University Council

University Council

The Council is the governing body of the University. Subject to the powers of the Senate as provided for in University Statutes, it has ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the University. It is responsible for reviewing the work of the University and taking such steps as it thinks appropriate to ensure the University’s objects are achieved.

1. The powers of the Council are conferred by Article IV of the Charter and Statute VI and consistent with that the primary responsibilities of the University Council are as follows:

(i) The determination of the educational character and mission of the University and for oversight of its activities;

(ii) The effective and efficient use of its resources, the solvency of the institution and the safeguarding of its assets;

(iii) Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;

(iv) The appointment of, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the Vice-Chancellor and the Clerk to the Council, and approving the appointment of the Senior Provost and Pro Vice-Chancellors;

(v) Setting a framework of pay and conditions for all other staff;

(vi) The appointment of external and internal auditors (the Audit & Risk Management Committee will make recommendations to the Council on the appointment and Terms of Engagement of the internal audit service – Terms of Reference are included as Appendix 2[b]).

2. Additionally, members of the Council will conduct its business in accordance with the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (the Nolan Committee).

(i) Selflessness
Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

(ii) Integrity
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.

(iii) Objectivity
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

(iv) Accountability
Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

(v) Openness
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

(vi) Honesty
Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

(vii) Leadership
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

3. The Council and any Standing Committee members of the University in their corporate capacity must at all times:

(i) observe the highest standards of propriety involving impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to the stewardship of public funds and the management of the Council;

(ii) maximise value for money through ensuring that services are delivered in the most efficient and economical way, within available resources and with independent validation of performance achieved wherever practicable;

(iii) be accountable to HEFCW, users of services, individual citizens, students and staff for the activities of the University, its stewardship of public funds and the extent to which key performance targets and objectives have been met; and

(iv) in accordance with Government policy on openness, comply fully with the principles of the Citizen’s Charter and Code of Practice on Access to Government Information and with the Human Rights Act, seek to communicate Council policies and decisions so as to ensure they are clear and open.

4. Members of the Council have a corporate responsibility for ensuring that the public body complies with any statutory requirements for the use of public funds. These responsibilities include:

(i) ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times;

(ii) establishing the overall strategic direction of the organisation within the policy and resources framework agreed with HEFCW;

(iii) overseeing the delivery of planned results by monitoring performance against agreed strategic objectives and targets;

(iv) ensuring that the Council operates within the limits of its authority and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds;

(v) ensuring that, in reaching decisions, the Council has taken into account any guidance issued by HEFCW; and

(vi) formulating a policy on public access to information.

University Council Membership Opportunities

Both the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the University of Wales have committed to irrevocable constitutional integration to create a transformed dual sector University for Wales. Both Universities have been at the heart of Wales’ education and cultural life since their establishment in 1828 and 1893.
There are several vacancies available for independent external members to serve on a University Council from January 2018. We would welcome expressions of interest from individuals who are able to apply their professional skills and experience to the work of the transformed University.
Experience in Higher / Further Education, estates, equality, commercialistion opportunities and developing partnerships with business, industry and the third sector are especially welcomed.

For more information please visit: 

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or email 

The closing date for applications has now been extended to 30 November 2017. Interviews will be conducted early in January 2018 for commencement in role from 10 January 2018.

Charter, Statutes and Ordinances of The University of Wales Trinity Saint David 

Ordinances of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Charter Statutes

Strategic Plan

University of Wales Trinity Saint David Strategic Plan 2017 - 2022

University of Wales Trinity Saint David Strategic Plan 2017 - 2022 - Summary

Wales Pledge

Adduned Cymru - Wales Pledge

Council Members

The Ven Randolph Thomas was the Archdeacon of Brecon from 2003 and 2013. Prior to his appointment to the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon he was the Vicar of Carmarthen between 1993- 2003 and Canon of St David’s Cathedral between 1996-2003.

The Ven Thomas served as a Justice of the Peace from 1990-2003; he was also Chair of Gwalia Group between 1998-2005, Governor of Christ College Brecon – 2003-2013; and a Non- Executive Director of Hywel Dda Health Board – 2008 – 2010.

He is a founding member of Cartrefi Cymru Housing Association for people with special needs and the Chair of the Church in Wales Protection Board

  • Chair of Human Resources,
  • Chair of Student Experience Committee
  • Member of Resources Committee
  • Member of Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Member of Senior Staff Committee

A graduate of the University of Wales and an alumni of Trinity College Carmarthen. After graduating in 1981 Mrs Pam Berry worked for a couple of years as a teacher and youth worker before studying at the University of Glamorgan for a post graduate diploma in Careers Advice and Guidance.

