Honorary Fellows 2012

Bangor University has announced the names of distinguished individuals who will be awarded Honorary Fellowships in 2012.

 "Bangor University has a strong tradition of recognising the achievements of various men and women in different walks of life. This year is no exception, and we look forward to awarding Honorary Fellowships. Our Fellows will add great distinction and glamour to the ceremonies at which we also recognise the achievements of our students," said University Registrar, Dr David Roberts.

The names of the 2012 Honorary Fellows are:

Professor Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics, University College London (UCL), is a prize-winning author and broadcaster and will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship for services to Science. He will be introduced by Professor David Shepherd, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise).

Professor Tony Jones CBE grew up on Anglesey (Mynydd Bodafon) where he still has family. Has been President of the School of Art, Institute of Chicago 1986-92 and 1996-2008 – but served also as Rector of the Royal College of Art from 1992-96; previously Director of the Glasgow School of Art. He is well-known as a broadcaster and writer as well as arts administrator.  He is a winner of the Glasgow University’s Newbery Medal, and the US National Council of Art Administrator’s Award. He will be introduced by Professor Jerry Hunter, of the School of Welsh.

Image of GwynethDr Gwyneth Lewis was Wales's National Poet from 2005-06, the first writer to be given the Welsh laureateship. She will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship for services to Welsh literature. She has published eight books of poetry in Welsh and English. Gwyneth wrote the six-foot-high words for the front of Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre. Her collections have won and have been shortlisted for many prizes. She has written two chamber operas for children and an oratorio, all were commissioned and performed by Welsh National Opera with amateur singers. In 2011 she was Mary Amelia Cummins Harvey Visiting Fellow Commoner at Girton College, Cambridge. She will be introduced by Dr Angharad Price, School of Welsh.

Born in Wales, Professor Malcolm Evans OBE is one of the UK’s most distinguished international lawyers – his best-selling book on international law is now in its 3rd edition. He will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship for services to law. He is a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Group on Human Rights; Chair of the UN sub-committee on the prevention of torture; he received an OBE in 2004 for services to the prevention of torture and the promotion of religious liberty. He will be introduced by Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of the School of Law.

Terence David Hands CBE, Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru; who also ran the Royal Shakespeare Company for 20 years, will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship for services to the theatre.  One of the most distinguished practitioners of the English-speaking theatre, Terry Hands has been with Clwyd Theatr Cymru since 1997. Formerly Chief Executive & Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company1986-91, he was also founder and Artistic Director of the Liverpool Everyman Theatre. Terry Hands has won many awards for his work as a Director – including the London Drama Critics Award – and has directed productions for the Chichester Festival, the Royal Opera, the Royal National Theatre and international organisations. He will be introduced by Geraint Ellis of the School of Creative Studies & Media.

Professor Catherine McKenna has taught at Harvard since 2005, and was previously at New York University and the City University of New York. She will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship for services to the study of Celtic languages & literatures. She is a distinguished scholar of narrative prose and bardic poetry of medieval Wales. Prof McKenna has close academic links with Bangor, and her Honorary Fellowship confirms a ‘special relationship’ between her department at Harvard and the School of Welsh at Bangor. She will be introduced by Professor Peredur Lynch, Head of the School of Welsh.

Image of John SessionsJohn Gibb Marshall  (also known as John Sessions) – actor and writer, and Bangor graduate, who has enjoyed a distinguished acting career – starring most recently as Edward Heath in the film The Iron Lady  will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship for services to drama. He will be introduced by Professor Tony Brown from the School of English.

The Rt Hon Lord Barry Jones  - former MP for Alyn & Deeside, and government minister, and graduate of Coleg Normal will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship for services to Welsh public life. He will be introduced by Dr Andrew Edwards from the School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology.

Bleddyn Wynn-Jones – plant collector and cultivator, Crûg Farm Nurseries will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship for services to Botany and Horticulture. Bleddyn Wynn Jones began collecting plants on an expedition to Vietnam in 1991, and has continued regularly to visit countries in south east Asia and South America. Regarded internationally as a major plant collector and propagator, plants grown at his Crug Farm Nursery near Bangor are sold world-wide. He was awarded the Sir Brynner Jones Prize by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society in 1997, and has won many Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals and has won the President’s Award for the best exhibit in the Grand Pavilion at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show. He will be introduced by Dr Dewi W. Roberts, a member of the University Council.