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Cardiff University is a leading research university
University
A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university is an organisation that provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education...

 located in the Cathays Park
Cathays Park
In addition to the large lawn in front of the City Hall, Cathays Park includes three formal gardens. All of the spaces are within conservation areas and many of the surrounding buildings are listed. The open spaces are very important to the image of the city. Several important buildings overlook...

 area of Cardiff
Cardiff
Cardiff is the capital, largest city and most populous county of Wales and the 10th largest city in the United Kingdom. The city is Wales' chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions, the Welsh national media, and the seat of the National Assembly for...

, Wales
Wales
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west. It has a population of three million, and a total area of 20,779 km²...

, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

. It received its Royal charter in 1883 and is a member of the Russell Group of Universities. The university is consistently recognised as providing high quality research-based university education in Wales. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
Research Assessment Exercise
The Research Assessment Exercise is an exercise undertaken approximately every 5 years on behalf of the four UK higher education funding councils to evaluate the quality of research undertaken by British higher education institutions...

, almost 60 per cent of all research at Cardiff University was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent – 4* and 3* the top two categories of assessment. Ranked number 122 of the world's top universities, Cardiff University celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2008. Before August 2004, the university was officially known as University of Wales, Cardiff , although it used the name Cardiff University publicly.

History


‎The Aberdare Report of 1881 recommended the foundation of university colleges in North Wales
North Wales
North Wales is the northernmost unofficial region of Wales. It is bordered to the south by the counties of Ceredigion and Powys in Mid Wales and to the east by the counties of Shropshire in the West Midlands and Cheshire in North West England...

 and South Wales
South Wales
South Wales is an area of Wales bordered by England and the Bristol Channel to the east and south, and Mid Wales and West Wales to the north and west. The most densely populated region in the south-west of the United Kingdom, it is home to around 2.1 million people and includes the capital city of...

 to complement the already established University College, Wales (now the University of Wales, Aberystwyth
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth University is a university located in Aberystwyth, Wales. Aberystwyth was a founding Member Institution of the former federal University of Wales. As of late 2006, the university had over 12,000 students spread across seventeen academic departments.The university was founded in 1872 as...

), in Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth is a historic market town, administrative centre and holiday resort within Ceredigion, Wales. Often colloquially known as Aber, it is located at the confluence of the rivers Ystwyth and Rheidol....

.
There was considerable debate about whether the southern college should be located in Cardiff or Swansea.
The case for Cardiff was strengthened by stressing the need to take account of the interests of Monmouthshire
Monmouthshire (historic)
Monmouthshire , also known as the County of Monmouth , is one of thirteen ancient counties of Wales and a former administrative county....

, at that time not legally considered part of Wales. This influenced the name of the new body.
Following a public appeal that raised £37,000, the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire opened on October 24, 1883, offering studies in Biology, Chemistry, English, French, German, Greek, History, Latin, Mathematics & Astronomy, Music
Cardiff University School of Music
Cardiff University School of Music is home to about 240 undergraduate and 40 postgraduate students. It was one of the first departments established when Cardiff University was granted its Royal Charter in 1883. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 70% of the School’s research was judged to be...

, Welsh, Logic & Philosophy and Physics. The University College was incorporated by Royal Charter
Royal Charter
A royal charter is a formal document issued by a monarch as letters patent, granting a right or power to an individual or a body corporate. They were, and are still, used to establish significant organizations such as cities or universities. Charters should be distinguished from warrants and...

 the following year. John Viriamu Jones
John Viriamu Jones
John Viriamu Jones, FRS , was a British scientist, who worked on measuring the ohm, and an educationalist who was instrumental in establishing the University of Sheffield and Cardiff University.-Early life and studies:...

 was appointed as the University’s first Principal, at age 27. The only college in Wales with its own degree awarding powers at this time was St David's University College. As such, Cardiff entered students for the examinations of the University of London
University of London
-20th century:Shortly after 6 Burlington Gardens was vacated, the University went through a period of rapid expansion. Bedford College, Royal Holloway and the London School of Economics all joined in 1900, Regent's Park College, which had affiliated in 1841 became an official divinity school of the...

 until, in 1893, it became one of the founding institutions of the University of Wales
University of Wales
The University of Wales was a confederal university founded in 1893. It had accredited institutions throughout Wales, and formerly accredited courses in Britain and abroad, with over 100,000 students, but in October 2011, after a number of scandals, it withdrew all accreditation, and it was...

 and began awarding their degrees.

In 1885, Aberdare Hall
Aberdare Hall
Aberdare Hall is one of the halls of residence serving students at Cardiff University, Wales. It was built in 1893 with the intention of being an all-female hall, and was the second university residence solely for women in Britain. By 1895 it consisted of the then newly built brick and terra-cotta...

 opened as the first hall of residence, allowing women access to the university. This moved to its current site in 1895, but remains a single-sex hall. 1904 saw the appointment of the first female professor
Professor
A professor is a scholarly teacher; the precise meaning of the term varies by country. Literally, professor derives from Latin as a "person who professes" being usually an expert in arts or sciences; a teacher of high rank...

 in the UK, Millicent McKenzie.

