Honorary Awards 2009

Keith Morgan
David Roberts
Professor Peter Hodson
Gary Brace
Professor Zheng Wentang
Dr Lyndon Evans
Richard Stanley Kirk CBE
Scott Quinnell
Dennis Gethin
Lord Carlile of Berriew QC
John Leigh Bracegirdle
Lord Prys – Davies OstJ
Professor Dai Smith
Marco Marenghi
Peter Walker

Keith Morgan

Award: Honorary Fellowship of the University

Keith Morgan Keith Morgan was born in 1943 and joined the Mining Department at the Glamorgan College of Technology in 1961 as a Laboratory Assistant. In 1963 he moved to the Physics Department, by then part of the newly formed Polytechnic of Wales. Apart from a short period working in Pontypridd Girls Grammar School (a building which is soon to become part of the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science’s extended campus) he served at the University of Glamorgan until his retirement in July 2007 after 47 distinguished years of service; a period in which the University grew from a small higher education institution into the second biggest university in Wales. During his career as senior technician in charge of all chemistry and forensic laboratories, generations of undergraduates have benefited from his infectious enthusiasm, expertise, dedication, kindness, and his ability to adapt to the ever changing needs and developments of science education.

David Roberts

Award: Chancellor’s Medal

!(left)/media/files/photos/DavidRoberts.jpg (David Roberts)!David Evan Roberts was born on 25th May 1980 at Llantwit Fardre near Pontypridd. He went to Llwyncrwn Primary School and later to Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive in Beddau. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of eleven and was encouraged to take part in swimming as a form of physical therapy.

A consummate freestyler, he first represented Wales in 1993 at the age of 14 and in 2002, at the Manchester Commonwealth Games, competed alongside able-bodied athletes and was the only disabled swimmer from GB to win a medal with a bronze in the men’s multi-disability 100m freestyle. At European level, representing GB, he has so far won a total of 9 Golds in the European Disabled Swimming Championships.

On the world stage, he has so far won three Gold medals at the IPC World Swimming Championships of 2002 in Argentina and 4 Golds in South African Games of 2006. However, it is David’s performance at the Paralympics that have brought him into the limelight. At the Sydney Paralympic Games of 2000 he reaped a seven medal haul, including 3 Golds. At Athens, he won four Golds and in Beijing a further 4, to equal Tanni-Grey Thompson’s record as Wales and GB’s most successful Paralympian with 11 Golds. He carried the flag at the closing ceremony!

In recognition of his achievements David was awarded the MBE for his services to disabled sport in 2005 and most recently a CBE in the 2009 New Year’s honours list.

Professor Peter Hodson

Award: Honorary Fellowship of the University

Professor Peter Hodson Peter John Hodson was born in Newport. He completed his first degree in Electrical Engineering from Coventry University in 1971 (then Lanchester Polytechnic) as a sponsored student. Peter then joined GEC as a transformer engineer before moving to spend ten years working for ICL in Manchester. He progressed swiftly from a support engineer to consultant practitioner responsible for team management and world wide support for the 2900 series emulation products.

He joined the University of Glamorgan (then the Polytechnic of Wales) in 1982 as a senior lecturer. Peter’s contribution to academic development and management led to his rapid promotion to Head of the School of Computing in 1989. His achievements are significant, wide ranging and numerous highlighted by the school’s success achieving a grade 4 for computing in RAE 2001, winning British Computing Society medals in successive years and producing marketable products in Maplex and Mavis. Peter’s academic contribution to the University and to the body of knowledge was recognised in the award of professorial title in 1998 and the completion of a doctorate in education in 2003.

Appointed as Dean to the Faculty of Advanced Technology in January 2006, he oversaw the integration of staff from schools into the new faculty, enabling the synergies of this reorganisation to be realised resulting in substantial increases in student recruitment – particularly from overseas, growth in the research income and reputation as evidenced by the outstanding performance in the 2008 research assessment exercise.

Peter led the University’s preparations for the QAA continuation audit in 2000 and played a vital role, even in retirement, in the successful 2008 QAA review of the University. He continues to support academic quality management and audit as a QAA assistant director.

