USW awards honours to leading scientist and media executive at graduation ceremony

Honorary awards

Dame Julia Slingo and Clare Hudson

A SCIENTIST at the forefront of weather prediction and a senior executive at BBC Wales have received honorary awards from the University of South Wales (USW).  

Professor Dame Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist at the Met Office, was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Science at one of three graduation ceremonies held at USW this week, while Clare Hudson, Head of BBC Cymru Wales productions, was presented with a Fellowship of the University.

As Chief Scientist, Dame Julia is responsible for providing scientific and technical strategy; ensuring the Met Office adheres to good scientific and technical standards, and directing and managing its research and development. She also represents the office, on science and technology, across government. 

Prior to becoming Chief Scientist in February 2009, Dame Julia was the Director of Climate Research in NERC's National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, where she is still a Professor of Meteorology. 

As Head of BBC Cymru Wales productions, Mrs Hudson is responsible for non-news TV production, including drama, factual and music as well as BBC Wales’s production for network radio - teams which produce some of the most popular TV programmes in Wales and the UK including Doctor Who, Pobol y Cwm, Scrum V, Crimewatch and X Ray, as well as making music programmes for BBC radio and the BBC’s TV channels. 

Professor Julie Lydon, Vice Chancellor of the University of South Wales, said: “It’s once again an honour to be awarding honorary degrees to individuals who have made a major impact in their fields, and are passing this on to the generations who will follow in their footsteps. 

“Their knowledge, experience and abilities are playing an important role in the economic, social and cultural life of not just South Wales, but also the wider world, and these awards are a fitting way to mark these accomplishments.”

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