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Meet the Team: Talybont RLAs

By ResLife 01 Aug 2021

Your Talybont RLAs live on-site with you and will be running events for you throughout the year. Meet them below!


Name: Anirudh
Hometown: India
Course: PhD Structural Health Monitoring of Composite Structures

Project Group: Healthy Living
Hobbies: I enjoy singing, playing the piano and drums. Cooking is therapeutic to me.
Describe yourself in three words: Disciplined, compassionate and patient.

Message to the students in your Residence: Welcome to Talybont residences! Make the most of your stay, maintain a proper work-life balance and remember to take care of yourself. All the best! 


Name: Yaseen
Hometown: South Wales
Course: Medical Pharmacology with Professional Placement Year

Project Group: Halls Association
Hobbies: Lifelong learning, culinary exploration, nurturing relationships and staying active.
Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, attentive and inquisitive.
Message to the students in your Residence: Congratulations on joining the Cardiff University community! As you settle into your new home in the Residence Halls, know that Residence Life Cardiff is here to support your journey.

I am thrilled to be part of the Residence Life team, which includes the Halls Association. Our goal is to listen to your needs and preferences, ensuring that your time here is enriching and enjoyable. Throughout the year, we organise a variety of events to cater to all interests, and your participation is key to making these events a success.

By joining the Halls Association and engaging in our events, you'll have the chance to connect with like-minded peers, create lasting memories, and contribute to our vibrant community. Your voice matters, and together, we can make your university experience truly exceptional.

Here's to a fantastic adventure ahead!


Name: Vrinda
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Course: Psychology with Placement Year

Project Group: Social Change
Hobbies: Dancing, cooking, art and crafts.
Describe yourself in three words: Warm, happy-go-lucky and optimistic.

Message to the students in your Residence: Congratulations on coming to Uni, these years will be the best of your life! Never feel alone as everyone is going through this huge shift and it's a process to start adjusting to a new place! We are always there for you when in need! Good luck! 


Name: Zainab
Hometown: Newcastle upon Tyne
Course: Operating Department Practice

Project Group: Halls Association
Hobbies: Cooking
Describe yourself in three words: Fun, kind and caring.
Message to the students in your Residence: You’re not alone! We are here to assist in making your stay enjoyable and successful.


Name: Akshata
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Course: Law

Project Group: Student Voice
Hobbies: Reading, languages and K-Pop.
Describe yourself in three words: Inspired, involved and international.
Message to the students in your Residence: Hi there! I'm Akshata and I'm passionate about all things legal as well as interacting with people from different backgrounds. I'm excited to begin my role as an RLA and can't wait to meet and get to know you!


Name: Ben
Hometown: Swindon
Course: Physical Geography

Project Group: Healthy Living
Hobbies: Video games, film, tv and chess.
Describe yourself in three words: Chill, fun and empathetic.
Message to the students in your Residence: Looking forward to the opportunity to meet and get to know you all.


Name: Edesi
Hometown: London
Course: Architecture

Project Group: Crafts
Hobbies: Art & design, reading and trying new activities.
Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, hardworking and empathetic.
Message to the students in your Residence: Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for help when you need it. People are more happy to support you than you may think.


Name: Sasha 
Hometown: Cardiff
Course: Psychology

Project Group: Wellbeing
Hobbies: Humanitarianism, Cafe hopping and nature walks.
Describe yourself in three words: Observant, principled and stoic.
Message to the students in your Residence: Delve into your halls experience ! :)


Name: Rafe'
Hometown: Amman, Jordan
Course: Medicine

Project Group: Social Change
Hobbies: Running, hiking, football, cooking and watching films with an IMDB of at least 7.0.
Describe yourself in three words: Curious, positive and patient.
Message to the students in your Residence: Cardiff is a great place to be. The university and city both have so much to offer, you just have to keep your eyes open. Say 'Yes!' to opportunities that come your way because time will fly by before you know it.


Name: Sasha
Hometown: Dubai/Goa, India
Course: Master of Clinical Dentistry (Endodontology)

Project Group: Social Change
Hobbies: Travel, Skating and music.
Describe yourself in three words: Organised. ambitious and friendly.
Message to the students in your Residence: I'm thrilled to be part of the team this year, and hope we can make this year fun and memorable for everyone! It's absolutely normal to take time to adjust to a new environment and new people. Try to look out for the positives in your new routine and find your favourite spots to hang out with your friends. I'm sure you'll grow to love Cardiff and its warm, welcoming feeling. If you ever need advice or a chat, don't hesitate to come down and talk to me or anyone from my team! Stay tuned to our social media to know the latest about events planned for Residences - they are what made my first year here at Cardiff enjoyable, never a dull period and there's something for everyone!


Name: Selin
Hometown: Ankara, Türkiye
Course: PhD Law

Project Group: Social Change
Hobbies: Walking, reading and crocheting (I'm fairly bad at it though)
Describe yourself in three words: Like a squirrel.
Message to the students in your Residence: Hello and welcome! I hope you will have the most pleasant experience here in Talybont and also at Cardiff University. Go out there, have fun, make connections but don't forget your studies! And if you ever need anything, don't forget that we are here to help.


Name: Fadil
Hometown: Doha, Qatar
Course: LLB Law

Project Group: Healthy Living
Hobbies: Gym, hiking and football.
Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, resilient, affable.
Message to the students in your Residence: I am honoured to have the opportunity to support you and create an unforgettable experience. Let us build a thriving community together, embracing opportunities for growth, friendships and memories. Excited to be part of your journey!