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Exceptional individuals

07 July 2009

A world-famous bass baritone, a journalist who has reported on the major events of the last two decades and a comedian, writer and actor are amongst those to be honoured by Cardiff University at its annual degree ceremonies (July 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15).

Honorary Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have achieved international distinction in their field.

The Honorary Fellows for 2009 are:

Cardiff-born Jeremy Bowen, a British journalist who has reported from more than 70 countries and covered 14 wars. Jeremy is currently the Middle East Editor for the BBC and has won many prestigious awards, including an International Emmy. (Ceremony: 14 July 2009, 1.30pm)

Dr John Burke, a Cardiff businessman dedicated to cancer research and cancer care who has raised more than £12M for original cancer research. The world-acclaimed Cardiff cervical cancer screening research project arose from his initiatives. (Ceremony: 7 July 2009, 10.30am)

Lord Burns GCB, the Chairman of Abbey National plc, Alliance & Leicester plc and Glas Cymru Ltd. In 1991 he became Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, a post he held until 1998, when he was appointed a life peer. (Ceremony: 14 July 2009, 4.30pm)

Dame Karen Dunnell DCB, the National Statistician and the Chief Executive of the new Independent UK Statistics Authority. She has led several major benchmark surveys in the health and demography fields. (Ceremony: 13 July 2009, 10.30am)

Dame Deirdre Hine, an alumna of Cardiff University who established the Welsh Breast Cancer Screening Service, Breast Test Wales, before becoming the Chief Medical Officer at the Welsh Office from 1990 to 1997. (Ceremony: 8 July 2009, 2.00pm)

Griff Rhys Jones, widely known for his sketch show Not The Nine O’ Clock News and Smith and Jones which won an International Emmy. He has worked extensively as a television presenter on series such as Restoration, Mountain, and The Nation’s Favourite Poem. (Ceremony: 13 July 2009, 1.30pm)

Sir David Lewis MA DL, the 680th Lord Mayor of London in 2007-8 and only the 8th Welsh Lord Mayor in 818 years. He was appointed by the First Minister as an official "Champion for Wales" in 2008 and knighted by the Queen earlier this year. (Ceremony: 14 July 2009, 10.30am)

Elfed Roberts, a native of Penygroes in the Nantlle Valley. In 1983 he was appointed North Wales organiser of the Urdd Eisteddfod and in January 1986 joined the National Eisteddfod of Wales as North Wales organiser. He remained in this post until 1993 when he was appointed chief executive officer of the Eisteddfod. (Ceremony: 15 July 2009, 1.30pm)

Welsh bass baritone Bryn Terfel CBE has performed in all of the world’s greatest opera houses. Especially recognised for his portrayal of Figaro and Falstaff, he has won Grammy, Classical Brit and Gramophone Awards. He hosts his own annual festival in Faenol, North Wales. (Ceremony: 13 July 2009, 4.30pm)

Graduation 2009