Professor Judith Hall OBE receives Honorary Fellowship


Professor Judith Hall OBE has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David at a special graduation ceremony in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall this morning (Wednesday, July 11).

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Professor Judith Hall is a clinical academic, a practicing Trauma Anaesthesia doctor and head of her academic department of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine at Cardiff University. She is deeply embedded in the academic life of Wales and her research degree was awarded by the University of Wales, College of Medicine.

Professor Hall has worked in International Development for over two decades, first as a young doctor in Nepal and Swaziland and then in ever more impactful projects in sub-Saharan Africa. She founded the charity Mothers of Africa in 2004 in response to the requirements of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The charity promotes the education of girls to stop the senseless loss of life during childbirth: education can and does save lives. The charity has operated in many countries including Zambia, Liberia, Benin and Ethiopia.


On receiving the award Professor Judith Hall OBE said:

“I have to say I feel moved and I didn’t expect that.  Having your life so kindly and warmly reflected back in that way – you don’t think about your life you just get on with doing the things that matter.  To be honoured in this way feels like an extraordinarily special accolade which I’m not sure I deserve.  Thank you it’s been wonderful.”

On presenting Professor Judith Hall OBE to the congregation Professor Michael Fernando, Dean of UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computer and Engineering (FACE) said:

“It is my great pleasure to present Prof. Judith Hall OBE, for an Honorary Fellow of this University for services to international health and care.

Professor Judith Hall is a clinical academic, a practicing Trauma Anaesthesia doctor and head of her academic department of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine at Cardiff University.

She is deeply embedded in the academic life of Wales.  Vice-chancellor, it is appropriate that on the day when you have encouraged our graduands to show compassion, that we are honouring Prof. Hall. Prof. Hall epitomises what one can achieve when you bring academic expertise and compassion together.

It is not an overstatement to say, thanks to Judith, that there are thousands of women in Sub-Saharan Africa are alive today. Thanks to her work, many women in the developing world have safe childbirth.

Judith herself is an eminent academic in her chosen field and has wanted to make a difference to people’s lives – and what a difference she has made.  Compassion drove her to make a difference but a difference is made by listening to the people on the ground.  Through her work as a clinical academic Judith has secured her own place in the history of the development of safe childbirth in Sub-Saharan Africa.   

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is the University for Wales and taking Wales to the forefront of the international stage. Prof. Hall characterises what the best of wales can offer to the wider world.

I am delighted to present Judith, the Welsh women of the year 2009, to this convocation for her services to international health and care.”

In 2013, with the support of Cardiff University, Professor Hall developed and now leads the Phoenix Project. This is a major collaboration between the Universities of Namibia and Cardiff, once again in response to the United Nations SDGs: Poverty Reduction, Health Promotion and Sustainable Environmental Development. All sub-projects are based on listening to the development needs of its partners and then, once agreed on, are impact driven. The Phoenix Project attracts significant grant funding from major UK and International donors to support the development needs of its partners. 

Professor Hall has developed a network of successful teams; of people equally committed as herself, to ensure that outputs, impact and impact are all achieved.

Her research activities are in the areas of Sepsis, Innovation, Public Health, International Development and Multi-Modal Neuroimaging for Anaesthesia and Pain. Her education interests lie in Education Innovation and Simulation Education, especially inappropriately meeting the needs of developing world partners.


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