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Former First Minister of Wales receives Honorary Fellowship of Aberystwyth University

The Right Honourable Carwyn Jones AM, Former First Minister of Wales and Leader of the Welsh Labour Party 2009-18 has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Aberystwyth University.

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The son of Welsh speaking school teachers, the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM was born in Swansea and brought up in Bridgend.  He graduated in law from Aberystwyth in 1988.

After training as a barrister in London, he practised in Swansea for ten years before being elected to the first National Assembly for Wales in May 1999.


Over the following two decades he held a number of positions in Welsh Government, including serving as Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development (2000-02) and Minister for the Environment, Planning and Countryside (2003-07).

Following a brief period as Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language, he became Counsel General for Wales in 2007 and served as First Minister of Wales and Leader of Welsh Labour from 2009 until 2018.

The Right Honourable Carwyn Jones AM was presented as Honorary Fellow by Professor John Williams, Emeritus Professor in Aberystwyth University’s Department of Law and Criminology on Friday 19 July 2019.