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Celebrating an honorary degree from the University of Wales

8 December 2017

Professor Colin Williams, from Cardiff University’s School of Welsh, received an honorary degree from the University of Wales in a ceremony at Cardiff’s Temple of Peace on 8 November 2017.

The event was held to celebrate the contribution that the University of Wales has made to the Welsh Higher Education sector, and the country, for over a century.

During the convocation, six honorary degrees were presented in recognition of individual achievement in areas such as the arts, literature, science, commerce and industry, professional life and service to the public or to the University. Professor William’s fellow recipients were Mr Alun Thomas, Dame Claire Clancy DCB, Mr Daniel Huws, Professor Dianne Edwards CBE FRS, and Mr Llŷr Williams.

Professor Williams is recognised internationally for his expertise in language planning and policy and in the geography of language. In addition to publishing a significant number of academic works, Professor Williams has served as an advisor to government agencies across Europe and North America.

He was a Research Professor in the School of Welsh for many years and Director of the Language, Policy and Planning Research Unit. Currently, Professor Williams is an Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School and a Visiting Professor in St Edmund’s College, Cambridge University.

The School would like to warmly congratulate Professor Williams on receiving this highly deserved honour.

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