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The University is delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Honorary Fellowships. Each Honorary Fellowships will be awarded during one of the University’s degree congregations, taking place between 17 and 21 July 2006.
“The highest honour that the University can bestow on anyone is the award of an Honorary Fellowship of the University. This honour is presented to people who have made a great contribution in their chosen field and have a close link with the University, the region or Wales. We look forward to receiving these six men and women as Honorary Fellows of the University of Wales, Bangor,” said Professor Merfyn Jones, Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Elinor Bennett, Harpist; for services to Music
Goronwy Cleaver, Managing Director Kroll (Cayman) Ltd.); for services to the development of Law at Bangor
Professor Sir Richard Friend FRS, Physicist and former Bangor student; for services to science
Dr Raymond Garlick, poet and former Bangor student; for services to literature
Professor Russell Jackson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham University; for services to the study of literature and film
John Walter Jones OBE, Former Chief Executive Welsh Language Boards; for services to the Welsh language
Hywel Williams, historian; for services to history and journalism
Elinor Bennett is well-known as one of Wales’ foremost harpists and musicians. She has worked tirelessly to promote musicianship among young musicians and through her performances and recordings has promoted and encouraged a love of harp music of all genres. Countless harpists at the School of Music have benefited from her tuition through her long association with the University’s School of Music.
Mr Goronwy Cleaver, Anglesey-born international accountant currently Managing Director of Kroll (Cayman) Ltd, he is a former Chairman of Ernst & Young and Managing Partner in the Cayman Islands. Mr Goronwy Cleaver is a highly respected and trusted individual who has reached the top of his profession. Through mentorship and encouragement, he has influenced a whole generation of young businessmen, providing a model of how private business should support local development. Mr Cleaver has also been supportive of the development of the University’s recently formed Law School.
Sir Richard Friend FRS, Cavendish Professor of Physics and Dean of Science at Cambridge University is a world leader in research and commercialisation of plastic electronics. Sir Richard’s research team leads a network of researchers which encompasses academics at the University’s own School of Informatics. Sir Richard has also had other relationships with the University in recent years. Sir Richard was a post-graduate student at Bangor some years ago.
Dr Raymond Garlick, who celebrates his 80 birthday this year is a poet and literary critic of renown. Although London-born he spent his boyhood in Llandudno and has adopted Wales as his country. He is an English graduate of the University of Wales, Bangor. Dr Garlick is a poet and literary critic, his main contribution in this area being the study of Anglo-Welsh literature.
Professor Russell Jackson is Director of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham and an international figure in the field of Shakespeare studies and an influential figure in the film world, having advised on numerous film productions of Shakespeare’s works. He was a lecturer in the English Department at the University of Wales, Bangor during the 1970s.
Lifelong civil servant, Mr John Walter Jones, Anglesey born and Bangor educated recently appointed Chair of the Welsh Fourth Channel Authority, is perhaps better known as the Chief Executive of the Welsh Language Board between 1988 and 2004. It is for his contribution to the Welsh language in this role that he is to be honoured.
Distinguished historian, author and journalist Hywel Williams was born in Bangor before moving to South Wales. He was educated at Llandeilo and Swansea before moving on to St John’s College Cambridge. He is a former Cabinet Advisor on Welsh Affairs and has written for Sunday Telegraph and the Guardian among others, as well as authoring major works of scholarship in contemporary politics and political thinking. He recently presented a two-part documentary on David Lloyd George on S4C.