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Taste of Wales for US Scholars

29 April 2010

Lady Lynn Jones Parry with US Marshall Scholar Christina ThatcherLady Lynn Jones Parry with US Marshall Scholar Christina Thatcher

More than 60 Marshall Scholars have been welcomed to the University as part of a cultural visit to Wales.

Among some of the United States’ most talented and committed students, the visit was organised by the Welsh Assembly Government. With the aim of providing Marshall Scholars currently studying across the UK with an opportunity to come together, tour Wales and spend time at Welsh academic institutions, they also met Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones AM, and visited a number of cultural sites across the City.

Welcomed to the University by Vice-President Lady Lynn Jones Parry, the Scholars and members of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission also heard from leading academics who provided insights into the world-leading research undertaken across the University.

In 2009, the University welcomed two Marshall Scholars as a result of the University’s partnership with the Marshall Foundation. Rachel Kinkaid has been studying at the School of Music and Christina Thatcher is based in the School of English Communication and Cultural Studies.


During the welcome address, Vice-President Lady Lynn Jones Parry, said: "We are particularly pleased to welcome this group of Marshall Scholars at this time, as one of the University’s key priority areas is to build upon and develop current and further links with the United States. There is a long history of research links between our two countries, and many of our academics are engaged in research with US institutions. At the same time, we continue to develop strategic links and collaboration agreements with US institutions.

"Higher Education is a vitally important arena for the exchange of ideas and for collaboration on a global basis. As a result of the time they spend in the UK, it is hoped that Marshall Scholars will go on to be ambassadors for the United Kingdom throughout their lives, thus strengthening the already excellent relationship and ties between our two countries."

One of the highest honours a US undergraduate can win, each year up to 40 US students are awarded a Marshall Scholarship, many of whom go onto become future leaders. The Programme allows the most talented American students to undertake two years’ graduate study at the institutions of their choice in the UK.

In the current academic year, there has been a significant increase in the number of U.S. students studying at Cardiff. In addition Cardiff has established two prestigious awards with the Fulbright Commission for US students to follow postdoctoral research awarding £20,000 for the first year of a postgraduate degree from 2010 to one student every year.

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