Management Framework

Organisational Framework for WIRAD

1. Introduction

1.1 This paper sets out the governance and organisation of the Wales Institute for Research in Art & Design (WIRAD).

1.2 The Institute comprises of the research activities of the Cardiff School of Art & Design (CSAD) and the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research (PDR) at Cardiff Metropolitan University, the Faculty of Creative Industries at University of South Wales, the Faculty of Art & Design (FAD) and the Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering (FADE) at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales.

2. Background

2.1 WIRAD seeks create a greater critical mass of support for research excellence in Art & Design within Wales by sharing expertise across institutions. The Institute will create a significant body of research related to the fields of art, design and media which would be competitive with the research quality and intensity achieved by institutions in Scotland, England & Ireland.

2.2 The WIRAD partners have been (in various guises) major contributors to the cultural and creative life of Wales for very many years. All have been home to a number of significant artists and designers and, more recently, nationally and internationally recognised centres of research. Individually, the partners undoubtedly represent major forces in research and creative activity within the Higher Education sector in Wales.

2.3 The WIRAD Partners have a well-established relationship, with a good exchange of information, mutual respect and much open discussion. In recent years, the two have been engaged in a range of ad-hoc collaborations, ranging from a major funded research programme to working cooperation between individual artists and scholars. Both are highly committed to research within the field and, in turn, are recognised internationally particularly in their lead areas, including photography, animation, product design, performance art, and ceramics.

3. Governance and Management

3.1 WIRAD is Wales’ premier Art & Design research institution with an international reputation for cutting edge research in the field.

3.2 WIRAD has been formally established through the means of a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the senior officers of all institutions. The Memorandum of Agreement sets out the respective management and financial responsibilities of the partner organisations.

3.3 The WIRAD Management Board oversees the management and operation of the Institute. This Board comprises senior officers from all institutions and links into the formal academic and management reporting structure of all institutions. A constitution and terms of reference for the Board are below (Annex A).

4. Academic Structure

4.1 Research (and third mission) activities of WIRAD are coordinated through the identification and implementation of research themes. These themes bring together the activities of current groups (and individuals) and seek to develop a collaborative community of practice in each area. To ensure continuity of development, in the short term, the current research groupings within each institution are allowed to retain their existence and institutional affiliation.

4.2 The day-to-day activities of WIRAD are managed and coordinated through a WIRAD Operational Committee. This committee acts as the main channel of communication between the research activities of the various themes and the WIRAD Management Board.

4.3 The Committee comprises the Research Directors of WIRAD partners, the research leaders of the research themes and co-opted members (for example, senior staff with third mission responsibility) as required. A constitution and terms of reference for the Committee is given at Annex B.

Annex A

WIRAD Board: Terms of Reference

The role of the WIRAD Board is to provide a strategic oversight of the on-going development of WIRAD and a key means of considering and approving the Institute’s strategic and business plans. It is also the primary channel for reporting such activities and developments to the partner institutions.

The terms of reference are:

1. To approve WIRAD strategic and business plans.

Achieved through: Consideration of the five year strategic and business plans and associated annual updates. The plans should cover both research and third mission activities.

2. To monitor and comment upon the overall performance of the Institute.

Achieved through consideration of financial forecasts and other data reports on: research, knowledge transfer, and commercial activities.

3. To agree key strategic and operational developments and to approve corresponding papers / proposals to respective partner institutions.

Achieved through presentation of papers on future plans, policies and strategies, examination of feasibility studies, market evaluations, research findings.

4. To make regular reports to partner institutions achieved through the recording of discussions and decisions

5. To consider and make recommendations on applications for membership.


The Board comprises of senior research staff and senior officers of all institutions with equal representation from each institution.
Senior Research Staff University Senior Officers
WIRAD Coordinator
Deans / Heads of Schools / Faculties
Pro VCs of Research
Co-opted members as appropriate

The Chair shall be one of the Pro VC of Research members.

Frequency of Meetings


Annex B

WIRAD Operational Committee: Terms of Reference

The role of the Operational Committee is to be responsible for the day-to-day management and operational of WIRAD. It is also the primary communication channel between the activities of the research themes and the WIRAD Board.

The terms of reference are:

1. To lead the development of WIRAD strategic and business plans.

2. To encourage and facilitate developments of both new and existing activities.

3. To implement strategic and operational developments as approved by the WIRAD Board.

4. To facilitate the development of new collaborative activities with external groups and individuals.

5. To make regular reports to the WIRAD Board.


Directors of Research

Research theme leaders

Co-opted members as required.

The Chair shall be one of the Directors of Research.

Frequency of Meetings