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Exceptional individuals recognised with Honorary Fellowships

10 July 2010

Stephen Fry, Martyn Williams 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, chief executive of Atkins, the largest engineering consultancy in the UK and one of the world’s largest design companies.

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

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

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 whoheaded MI5 from 2002 to 2007, leading the organisation through substantial change in the wake of 9/11.

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

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

MARTYN WILLIAMS, one of the most decorated and successful British rugby union players of all time widely regarded as one of the best openside flankers in the world.

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.


Notes to editors

1. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

2. For full biographies, images or to arrange interviews with the Honorary Fellows please contact:

Victoria Dando

Public Relations

Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 879074