She then enjoyed a career lasting nearly thirty years, initially with West Glamorgan careers service as a careers adviser and after a succession of promotions culminating as a Policy Manager for Careers Wales. Throughout her career she worked with schools, colleges, universities and employers across West Wales. Her experience enabled her to contribute to many national initiatives within the education sector. A senior member of the West Wales Reaching Wider Initiative, and a founder supporter of the Technocamps initiative at Swansea University, he was the Chair of the Swansea 14-19 Network and worked on many local initiatives such as Building Enterprise Education in Swansea.

Mrs Pam Berry has always had a keen interest in education and tried to support local schools and colleges. Initially she was a Parent Governor at her son’s primary school and was then asked to remain on the Governing Body as an Independent member when her children left.

She also served as a Co-opted Member of Neath Port Talbot College Governing body for four years. Before joining the governing body of West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education.  She served on several committees and supporting it to gain university Status as Swansea Metropolitan University.


  • Chair of Audit and Risk Managment Committee
  • Chair of Group Scrutiny Committee
  • Member of Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Member of Human Resources Committee
  • Member of International Committee
  • Board Member of Canolfan Dysgu Cymraeg
  • Council Representative/Director on Board of Coleg Ceredigion
  • Council Representative/Director on Board of Coleg Sir Gar

Brief biographical career details including qualifications and awards:

  • 2011 to present day: retired
  • 2002-2011: Head of CIPFA Wales Cymru
  • 1998-2002: Senior Assistant Director of Finance, Swansea University
  • 1992-1998: Group Accountant, Dyfed County Council and Carmarthenshire County Council

UWTSD related: 2005 onwards: Lay Council member Trinity University College, University of Wales Lampeter, Trinity Saint David Trust Council, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

CIPFA related: 1980-1998: various voluntary roles within CIPFA regional committees

1999-2002 – President CIPFA South Wales & West of England; Co-opted CIPFA Council member; Chair of CIPFA Qualifications Board; Vice-Chair Committee for the Regions; Member of CIPFA Education & Training Committee.

Other: 1991-98: School Governor and Chair of Governors, Ysgol y Dderwen, Carmarthen

1992: Treasurer of International Celtic Film Festival

1995-99: Founder chairperson and later treasurer of Mes y Dderwen after-school club

1996-98: Founder board member and treasurer of Dr M’z youth drop-in centre, Carmarthen

2012-2014: Lay member of Audit & Risk Committee, Welsh Language Commissioner

Professor Medwin Hughes is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

The UWTSD Group includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion as constituent colleges. The transformed University serves the needs of Wales within an international context.

In October 2011 Professor Hughes also became the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales enabling him to oversee the full merger of the institution into UWTSD within the next year. 

Professor Medwin Hughes became Principal of Trinity College in September 2000 and led the University to the successful bids for taught degree awarding powers and subsequently university college status. He had previously undertaken lectureships and research roles at Trinity College, Cardiff University and the North East Institute of Higher Education, now known as Glyndŵr University.

He is the High Sheriff of Dyfed for 2016-17.  He also serves as Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Dyfed, and is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and of the Royal Society of Arts.


Dr Mark Cocks has worked for the Faculty of Art & Design for almost twenty years, starting as a lecturer of photography in 1997 becoming the BA (Hons) Photography In The Arts Programme Director in 2000. He has been a member of the Faculty management team since 2004 as Head of School of Photography & Video, which subsequently evolved into Head of the School of Photography, Video & Visual Communication in 2010. Currently I am Faculty Assistant Dean, a role held since 2011 with responsibilities for Quality Assurance initially and Resources from 2013.

Entering Higher Education within the early 1990’s from a senior management position within the engineering sector has enabled me to progress to a Senior Lecturer position and Programme Director of a highly successful BSc degree portfolio.  I work within the School of Automotive Engineering which forms part of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering. 

I have always considered my professional development as a continuous process, embodying both my professional learning along with my personal growth, seeking out new experiences that will enhance my individual development within my academic role and my understanding of the HE role within the commercial sector.   Within the HE sector I have progressed from a lecturer, year tutor, admissions tutor, senior lecturer to Programme Director of HND/C and presently BSc (Hons) degree whilst teaching on other programmes and engaging with industry on commercial projects and writing various articles and co-author of a recently published engineering book.

