Cambrian News photographer - From left: Prof Elizabeth Treasure, vice-chancellor; Prof Menna Elfyn, Honorary Fellow; Gwerfyl Pierce Jones, pro-chancellor

AN award-winning poet and playwright, a leading judge, and a Welsh rugby icon are among those honoured during this year’s degree ceremonies at Aberystwyth University.

Cambrian News reported “Today is the final day of Graduation Week, which started on Tuesday and is being held in the Great Hall at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Eight Honorary Fellowships will be 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, while two Honorary Bachelor degrees will also be presented,

The 2018 Honorary Fellows are Ann Sumner, an art historian, exhibition curator and museum director who served as head of fine art for Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales from 2000 to 2007; Menna Elfyn, an award-winning poet and playwright who was the Welsh-language Children’s Poet Laureate in 2002-03; Euryn Ogwen Williams, a broadcaster who was the first director of programmes at the launch of S4C in 1982; John Dawes OBE, a former rugby union player and coach who graduated from Aberystwyth with a degree in chemistry in 1962 and was part of the Grand Slam-winning side of 1971 and coach of the Wales national side from 1974-1979; Milwyn Jarman, a former Aberystwyth law student who went on to become Queen’s Counsel in 2001 and sits as a judge of the High Court in the Queen’s Bench Division, Administrative Court and as an Upper Tribunal Judge; Bonamy Grimes, a web entrepreneur who attended Aberaeron Comprehensive School and went on to co-found flight price comparison website Skyscanner; John Thompson, who graduated in computer science from Aberystwyth in 1992 and co-founded Commerce Decisions Ltd; and Ian Hopwood, an Aberystwyth International Politics alumnus who has worked in the field of development for over 40 years, at UNICEF headquarters in New York and on field assignments in Africa, Asia, and the Arab Gulf States” here.

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