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Pro Vice-Chancellor, International & Engagement

Hywel Thomas

Professor Hywel Thomas FREng FRS FLSW MAE

Professor Hywel Thomas is Pro Vice-Chancellor, International and Engagement. In this role he is responsible for the University’s international activities, partnerships and reputation, together with the University’s engagement within Wales. His specific responsibilities include the development of i) the University’s internationalisation strategy; ii) international collaboration in research; iii) the University’s engagement with Europe; iv) collaborative educational provision at an international level and v)  participation in international associations. In relation to the engagement agenda, he is responsible for developing a strategic approach to the University’s engagement within Wales, to ensure that the University’s research and education programmes have the maximum possible impact in Wales. As Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Thomas is also a member of the University Executive Board.

Prior to this appointment Professor Thomas was the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for “Innovation and Engagement” and Internationalisation ( 2010 to 2012). In this role he established the University’s strategy in the above areas, covering a diverse range of issues from technology transfer, through student enterprise education to engagement with the University’s stakeholders. He also worked on numerous special initatives, leading the University’s work in areas such as student employability, widening access and “communication and marketing”. He was also the “Link PVC” to the Physical Sciences and Engineering Schools within the University, charged with advising the Vice-Chancellor on their strategic development.

Prior to that role Professor Thomas was the Director of the School of Engineering, one of the University’s largest Schools, from 2002 to 2010  and  Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Innovation and Engagement from 2007 to 2010.

Professor Thomas is also a Professor of Civil Engineering, the Director of the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) at the University and a UNESCO Professor in the Development of a Sustainable Geoenvironment.  His research interests cover a wide range of geoenvironmental issues, from coupled multiphysics/geochemistry flow problems in soils and rocks,  through to sustainability issues in general. A major focus of his work is the geological disposal of high level nuclear waste. Current interests include the geoenergy field, with major projects on ground source heat, underground coal gasification, exploitation of unconventional gas and carbon sequestration in coal seams.

During the course of his academic career, he has produced more than 400 technical papers and reports and has lectured extensively both at home and abroad. He currently works extensively with the UN agencies, UNIDO, UNESCO and the IAEA. His academic achievements have been recognised by election as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Member of Academia Europaea , the Academy of Europe (MAE) and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW).

Professor Hywel Thomas
Pro Vice-Chancellor, International & Engagement

Contact via Diary Secretary:

Lisa Pearson
Tel: 029 2087 0651