Tony is a former high school teacher and deputy head at schools in south Wales, and for 10 years he was the Senior Vice Principal (Resources) of Coleg Glan Hafren in Cardiff. He also had a career outside of education as a Commercial Director for Glamorgan County Cricket Club and Director/Operations Manager for CH Bailey- roles which provided him with a broad experience of financial and human resources management and project management. Born and educated in Wales, and a science graduate of the University of Wales, Tony is a former Welsh Rugby Union Referee and qualified MCC cricket coach.

  • Member of Strategy Committee/Resources Committee.
  • Chair of International Sub Committee.

Brief biographical career details including qualifications and awards:           

I have a Financial and University Administration background having been a senior commercial banker with Lloyds Bank until 2006. I was subsequently appointed as Director of Business Services at Swansea University with responsibility for Campus redevelopment and reconfiguration including joint venture projects for Student Housing, Sports Facilities and Economic Development including on and off campus Technium Developments.

He’s currently an Independent member of Hywel Dda Health Board, Director of Gwalia Housing Group, Treasurer of Union of Welsh Independents (Undeb Yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg) as well as a Council Member of the University.

  • Support Staff Representative on Council
  • Member of Student Experience Committee                       

Brief biographical career details:

  • UWTSD Executive Head of Library and Learning Resources - July 2016 – Present
  • UWTSD Head of Library & Learning Resources: Carmarthen / Lampeter November 2013 – July 2016
  • UWTSD Campus Librarian (Carmarthen) - May 2011 – November 2013
  • (Open) 1 project WHELF / CyMAL Walk in Access Wales
  • UWTSD Learning Resources Advisor - Teaching Resources Centre/The Library - January 2008 – May 2011- Carmarthen
  • (Open) 1 project JISC TECHDIS HEAT: iPads for Students with SpLD
  • University of Wales, Newport Education Librarian- December 1997 – January 2008 - Caerleon, Newport
  • University of Glamorgan Assistant Subject Librarian - 1997 – December 1997
  • University of Wales Institute Cardiff Readers Advisor - 1992 – 1997
  • West Glamorgan Public Library Service Library Assistant - July 1990 – September 1991 - Swansea Central Library / Neath Reference Library / Morriston Library
  • Projects - JISC TECHDIS HEAT: iPads for Students with SpLD (Link) - January 2010 - 2 team members
  • WHELF / CyMAL Walk in Access Wales (Link) - March 2012 - 2 team members

I am a Records Assistant based at Swansea Campus working within Corporate Services. I have worked here for over 11 years, I started as a Faculty Secretary for Computing and Law. I previously worked at Cardiff University as a Building Supervisor in the Glamorgan Building.  I left this position to move to Mumbles 6 weeks before our wedding! My husband is a Senior Lecturer for UWTSD based at Swansea Campus. I enjoy working with students and helping them. My job is to deal with past students and confirm their qualifications, it always amazes me how well past students have done and where they are in the world.  I am interested in our past, present and future. I think we have come a long way and have a bright future. I was voted onto the Council in February 2016.

I have been to the following Conferences, IRMS (Information Records Management Society) Conference 2015 – I attended this conference on 17/5/15. IRMS Conference – Aberystwyth 11/3/16. Cambridge University – Archive Course Emergency Planning 28/9/15.  I attended a Making Governance Work Course in London on 24/11/16.  

A former civil servant, Margaret was the Director for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport with the Welsh Assembly Government, having previously held senior roles in the Welsh Office, Department of Health and Social Security and National Rivers Authority. Her background is in human resources, corporate affairs and governance. Margaret is an Arts & Business Cymru Panel Member and her former roles include: Trustee of the National Dance Company Wales, Vice Chair of the South Wales Baptist College; Director of The Prince's Trust Volunteers (Wales-Southwest) and a member of the Advisory Committee- Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)

Dr Mirjam Plantinga is Associate PVC (Student Experience).  She was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts between 2010 and 2015 and has been responsible for student experience since September 2015.  As part of this role she is responsible for student engagement and for enhancing the University's performance in surveys and league tables.  She oversees the work of the Student Experience and Student Services Departments. She works closely together with officers from the Students' Union to enhance the student experience of all students.

Mr Dai Rogers is currently a Senate representative on UWTSD Council, and is UWTSD’s Director of Student Services and a member of the University’s Senior Management Team.  He also represents UWTSD Council on the Board of Directors for Coleg Ceredigion.  

In his role as Director of Student Services, he has responsibility for managing a range of support services for students across all campuses which include the careers service, learning support, financial support, the University’s counselling service and support for students from a care background.  More recently he has also contributed to UWTSD’s response to the PREVENT duty.   Dai was confirmed as Director of Student Services for UWTSD in November 2012, having held a similar role at Trinity University College.

