Cardiff Met honours leading figures with Honorary Fellowships 

15/06/2013 09:00 


An author, a journalist, a chef, an Olympic and World Champion and a former government minister are amongst those to be honoured by Cardiff Metropolitan University at its annual degree ceremony next month.

Award-winning author Dr Sarah Waters, BBC stalwart Jeremy Bowen, Michelin-starred chef Stephen Terry, Nicole Cooke MBE and Digby Jones, Baron Jones of Birmingham Kt, join four other eminent individuals from fields including medicine, science and culture, to receive Honorary Fellowships.

The Fellowships will be awarded during the University’s Summer Degree and Award ceremonies, over the course of the week commencing July 8th. Approximately 2,900 students will graduate this year, and about 10,500 people will be welcomed to Cardiff for the celebrations.

An Honorary Fellowship is one of the highest honours that the university can bestow, and is awarded to those who have brought great distinction to the University or to the region.

Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, said: “The University awards Honorary Fellowships as an indication of respect to persons who have given outstanding and distinguished service to the University or the community at large. The University is delighted to be conferring Honorary Fellowships this July on another eight illustrious recipients.”


Jeremy Bowen

A seasoned journalist and former Cardiff High pupil, Jeremy Bowen has been employed by the BBC for over 25 years, having worked in the radio newsroom and as a television news correspondent. Jeremy became the Middle East correspondent in 1995 and in the same year won the Best News Correspondent award at the New York Television Festival, repeating this success the following year. He enjoyed a stint presenting BBC One’s ‘Breakfast’ following its launch in 2000, and has now reported from more than 70 countries covering conflicts in the Middle East, Lebanon, Bosnia and Afghanistan. 

Jeremy Bowen

Professor David Kerwin

A pioneer in his field of Biomechanics, Professor Kerwin led The Cardiff School of Sport’s SESAME (Sensing for Sport and Managed Exercise) Project which was awarded the 2010 European Athletic Innovation Award. The project, which was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, prepared and provided elite athletes and coaches with the competitive edge in the run up to London 2012 and was delivered in partnership with University College London, the Royal Veterinary College and the University of Cambridge.

Stephen Terry Stephen Terry

In 2002 chef Stephen won a Michelin star a year after buying the renowned Walnut Tree near Abergavenny. He later transformed the former Horse and Jockey Inn just outside Abergavenny into the much-acclaimed Hardwick, which was named AA Restaurant of the Year Wales 2010-11. It was also ranked 17th in the Top 100 Eateries in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards 2012. Stephen helped develop the All Wales Hospital Menu Framework and is a staunch supporter of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales’s Reaching Wider - First Campus project which works with Cardiff Met to promote careers in hospitality to children within Communities First areas.

Stephen Terry  

Nicole Cooke MBE

Nicole Cooke has had 13 years of incomparable success as a professional Road Bicycle Racer, with significant performances at the Commonwealth Games, Olympics and Word Race Championships.  Winning Gold at the 2008 World Championships in Varese and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Welsh cyclist had a variety of major road race medals when she retired from professional racing this January, aged 29.  Nicole worked closely with Team GB teammates in the 2012 games to get silver medallist Lizzie Armistead into the best possible position, ensuring GB’s place on the podium.

Stephen Terry Dr Sarah Waters

Born in Pembrokeshire, Sarah Waters has a PhD in English Literature and has been an associate lecturer with the Open University. She has written five novels and has won the Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the South Bank Show Award for Literature and the CWA Historical Dagger and has been shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize.  Sarah was included in Granta’s prestigious list of ‘Best of Young British Novelists 2003’, and in the same year was voted Author of the Year by both publishers and booksellers at the British Book Awards and the BA Conference, and won the Waterstone's Author of the Year Award.

Dr Sarah Waters  

Stephen Terry Digby Jones:  Baron Jones of Birmingham Kt

Lord Digby Jones Kt graduated from University College London in 1977 and three years later was admitted as a Solicitor.  Since then he has been Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, Chairman of Grove Industries and Corporate Ambassador for Jaguar Cars and JCB.  In 2000 he joined the CBI and was Director General for over six years. From July 2007 to October 2008 he served as the Minister of State for Trade & Investment and was created a life peer in 2007. Following his departure from Ministerial office he was appointed as a Business Ambassador for UK Trade & Investment until March 2013. In 2005 he ran the London Marathon for Cancer Research UK and UNICEF, raising a vast £191,000.

Lord Digby Jones Kt  

Raj Aggarwal OBE

Raj Aggarwal OBE serves as Honorary Consul for India in Wales, looking after the needs of Indian nationals living in Wales.  Having graduated from Cardiff University in Pharmacy in 1972, Raj built a successful career in Pharmacy throughout Wales whilst managing a diverse selection of charitable, professional and community roles.  He is a Deputy Lieutenant for South Glamorgan and his current roles included membership of the Board of the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Business Club and the National Pharmaceutical Association and Chairman of Community Pharmacy Wales.

Sir Christopher Frayling

Renowned for his study of popular culture, Cambridge graduate Christopher Frayling is a British educationalist and writer.  In 1979 he was appointed Professor of Cultural History at London's post-graduate art and design school, the Royal College of Art. He was the Chairman of Arts Council England from 2005 until January 2009 and has also been Chairman of the Design Council, Chairman of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, and a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was a governor of the British Film Institute in the 1980s and was knighted in 2001.

Michael W John

Michael was until recently Special Advisor to the University’s Vice Chancellor and has a wealth of experience in public affairs, communications and marketing experience as consultant at Good Relations Wales. In 2007 he was Project Director for the launch of the National Assembly for Wales. He is Secretary of the Wales Branch of the Britain-Australia Society and Secretary of the Wales Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust with responsibilities for Management of the Trust and its grant approval administration.