was awarded to Patrick Rummens (BA (Hons) Business Studies 2009), now studying on the MSc programme. Patrick was extremely grateful for his award: “I no longer have to worry about course fees, which is a weight off my mind as they make up a large part of any student’s budget. Getting an education is expensive and so having a £3,000 scholarship award is very significant. In addition to this, winning the award has shone a light on a sector which I knew very little about. Over the coming months, I will certainly be taking a very close look at the construction industry and the exciting options it has to offer.” In addition, an annual prize to the highest achiever on the HNC course in Building, Technology and Management is awarded, which this year went to Claire Simpson, 26 who works as a site buyer for Mabey Bridge, Chepstow, described by Gareth as “an extremely worthy winner. Her enthusiasm and drive were obvious from the outset.”

UWIC Graduates transforming our campuses

One measure of success is to look back at your ‘alma mater’ and see that you’ve really made your mark on the place. In the case of Gareth Turner, a former student who studied Building Construction in the 1970s, that could not be more true. Gareth is the HE FE Sector Manager for the construction firm Willmott Dixon. Listed in the Sunday Times 'Top 100 Companies to work for'

and ‘Green List’ awards, Willmott Dixon has a framework partnering agreement with UWIC to deliver £50m of campus transformations over four years. Visitors to the main campus at Llandaff cannot fail to notice the impact Willmott Dixon is having on the changing face of UWIC. Last year saw the completion of the new Food Industry Centre, and this year sees a major multi-level extension to the library, as well as the new Cardiff School of Management. The building is equipped with the latest energy-saving features and we are aiming for the highest BREEAM environment ratings. Willmott Dixon also recently completed work on the new campus centre at Cyncoed and will be

extending the main entrance building at Llandaff over the summer. Whilst visitors to campus can easily spot the new buildings, what many people don’t realise is that there are many UWIC graduates working within Willmott Dixon to make these changes a reality. “As well as me, Willmott Dixon’s Cardiff office employs nine UWIC graduates in fields ranging from information technology, business studies and finance, HR, and building construction” explains Gareth. We have a great team here and we’re committed to working with UWIC to promote the career prospects of the best graduates.” Helen Salisbury MCIPD (BA Hons Business Studies, 2001) is the Regional HR Coordinator within the

Wales & West region: “I look back fondly at my time at Colchester Avenue, but I am really quite envious of the Business Studies students who will start in 2010 in the fantastic new building.” Ian James, another student who studied building construction in the 70s at UWIC and now preConstruction Director at Willmott Dixon commented that “We obviously had building projects going on during my time at UWIC but now many students, not only the ones studying construction, are actively encouraged with to get involved. There are many and varied curriculum activities which are relevant to the built environment.”


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Cardiff School of Art & Design

Design: Luke Jerram Giant viruses, public pianos, Aeolian wind harps. It’s an unlikely mix, but a winning one for Luke Jerram (Fine Art 1997), Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. Bristol-based Luke spent time this summer in New York overseeing his latest installation entitled ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’. Sixty pianos were made available in parks, streets and plazas across the city’s five boroughs. "I’m so excited to see what will happen. The pianos are a blank canvas for everyone’s creativity so it’ll be interesting to see just how much talent is out there.”

The idea for ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ came from Luke’s trips to his local launderette. “I saw the same people there each weekend and yet no one talked to one another. Placing a piano into the space acts as a catalyst for conversation.” Since 2008, Luke’s pianos have brought music to the streets of Sao Paulo, Sydney, London, Bristol, Bury St Edmunds and Barcelona. International press coverage has included the New York Times, Vanity Fair, LA Times Magazine Style List and Nature magazine. Luke also took an exhibition of his Glass Microbiology to a prestigious New York gallery.

Glass Microbiology - Photograph by Luke Jerram


His beautiful sculptures of viruses such as swine flu, SARS and HIV reveal the fascinating tension between something that is unusually beautiful but which is also extremely dangerous and plaguing humanity. Back in the UK, Luke has invented a giant Aeolian wind harp which he hopes will be installed for the Olympics in Weymouth. “Cardiff Art College gave me my foundations and launched my career as an international artist. The tutors gave me standards and an appreciation of what good art is, and what it can aspire to be. I have great memories from art college and as I sit here in New York, I yearn for some good conversation and a warm beer at Howard Gardens college bar.”

