The objective of this Blog
The purpose of establishing this Blog is to tell the true story of what is happening to the University of Wales and to save the University of Wales as a Chartered Institution.
The Blog author
My name is Hywel Roberts. I live in Caernarfon where I’m a member of the Caernarfon Royal Town Council and served as Mayor during 2009/2010
I was a mathematics student at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and graduated in 1959 with a University of Wales degree. I subsequently completed a Diploma in Education (1959/60) and a Post-graduate Diploma in Statistics (1962-63) at UCW, Aberystwyth. I’m a Chartered Statistician.
I spent some 20 years working in higher education. I was a Principal Lecturer when I was centrally involved in the process of establishing the City of London Polytechnic in 1969 and as a Head of Department I was involved in the establishment of a College Of higher Education in the early 1970s.
For more than 20 years I was a self-employed management consultant/trainer/assessor specialising in Quality and Environmental Management Systems to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards and the Business Excellence Model. I’ve had experience of working in these fields in Europe, India, Indonesia, Russia, Singapore and the USA. It is because of this experience that I was horrified to learn about the management failures within the University of Wales and the failure of the University Council to ensure that there were efficient procedures and processes and a sound management system in place and, critically, their failure to assess whether these were effective.