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Honouring excellence

10 July 2010

A writer, presenter and actor, and the former head of MI5 are amongst those to be honoured by the University at its annual degree ceremonies (July 12-16).

Stephen Fry and Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller join eight other eminent individuals from the fields of law, culture and public health, amongst others, to receive Honorary Fellowships.

Honorary Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have achieved international distinction in their field. This year the University is also recognising one of Wales’ leading politicians. Rhodri Morgan receives the University’s first Honorary Degree and has been appointed an Honorary Distinguished Professor to help enhance the University’s growing reputation for leading research in Welsh governance and politics.

More than 7000 students will graduate in this year’s ceremonies, and approximately 19,000 people will be welcomed to Cardiff for the celebrations. The event is one of the biggest in the University’s calendar and it will be the first time University President Professor Sir Martin Evans – recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine – has presided over the ceremonies.

The Honorary Fellows for 2010 are:

Keith Clarke

KEITH CLARKE, chief executive of Atkins, the largest engineering consultancy in the UK and one of the world’s largest design companies.

Rebecca Evans

REBECCA EVANS, a Grammy Award-winning artist, who has recorded prolifically and has established a major operatic career for herself around the world.

Stephen Fry portrait

STEPHEN FRY, a presenter, actor and author who has written four best-selling novels and won numerous awards.

Professor Paul Harris

PROFESSOR PAUL HARRIS, a world-renowned developmental psychologist with interests in the development of cognition, emotion and imagination.

Sir Nicholas Kenyon

SIR NICHOLAS KENYON, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre who writes and lectures on the arts, publishing books on Mozart, Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and early music.

Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller

BARONESS ELIZA MANNINGHAM-BULLER who headed MI5 from 2002 to 2007, leading the organisation through substantial change in the wake of 9/11.

Sir David McMurtry

SIR DAVID McMURTRY, Chairman and Chief Executive, formerly Deputy Chief Designer and Assistant Chief of Engine Design at Rolls-Royce plc.

Michael Moritz

MICHAEL MORITZ, a Managing Member of Sequoia Capital who has served on the boards of a variety of companies from inception to their emergence as global, publicly traded companies.

David Seligman OBE

DAVID SELIGMAN OBE, a consultant in commercial law at Capital Law LLP and former Cardiff City Councillor.

Dr Ron Zimmern

DR RON ZIMMERN, Chairman of the Foundation for Genomics and Population Health, the successor to the Public Health Genetics Unit which he established in Cambridge in June 1997.