Luke Jerram playing piano in Times Square, Photograph by Amarynth Sichel

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The National Centre for Product Design and Research, PDR.

You don’t have to look too hard around UWIC to find our own graduates excelling within the institution. Just take a look at The National Centre for Product Design and Research, PDR. Founded by UWIC in 1994, the team has developed a worldwide reputation for developing new knowledge in product design, and applying that knowledge within both academia and industry.

PDR: A Design for Life

PDR’s research team of mainly home-grown talent publishes in a wide range of international journals and conferences and is winning design awards at an impressive rate. Of the graduates within the team, UWIC is proud to have played a formative role in the careers of Dr Andrew Walters, Dr Dominic Eggbeer, Ian Culverhouse, Steffan Daniel and Dale Harper. Dale Harper (Product Design BSc, MSc) won an IF design award in March this year for his revolutionary forceps design ‘Safeceps’ which measure the amount of pressure exerted on the baby’s head, reducing the risk of serious injury and trauma to mother and child. The product is currently undergoing the final stages of commercial and manufacturing development. Having completed his PhD in 2008, Dominic Eggbeer (Product Design & Manufacture 2000) is continuing his research career in related areas, including the application

of Computer Aided Design, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping technologies in maxillofacial prosthetics, surgery and dental technology. Dominic also manages PDR’s commercial medical modelling services, which provide close collaboration with the NHS. He is currently in the process of applying for additional funding to purchase top-of-the-range CAD machines to take this research forward. “At the moment it can take up to two days to make prostheses for surgical use, which is fine for scheduled operations. Imagine the positive

impact on emergency surgery if that wait time could be reduced to a few hours. The surgeon would then be equipped with a much greater understanding of the operation he’s about to undergo.”


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Cardiff School of Education

If you go down to the woods today…

Martin Cook leads a Forest School expedition

If you were to go down to Queenswood on the Cyncoed campus today you could be in for a big surprise; not from hungry bears, however, but from adventurous children. These children are part of a new Forest School programme initiated by four members of staff dedicated to using the outdoors to educate young people. 11

It seems as if these staff members are ‘barking up the right tree!’ Forest School is an approach to education developed in Scandinavia, which emphasises learning through child-centred and child-led discovery in an outdoor setting; a philosophy which the Forest School team of Mark Connolly, Martin Cook, Cheryl Ellis and Chantelle Haughton are committed to. All four members of the team have just completed a level three Forest School leadership qualification which allows them to both lead groups of children and in the future train others in Forest School leadership skills.

Chantelle Haughton, who has recently received a Vice Chancellor staff award for her commitment to realising this project, explained how this idea evolved: “Well it all began for us really on wet Friday afternoon when Mark, Cheryl and myself discovered that we had a shared interest in outdoor learning. We brought this forward as a vague idea to our school’s enterprise committee and found out that Martin had suggested something along this line many years earlier and that he was already doing similar things with the Earth Education movement and his ‘Teddy Bear’s picnic’ where local

primary children come in to explore the woods.” Apart from the excited chatter of six year olds the most obvious evidence of the ‘Teddy Bear’s picnic’ on the Cyncoed campus is the large yurt that has been erected near the student residences in Queenswood. However, this canvas structure is not suitable for developing Forest School and the team intend to raise money to build an ecofriendly centre where they can both conduct Forest School lessons and study the benefits to children of this type of child-centred, outdoor learning.

Cheryl Ellis outlined how she envisaged this project developing: “We hope that in the future UWIC could be seen as a centre for the study of outdoor learning. Wales is leading the way in promoting a child-centred, play-based curriculum and we strongly believe that learning in the outdoors should be a key element within this.”

It seems as if these staff members are ‘barking up the right tree!’

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Cardiff School of Education

Lord of the Manor

Ben Slade meets HRH The Prince of Wales Ben Slade (BA (Ed) Secondary Drama 1998) became the youngest Headteacher in the UK when he was appointed Principal of Manor Community College in Cambridge at the age of 30 in 2007. Here he tells us about life as the Head of the Manor: I was delighted to have been appointed Principal at Manor and for a day I stood back and admired my name on the letterhead. Then it hit me like a train: the reality of being in charge, the immediacy of being in the National Challenge with targets to meet and the very real possibility of federation or closure if we didn't significantly raise our game. Suddenly this was not just a job (although, in fairness even as an NQT I never thought this!), it was an all consuming, highly demanding career. It has been a real rollercoaster to use a well-worn cliché.

