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Mike Smith

Mr Mike Smith

Research student

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Welsh speaking


I am a PhD candidate at Cardiff University researching the use of identity in the foreign policy of the Eastern Roman Empire in the 9th and 10th centuries. My supervisor is Professor Shaun Tougher. This follows on from my MA dissertation at Cardiff University on the use of iconography by Constantine the Great on his coinage. This was also with Professor Tougher.I also hold a BA Joint Hons History and English Literature Eboracum from the University of York. I studied the Archaeology of Roman York and the excavations under York Minster as a subsidiary subject. I currently teach in SHARE and JOMEC.

In between my BA and my MA, I trained and worked as a journalist and as an adult education teacher. I still work as an arts journalist, running a general arts website, an opera website and I also contribute to a variety of print and online publications. I am a travel writer and have a travel website and I also contribute to print and online publlcations. I also established the Wales Theatre Awards and a fund to support new arts writers.

I have been active in trade union and equality work, including The National Union of Journalists, the Wales TUC general council, Stonewall Cymru and many other organisations. I have also been vice chair of governors of two Cardiff schools.

I live in Cardiff with my civil partner and a mischievous, outdoors, loving, nocturnal hunting and miaowing cat who has not realised that I am about to sue her under the trade descriptions act as she told the RSPCA rescue centre that she was a house cat.