Project Team

These are the key staff members working within a wider project team on the Old College project.


Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan

Director, Welsh Language and Culture, and External Engagement

Rhodri MorganRhodri is responsible for developing and articulating the University's strategy in respect of Welsh language and culture, promoting the use of the language and advising on ways in which Welsh culture and language can be further embedded into the academic life of the University.

He has a wealth of experience in culture and language development, having worked at organisations such as Ceredigion County Council, the Welsh Language Board, Cardiff University and BBC Wales.

Jim O'Rourke

Old College Project Manager

Towards the end of 2017, Jim O’Rourke was appointed as manager of the Old College project.

An Aber alum and a former Chief Executive of Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Jim set up a project management consultancy in 2004.

He has worked on a number of high profile developments in Wales including the Urdd’s role in the Wales Millennium Centre and the £6m redevelopment of Nant Gwrtheyrn, and has provided consultant support to a range of heritage organisations, charities and local authorities to develop projects, staff teams and business acumen.

Jim has played a key role in fundraising for the Old College Appeal, having taken part in the University's fundraising activities. He has written to many alumni about the plans for the Old College, and asking for support towards its renovation.

‌Nia Davies

Old College Co-Ordinating Officer

Nia Davies Nia joined the team in Spring 2015 as part of a project to take forward the re-generation of Old College. She is developing and delivering key aspects of the Old College Project, working with the Project Board, internal and external stakeholders, partner organisations and community groups.

She is responsible for implementing important aspects of the Project Plan, leading on community engagement and consultation. Nia also supports events and other activities that promote the Old College as a community resource for all, as well as a potential major national visitor attraction.

‌Louise Jagger

Director of the Development and Alumni Relations Office

Louise Jagger Louise has over 25 years of experience in fundraising within the UK, having led major capital appeals, fundraising campaigns and regular giving programmes for a range of charities, including Scope, NCH and NSPCC.

She leads the department and works in partnership with alumni and supporters to maximise their contribution to the University's strategies and goals.

Richard Roberts

Principal Gifts Manager

Richard has an MA in British History and learned Welsh as an adult through Aberystwyth University. He joined DARO in October 2019.

He is currently working on the project to redevelop Old College, which was founded on global philanthropic giving nearly 150 years ago. The main strategic responsibilities of this role include the establishing of significant philanthropic contributions from both alumni, and friends who have established a bond with the University and want to reimagine a new future for this magnificent building that will benefit students, families and communities in Aberystwyth Wales and the World.

He’d be delighted to see you if you are ever in Aberystwyth!


‌Dr Eva De Visscher

Programme Development Officer and Bid Writer

Eva De Visscher Eva joined the team in July 2014. She researches opportunities for the university to secure grants from trusts and foundations for non-research projects. The types of projects included in her remit range from arts projects, heritage projects to widening participation events to capital (building) projects.

She supports the university and individual institutes/departments in writing bids to those trusts and foundations, and maps the university’s links with trusts and foundations in order to identify patterns and build up a ‘best practice’ resource