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02 December 2010
University lecturers and researchers have revealed the lighter side of academic life by trying their hand at stand up comedy as part of a new University-led project.
Bright Club Wales is a new initiative run by the Beacon for Wales and is the first event of its kind in Wales. Academics from Cardiff and Glamorgan universities took to the stage to talk about their work in an interesting and entertaining way.
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The event was held at Ten Feet Tall in the city centre on Monday 29 November and was compared by Cardiff graduate and comedian Dean Burnett. Academics who took part included:
Dr Keir Waddington, of the University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion who looked at ‘off sick’; Michael Ward, of the University’s School of Social Sciences who talked about working with young men; and Fizzy McPhysics (stage name) who builds sensors for satellites.
Speaking about the event, Bruce Etherington, Project Manager for the Beacon for Wales said: "Bright Club is an attempt to bring university work to a new audience, to go beyond those who turn up at public lectures to people who might not have considered how research can play a part in their lives.
"It is also a way of allowing academics to put themselves across, rather than just their research or data. Academics are people too, after all. It’s a scheme to inform people about the workings of academic life and to show how interesting and entertaining both it and the people involved can be."
The concept for The Bright Club originated at University College London where it has been running since early 2009 and has been seen since more than 1000 people.
It is hoped that following the initial event, further Bright Clubs will be organised in Cardiff.
The Beacon for Wales, officially launched in 2008 and based at Cardiff, is a partnership between the University, University of Glamorgan, BBC Wales, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and Techniquest, which aims to help universities in Wales engage more with the communities of which they are part. Part of the UK-wide Beacons for Public Engagement scheme the Welsh Beacon also encourages people to play a more active role in the work of higher education institutions.
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