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About us

Photo of Pierhead Building and Senedd in Cardiff Bay
We're based in the historic Pierhead building next to the seat of Welsh government, the Senedd.

The Centre was established in 1999 in response to the creation of the National Assembly for Wales and its related devolved institutions to fully engage with the new system of government.

We're a research unit sponsored and supported in the School of Law and Politics.

During our first ten years, we held a number of events and contributed to research on devolved Wales. In 2009, the University renewed its commitment to the Centre through the appointment of the Centre Director, Professor Richard Wyn Jones, who was appointed to rejuvenate and further develop the work of the Centre.

With the support and commitment of the University and the vision of Professor Wyn Jones, we have grown to conduct a range of research, events and projects in political, constitutional and policy themes in Wales.

We support directly registered PhD students, offer postgraduate courses available for full-time or part-time study, and regularly host visiting students and scholars from UK, European and international institutions.

Partnership with national government

A partnership agreement between the Wales Governance Centre and the National Assembly for Wales has seen us relocate to offices in the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.

Our residence in this iconic building was agreed with the aim of increasing public engagement and participation in active democracy.

This partnership enables us to provide a varied programme of events and activities for public and civil society organisations, and provides a stimulating environment in which participation and debate are encouraged and facilitated.