The UW Restricted Endowments Trust (UWRET) is the independent charitable trust and registered charity which acts as the Trustee for certain restricted endowments previously donated to the University of Wales for dedicated purposes or beneficiaries. UWRET was founded in 2015 as part of the University of Wales’ Adduned Cymru (The Wales Pledge).

The Y Werin Cronfa Dreftadaeth Legacy Fund was established by UWRET in 2016 as the name for the scheme under which the UWRET Trustee will make distrubutions and award scholarships, studentships, grants, prizes and awards from the restricted endowments originally donated to the University of Wales as trustee.

The Directors and charity trustees of UWRET are:

Richard (Dick) Roberts – Chairman
As Pro-Chancellor of Cardiff University, Dick has been involved in governance in the higher education sector for over 20 years. His contribution to his profession of optometry has been recognised with number honours including an OBE (in 1998), Life Fellow of the College of Optometrists (in 2004) and a CBE (in 2011). He served as Chief Optometric Officer to the Welsh Government (2000-2012).

Sir Jon Shortridge
A former Chair of Council and Chancellor of Glyndŵr University (March 2012-December 2015), prior to his retirement Sir Jon was for 10-years the leading civil servant in Wales as Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Assembly. Prior to this, he played a major role in the reorganisation of local government in Wales in the 1990’s before being appointed Director of Economic Affairs, with responsibility for establishing the National Assembly for Wales. Sir Jon was knighted in 2002.

Robert (Rob) Humphreys
A former Director of the Open University in Wales, a former Director of the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education in Wales, a former Vice Chair of Universities Wales and an academic at Swansea University. His research interests are in citizenship, adult education and widening participation and he has published widely in these fields. He was a member of the Silk Commission and has previously acted as a specialist advisor to government on education, lifelong learning and skills and the funding of higher education and students in Wales.

Margaret Evans
A former civil servant, Margaret was the Director for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport with the Welsh Assembly Government, having previously held senior roles in the Welsh Office, Department of Health and Social Security and National Rivers Authority. Her background is in human resources, corporate affairs and governance. Margaret’s former roles include: Trustee of the National Dance Company Wales, Vice Chair of the South Wales Baptist College; Director of The Prince’s Trust Volunteers (Wales-Southwest) and a member of the Advisory Committee – Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans.


The directors were invited to take on the responsibility of being charity trustees after the University consulted with Universities Wales and the Chairs of Higher Education Wales (ChUW) to identify individuals with a breadth of knowledge of the higher education sector in Wales.

Unis-Wales represents the interests of all universities in Wales, and is a National Council of Universities UK. Its membership encompasses the Vice Chancellors of all the universities in Wales, and the Director of the Open University in Wales, Rob Humphreys, is currently Vice-Chair. Members of Unis Wales meet regularly throughout the academic year to discuss issues relating to higher education in Wales, and to decide upon collective positions and actions and to the strategic priorities for the work of Unis Wales.

ChUW is the representative body for university governing body Chairs. It is a body that encompasses all Welsh universities irrespective of their mission or origins, and therefore reflects the diversity of the Welsh higher education sector. ChUW seeks to address generic rather than specific issues and it engages with a wide range of stakeholders, and works in close association with Unis-Wales.