Not a day passes without at least one significant challenge involving personnel or students and their parents. When I pause for a moment I can see we are turning this college around. Results this year will double those I inherited in 2007 and students' attitudes and aspirations are undoubtedly improving dramatically. However we are fighting entrenched negative perceptions and reputations in a two-tier city. On one level Cambridge offers the finest education in the world. However the majority of my students and families feel this is completely out of reach for them. In order to bridge

this gap I am now in the middle of moving to Foundation Status and working with Trust partners. Together I believe we can take the college forward and achieve our goal of becoming ‘outstanding’ in every respect. I remember my time at UWIC with great fondness: Dr Arthur Geen, Jane Davies, Mitch Winfield, Gill Rees and Charlie Harris were all great influences on my short but eventful career. Furthermore, who could forget the call of the catering assistant in the K2 Cafe – ‘one torp with bacon and cheese going cold my love!’

An education recruitment agency with a difference Education Specialists at UWIC is operated by the Cardiff School of Education at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. We are urgently looking for qualified teachers to fill supply, part-time, fixed and long term posts in primary and secondary schools across South Wales. If you’re interested in registering for work, or would like more information please contact: tel: 029 2041 6951 / 029 2020 1524 email: web:


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Cardiff School of Health Sciences

An Interview with Adrian Peters: Dean of School What’s changed the least? AP: It’s still a small friendly institution, where many of the senior staff are very accessible. It is possible for people to engage with current issues and shape the future of the institution.

Nodyn gan Lowri Mainwaring, myfyriwr PhD (BSc Gwyddor Biofeddygol 2004, MSc 2008)

One Year on…

Can you describe a typical day in CSHS?

AP: Coffee?! No, it would be impossible to sum up in just one word. I usually describe it as a learning curve shaped like a cliff – the risks are greater now, and I have further to fall!

Lloyd, has given immense strength to our links with the Food Sector in Wales. It started with just one KITE associate at Franks Ice Cream. It is so good seeing that start to flourish, as it is helping the economy in Wales, as well as helping us.

What has been the highlight of the year?

What has been the greatest change?

AP: There’s been no one highlight in particular. I have learned that I have a fantastic staff, and we run some fantastic programmes. For example, at a recent periodic review, 15 commendations were gained for the Psychology Masters programme, accredited by the British Psychology Scoiety. We have had the use of the new Food Industry Building, an investment which has started to pay huge dividends. The £5m KITE project, run by David

AP: What has changed most is the development of a research culture here at UWIC, and the recognition that research defines us as an institution. It informs our teaching, it provides knowledge for our industry and it helps us to lead the way on the international stage as well.

So, Adrian, could you sum up your first year in one word?


AP: Although most of my days are dominated by meetings, it’s very varied, with both an internal and external focus. I really enjoy building the external relationships with key partners. I also continue to teach, which keeps me grounded. Is there a final message for our alumni audience? AP: I hope that the Cardiff School of Health Sciences is recognised as providing professional education for working people in Wales and beyond, and that we are seen to be ‘Making a Difference’. Our alumni are out there doing all sorts of useful things in construction & building maintenance, in public health, in the food industry, in environmental health – all areas which contribute to the economic, cultural and economic well-being of Wales, the UK and the wider community. I’m extremely proud to be a part of that and to be charged with leading that development for the future.

Rwyf nawr yn y flwyddyn olaf o gwrs PhD, yn astudio effaith lipidau deietegol ar gellau yn natblygiad clefyd y siwgr math 2 o dan arweiniad Dr.Keith Morris. Penderfynais ddilyn cwrs PHD ar ôl cwblhau Meistr rhan-amser tra’n gweithio yn Ysbyty Heath. Mae’r cwrs PhD yma’n diddorol iawn gan ei fod wedi’i ariannu gan HEFCW gyda gofynion ychwanegol i hybu’r ddarpariaeth cyfrwng Cymraeg o fewn yr Ysgol Gwyddorau Iechyd. Yn ogystal ag astudio, rwy’n darlithio 6 awr yr wythnos. Rwy’n darlithio blwyddyn gyntaf Biocemeg, ac yn diwtor i 10 o fyfyrwyr cyfrwng Cymraeg ar y cwrs. Blwyddyn nesaf bydd swydd llawn amser yn cael ei greu i ddatblygu’r

