Dr Alison Allan hails from Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, and remains her home. She studied History at University College of Wales, Swansea during the time of the late Professor Glanmor Williams. She was awarded a doctorate in 1982 under the supervision of Professor Ralph Griffiths for a thesis on the political propaganda of the York group during the civil wars of the fifteenth century.
Following a period working for the National Museum of Wales, she joined the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales in the early 1990s where she worked for over twenty years. During that period she was the Funding Council’s main link with universities regarding matters pertaining to Welsh medium education. She played a key background role in the activities which led to the establishment of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, including acting as secretary to the Planning Board chaired by Professor Robin Williams. She retired from HEFCW in 2012 and now contributes occasionally to the work of the Coleg. Dr Alison Allan is awarded this fellowship to mark the monumental contribution she made to the process of establishing the Coleg