The First Minister of Wales launched the Morgan Advanced Studies Institute – MASI - on February 26th 2021. We are Wales’ first Advanced Studies Institute focussed on transformative interdisciplinary research. MASI is growing a vibrant, large-scale community, a movement with an urgent purpose to respond to the world’s most critical opportunities and challenges. It brings people together from across all disciplines to discover and innovate processes, materials, technologies, policies and practices that will make the world more sustainable, just, well, joyful and hopeful.

MASI will help drive the University forward, serving the city, region, Wales and the world with world-class research and enterprise. It also acts as a base-camp, gathering groups to be trained, motivated and encouraged to set their eyes on the highest of intellectual and impactful summits, preparing us to attract the significant external funding needed to be an effective agent of change.

MASI is named after the late Rhodri Morgan, former First Minister of Wales and Swansea University Chancellor whose passion for Wales and its place in the World, continues to inspire us.

Our founding theme for 2021-2022 is the Preciousness of Life: Hope, Change, Renewal; and Refreshment. We will be shortly announcing the programme of research and activities addressing this theme, selected from an open call for proposals.


  • September 2022 - Dec 2022 Basecamp, Summit and Visiting Fellow activities progressed
  • September 2022 -MASI helped convene the Back in Place Symposium
  • April-July 2022 MASI organised a range of sandpits and workshops on pressing world challenges including climate change and pandemic recovery
  • July 2021 MASI has facilitated a Multidisciplinary Wellbeing Symposium 
  • June 2021 MASI helped enable Everything Change including a keynote by Margaret Atwood
  • June 2021 MASI enabled the Morgan Institute Challenge at the Urdd National Eisteddfod