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Remembering Sir William Reardon Smith

13 March 2012

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The University has been given a grant to produce a book on the life of Sir William Reardon Smith, a ship-owner who made his fortune in South Wales.

The Reardon Smith Nautical Trust, which supports young people intending a career at sea, is working in partnership with Cardiff University and publishers, the University of Wales Press, to release the much-anticipated biography of the successful businessman.

To coincide with the recent launch of the new book, the University is hosting an education day tomorrow (Wednesday 14 March) for students from Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School in Pontypridd and Willows High School in Cardiff.

The Years 10 and 11 pupils will take part in two workshops, concentrating on the effects of climate change and shipping, and the marine geography of the Severn Channel. They will be joined by some of the scholars who are benefiting from Reardon Smith scholarships and studying at the University.

A winning pupil from each workshop will be awarded an action-packed day with Challenge Wales – a sailing experience on the charity’s 72ft round-the-world yacht which is the largest sail training vessel in Wales.

After the workshops they will be given the chance to explore some of the opportunities on offer in the marine industry at a careers event, where the University will welcome representatives from the Royal Navy Reserves, Challenge Wales and the Merchant Navy and to give out information and advice.

The education day, which will take place tomorrow at the Julian Hodge Building, will be followed at 6 pm by the Reardon Smith Nautical Trust Lecture, given by Jan Hoffmann, Chief of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Trade Facilitation Section, who will be talking about the future of shipping.

Hosted by Professor Jonathan Osmond, Pro Vice Chancellor Education and Students, the evening will also include a talk from the author, Dr David Jenkins, who is the curator of the Waterfront Museum in Swansea.

A drinks reception will be held at 5.30pm before the launch at 6pm. To book a place, please email

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School of Earth & Ocean Sciences

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