Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Graduation Fellowships and Doctorates 2015


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David awarded 9 highly respected individuals with Honorary Fellowships and Doctorates during the Graduation ceremonies across Carmarthen, Lampeter and Swansea this year.

The list of recipients are as follows:

Huw Eurig Davies, one of Wales’ leading media figures and co-founder of production company Boomerang, received an Honorary Fellowship (06/07/15).

Mr Davies established Boomerang in 1994 with two friends. Over the years he has led the company strategy, which has seen a growth in turnover from zero in 1994 to a group turnover of about £100 million today, and recognition as one of Britain’s main production groups. The group produces programmes for networks across the world, with offices in Cardiff, Carmarthen, London and LA. He employs over 500 staff, 260 of them full-time in Wales.


Professor Christopher Wood, a pioneer of the development of new medicines for the treatment of cancer, arthritis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, received an Honorary Fellowship (06/07/15).

During his career he published extensively on surgical and cancer-related topics. In recent years he has focused on the development of new medicines and in 2004 received approval for the first new drug in thirty years for the treatment of childhood leukaemia. He is currently engaged in the clinical development of new medicines for the treatment of cancer, arthritis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.


Ali Anwar, a businessman living in Cardiff received an Honorary Fellowship (07/07/15).

Ali lives in Cardiff with his wife Karen and two daughters Lauren and Kathryn, having arrived from Baghdad, Iraq in 1977. Expected to spend only a few days in Wales, a place he didn’t know, he bought a return ticket- but he still hasn’t used the return part! As an ‘accidental incomer’ he fell hugely in love with Wales, its myths and its people

Graduated in 1988 with a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) in Software Engineering, a joint research degree between Cardiff University and West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education – now known as University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Ali worked as a lecturer for 5 years at the Department of Electronics.

He has been theManaging Director of The CAD Centre since 1989, an Information Technology company. Its head office is in Swansea, and operates from 8 offices in Wales and England. It employs 90 staff.


Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, The Reverend Dr Ralph Waller, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Divinity) (07/07/15).

The Reverend Ralph Waller is a British academic and Methodist minister. He is Principal of Harris Manchester College, Oxford and Director of the Farmington Institute for Christian Studies. He currently serves as a Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

Dr Waller teaches and researches in 19th and 20th century church history and religious thought, although more recently he has been drawn into the 18th century with his biography of John Wesley. He is currently writing a book on Religion and Money in the Eighteenth Century. In 1994 he was awarded the UK Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Dr Waller is a former Chairman of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford.


The Church of England’s first female Bishop, The Rt Revd Libby Lane, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Divinity) (10/07/15).

Bishop Libby was consecrated as a Bishop at a service in York Minister on 26 January 2015. She serves as the Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester.

In the Diocese of Chester Bishop Libby served as a Vicar in Stockport, and was the Vicar of St Peter’s Hale and St Elizabeth’s Ashley from April 2007 to January 2015. She had previously worked as a Family Life Officer as part of a Social Responsibility team and served as an Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands, advising and supporting those considering a vocation to ministry in the church. She served as a Bishop’s Selection Advisor for many years and is also a former Dean of Women in Ministry.

She is one of eight clergy women from the Church of England who were elected as Participant Observers in the House of Bishops – as the representative from the dioceses of the North West.


The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in Lampeter (10/07/15).

The Very Reverend Dr John Hall was installed as the 38th Dean of Westminster on 2nd December 2006 and is responsible with the members of the Chapter, to The Queen as Visitor, for the mission, ministry and maintenance of Westminster Abbey. As Dean of Westminster he is Dean of the Order of the Bath and chairman of governors of Westminster School. He is also the first chairman of governors of Harris Westminster Sixth Form.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Society of Arts, of Canterbury Christ Church University, and of St Chad’s College in the University of Durham. He is a Companion of St Dunstan’s Educational Foundation. He has honorary doctorates awarded by the Universities of Roehampton, Chester and Westminster, and is an honorary Fellow of the College of Teachers. He is an honorary liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Educators. He is a Pro Chancellor of the University of Roehampton.


One of the world’s leading public relations specialists, Matthew Gunther-Bushell, received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Literature) (13/07/15).

Matthew is managing partner of international strategic communications consultancy Consulum. He lives in Bahrain with his wife and three children.

He began his career in politics in 1993 by launching European policy pressure group CYEF under the watchful eye of Baroness Thatcher. He went on to work as a researcher in the House of Commons, assisting a series of backbench MPs before acting as a speechwriter and media aide to a number of government ministers.

In 2012, he co-founded international strategic communications practice Consulum, which now has offices in London, Bahrain, Doha and Dubai, as well as staff based in Lebanon and Jordan. The company advises heads of state, governments and political leaders throughout the Middle East, Africa, Caribbean and Asia. The firm also works alongside multinationals, family offices and ultra high-net-worth individuals.


One of the UK’s prominent educationalists, Professor Graham Donaldson CB, received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Literature) (14/07/15).

Professor Donaldson has worked as an international expert for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), participating in reviews of education in Australia, Portugal and Sweden. The report on Sweden was published in May 2015 and has received global interest.

Most recently, he has undertaken a review of the national curriculum in Wales and his radical report ‘Successful Futures' was published in February 2015. The report has been positively received and the Welsh Government is currently considering how it can best be implemented.
Professor Donaldson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Education Committee and a Director of the Goodison Group in Scotland. He has established a high profile internationally, lecturing extensively, advising governments and NGOs, and leading the Standing International Conference of national and regional Inspectorates of education (SICI), the international inspectorate organisation, as President.


Swansea-born singer/songwriter Steve Balsamo was made an Honorary Fellow (14/07/15).

Steve Balsamo came to prominence in the late 1990s after playing Jesus, to great critical acclaim, in the West End revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. After winning a Variety Club award for the role, Steve signed to Columbia/Sony records, made an album and won best male solo artist at the Welsh Music Awards all in the same year.

In 2004, Steve formed The Storys, a West Coast-influenced harmony band. Their debut album came to the attention of Elton John who publically declared it ‘fantastic’ and invited the band to tour with him for three summers. The Storys have also toured with Joe Cocker, Celine Dion, Santana, Van Morrison and Tom Jones to name a few. The Storys' songs have been featured in the US teen drama One Tree Hill and hit Brit-flick The Bank Job, in which the band also made a cameo appearance playing two of their own songs.


A ‘father figure’ of the University who has led the institution through its recent period of merger has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate.

Dr Gerald Lewis MBE was born in Merthyr Tydfil in 1939. He attended Swansea University and graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering followed by a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

After leaving university in 1964 his first appointment was with Esso Chemicals at their Southampton Refinery, providing technical expertise for the production of intermediary chemicals used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber.

Dr Lewis continues to be involved in Higher Education as a member of the Councils of UWTSD and the University of Wales. He was awarded an MBE for voluntary services to education in Wales in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list of 2014.



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  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014