Gary Brace

Award: Chancellor’s Medal

Gary Brace Gary Brace was educated at Canton High School and University College, Cardiff before teaching history, government and politics at Lady Mary High School, Cardiff, and St David’s 6th Form College. In 1991, he joined the Curriculum Council for Wales and in 1997 Gary was appointed as Assistant Chief Executive with the Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales (ACCAC) . He was involved in two reviews of the National Curriculum, and reviewed the statutory assessment arrangements for 7, 11 and 14 year olds. He has been author and co-author of various official National Curriculum and Assessment publications and author of History teacher guidance booklets for the BBC and Channel 4. Gary Brace took up post as the first Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Wales in July 2000, establishing it as the professional self-regulatory body for teachers in Wales. Amongst the Council’s achievements can be included: the development of a Professional Development Framework for Teachers in Wales, including the pilot of Chartered Teacher; advice to government on teacher recruitment and retention; and the implementation of regulatory responsibilities including registration and professional standards casework. Gary Brace is also a member of the UNESCO Cymru-Wales Committee. He has undertaken work in the Russian Federation and Georgia on behalf of the Council of Europe and was the rapporteur at the first ever Conference on History Teaching in post-communist Russia.

Professor Zheng Wentang

Award: Doctor of the University

As President of Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Professor Zheng Wentang has led the development of a very successful international partnership between our two universities.

Professor Zheng Professor Zheng graduated in 1983 from Northeast University in China with a first class degree in Engineering Management followed by a masters degree in 1989 from Beijing Institute of Technology and a doctorate in Industrial Management from Southwest University of Finance and Economics in 2002.
As author or editor of number of successful books, Professor Zheng has actively contributed to the economic growth of China. Influential titles include ‘Industrial Economics’, ‘Business Management in the Chinese Non-ferrous Metallurgical Industry’ and ‘Business Operations and Management’.
Professor Zheng is the principal or co-investigator of eight national research projects, six of which have been rated as excellent at Chinese government level.

Professor Zheng has been awarded a number of national prizes including ‘Excellent Teacher of Beijing Municipality’ and the ‘Advancement in Science and Technology Prize’. He has received research funds amounting to half a million Chinese yuan and chairs a number of professional learned societies. He is also a state appointed evaluator of the quality of Chinese universities.

Through his dedication and leadership, President Zheng has made a very personal contribution to the strong relationship that now exits between Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture and Glamorgan.

Dr Lyndon Evans

Award: Doctor of Science

Dr Lyndon Evans Dr Lyndon Evans was born in Aberdare in 1945 and was educated in Aberdare Boys Grammar School and Swansea University, gaining his PhD in laser physics in 1970. Upon graduation he became a research fellow at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), an organisation within which he has now worked more or less continuously for 37 years. During this period, he took charge of larger and more sophisticated projects, becoming responsible for hundreds of scientists and collaborating with research institutes and universities from over a 100 countries. In 1994 Dr Evans was appointed Project Leader for the Large Hadron Collider Project (abbreviated LHC), a highly complex circular tunnel 18 miles long and Europe’s flagship scientific instrument for the investigation of the high-energy frontier in particle physics with a materials budget of over £1 billion pounds.

Dr Evans has received many honours and awards in recognition of his outstanding contribution to physics. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1991; made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2001, and a Fellow of the University of Wales in 2002. In 2008 he was awarded the American Physical Society Robert R Wilson Prize for ‘a sustained career of technical innovation and leadership’.

Richard Stanley Kirk CBE

Award: Doctor of the University

Richard Kirk Over the past forty years Richard Kirk has developed a very distinguished career in British retailing. Following education at Chesterfield Grammar School, Richard began his retail career in 1967 as a trainee manager with Woolworths. While at Woolworths he progressed through the ranks from Store Manager to Area Manager. In 1977 he joined Iceland as Store Controller and played a key role in the company’s development over almost twenty years, becoming Stores Director in 1982, joint Managing Director in 1984 and Managing Director in 1987.

