Distinguished historian returns to Swansea University in strategic adviser role

Hywel Francis, who until recently was a Member of Parliament for Aberavon, is to return to Swansea University where he had been Professor of Continuing Education prior to his first election in 2001.


Professor Iwan Davies, Pro Vice Chancellor, at the University and currently responsible for the launch of the new Bay Campus said:

“We are delighted that the distinguished historian Professor Hywel Francis has agreed to be a strategic adviser for the University on Archives, Regional Policy and Widening Access.  He has unrivalled academic and Parliamentary experience in these important areas.

“Whilst at the University he was the founder of the South Wales Miners’ Library, the prime-mover in establishing the Coalfield and Richard Burton Archives and the creator of our part-time degree scheme which grew into the Community University of the Valleys."

In Parliament, Professor Francis chaired the important archives and history group: his experiences in that field will be of great assistance to the University in our ambition to strengthen our Archival collections.

Dr Hywel Francis

Professor Francis said:

“I am pleased to return to my former University and look forward to help build its Archives, strengthen its links with local communities and enhance its growing reputation nationally and internationally as a provider of high quality learning opportunities, outstanding scholarship and the creator of skilled jobs in the region.”



Picture 1: Wayne Thomas, NUM with Sian Williams (Librarian of the South Wales Miners’ Library) and Hywel Francis at the South Wales Miners’ Library for the launch of Sian and Hywel’s book “Do Miners Read Dickens?

Picture 2: Dr Hywel Francis in graduation robes.