Professor Hywel Thomas is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Engagement.


In this role he is responsible for the University’s research activities and its engagement with innovation, including commercialisation and the broader economic impact of the University.

Professor Thomas is also a Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) and a UNESCO Professor in the Development of a Sustainable Geoenvironment.

Previously Professor Thomas was the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Innovation and Engagement and Internationalisation (2010 to 2012). In this role he established strategy covering a diverse range of issues including technology transfer, student enterprise education and engagement with the University’s stakeholders.

He has worked on numerous special initiatives, leading the University’s work in areas such as student employability, widening access and communication and marketing. He was 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.