July 17, 2007
British comedian Jo Brand is among those set to receive honours at the University of Glamorgan’s degree ceremonies this week.
Jo, who will receive an honorary doctorate for her former work as a psychiatric nurse is joined by news reader Huw Edwards and Welsh musician and composer Karl Jenkins.
Professor Donna Mead, Dean of the School of Health, Sport and Science who will read Jo Brand’s up for the award commented, “Jo incorporates much of her experience working in the field of mental health into her current work as a comedian. This has increased awareness of the work done by nurses in the mental health field. She has also used her experiences of working with individuals with conditions such as Alzheimer’s to promote awareness of and raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.”
Also receiving an honorary doctorate, Huw Edwards will be recognised for his contribution to news broadcasting by the University’s Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries ahead of its move to a purpose build building in Cardiff city centre this September.
Professor David Halton, Vice-Chancellor of the University commented, “We are delighted to welcome some of the UK’s best known personalities to Glamorgan and to be honouring them in this way.”
Others to receive honours include:
Prof Gareth Jones QC: Emeritus Professor of the Laws of England at the University of Cambridge who began his school days at Porth County School in Rhondda.
Neil Lewis – Vice-President Business and Product development – Analytical Imaging systems, Malvern Instruments Inc.
Prof Peter Elwood – Epidemiologist who led the way in the study of how effective low dose aspirin is in the reduction of deaths from heart attacks.
Mike Young – International animation expert and creator of SuperTed. His latest series, Pet Alien started on the Cartoon Network in January 2005.
Karl Jenkins – Internationally renowned Welsh composer and musician and member of Soft Machine.
Ken Follett – Cardiff born author who began his career on the South Wales Echo. 90 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide.
Michael Clark – Careers Wales assessor with over 30 years experience. Michael also works with homeless people on a voluntary basis.