UWIC celebrates honorary fellowships 

A WORLD-famous Olympic athlete, a Grand-Slam winning rugby captain, a television chef, as well as other key figures from the worlds of government, the arts, health and food sciences, academia and business management are set to be honoured by the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) at its Awards Ceremonies in July 2008.

Lord Sebastian Coe, Olympic gold medal winner and Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, will be one of nine people to be awarded an honorary fellowship this July. The others are:

Ryan Jones, a former UWIC student and the rugby captain who led Wales to this year’s Grand Slam victory - the team’s second in four years;

Professor Paul Seawright, a photographer famous for his work documenting war in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Paul Seawright is Professor of Photography at the University of Ulster and is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts;

Dudley Newbery, the Welsh TV chef, star of S4C cookery show Casa Dudley and a champion of the use of local produce in the restaurant industry in Wales;

Sir Derek Wanless, Vice-Chairman of the Statistics Commission and a member of the Board for Actuarial Standards - in 2006, as a Senior Associate of the King's Fund, Sir Derek wrote the Wanless Social Care Review and, in September 2007, a further review of health services.  He has also advised the Welsh Assembly Government on health and social care in Wales;

Dr Trefor Lewis, former Director of UWIC’s highly successful MBA Programme – Dr Lewis is currently working as a consultant as Overseas Director of the MBA Programme;

Sir John Shortridge, the inaugural Permanent Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales. Since 1999 until retirement this year Sir Jon professionally led the Civil Service in Wales and successfully guided the transition to devolved government;

Professor Tim Lang, a food scientist and Professor of Food Policy at City University. Professor Lang is Natural Resources and Land Use Commissioner on the UK Government’s Sustainable Development Commission.

Elfed Roberts, Chief Executive for the National Eisteddfod, the premier artistic event in Wales and one of Europe's largest and oldest cultural festivals.

In February 2008 UWIC conferred an Honorary Fellowship on Dr John Pugh, former UWIC Director of Marketing & Student Recruitment and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Collaboration and Partnerships).  Dr Pugh currently acts as consultant to the Vice Chancellor.

John Wyn Owen, CB, Chair of the Board of Governors, said:  “UWIC is delighted to honour such a diverse group of exceptional individuals who have given outstanding and distinguished service in their various areas of expertise.”

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