Honorary fellows announced for 2013

The graduation ceremonies will take place from today (9th July) until the 13th

The graduation ceremonies will take place from today (9th July) until the 13th

THE RECIPIENTS of honorary degrees from Aberystwyth University have been announced.

The ten new fellows will receive honorary degrees during this year’s graduation week (9th to 13th July) from the University.

Whilst the recipients for this year are not as high-profile as they have been previously, the list includes Betsan Powys and Ian Jones, who both have vast experience in T.V on and off screen.

Powys, who studied her undergraduate German and Drama degree at Aberystwyth, has had a successful career as a bilingual TV presenter on both the BBC and S4C, presenting shows such as Panorama and Byd ar Bedwar.

The current Chief Executive of S4C Ian Jones, who studied his Economics degree in Aberystwyth, was instrumental in the launch of S4C in 1982. Since then he has worked for a variety of TV companies including Granada International and has previously been President of National Geographic.

A full list of this year’s recipients can be found below:

His Honour Judge Niclas Parry

Niclas Parry is a Circuit Judge on the Welsh Circuit and judges criminal law cases at the Crown Court. Whilst in Aberstwyth he studied Law and was head warden for Pantycelyn Hall. Since graduating, as well as following a legal career,  he has become well known as presenter of football programme Sgorio on S4C.

His fellowship will be presented by Dr Glenys Williams from the department of Law and Criminology on Tuesday 9th July.

Sharon Maguire

Maguire completed her PGCE at Aberystwyth, before studying a postgraduate course in Journalism and entering the world of media. Consequently she has directed numerous television shows but is best known for directing Bridget Jones’ Diary in 2001.

Maguire’s Fellowship will be conferred to her on a future visit to the University.

Neil Brand

Writer and Composer Neil Brand is best known for his silent film accompaniment. He regularly plays at the London Barbican and National Film Theatre, as well as throughout the U.K. and at film festivals globally.

Brand’s Fellowship will be presented by Professor Robert Meyrick, head of the School of Art on Wednesday 10th July.

Betsan Powys

Powys has become synonymous with factual broadcasting in Wales since joining the BBC in 1989 as a news trainee and has since gone on to present notable programs on both S4C and BBC including Panorama, Week In Week Out and Byd ar Bedwar.

Powys’ Fellowship will be presented by Alwena Hughes-Moakes, policy and executive officer on Wednesday 10th July.

Professor Douglas Kell

Professor Kell, who was previously a member of staff at the University, is currently the Chief Executive of the Biotechnonolgy and Biological Sciences Research Council and is due to step down from the post in October 2013. During his time at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, he was promoted to having his own Personal Chair and was director of the Research of Institute of Biological Studies between 1997 and 2002. He is well known for his work on computation biology and experimental metabolomics and has also contributed to a trial vaccine against tuberculosis.

Professor Kell’s Fellowship will be conferred to him at a later date, on a future visit to the University.

Dr Elaine Storkey

Storkey, an alumna of the University is credited with bringing a biblical perspective to the feminist movement and has been named as one of the 100 female public intellectuals by the Guardian. Since 2008 she has been member of the High Table at Newnham College, Cambridge. The author of eight books, she is a regular contributor to journals, newspapers and Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

Dr. Storkey’s fellowship will be presented by Professor Andrew Henley, director of the Institute of Management, Law and Information Science on Thursday 11th July.

Dr Emyr Roberts,

Former Chief Executive of the Welsh European Funding Office in 1997, Dr Roberts started his career with the National Farmers Union before taking on roles in health and culture. He is currently the first chief executive of Natural Resources Wales.

Dr Roberts’ Fellowship will be presented by Professor Neil Glasser, director of the Institute of Geography, History and Politics on Thursday 11th July.

Ian Jones

Jones is known as a pioneer in national Welsh-language television coverage, helping launch S4C in 1982. After working for ITV, he rejoined S4C as Director of Business, S4C International and co-productions in 1992. Jones recently held a post as Managing Director, Content Distribution and Commercial Development International for A+E Television Networks in New York. He is currently the Chief Executive of S4C.

Ian Jones will have his fellowship presented to him by Dr Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies on Friday 12th July.

Richard Lynch

Lynch graduated from Aberystwyth in 1986 and has worked since in theatre and television. He has experience working for The Royal Shakespeare Company, Y Cwmni and The Royal Court and has a close association with the National Theatre Wales, playing the title role in their production of Coriolanus.

Lynch will have his fellowship presented to him by Professor David Ian Rabey from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies on Friday 12th July.

Gwyneth Lewis

Lewis was Wales’ first National Poet from 2005-2006 and has published eight books in both Welsh and English. Parabels and Faxes (1995) won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and Y Llofrudd Iaith won the Welsh Arts Council Book of the Year in 2000, among other accolades.

In 2012 she won the National Eisteddfod’s Crown and her translation of Shakespeare’s TheTempest into Welsh was performed by Theatr Genedlaethol.

Lewis’ Fellowship will be presented to her on a future visit to the University.