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Honorary Fellowships for Eisteddfod chief and former Fron Choir musical director


27 October 2010

The current leader of the National Eisteddfod of Wales and a former Fron Male Voice Choir musical director are to be awarded honorary fellowships from Glyndŵr University.

Welsh poet T James Jones, Archdruid of Wales, and Ann Atkinson (pictured), who spent seven years as musical director of the choir from 2002 to 2009, will collect their awards in a ceremony at Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus this week.

Mr Jones is being given a fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contribution to safeguarding the Welsh language and Ann Atkinson, of Corwen, for her services to music. Local business and industry stalwart Russell Bromley, Barrie Jones, editor-in-chief of north Wales newspaper group NWN Media, and former Wrexham mayor, councillor Arwel Jones, will also collect honorary fellowships at the university’s annual awards ceremonies.

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, paid tribute to all five fellows.He said: “Glyndŵr University is proud to be a University for north east Wales, dedicated to serving the needs of the local community and the people of Wrexham and we’re delighted this year to be able to recognise five individuals who have contributed so much to the region.

“All are distinguished figures within their respective fields and industries and are to be congratulated on their achievements.”

The award of honorary fellowships for Mr Jones and Ms Atkinson come ahead of the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Wrexham in August 2011, where both will play a key role. Mr Jones, an Aberystwyth University graduate and former script editor on the S4C soap Pobl y Cym, will preside over three ceremonies as head of the Gorsedd of the Bards. Ann Atkinson has been appointed conductor of the 2011 National Eisteddfod Choir.

Councillor Arwel Jones, who is being honoured for his contribution to education and the Welsh language, is a native of Rhosllannerchrugog and recently completed his term as Mayor of Wrexham.

Former company director and research and development technologist Russell Bromley, of Congleton, collaborated with Glyndŵr University academics for many years as it grew its Knowledge Transfer Partnership Provision and is honoured for his contribution to university-industry links.

Barrie Jones, who collects an honorary fellowship for his services to journalism and education, has worked in local journalism in north east Wales and Cheshire for the past 27 years.

The honorary fellows join hundreds of graduates who will collect undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across five awards ceremonies at Glyndŵr University this week.

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