The Right Reverend Wyn Evans receives Honorary Doctorate


The Right Reverend Wyn Evans has today (Tuesday, July 4) been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Divinity) from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 

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Wyn Evans was born in 1946, when his father was the vicar of Llandeloy near St Davids in Pembrokeshire. He was educated at Ardwyn Grammar School and the University College of South Wales in Cardiff.  He went on to study at St Michael's College, Llandaff where he trained for the Anglican ministry by taking the BD postgraduate degree.

In 1982, he came to Trinity College, Carmarthen where he became Chaplain (1982-1990), Dean of the Chapel (1990-1994) and Lecturer and Principal Lecturer (1982-1992), before being appointed as Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies between 1992 and 1994. At the end of his period at this University he then returned to St David as Dean, where, until 2008 he instigated a number of initiatives and schemes including overseeing the restoration project of the Medieval Cloisters; setting up a Canteen, installing a new organ in the cathedral; rebuilding the Western Gable; creating a Treasury and installing two new bells.             

In 2008, Wyn Evans was elected Bishop of St David’s and he was the bishop who had ecumenical responsibility on the Bench of Bishops. He resigned on his 70th birthday in October 2016. His main academic interests are the history of the Church in Wales and archaeology, focusing on St David's Cathedral, and has published and contributed to this field.

Presenting the award to the Reverend Wyn Evans was UWTSD Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor Gwilym Dyfri Jones.  He said:

“It’s my very great privilege to present the Right Reverend Wyn Evans, a true friend of the university and a former colleague back in the 1990s, to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  Bishop Wyn was a passionate and inspirational lecturer and Head of Department on this campus.  I well remember that his course on the Early Christian Church was incredibly popular and students enjoyed being taught by Wyn, who brought amazing expertise to bear but also taught with humour and passion.   

We thank you for your undeviating support to this institution over the years and your remarkable leadership over a substantial period of time.  We also thank you for your lifelong service to this Diocese that is so close to your heart."

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Wyn Evans is married to Diane, a professional potter and as an Honorary Member of the Gorsedd where he wears the White Robes under the name Gwas Dewi.  On receiving his Honorary Doctorate today, the Right Reverend Wyn Evans said:

"It’s a great pleasure to express my gratitude for this wonderful honour.  It really is a privilege to be back at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David today having spent a very happy twelve years here as a member of staff and a further twelve years as a governor. 

I graduated from the University in 1968 and I’d like to wish all graduates here today the best for the future as you take the best this university has given you.  Go out from here today and change and transform the world.”

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