Lord Hain receives Honorary Doctorate


University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) was delighted to award an Honorary Doctorate of Literature to the Right Honourable Lord Peter Hain today (July 10) during the first of three-days of graduation ceremonies at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

Hain Honorary Doctorate

UWTSD’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Medwin Hughes, DL said: “We are delighted to welcome Lord Hain to our University family. The award is in recognition of Lord Hain’s outstanding achievements in Wales and on the international stage.”

The award, in recognition of Lord Hain’s contribution to literature as editor or author of 21 publications, was presented by Professor Simon Haslett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Enhancement.)

Lord Hain said: “This University is progressing and building internationally as well as expanding and developing its high standards within Wales and therefore it’s a particular privilege for me to accept this honour of an honorary doctorate. I do feel a particular attachment to the University as my wife Dr Elizabeth Haywood is a fellow of the University’s campus in Lampeter.”

Addressing the graduands at the ceremony, Lord Hain said: “Here in Wales, we must continue to strive to have the greatest skills, the most accomplished university degrees and that’s why your achievements and the leadership and support your university has provided to you, is so important. You are the future and I hope as you take forward that future you will live your lives and take forward your careers according to the values that inspired Nelson Mandela – equal opportunities, of fairness and of social justice, of democracy and liberty. If you can achieve all of those, then I salute you and I wish you all the best in the future.”

The Right Honourable Lord Peter Hain served in the last Labour Government for 12 years, 7 of these in the Cabinet.

He negotiated the 2007 settlement to end the conflict in Northern Ireland and was a Foreign Minister with successive responsibilities for Africa, the Middle East and Europe.  From chairing the United Nations Security Council and representing the UK in negotiating international treaties, to domestic policy as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Secretary of State for Wales for 7 years and Leader of the House of Commons, Energy Minister, and an MP for Neath for 24 years, his experience is widespread.

A Trustee of the Listen Charity which supports the rights of children internationally, he is Non-Executive Director of African Potash, Global and Governmental Adviser to Gordon Dadds LLP, strategic adviser to both Development Markets Associates (which promotes trade and development mainly in Africa) and Cyrus IM (which invests in British precision engineering).  He is visiting Professor at the University of South Wales and Witwatersrand University.

Lord Hain was a British leader of the anti-apartheid movement, the child of South African parents jailed, banned and forced into exile during the freedom struggle in 1966.  He is Chairman of the Donald Woods Foundation, a charity working on health near Nelson Mandela’s homeland in the Transkei.

His memoirs, Outside In, were published in 2012 and he has written or edited 21 books.

Lord Hain has also appeared regularly on television, radio and written for most UK and Welsh newspapers

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