Architect W.D. Caroe
W.D. Caroe
William Douglas Caroe was a British architect, particularly of churches. His sons were the architect A.D.R. Caroe, and Sir Olaf Caroe...

 sought to combine the charm and elegance of his former college (Trinity College, Cambridge
Trinity College, Cambridge
Trinity College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. Trinity has more members than any other college in Cambridge or Oxford, with around 700 undergraduates, 430 graduates, and over 170 Fellows...

) with the picturesque balance of many of the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is a university located in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest surviving university in the world and the oldest in the English-speaking world. Although its exact date of foundation is unclear, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096...

 colleges. Building work on Main Building commenced in 1905 and was completed in many stages, the first in 1909. Money ran short for this project, however, and although the side-wings were completed in the 1960s the planned Great Hall has never been built. Prior to then, from its founding in 1883, the University was based in the Old Infirmary on Newport Road, Cardiff which is now part of the University’s Queen’s Buildings.


In 1931, the School of Medicine, which had been founded as part of the College in 1893 when the Departments of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology were founded, was split off to form the University of Wales College of Medicine
University of Wales College of Medicine
The University of Wales College of Medicine was a medical school based in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, that formed a part of the University of Wales...

. In 1972, the College was renamed University College, Cardiff.

In 1988, a massive debt had been built up by University College, Cardiff, precipitating a merger with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, UWIST, forming the University of Wales College, Cardiff. The Principal of the new institution was Sir Aubrey Trotman-Dickenson, who had been principal of UWIST. Following changes to the constitution of the University of Wales in 1996, this became the University of Wales, Cardiff.

In the early 1990s, the university's computer systems served as the home for The Internet Movie Database. In 1997, the College was granted full independent degree awarding-powers by the Privy Council
Privy Council of the United Kingdom
Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, usually known simply as the Privy Council, is a formal body of advisers to the Sovereign in the United Kingdom...

 (though, as a member of the University of Wales it could not begin using them) and in 1999 the public name of the university was changed to Cardiff University. Some considered this part of an effort at Cardiff to set itself apart from the other colleges of the University of Wales, none of which are members of the Russell Group
Russell Group
The Russell Group is a collaboration of twenty UK universities that together receive two-thirds of research grant and contract funding in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1994 to represent their interests to the government, parliament and other similar bodies...

.

On 1 August 2004 the University of Wales, Cardiff merged with the University of Wales College of Medicine
University of Wales College of Medicine
The University of Wales College of Medicine was a medical school based in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, that formed a part of the University of Wales...

. The merged institution separated from the collegiate University of Wales
University of Wales
The University of Wales was a confederal university founded in 1893. It had accredited institutions throughout Wales, and formerly accredited courses in Britain and abroad, with over 100,000 students, but in October 2011, after a number of scandals, it withdrew all accreditation, and it was...

 and officially took the name Cardiff University.

Cardiff today


In 2002, ideas were floated to re-merge Cardiff with the University of Wales College of Medicine (UWCM) following the publication of the Welsh Assembly Government's review of higher education in Wales. This merger became effective on August 1, 2004, on which date Cardiff University ceased to be a constituent institution of the University of Wales and became an independent "link institution" affiliated to the federal University. The process of the merger was completed on December 1, 2004 when the Act of Parliament
Act of Parliament
An Act of Parliament is a statute enacted as primary legislation by a national or sub-national parliament. In the Republic of Ireland the term Act of the Oireachtas is used, and in the United States the term Act of Congress is used.In Commonwealth countries, the term is used both in a narrow...

 transferring UWCM's assets to Cardiff University received Royal Assent. On December 17 it was announced that the Privy Council
Privy Council of the United Kingdom
Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, usually known simply as the Privy Council, is a formal body of advisers to the Sovereign in the United Kingdom...

 had given approval to the new Supplemental Charter and had granted university status to Cardiff, legally changing the name of the institution to Cardiff University. Cardiff awarded University of Wales degrees to students admitted before 2005, but these have been replaced by Cardiff degrees. Medicine, dentistry and other health-related areas began to admit students for Cardiff degrees in 2006.

In 2004, Cardiff University and the Swansea University
Swansea University
Swansea University is a university located in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. Swansea University was chartered as University College of Swansea in 1920, as the fourth college of the University of Wales. In 1996, it changed its name to the University of Wales Swansea following structural changes...

 entered a partnership to provide a four-year graduate-entry medical degree. An annual intake of around 70 post-graduate students undertake an accelerated version of the Cardiff course at the Swansea University for the first two years before joining undergraduate students at Cardiff for the final two years. All medicine/surgery graduates are awarded the degrees MB BCh. However from September 2009 Swansea University will be independently providing medical education in a revised 4-yr Graduate Entry Degree.

In 2005, The Wales College of Medicine, which is part of the University, launched the North Wales Clinical School in Wrexham
Wrexham
Wrexham is a town in Wales. It is the administrative centre of the wider Wrexham County Borough, and the largest town in North Wales, located in the east of the region. It is situated between the Welsh mountains and the lower Dee Valley close to the border with Cheshire, England...

 in collaboration with the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education in Wrexham and the University of Wales, Bangor and with the National Health Service in Wales. This has been funded with £12.5 million from the Welsh Assembly and will lead to the trebling of the number of trainee doctors in clinical training in Wales over a four year period.

The university has a rivalry with nearby Swansea University
Swansea University
Swansea University is a university located in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. Swansea University was chartered as University College of Swansea in 1920, as the fourth college of the University of Wales. In 1996, it changed its name to the University of Wales Swansea following structural changes...

