Some of you may be familiar with Diemwnt, CardiffUP’s official mascot, who is a knitted dragon.
The name Diemwnt is the Welsh word for “diamond”, which was chosen because of our Diamond Open Access policy for journal publication. You can read more about this policy on our website at https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/research-integrity/ .
Our bi-monthly Editorial Board meetings are an essential fixture in Diemwnt’s diary, as it’s vital that our most important Board member is present to oversee the proceedings. But apart from that, until recently our mascot has tended to stay in the CardiffUP office in Newport Road, and hasn’t got out much. Times are changing, however, and the profile of the Press is starting to be raised within Cardiff University and elsewhere. This means that Diemwnt has finally started to explore and go on exciting adventures.
On 24th May, CardiffUP had a presence at the biennial Cardiff Business School Research Fair, held in the Postgraduate Teaching Centre on the University’s Cathays campus. This Fair was a special one, marking the Business School’s 30th anniversary. As you can see from the photo, Diemwnt grabbed the prime spot on the library stand – conveniently close to the tin of free chocolates.
After another trip to the Arts & Social Studies Library for the latest Board meeting, Diemwnt’s next engagement was the University Library Service’s Awayday for library support staff on 5th June. This event included a presentation by CardiffUP’s Executive Officer, Alice Percival, on the Press and its external engagement activities. Diemwnt made a number of new friends at the Awayday and helped Alice to introduce CardiffUP to a new audience.
So what does the future have in store for our intrepid mascot? Well, over the next six months (and on into 2019), CardiffUP is likely to develop rapidly, broadening its activities and becoming better known as a high quality institutional publisher. As a result, we expect that Diemwnt’s travels will continue.
Follow us on Twitter @CardiffUniPress, as well as on this blog, to find out what happens next!