Governance Unit

The Governance Unit provides support for the governance and management of the University through administration of the Board of Governors and the Academic Board and their respective committees.

The Governance Unit is led by the University Secretary and Clerk to the Governors William Callaway and the Unit works closely with the Vice Chancellor and the Executive.

The Governance Unit is responsible for the following areas:

Information on the Board of Governors Committees, Membership and Terms of Reference can be found on the following sites:

Board of Governors

Audit Committee

Finance and Resources Committee

Merthyr Tydfil Ltd

Culture People and Values Committee


Remuneration Committee

Details of the Governors can be found here

Committee Schedules

The schedule of Academic Board and its Committees 2021/22 is available here.

Term Dates

The University's term dates for 2021/22 are:

Autumn Term

Monday 20 September 2021 – Term begins with enrolment/induction

Monday 27 September 2021 - Teaching begins

Friday 17 December 2021 – Term ends


Spring Term

Monday 10 January 2022 – Term begins
Friday 8 April 2022 – Term ends

Summer Term

Tuesday 3 May 2022 – Term begins
Friday 3 June 2022 – Term ends

 A list of future academic years up to 2023 is available here.

Key Dates

Calendar and Key Dates 2020/21 is available here.

University Closure Dates 2021/22

The University will be closed on the following dates:

24 December 2021 - 3 January 2022 (Christmas Closure)
15 April 2022 (Good Friday)
18 April 2022 (Easter Monday)
2 May 2022 (Early May Bank Holiday)
2 June 2022 (Spring Bank Holiday)

3 June 2022 (Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday)

29 August 2022 (Summer Bank Holiday)

The University’s Honorary Awards Scheme celebrates the significant achievements of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in their chosen field(s) of activity, and have a connection with the University’s heritage and mission.

Each year staff are invited to submit nominations for Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships to be awarded at the University’s Graduation Ceremonies.  Nominations are considered by the Conferments Committee in October each year.

Download a copy of the Honorary Awards Scheme
Download a copy of the nomination form

The Governance Unit is responsible for co-ordinating and managing the University’s risk management process.

Risk management is the identification of risks to enable them to be evaluated, prioritised and managed.  The University maintains a risk register which is compiled using assessments from each of the varying activities across the University and looks at opportunities to maximize potential and minimize risk so that, wherever possible, risk to the University’s strategic aims are reduced and/or managed.

The risk registers are submitted to a number of University Committees for review and presented to the Board of Governors.

The Governance Unit is responsible for co-ordinating and managing the University’s internal audit programme.

Annually, the University agrees a programme of internal audits, which provide an independent review of different areas of business across the University.  These areas are aligned with the University’s risk register and contribute to the University’s risk management.

The audits facilitate the identification of risks and opportunities and seek assurances that the institution is operating effectively.  Each year a follow up review is conducted to evaluate developments implemented following the audit. 

The Audit reports are submitted to the Audit Committee for review and presented to the Board of Governors.

Contact Us

Please direct enquiries to:

[email protected]

The email account is checked daily and emails are directed accordingly.  Staff within the Unit are part time and therefore this ensures we respond to your request as soon as possible.