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Two Nobel Prize winners amongst those to be honoured at Cardiff University Graduation.

15 July 2013

Two Nobel Prize winners, a British politician and a writer and television presenter are amongst those to be honoured by Cardiff University at its annual degree ceremonies (15-19th July).

Professors Mario Capecchi and Oliver Smithes, awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine along with Cardiff University’s Chancellor Professor Sir Martin Evans, will be presented with Honorary Degrees in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements. It will be the first time the three Nobel Prize winners have all been together since collecting their awards in Sweden almost six years ago.

Baroness Glenys Kinnock, Kevin McCloud and Richard Parks join six other eminent individuals from fields including journalism, medicine and sport, amongst others, to receive Honorary Fellowships.

Honorary Fellowships and Degrees are awarded to individuals who have achieved international distinction in their field.

More than 6,000 students will graduate in this year’s ceremonies, and approximately 20,000 people will be welcomed to Cardiff for the celebrations. The event is one of the biggest in the University’s calendar and the ceremonies will be broadcast live on the Big Screen in the Hayes area of Cardiff and streamed on the University’s website.

The Honorary Fellows for 2013 are:

Monday 15 July

11.00am – John Reardon Smith, Chairman of The Reardon Smith Nautical Trust and former Director of two Ship-owning Companies.

2.30pm - Kevin McCloud, Designer, writer and presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

Tuesday 16 July

1.15pm - Madeleine Bunting, Associate Editor at The Guardian, award-winning journalist and author.

4.30pm - Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales and former Wales football international and national team captain.

Wednesday 17 July

10.00am - Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead, British politician and currently the Opposition Spokesperson for the Department of International Development in the House of Lords.

1.15pm - Richard Parks, Former Wales and Barbarians flanker who in 2011 made history with his 737 Challenge, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

4.30pm - Peter Florence MBE, Festival Director best known for founding the Hay Festival and similar festivals around the world.

Thursday 18 July

1.15pm - Dr Paul Langmaid CBE, former Chief Dental Officer for Wales and trustee of the Dentists’ Health Support Trust.

4.30pm – Honorary Degrees to be awarded to:

Professor Mario Capecchi, world-renowned molecular geneticist and co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine, alongside Cardiff University’s Sir Martin Evans and Oliver Smithes.

Professor Oliver Smithes, world-leading geneticist specialising in gene targeting and co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine, alongside Cardiff University’s Sir Martin Evans and Mario Capecchi.

Friday 19 July

2.30pm - Professor Simon Smail CBE, founding Chair of the Wales Health Promotion Authority and Board member of Public Health Wales.


Notes to editors

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

Amy Stackhouse

Public Relations

Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 870997

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