, against whom every year they have a varsity match
Varsity match
A varsity match is a sporting fixture between two university rivals; in its original and most common form, it is used to describe meetings between Oxford University and Cambridge University.-Popular British and Irish Varsity matches:*University of Oxford v...

 termed the Welsh Varsity
Welsh Varsity
The Welsh Varsity takes place every year between Cardiff University and Swansea University. The many sports represented at this event include rugby union, hockey, squash, badminton, lacrosse, rowing, golf, basketball, football, netball, fencing and an array of other sports including many martial...

.

The university also has a popular Centre for Lifelong Learning
Lifelong learning
Lifelong learning is the continuous building of skills and knowledge throughout the life of an individual. It occurs through experiences encountered in the course of a lifetime...

 which has been teaching a wide range of courses to the public for over 125 years. In July 2009, the University announced it was ending the teaching of over 250 humanities courses at the centre making over 100 staff redundant. The University has since reintroduced a number of humanities courses for a trial period beginning in 2010.

In June 2010, the University launched three new Research Institutes, each of which offers a new approach to a major issue. They are the Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, the Sustainable Places Research Institute, and the Neurosciences & Mental Health Research Institute.

Reputation



Cardiff University continues the tradition of all three of its former institutions in providing high quality research-based education in Wales, as shown in its five year standing as the best centre of excellence in Wales in the Sunday Times League Tables. Cardiff is also the only university in Wales to be a member of the Russell Group
Russell Group
The Russell Group is a collaboration of twenty UK universities that together receive two-thirds of research grant and contract funding in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1994 to represent their interests to the government, parliament and other similar bodies...

 of Research Intensive Universities. Cardiff is by far the strongest research-focused university in Wales. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 33 out of the 34 research areas submitted by the University for assessment were shown to be undertaking research that includes world-leading work.

Times Higher Education ranked Cardiff University 99th in the top 100 universities in the world in 2007, although by 2008 it had dropped 34 places to number 133

Cardiff has two Nobel Laureates on its staff, Professor Sir Martin Evans
Martin Evans
Sir Martin John Evans FRS is a British scientist who, with Matthew Kaufman, was the first to culture mice embryonic stem cells and cultivate them in a laboratory in 1981...

 and Professor Robert Huber
Robert Huber
Robert Huber is a German biochemist and Nobel laureate.He was born 20 February 1937 in Munich where his father, Sebastian, was a bank cashier. He was educated at the Humanistisches Karls-Gymnasium from 1947 to 1956 and then studied chemistry at the Technische Hochschule, receiving his diploma in 1960...

. A number of Cardiff University staff have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, these include Graham Hutchings FRS, professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute, School of Chemistry and Professor Ole Holger Petersen CBE FRS, MRC Professor and Director of Cardiff School of Biosciences.

The University has also won four Queen's Anniversary Prize
Queen's Anniversary Prize
The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education is a biennially awarded series of prizes awarded to Universities and Colleges in the further and higher education sectors within the United Kingdom...

s for Higher & Further Education. The most recent award was won in 2009 by the University's Violence & Society Research Group.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2011 - Ranked 134th globally ranked ENS Lyon 133rd in the world.
  • 2010 – Ranked 122nd globally
  • 2009 – Ranked 135th globally
  • 2008 – Ranked 133rd globally
  • 2007 – Moved into the top 100 globally at position 99th
  • 2006 – placed 141st globally and 8-25 in Europe

The Times Online - Good University Guide 2010

  • Ranked 26th overall out of 114 universities
    • Ranked 4th for Architecture out of 43 universities
    • Ranked 5th for Town and Country Planning and Landscape out of 26 universities
    • Ranked 18th for Law out of 91 universities
    • Ranked 17th for Business Studies out of 110 universities

UK University Rankings
League tables of British universities
Rankings of universities in the United Kingdom are published annually by The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Times...

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Times Good University Guide 26th 35th 30th 30th 29th 34th 25th 21st= 22nd 16th 28th 29th 26th
Guardian University Guide 41st 36th 20th 24th 24th 22nd 33rd 44th
Sunday Times University Guide 22nd 23rd 33rd 29th 25th 15th 21st 19th 19th 28th 24th=
Daily Telegraph 32nd= 27th
FT 35th 29th 34th 22nd
Independent 27th 37nd

Schools and colleges


Cardiff University has 27 academic schools.

The academic schools are:
  • Architecture
  • Biosciences
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • City & Regional Planning
  • Computer Science & Informatics
  • Cymraeg
  • Dentistry
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Engineering
  • English, Communication and Philosophy
  • European Studies
  • Healthcare Studies
  • History, Archaeology and Religion
  • Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
    Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
    The Cardiff School Of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University was founded in 1970 by Sir Tom Hopkinson and as such is the longest established postgraduate centre of journalism education in Europe...

  • Law
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
    Cardiff University School of Medicine
    Cardiff University School of Medicine was founded in 1893 when the Departments of Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Bacteriology were founded at University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire , in the same year. Students finishing their preclinical studies at Cardiff went on to...

  • Music
    Cardiff University School of Music
    Cardiff University School of Music is home to about 240 undergraduate and 40 postgraduate students. It was one of the first departments established when Cardiff University was granted its Royal Charter in 1883. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 70% of the School’s research was judged to be...

