Commentator and Communicator

Media

See below for some of my latest news and my appearances in the media

 

Speaking on access to HE on BBC Radio Wales (July 2019)

In a recent report it was announced that three-quarters of full-time undergraduates (73%) think it is harder to achieve good exam results if you grow up in a disadvantaged area – and support is highest at Russell Group, where 81% believe this. I was asked - alongside other contributors like esteemed historian Sir Deian Hopkin - to offer my views on the issue. My experience of going to Oxford from Llanelli, as well as my work with Darogan - presented me with an interesing platform to develop my own views on the matter. Please listen in English here (2:08:30).

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My latest appearance for BBC Radio Cymru (July 2019)

I spoke to the Aled Hughes programme on BBC Radio Cymru about the archaeological discovery of a skull, found in the southern Peleponnese and initially assumed to be Neanderthal, which had lain almost unstudied for 40 years. When scientists tried to reconstruct it, they realised that it had the features of our species, Homo sapiens, yet dated from tens of thousands of years before humans were meant to have reached Europe. Listen to the programme here (1hr00): https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000705s


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My latest blog for Nation.Cymru (July 2019)

In July, I penned a piece on the issue of “Why studies of Welsh history need to embrace archaeology”. In the article, which has had extensive exposure on social media, I argue that “for Wales, archaeology provides a unique opportunity to change perspectives on history – moving away from conventional narratives about our modern history – and instead learning about the foundations in which our communities were built upon”. Read my other pieces for the leading upcoming news service in Wales here.


 
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Contributing to a television news report (June 2019)

On a similar note in early June, I contributed to a television piece on the lack of archaeologists in Wales. My experience at Oxford studying the discipline made me appreciate the value and significance of archaeology in the task of historical enquiry. You can watch the Newyddion 9 piece (Welsh-language) on their Facebook page here.

 

Darogan Talent on tour (June 2019)

As a founder of Darogan Talent I have had the great privilege of speaking at a number of different insitutions and organisations over the last few months, such as the Institute of Welsh Affairs, Wales’ leading independent think-tank and Swansea University. In June, I also attended Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s conference in Aberystwyth, and was delighted to be able to tell the diverse audience about our work.

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From the archive…

 

Interviewing Lord Patten (2019)

My interview with Chris Patten, the 28th and final Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 until the end of British administration over the territory on 30 June 1997. He has been a Conservative member of the House of Lords since 2005 and previously represented Bath in the House of Commons from 1979 to 1992. Patten first became a junior minister in 1986, and a member of the Cabinet from 1989–1992. He was Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1990–1992, and European Commissioner from 1999–2004. Patten served as Chairman of the BBC Trust from 2011–2014. Currently, he is the Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

 

Interview with Llanelli Online (2018)

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An interview I did with Llanelli Online about my views and experiences in the media. Llanelli Online is a Welsh hyperlocal online newspaper covering the areas of Llanelli in the county of Carmarthenshire, Wales. It publishes daily content which covers news, sport, business and community. It began in November 2016. Llanelli Online was regulated by IMPRESS in 2017 and 2018. Watch the interview here: https://vimeo.com/259932671

 

Interviewing Lord Heseltine (2017)

I spoke to Lord Heseltine, former Deputy Prime Minister of the UK, about his time at Oxford, his early professional life, and his political career. I also discussed Lord Heseltine’s views on the political situation today. The interview was the latest in my current affairs and politics podcast for Oxide Radio. In brief: Lord Heseltine s a British politician and businessman. Having begun his career as a property developer, he became one of the founders of the publishing house Haymarket. Heseltine served as a Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001, and was a prominent figure in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including serving as Deputy Prime Minister under the latter.