Islwyn MP and former UWTSD student receives Honorary Fellowship


Islwyn MP, Chris Evans, has today been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Chris Evans has been the Member of Parliament for Islwyn since 2010. Born and brought up in Wattstown, a small village in the Rhondda Fach, he attended Aberllechau Primary School and Porth County Comprehensive School before studying for ‘A’ Levels at Pontypridd College. He later graduated from Trinity College, Carmarthen with a degree in History.

Upon entering Parliament, Chris was elected to the Justice Committee serving there for two years before being appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Labour’s environment team. Later, he did the same job for the Shadow Chancellor. In the last Parliament Chris was a member of the Public Accounts Committee.

A regular contributor to debates in the House of Commons, Chris has spoken out on issues as diverse as payday lending, dangerous dogs and clean air. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, running and watching sport. 

Presenting the award to Chris Evans MP was Dr Jeremy Smith, Dean for the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts.  He said:

“It’s a great pleasure for me to introduce Mr Chris Evans MP as an honorary fellow of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  Chris has a strong and dedicated commitment to improving the lives and circumstances of his constituents.  At grass roots level Chris has campaigned on a range of issues and there is no doubt that Islwyn is fortunate to have an MP who is responsive to the everyday issues and concerns of his constituents, and who offers leadership that is reassuringly engaged, locally rooted and intensely supportive.”

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On receiving his Honorary Fellowship, Chris Evans MP said:

"I’d like to thank the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for this wonderful honour.  Coming back here today has made me so proud to be a part of this university.  It’s an amazing experience for me to be standing here being presented as a fellow of this university in front of the two most important people in my life, Julia and Zachariah.

Once you come here to study, you are part of the family, and that family still cares about you wherever you are and I think it’s a fantastic place and today, I’ve come home and I’ve had such a fantastic welcome home as well.”

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