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Leading US scholars visit Cardiff

14 January 2010

Forty of the US’s most prestigious scholars visited Cardiff University this week as part of the Fulbright Forum – a high profile annual cultural immersion programme for all American Fulbright Scholars currently studying, researching and lecturing in the UK.

In their first visit to Wales, the scholars were given the opportunity to listen to lectures given by some of Wales’ leading professors as they shared aspects of the world-leading research being undertaken at Cardiff University.

They were welcomed by Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant and University President and Nobel Laureate, Sir Martin Evans.

Established in 1948, the US-UK Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission) offers the only transatlantic academic awards programme between the US and the UK. Every year, some 50 UK and 50 US citizens study, lecture, conduct research or focus on professional development at leading institutions in their host country.

Cardiff University is one of only two universities in Wales to offer Fulbright Scholarships providing some of the best US students the chance to study in the UK.

Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, who welcomed the Fulbright Scholars, said: "I was delighted to welcome the first Fulbright Forum visit to Wales. It was a real privilege to welcome the group of outstanding Fulbright Scholars to Cardiff.

"Fulbright scholars are known to be among the best scholars in the world and many Fulbright scholars go on to be leaders in their particular fields.

"One of the University’s key priority areas is to build upon and develop current and further links with the US. We already have a long history of research links between the two countries, with many of our academics engaged in research with US institutions and the continual development of strategic links and collaboration."

One of three University Fulbright Scholars to study at Cardiff University this year is Dr Sarah Campbell, who joined the University’s School of Welsh in September 2009.

Dr Campbell, who holds a Doctorate in Medieval Drama, plans to use her time at the University to develop her research into Welsh drama.

Dr Campbell said: "The Fulbright Scholarship aims to bring scholars from the United States and different countries and cultures together. I was delighted to receive the grant and had to study in Wales. I was drawn to Welsh Drama as so little research had been done on it. The most recent published work is almost a century old. The play ‘Y Gwr Kadarn’ has not been available to scholars.

"My Fulbright Scholarship will enable me to bring this to publication and lead a performance of the work that would not have been previously available."

The three day visit to Wales, organised by the Wales International Consortium (WIC), also provided the opportunity for the Fulbright Scholars to visit Cardiff’s medieval castle, the City’s flagship arts centre, the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) and the seat of Welsh Government – the National Assembly for Wales as well as visiting Swansea for a range of events.

One high-profile former Cardiff University graduate set to take advantage of the opportunities to study in the US offered by the Fulbright Commission is the MP for Carmathen East and Dinefwr, Adam Price.

Adam Price, who studied European Community Studies and is a former research associate at the University's department of City and Regional Planning, has announced he intends to stand down as an MP later this year and become a Fulbright Scholar studying devolution and economic development in the US.

Cardiff University

C ardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

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Chris Jones

Public Relations

Cardiff University

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