Prior to this, he lectured in Geography and Environmental Science at Trinity University College and Aberystwyth University and was a course tutor with the Open University in Wales.  He has also worked as a project manager with the former Welsh Development Agency. 

Charlie is the Students' Union President at TSDSU Swansea.  Her role is to support, represent and inspire students and to make sure that they get the best possible student experience during their time at UWTSD.  She studied BA Education Studies during her time at UWTSD and was former captain of the women football team during her final year as a student. One of her main objectives this year is to ensure students have a greater say in what happens with regards to the student experience and to ensure that they become more engaged with the Students' Union.


Rob is the elected Group President for Trinity Saint David Students' Union since July 2017, having graduated from the Carmarthen campus with a degree in Outdoor Adventure Education.  Rob is currently a member of the NUS Wales National Executive Committee and a member of the Quality Assurance Agency's Student Strategic Advisory Committee where he represents the views of the membership on a national and strategic level.

Chair of University of Wales Council

A chartered accountant by profession, Alun returned to Wales after his retirement as a partner in the London office of Coopers & Lybrand, now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He is Chairman of Shaw Healthcare Limited, one of the UK leading healthcare companies, and Trustee and Honorary Treasurer for the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust, a charity providing financial assistance to seriously injured former rugby players. He is also Honorary Treasurer for the Welsh School in London, a position he also held with the University of Wales between 2000 and 2006.

Arwel is the Chair of the Care Council for Wales. After a 25 year career with the BBC, in Wales, Northern Ireland and London, he established Cambrensis Communications, a broadcast, public relations and event management company with offices in Cardiff and Caernarfon. He ceased to be a director at the family owned company when he was appointed Vice President of the National Library of Wales, and later the interim CEO of S4C. An author and broadcaster, he is a Winston Churchill Fellow and the Guardian Research Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford, and an honorary Fellow at Aberystwyth University.

Andrew graduated from the University of Wales and as a Council member since 2006, continues an association which started in 1973 with his membership of Council as Student Representative.

He is Chief Executive of the EnViva Care group of healthcare companies. Previously as a Director and Vice President of GlaxoSmithKline he was responsible for commercial operations and strategy across Europe. Prior to this he managed businesses in Latin America, Asia and Europe. He is the former Deputy Director General of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and Chief Executive of Pharma Partners. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors.

His work with the public sector includes Co Chairmanship with Professor Sir Mike Richards of the triple award winning UK National Oncology Initiative for which he was the global winner of the 2007 CIO Award for creating business value and technological innovation. A founder member of the Partners Council of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence under the Chairmanship of Sir Michael Rawlins he is a Past Patron of the British Polio Fellowship under the Royal Patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Andrew is married with 3 adult children and lives in Hampshire.

Mark James was born in Merthyr Tydfil.  He has over 35 years’ experience in Local Government and has worked at the heart of Government in Westminster, when he represented the 33 London Boroughs to Government.  He also worked for the City of Westminster and the London Borough of Barnet before moving to Boston in Lincolnshire where he became Chief Executive.  Mark has been Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire County Council since 2002.

Mark has an Honours Degree and Master’s Degree in Law, together with a postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration.  He is a keen sportsman and still trains regularly and even competes occasionally.

In 2007, Mark won the accolade of “Welsh Public Sector Leader of the Year”.  Under his direction, Carmarthenshire has become one of the best performing and most highly regarded Councils in Wales, with major capital investment in schools, Housing  and highly successful Economic Development  across the County.

Mark has been involved in a number of National Boards, including the 21st Century Schools Board.  He is the National Lead on Education in Wales for Solace and is also Regional Lead Chief Executive for School Improvement in the South West and Mid Wales, advising the Regional Consortia Joint Committee. 

In 2009, Mark was made Honorary Fellow of UWTSD.

Mark has been a Returning Officer for over 20 years and has run major elections in England and Wales.

In 2012 New Year’s Honours, Mark was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty, the Queen, in recognition of his services to local government in Wales.

A former civil servant who worked in several government departments, Liz was the Director of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure between 2008 and 2011). She now splits her time between London and mid-Wales contributing through a portfolio of public sector and charity trustee roles including as trustee of the London Welsh Centre. In Wales she is very involved in local organisations with particular interests in Welsh art, music and history. Brought up and educated in Wales, Liz holds a PhD in History and continues to publish on a range of historical subjects .She was awarded an OBE in 1997.