  • Nursing and Midwifery Studies
  • Optometry and Vision Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy
    Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy
    Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy is part of Cardiff University, a member of the Russell Group of Universities. The School is based at the Queen's Buildings complex of Cardiff University, on The Parade, Cardiff, close to the city centre. The School was first established in 1883...

  • Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences


Cardiff also has a new University Graduate College which brings together the work of four previous, discipline- based Graduate Schools and the postgraduate research activity of the University's Graduate Centre.

Facilities


There are sporting facilities and sports teams in the BUCS university league, including men's and women's hockey. The university's American football team, the Cardiff Cobras, compete in the British Universities American Football League
British Universities American Football League
-2009-10 Challenge Trophy results:-2010 league MVPs:League MVP: David Saul Offensive MVP: Tristan Varney Defensive MVP: Ed Butcher...

.

The Cardiff University Students' Union
Cardiff University Students' Union
Cardiff University Students' Union is the students' union for Cardiff University and the largest in Wales, and, like most other students' unions, aims to promote the interests of its students...

 building is over the main railway going north from Cardiff to the Valleys
South Wales Valleys
The South Wales Valleys are a number of industrialised valleys in South Wales, stretching from eastern Carmarthenshire in the west to western Monmouthshire in the east and from the Heads of the Valleys in the north to the lower-lying, pastoral country of the Vale of Glamorgan and the coastal plain...

, next door to Cathays railway station
Cathays railway station
Cathays railway station is a railway station lying on the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda lines in the Cathays district of Cardiff, Wales. The station is 2 kilometres north of Cardiff Central....

. It has shops, a nightclub and the studios of Xpress Radio
Xpress Radio
Xpress Radio is a national award-winning student radio station based at Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales, focussed on current, popular and new music. The station broadcasts from 10am-11pm daily with programming ranging from comedy to film review, to the best in new and local music.Xpress is...

 (which is broadcast on the internet http://www.xpressradio.co.uk/ and piped throughout the union) and Gair Rhydd
Gair rhydd
gair rhydd is the official student newspaper of Cardiff University. It is a weekly, free, tabloid-sized paper established in 1972 and edited by a full-time sabbatical officer of the Students' Union...

 (Welsh
Welsh language
Welsh is a member of the Brythonic branch of the Celtic languages spoken natively in Wales, by some along the Welsh border in England, and in Y Wladfa...

 for 'Free Word'), the student newspaper.

Notable alumni/current staff



Alumni and current staff of Cardiff University (and its predecessor) include:
(Ordered alphabetically by surname)
  • Professor Sara Ahmed
    Sara Ahmed
    Sara Ahmed is an Australian and British academic working at the intersection of feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory and postcolonialism. She was born in Salford, England to a Pakistani father and English mother, and emigrated to Adelaide, Australia with her family in 1973...

     (Professor of Race and Cultural Studies Goldsmiths College
    Goldsmiths College
    Goldsmiths, University of London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom which specialises in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. It was founded in 1891 as Goldsmiths' Technical and Recreative Institute...

    )
  • Faisal al-Fayez
    Faisal al-Fayez
    Faisal al-Fayez was the Prime Minister of Jordan from 25 October 2003, to 6 April 2005. He took office following the resignation of Ali Abu al-Ragheb. He resigned after being criticized for not being reformist enough. He previously served as Defence Minister, and is close to the king...

     (former Prime Minister of Jordan
    Jordan
    Jordan , officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan , Al-Mamlaka al-Urduniyya al-Hashemiyya) is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan. The country borders Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and the West Bank and Israel to the west, sharing...

    )
  • Paul Atherton
    Paul Atherton
    Paul Atherton is managing director of and its sister not-for-profit company, . He is the first producer/ director to have his work broadcast on the Coca-Cola billboard in Piccadilly Circus, London with his film The Ballet of Change....

     (television/film producer)
  • Professor Robin Attfield
    Robin Attfield
    Robin Attfield, MA , PhD has been Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University since 1992.Robin Attfield read Greats at Christ Church and theology at Regent's Park College, Oxford....

     (philosopher)
  • Matt Barbet
    Matt Barbet
    Matthew "Matt" Barbet is a British television journalist who presents 5 News. He was previously a presenter and reporter for BBC London from 2003 to 2007, presented BBC London's Children in Need coverage in 2006 and he also acted as an occasional presenter on BBC Breakfast in 2007, as a cover for...

     (journalist)
  • Manish Bhasin
    Manish Bhasin
    Manish Bhasin is a sports journalist and presenter currently working for the BBC as presenter of The Football League Show.-Early career:Bhasin graduated in 1997 from Anglia Ruskin University with a degree in "Communication Studies with English" and completed a diploma in "Broadcast Journalism" at...

     (journalist)
  • Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
    Leszek Borysiewicz
    Sir Leszek Krzysztof Borysiewicz, FRS is a Polish British physician, immunologist and scientific administrator. He is currently the 345th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, his term of office started on 1 October 2010...

     (Deputy Rector, Imperial College London
    Imperial College London
    Imperial College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, specialising in science, engineering, business and medicine...

     and Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council
    Medical Research Council (UK)
    The Medical Research Council is a publicly-funded agency responsible for co-ordinating and funding medical research in the United Kingdom. It is one of seven Research Councils in the UK and is answerable to, although politically independent from, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills...

