Swansea University is deeply saddened to hear of the death of our Chancellor, Rhodri Morgan.
Rhodri was a political giant who had an enormous influence on the shape of modern Wales, and we were delighted when he agreed to become Chancellor in 2011. He had a great affection for the University, and often joked that without it he would never have been born, as his parents first met as Swansea undergraduates. Rhodri was a magnificent servant to the University, as he was a magnificent servant to Wales. He was always warm and approachable with everyone, and many former students have fond memories of him chatting to them when he presented their degree certificates at graduation ceremonies. And of course, as an ardent sports fan, Rhodri enjoyed the annual Varsity rugby match! The role he played in the governance of the University was particularly important, and it was an honour to have him as the figurehead and representative of Swansea University.
The Right Honourable Rhodri Morgan was inaugurated as Chancellor of Swansea University in 2011.
Professor Richard B. Davies, Swansea Vice-Chancellor, said: "Swansea University, staff and students, have lost a respected and caring friend who will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Julie his wife, their children and grandchildren, and his brother Prys.
"He had an evident affection for Swansea University and was delighted to renew his strong family connections with the University when he became Chancellor in 2011. He embraced the role of Chancellor wholeheartedly. He was in his element presiding over degree ceremonies, chatting with the Graduates, recipients of honorary degrees, and their families. Many events were enlivened by his insightful, entertaining, and often challenging contributions. He was also active as an ambassador for the University in Wales, and overseas he helped promote research collaboration and student exchange programmes. He had an infectious enthusiasm for life and education. The warmth he felt for the University, Swansea, and his country Wales was always evident in his conversations and in his demeanour”.
- Thursday 18 May 2017 11.01 BST
- Thursday 18 May 2017 10.28 BST
- Catrin Newman