Richard Kirk joined Peacocks as a non-executive director in 1995, and was appointed Chief Executive in 1996. He led the management buy-out of the company in 1997, its successful stock market flotation in December 1999 and its subsequent privatization on 1 February 2006. Under his leadership The Peacock Group has become a very impressive success story for Wales, proving its competitiveness as it grows and expands in the current economic climate.

Richard has previously held non-executive directorships with Savers Health and Beauty plc and Homebase. He was awarded a CBE in November 2006 for services to Retail and Charity in Wales.

Scott Quinnell

Award: Chancellor’s Medal

Scott Quinnell Scott Quinnell is a former Welsh international league and rugby union player who was a world class player for Wales, Llanelli RFC, Richmond, Llanelli Scarlets, Wigan and the British Lions. Scott has an impeccable rugby heritage; his father is Derek Quinnell, his uncle is Barry John and his godfather is Mervyn Davies. All were outstanding rugby players for Wales and the British Lions. Both his brothers Craig and Gavin also played professional rugby.
Scott was first capped against Canada in 1993 and in 1994 he was part of the winning Five Nations Team.

In the middle of his rugby career Scott switched to rugby league joining Wigan. During his times at Wigan he won the league and Regal Trophy and Scott represented Wales in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. In 1996 he returned to rugby union to play for Richmond and was selected for the 1997 Lions tour of South Africa.

Scott went on to play 52 times for Wales, including the 1999 World Cup, scoring 11 tries and starring for the 2001 British Lions.
After retiring from professional rugby in 2004 Scott has since been active in promoting the challenges faced by people with dyslexia; releasing his candid account in his book ‘The Hardest Test’. He has also been involved in a transformational programme which helps people with dyslexia to overcome their learning difficulties.

Scott is also a highly successful public speaker and commentator for Sky Sports.

Dennis Gethin

Award: Chancellor’s Medal

Dennis Gethin Dennis Gethin became the President of the Welsh Rugby Union in October 2007. As the senior ambassador of Welsh rugby, he passionately embraces the development of the sport at all levels from grassroots through to the national squads.

Raised in Seven Sisters, Dennis was educated at Neath Grammar School, Selwyn College Cambridge and Guildford School of Law. His rugby talent was first recognised in 1963 when he represented Welsh Secondary Schools and, thereafter, he won two rugby Blues at Cambridge. He played his club rugby as a full-back; most notably for Cardiff RFC where he played alongside the famous half-back pairing of Gareth Edwards and Barry John.

A qualified solicitor, during his career Dennis moved from private practice to local government where he rose to become Chief Executive of Taff-Ely Borough Council from 1982 until his retirement from local government in 1996.

In 1998, Dennis returned to his rugby roots when he was appointed Secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union. This was an exciting, but challenging time for Welsh rugby. As Secretary, he was instrumental in the completion of the Millennium Stadium, delivery of the Rugby World Cup 1999 and development of Welsh rugby during the formative years of the professional era.

Lord Carlile of Berriew QC

Award: Doctor of Laws

Lord Alex Carlile Lord Alex Carlile (Barron Alexander Charles Carlile) of Berriew was created a Life Peer in 1999. He was brought up in north Wales and Lancashire, and was then educated at Epsom College and Kings College London (LLB). He was called to the Bar by Grays Inn in 1970, became a QC in 1984 and in 1986 became a Recorder of the Crown Court. In 1996 he became a Deputy High Court Judge and Honorary Recorder of the City of Hereford.

Alex Carlile was elected Liberal MP for Montgomery from 1983 to 1988, and was then Liberal Democrat MP from 1988 to 1997. He was Liberal spokesperson for Home Affairs, Law 1985-88, SLD spokesperson for Foreign Affairs 1988-89 and Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Legal Affairs 1989-90, Trade and Industry 1990-92, Wales 1992-97, Employment 1992-94, Health 1994-95, and Justice, Home Affairs and Immigration 1995-97. From 1980 to 1982 he was Chairman of the Welsh Liberal Party, he was Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats from 1992 to 1997 and President of Liberal Democrats Wales from 1997 to 1999. In the autumn of 2001 Lord Carlile was appointed the Independent Reviewer of terrorism legislation.