ddarpariaeth yma, felly rwy’n gobeithio ceisio am y swydd a dal ymlaen i weithio yma. Mae cael darparu’r cymorth yma yn beth cyffrous i’w wneud fel siaradwr Cymraeg. Fe gwblheais gyrsiau Lefel Uwch yn Saesneg gan fy mod yn ymwybodol y basai’n rhaid i mi ddysgu Saesneg yn y Brifysgol. Rydym nawr yn gobeithio y bydd mwy o siaradwyr Cymraeg yn gallu astudio Lefel Uwch ac ymhellach yn eu mamiaith. Fe fyddwn i'n bendant yn argymell UWIC. Rydych yn cael llawer o gefnogaeth, ac rwy wrth fy modd yma - fel y gallwch ddweud, gan mod i wedi bod yma am 10 mlynedd, fwy neu lai!

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wales Centre for Podiatric Studies

50 Years



The Cardiff School of Chiropody was established at the Llandaff Technical College in 1959 within the Department of Science and Mathematics. It was one of three schools of chiropody set up following the Second World War. Students in The Centre for Podiatric Studies

Following much prompting by the Cardiff and District Branch of the Society of Chiropodists to establish a school of chiropody in Cardiff, the case was taken up by the enterprising and energetic Principal of Llandaff Technical College, Mr Joseph (Joe) Cotterell. The first Head of School was Mr Derek Ames. He came from the teaching staff of the London Foot Hospital and School of Chiropody. He remained in Cardiff until 1968 when

he returned to the London Foot Hospital as Principal of the School of Chiropody. His successor as Head of School in Cardiff was Mr Cliff Shipman 1969 – 1973. Mr Don Jessett, who had joined Mr Ames in 1960, was Head of School from1973 -1995. In 1996 Miss Ann Bryan (pictured) became Head of School. She had been among the first group of students to complete their training in Cardiff. She retired in 2002 to be succeeded by the present incumbent Paul Frowen.

In its earliest days the qualification awarded after three years of study was Membership of the Society of Chiropodists (Associateship if the candidate was under 21 years old). As the course developed a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine awarded by the Society of Chiropodists replaced the earlier professional award. From 1992 the undergraduate course was established leading to a BSc in Podiatry offered by the University of Wales.

This year the Wales Centre for Podiatric Studies is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. In June over 100 podiatrists gathered at the Judy Hawkins Memorial Seminar held in the University Hospital for Wales. They were addressed by a number of our alumni, including Professor Anthony Redmond (1988) Arthritis Research Campaign (arc) Senior Lecturer in the University of Leeds’ Institute for Molecular Medicine, who took a look into the future of podiatry with his speech entitled “Fifty More After Fifty”.

Dr Sue Barnett (1985), Senior Lecturer and Director of the Human Analysis Laboratory, University of the West of England, has a particular interest in diabetes and spoke on the topic of “Not all Feet are Equal”. Additional talks were given by Richard Green (1989), Scott Cawley (1980) and Dr Jane Lewis (1998).


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UWIC International Alumni

UWIC International Alumni With so many of our alumni based far away from Cardiff, we’re working to make the alumni experience as meaningful for overseas alumni as it is for those closer to home. Clearly, access to UWIC’s library and gym facilities has less relevance from thousands of miles away! Our fledgling network of alumni ambassadors is helping to redress the balance. Ambassadors allow us to have a presence in each area where we have a concentration of alumni. There may be just five, or 150 graduates in a given city or country – but if so, then we want to help them connect! Alumni networking is a great opportunity both socially and for local business connections. We’re also online, using the website LinkedIn to provide a professional networking platform for graduates around the world. If you’d like us to help you connect more effectively, or would be interested in taking on the role of International Alumni Officer for your area, please get in touch!

Hong Kong graduations UWIC’s first group of MSc Food Safety Management students at the University of Hong Kong celebrated their success this year. Professor Antony Chapman attended the graduation ceremony: “The vision in Hong Kong is long term. It has been an honour for UWIC and Hong Kong University’s School of Professional and Continuing Education to support the students and their sponsors to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. This programme is truly a partnership with benefits for all.” 15

Now in its second year of collaboration with the University of Hong Kong, which is ranked in the top 25 universities in the world, the programme has been highly commended by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and is proving increasingly popular in this dynamic region.

