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UWIC to confer seven Honorary Fellowships at summer Graduation Ceremonies


UWIC (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) is to confer seven Honorary Fellowships this year at its annual summer Graduation Ceremonies in St David’s Hall, Cardiff, on July 10 and 11. The Honorary Fellowships are awarded each year by UWIC to individuals who have distinguished themselves, and made a significant contribution in their field.

Douglas Francies

A Royal Navy war veteran, engineer and former South Glamorgan and Cardiff County Councillor, Douglas Francies has been responsible for many key initiatives in relation to sports and leisure amenities in Cardiff and South Glamorgan.

Some of the many of the initiatives he delivered for South Glamorgan County Council and Cardiff County Council included the Cardiff Central Youth Club, Rumney Community Centre, securing the development of the People Versus Handicap (PvsH) Scheme and the PvsH Centre at UWIC, National Indoor Athletics Centre at UWIC, Welsh National Tennis Centre (Ocean Park), Millennium Stadium (in partnership with the WRU and The Millennium Commission) and the International Sports Village.

Douglas Francies joined the Boys Brigade at 11 years of age and held all ranks up to Lieutenant before joining the Royal Navy. He returned in 1948 to establish the Llandaff North Boys Brigade, serving four years as Captain and is currently Vice-President, a role he is extremely proud of.

Councillor Russell Goodway

Councillor Russell Goodway is Leader of the Cardiff County Council, and recently retired President of UWIC (1999-2003). Councillor Goodway, who recently stepped down as the 95th Lord Mayor of Cardiff, was the first Lord Mayor in modern times to combine the role with that of Leader of the Council.

Councillor Goodway became Leader of the new Cardiff County Council in May 1995, following the reorganization of local government in Wales. He was Leader of the former South Glamorgan County Council, elected in May 1992, becoming, at 35, one of the youngest County Council Leaders in the UK. He held that position until March 1996 when the Council disappeared as part of the reorganization of Welsh Councils.

Russell Goodway has been a local Councillor since 1978 when he was first elected as a Community Councillor in the Vale of Glamorgan. He was Chairman of the Community Council on two occasions, fist in 1980/81 and again in 1985/86. He was elected to the former South Glamorgan County Council in May 1995. He represents the Ely electoral division of Cardiff.

Robert Knight DL, FRICS

Robert Knight retired as Chairman of Cooke & Arkwright Ltd in 2002, and is now a Consultant with the company. He is also Vice-Chairman of UWIC’s Board of Governors and as Chairman of UWIC’s Finance and Estates Committee.

Robert Knight was educated at Radley College, Abingdon, before commencing National Service with the Welsh Guards in 1956, receiving a commission in 1957. Robert Knight joined Cook & Arkwright Ltd in 1964, and he became a Partner in 1966, taking charge of the Cardiff office in 1972, extending the range of services into commercial and residential. Robert Knight became Senior Partner in 1978, and in 1979 took responsibility for the London office.

During the three-year ownership from 1988 to 1991 by Lloyds Bank, Robert Knight acted as Chief Executive for Wales and was one of five surveyors on the Black Horse Management Board. Following the buy-out in 1991, Robert was appointed as Chairman of Cooke & Arkwright Ltd.

Ross Lovegrove MDES, RCA, FCSD

Cardiff-born designer and former UWIC Foundation Art & Design student Ross Lovegrove worked in the early 1980s for Frog Design in West Germany on projects such as Walkmans for Sony, computers for Apple Computers, and later moved to Paris as a consultant to Knoll International, becoming author of the highly successful Alessandri Office System. Ross Lovegrove was then invited to join the Atelier de Nimes along with Jean Nouvel and Phillipe Stark, consulting to among others Cacharel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Dupont.

Returning to London in 1988, he has completed projects for among others British Airways, Kartell, Ceccotti, Cappellini, Idee, Moroso, Loom, Driade, Peugeot, Apple computers, Issey Miyake, Olympus Cameras, Luceplan, Tag Heuer, Hackman, Alias, Herman Miller, Japan Airlines and Toyo Ito Architects, Japan.

Winner of numerous international awards his work has been extensively published and exhibited internationally including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum NY, Axis Centre Japan, Pompidou Centre, Paris and the Design Museum, London, when in 1993 he curated the first Permanent Collection.

The Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan

Elected Archbishop of Wales in April 2003, The Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan was formerly Bishop of Llandaff (1999-2003), and Bishop of Bangor (1993-1999). A graduate of the University of London (BA History), Selwyn College, Cambridge (BA Theology, MA Theology), and the University of Wales (PhD), The Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan has lectured at Cardiff University, St Michael’s College, Llandaff, and the University of Wales Bangor.

Tom Morgan MBE, DL, CEng

Tom Morgan MBE, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors (Wales) from 1996 – 2002, is formerly Director and Chief Executive of Oakdale Batteries Ltd (1991-1996), Director of the Engineering Centre for Wales (1994-1995), Director (Wales) of the Design Council (1991-1994), Industrial Director – Welsh Office (1986-1991), Divisional Board Director – FH Lloyd PLC (1977-1986) and Managing Director – Brown Lenox & Co Ltd (1974-1977).

Tom Morgan also retired from his role as a Member of UWIC’s Board of Governors and Chairman of UWIC’s Audit Committee in July 2002, following ten years service.

John Osmond

John Osmond has been Director of The Institute of Welsh Affairs, a policy think tank based in Cardiff, since 1996. John Osmond is a former journalist, television producer, having worked for the Yorkshire Post, Western Mail (reporter and Welsh Affairs Correspondent), HTV Wales, Wales on Sunday (Deputy Editor), Agenda Television (1990-1993) and a number of independent companies producing programmes for BBC, HTV, Channel 4, STV and S4C. A widely published author on Welsh politics, culture and devolution, John Osmond is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the Constitution Unit, School of Public Policy, University College, London.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UWIC, Professor Antony J Chapman, said, “I am delighted that UWIC will be installing seven such distinguished Fellows at our Graduation Ceremonies. They have all achieved excellence in their fields, and UWIC is proud that they have accepted the invitation to build on their association with us in this way. Fellows make a valuable contribution to the life of UWIC, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”


Many former students have studied at UWIC in its former guises such as Cardiff Training College, School of Art, Cardiff, Llandaff Technical College, Cardiff College of Technology & Commerce, South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education and Cardiff Institute of Higher Education, before they amalgamated to become UWIC in 1996.