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Prince Charles marks university bicentenary

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The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) welcome His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, to confer honorary degrees at a ceremony held at its Lampeter campus yesterday (7 July).

During the visit, His Royal Highness conferred honorary degrees upon four individuals for their outstanding contribution to their fields of expertise.

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Honorary doctorates were conferred on:

Emma Jane Bolam in recognition of her significant contribution to medical innovation and the production of the AstraZeneca vaccine;

Emma Jane Bolum being presented with her honorary doctorate (Image: UWTSD)

Lord Griffiths of Burry Port in recognition of a lifetime achievement of public service and of being an advocate for social inclusion and reform;

Lord Griffiths of Burry Port being presented with his honorary doctorate (Image: UWTSD)

Ned Thomas in recognition of his outstanding service to the promotion of the Welsh language and culture and enhancing the status and development of minority languages in Europe.

Ned Thomas being presented with his honorary doctorate (Image: UWTSD)

Patrick Holden, CBE, in recognition of his pioneering leadership in sustainable food production and organic farming.

Patrick Holden CBE being presented with his honorary doctorate (Image: UWTSD)

In welcoming His Royal Highness to the University, Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor said: “We were honoured to welcome His Royal Highness to the Lampeter campus to mark the University’s bicentenary and to confer honorary degrees on four individuals who have shown outstanding and transformational leadership in their fields.

“His Royal Highness has been a keen supporter of the University as Chancellor and Royal Patron who has also shown transformation leadership himself through his advocacy for environmental and social harmony. We are grateful to him for his continued patronage”.

HRH The Prince of Wales and Professor Medwin Hughes (Image: UWTSD)

During the event, students at the University’s Wales Academy of Voice and Dramatic Arts performed a suite from Gorau Awen Gwirionedd, composed by Eilir Owen Griffiths with lyrics by Dr Grahame Davies.

The work was commissioned by Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor, to celebrate the University’s bicentenary, which marks the establishment of St David’s College in 1822. A special volume of the work, printed on 1954 handmade paper by the Gregynog Press, was presented to His Royal Highness by the Vice-Chancellor.

HRH The Prince of Wales and Professor Medwin Hughes leading the procession through the main chapel at the university’s Lampeter campus (Image: UWTSD)

His Royal Highness also had the opportunity to meet local school teachers, Caryl Davies and Heini Thomas, Ysgol y Dderi, Jan Jones, Ysgol Llanilar, Heulyn Roderick, Ysgol Bro Pedr and Anwen Griffiths, Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi, who have been delivering a Harmony project which puts nature and sustainability at the heart of learning devised by Richard Dunn and translated into Welsh as part of the University’s Canolfan Tir Glas initiative.

He also met with Cenio Elwin Lewis, the High Commissioner of St Vincent and the Grenadines and students from the Commonwealth islands who have received a scholarship to study at the University.

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HRH The Prince of Wales met the High Commissioner of St Vincent and the Grenadines and students from the Commonwealth islands who have received a scholarship to study at the University (Image: UWTSD)

During his visit he met with Mr Mark Sawyer, a staff member and a heritage craftsman who made two plaques to be unveiled by Prince Charles during his visit.

The first was to mark the refurbishment of the University Quadrangle through the generosity of the Venerable Master Chin Kung, and the second to commemorate the University’s bicentenary.

HRH The Prince of Wales unveils two plaques to commemorate the University’s bicentenary and the refurbishment of the campus’ Quadrangle (Image: UWTSD)

(Lead image: UWTSD)

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