THE Chief Executive of York's Joseph Rowntree Foundation Julia Unwin CBE, is to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of South Wales.

She received the award as part of the university’s celebrations to welcome its new chancellor Lord Rowan Williams.

Speaking about her award, Ms Unwin said, “It is a great honour both for me and for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to be part of the next stage in the development of the University of South Wales. "

Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales said, “The installation of a chancellor is, of course, a moment of great academic ceremony, but it is also a fundamental reassertion of our values. As part of this celebration, it is important that we are able to honour the work of some outstanding individuals, and we are privileged to make this award to Julia Unwin for her work in influencing public policy and campaigning for charity.”