July 18, 2012
Two budding explorers who graduated from the University of Glamorgan today, Wednesday 18 July, had a unique opportunity to gain some tips from world famous explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Catherine Pendleton, 40, and Luke Liddle, 22, met Sir Ran, as he is known, at their graduation ceremony as he collected an honorary fellowship from the University.
In a couple of weeks Catherine and Luke who graduated in Sport and Exercise Science will join an expedition to Chile with University of Glamorgan Professor Damian Bailey where they will be carrying out research at high altitude and to summit some of the Andes highest peaks.
Catherine commented, “It was fantastic to meet Sir Ran on our graduation day; I couldn’t have been more excited as he is an inspiration. It was great to be able to chat with him about our upcoming expedition and to get some top tips which we will be able to take with us.”
Having served in the RAF, Catherine is not a stranger to expeditions having taken part in a trek to Mount Kenya.
Talking about her decision to return to education as a mature student Catherine said, “I undertook this course in order to gain additional knowledge and experience that will lead to achieving my ultimate career goal of working in health promotion. Although it has been very demanding juggling studying, work, and family commitments as a single parent with two young children, the experience has been enjoyable and all the hard work has paid off and I gaining this degree. I have achieved one of my life goals.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes commented, “Catherine and Luke’s enthusiasm for their expedition is very impressive. I congratulate them on their achievements today and wish them luck for their trip.”
Read more about Luke’s student experience here