Cardiff Met Celebrates 150 years with City of Cardiff Dinner

​13/11/2015

​The Right Honorable The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor David Walker, Cardiff Met's newly inaugarated Chancellor Miss Barbara Wilding QPM, CBE,​ & Cardiff Met President & Vice-Chancellor Professor Antony Chapman.

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Cardiff Met has held several celebrations this year to mark 150 years, culminating with a prestigious dinner at Cardiff's City Hall last night.

The City of Cardiff Dinner brought to a close a year of special events to celebrate the University's 150th Anniversary. 

Over the years Cardiff Met has formed strong links with the Capital City of Wales and its people; and these important relationships were recognised last night by guests including colleagues, fellows, alumni, international partners, former Lord Mayors, politicians and luminaries from the worlds of sport, the arts and business.

Several notable alumni, including broadcaster Roy Noble, business leaders  Garry Veale, Angela Gidden and  Jordan Van Flute and sports stars Lynn Davies, Ryan Jones, Stef Collins and Non Evans spoke at the event about their time at the Institution.

University President & Vice-Chancellor Professor Antony Chapman said: "There have been many important dates during these 150 years when the needs of business and higher education have changed, requiring this Institution to change its role in the City.

"Some things have remained constant - one of those is our continuous link with the City of Cardiff. Our Cardiff heritage and commitment is evident in the names of our five academic schools.

"Alumni include health scientists, podiatrists and dental technicians for the health service, food industry experts for business and government, teachers for the Nation's schools, artists for our cultural heritage, designers to innovate for Welsh companies and global corporations, economists for local government, hospitality graduates who are the backbone of the events capital of Cardiff, and of course elite sports men and women.

"We place a large emphasis on Internationalisation and this is an important means of enhancing students' employability through the development and delivery of globally relevant studies. It also serves to enhance the University's local and regional impact, and helps raise the profile of the City and Wales internationally.

"I am extremely proud to reflect on the University's many achievements and have confidence in the future for the University, its students and staff.

The University took the opportunity at the Dinner to inaugurate its first ever Chancellor, Miss Barbara Wilding CBE, QPM,​ an honorary position working in partnership with the Lord Mayor as Honorary President and Pro-Chancellor.

Barbara Wilding said "It is a great honour to be invited to be the first Chancellor and to be installed at this 150th Anniversary event. I am e​​xtremely humbled that the Governors have elected me to this position and I will do all in my power to serve the University to the best of my ability"

The Honorary President of Cardiff Met and Rt. Hon Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr David Walker added: "Cardiff Metropolitan University is a true product of the Capital City and it is fantastic to celebrate the links that have been maintained between the City and the University over 150 years. I wish the university every success and best wishes for the future."​