Shane swaps his rugby boots for robes

Shane Williams swapped his rugby kit for academic robes today when he received an Honorary Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contribution to the region.

Shane received his MSc (Honorary) Degree during Swansea University’s Winter Degree and Award Congregations which took place at the Brangwyn Hall today. Rhodri Morgan, Swansea University’s Chancellor and Dan Ryan-Lowes, President of the Swansea University Athletics Union (who nominated Shane for the Honorary Degree) were on stage to see Shane receive his award from Raymond Ciborowski, Swansea University’s Registrar and Head of Administration.   

Shane joined over 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students from Swansea University who received their awards during the two-day Winter Congregations. The Winter Congregations are held for students who have successfully completed their studies since July 2011.

Speaking about the award Shane said:

“I am delighted and honoured to receive this award. It's very humbling - I never expected to receive anything like this.”

Swansea University’s Winter Degree and Award Congregations take place just a few days before tickets go on sale on Monday 30th January, for this years Welsh Varsity match, which takes place on 2nd May 2012. The sought after tickets are available from . The Welsh Varsity takes place every year between Swansea University and Cardiff University. Over 25 events, to find the deserving winner of the Varsity Shield, take place over the course of a week. The centrepiece rugby “head-to-head” match takes place on the Wednesday evening in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Over 14,500 spectators attended last years match. History of the event is available at

Swansea University has a strong track record of producing high achieving sportsmen and women, but is just as serious about promoting sport for all, at all levels. The University is building a reputation as a natural centre for sporting excellence, and encourages all staff and students to make the most of its exceptional facilities, including the Wales National Pool, Swansea, and the state-of-the-art Sports Village. More information is available at . The Swansea University Athletics Union is very active both off and on the campus. More information can be found at