Honorary Awards

Swansea University Honorary Award

An Honorary Award is one of higher education's most significant accolades. Each year, following very careful consideration, Swansea University confers Honorary Awards on individuals in recognition of outstanding achievement to the University or the region. The recipients of this year’s Awards are drawn from a range of fields including music, sport, film and commerce.

Nigel Owens

International and European Rugby Champions Cup referee Nigel Owens was born and raised in the village of Mynyddcerrig, in the Gwendraeth Valley. Widely acknowledged as the best referee in rugby union, he is respected by players the world over for his expert knowledge and even-handed appraisals of the game. 


Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones holds the distinction of being one of Wales’ most capped captains, leading the team on 33 occasions. He is one of only a handful of Welsh players in history to have won three Grand Slams.  


Professor D Roger Owen

Professor D Roger Owen is Research Professor in Civil Engineering at Swansea University, and an international authority on finite element and discrete element techniques.  


Sean Crowley

Raised in Port Talbot, Sean Crowley is Head of Production and Design at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the college's Director of Drama. He studied at Wimbledon School of Art and has since worked across the design spectrum in film, opera, theatre and television.