Press Releases 2014-2015

University Appoints New Dean of Education and Head of Wales Institute of Education and School Leadership


Dr Dylan E JonesThe University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has appointed Dr Dylan E. Jones to the role of Dean of Education and Communities. He will also lead the establishment of a new Wales Institute of Education and School Leadership.

Dr Jones, of Bryncrug, Tywyn, Gwynedd, is currently the Head of Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg. He is also Chair of the Welsh Government School Practitioner Panel established to advise the Minister and support in the development of education policy in Wales, and is a member of the Qualifications Wales Shadow Board. His extensive experience within the education profession and his recognition as a transformational leader will allow him to play a key role within the Wales Institute of Education and School Leadership.

The University also announced, as part of its engagement with education policy and reform, and in light of recommendations accepted by the Minister linked to the Donaldson and Furlong reports, that the University will establish the Wales Education Commission. This Education Commission will include strategic stakeholders and professional education leaders from within the teaching profession in Wales. The Commission will take forward transformational change as outlined by the University in its policy document “A new opportunity to lead”. It will be chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Medwin Hughes, DL. The names of the members of the Commission will be announced during the next few weeks.

Professor Medwin Hughes noted “I’m delighted that Dr Dylan Jones has accepted the post of Dean and Head of the Wales Institute of Education and School Leadership. He brings substantial experience to the role and will be able to work with the teaching profession across Wales to create a guiding coalition of practitioners who can affect system change. The time is right for establishing new innovative models of teacher education and continuing professional development. His insight into strategic change management within education will play a key part in furthering educational reform.

“The University continues to play a significant role in the development of education policy and reform in Wales. These announcements are part of our Education Pledge which outlines the exciting agenda for change that the University is driving through to support the policy initiative recently presented by the Welsh Government”.

Dr Dylan E Jones, added “After 17 years as a Head Teacher I am honoured to accept the unique opportunity to be part of the exciting developments at the University. It provides a major opportunity to make an important contribution to the future of education in Wales."