    . Vice-Chancellor designate of the University of Cambridge
    University of Cambridge
    The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world , and the seventh-oldest globally...

    )
  • The Rt Revd Gregory Cameron
    Gregory Cameron
    Gregory Cameron is Bishop of the Diocese of St Asaph in Wales, having been elected on 5 January 2009 and confirmed as Bishop on 16 March 2009.-Life and career:...

     (Bishop of St Asaph)
  • Dr. Sheila Cameron
    Sheila Cameron
    Sheila Morag Clark Cameron, CBE, QC, DCL , is a British lawyer. She was Dean of the Arches and Official Principal of the Arches Court of Canterbury from 2000 to 2009, and was therefore the senior ecclesiastical judge of the Church of England in that period. Since 1983 she has been Vicar-General of...

     QC
    Queen's Counsel
    Queen's Counsel , known as King's Counsel during the reign of a male sovereign, are lawyers appointed by letters patent to be one of Her [or His] Majesty's Counsel learned in the law...

     (lawyer and ecclesiastical judge)
  • Philip Cashian
    Philip Cashian
    Philip Cashian is an English composer. He is the head of composition of the Royal Academy of Music.-Biography:Born in Manchester in 1963, Cashian studied at Cardiff University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in 1997 received a DMus from Durham University.His teachers have included...

     (composer)
  • Christine Chapman
    Christine Chapman
    Christine Chapman is a Welsh Labour Co-operative politician who has been a Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Cynon Valley since 1999....

     (politician)
  • Adrian Chiles
    Adrian Chiles
    Adrian Chiles is a British television and radio presenter, currently working for ITV Sport presenting football coverage....

     (television presenter)
  • Gillian Clarke
    Gillian Clarke
    Gillian Clarke is a Welsh poet, playwright, editor, broadcaster, lecturer and translator from Welsh.-Life:Clarke was born in Cardiff and brought up in Cardiff and Penarth, though for part of the Second World War she was in Pembrokeshire...

     (poet)
  • Nathan Cleverly
    Nathan Cleverly
    Nathan Cleverly is a British professional boxer from Wales and current WBO light heavyweight world champion. He is also the former European, British and Commonwealth light heavyweight champion...

     (boxer)
  • Professor Archie Cochrane
    Archie Cochrane
    Archibald Leman Cochrane was a Scottish doctor whose name is synonymous with scientific method in medicine.-Biography:Cochrane was born in Kirklands, Galashiels, Scotland...

  • Professor Peter Coles
    Peter Coles
    Peter Coles is Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at Cardiff University where he has worked since 2007.He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. He did his first degree at Magdalene College, Cambridge in Natural Sciences, specialising in Theoretical...

     (Professor of Astrophysics
    Astrophysics
    Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy that deals with the physics of the universe, including the physical properties of celestial objects, as well as their interactions and behavior...

    )
  • Rt Revd Paul Colton
    Paul Colton
    William Paul Colton is the Church of Ireland's Bishop of Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. He is now perhaps best known for being the priest who officiated at the wedding of footballer David Beckham and Spice girl Victoria Adams on July 4, 1999 at the medieval Luttrellstown Castle on the outskirts...

    , Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
    Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
    The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross is the Church of Ireland Ordinary of the united Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in the Province of Dublin....

  • Wayne David
    Wayne David
    Wayne David is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Caerphilly since 2001. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Wales Office from 2008 to 2010...

     (poltician)
  • Professor Alun Davies (bioscientist)
  • Gareth Davies (rugby footballer - UWIST, Oxford University, Cardiff, Wales, British Lions and chief executive of Cardiff Rugby Football Club)
  • Jonathan Deibel, leading researcher into Wirewound Resistors
  • Professor Stephen Dunnett
    Stephen Dunnett
    Stephen Dunnett is a British neuroscientist, and among the most highly cited researchers in the neurosciences. He is a professor at Cardiff University and the founder and co-director of the Brain Repair Group, where he works on developing cell therapies for neurodegenerative diseases including...

     (neuroscientist)
  • Huw Edwards
    Huw Edwards (journalist)
    Huw Edwards is a BAFTA award-winning Welsh journalist, presenter and newsreader.He is a news presenter for BBC News in the United Kingdom. Edwards presents Britain's most watched news programme, BBC News at Ten, which is also the corporation's flagship news broadcast...

     (journalist)
  • Professor Sir Martin Evans
    Martin Evans
    Sir Martin John Evans FRS is a British scientist who, with Matthew Kaufman, was the first to culture mice embryonic stem cells and cultivate them in a laboratory in 1981...

     (Nobel Prize for Medicine 2007)
  • Brian J. Ford
    Brian J. Ford
    Brian J. Ford is an independent research biologist, author, and lecturer, who publishes on scientific issues for the general public...

     (biologist, television presenter)
  • Max Foster
    Max Foster
    Max Foster is a senior Anchor/Correspondent on CNN International, based in London.-Education:Foster spent most of his childhood in Wiltshire, England where he attended Ridgeway School, Swindon and Dauntsey's School, Devizes...

     (CNN Anchor, CNN Today
    CNN Today
    World Report is a rolling news programme by CNN International airing weekdays, from Atlanta, London and Hong Kong. The weekend editions also air from the CNN Center in Atlanta.-Previous incarnations:...

