Cardiff Metropolitan University Notable Alumni

By | 11th May 2017

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Notable Alumni

Cardiff Metropolitan University Notable Alumni

Alumni Profiles

​​​Our alumni are doing fascinating things, leading fascinating lives. In a huge variety of fields including sport, art, education, design, nutrition​​​, business, healthcare and the media, we could pick from a dazzling array of stars and proudly say “They’re one of us”.

Some of these are household names – Roy Noble, Gareth Edwards, Ryan Jones, Dai Greene, David Emanuel, Julien Macdonald, John Inverdale, Michael Buerk and ​​Helen Glover to name just a few.

Many other alumni are not famous, but their education and hard work has helped them to fulfill their own particular dream.

Below are some stories from your successful Alumni Network.​

Jack Allen, 1961, Education (P.E.),Writer

Jack Allen graduated from Cardiff Met in 1961, since then he has been a Teacher, Rugby league professional, Head of Behavioural Unit for Disaffected Pupils, and more recently a Writer. Jack tells us about his time at the College and about his new novel:

When The Whistle Blows by Jack Allen is published by Dedalus.

Tells the story of Caleb Duck an inner-city comprehesive teacher who embarks upon a one man crusade to break the cycle of deprivation that inflicts the pupil​s of his Integrated Studies Department. He fights to raise the standards in good manners, literacy, numeracy and ping pong whilst championing their right to become controllers of their own destiny. He leaves behind a trail of damaged people, property and pupils behind him in his attempt to assert the primacy of old fashioned values and give Council Taxpayers value for money.

“A wacky and original novel which will bring comic relief and a shared sense of understanding to those who have experienced the joys and horrors of teaching.”Bath Chronicle

“Brutal, strange and very funny. The depraved spiral never falters. Recommended reading for anyone who misspent their youth in a comprehensive school.”The Third Alternative Magazine

“Weird, warped. Hopefully there won’t be too many teachers who recognise themselves in Caleb Duck, Allen’s larger then life protagonist.” Time Out

“Outrageous, hilarious, subversive and shocking” “The awful foul-mouthed drug-addled Caleb Duck will soon become a household name.”Bristol Evening Post

When The Whistle Blows is for sale on Amazon.

What made you chose Cardiff Met?

It was THE college to go to at the time. 1958.

Which of your lecturers do you remember fondly?

Sid Aeron, Eric Thomas, Eric Williams, Hywel Evans.

What are some of your fondest memories?

Playing with some soon to be legends in Welsh rugby. Clive Rowlands, Dewi Bebb, Bob Morgan, John Davies. Dave Nash, Bill Morris (All in one team. Amazing!)​Bridgend Sevens. Olympic bronze medallist Peter Radford in the team.

What has been your career path since graduating?

Teacher, Rugby league professional, Head of Behavioural Unit for Disaffected Pupils, Writer.

What has been your greatest achievement?

Father of Five. First TV Series ‘JANGLES’ Having first novel published.

Do you have any advice for recent Cardiff Met graduates?

Stay sharp. Always look for improvement in yourself. Contribute.

Are you in touch with any other Cardiff Metalumni?

Dr. Malcolm Reid. Same year as myself.

Louise Ashworth,​​​​1999, Tourism Management, Product Manager at Destinology

Travel is something I have always been passionate about, from the age of 3 and a half when I first flew to America for a family holiday I caught the travel bug and knew since then that I wanted to eventually work in the travel industry. Even now I am lucky enough to travel several times per year as a part of my job and I still don’t tire of the buzz you get being in the airport and that feeling you have when you arrive overseas. I am fortunate enough to have a tour operator in my own home town so I haven’t had to relocate to work in the industry which has been a huge bonus for me and my family life.

What made you chose Cardiff Met?

I liked the city it didn’t feel too big and intimidating, the campus was modern with great facilities and the course was exactly what I was looking for.

Which of your lecturers do you remember fondly?

Diane Sedgley, my mentor throughout my years’ work experience, and also Ken Tressider who was very supportive in my final year in advising me how I could still complete the course whilst having my daughter, Ella, who was born in the March of my final year.

