Swansea's leading lights honoured by universities
THE great and good of Swansea are to be honoured by the city's two universities next week at special award ceremonies.
Both Swansea University and Swansea Metropolitan University are to honour leading figures, with links to the Swansea Bay area, who have left their mark in a range of fields.
Swansea University will hand out honorary degrees to Swans chairman Huw Jenkins, Gowerton-born television presenter and ultra marathon woman Lowri Morgan Jones, painter Valerie Ganz, Swansea-born Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans, one of its former senior lecturers Val Lloyd, Lord Sewel, once a university research assistant, and Aberavon MP Hywel Francis.
Also being honoured are Nobel literature prize winner Herta Muller, a former writer in residence at the university, and Thomas Conway, a graduate in the 1950s who helped develop our nuclear power industry.
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Swansea Met will award honorary fellowships to artist Nick Holley, Roger Evans, plant director at Schaeffler (UK) in Llanelli, Swansea-born political philosopher Susan Mendus and former graduate Alexander Beleschenko, a leading glass practitioner.
Swansea University's Richard B Davies said: "Graduation week is our chance to celebrate the successes of our graduates, but is also a time when we are able to recognise individuals who have made such immense contributions to the region, to Wales, and beyond and inaugurate them as honorary fellows of the university.
"Honorary fellows are an integral part, not only because they epitomise excellence and dedication in their fields but also because they provide such inspiration for our students.
"We are delighted this year to be able to honour celebrated figures from the realms of politics, culture, science and sport, and to welcome them into our illustrious honorary fellowship."
Swansea Met vice-chancellor, David Warner said: "We bestow honorary individuals from, or who have a connection to, Wales and, in particular, South West Wales. They are individuals who have not only done themselves proud but who bring a sense of pride to the region."
The Met will hold its ceremonies at the Grand Theatre while Swansea University will use the Brangwyn Hall.