    )
  • Andrew Gould
    Andrew Gould
    Andrew Gould is the chairman and former chief executive officer of Schlumberger, a global oilfield services company supplying technology, information solutions and integrated project management.-Career:...

     (Chairman and former CEO, Schlumberger
    Schlumberger
    Schlumberger Limited is the world's largest oilfield services company. Schlumberger employs over 110,000 people of more than 140 nationalities working in approximately 80 countries...

     Limited)
  • Sarah-Jayne Gratton
    Sarah-Jayne Gratton
    Sarah-Jayne Gratton, née Camden is a bestselling author, television presenter and former theatre performer. She is married to author and columnist Dean Anthony Gratton.-Early life:...

     (author and television presenter)
  • M. A. Griffiths
    M. A. Griffiths
    -Life:Margaret Ann Griffiths, who was of English and Welsh parentage, was born and raised in London and studied archaeology at Cardiff University. She lived for some time in Bracknell and later moved to Poole, where she cared for her ailing parents until their deaths in 1993.Griffiths, also known...

     (poet)
  • Julia Hartley-Brewer
    Julia Hartley-Brewer
    Julia Hartley-Brewer is a British broadcaster and columnist. She presents the weekday afternoon radio show from 1pm to 4pm on LBC 97.3FM, the talk radio station....

     (journalist)
  • Tim Hetherington
    Tim Hetherington
    Timothy Alistair Telemachus Hetherington was a British-American photojournalistwith work that "ranged from multi-screen installations, to fly-poster exhibitions, to handheld device downloads." He was best known for the documentary film Restrepo , which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger; the...

     (photo-journalist and co-director of Academy Award-nominated Restrepo
    Restrepo (film)
    Restrepo is a 2010 documentary film about the Afghanistan war, directed by American journalist Sebastian Junger and British/American photojournalist Tim Hetherington....

    )
  • Alun Hoddinott
    Alun Hoddinott
    Alun Hoddinott CBE , was a Welsh composer of classical music, one of the first to receive international recognition.-Life and works:...

     (composer)
  • Professor Dr Robert Huber
    Robert Huber
    Robert Huber is a German biochemist and Nobel laureate.He was born 20 February 1937 in Munich where his father, Sebastian, was a bank cashier. He was educated at the Humanistisches Karls-Gymnasium from 1947 to 1956 and then studied chemistry at the Technische Hochschule, receiving his diploma in 1960...

     (Professor of Chemistry
    Chemistry
    Chemistry is the science of matter, especially its chemical reactions, but also its composition, structure and properties. Chemistry is concerned with atoms and their interactions with other atoms, and particularly with the properties of chemical bonds....

    , Nobel Laureate - The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to scientists in the various fields of chemistry. It is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895, awarded for outstanding contributions in chemistry, physics, literature,...

     1988)
  • Karl Jenkins
    Karl Jenkins
    -Other works:*Adiemus: Live — live versions of Adiemus music*Palladio *Eloise *Imagined Oceans *The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace...

     (composer)
  • Roy Jenkins
    Roy Jenkins
    Roy Harris Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead OM, PC was a British politician.The son of a Welsh coal miner who later became a union official and Labour MP, Roy Jenkins served with distinction in World War II. Elected to Parliament as a Labour member in 1948, he served in several major posts in...

     (Chancellor of the Exchequer 1967-70)
  • Alan Johnston
    Alan Johnston
    Alan Graham Johnston is a British journalist working for the BBC. He has been the BBC's correspondent in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip, and is currently the correspondent in Rome...

     (journalist)
  • Elin Jones
    Elin Jones
    Elin Jones AM , is a Welsh politician, born in Lampeter, Wales, who has represented Ceredigion for Plaid Cymru as a Member of the National Assembly for Wales since 1999.-Background:...

     (Welsh Minister for Rural Affairs and Assembly Member for Ceredigion)
  • Sir Emyr Jones Parry
    Emyr Jones Parry
    Sir Emyr Jones Parry, GCMG, FInstP is a retired British diplomat. He is a former British Permanent Representative to the United Nations and former UK Permanent Representative on the North Atlantic Council .-Education:...

     (former British Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 2003-2007)
  • Riz Khan (journalist)
  • Glenys Kinnock
    Glenys Kinnock
    Glenys Elizabeth Kinnock, Baroness Kinnock and Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead is a British politician....

     (politician)
  • Neil Kinnock
    Neil Kinnock
    Neil Gordon Kinnock, Baron Kinnock is a Welsh politician belonging to the Labour Party. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1970 until 1995 and as Labour Leader and Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition from 1983 until 1992 - his leadership of the party during nearly nine years making him...

     (politician, former President of Cardiff University, between 1998 and 2009)
  • Mike Hedges
    Mike Hedges (Welsh Politician)
    Michael John Hedges AM is a Welsh Labour politician, who has represented the constituency of Swansea East since the 2011 National Assembly for Wales election with a majority of 8,281 and with 58.36% of the total vote.-Personal History:...

     AM (Welsh Politician)
  • Bernard Knight
    Bernard Knight
    Professor Bernard Knight, CBE, became a Home Office pathologist in 1965 and was appointed Professor of Forensic Pathology, University of Wales College of Medicine, in 1980. He was awarded the CBE in 1993 for services to forensic medicine....

