Press Releases 2016

UWTSD Professor Sue Williams to attend The South Wales Evening Post Pride Awards on Friday, April 8, at the city’s Brangwyn Hall.

07.04.2016

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is proud to announce that Professor Sue Williams, a lecturer at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, has been shortlisted for a Bravery Award in the South Wales Evening Post’s Pride Awards, taking place at the city’s Brangwyn Hall on Friday, April 8 at 6.45pm

Professor Williams will attend the evening alongside other category finalists and the winners will be announced live on stage by special guest presenter and East Enders actress Charlie Brooks.

Professor Williams helped save the life of a man who was taken ill behind the wheel of his truck on the M4— and was traced by the grateful family thanks to an appeal on social media.

Caroline Thraves, Head of School – Fine Art and Photography said:  “We are extremely lucky to have Professor Sue Williams on our staff in the Fine Art Department at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Not only is she an exceptional International artist but a wonderful human being as the Pride Awards has recognised and we are very proud to be supporting her at this event.”

Sue leapt into action while driving home from work along the M4 to Cardiff on Wednesday, January 6.

Shortly after the Margam junction turn-off, she noticed a flat-back truck swerving across the lanes, before coming into collision with the central barrier.

"I pulled over into the fast lane ahead of his vehicle, and ran back to see what was wrong," she said.

"I could see that he had collapsed inside his van. I got him to come around and called the police. I asked him if he was having a heart attack, and he said he thought he was.

"I was talking to emergency services at the same time, and then police on the other lane saw me. An ambulance was there in about 20 minutes."

After leaving the father-of-four in the hands of professionals, Professor Williams returned home, but a few days later was contacted by a former student.

She said: "It had been a scary experience; we were both in the fast lane, and the light was beginning to go, but nobody else had slowed down or stopped to help. Police escorted me back on to the road, and I knew the driver was being looked after.

"Then a week or two later I had a Facebook message from a former student.

"They had seen an appeal from someone on Facebook, and they said they thought it might be me".

Unknown to Professor Williams at the time, she had been caught on a camera which had been filming in the cab of the van, and images from it had been used by the family in a bid to trace her.

Their Facebook message read: "We are trying to locate this very special lady... she saved my dad's life, we would like to say thank you through the magic of Facebook if we can."

Professor Williams's former student had recognised her from the image, and was able to put her in touch with the family, who asked not to be identified.

She said : “I spoke to the family and was relieved to find out he had been saved, because at the time I did not know how serious it had been. I believe he had a heart attack as soon as he was in the ambulance, and it seems by stopping and attending to him it really helped.

"The family live in the Midlands, and they have been communicating with me, and I'm glad things have turned out all right.

"The police and the ambulance staff were fantastic, although it was a little saddening the lack of consideration of other drivers. But I don't think I realised the enormity of the situation at the time.”

Note to Editor

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Rebecca Davies

Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

Corporate Communications and PR

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Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk