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University Honours Wales and Bangor’s best

Poets, singers, rugby players - a true representation of Wales some might say! They are among the individuals set to receive Honorary Fellowships during the Degree Ceremonies held between 9 and 15 July this year.

The individuals are:

The singer, Duffy, who is among those receiving an Honorary Fellowship at Bangor University later this summerThe singer, Duffy, who is among those receiving an Honorary Fellowship at Bangor University later this summerDuffy : singer who was born and brought up in Nefyn in Gwynedd, her 2008 debut album Rockferry entered the UK album chart at No 1 and went on to sell 1.7M copies. She has recently starred in her 1st film, Patagonia. For services to Music.

Paul Feeney: Bangor graduate and leading international investment strategist with BNY Mellon Asset Management. For services to the financial services industry.

John Herbert, Earl of Powis: a descendant of the Welsh-born poet, George Herbert, and also a descendant of the first President of Bangor University. A former university teacher and researcher, he has collaborated extensively with academics in the University’s School of English. For services to scholarship and literary studies.

Julian Lewis Jones: Anglesey-born film and TV actor who starred in the 2009 Clint Eastwood film, Invictus, and in numerous TV dramas, including The Bill, Casualty, Holby City and Spooks – as well as Caerdydd, and Tipyn o Stad on S4C. For services to drama.

Rhys Jones, MBE: teacher, conductor, accompanist, compere and broadcaster For services to Music & the Community.

Professor Laura McAllister: Professor of Governance at Liverpool University and a leading authority on Welsh politics; Laura McAllister is also a former Wales football international (24 caps), and Chair of the Sports Council for Wales. For services to Sport in Higher Education.

Professor Gwyn Thomas: Bangor graduate, former Professor of Welsh at the University, poet and literary critic. National Poet of Wales in 2006/7. For services to Welsh literature.

Shane Williams: Welsh international rugby player, World Player of the Year in 2008, and Wales’s record try scorer. For services to sport.

"Bangor University has a strong tradition of recognising, with the award of Honorary Fellowships, the achievements of various men and women in different walks of life. This year is no exception. 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.

Publication date: 9 May 2011