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.

Eiddwen Harrhy

Professor Harrhy is a Swansea-based, internationally acclaimed Welsh soprano who has graced the stages of the world’s leading Opera houses.  

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Professor Badran Al Omar

Professor Dr Badran Al-Omar graduated from Swansea University in 1995 with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Health and Hospital Administration from the School of Human and Health Sciences.  

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Ieuan Wyn Jones

Ieuan Wyn Jones was Chair of Plaid Cymru between 1980-82 and 1990-1992. He was also responsible, as Campaigns Director, for the party's electoral breakthrough in 1999. He was Plaid Cymru Leader between 2000 and 2012.  

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Mel Nurse

Widely known across the city as ‘Mr Swansea’, Mel Nurse is, to his home town, and especially to the world of football, nothing short of a living legend.  

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Datuk Ir. Khairol Anuar Mohamad Tawi

Datuk Ir. Khairol Anuar Mohamad Tawi graduated from what was then University College of Swansea, Wales in 1983, with a first class BSc (Hons) Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. 

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Rhys Ifans

Rhys Ifans is a prolific Welsh actor who has starred in iconic films including the Swansea-based film Twin Town.  

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Professor Gabriele Veneziano

Professor Gabriele Veneziano is a distinguished theoretical physicist. He was the first person to study String Cosmology and the possibility of thinking of pre-big-bang cosmology in a scientific way. 

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Dr Ruth Hussey

Originally from North Wales, Dr Hussey was appointed Chief Medical Officer for Wales in 2012.

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Debra Williams

Debra Williams is one of Britain’s leading businesswomen. She was Welsh Woman of the Year for Innovation in 2006, and was recognised as one of the UK’s top 200 business women by the Queen in February 2007.  

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Professor Emilio Gerboni

Professor Emilio Gerboni has been an expert in Imaging, Graphic Communication, Packaging and Converting for 60 years.  

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