Rhondda AM Leanne Wood has scooped an award from her former university.
The Plaid Cymru Leader was the winner of the Contribution to Welsh Life and Culture award 2018 in the University of South Wales Alumni Awards.
Dr Louise Bright, an awards judge and Director for Research and Business Development as well as Women Development Programme Lead: “Leanne has been a proactive supporter of our Women Development Programme since its inception in 2016.
“She gives of her time freely and engages with the participants in an honest and open way. She has shared her experiences with being a public figure, how she deals with social media and how she tries to achieve a balance in her life.
“We know from the feedback we receive that she has a tangible impact on the women who have heard her speak and this award is our way of saying thank you to Leanne for her generosity.”
Leanne attended the university when it was called the Polytechnic of Wales in the early 1990s, studying for a degree in Public Administration.
Of the award, Ms Wood said: “I am thrilled to win this ward from my former university. This local university in Pontypridd played a crucial role in my education. It gave me the tools and skills to develop a career as a probation officer.
“It also played an important part in my general political development because it was there that I first met people from different backgrounds to mine.
“It was where I first became involved in politics after meeting people that felt the same way that I did about my community and my country.
“I have many fond memories of university life and my time there – this award therefore means a great deal and I want to thank the judges for this recognition.”