Wales Institute
for Science & Art (WISA)



Developing Employment Ready Graduates

The Wales Institute of Science and Art (WISA) brings together the complementary disciplines of science and art in all of its complex possibilities.

From the historic traditions of architectural stained-glass to the cutting-edge of cybersecurity computer networks WISA offers its students the opportunity to explore the innovative potential of art and science that drives our world.

The focus of the Institute is on developing employment-ready graduates who can be change makers in their chosen field of study. We CREATE, we INNOVATE, we INSPIRE the next generation of leaders and experts to possess a strong emotional and social conscience to tackle issues on a global stage.

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Our Locations

The WISA portfolio of courses is delivered throughout the South Wales region. With cultural centres for Art, Design, Media, Music, and Performing Arts at Swansea, Carmarthen, and Cardiff sitting alongside computing, engineering, construction courses at our Waterfront campus at Swansea.

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Our Management Team

Professor Ian Walsh | Executive Dean

Professor Ian Walsh

Professor Ian Walsh

Position: Executive Dean
Telephone: 01792 481282
Email: ian.walsh@uwtsd.ac.uk

About Me

Executive Dean of Wales Institute of Science and Art and Provost of UWTSD Swansea and Cardiff Campuses. Formerly Dean of Swansea College of Art with over 30 years’ experience as a designer, academic and researcher.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) he gained his PhD entitled ‘nurturing innovation in industrial design’ in 2008. Currently Director of the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC) with research interests including the role of design thinking in assisted living and nurturing innovation in individuals and organisations.

Professor Mike Fernando | Dean of the Institute

Professor Mike Fernando

Mike Fernando

Position: Dean of the Institute
Telephone: 01792481279
Email: m.fernando@uwtsd.ac.uk

About Me

Mike Fernando is currently seconded to the VC’s office to work on strategic initiatives as part of securing a sustainable future and building resilience within the University.

Professor Fernando was appointed as Dean of the Wales Institute of Science and Art (WISA) in July 2019. Prior to this appointment, Mike served as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (FACE).

Mike is Senior Fellow of the HEA and a Chartered Engineer. Mike is an experienced engineering academic, academic consultant for transnational education (TNE) and an industrial consultant for Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC).

Rob Charters | Assistant Dean (International and Domestic Partnerships)

Rob Charters

Rob Charters

Position: Assistant Dean (International and Domestic Partnerships)
Telephone: 01792484027
Email: robert.charters@uwtsd.ac.uk

Assistant Dean: International and Domestic partnerships the focus of my role is the provision of transnational education (TNE) in Art, Design Engineering and computing across a number of the universities global partnerships, Formally Assistant Dean of Quality assurance at Swansea college of Arts with senior teaching, learning and managerial roles at a number of universities and Independent Art Colleges within the UK.

Practising artist and photographer since 1985 with Masters degrees in Image and narrative analysis and Master of research in Technology Enhanced Learning. Currently researching my professional doctorate. Visiting Lecturer at Wuhan Huaxia, Wuchang Souyi, and Fujian Jiangxia universities in China.

Dr Mark Cocks | Assistant Dean (Academic and Marketing)

Dr Mark Cocks

Mark Cocks

Position: Assistant Dean (Academic and Marketing)
Telephone: 01792481021
Email: mark.cocks@uwtsd.ac.uk

About me

Assistant Dean: Academic and Marketing with particular focus on academic resourcing, workshop provision, H&S, student recruitment, and marketing.

Formerly Assistant Dean Resources: Swansea College of Art. Skilled in Strategic Planning, Resource Management, Learning and Teaching, Quality Enhancement, Staff Development, and Marketing. Practicing artist and arts education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Photographic Education and SFHEA.

Mrs Rhian Pole | Assistant Dean (Quality and Enhancement)

Mrs Rhian Pole

Rhian Pole

Position: Assistant Dean: Quality and Enhancement
Telephone: 01792 481150
Email: rhian.pole@uwtsd.ac.uk

About Me

Assistant Dean: Quality and Enhancement with particular focus on academic audit requirements, providing general academic and professional leadership within the areas of quality assurance and enhancement of the student learning experience. An experienced lecturer in Computing, with Professional Membership of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (FCIEA).

Dr Gregory Owen | Academic Director (Engineering)

Greg Owen

Dr Gregory Owen

Position: Academic Director (Education)
Telephone: 01792481000
Email: gregory.owen@uwtsd.ac.uk

About Me

Academic Director: Engineering, Built and Natural Environments and member of the Advanced Higher Education Academy awarding panel. Formerly Principal lecturer Academic Partnerships and Student Experience for the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.

Current interests involve Teaching and Learning and Engineering Education in HEIs. Previous research activities involve Grain Boundary Engineering of 316 stainless steels and nano-scale investigations of semiconductors for gas sensing purposes. Masters in theoretical physics and a PhD in experimental physics and SFHEA.

Dr Kapilan Radhakrishnan | Academic Director (Applied Computing)

Dr Kapilan Radhakrishnan

kapilan Radhakrishnan

Position: Academic Director (Applied Computing)
Telephone: 01792481154
Email: kapilan.radhakrishnan@uwtsd.ac.uk

About Me

Academic Director of Applied Computing portfolio with responsibilities of managing staff, strategic planning and operation of portfolio, programme development and delivery.

Kapilan is a specialist in Computer Networks and Cyber Security, has a PhD in Computer Networks and number of professional qualifications such as CCNA, CEH, CHFI and a Senior Fellow of HEA.

Dr Pete Spring | Academic Portfolio Director (Architecture and Design)

Pete Spring throwing chair

Dr Pete Spring PhD, FRSA, FHEA

Position: Academic Portfolio Director: Architecture & Design
Telephone: 01792 4814520
Email: peter.spring@uwtsd.ac.uk

About Me

As Academic Portfolio Director for Architecture and Design, I look after and manage eleven programmes. I am very pleased to be able to continue to contribute lecturing within the Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels in my portfolio in addition to supervising both MPhil and PhD students. I enjoy being able to help all students find creative and challenging ways to understand and make valuable contributions within their chosen careers.

My own PhD in Design used evolutionary dynamics to explore ways to build beneficial interactions with my research interests focused now, on finding ways to enrich the learning environments for students and colleagues, to ask questions, but most of all, to have fun whilst doing so.

Amongst many things, I love motorcycling and designing and making chairs.

Caroline Thraves | Academic Director (Art and Media)

caroline thraves

Caroline Thraves

Position: Academic Director (Art and Media)
Telephone: 01792481000 Ex 3219
Email: caroline.thraves@uwtsd.ac.uk

About Me

Caroline is responsible for the academic disciplines of Fine Art, Illustration, Photography, Film, Computer Games, Computer Animation, Music and Performing Arts. She also holds an MA in Post Compulsory Education and Training, alongside an MSc in Management Studies.

Caroline has extensive experience of working with industry on knowledge exchange projects and has a strong track record of gaining external funding to support the creative industries with innovation, research and development. Previous projects include EU funded ACT project and EU funded TTP, at present Caroline is the Project Director of the EU Interegg Project Catalyst.

Caroline was awarded Welsh Women of the Year 2019 for Services to Education at the Welsh Women’s Awards. Caroline was awarded the Sunday Times/WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star’s Award 2019 (Education and Academia).