Alex Carlile was also a Lay Member of the General Medical Council from 1989 to 1999. He is a Non-Executive Director of Wynnstay Group plc, and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He is involved with several charities from NACRO to the White Ensign Association and has special interest in mental health.

Leigh Bracegirdle

Award: Honorary Fellowship of the University

Leigh Bracegirdle Leigh Bracegirdle read Classics at Cambridge completing his undergraduate degree in 1969; he then undertook a teaching qualification at Nottingham, followed by research at St Andrews.

Leigh began his career in higher education administration at Glamorgan Polytechnic in 1974. As Glamorgan developed into the Polytechnic of Wales (1975) and the University of Glamorgan (1992), so did Leigh’s career. He became Assistant Registrar in 1978 and Academic Registrar in 1986. In 1989 he joined the Directorate becoming Assistant Director & Clerk and in 1992 University Secretary & Clerk. Leigh retired in 2008 after thirty-four years but continues part-time as company secretary for Merthyr Tydfil College and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Leigh worked with six Chairmen, one Director and three Vice Chancellors, line-managing departments and with cross-institutional responsibilities. Leigh led on heath & safety; wellbeing; welsh language; equality & diversity; contingency planning, criminal records, data protection; freedom of information; museum status; legal & compliance. Leigh managed incorporation out of LEA control (1992) and project-managed the integration of the Mid-Glamorgan School of Nursing (1996). He managed the legal-constitutional aspects of integration of Merthyr Tydfil College (2006) and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (2007).

Leigh also had a significant role across the sector including on the executive of the Association of Heads of University Administration and Chairing the Welsh Clerks Group. He also wrote the Guide for Welsh Clerks (1999), which was used across the UK and was the basis for guidance by LFHE/CUC.

Lord Prys – Davies OstJ

Award: Doctor of Laws

Lord Prys – Davies Born on 8th December 1923, Gwilyn Prys Davies was educated at Towyn School and Aberystwyth College, the University of Wales. Graduating in law, Gwilyn had a successful career in law, becoming in due course a partner in the old established law firm, Morgan Bruce and Nicholas then of Pontypridd and now Morgan Coles of Cardiff and London. In addition to his substantial achievement as a lawyer, Lord Prys Davies has of course also played a significant role in public life. He was for example chair of the Welsh Hospital Board. Subsequently, when Lord Prys Davies was special adviser to our Chancellor, Lord Morris at the Welsh Office, the founding of a chair in geriatric medicine at the Welsh School of Medicine – in the face of some stubborn opposition – was an important milestone at that time. Equally Lord Prys-Davies made significant contributions to political life. Elevated to the peerage in 1983, he held a number of important portfolios, including opposition front bench spokesperson on health and the Welsh Office. In addition he has been an active devolutionist and supporter of the Welsh Language Society.

Professor Dai Smith

Award: Doctor of the University

Professor Dai Smith Professor Dai Smith (David Burton Smith) has been the Raymond Williams Chair in Cultural History at Swansea University in the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW) since March 2005 and is Chair of the Arts Council of Wales (2007-). He was Professor in the History of Wales at Cardiff University from 1985 to 1992, Editor at BBC Radio Wales and Head of Broadcast (English language) at BBC Wales from 1992 to 2001 and from 2000 to 2005 he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Glamorgan. Educated at Rhondda County Grammar School and Barry Grammar School, he went onto Bailliol College Oxford for his BA in Modern History, gained an MA (Magna Cum Laude) at Columbia University (New York City) and his PhD from the University of Wales.

Dai Smith has served as a Simon Senior Fellow at the University of Manchester and a visiting lecturer at Universities in Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland and Spain. He is a Series Editor of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Library of Wales and amongst his most important published work is considered the groundbreaking history of South Wales Miners, ‘The Fed’ (1980), with Dr Hywel Francis MP, and of the social significance of rugby in Wales, ‘Fields of Praise’ (1986), with Professor Gareth Williams. He has written widely across the boundaries of literature, history and society including ‘Aneurin Bevan and The World of South Wales’ (1993) and ‘Wales: A Question for History’ (1988). For television he has written and presented a number of award-winning documentaries and the ‘Belonging’ drama series exemplifies his approach to social and cultural history, articulating and giving voice to peoples’ experiences across his homeland of south Wales. Dai Smith’s most recent publication is the authorized biography of Raymond Williams, Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale (2008), which received critical acclaim in the literary press and was selected as biography of the year by Archbishop Rowan Williams.

