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Royal recognition

13 June 2011

Dick-Roberts WEBDick Roberts

Leading University figures have received royal recognition in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dick Roberts, Vice Chair of the University’s Council and Consultant Optometrist to the Welsh Government, was awarded a CBE to follow his OBE and Professor Geraint Williams, School of Medicine, received an OBE for services to medicine.

Welcoming the news, Vice-Chancellor David Grant said: "These honours are a tribute to the considerable contributions made by both colleagues, to the University and to raising national and international standards of healthcare and optometry.

"I am delighted to extend congratulations to them on behalf of the entire University."

University alumnus, Dick Roberts became Vice Chair of Council in August 2004 and has Chaired the University’s Strategy and Resources Committee since 2000.

A self-employed optometrist, he is a Fellow of the British College of Optometrists (FBCO) and the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). He was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List in 1998, and in July 2000 he was appointed Consultant Optometric Adviser to the National Assembly of Wales, the appointment being renewed in June 2003.

He was elected a Life Fellow of the College of Optometrists in April 2004 in recognition of his contribution to the profession of optometry in the UK, and in October 2006 he was conferred Honorary Membership of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians for his contribution to the furtherance of the profession.

Professor Geraint Williams WEBProfessor Geraint Williams

Professor Williams is Professor of Pathology and a former Sub-Dean for Medical Admissions in the School of Medicine and is an Honorary Consultant Histopathologist to Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.

His specific area of interest and specialist expertise is in Clinical Gastrointestinal Pathology. He has published numerous research papers, reviews, and editorials, and is also co-author of the UK’s flagship textbook of Gastrointestinal Pathology and the prestigious American AFIP Fascicle on Tumours of the Intestines.

He has served on a number of Government Advisory Committees, advising on a range of issues from carcinogenesis to bowel cancer screening, has chaired the Pathology Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology and the Welsh Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Assembly for Wales, has served on the Council and numerous committees of the Royal College of Pathologists, and until recently he was President of British Division of the International Academy of Pathology.

In 2002 Professor Williams was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has been invite to lecture internationally and has acted as external examiner for many universities in the UK and Ireland, and also in Hong Kong and Malaysia. As Sub-Dean of Medical Admissions for six years until 2010 he oversaw the selection and recruitment of medical students to Cardiff University. A Welshman by birth who has worked at the Welsh National School of Medicine, the University of Wales College of Medicine, and Cardiff University for more than 30 years and who is soon to retire, he was recently elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

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