     (crime writer)
  • Martin Lewis
    Martin Lewis (financial journalist)
    Martin Steven Lewis is journalist, television presenter, website entrepreneur and author in the United Kingdom, who specialises in ways to save money...

     (personal finance journalist, television presenter and website entrepreneur)
  • Siân Lloyd
    Siân Lloyd
    Siân Lloyd is a Welsh television presenter, best known as a ITV Weather presenter.-Biography:Lloyd was born in Maesteg, Bridgend, Wales, the daughter of two teachers. She attended Ystalyfera Bilingual School and performed at the Eisteddfod where she won the Crown...

     (television presenter)
  • Los Campesinos!
    Los Campesinos!
    Los Campesinos! are a seven piece indie pop band from Cardiff, Wales, formed in early 2006 at Cardiff University. Although the band formed in Wales, none of its members are Welsh. They released their debut album, Hold on Now, Youngster..., in February 2008 and followed this up by releasing a record...

  • Professor John Loughlin, Professor of Politics
  • Professor Vaughan Lowe
    Vaughan Lowe
    Alan Vaughan Lowe QC is a leading barrister and academic specialising in the field of international law. He has been Chichele Professor of Public International Law in the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, since 1999...

     QC
    Queen's Counsel
    Queen's Counsel , known as King's Counsel during the reign of a male sovereign, are lawyers appointed by letters patent to be one of Her [or His] Majesty's Counsel learned in the law...

     (Chichele Professor of Public International Law
    Chichele Professor of Public International Law
    One of the statutory Chichele Professorships established at All Souls College, Oxford, this chair was established in 1859 as the Chichele Professor of International Law and Diplomacy. Its name was later changed to the Chichele Professor of Public International Law....

     in the University of Oxford
    University of Oxford
    The University of Oxford is a university located in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest surviving university in the world and the oldest in the English-speaking world. Although its exact date of foundation is unclear, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096...

    )
  • Hilary Marquand
    Hilary Marquand
    Hilary Adair Marquand was a British Labour Party politician.He was educated at Cardiff High School and at University College, Cardiff where he studied history and economics...

     (politician)
  • Robert Minhinnick
    Robert Minhinnick
    Robert Minhinnick is a Welsh poet, essayist, novelist and translator.Minhinnick was born in Neath, and now lives in Porthcawl. He studied at University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and University of Wales, Cardiff. An environmental campaigner, he co-founded the charities Friends of the Earth and...

     (co-founder of Friends of the Earth
    Friends of the Earth
    Friends of the Earth International is an international network of environmental organizations in 76 countries.FOEI is assisted by a small secretariat which provides support for the network and its agreed major campaigns...

     (Cymru))
  • Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (advisor to Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990...

    )
  • John Warwick Montgomery
    John Warwick Montgomery
    John Warwick Montgomery is a noted lawyer, professor, Lutheran theologian, and prolific author living in France. He was born October 18, 1931, in Warsaw, New York, United States. In 2007 he was named "Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought" at Patrick Henry College...

     (theologian and barrister)
  • Paul Moorcraft
    Paul Moorcraft
    Paul Leslie Moorcraft is the Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis in London and visiting professor at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.-Personal life:...

     (writer)
  • Sharon Morgan
    Sharon Morgan
    Sharon Morgan is a Welsh actress of stage and screen, currently based in Cardiff. She was brought up in the village of Llandyfaelog...

     (actress)
  • Christopher Norris (literary critic)
  • Craig Oliver (media executive)
    Craig Oliver (media executive)
    Craig Stewart Oliver is a British news editor, producer and media executive, and the current Head of Communications for British Prime Minister David Cameron...

     (Conservative Party Director of Communications)
  • Dame Mary Perkins
    Mary Perkins
    Dame Mary Lesley Perkins, DBE is co-founder and a senior executive of Specsavers, a leading bricks and mortar United Kingdom eyeglass company....

     (Founder of Specsavers)
  • Professor Sir Keith Peters
    Keith Peters (medicine)
    Sir David Keith Peters FRS FMedSci FRCP FRCPE FRCPath FLSW was Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Cambridge from 1987 to 2005, where he was also head of the School of Clinical Medicine.- Career :...

     FRS PMedSci (Regius Professor of Physic
    Regius Professor of Physic (Cambridge)
    The Regius Professorship of Physic is one of the oldest professorships at the University of Cambridge, founded by Henry VIII in 1540. "Physic" is an old word for medicine, , not physics.-Regius Professors of Physic:...

     in the University of Cambridge
    University of Cambridge
    The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world , and the seventh-oldest globally...

    )
  • Steven Outerbridge
    Steven Outerbridge
    Stephen Devonne Outerbridge is a Bermudian cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. He has played for Bermuda in seven One Day Internationals to date, making his debut at this level against Canada in August 2006. He has also represented Bermuda in four ICC...

     (Bermudian cricket
    Cricket
    Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the...

    er)
  • Bill Rammell
    Bill Rammell
    William Ernest Rammell is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Harlow from 1997 to 2010, and has served as the Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence...

     (politician)
  • General Sir David Richards (Chief of the Defence Staff
    Chief of the Defence Staff (United Kingdom)
    The Chief of the Defence Staff is the professional head of the British Armed Forces, a senior official within the Ministry of Defence, and the most senior uniformed military adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence and the Prime Minister...