Marco Marenghi

Award: Doctor of Technology

Marco Marenghi Marco Marenghi was born in East Glamorgan Hospital in 1965 and studied Electronics at Llandaf Technical College and the University of Wales. His journey from Rhondda Cyon Taff to Hollywood is truly a ‘rags to riches’ story. After pursuing a career as an Electronics Engineer, Marco faced the difficult decision to return to education to improve his career prospects. In 1995, with the support of his family, he enrolled upon the HND in Animation at Glamorgan Centre for Art & Design Technology, an educational partner of the University of Glamorgan. Upon graduation in 1997 he secured employment with Framestore, a leading film and television visual effects company based in heart of the post-production industry in Soho, London. While there he worked on the title sequence for the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, the television remake of Jason and the Argonauts, and he was one of the small team of animators who worked on the pioneering, BAFTA and Emmy award winning, Walking With Dinosaurs. He has since relocated to Los Angeles working on features such as Minority Report, Polar Express and I Am Legend for such illustrious companies as PDI, Electronic Arts and Sony Pictures Imageworks. In 2000 he received the AOC Gold Award for outstanding achievement and in 2008 received the Friz Frieling Lifetime Achievement in Animation at the International Family Film Festival.

Roy Noble

Award: Chancellor’s Medal

Roy Noble Roy Noble was born in Brynaman in the Amman Valley of Carmarthenshire and has been a resident of Aberdare for the past forty years. An award-winning radio and television presenter, Roy began his broadcasting career with his weekly “Letter from Aberdare” slot on BBC Radio Wales, whilst also holding down a successful career as a primary school headteacher in Pontneddfechan and Crickhowell. Since joining the BBC full-time he has presented radio and television in both English and Welsh and he is one of the best-known, and best-loved, voices on the airwaves. In addition Roy has worked tirelessly for charities and local communities, for which he was awarded the OBE in 2001. He was Chairman of the Welsh Youth Agency from 1998 to 2001 and in 2007 he became a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Mid Glamorgan. He is a United Nations UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Wales and Vice-President of the Noah’s Ark Appeal (Children’s Hospital for Wales). In 2008 he was accepted into the National Eisteddfod of Wales ‘Gorsedd y Beirdd’ – Bardic Circle.

Peter Walker

Award: Chancellor’s Medal

Peter Walker Peter Walker was born in Bristol in 1936 and brought up in South Africa, returning to the UK as a young man and settling in Cardiff to play professional cricket for Glamorgan between 1955 and 1972, as a right-handed batsman, a left-handed bowler and a notable short-leg fielder. He also played test cricket for England in the 1960 tour to South Africa.

Retiring in 1972, he became a writer and broadcaster, working for the BBC as a commentator and presenter of the 40-over Sunday League competition. He has worked extensively for BBC Wales and the World Service, appearing in front of the camera for Grandstand, Sportsnight and Nationwide and behind it for Wales Today. He has also worked as a sports journalist and has written three books on cricket. His impressive and extensive media career also includes ten years as co-founder and Managing Director of Merlin Television.

Peter has continued to work tirelessly on behalf of cricket in Wales, becoming the first Chief Executive of the Cricket Board of Wales. He has also been Chairman of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, Chairman of the Professional Cricketers’ Association Management Company and in 2002 was elected as a Vice-President of the PCA in recognition of services to the Association. For the past nine years, Peter has been one of eight appointed pitch inspectors for the England and Wales Cricket Board. Earlier this year he was overwhelmingly elected as President of Glamorgan Cricket Club in time to welcome the Australians to Cardiff for the First Ashes Test, the first ever test match to played on Welsh soil.