Honorary degree for author, poet and disability activist Nathan Davies
3 November 2017
Wrexham author, poet and disability activist Nathan Davies has collected an honorary degree from Wrexham Glyndwr University.
Passionate Wrexham AFC fan and a member of the club’s Disabled Supporters Association, Nathan was honoured by the town’s university on Thursday (November 2) for his services to disability rights.
He has a keen interest in politics and fights for social justice through his work with Disabled People Against Cuts, Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, the FDF Centre for Independent Living, Disability Wales and Outside In at Wrexham Glyndwr University.
Collecting his award in a ceremony at the William Aston Hall, Nathan said: “I feel really honoured to be here today. Congratulations to all of the graduates on their achievements. It was a while ago that I graduated and quite a lot has happened since then.
“Thank you to Glyndwr University for letting me get involved in the community and letting me exercise my views, as unpopular as they may be. I look forward to continuing to work with the university in the future.”
Nathan was one of four honorary fellows recognised by the university on Thursday, with accountant Julia Grime and musician Mervyn Cousins honoured for their services to the university as former members of its Board of Governors.
Shani Rhys James, who has lived in Wales for more than 30 years, also became an honorary fellow of Wrexham Glyndwr University.
Shani’s first one person touring exhibition in Wales was organised by Wrexham Arts Centre in 1993 and she was honoured for her services to the Arts.
“I have a great fondness for Wrexham because it was the location of my first touring exhibition. It’s a very important place because it has a university, an art gallery and will soon once again have an arts centre.
"It’s been quite a struggle as an artist and what I’d say to students is think outside the box. Do what you really feel you want to express.”
Mervyn Cousins said: “I feel incredibly honoured, partly because of the calibre of those who have stood here before and partly due to the passion I have for this university and its place in higher education.
"This region is full of creative industry, energy and culture. Everybody here must boast about this region and shout about it.
“To everyone graduating today, be proud, you deserve to be, you’ve been creative, resilient and persevering.
"It’s not a simple business getting a higher education qualification today. Take your skills, adapt them, be enterprising and full of hope.”
Hundreds of students have been collecting awards at Wrexham Glyndwr University this week, with the final ceremony taking place on Friday morning (November 3).