    )
  • James Righton (musician)
  • Dr Alice Roberts
    Alice Roberts
    Alice May Roberts is an English anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, anthropologist, television presenter, and author.Best known for her TV appearances in the BBC series Coast, Dr Alice Roberts: Don't Die Young, and The Incredible Human Journey, she has also appeared as an expert osteoarchaeologist on...

     (clinical anatomist and osteoarchaeologist)
  • Jamie Roberts
    Jamie Roberts
    Jamie Roberts is a Welsh international rugby union footballer currently playing for Cardiff Blues in the RaboDirect Pro12. He also plays for the Wales and the British and Irish lions.Roberts' position of choice is as a centre....

     (Welsh international rugby union
    Rugby union
    Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

     player)
  • Barham Salih
    Barham Salih
    Barham Ahmad Salih is an Iraqi Kurdish politician. He is currently the prime minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He is married and has a daughter who attended Princeton University and a son who graduated from King's Academy in Madaba, Jordan and currently attends Columbia.-Early life:Dr....

     (politician)
  • John Sauven
    John Sauven
    John Sauven, is a trained economist and environmentalist and executive director of Greenpeace UK, a post he has held since 2008. Before that he was the director responsible for Greenpeace communications and specialized on solutions and working with business...

     (environmentalist)
  • Arlene Sierra
    Arlene Sierra
    Arlene Sierra is an American composer working in the United Kingdom.She studied at Oberlin College, Yale University and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, receiving a DMA in 1999; among her principal teachers were Martin Bresnick, Michael Daugherty and Jacob Druckman...

     (composer)
  • Professor Richard Tait
    Richard Tait
    Professor Richard Tait CBE, is Director of the Centre for Journalism Studies at Cardiff University and a member of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation....

     (former BBC Governor and BBC trustee
    BBC Trust
    The BBC Trust is the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation. It is operationally independent of BBC management and external bodies, and aims to act in the best interests of licence fee payers....

    )
  • H. W. Lloyd Tanner
    Henry Tanner (mathematician)
    Henry William Lloyd Tanner was Professor of Mathematics at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire from 1883 to 1909.-Life:...

     (Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy (1883–1909))
  • Craig Thomas
    Craig Thomas (author)
    David Craig Owen Thomas was a Welsh author of thrillers, most notably the Mitchell Gant series.-Background:...

     (author)
  • Vedhika Kumar
    Vedhika Kumar
    Vedhika Kumar is an Indian film actress who has appeared in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. She is an ethnic Kannadiga from the city of Solapur, Maharashtra .-Career:...

     (Indian Actress)
  • Bradley Wadlan
    Bradley Wadlan
    Bradley Lewis Wadlan is a Welsh cricketer. Wadlan is a left-handed batsman who bowls slow left-arm orthodox. He was born in Bridgend, Glamorgan....

     (cricketer)
  • The Rt Revd Dominic Walker
    Dominic Walker (bishop)
    Dominic Edward William Murray Walker OGS is an Anglican bishop. He was born on 28 June 1948 and educated at Plymouth College King's College London and Heythrop College, London....

     OGS
    Oratory of the Good Shepherd
    The Oratory of the Good Shepherd is a dispersed international community of Anglicans, ordained and lay, bound by a common rule of celibate chastity, responsible spending, and direction of life.The OGS Rule calls members of the Oratory to daily Communion, Private Prayer, and the Office...

     (Bishop of Monmouth)
  • Professor Keith Ward
    Keith Ward
    Keith Ward is a British cleric, philosopher, theologian and scholar. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and an ordained priest of the Church of England. He was a canon of Christ Church, Oxford until 2003...

     (philosopher, Gresham Professor of Divinity
    Gresham Professor of Divinity
    The Professor of Divinity at Gresham College, London, gives free educational lectures to the general public. The college was founded for this purpose in 1596/7, when it appointed seven professors; this has since increased to eight and in addition the college now has visiting professors.The...

    , Gresham College
    Gresham College
    Gresham College is an institution of higher learning located at Barnard's Inn Hall off Holborn in central London, England. It was founded in 1597 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham and today it hosts over 140 free public lectures every year within the City of London.-History:Sir Thomas Gresham,...

    )
  • Richard Clarke (Philosopher)
  • Chandra Wickramasinghe
    Chandra Wickramasinghe
    Vidya Jothi Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe , FIMA, FRAS, FRSA is Professor at Cardiff University and Honorary Professor at the University of Buckingham. He is the Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology...

     (professor of Applied Mathematics - one of the foremost authorities on organic cosmic dust)
  • Grace Williams
    Grace Williams
    -Biography:Williams was born in Barry, near Cardiff, Wales.She was educated at Barry County School, and won a scholarship to Cardiff University . She then went to the Royal College of Music, London, where she was taught by Ralph Vaughan Williams...

     (composer)
  • Rheinallt Nantlais Williams
    Rheinallt Nantlais Williams
    Reverend Professor Rheinallt Nantlais Williams MBE, MA was a Welsh Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Principal of the Presbyterian United Theological College Aberystwyth in Wales....

     (academic)
  • Brian Wilson (politician)
  • Kuwait English School
    John Price
    John Price is a former English cricketer, who played in fifteen Tests for England from 1964 to 1972....

    (Assistant Principal)

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