Former first minister to join Aberystwyth University as professor of law

Carwyn Jones will lecture in the same faculty where he himself was an undergraduate

The former first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM, is to turn his hand to teaching.

The new professor of law at Aberystwyth University will lecture on a part-time basis, ahead of stepping down from his role as the assembly member for Bridgend next year.

Jones studied in the same faculty himself, graduating in 1988.

“I have great memories of Aber as a student and the university is very close to my heart,” said Jones, of the place where he also met his wife.


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“This is a time of tumultuous change is Welsh and British constitutional legal history,” he continued, “and I’m very much looking forward to working with my new colleagues to ensure that Aber leads the debate on shaping our constitutional future.”

Jones was first elected to the first national assembly for Wales in May 1999, serving as first minister and leader of the Welsh Labour Party from 2009 to 2018.

I have great memories of Aber as a student and the university is very close to my heart
 – Carwyn Jones

“During his premiership, he led the debate on devolving justice, which proved to be a turning point in the discourse on establishing an independent justice system for Wales,” said professor Emyr Lewis, head of the department of law and criminology at Aberystwyth University.

“He was one of the first politicians in the UK to call for a constitutional convention to revamp the UK’s constitution so as to make it fit for purpose after devolution, a theme which continues in his work for the Constitution Reform Group on the Act of Union Bill.

“His appointment will enrich the already excellent learning experience of our students and provide a valuable insight into the British constitution at a time of great potential change.”

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