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Brunei Graduations

Brunei Graduations The Vice-Chancellor travelled to Brunei in July to preside over an award ceremony for almost 100 Bruneian graduates who studied at UWIC. He was joined by a large number of UWIC staff, including John Phillips, former Dean of International Office and Chair of the British Universities Brunei Association, Professor Adrian Peters, Dean of the Cardiff School of Health Science, Dr Mohammed Loutfi, Dean of International Development and Andrew Walker, the Director of Development at the UWIC Foundation. Pehin Abdul Rahman Taib, former Minister of Education in Brunei, was made an Honorary Fellow of UWIC at the ceremony.

Also present was Rob Fenn, British High Commissioner to Brunei, who said “It’s wonderful to be here celebrating the success of so many Bruneian students. UWIC is a class act and is exceptional in the way that it looks after the welfare of these students. I’m very proud to be here and very

proud of what UWIC does for Britain in its relationship with Brunei.” John Phillips was Dean of International Students at UWIC for fourteen years, and has played a crucial role over the years in forming UWIC’s highly successful relationship with Brunei. “This event is held every two years in Brunei

and allows each successful graduate to invite a large number of family and friends. Having worked so hard, our Bruneian graduates really deserve this opportunity to enjoy their moment at this ceremony in Brunei in addition to the ceremonies held in Cardiff.

“UWIC values its relationship with Brunei and is proud that the success of this year’s student cohort was honoured by the attendance of Pehin Abdul Rahman Taib, former Minister of Education and that he was made an Honorary Fellow of the university – the highest

honour that UWIC can bestow. “ John retired from UWIC this summer, and though we are sad to see him leave, we look forward to a continuing relationship with our alumni, students and friends in Brunei.


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Farewell Colchester Avenue

Those were the days!

The new home for Cardiff College of Food Technology and Commerce opened its doors to students in September 1966, bristling with specialist facilities for the strong vocational programmes delivered here. National Diploma and City and Guilds students happily rubbed shoulders with Higher National Diploma (HND) and degree students. Dietetics was the first degree programme, with HNDs in catering, food science and technology and business studies, which gradually became the extensive portfolio of programmes offered today. 17

My first timetable comprised a cross-section of applied sciences bakery, catering, hairdressing and nursery nursing. Those of you familiar with Tom Sharpe’s book Wilt might have some insight into what it was like here, although some of the old gang made Sharpe’s characters look positively normal! The old Lesley Smith Restaurant on the ground floor was named after the first principal of the college who had been a baker. It then became Smith’s Restaurant and Coffee Shop, and ended life as the Print Studio. The first floor of B Block was known as the corridor of flour. Our lecture theatres were bakeries full of the

As UWIC’s Colchester Avenue campus closes its doors for the final time, Professor Eleri Jones looks back with nostalgia…

latest equipment, though one asbestos-filled oven could not be removed and remains incarcerated behind a wall in the back of B113. The wall of B114 was a display area for cakes decorated by students and staff, particularly Joyce Williams. Joyce became quite famous for her skills, making cakes for local and not-so-local dignitaries, including the Queen and Henry Kissinger! Much of the bakery equipment and skills has been transferred to the Food Industry Centre at Llandaff, as part of UWIC’s Cardiff School of Health Sciences. So many things had already disappeared over the years - the ‘flat’ where housekeeping was taught,

a dieticians’ kitchen, the Finnish sauna, a sewing room, two hairdressing salons (where Ken Picton honed his trade in the 1970s) and a beauty therapy salon. Gone too are the rows of typewriters for NCTJ (Journalism) students such as Michael Buerk and Sue Lawley. Cardiff College of Food Technology and Commerce enjoyed a very strong relationship with the City of Cardiff. It was seen as a centre of excellence and basked in the glory of its highachieving staff and students. It was also a very happy place to work and there was a strong sense of collegiality. Those of us who worked there are sad to say goodbye to all the

memories, but we look forward to the ‘new era’ in our new building at Llandaff.

If you would like to see the new facilities at Llandaff – either the Food Industry Centre or the School of Management Building – do get in touch! Email or call the Alumni Office on 02920 201590.

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Alumni Magazine 2010  
Alumni Magazine 2010  

Welcome to Issue 2 of our alumni magazine! We've met a wide range of alumni, from near and far, young and ‘young at heart’ –each one with a...