Jane Hutt AM receives Honorary Fellowship at Cardiff and Vale College Higher Education Ceremony

1 Oct 2018

Vale of Glamorgan AM Jane Hutt has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at a special ceremony for graduates of Cardiff and Vale College Higher Education students.

The former Welsh Government Minister received the inaugural Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her continued support for CAVC over many years, and in particular her support of the College’s presence and provision in the Vale of Glamorgan. The award also acknowledged Jane’s invaluable contribution to the education sector.

Speaking at the Ceremony, Jane Hutt AM said: “I’ve always been passionate about further education and this ceremony proves that my passion is well founded. Further education is vitally important to our economy and our communities. I have seen so many ways in which it has supported so many different students. Young students, older students, students coming back into education – you help so many people in so many different ways. Thank you so much for awarding me this honorary fellowship and I will continue in my commitment to further education.”

A CAVC Fellowship was also awarded to Principality Building Society Corporate Social Responsibility Manager James Harper. A strong supporter of the College, and especially its Rugby Academy, James has previously, and continues to make a real and beneficial contribution to CAVC through his role.

James provides many enrichment opportunities for students across all areas of the College and works tirelessly to ensure the partnership between the College and the Principality is successful and meaningful.

James said: “I was totally shocked and very surprised to receive this fellowship but I also feel immensely privileged. I can certainly say that in my experience Principality couldn’t have asked for a better education partner than CAVC. It’s a partnership that has been in existence for a good few years now and the future is even more exciting; it’s getting stronger and stronger.”

Cardiff and Vale College Chief Executive Mike James said: “It gives me genuine pleasure to award an Honorary Fellowship to Jane Hutt and a Fellowship to James Harper. Both Jane and James are true friends of the College and have gone above and beyond in supporting CAVC, its work and its students.”

The inaugural Fellowships were awarded at the College’s annual Graduation Ceremony for its growing number of Higher Education learners. The 2018 ceremony was CAVC’s biggest yet with more than 300 students graduating from the College’s wide range of HE courses.

Graduates were joined by their friends and families at the ceremony in CAVC City Centre Campus. The graduates donned their mortar boards and gowns to receive certificates from Chief Executive Mike James, Deputy Principal Sharon James and Vice Principal Emil Evans.

Cardiff and Vale College’s university-level HE provision continues to grow. Over the last couple of years the College has more than doubled the number of Higher Education Courses it offers.

The College works in partnership with a number of universities in Wales and England to deliver HE qualifications, including Cardiff Metropolitan University, Kingston University London, University of South Wales, University College Birmingham and University of West London, giving people the opportunity to gain university-level education without the cost or upheaval of leaving home.