Honorary Fellow of Aberystwyth University

Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones was delighted to have been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at his old university recently. The ceremony took place at Aberystwyth University’s Arts Centre. Honorary Fellowships are presented to individuals who have, or have had, a connection with Aberystwyth or Wales, and who have made an outstanding contribution to their chosen field.

Graduating in Law in 1988, Mr Jones never thought that he would be coming back to receive a Fellowship and stated that it was a huge honour and a privilege to be recognised by his former alma mater. His link to Aberystwyth even preceeds his old university days as he fondly recalls some very happy holidays spent in the town.

Other people receiving honorary fellowships include Professor R Geoff Richards, Director of one of the world’s leading orthopaedic research institutes, the AO Research Institute in Davos; Ian Hopwood, who has worked in the development field for over 40 years in UNICEF HQ and in field assignments in Africa, Asia, and the Arab Gulf States and Judith Diment, a leading global figure in the campaign to eradicate polio.

Mr Jones said “I loved my university days and it gave me a crew of friends who are still friends now more than 30 years on. That’s the difference between Aber and other universities– you keep the people you knew at university. I also met my lovely wife Lisa there who is also a graduate of the Law Department.”