Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth receives Honorary Doctorate


Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth has today (Monday, July 9) been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Law) by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.


Lord Bourne was appointed joint Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Wales Office in 2017. He holds this role jointly with his Parliamentary under Secretary of State Role at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which he started in January 2018.

Previously he held this role at the Department for Communities and Local Government, from 2016 to 2018.He has been a member of the Lords since September 2013.

Lord Bourne was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford; University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied law.

He previously served as Parliamentary under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and as a Lord in Waiting from May 2015 until July 2016. He was appointed Parliamentary under Secretary of State for the Wales Office in May 2015.

On presenting Lord Bourne to the congregation Professor Dylan Jones, Dean of Yr Athrofa, said:

“It gives me great pleasure.  Lord Bourne has close ties to this University as he was Professor of Law at Swansea Law School and later Assistant Principal at the Swansea Institute at Mount Pleasant.  It is clear that Lord Bourne is recognised as a politician to be reckoned with.  In 2005, he was presented with the Local Campaigner of the Year Award, by the BBC show AM.PM; he also won AM of the year from ITV.  Lord Bourne has made an important and long term contribution to Welsh life and politics – today we recognise and celebrate that contribution.”

On receiving the award at the ceremony, Lord Bourne, said:

“Thank you for the invitation to be here today.  It really is a great privilege to be here at such a beautiful venue and to receive this Honorary Degree.  I’m also delighted that my very good friend and colleague Baroness Finlay here today to receive her honorary degree.  I have a very proud association with Swansea following my days at Swansea Law School and later as Assistant principal. 

I feel both humbled and deeply honoured to receive this award from a University with which I have so many close associations.  Also, the Lampeter and Carmarthen campuses were in the area I represented when I was in the National Assembly for Wales and I have strong links with them too.  It is a University that is brilliantly led by Professor Medwin Hughes so be proud that you are now an alumni of this University.  Stay in touch with each other but above all stay in touch with the University.  Thank you once again for the great honour which you have done me today.”

From 2014 to 2015 he was a Lords Whip responsible for the Wales Office, the Department for International Development, the Department for Work and Pensions and the broadcasting elements of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport portfolio.  Lord Bourne was Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales from 1999 to 2011 and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly for Wales between 2007 and 2011. He was also a member of the Silk Commission.

Between 1996 and 1998, Lord Bourne was Professor of Law at Swansea Law School. He has taught law at Hong Kong University, the London School of Economics and at Cambridge University.

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