What are some of your fondest memories?

My fondest memory was the Cyprus field trip in my second year but I have to say I honestly enjoyed all of my time at UWIC; Cardiff was a great place to live and study.

What has been your career path since graduating?

​Following my graduation in 1999, I took a ‘year off’ (if you can call it that as I was looking after my newborn daughter!) and started my career in March 2000 once she turned one years old. I started work at Airtours (as they were previously known as, now they have been taken over by Thomas Cook) as a Product Executive and worked there for 4 years. During my time there I was promoted to a senior product executive. I started working for my current employer Destinology in February 2004 as a Product Executive and became Product Manager, a position which I still hold today, 4 years later.

What has been your greatest achievement?

Completing my degree course whilst juggling new motherhood, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, friends from UWIC, and the university itself.

Do you have any advice for recent Cardiff Met graduates?

If you are passionate about working in the travel industry, don’t be afraid to take a role that may not necessarily be exactly what you are looking to do. Travel is an industry that enables you to move around so many different roles and it is important that you gain as much experience as you can. Many of the General Managers from some of the top resorts in the world started out their careers as kitchen porters/waiters and worked their way up the ladder. People in this industry move around so much and you never know where you may cross paths with someone again so don’t ever be afraid of taking an opportunity as you never know where it may lead you in the future.

Are you in touch with any other Cardiff Met alumni?

Yes, lots of them. My best friend throughout my time at UWIC is still one of my best friends now! The wider group of us all who were friends at UWIC try and get together at least once a year too, social networking sites make it so much easier now to keep in touch and organise our annual get togethers.

To find out more about Destinology click here: Destinology

Robin Fletcher, 1986, Chief Executive of the Boarding Schools’ Association​. Honorary Fellow

What made you choose Cardiff Met?

I attended the South Glamorgan Institute for Higher Education in Colchester Avenue (now part of Cardiff Met) for two months in 1985-6 and again for two months in 1986-7. I was ‘sent’ there by my employer, the Birmingham Post group, as part of my studying as a trainee journalist. While there we were taught the journalism syllabus laid down by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), which covered among other things media law and government.

Which of your lecturers do you remember fondly?

Without doubt the late George Williams who was an elegant and very sharp law tutor. I was lucky to get to know George again later when I was an examiner with the NCTJ and later still back in Cardiff as editor of Wales on Sunday, where he was a sports contributor.

What are some of your fondest memories?

The college was excellent, my fellow journalist students were fun, and I enjoyed living first in Creigau and later Roath. At the start of 1987 there was a big freeze in Wales, and elsewhere, and I remember going with Graham Clutton (now a well-known sports journalist) to visit the Arms Park, where that week’s Wales v England Five Nations match had been cancelled due to a frozen pitch. The security staff allowed us in to stand next to the rock-hard, hallowed turf.

What has been your career path since graduating?

I spent 20 years in the regional media, including as editor of Wales on Sunday and the South Wales Echo. Later I was communications director of Trinity Mirror’s regional newspapers and then ran my own communications business for eight years. In 2014 I became Chief Executive of the Boarding Schools’ Association, which is the membership and training body for over 500 boarding schools across the world, including several excellent schools in Wales of course.

What has been your greatest achievement? 

It was an honour to become an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Met in 2002, but in truth I would have to say becoming a father and stepfather. A quartet of girls aged 6 to 9 keeps me very busy and honest!

Do you have any advice for recent Cardiff Met graduates?

Just as many of today’s jobs did not exist 30 years ago, it’s impossible to know what jobs there will be 30 years’ time. As someone who has been fortunate to have had careers in different sectors, my advice would be to fill your professional toolbox with as many skills as possible. The more of these you have the more you will be able to serve the jobs market of the future and have a varied and interesting career.

Are you in touch with any other Cardiff Met alumni?

I used to work with Graham Clutton when I was editor in Cardiff, but otherwise no. But I try if I can to get to a Fellows’ event every year or so and if I can I enjoy them tremendously. It is wonderful to see how Cardiff Met has developed from my days as cub reporter at Colchester Avenue.

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